Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 17 October 2005
Latest Update: Sunday, 23 October 2005 7:15 p.m.
Busy day. I am preparing an old case we have sitting in the closed file
area shelves for off site storage. We have two sets of eight of those
shelves that roll open and closed. We often store large volume cases on
site until the attorneys no longer need access to the files. The one I
am working on has 86 boxes now. Unfortunately a lot of the material was
originally stored in boxes that are not suitable for off site storage.
We use a box designed for that purpose though there are others that can
be used if the files are in that type of box. I had to unbox and rebox
about 15 of the boxes some of which were so large the files had to be
moved into two of our boxes. Also, the files in the boxes were of a
type that made them hard to transfer from one box to another. It took
me well over an hour to box, number, and label the case just to get it
ready to be put in our system.
Needless to say the way I sweat, I was wringing wet and tired by the
time I finished up that chore. All I have to do tomorrow is enter the
boxes into our system then fill out the paperwork for sending them off
I had a hair cut appointment after work then I stopped at Wal-Mart to
do my every month or so big shopping. By the time I finished up it was
7:30 by the time I got home.
I am reading Shadows on the Ivy by
Lea Wait, the third book in her Maggie Summers series. Maggie, recently
widowed works full time as a professor at a local community college as
long with her antique print business which she does on the side. She
attends craft fairs on the weekend to sell her wares and uses her
prints and books on prints in her classes to supplement her lectures.
Maggie is trying to solve the mysterious poisonings of two young,
single mothers who live in a house near the college in a program for
unwed, single parents to help them attend the college on scholarship.
One young mother is poisoned during a function at the house of the
couple who support the program. She was not killed but continues to
hang on for dear life. In the meantime a second young mother dies after
she was poisoned two days later. With the remaining single parents in
fear for their lives, Maggie is working to solve the mystery. She acts
as an adviser to the students as well as their friend and mentor.
Guess I better give the guys some playtime before it gets much
18 October 2005
19 October 2005
Last night by the time I got home from the
gym, paid some bills, and checked my mail it was too late for my brain
to manage putting enough words together for a post.
Today was a brutally physically tiring day. Jackie and hauled a total
of 340 flat boxes from across the street in three runs. We cleaned out
the last of the boxes in the storage area before a new shipment arrives
tomorrow. We have a huge case closing upstairs in which they are needed
several hundreds of boxes. We decided to go over and bring one load to
take upstairs and two for our usual back up storage in the record
center. This after noon I helped Jackie bring another 30 boxes down to
the record center for her to close on that case plus I worked on boxes
on my cases.
I worked through lunch today and will do so again tomorrow in order to
leave early. I have a guy coming to give me an estimate on trimming
back the big trees in the yard. With the forecast for a cold winter I
would prefer to have the larger limbs trimmed back now rather than have
to do it myself this winter in the case of a ice storm.
I decided to take a break from reading mysteries and started the follow
up book to Jon Katz's A Dog Year, which
I read earlier this year. The Dogs
of Bedlam Farm continue Jon's story of his life after adopting
a wild Border Collie he named Orson after he lost his two golden labs.
Jon has now sold his small cabin in the mountains of New York and
bought an old farm. In addition to Orson he now has two other BC's, one
ram, a flock a sheep, and two donkeys. He spends his time mostly at the
farm but still lives in New Jersey with his wife who works at a
journalist. Jon uses the farm as working vehicle for his three BC's and
a place to write. Even if you do not live on a farm or own BC's Jon's
books are excellent narratives of life and the changes that can occur,
for him in his mid-fifties, living with dogs in general, and/or
enjoying life on an old farm through someone else's eyes.
20 October 2005
The tree guy showed up at 3 instead of 3:00
which meant he was gone by the time I got home. Bob showed him some of
the trees I wanted pruned back but the guy told him he would come back
after I got home. He showed up just as I was finished getting changed
and heading out the door to wait for him.
Now I need to wait on another company to call me back so I can get
another estimate for a comparison. After he left Bob blew out the
gutters then I vacuumed and mowed. With rain forecast off and on over
the next few days plus the chance of Wilma coming for visit I decided
to go ahead and get the yard cleaned up just in case it turns out to be
a wet weekend. With all the warm weather the grass had grown fairly
high in spots after all the rain on my grass seed and fertilizer.
It was another hectic day at work with tomorrow looking to be more of
the same. Time to go out and spend some time relaxing on the couch.
It was, as I predicted, another busy day at
work. Thankfully Friday evening has arrived with the weekend ahead for
some rest and relaxing amidst the usual weekend chores.
Last night I started a new series by Lee Harris. I have read all the
books in her Christine Bennett series featuring holiday titles. Her new
series feature Jane Bauer, a New York detective, working on unsolved
crimes for the NYPD as her last assignment before retiring. The Bennett
series are cozies, this series is police procedurals. The first book, Murder in Hell's Kitchen, has her
working with her new team on a four year old homicide that appears to
be a push-in robbery at an old rent controlled apartment complex. As
Jane starts on her investigation she finds some very odd facts about
the case that may have been overlooked during the initial
22 October 2005
We had a cool, overcast morning for the heart
walk although not so cool that I was not comfortable in my short
sleeved t-shirt. I walked with Jackie and her 5 year old daughter, who
actually ended up riding in the stroller for most of the four miles. It
took us about an hour and twenty minutes doing 20 minute miles which
was not bad.
I had several errands to run on the way home.
After I rested and read the paper I did the usual house cleaning chores
before settling in to check my mail, etc. I still need to clean up and
organize my desk and pay some bills.
The sun has been peaking in and out all afternoon. The rain never did
make it here but Jackie said they had a heck of a storm on their side
of town last night.
Relaxing day. Dad and I played golf this
morning. The weather, like last week, was just perfect with clear blue
skies and no wind to speak of. It was cool but warmed up nicely later
on in the morning.
This afternoon I watched the NASCAR race from Martinsville, VA while
catching up on some odds and ends reading I had stacked up on my side
Tonight shall be more of the same, relaxing and reading.
Hope you had a great weekend.
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