While I would like to be posting Colombia journal entries, I am instead at work today. Pheh! Just because you go away, life at home doesn’t stop!
Besides the usual work stupidity (that I hoped would die down while I was away but hasn’t) – Darren was transferred unexpectedly to Lane County where he can’t phone me from and now has a hearing scheduled for next week – problem being that I wanted to attend the hearing but can’t find a plane ticket for under $700, and I’m not sure my employer would be overjoyed about another absence from the office right now. I spent this morning being pretty tense about the situation, but have now mostly accepted the fact that I can’t talk to Darren, can’t attend his hearing, and will have to wait until some future date to actually see him. I just don’t see any other way – though I feel pretty bad about not being able to be in court for him at least one of these times.
Update: I just figured out the Lane County prison phone system which is serviced by one of the other Texas-based private phone companies and managed to set up an account with them. Once Darren’s lawyer gives him the info he can at least phone me again.
Besides that, I got my nomination forms in for the union position I decided to run for last month this afternoon – after some fretting about whether or not I should actually go for it given my bad odds. We’ll see what happens, but I would be very surprised if I win (even with the fancy bio I laid out today).
It’s Friday, and even though I have only been in the office one day this week, I feel like I need a weekend! I’m sortof proud that despite my edgy state I worked my way through the prison bureaucracy to get the phone calls sorted out – dealing with the system always feels like this overwhelming hurdle, and getting over it a small victory.