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I think for AZ as a whole, we average 600k lightning strikes a year from what I could find with a quick DDG search. I also ran across a report from August with about 20 tree fires in the Phoenix Metro area from one monsoon. But yeah, it can be pretty intense when a big storm rolls through!

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I absolutely love my current employment situation, but due to my experience in security and loss prevention, a local firm has made an offer that is a huge in regards to the pay rate differential. I don't like the thought of running a security team again, but am considering it. The starting wage is 25% more than I am currently pulling in... 

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Found out that the guy I performed CPR on last year OD'd again.

This time I wasn't there, and he died.

 

I literally pumped another year into him, 

and he squandered it on heroin.

 

That shit's the devil.

 

 

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I literally lost out on a job opportunity this past Tuesday due to SFO rebuilding one of their runways, and delaying my flight for nearly four hours.

 

I ended up just cancelling, and not even visiting San Francisco.

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Saw a dog get killed in the road. Fucking ruined my night :(

 

It was fucking awful. I was walking back from the pharmacy, busy-as-fuck street, everyone going past at, like, 50 MPH. Here a *thump* up ahead, and I see the dog scrambling to get out of there: it had been hit, but was still alive but injured. Another car came along a moment later, hit the dog again, and killed the dog.


It was a few 100 feet ahead. I got closest to where the body was (in the middle of the road). It was either a puppy, or a small breed ;_;


I wanted to get the body out of the road, so at least it would not get mangled, but cars just kept fucking coming. FUck.

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Jeebus. I guess it's good it didn't suffer long? There's a lot of roadkill here, bunnies and chipmunks and things, and it's pretty grim some days.

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Yeah. I'm honestly angry at how ineffectual I ended up being. Re: not even really being able to retrieve the body: if the dog had humans who were looking for it :(

 

I was losing it like a crazy person when I saw that happening. Shouted "Oh my god!" the moment I saw it maimed, but still alive. Then, afterward, I just kept shouting "Fuck!" every few seconds.

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(like I wrote on FB) I know it's such a male stereotype, but I'm kinda angry over the whole thing. Just woke up (fell asleep for 3 hours--I'll probably try to get back to sleep), but I still have this undercurrent of "want to punch a hole in the drywall".

 

That happens a lot with me: I end up getting an unfocused undercurrent of anger in response to any bad thing :(

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"unfocused anger" because it's not even focused that much: yes, I'm angry at myself, yes, I'm angry at these fucking roads, but mostly I am just angry at the cosmic fate that deigned that that was how this animal--probably being dearly missed by a/some humans--would end up.

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@InfinityCircuit wasn't feeling well, so she was recuperating, and thus didn't visit

@heavyboots still came out, tho, so we had a mini-mini meat :D

 

Visited this Mexican restaurant IC had recommended, that coincidentally was very near my AirBNB in Mesa.

 

We then visited the hiking trail at South Mountain for a bit.

 

the BootsMobile:

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the mountain:

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the metroplex:

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So it has been an eventful week and a half.

 

I was asked to speak at a conference in Orlando.  This particular conference is a big deal in my weird little space.  More interesting is that a colleague of mine, who used to hold my position, has been trying and failing to get a speaker slot at this conference for many years.

 

Then I went to Vegas for my very first Big Tech Conference.

 

I made a video about it. Also, I am back on twitter due to work stuff. The only positive is that I can reconnect more with WGBers @geographerjay

 

 

 

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Congrats on the big shot speaking gig!

 

I added you on Twitter, Edit. Hopefully you'll add me back since Twitter's stupid privacy mode has literally no way to write someone who isn't following you. 🙄

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I will do so, but the twitter for me is broken and does not show followers at present.  I have emailed Twitter and I a sure their crack customer support teams are working on the problem now.

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I'll become an Arizonan tomorrow afternoon!

 

For three months, at minimum. Hopefully longer, if the company wants to convert me to permanent!

 

Like I've whined a lot about, not a huge fan of the Phoenix metro. That said, I do think the desert southwest wilderness/aesthetic is quite lovely. And, the job itself seems interested/and pays better than what I've had!

 

@InfinityCircuit @heavyboots:

I'll be in Mesa until May 1st (if they decline to convert me to perm), or indefinitely (if they *do* want to keep me on). I'd totally welcome another mini-meat :D Most of my weekends should be free.

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