The company I’m doing a little freelancing for kept me busy this week as the full-time tech was on vacation. Not that I’m complaining as I could use the money, but it did keep me from being on the computer much and so my blogging suffered a bit. There was a very surreal moment the other day as I was going to lunch with the Boss and his wife. A cell phone call about a deal on khakis led to some confusion about just what size pants the Boss wears which then led to his wife having him unbuckle his pants as she leaned across from the passenger seat to try and find the label that has the pants size on it while yours truly sat in the backseat and pondered how odd this must look to all the passersby. It was exactly the sort of sitcom plot that would’ve led to someone thinking that the Boss and his wife where engaging in hanky panky in public, possibly with a third party. Had the windows been down the conversation that was taking place would’ve cemented that misinterpretation, not to mention being very funny. I told him I was blogging about it and now I have, but he’ll be pleased to see I don’t name names.
Melvin, the Official SEB Cat, had to make a trip to the vets on Friday so we could discover what was going on with his mouth. There’s a small bit of pink fleshy material protruding from his gum line near his lower right fang and we weren’t certain if he’d wounded himself somehow or gotten something stuck in his teeth or what and it’s very difficult to get a cat to sit still and open his mouth long enough to see. So I made an appointment for 4PM on Friday at the Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital and told the Boss that I’d be taking the late afternoon off to tend to my cat. The exam was only about ten minutes and the Doc told us that it appears that it could just be an abscess causing problems, but it could also be cancer. They wont know for sure until they can get a closer look at his mouth and he needs to have his teeth cleaned anyway. Ironically Melvin is the only family member with insurance at the moment as we never got around to canceling the $35 a month pet insurance we took out on him and I’m actually rather glad for that now as he’s scheduled to go in on Monday for a teeth cleaning and removal of whatever the hell it is in his mouth. They may also do an x-ray of that area to see if there’s any trouble brewing. We’re looking at a potential bill of $300 just for starters depending on how much they have to do to determine what the problem is so it’s a good thing we still have that insurance as we’ll just pay the deductible and he’ll bill the insurance company for the rest. Doc noticed the big purple company van I was driving and we talked about what I did for a living. I said that I was officially unemployed, but was fortunate enough to get a little freelancing in on overflow jobs that helped to keep food on the table. So Doc asked me a question about an external hard drive he had just bought to do backups of data from his workstations that he was unsure of how to setup. He had it plugged into a PC at the front desk and it was asking to format it but the display was confusing and he was worried he was going to erase his whole PC. I pointed out to him that it was limited to the one drive and answered a few other technical questions he had and so he didn’t charge me for the exam, which is very cool of him to do seeing as I didn’t do much other than give him a little peace of mind about what he was attempting. So Melvin goes in at 7AM on Monday and will be making a day of it and we’ll be hoping for the best.