August 21, 2014


Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 10:07 am

PSB left this morning on a trip to the UK - she’s not back until September 6th, which means I am on solo Harold duty for over two weeks.


Well, to be honest, it’s not going to be all that bad. We communicate well, and generally get along great, aside from dada crankieness and four year old id-ness.

Plus, he’s going to go stay with Grampy and Grammy for four days over the long Labor Day weekend, so it will just be me and Hamilton, which should be very relaxing. I imagine I can find some trouble to get into as well. :)

July 13, 2014

Summer Check In

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 8:25 am

I don’t know who might be reading this anymore, but I remembered something from a while ago that it’s really good to keep a journal, and this kind of is one. Granted, it’s not as personal as a journal, and it’s also modified in some manner to try and make it remotely funny/interesting to read, but it’s still a good tracker of my mood and state of mind, as well as a glimpse into what’s going on at the moment in my life. Another one, anyway, after my Facebook timeline. So here are a few things:

1. I’ve been noticing that my dress shirts have been feeling a little big, especially in the arms. I was about to buy some new dress shirts online and got a little nervous that I was buying the wrong size, so I googled how to take correct shirt measurements, and measured myself, and in fact, while I’ve been buying myself 16 1/2″ neck 34/35″ sleeve shirts for the past ten years, I should have been buying 16″ neck 32/33″ sleeve shirts. The neck is not such a big deal, but the sleeves? I must have had a shirt shrink on me a long time ago and then decided that I needed the bigger size. . . I’m not sure. Of course, with my luck, these new shirts will show up and they will be too small. :)

2. We were unable to make the trip to Maine this year - PSB had a conflicting business trip. After waiting way too long to book something, we finally were able to find something we’d both be happy with - a little cottage almost right on the beach in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Close to Mystic so we can go to the aquarium, close to Mohegan Sun, close to the beach so Harry can run in the surf all day. . . there’s no AC but there will be lots of fans (I might pack one as well), and otherwise it looks cute and will hopefully be a fun, relaxing week.

3. My extra assignments with a different department are coming to an end in a few weeks. It’s been challenging and not much fun, and I’m really glad that it’s over. I know that everyone is very appreciative of the work I did, which is great, but it’s still very frustrating that I did $30,000 or $40,000 worth of someone else’s salary, and I’m going to get $500 if I’m lucky as a bonus. I’m ready for a new position. We have our National Meeting in September this year, and after that I’m going to start looking again. Fortunately my manager is totally on board with the idea. I’ve been incredibly lucky with the bosses I’ve had throughout my life, I can only think of two that I really did not like, and one wasn’t even my boss, she was a sub-boss. . .

How’s your summer going?

November 14, 2013

Dada’s Keys: A Cautionary Tale

Filed under: PolenBabble, Kvetch! Kvetch! Kvetch! — Twin C @ 2:01 pm

(with apologies to Knuffle Bunny)

Yesterday I had an all day training session at work, and PSB was working at home, and so I woke up a little earlier than usual to ensure I had time to get Harry to daycare and then to the session within a reasonable amount of lateness (just for the record, the training was for other people and I was just auditing). As we arrived to Harry’s classroom, I remembered that it was Show and Share Day, and that we were supposed to have something for Harry to show to his class and talk about. The letter of the week was “K”. I panicked, and then thought, “Hey, I’ll give him my keys! Perfect!”

Then I thought, “Is this a good idea? Maybe I should give him just a few of my keys? Do I have anything else in my bag that starts with K?”

Then I thought, “Nah. It’ll be fine, give him the whole ring. He won’t lose them.”

So I left my keys. All of them. House keys and office keys.

I began to have second thoughts as I walked towards the subway. I snarked on Facebook via my phone, “This isn’t going to end in disaster, right?”

When I got to work, I realized my first mistake - my office was locked, and I didn’t have the key, and my laptop was inside, which I needed for the training session. Fortunately, the admin right down the hall from my office had a master. I headed up to the session, a little bit but not outrageously late, and camped out for the day.

When I went to pick up Harry, I immediately went to his cubby, where my keys should have been waiting in the basket. Of course, they weren’t there.

I got Harry and his teacher, and we began to go through the classroom. Harry kind of understood that we were looking for something, but didn’t quite realize that we were going to be locked out of the apartment (PSB was supposed to be heading out to a show that night and would be gone by the time we got home.) I left the teacher and went to check at the front desk. The school administrator checked the lost and found, and had an envelope with keys in it! Except they weren’t mine. She then headed back to the classroom to search as well.

After ten minutes of searching, getting more and more frustrated, I gave up. I called PSB and asked her if she could stay home until we got back, and then I’d give her money so she could take a car to the theater. The teacher and administrator kept searching - they started going through other kids’ stuff. (I figured another kid had picked them up and brought them home, and hopefully a parent would find them and bring them back in the morning.)

As we were waiting for the elevator, I heard a triumphant cry - I turned the corner, and they had somehow found my keys! One of the kids had grabbed them at some point, but instead of taking them home, stuffed them in their bag which they had left at school. Hooray! Disaster averted. Barely.

August 15, 2013


Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 5:22 pm

Tonight we’re off to Peter Luger for a steakfest, in honor of my birthday. The other Polenboys will treat, and I will eat me some delicious delicious steak.

This afternoon, in preparation, instead of eating an entire box of granola bars like I wanted to, I went and worked out for the first time in a while. I consider myself incredibly lucky that I stay in relatively good shape and my metabolism, while certainly slowing (no more eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s every night and never gaining an ounce like in college), is still pretty good.

I get incredibly bored working out, so at work, I try to time it so I can be on a machine for 45 minutes and watch the last three quarters of a random show - preferably something I wouldn’t care too much about watching anyway. NCIS, Castle, and Las Vegas are good examples, and any of the three Law and Orders work too - good shows, but not something I watch all the time. (PSB and I used to watch SVU, but once Stabler left we couldn’t bear to watch - most of the plots were really stupid by that point anyway.) I’d rather miss the first 15 minutes and just figure out what’s going on and see the ending rather than see 45 minutes of an episode and then miss the end. (Well, sure, I could work out for an hour, but that’s just crazy!) Back at home I would watch two Archers and have a complete workout, but my data plan got switched a couple of months ago (no more unlimited data???? Thanks Obama. I mean Verizon.) and so now I’m hesitant to use that much bandwidth. I guess I could watch one and see how many megs I use.

June 27, 2013

Ha! Take that, Facebook!

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 10:47 am

I’m going to post about the two awesome things I did so far this week HERE!


Tuesday night the Polenboys got together for a very belated birthday dinner for Twin A. We’ve been treating the birthday boy to a very fancy meal, and we broke the bank Tuesday night by spending some time at Nobu. Their omakase is quite delicious, as is their sake. I’ve been lucky enough to eat there a few times before (their Restaurant Week prices are totally reasonable, especially lunch!), and it is always amazing.

Last night I was lucky enough to attend the New York premiere of The Way Way Back - PSB knows one of the producers from, well, sorry but it’s true, way way back - she taught him when she was in college and he was in high school! We caught a quick dinner before the movie, and at first we were a little concerned because there were 200 people on line to get in, and we weren’t sure if we should be on that line or walking the red carpet. Fortunately, PSB sent her friend a quick text, and was told that we had reserved seats and tickets being held for us on will call. We found the desk and got our tickets and were quite relieved that we didn’t have to stay on that mega-line. I was super psyched to also note that we were sitting about 15 feet away from Toni Colette, but I managed to not harass her or yell “You’re terrible Muriel!”

The movie itself is outstanding. Honestly, it was everything I had hoped Adventureland was going to be. Full of awesome teenage angst, and very very funny, and very sweet. It was extremely well cast and well acted and had a great story. I highly recommend it when it opens later this summer.

November 13, 2012

Vegas Part 2. Before I totally forget what happened.

Filed under: PolenPoker, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 1:07 pm

I woke up at 7 am Vegas time, not having gotten enough sleep but not going to be able to sleep any further. I figured, well, why not go back down to the tables? I headed down to the poker room, and surprisingly there were two tables going and I got a seat within 15 minutes. I fared a little better, and at one point managed to win a $100 bonus by catching quads.

Twin A got up and I managed to get a rental car - $100 for the day (there goes that bonus!), which is double what Twin D and I would have paid for a two day rental. Oh well. I drove out to pick up Twin A and we went to brunch at the Wynn, which once again was amazingly delicious. Even Twin A was impressed. Only, for some reason, the coffee was a little gross. I was also introduced to the joys of valet parking, which is apparently free everywhere in Las Vegas (I had no idea). I managed to lose my ticket though, which required a little explaining and a little extra paperwork, but it all worked out.

We then headed over to the Pinball Hall of Fame for a little while, which was magnificent as always - Twin A and I squared off at Twilight Zone and each won a game against each other, and I also discovered that I was strangely good at ACDC pinball.

We then drove to the airport to pick up Kissyfur, who was flying in for the week. I dropped them back at Twin A’s hotel, the Trump International, so they could have some smoochy time, and I went back to the Rio for some more poker. On the way, I didn’t understand what my GPS was telling me so I got a little lost, but in the process I found the Spearmint Rhino. (No, I did not go in.)

I went back to the poker tables and again, fared a little better - no giant hands but I wasn’t losing either.

I picked A and Kissyfur back up around 7 and we headed out for dinner. We went to Estiatorio Milos in the Cosmopolitan - Twin A was treating for my birthday, and since he was making extra money for being out in Las Vegas - the meal was exquisite. I had some fresh fish flown in that day from Greece, and all their appetizers were ridiculously good, and dessert was also outstanding. It was quite a feast.

After dinner we wandered around the strip some, and watched the Bellagio fountains, and then I went up with A and Kissyfur to see A’s pad - not terrible, but there was a train track nearby, and the trains liked to blow their horns a lot. . .

I headed back to the Rio for one last poker binge, and again, I did okay. No major hands of note, and I won some more. I ended up winning around $200, and had covered my expenses in the meantime as well.

I’m going to head back in the spring if I can. There is a Facebook game that will actually give you comp Vegas hotel rooms for playing it. You have to play it a LOT, but hey, free is free. I could combine two nights through them and two nights through my Total Rewards account, and have four days out there, which would be awesome.

Twin A or Kissyfur, if you happen to read this and want to comment on anything I might have missed/forgotten, feel free. . . it’s all a little hazy now at this point.

October 7, 2012

So Here’s What Happened (And Didn’t) In Las Vegas - Part 1

Filed under: PolenPoker, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 4:48 pm

Here’s a quick trip report about the September Vegas trip. It might be a little out of order at this point:

I made my flight on Sunday morning, no problems, and managed to score an exit row for free. (Now I can’t decide if I like the extra leg space more than the ability to recline my seat. I think I might like the row right behind the exit row the best, because then I can recline my seat but they can’t recline theirs.) Before we took off, Twin D texted me, saying that he had missed his flight - he had left his home a little later than he had meant to but still should have had plenty of time to reach the airport (White Plains), but someone decided it would be a good idea to put the running section of a triathlon on the road between the highway and the airport, so D was stuck for a half hour a mile away from the airport, and got into the airport ten minutes before he was supposed to take off. The airline rep told him to take the next flight out (to Chicago), and he would be first on the standby list on the flight to Vegas. He was a little upset (understandably), but I encouraged him to take the flight out there and he’d just get to Vegas later and everything would be fine. Then I took off on my direct flight. The movie selection sucked and my TV wasn’t working correctly, so I decided to try the in flight wifi, thinking that I could watch some Netflix on my phone. However, after spending the $10, it became very apparent that it was not working properly, and when I went to the website and read the fine print, it said that video streaming would not work. They should make that a lot clearer on the screen before you are ready to purchase. I complained to a customer service rep on their chat and they gave me a free session for the trip back, which didn’t address the issue, but whatever. I was able to email with D, who had made it to Chicago but apparently the airline rep had been smoking crack, because the Vegas flight was oversold. He was going to sit tight and see what was going on.

We had rented a car, but it was in his name, so I took a taxi out to our hotel, the Rio. It was off the strip, but it was the only property besides the Imperial Palace where I could get a comp, and I’ve heard the Palace is a rat trap so I had no desire to stay there. The Rio had also offered me a very cheap upgrade ($10 a night) for a high floor Strip view room, which I decided to take. Check in took forever - even at an off-Strip property, it was jammed. I got my room, which turned out to be all the way at the end of a very long hallway. Next time, screw the Strip view, get me something that doesn’t take me five minutes to get to the elevator! But the suite rooms at the Rio are huge, and generally nice. They had Keurig coffee makers, which I thought was awesome, and the worst shower heads in the universe, which was terrible. I want a shower, not a sand blaster.

Twin D let me know that not only was the flight he was supposed to be on standby for was impossible to get on, but so was any other flight to Vegas, but even worse, so was any flight going back to the New York City area. He was essentially trapped in Chicago overnight, thanks to the total incompetence of the airline employee in White Plains. I was totally bummed that he wasn’t going to be able to make it. . . I mean, I guess he could have flown in the next morning, but then he would really have only been in Vegas for 24 hours. . . probably not worth it (unless you are a degenerate like me).

Twin A was still working and wasn’t going to be available for an unknown period of time (likely hours), so I sat down at a poker table. The cards were not going my way. I played for a while and could barely win a hand, and any time I was involved with a pot I was missing completely, or getting called when I was bluffing, or someone would stay in and draw out on me. The worst was when someone called my sizable reraise with A4 suited versus my AK, and flopped a straight, of course calling my all in bet. I managed not to steam too much, rebought, and stayed afloat but not coming back.

Twin A called, finally, but I was exhausted and not hungry, so we agreed to meet the next morning for brunch. I was going to have to rent a car in the meantime, since I was now carless since there was no Twin D. . .

September 16, 2012

Two Sundays of Awesome, With Suck Inbetween

Filed under: PolenBabble, Kvetch! Kvetch! Kvetch! — Twin C @ 8:16 am

Later today I’m heading to BAM to see Einstein on the Beach, which I was fortunate enough to see the last time it played at BAM, around 20 years ago. I am expecting it to be as incredible this time as it was back then.

A week from today, I’m leaving for Las Vegas for a quick jaunt. Twin A has been out there since the end of August, working his new job with Blue Man Group, helping them move and relaunch their show with a bunch of all new acts and costumes and such. Some of the new stuff was featured on America’s Got Talent earlier this week, and if the show is as good as what they featured on TV, they’re going to be in great shape:

Those suits are so sick!!!!! Also, I’m referring to my butt as either the Jumbotron, my two weird cousins, or my gross national product from now on. (I’m not so sure about the last one, but it amuses me whether or not it was actually in the song.)

Anyway, what’s even cooler about the trip is that Twin D is also coming! I’m a little sorry Twin B can’t make it as well, but we didn’t plan it or anything, Twin D just decided he wanted to go as well. We’re both staying at the Rio, I got comped and he got a really good rate, and we both got cheap upgrades to high level strip view rooms. We’re also renting a car, since we want to make it to locations off of the strip (Pinball Hall of Fame, here we come!, and I’ll be experiencing In and Out Burger for the first time) and we’d be paying so much in taxi fare that it just made sense to get a car. Twin A plans to take us to some amazing omakase on Sunday night once he gets off work. Then on Monday, Kissyfur ALSO heads to Las Vegas, so the four of us will go have some other insanely yummy dinner, then they’ll go off and be lovey and Twin D and I will get into as much trouble as possible before my flight Tuesday morning.

It’s an incredibly quick trip, but it was all I could make work since I’m pretty much out of vacation days and I need some for the end of the year when we head down to Alabama for Xmas.

So between today and a week from today, I have the work week, which is going to be pretty terrible. I have three mornings with a prompt 9 AM start time (yes, I know, cry rivers for me, I’m a lazy lazy man), and two of those mornings involve all day (well, one all day and one “half” day) meetings with a new team that I am starting to work with. I have been warned ahead of time that there may be a lot of griping during these meetings, as they’re coming together to talk about a new process that they’ve been working on, and comparing it with the old process (strangely enough, I’m only getting trained on the old process, as the new one is going to be theoretically learned by a new colleague). And the other morning I have to attend training for system that honestly I’m probably not going to use very much, but since we have a project right now that involves its use, I have to take the training. Blah.

Also, there’s a Moth on Friday, but that’s not sucky at all. That’s awesome!

September 12, 2012

Oh, right, PSB is away again for the week.

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 9:48 am

In Las Vegas.

Working with Annie Duke again.

Um, can I borrow a babysitter and some vacation days and a leer jet, please????

I’m off to Vegas myself in a week and a half - Twin D and I are going to meet up with Twin A, who is out there for two months working on the new Blue Man Group show at the Monte Carlo. We’re going out for omakase, and going to the Pinball Hall of Fame, and then Kissyfur flies in and we all go to another fancy dinner together, then A and K go off for lovey time and D and I go gamble and gamble and gamble. I’m really looking forward to it.

August 27, 2012


Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 9:45 am

Thanks, Twin A, for bringing us back up and running.

PSB has left for Burning Man, leaving me with a toddler and a parrot.


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