Public Office

I did my clothes shop­ping last night, and the bane of my clothes shop­ping ex­is­tence con­tin­ues. It is im­pos­si­ble to find pants in my size, es­pe­cial­ly when I’m look­ing for a cer­tain style. The guy at Dillard’s told me that I should drink more beer un­til I have a 40-inch waist­line, be­cause then I can shop in the Big and Tall sec­tion. I just want 34×34 flat-front pants with­out cuffs, one or two pairs in wool and one or two pairs with a slight pat­tern. A her­ring­bone would be ex­cel­lent. Two pairs black, one char­coal, one dark brown.

I did man­age to snag a pair of dark blue pants at The Gap for $20 that were in my size, but I refuse to drop $98 for one pair of pants at Express Men, no mat­ter how awe­some they are. I picked up 3 more MX shirts from there, they were on sale and those shirts fit me per­fect­ly. I fi­nal­ly got some nice black dress shoes as well. They were ex­pen­sive, but if I’m go­ing to be wear­ing them 40 hours a week I want them to be as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble, and these are more com­fort­able than my Spezials.

I start my new job on Monday. I met an­oth­er coun­ty em­ploy­ee last night who gave me her card be­cause she wants some work done to her site, and peo­ple keep ask­ing me if I’m go­ing to im­prove the Auditor or Recorder sites. God knows they need it, but those sites are of the few that my di­vi­sion doesn’t have a hand in. People keep di­rect­ing me to the Summit County site, which has GIS and MIS tools in ad­di­tion to oth­er great data­base lever­age to serve coun­ty res­i­dents. I have a feel­ing I’ll be spend­ing a lot of time look­ing at how oth­er places around the coun­try do their sites in or­der to get some ideas on us­abil­i­ty and im­ple­men­ta­tion.

I love the fact that I’m in a po­si­tion where I can bring the av­er­age person’s ideas to the ta­ble and maybe im­ple­ment them if all works out. Even though I’ve not even of­fi­cial­ly start­ed yet. Even though I wasn’t elect­ed, I’m still hold­ing a pub­lic of­fice, and a re­spect for ser­vice to the pub­lic was prob­a­bly un­know­ing­ly in­stilled in my by my grand­pa. That’s some good mo­ti­va­tion.

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  1. To me, spend­ing ex­tra bucks on pants is worth the mon­ey, es­pe­cial­ly if you’re go­ing to wear them a lot (I wear jeans a lot a lot, so I’m will­ing to spend a bit more, though not $200 for “de­sign­er” jeans that are 3 feet too long). Shirts are dif­fer­ent- they can be cheap.

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