I forgot to mention -- while my current work has not been engaging my abilities to the limits of my endurance, I have had some things highly suggestive of things to do. The first is that the owner, the guy who hired me, was finally feeling well enough -- or restless enough, I admit -- to get out of his home recuperation and into the office, where, I'm told, after twenty minutes he went to lunch. Well, wouldn't you, in the circumstances? But after that he took a moment while I was ... actually just after I got off the phone trying to figure out what to do about my traffic accident ... to ask if I had a little free time to talk. I guess getting off the phone makes you look productive.
Naturally I was eager for news about the project for which I was originally hired, a little database-to-web-site interface with a deadline of the first of July. He explained that the project was still on and he still wanted me to do it; it's just that the customer this was being done for hadn't finished saying precisely what they wanted. As a result there's no specifics for me to work on, and while the project will be done sooner or later, it turns out that it's going to be later. For now, I should just sit tight.
Other workplace challenges -- I've mentioned the tiny size of the parking lot, which is usable only by having cars triple-stacked inside, so that getting in and out is an exercise in queueing theory. One day this week I got in to find the cars arranged on the left and back side, and one car sitting up front and on the right, so that there were, in principle, three spaces open. Unfortunately there wasn't enough space between the front cars for me to squeeze in, no matter how I tried, and I gave it a couple attempts. Finally I gave in and did what another person had -- namely, parking orthogonal to the other cars in front of the lot in the area that blends into the alley -- and admitting when I got in that today's parking problem had me baffled. About an hour later we were called out to re-park.
Trivia: During his Mercury flight Gus Grissom's main parachute deployed at 12,300 feet, about 1,000 feet higher than the nominal design altitude. Source: This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury, Loyd S Swenson Jr, James M Grimwood, Charles C Alexander. NASA SP-4201.
Currently Reading: Washington Goes To War, David Brinkley.