Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 10 October 2005
Latest Update: Sunday 16 October 2005 7:05 p.m.
was back to work for me today. I spent this afternoon trying to located
a missing transcript from a closed file box. It seems it got put in the
wrong box, which can happen. The case consisted of 11 boxes. Several
were on site and had just been returned. Others remained at our off
site storage facility and two were located on site upstairs in a file
room. By checking our software filing system I was able to determine
two of the boxes had been requested several months ago. I went back
upstairs to check one of the small file rooms and sure enough the two
boxes were up there with the missing transcript in the wrong box.
Another attorney or paralegal working with the case pulled the
transcript and failed to return it to the correct box.
Luckily it was in one of the two boxes upstairs and we did not have
to pull all the boxes associated with the case in from off site storage
to locate the missing transcript. My backlog of closed file boxes
that came in while I was gone is not too bad, perhaps 25 or so in all.
I knocked out several this morning and started on another group before
lunch when I had to stop to track down that transcript. Anyway, I was
glad to be back at work. After being on vacation for a week I felt
refreshed and ready to go again.
It has been a cool and rainy day. Not that we need more rain but it
will help to wash in the stuff I put out yesterday.
11 October 2005
It was a busy day at work but nothing
dramatic. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home also picking
up Bob some stuff from the deli for his dinner. I am meeting my friends
from the library Nancy and Betsy for dinner at the Mexican place.
At lunch today I started the second book in Lee Kelley's series
featuring Jack Field owner of dog kennels in Maine, Murder Unleashed. I read the first
book in the series awhile back and loved it. I found the third one at
the book store but with my compulsion of having to read series in order
I had to wait until we did a book order on line to pick up this one.
After getting bogged down in several series with books from the library
I am now ready to tackle my TBR pile.
I am only through the first five chapters so I will to make a full
report later this week.
We had another inch and half of rain over night. This morning it was
pouring when we went out first time for the newspaper. The yard looked
like a swimming pool. It is still partly cloudy but hopefully the rain
will be out of here for now. We need to dry out a little.
12 October 2005
13 October 2005
Oops. I forgot to put up a post last night
after I got home from the gym. One thing I realized this week after
spending last week on vacation at home is that I cram an awful lot into
a day during my work week.
Last week was the first time since I went back to work full time that I
spent an entire week at home on vacation rather than being off on a
trip. I did all the things I normally do in a week such as going to the
gym, the store, walking the dogs, reading and doing computer stuff
but I had all day to do them. During my work week I do one or
more of those things plus work my normal 7.5 hours a day and adding to
that cooking dinner most nights as well. I cannot believe it is already
Today I had Friends meeting at 4:30 which means working through lunch
and leaving at 4pm. I picked up take out from our new favorite place to
eat, Wing Zone, afterwards.
We are very busy at work with Jackie and I both getting ready to close
out large cases in addition to our regular routine jobs. I will work on
my case when I have time between keeping the regular case boxes caught
up as they come down.
Otherwise, not much else is in the news. Malcolm and I will once again
be participating in this years Heart and Stroke Walk on October 22. I
need to get busy and fast talk a few folks including my family into
making a donation in support of our walk. We are of course walking on
one of many teams sponsored by Womble. I like to support this walk.
Last year they had all the heart attack and related illness survivors
go up on stage before we started the walk. People were on that stage
from infants being held by their parents and small children to the
older folks. Last year Malcolm had a great time and behaved very well.
Although Duncan seems to be doing great on his new medicine I don't
think a four mile walk would be good for his back knee and hip.
We are all doing our little happy dance this
evening due to the fact that Bob had basically finished the book except
for a few pictures we need to take this weekend and QC. For me, I am
just happy it is Friday. It was a busy day on the finishing end of a
Today at lunch I finished up the Lee Charles Kelley mystery, Murder Unleashed. As I said
before, if you like books with dogs as part of the story, you have to
read Kelley. In this, the second book in the series, kennel owner Jack
Field is out to clear a boxer named Roark of the murder of a judge
found dead in his car with Roark in the back seat. Along with girl
friend Jamie Cutter,who is a part time medical examiner, Jack once
again finds himself involved in solving a crime he really does not wish
to get mixed up in.
Part of what makes Kelley's books so funny is the appearance of other
dogs throughout the story. I loved the ten beagles that stop what they
are doing when the owner yells "ten hut" at them. You have to read the
book to find out about the junk yard dog. The Colombo" type
interrogations used by Jack are hilarious. And as usual, while trying
to please the love of his life he is always sticking his foot in his
The weather has turned off very nice with cool nights and warm days but
not too hot. The weather is looking great for the weekend.
15 October 2005
There is nothing so beautiful as a fall day
in the Triad. Deep blue sky, warm temperatures, and a slight breeze
with some of the leaves now starting to turn make it a great day to be
outdoors. It was after lunch before I was outside vacuuming leaves,
mowing and edging the lawn, etc. This morning was the usual house
cleaning chores followed by going out to run a couple of errands.
Our newspaper ran an article about a new strain of dog influenza being
passed from horses to dogs. I had hear about this several weeks ago
while watching the news at the gym. I did some checking on the net if
you wish to read a some a couple of articles here,
The last link is from Snopes, the urban legend web site which I checked
to verify this is indeed an epidemic of sorts. Their page
provides excellent detailed information plus links to other sites.
While I tend not to panic about this sort of thing I do think it is
worth making sure all you dog owners out there are aware of what is
The NASCAR race is tonight from Charlotte, NC. That it always an
exciting race to watch.
Poor Bob. He tries very hard to be the home handyman and can do a lot
of stuff around the house. Plumbing is just not one of them. Thursday
night he was using a small sink snake to unstop the bathroom sink and
unfortunately punched a hole in the bottom of the pipe. It took about
half an hour to clean up the minor flood on the floor and the cabinet
This morning I went out to Lowe's to pick up a replacement pipe, his
idea instead of calling a plumber. He tried to get the new piece of
pipe installed but so far has not been successful. We are hoping our
next door neighbor can put it in for us, if not, I will call the
My new grass seed is already coming up in some places. Most of the
other grass has returned to a very nice green color. I have a few bad
spots that will need some additional work but will wait until after
leave season is over.
Another glorious day here in the Triad. The
temperatures dropped down low enough last night that I had to wear long
pants and a jacket (and or course a shirt) for golf this morning. I was
able to shed the jacket on about the sixth hole but the temperatures
barely climbed out of the 60's until well into the morning. We had not
played in several weeks which was horribly reflected in my game but dad
played one of his best nines on the back in long time.
With the weather looking mostly clear and cool for the week I cleaned
out and washed my car. The white truck had not had a good inside
cleaning in months. With all the astronomy stuff still out of the car
from last weeks visit to the mechanics I took advantage of the nice
weather to give it a good inside cleaning as well. Bob came down to
wash the outside while I finished up mine.
Before I started working on the trucks I took the dogs down to play at
Mimi's for half an hour or so. It was just too pretty of day to be in
I grilled ribs and chicken for dinner with broccoli and pasta mix
a la Green Giant. Hope you had as wonderful a weekend as I did.
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