Monthly Archives: March 2007

I was wrong.

I took a picture of the prices at the San Diego zoo. I’m not sure why I thought it was over sixty dollars to get in, but it was pretty expensive. Anyway, I started wandering around the park and stumbled across a really nice arboretum. It included desert plants and a rose garden. I also have a picture of the hotel and the harbor across the road. The winds blew straight across the bay and onto the screen glass door of my room. I’m guessing San Diego doesn’t have this kind of weather usually because no one would want to stay in a room like that. I added some pictures … Continue reading

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Made it back.

I’m back home, skipping the Microsoft block party where they’re renting a whole block of restaurants in downtown San Diego. I called today a travel day and got myself sunburned by walking from the zoo to the hotel and then making an excursion to In-N-Out burger. I didn’t notice that I was getting sunburned because I was SNOW BLIND. It’s too damn hot in San Diego (it was in the 60’s!) and it’s too damn bright. The In-N-Out turned out to be next door to Gold’s Gym so I went in to take a look. They have SEVENTY FIVE cardio machines! Man, those Californians are nuts. Oh, and I had … Continue reading

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I can’t take another day of that conference.

The conference was OK but there’s only so many three-hour lectures a guy can take. I don’t think the lectures were that long when I was in college. I’m going to take tomorrow to wander aimlessly through San Diego. Thank goodness the lady next door stopped talking on her cell phone. I got back to my hotel around 6 and she was talking on her cell phone on the adjacent balcony. I went down to exercise in the hotel gym and when I got back she was still there talking. I went downstairs to eat dinner and when I got back she was still talking. That’s at least five hours … Continue reading

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Triggering my self-destructive side.

After a night where the wind in San Diego was blowing so hard that the sliding glass door in my hotel room was howling, I made it to the Microsoft indoctrination conference where they were passing out extra-strength Kool-aid. I’m thinking of quitting my job and trying to get a job as an Apple genius (Apple retail, for those who don’t know.) Plus, every lecture there was a guy with an incredibly large melon on his shoulders sitting right in front of me and a couple of Euros behind me yapping throughout the presentation. So, in the evening, I tried to eat myself to death. I went to Cafe Zucchero … Continue reading

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Southwest Airlines doesn’t screw around.

I made it to San Diego a little late and this was my first ride on Southwest Airlines. And what a ride. I was worried about the lack of assigned seating, but that was no big deal. Crowded flights are crowded flights. They passed out peanuts and drinks, which was nice. No audio programming, though, and I always liked plugging my headphones into SOMETHING so I could avoid listening to all the cabin noise (and by cabin noise I mean I always get seated next to the kids and you can imagine what that’s like.) The biggest difference was that they flew the plane like a plane. Other airlines try … Continue reading

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Nappy time.

Yesterday I was out late because of a friend’s birthday party. Since I’m old a lot of people were calling it quits at 11PM, but somehow I got roped into a game of M.U.L.E. and I got home around 1AM. Oh, and the friend brews incredible beer so I had to have “some” and of course that means today is just nap day for me. I did finally get over to fix a guy’s FAX line. A friend from the gym works at an apartment building that is for low-income seniors and one of her residents was having trouble with the FAX machine. He had his walls painted and somehow … Continue reading

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Goofy Asian dudes, unite!

Being a goofy Asian dude, I listen to goofy Asian music from time to time. I’ve been listening to a lot of Yellow Magic Orchestra lately. In fact, I got stuck on YouTube looking at YMO videos. Well, that was after searching for, “Bush Blair Gay Bar.” You’ll see what I mean if you look for that. The original music video by, “Electric Six,” is quite bizarre as well. You’ll see why we call each other, “Superstar,” at work. I get to go to San Diego next week. I had a heck of a time finding flights and hotels and I really don’t want to go to a, “Microsoft Management … Continue reading

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At least it’s not L.A.

The list of things that cheese me off is pretty long. One thing is working with Microsoft products. Unfortunately for me, Megacorp arbitrarily decided that my job was to work with Microsoft products. Not just the easy ones, but the the awful ones that need whole IT departments to keep them running. This afternoon some Megacorpers decided I needed to go to a Microsoft conference in San Diego next week. NEXT WEEK. Work conferences are supposed to be planned months in advance, not hours. Another thing that cheeses me off is wasting my time. I was told that I would attend a, “document review meeting,” after filing a, “defect sheet.” … Continue reading

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Yay, gym time.

I spent a lot of time flapping my gums at the gym since I haven’t been there in a couple of weeks. I got all sorts of abuse from the staff and one of the women there who looked at my shirt and said, “Superstar?! You’re kind of a freakshow, aren’t you?” We also had a little Asian gangster thing going. One of the trainers at the gym who I think is Vietnamese had some highlights put in his hair. His client, a Chinese woman, came in and said, “I didn’t know you were Korean.” My comment was, “Hey, did you get a Honda with ground effects and the big … Continue reading

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CHEST X-RAY!!!!!

For those of you who thought I should see the doctor, I saw the doctor. I rationalized it this way: I wanted to see if my chest was clear, but since I never got into medical school I really had no reason to buy that nice Littman Master Cardiology stethoscope and so I couldn’t listen to my lungs myself, and in any case nobody was going to listen to my batty self-diagnosis with any sense of belief. So I had to have Mr. Dr. Physician do it for me, and while he was at it I was going to have him prescribe me some hay fever medication as well. My … Continue reading

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What the hell.

I don’t remember what I did today. All I can think about writing about is complaining about work. I think I’ll go to sleep instead.

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My increased level of cursing.

I started working at Megacorp and I quit swearing so much. I don’t know why, but I just did. But oddly enough, when they changed my job to do something very similar to Windows system administration (though it is only installation and setup) I went back to my system administrator vocabulary. I keep saying, “I need to watch myself,” and “I should calm down,” etc, but this is one of those situations where I’m already sensitized to the inherent climate and any little thing can set me off. It’s like allergies. There’s no way to make myself calm down because the other people are setting me off and I can’t … Continue reading

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