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mardi 18 octobre 2005

Late work is bad

The company doesn't like late workers. Not those who give results late, those who work late at night.

Tonight I came out of my office to get some water at 20:30; coming back, the security door won't open to my pass! crap, all my stuff is in there: keys for the bike, money, train pass... Fortunately, the door's lock... doesn't lock. I can still come in, everything's fine!

At 21:15, I leave for real: last week I saw the warden close the car park's grid (where I park my bike) at 21:30. But, uh?, the door to the car park is closed? the front door too? I need to find the warden, then. Lucky me, here he comes.

But, ouch, he's not quite friendly, not even neutral; simply aggressive: what are you doing here! gimme your pass! there's no name on it! I'm a contractor here, the company doesn't give contractors passes with names gimme your ID card! the facility closes at 21:00! 21:00 ? not 21:30 ? no that's 21:00, don't say you don't know, I saw you last week! (last week, it was 21:30 when I saw the other warden close the grid}} Can I get my bike nevertheless?
I can. I get the bike, I get my ID back, and speed away.

I'll keep that in mind: Work in the evening is something that must be avoided. I'll hop to bed right away, tomorrow I'll try to make it for the opening at 6:00, rather than the closing.

P.S. I feel I must add, though, that the other warden was very nice the week before (yet another time) when he opened the gate for me at 21:50

lundi 17 octobre 2005

Impromptu

This sunday was gonna be a good day: it was rollerskating day, for a 3 hours ride accross Paris with a few hundreds fellow riders. I had not taken part in it for about a month: either because of holidays, other plans, ill-adapted skates or sheer laziness. But today, I was on the way.

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lundi 10 octobre 2005

On the banks of the river Seine

Three weeks ago, I started using the bike to go to work. This daily, straight and back trip could be much worse: most of it stands on the side of the river Seine.

I had to swear against myself for two weeks, for I forgot every morning to bring my digital camera in my backpack. Oh it's nothing severe, I didn't really miss anything, though I sometimes caught a glimpse of a nice light (or was that light caused by my yellow glasses ? ;) ). After two weeks, I finally brought the thing. Click! Uh, no click? D'oh! The battery's still in the charger!

Next day, battery's in place. But not the light. The automn's showing it's there with big, low clouds. Still, I managed to shoot this on Thursday night:

Restaurant on the banks of the river Seine, in Rueil-Malmaison

Restaurant on the banks of the river Seine, in Rueil-Malmaison