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I had a conversation with my Dad last night about our respective reappointments to the Public Buildings Commission and Community Beautification Commission (he's been a member of CBC since before I was born, in case anyone was wondering where I got my concepts of service to the community from). Both of our terms expired in November and both of us have been reappointed by our respective parties. We both received our official reappointment letters from the Town Manager last week. The terms are four years, expiring in November 2009.

In November 2009 I'll be forty.

<Urk> <Thud>

Really, I just need to let this sink in and get on with my life.


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Jan. 4th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
You just need a little slap for that, you know? LOL

This will make you feel better: In 2009 I'll be 46. OY.

I serve on the ZBA here. It's a blast, except when people yell at us.

You're not 40 yet, right?
Jan. 4th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
You're not 40 yet, right?

Nope ... the kicker with the term expiration is that I'll hit 40 at the end of August '09. At the moment I'm a happy-to-be-the-age-I-am 36 year-old.

How long have you been on your town's ZBA?
Jan. 5th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
36 is a great age. Enjoy it. It certainly isn't downhill from there, I promise. ZBA? Years and years. Probably at least 7 or 8. I love serving my town.
Jan. 5th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
36 is a great age. Enjoy it. It certainly isn't downhill from there, I promise.

That's good to hear. Unlike when I was 30 and 31, which was very uncomfortable, 36 seems pretty nice. I feel "comfortable" in my own skin.

Ya'know, sometimes the volunteer spirit moves me, and I do things that make me roll my eyes at myself ... tonight I volunteered to be one of the two PBC members on the selection committee that will pick an architectural firm to do a design study for resuing Glastonbury's old Academy School. The concensus is that we should expect around a dozen inch-thick proposal documents. What was I thinking! :-)
Jan. 6th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Whoa. Well that's a job for which the saying "no good deed goes unpunished" will most definitely apply!

No matter what you pick, for all the right reasons, SOMEONE will hate it. And vilify you for it.

You 'gotta love stuff like that.

I'm glad that project is moving forward. The school is nice and deserves use for a long time to come. Have they ever decided just what it is they're going to do with it, btw?
Jan. 6th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
Now that a separate community center has been built, and a new elementary school is starting construction, the two biggest (and most controversial) contenders for the space have been taken care of.

The plan at present is to convert B and C wings into additional Town offices (which are needed - A wing, where the Town offices are now is *FULL*). Up in the air is what to do with D wing (the oldest part, at the rear of the building). The study is supposed to help determine whether to renovate D wing for BoE offices; tear down D wing and build a new office wing for the BoE; or use some newly aquired Town land on Bell St. to build a new BoE office building.

I personally favor either of the first two options for D wing. The BoE and Town offices need to be on the same site. Physical proximity can only help close some of the cultural/politcal distance that has long existed between the two. The D wing building itself is an unremarkable two-story brick box; it predates the part that faces Main St., but it doesn't really have any historical value. So, if it's less expensive to demo it and build new, I won't shed any tears. It can get wildly expensive to renovate an old building to meed current Fire/ADA/building codes...
Jan. 6th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree with you more. Letting the BoE have their own building will make it look ostentatious, not matter what you do (think of the SHRINE of the DMV building on the Berlin Tpk). And of course the BoE is never their own country, but part of the town and the town administration. I think the proximity to the rest of the town offices is a good thing on a psychological level.
Jan. 6th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)

The State IT folks I work with have joked about "the twenty-thre State departments and the Independant Nation of the Department of Transportation"
Jan. 6th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
In addition to Architecture from Hell (and that is completely out of proportion to anything within miles of it), that building is a travesty of bureaucracy. Don't even get me started. Ooops, I brought it up myself. LOL
Jan. 6th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
Well, since you started it... ;-)

Another DOT travesty is their network of fiber-optic cables. They have fiber running down the side of every major highway in the state. There's plenty of strands that they're not using, and the ones that they are using, they're not using anywhere near capacity. Are they sharing this largesse with any other State agency? No, of course not. So, when DoIT and SDE started building the Connecticut Education Network (which links all towns and State higher eds.) they had to lay down all new fiber from scratch. Our tax dollars at work.
Jan. 6th, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
If it didn't benefit Rowland or his cronies, why would they share?
Jan. 6th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
<snorts in agreement>
Jan. 5th, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
Coincidences Abound
Hey, "Cuz"!

Not only do we share some "thinned" blood, but we have the same birth year. Will wonders never cease?

How the heck are ya?

Adding you to Friends list now... :-)


PS: I think Curmudgeonyness runs in my family line too...
Jan. 5th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Coincidences Abound
How the heck are ya?

Well, I can say for a certainty that I'm never bored!

I'm doing well. The place I work has an infinite capacity for politics and scheming, oh, and some real problems that need to be worked on. For the past four months I've managed to get away from a lot of the City Hall yuck and get down to doing some really interesting stuff. Asha is through her Anth. Masters and is starting PhD work in earnest. She's gearing up for field work in India next summer. So, at the moment life is good, if not simple.

How's your end of the world? And, what path brought you here?
Jan. 6th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Coincidences Abound
Glad to hear you are doing so swimmingly--as swimming is necessary to staying away from the layer of scum in the political pond. (Hate politics. Hate. Hate. Hate. Pthth. Puh.)

Good grief! Has it been so long that she has actually finished her Masters? Heck. Wow. Tell her I said congrats!

My world is a bit topsy, but less turvy than it was in early 2005. Topsy I can handle. Turvy, not so much.

I've been an LJ member since 2003. I just stopped posting for a while, and when I came back all these nifty people suddenly appeared--more like I managed to connect to Ladegard's LJ and find all you guys, resouceful gal that I am.

I'm starting a new IT job on Monday--testing, doc, support, and training for an online state-run medicare database for doctors, patients, and claims people. It's sure to be more interesting than the current job, and less stressful than the one before that--so, overall, a good thing. The drive will suck. My commute is 15 minutes right now and will turn into an hour. I'm not looking forward to this during the winter (ice, snow, lake effect blizzards and all that). But, aside from dodging death part of the year, it's promising to be a good place to work so far. I've heard lots of good things from the non-gender-specific-commentators-on-the-street.

Did you enjoy Brian and Rachel's New Year's Day party? They mentioned your visit with them on New Year's Eve. Sounds like you guys in Connecticut have all the fun! I just went to bed at 10:00. I was supposed to come down, but the aforementioned lousy road conditions prevented the trip.

Well, I'm off to nap. Did you know I'm now working on my PhD in "nap sciences"?
Some things never change, do they?

Hugs to you and Asha!

Jan. 7th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
Re: Coincidences Abound
Good luck on the new job!

Thinking of your new commute, if you don't have them already, let me highly recommend studded snow tires. I ran with them for several years on my old truck -- it felt like I could drive stright up walls with 'em. Ice wasn't a problem -- they'd spin and then dig right in. Come to think of it, I really should get a set for my current truck.

Our new years eve party was small but nice. The Rogers' new years day open house was a little bigger, but also fun. A bunch of the usual suspects didn't make it last year, so it had been two years since we'd seen a bunch of peole and several has sprouted kids. There were four Lilliputians running around at one point. I was pleased to see that we still managed to talk about 'adult' things in amongst the toddlers.
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