A normal yet nonstandard Tuesday

Today was kinda weird and very fun.

Traffic was just bizarre. This morning there was about triple the normal number of cars on the road when I headed off to work. I have no idea why. It made the commute a little more difficult, especially since one of the Bobby Jones onramps was blocked by cones into being a yield instead of having an acceleration lane. That always gets me, because those people are supposed to stop and wait for traffic, but it’s a hell of a way to get onto the interstate, so I usually try to get out of their way. This time I was unable to, and I ended up slowing down way too much until they finally got the picture and pulled out in front of me.

Work was good. The nature of my job is shifting somewhat, from content manager-esque with occasional design to content creation and revenue generation. Just since last week I’ve been able to start three projects I’ve been wanting to work on for awhile.

For lunch, as my Twitter followers know, I picked up some Chick-fil-A and headed over to Riverview Park to eat at the picnic tables near the baseball fields. On my way there, I finally found the route that I charted out on Google Maps months ago, the one that avoids Buena Vista and the Georgetown apartments. It’s pretty simple, but I don’t know if it actually saves any time.

It was a beautiful day, hot in the sun but cool in the shade, and I suppose since it’s still relatively early summer there weren’t any wasps. I did notice a bird’s nest crammed into one of the inside corners of the chimney above the large grill in front of the bathrooms. Guess the thing doesn’t get used much.

After work I headed over to Mellow Mushroom, where a bunch of people from the station were gathering to celebrate the birthday of one of the photogs. This is a guy who likes to hang out in my office on his lunch break and chat, and he also uses my office as a cut-through quite a bit. He’s cool.

(I’ve been thinking for awhile about rearranging my office–again–so that my back is to the wall. It’s really not feng shui to have people walking around behind me all the time.)

Anyway, we had a blast. Several photogs were in attendance, as was one of the sports guys for the beginning of the evening and one guy from production. It is always fun to hang out with photogs and production assistants because they are some of the most “real” people you can find in television.

Most of what was said tonight can’t be repeated ;) Suffice it to say it was hilarious. I even made a pretty good joke about some rapper the guys were talking about who calls himself Pimpzilla. (I think this is him.)

I had a portobello sandwich with chips and tea. Several people had pizza, and most people, except of course the photog who was on call, had beer. One guy had quite a bit of beer, and if you know our photogs at all you can probably guess who ;> At one point he was trying to say “theoretically” and it came out “theologically”.

Good times.

Traffic felt strange on my way home, too, but it wasn’t particularly dangerous, just faster than I expected. Normally when cars get to the construction zone they slow down a little, but today they were blowing through at 60 or 70. It might have something to do with the fact that it was almost 10 o’clock rather than my usual 7 or 8.

Something just felt unique about today, even though I didn’t do anything spectacular. I guess a day doesn’t have to be groundbreaking to be a good one :)