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Something about overtime, I dunno.
If you’ve been reading me for a while, or… even if you haven’t, you may (or may not) know that I usually don’t talk much about work. Sometimes though, especially while traveling for work, I don’t have much else to talk about and work tends to dominate a run of entries. So, most of today’s entry is work-based… although I still stay away from specifics as much as possible – so as to avoid a sound doocing. Well then, with hopes that it’s not over-dry, to it…

Being in a country where you can smoke anywhere you want really makes you appreciate living in Liberalville, CA, USA. I’d forgotten what it was like to go out for an evening in Florida and come home reeking of smoke; having to chalk the night’s accoutrements up to a loss in terms of multiple-wearings, and waking up throughout the night to smell the nastiness that is your own hair and skin. When we walked into the karaoke room last night, the smoke was still thick from the last revelers to use the facilities. Every bar, every restaurant, even some of the conference rooms at the customer sites… nasty.

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time. I fear my laptop is beginning to protest the bloody mary bath I unintentionally gave it the other day. Yesterday, I couldn’t get anything but BSODs for a full two hours of rebooting. Today, I seem to get it randomly… but increasingly more frequent. Only when your laptop is acting up do you realize how crippling it is to be without it, especially on a business trip. I use it to take notes, to call up sorted and stored information when answering questions, and to do completely non-work activities like writing this paragraph. I’m just hoping she makes it through the week, so I can get a new one when I get back home.

One down, one to go. Lunchtime now, and then the final visit of the week before I’m cut free of all Taiwan-specific responsibility. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to “detach” from my US-work as I’ve been accustomed to for a Taiwan visit. Home-stuff is still demanding and is unfortunately dictating some late-night US-time meeting attendance and e-mail attention. It was 2:30am last night before I shutdown the PC and headed to bed, and I’ve got a 1am meeting lined up for tonight’s fun.

Right now it’s dawning what promises to be a beautiful day in Taipei; it’s been warming up lately – and the rain is less frequent now than it was at the beginning of the week.

I’m sitting in bed with my laptop, having just woke up little over and hour ago and been responding to e-mail until now. It’s my last full day here, I leave mid-morning tomorrow. I came back to the room last night around 12:30am to get ready for my 1am meeting. Then, I woke up around 3am with my laptop and phone in front of me. I don’t know when I dozed off, but I totally missed the meeting. I crawled into bed, and then started off this morning with my “apologies” mail. Owell.

Outta here.

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