May. 23rd, 2012

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It's a start. Thank you, Target.
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The older I get, the more impressed I am with my body's ability to heal. Yesterday, they sliced my eye open. Today, my right eye (the slice-ee) feels exactly like my left one. Exactly. Amazing.

But this damn patch, or as [livejournal.com profile] zyzyly calls it, my Eye Pad - that still cracks me up - is driving me nuts. 2 hours till it's off. I'm counting the minutes.

Plus I want to see what I can see with my new lens.
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In 1973, I was a newspaper reporter and I decided that I'd rather make more money. I looked around for what I could do, without going back to school, that would pay me buckets o' cash. I cudda been a hooker - I had read The Happy Hooker and, honestly, she made it seem rather interesting and lucrative but the timing wasn't good. My parents were still very much alive.

Next up - considering the skills I had at the time - was sales. So I launched a campaign. I made a list of all the products and companies that made or did stuff I liked. At the library there was a giant book called the Thomas Registry. In it you could look up any company and get the mailing address and name of the CEO.

I mailed letters and resumes to about 60 CEOs. In the early 70's women in sales was not even close to common. Women who were willing to relocate and travel were all stewardesses. And the federal government was beginning to put the squeeze on public companies to hire women and blacks in positions that had career tracks.

So, I got lots of offers for expenses paid trips for interviews. It was great fun. I went all over the place and encountered white men who were desperate to find just one woman and one black so they could get back to the regular work at hand.

I quickly figured that companies who offered to train me needed to be at the top of the list. That moved IBM and Xerox right up there. I thought copiers were more fun than typewriters so I gave Xerox the first shot.

They had a personality test they required of all applicants. I was fine with that and gamely showed up with my #2 pencil. The test was clearly one that would be 'graded' by a computer and it was obvious that that computer expected the test takes to be of the male persuasion.

Many of the questions were things like "How much would you play for a business suit?" (Trust me, there was no such thing as a business suit for women in 1973.) But, when I got to the question "Would your wife be willing to relocate?", I was done. I told the test proctor thanks, but no thanks. And I wrote a nice letter to the CEO explaining why they were not going to get a chance at their best candidate.

(I took that test in NY. If I were taking it today, neither of those questions would seem that odd and the latter would make Xerox look progressive.)

I went to work for IBM. They put me in the Greenville, S.C. branch - that branch's first female in sales. The guy they hired just before me was their first black.

Today, the CEO of IBM is female. And, I heard on NPR this morning, that Xreox's new CEO is female *and* black!

Amazing. Really. And pretty cool.
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Eyepatch off!! waiting for doc but prelim test shows bad eye is now street legal
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The patch is off and all is great!! Before the surgery, I could read only the first two lines of the eye chart. Now I can read all the way down to the second to last line!! The doctor said I may need to use reading glasses and she may be right. As I'm typing this, I realize it could be easier to read. No worries, I have plenty of reading glasses around.

Plus my eye is still dilated and a little swollen from the surgery so the sight should only get better. I go back in a week. I asked her about doing the other eye. She laughed and said 'let's talk next week' It's only 20/25 and, honestly, I would not have known there was a cataract there if she hadn't told me. So probably better to wait til next year or whenever it gets worse.

I just checked the TV and I can see the words on TiVo! There's a ballgame in 45 minutes, I can't wait to see the numbers. Yahooooo

Oh and she (the doctor) told me that if I wore goggles and didn't get my face wet, I could go back to the pool next week!
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This is Betty. Tomorrow she is getting all of her hair shaved off. She hates hates hates having it done but its already starting to matt up and will only get worse as the weather gets warmer. And, based on last year's experience, she'll forgive me before we even get home from the vet's.
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ohhh I just got tab syncing in Chrome and i really likey!!
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This is heaven. I can see all the numbers on the TV broadcast of the baseball game. I never knew they flashed pitch speed! My vision has improved even since I've been home from the doctors - 3 hours ago.
It's amazing. Wow.
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