Monthly Archives: January 2009

Cognitive dissonance.

I’m not worth a $22 bottle of wine, but I’m worth half a $80 bottle of wine. This doesn’t quite make sense, but I suppose the situations were different. The expensive wine was when I was out with my HLP (heterosexual life partner) Il for his birthday dinner, and the $22 bottle of wine was what I drank while I was watching the TV shows I had stored up for this week. I have a couple of winner movies from Greencine this week, Alphaville and City of God but I know I have to keep up with the TV shows or I’ll have nothing to talk about when I meet … Continue reading

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More work on the house.

I can’t believe the silly actions of some people. Like me. I just bought a program for my iPhone to solve Rubik’s cubes. It’s pretty cool, actually, but quite foolish. I don’t have the time to fool with my Rubik’s cube any more, but I wanted to get it back to normal. Like I said, foolish. The electrician was in working on the basement, putting in outlets and more lighting. We only had two outlets before, and we’re getting a half-dozen or so put in. We also only had three bare lightbulbs down there and now we’re getting a half-dozen or so. It’s quite bright down there now and kind … Continue reading

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I wonder if I need an Armani suit?

I have an Italianish suit that I bought when I was in Japan. Of course, that was 20 pounds ago, or is it 40 pounds ago? I weighted about 65kg at the time, and that’s 143lbs. The start of last year I weighed 185lbs and I’m 19 years older now, so I probably don’t have much chance to fit into that suit. It’s in my closet with at least three other suits and several sportcoats that I had back when I was in high school and college. Even more stuff for Goodwill unless I opt for some serious surgical intervention or stop eating altogether. The Mexican restaurants in Hillsboro aren’t … Continue reading

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I really did it this time.

Here I am, up late and drinking again, because that’s the only way to do proper system administration. I tried to upgrade my server and it’s slower than ever. There’s a good chance you’re not going to read this until the end of the week when I finally figure out what’s going wrong. It might make more sense for me to quit fooling with this crap and to just get a real life, but that seem unlikely at this point. I did go down to the Apple store to buy iLife TWICE. The first time I thought there was something wrong with the DVD because it popped up an error … Continue reading

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Jackie is still a bitch.

Everyone at the gym is talking about their Jackie times and why should I be any different. In my class, I was only beat by three people, one who is 15 years younger than me and competes in the Crossfit games, one who is 17 years younger than me, and one who is 20 years younger than me. I could have done better (though not faster than them) if I hadn’t hurt my knees doing proper, deep, front squats of 180lbs beforehand. I doubt anyone else stopped in the middle of their thrusters to stretch out their quads, hoping that would minimize their knee pain. In any case, Jackie is: … Continue reading

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Only four miles.

Several of my geek goals for the day have been completed. I netbooted my old SPARCstation 20, I got NetBSD-5 running on old SUN4M hardware, and I helped my neighbor with his wireless and network printing. But the big adventure for the day was walking to Grand Central Baking for lunch and to the hardware store to buy soap dishes and towel hangers for my new shower. I also went to Restoration to get some drawer pulls. I can’t believe I spent $100 on random stuff for my new bathroom, but I suppose that’s the way it goes. I’m not sure about the rich weird people that shop at expensive … Continue reading

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DFL for sure.

Today was a partner workout at the gym and it was my partner’s first time. I don’t think he’s had a 20-minute long crossfit workout, even though the guy is all muscle. I’ve talked to him at my old gym and today and I know the crazy things he’s capable of. Today, after the workout, he was able to climb the rope without using his legs. In fact, I heard he was in an L-sit position, with his legs out straight horizontally. Woo. My day was pretty nondescript otherwise. I just realized that I was supposed to be picking out drawer pulls for the upstairs bathroom. I have a hard … Continue reading

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Sam Adams must go.

I have never liked Sam Adams. He worked for one of my least favorite mayors, Vera Katz, the mom of a classmate from grade school times. Sure she was a proponent of liberal causes, but she made the City of Portland a hellish place to work for all my friends who had jobs there. Sam has been a proponent of expensive boondoggles such as the Portland Streetcar and the OHSU tram which both are competing with and are less financially efficient than the buses that run in Portland. He also wanted to tax all grocery sacks even when the city REQUIRED our recycling to be sorted in grocery sacks. Did … Continue reading

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Hooray for birthday dinners!

Il and I had a very nice dinner and Ringside and now I’m trying to sober up. I was supposed to work over the weekend (programming for my sister’s job) but that fell through in a huge way. I may end up doing something even more exciting: my taxes. I love my life.

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Overdoing it at the gym.

There’s always signs when you’re overdoing it at the gym. Cramping up when taking a shower is one, but my big sign is that it took me forever to mop the floor. I’m pooped. One of the problems is that I have very little sense, and I keep asking the master of the blowout whether I should make big jumps in the weight I use. His answer is, “Sure, why not?” Sheesh. I mean, the dude hurt himself and even then he was still doing spectacular weight today. Oh, well, I’m not beating anyone else’s records, but I’m getting my money’s worth. Tomorrow is Il and Todd’s biannual Ringside event. … Continue reading

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It’s all in the fine print.

I think I’m giving up on a particular dating site because my reading comprehension skills have gone to hell. They probably peaked about the time I was studying for the MCAT, back when I was trying to get into medical school, but that was a decade ago. As it is now, I’m reading a whole lot of fluff about what a person is like and missing the key point, like not being born a woman, or dating even though they’re pregnant. These aren’t things that are highlighted in bold, blinking font, but I should still be able to catch things like that a lot quicker than I have. I guess … Continue reading

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I feel like I should be out celebrating.

Today, at work, I was going to sneak off to see President Obama’s inauguration. At the very least, I wasn’t going to miss seeing him take his oath of office. I knew there was a TV in one of the lobbies, but on the way I found a break room with several TVs, all on MSNBC and the room was filled with people. So like many Americans today, I was with in a room with manh others, watching the historic moment when President Barack Hussein Obama became our first African-American President. This didn’t make my day seem any more exciting. I went to work. I came home. I went to … Continue reading

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