Monthly Archives: October 2006

The night of 84 annoyanceists.

Well, I suppose they’re not terrorists. They’re just annoyanceists. And there were EIGHTY-FOUR of them. Or so I think from these calculations: I got home early, like I do every year, and waited until around 5:30PM for the first trick-or-treater. I should learn that they don’t come early, but there’s a lot of 1-to-3-year-old kids and I know they go to bed fairly early. The last trick-or-treaters came around 8:10PM but I sat and waited until much later. This meant my late trip to the gym was canceled and I am still a fat pig. (A fat pig with 35 leftover packages of Skittles.) Oh, and I keep losing my … Continue reading

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I feel like a big fat pig.

It’s an exercise thing and I think it was a lot worse when I was running. I felt a lot of guilt when I skipped running and called my sister to be absolved from my crimes. Not that not running was a crime. In any case, I was away on a business trip for a week and the only time I was close to exercising was in the awful Holiday Inn mini-gym, or carrying my bags through an airport. Tomorrow is my usual day at the gym, but it’s the one day a year I get to hand out candy to a bunch of little terrorists. I have to do … Continue reading

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Thanks Sun.

So now that I know, this gift card makes sense. I helped Sun with her computer, so she sent me a gift card. She enlisted my sister to help her, and my sister just called the Ringside directly. My sister, in turn, just called Ringside. So I got an undecipherable card in the mail that I first thought was from, “Sten.” Now I can see it’s from, “Sun.”

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I made it back!

I meant to post something about my dinner last night, but I went to the weenie little workout room in the hotel instead. Met a kid who was interviewing with Toyota. Guess there’s a headquarters in Cincinnati somewhere. The conference in Lexington (we have no nightlife), KY was over for me after the morning sessions, so I drove back to Cincinnati in the middle of the day. I tried to go on a tour at the Toyota production plant in Georgetown, KY on the way back but the tours were all full for the day. I could have seen where they put my ma’s car together if I was early. … Continue reading

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Trying to kill myself?

Today at lunch we went to a place at my suggestion that had a big sign saying Burgers and Shakes. In fact, I think the place was named Burgers and Shakes because the employees were wearing t-shirts with Burgers and Shakes printed on them. It was the kind of place where you could get a cheeseburger, chili dog, fries, and a medium Coke for $4.65. You walk up to the, “Order,” window, and by the time you step to the, “Food Here,” window there’s a brown bag waiting for you with grease soaking through it. It was quite tasty, but that doesn’t help my upset digestive system much. I can’t … Continue reading

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Rolling up the streets at night.

I was going to hit the gym tonight after the conference let out, but the European contingent showed some cohesiveness by ditching the guy from London. Well, he’s a guy from Hong Kong originally but he’s still a Euro to me. In any case, he was stuck by himself so I had to tear myself away from the chick flick I was watching to go out to dinner with him. We ended up wandering around downtown Lexington which does double duty as a ghost town on Tuesday evenings. My usual metric for finding a restaurant is to find something that has regional food and that isn’t empty. Unfortunately, the most … Continue reading

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Monday night football makes no sense on the East Coast.

I’m too used to seeing the Monday Night football game at 6PM. It’s over around 9PM. But people on the East Coast know it starts at 9PM and ends around midnight. Funny thing is that I’m actually tired already and it’s not that late. Went to eat at Lee’s today. It’s kind of like Kentucky Fried Chicken but I bet it never made it outside of Kentucky. There were only two people working there, and they didn’t work together very well. The guy in the kitchen looked like the manager with a staffing problem, and the woman at the counter didn’t talk directly to him and he couldn’t hear a … Continue reading

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Ain’t no Asians in Kentucky.

And, as far as I could tell, nobody but white folk in Covington, KY. Not even one at the airport. I don’t know what’s going on. The Megacorp traveling curse continues. Someone told me that it depends on the level you’re at within the company. I always get the last row in the airplane (by all the little kids) and a lower floor room. I think the lower floor room is to keep Megacorp employees from jumping out the windows. Other than that the trip was fairly uneventful. I had dinner at a Skyline Chili just outside of Cincinatti and I have to admit it’s different. I can’t say it’s … Continue reading

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My 3l33t PowerPoint skills.

Next week I get to present some data to a bunch of printer geeks. I took a bunch of Linux distributions and plugged in various printers and swore a lot and wrote down what I did to get the printing working. Plus, I wrote down the quirks I found. I’m sure I’m going to get skewered for my mistakes and, even better, I have to travel to Kentucky to do this. A week away from home (which is the only place I sleep well) and in the south, to boot. If anyone has any suggestions for what to eat or do in Cincinnati or Lexington, let me know. I think … Continue reading

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The thing about spam.

I yearn for the old days when spam had pr0n included. At least it was good for something. Now it’s all useless or in a foreign language. Or gif images I don’t see with my text-only email client. The acupuncturist wants me to keep coming back so he can try to even out my leg length. Hah. He keeps yanking on my leg and somehow I don’t think that’s going to work. But I did see the woman from the gym there. That’s going nowhere fast. I have a better chance of having one of my legs grow a quarter-inch, I bet.

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When the lights are shining in your eyes.

It’s hard to guess what happens when you’re in front of a crowd. I’m not nervous talking in front of groups, but sometimes I just start getting twitchy. I bet if a cop stopped me I’d have trouble catching my breath. And today at the gym I talked to the, “Hot Acupuncture Student,” and I had a hard time focusing or completing my sentences. It was like being in high school again. (She talked to me because I saw her at her school, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and she was trying to remember who I was then.) In any case, I’m just beginning to remember what I said. … Continue reading

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My brother-in-law is a goofus.

It’s a law, I think, that your brother-in-law has to be a goofus. He did some horse-trading and got rid of his truck to buy a monster Chevy and then my sister was stuck at home with no car. So they had to get a loan and buy a Honda Fit. Why a Fit for a big white guy who is probably at least 6’2″? I don’t know. He’s a goofus, after all. For some reason I couldn’t sleep last night and I’m feeling antsy again. Perhaps even a bit cranky. My computer doesn’t seem to be as, “snappy,” as I’d like. I think it was all the rain or … Continue reading

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