July 10, 2012

Two days until vacation. . .

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 11:44 am

and I’m finding it hard to concentrate on anything. I did manage to get one of two assignments completed, and the other I will bang out later today/tomorrow (as long as it’s done by Wednesday before I leave, it doesn’t matter when exactly it gets done, and some of it is dependent on other people, who of course are taking their sweet time to get their parts back to me. . .)

I got a $50 AmEx gift card in the mail today from a colleague who I helped out, getting some graphics for her from a different department for a side project she was working on. It was really nice of her. I didn’t even feel like I was doing anything special, but to her, I was, so I’m not going to complain!

Tonight we’re taking our administrative assistant out for a drink or two - his last day is Friday. His position, as well as another team member’s, was eliminated due to budgets and consolidation. It’s really a bummer. He’s kind of excited though, which is good, at least. He is in the same boat that I was, not knowing what to do and stuck in a position that paid well enough that he sucked it up and dealt with it. . . and the other colleague needs to move away to be with her husband, so in a way, getting a package was awesome for her. Still sad, though. She and I worked together really well. In the meantime, I’ve picked up a bunch of new responsibilities, which is mostly good, except for the fact that last week I kept getting requests to give people access to a SharePoint site, but I couldn’t do it because no one had given me the proper access, and the people who could had either been let go or were on vacation. . . a little awkward, but it’s all taken care of now.

I have to go complete my mid year review, and I’m tired of writing “I’M SO AWESOME GIVE ME A RAISE” fifty different ways.

UPDATE: The second project has been pushed back to the end of July!!!!! MUHUHUHUHUHUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

May 18, 2012

It’s a Harold Double Shot!

Filed under: HA!, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 8:49 am

And here’s a bonus birdie video!

May 9, 2012

Look! I’m in Gothamist! Sort of.

Filed under: HA!, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 5:17 pm

http://gothamist.com/2012/05/09/mike_birbiglia_1.php#photo-17

April 2, 2012

The briefest of Las Vegas trip reports

Filed under: PolenPoker, PolenBabble — Twin C @ 12:31 pm

Saturday - arrive in Vegas with a monster headache. Do some work stuff. Take a lot of pain relievers that don’t do much good. Eventually give up and go to the MGM Grand to play poker, as there are supposed to be a ton of fish there. Apparently I am meant to be the fish food that night. I was probably not playing great, but I have never had a night where every time I had a good pocket pair, some one else has a better one. Dropped $400 at one point but managed to come back a little. I leave down $250 or so. The only redeeming part of the night - when my taxi driver asks me if I want to be brought to a massage parlor.

Sunday through Tuesday - lots and lots of work stuff. The meeting goes pretty well. My one presentation - “Welcome to Las Vegas” is a hit. Here’s why:

thankyouverymuch

(Don’t ask me how hard it was to find an Elvis wig in Las Vegas.)

I also do some karaoke one night at our gala dinner, and everyone is impressed. :) There were caricature artists, and I got a caricature done. I will scan it later this week. I squeaked in a little gaming one night at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (formerly the Hilton), I break even or leave up a drop.

Wednesday: After getting my rear end handed to me at assorted games at the Wynn, I play poker at the Wynn and then when my table breaks, I walk to Planet Hollywood to play there. My evening goes much better - I get offered cocaine, a prostitute solicits me, and I win back most of what I’m down. I leave the casino at 8 am when the table breaks, and go back to my hotel, where my colleagues are having breakfast. They are astounded, amused, and a little impressed that I pulled the all-nighter.

Thursday: I sleep from 10 am - 3 pm or so, then head to the Pinball Hall of Fame for a few hours, then over to Firefly to meet up with a bunch of old high school friends - one lives in Vegas, one was in for a convention, and two came for the weekend. Dinner was fantastic and it was great to catch up with everyone. We head to the Aria to try and find a poker table but the wait line is ridiculously long. (I love how much Omaha they are offering over there though!). They give up and go home (they’re playing golf at 6 am the next morning), and I head back to Planet Hollywood, where I continue my winning streak and finally leave around 2 am, up $100 for the week. Victory!

Friday: I am really really tired. Flight home is uneventful.

We are hopefully back to Las Vegas in September when PSB has a radio conference. Twin A will already be out there on a big job. Twin D and family may come along too. Stay tuned. . .

March 6, 2012

MEAT RAGE 2012

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 11:56 am

The Polenberg Twins hit Peter Luger last night. It was pretty tasty, although our steak came out a little rarer than we expected.

We’ll probably all have dinner again before my birthday, but my birthday will be the next “treat a Polenberg twin” dinner (we’ve all started paying for each others’ dinner, since we all have jobs like adults now). We’ve decided that we’ll be going to Nobu for omakase. OH YEAH.

January 31, 2012

The Cute Thing Harry Did This Morning

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 11:22 am

(This should probably become a new category.)

Harry, referring to his book “Little Bunny Follows His Nose”: Bunny! Bunny Honey!
C: Harry, is that your first rhyme?

Harry pauses, then nods enthusiastically and earnestly.

(Okay, maybe you had to be there, but it was pretty awesome.)

January 5, 2012

Very Bad Timing

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 11:19 am

As you may or may not know, I hate the fact that people are transitory. Despite not having seen a person for years and years, I still want to know where they are and how they’re doing. It’s obviously impossible to keep in touch with everyone all the time, but I still want to. It’s one of the reasons I like Facebook so much (and MySpace before it) - it’s a great way to find the people who were special to you throughout your life - seeing them reminds you of that specialness.

Every once in a while I think of someone, usually from high school or college, and immediately try to find them on Facebook, or if they don’t seem to be on it, I will google them. I thought of someone this morning - she and I were in drama club together, and when I worked at Thom McAn she was right across the mall from me at Chess King. I used to buy five t-shirts for $15 from her. Of course, we lost touch when I went to college, and years and years passed. But now I wanted to find her, and in about a minute I did.

Unfortunately she died four years ago.

I’m strangely a little heartbroken. It seems like I really could have found her, if I had only thought of it sooner. It’s even more upsetting because she worked at my old elementary school, two minutes from my parents’ house, for eleven years, and I had no idea. I’m not sure if I ever could have just stuck my head in to say hi, if that would have been appropriate or whatever, but knowing she was that close in a way makes me even more sad that I didn’t get back in touch with her.

I’m sorry I never got to say hello again, Kasey.

October 27, 2011

The Facebook Conundrum

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 1:41 pm

I love the Polenblog.

It’s been my own personal kvetch factory/fun dump/website directory for years.

But I’ve been a total slack ass about posting, and I didn’t quite realize why, until the rebirthing of Procrastinet made me realize what was going on. . .

When I have something awesome, whether it’s a great video or good news, it used to go here, but now I put it on Facebook instead. When I have an annoyance, I (usually) put it on Facebook. Either way, I know that people are going to see it. I have no idea who comes here anymore, besides me. I mean, maybe McKleinfeld or Jefe every once in a while, but anyone else? Probably not.

Twin A has continuously hosted the Polenblog through basement floodings and computer outages, and I am eternally thankful. And I don’t want the Polenblog to go away. However, the fact remains that it’s completely underutilized.

I’m going to make an effort to post more, perhaps stuff that I want to write about but don’t necessarily care if people see it or not. I’ve been thinking about the fact that I watch The Biggest Loser with PSB, and I actually really love it and really hate it. Perhaps I will finally blog about my experiences shooting a reality television pilot (spoiler alert: it was fucking awful). And I should blog about the highs and lows of being a father. . .

Or maybe I’ll just go play more Zuma Blitz and The Binding of Isaac. Boy, is Isaac hard. Either that or I’m getting uncoordinated in my old age.

September 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Twin B

Filed under: PolenBabble, PolenNews — Twin C @ 12:51 pm

aka Brother Bacon

Have a super mega awesome day!

And get on Facebook already like a normal person.

September 9, 2011

OMG PHONE WHORE

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 9:05 am

I was due an upgrade on my Droid original, which was barely functioning as anything other than a phone, and so I waited and waited for a new mega-awesome phone to come out on Verizon. The Playstation phone seemed okay but not quite what I wanted (despite being a huge gamer), and the Droid 3’s reviews did not make me excited.

So I took a chance, and picked up the Droid Bionic. On the day it came out.

So far, I LOVE it. I’m still getting it all set up, but it’s super fast (Twin A was right - my Angry Birds WAS really slow before!) and battery life seems to be pretty good. . .

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