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  • Whoops

    Posted on September 17th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Last night I was going through some DCRP checks that I had to deposit. I was thinking “wow, I’m loaded right now!”. A few minutes later I was in my special “deep thoughts room” (okay, the bathroom) and I thought to myself “geez, I haven’t paid my quarterly taxes in a while.” Uh oh. So much for being loaded!

  • The ultimate home improvement tool

    Posted on September 16th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    I just ordered myself one of these bad boys. It’s 10 feet tall, 7 feet wide, and 5 feet deep, and weighs over 500 pounds. And while it’s expensive, in the long run it’ll be a lot cheaper than renting scaffolding for $100 a day. First project will be sealing the bottom of the new balcony, and then painting the ceiling above the carport (which was replaced during the balcony reconstruction). After that it’ll be used for putting a heat blocking film on the huge window in my solarium room. Exciting stuff… I just hope it doesn’t tip over!

  • Talk about bad luck

    Posted on September 13th, 2006 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    In the space of about 20 minutes this morning I got rear-ended *and* received a $40 parking ticket. Thankfully, my car was not damaged, since I wasn’t hit very hard. As for the parking ticket, I was one minute too late and they got me. Thankfully that was it for the day.

  • Stress overload

    Posted on September 12th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Today was a tough day — especially tonight. I already had a lot going on: an overdue review and a meeting with Kodak. But the kicker was this social anxiety group that my new therapist signed me up for. I’ve been nervous about it for days, and tonight finally arrived and I shrugged and drove over there.
    The faciliator wasn’t there right away, so the group was alone. As you might expect, nobody was talking to each other. After what seemed like an eternity, the faciliator (a psychologist) showed up and we started off. Despite being in a group of people with similar issues (to varying degrees), I was still quite uncomfortable the whole time. We had to talk about ourselves and our issues, and I’m not used to talking about my “issues” with total strangers.
    I’ve got six more meetings ahead of me. This is one of those things that I know isn’t easy, but spending ten stressful hours in this class may be worth it in the end — or at least that’s what I’m told.

  • Two views of Sacramento

    Posted on September 9th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Today I took a short daytrip to Sacramento, a city that I think is underrated. I like the river, the old town, the capital, and all the trees. I took with me two cameras: the new Canon Digital Rebel XTi with my 50 mm lens, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2, which has a unique "widescreen" CCD.

    Follow the link for some pictures!

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  • Not what I expected

    Posted on September 7th, 2006 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    This morning I had my orientation in the behavioral medicine (aka mental health) department at Kaiser in Oakland (here’s some background info as to why I was there).
    After filling out page after page of paperwork and listening to nurse talk about their programs, I finally meet my new therapist. She asks all kinds of questions and I answer them. She then asks how often I saw my previous therapist and I told her “every 3 or 4 weeks”. She replied “they did tell you how often you’re seen here, right?” I said “well, they said no weekly long term therapy, that was it.” Then she dropped the bombshell — they only see you THREE times, period. I couldn’t believe my ears! Basically they want to dump you into group therapy there and save the one-on-one therapy for people with much more serious problems.
    When my time was up, I walked out with my brain in a fog. Now what I am supposed to it? I don’t see myself getting anywhere with this “plan”, so I can either see someone else back in Antioch (where my previous therapist was) and be seen more often. Or, I could pay a lot more and go outside of Kaiser entirely. Sigh.

  • Milkshake

    Posted on September 4th, 2006 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    There’s a cat at the animal rescue place where I volunteer named Milkshake. She’s about Zoe’s age (1.5 yrs), and something terribly must’ve happened to her before she ended up in a shelter. She is, by far, the biggest “scaredy cat” I’ve ever seen. She typically hides in the box in the back of her “condo”, rarely coming out. As a socializer I have to sit right next to her box, and after a minute or two she’ll come out, rub against you, and turn around and go back in. Sometimes she stays out longer to eat, but if you make a noise she runs back into her box.
    Cats like that are NOT adoptable. Why would you want the cat that’s hiding in the corner when the one next door is pawing at the window? So, I have made it my mission to get that cat adopted. I have visited her twice so far, and will continue to do so, hoping that she’ll get a little braver each time. She’s really sweet when she’s comfortable, just incredibly shy (maybe we’re related?).