Archive for category: Worker’s Comp

Zen and the Economy of My Words

14 Feb 2002
February 14, 2002 I've got laryngitis. The rest of my body feels fine. In fact, my throat and voice box feel completely normal. It's only when I attempt to speak that I even realize I've got a problem. I'm revisiting puberty as my voice cracks and jumps two octaves without prior notice. But this might be a good thing. Co-workers don't expect you to answer them. In fact, you aren't called upon at meetings to report. If you try, you are given sympathy (a valuable commodity in the workplace). It can be a problem in Read more [...]

A Review of Performance Reviews

13 Jan 2002
January 13, 2002 It's January in Washington, DC. Nestled snuggly between The Holiday Season and The Tax Season in this town is The Performance Review Season! This is the period when all good federal government supervisors are "tasked" with evaluating the performance of their staff. Deadlines loom and are taken very seriously, so it's important not to procrastinate. Before I was hired, in my interview with our Administration people, I was asked what I would do if I had to fire someone. Since this was my first 9-5 Read more [...]

Finding More Than My Hat

21 Dec 2001
December 21, 2001 It's ¡El Día Más Corto del Año Pero de los Días Está Consiguiendo más Largo y Soy Día Feliz! This is one of my most favorite holidays! Yes, it's the advent of winter (my second least favorite season) and I am not a cold weather person. BUT, the days are finally getting longer. The sun will not rise any later than it did today nor will it set any earlier. And I now have my personal equinox day to look forward to!! A few early winter discoveries I've made: First, Read more [...]


09 Feb 2001
February 9, 2001 Boy, did this week fly by. But it didn't start out that way. The first three days were spent in a class in contracting. I'm now an official COTR (pronounced "cotar" as in Cotar the Barbarian). In official parlance I am a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative. This means that I can be summoned at any time to be the technical rep on contracts. I have no legal power, thank goodness. That's reserved for the CO (Contracting Officer). But I do advise on the technical parts of contracts that come Read more [...]
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