Monday, April 02, 2007

You call that a typhoon?

Talk about a disappointing storm. While I'm sure it would have sucked to go through Typhoon Kong Rey in a coconut frond covered pala pala, sitting in concrete reinforced air conditioned comfort was downright luxurious.

While today probably isn't the best of days to go diving at the Grotto, the traffic driving up and down Middle Road tells me that the worst is over...or that there is a special going on at Winchell's.

I'm pretty sure most businesses are closed today (except for Java Joe's, Saipan's #1 BBQ/coffee shop and home of the $2 Cappuccino), so I guess today is a good day to just sit at home and wish I had cable...or I guess I could go read a book...or work.

As for the government employees, they are to report back to work TODAY at 12:30 PM. Good luck with that. It will be interesting to see if any government offices manage to open today. If I worked for the government, I'd just turn off my cellphone and claim that my house lost power.

Edit:

Yeah, so I received a half dozen emails from friends who work in the government all letting me know that they were sitting at their desks. My friends, I feel your pain. I wasn't trying to insinuate that government workers don't love their jobs (don't use no double negatives), I was just trying to empathize with you.

Having to go into work on the day of a major typhoon, on two hours notice nonetheless, just isn't cool...or safe, for that matter. I'm looking out my window at 4:30 PM and the wind is still blowing and the rain is still falling. Making the 5000 government employees report to work for a four hour workday was a bad call. You should all be at home with your kids.

9 comments:

BoReGo said...

BTW, when I first heard about the typhoon I thought it was Cong Ray, like Congressman Ray Yumul?! Only I think that's funny. Imagine EMO sitting there wondering what to name it. "Hey, let's go precinct 3 on this sucker- how about Cong Ray!"

Hey Angelo, how about putting me on your list of blogs? I know I'm pretty new at this stuff, but I'm trying hard to be blogger approved. sommysmommy.blogspot.com.

P.S. I rooted for you guys on Guam.

BoReGo said...

I'm at work! Administrative leave until 12:30? Yeah whatever buddy, that's my lunch hour.

Melissa said...

I'm back at the helm too... all will be pleased to know the AG's are back at work. Don't know if the courts will have regualr calendars or not though...

Deece said...

My office was open, but I wasn't there. Apparently, Angelo, it's not about the cell phone. It's all about the radio. I guess if you don't have a radio then you don't know when to report back to work. I really would have liked to know that I could go back to work, I still have a lot to finish up before I pop.

Deece said...

Comment to your edit..."You should all be at home with your kids."

I agree! I would have gone to work if they had called me in. (Instead I found out late and had to apply leave for this afternoon.) But dang! The wind was still whipping up here!

BoReGo said...

I didn't listen to the radio because I was already at work at 7:30, but I heard a blurb about "non-essential employees". I hate that word! Who gets to decide who is essential and non-essential anyways? I bet if you had to choose, you'd pick the support staff over the principal any day. I would, unless my knowledge of the percentile gains we've made on the SAT10 can save your life. Hmmm... Someone has to come up with a better word. Any ideas out there?

The Saipan Blogger said...

"non-essential" is a poor choice of a word. If you are "non-essential," then we should just delete your position all together. A more descriptive word would be something like "emergency personel," which I imagine would include CHC, DPS, EMO, CPA and enforcement officers from the different government agencies like DEQ, CRM, DFW, HPO, Corrections, and maybe even MVA.

BoReGo said...

How essential can you be if everyone else is important enough to send home and you get to be the last person who washes away with the tsunami, storm, fire, etc.? In my case it should say: all essential personnel go home, dispensable over-worked, underappreciated principal stay in your office and wait for the fax that saves you, but gets to you after everyone else has had a hot shower and is eating their soba:( Is that enough boo-hooing?

The Saipan Blogger said...

Alright. You win. Who do I need to kill?