April 2007 minutiae
- I went to the discount supermarket at 1:30 am on a Saturday night (or,
I suppose, Sunday morning). Ahead of me were a couple of guys with a bottle
of brandy and a bottle of mouthwash. Ahead of them was someone with four
24-ouncers of malt liquor and a box of sleeping pills. Behind me were people
with a case of beer, a bottle of vodka, and two bottles of something called
Patron. I had apple juice and broccoli. The guy in front of me looked at
my items and said, "SOMEONE's having a party."
- The discount supermarket is one of those warehouse dealies. It has birds
in the rafters. It is weird to be indoors looking at cauliflower and hear
tweeting and the flapping of wings.
- cnn.com headline: Vonage lawyer: Ruling a 'bullet to the head'.
But then the story says: A lawyer for Vonage, Roger Warin, told the court
the ruling was a "slow strangling" of the company. The difference between a
partial stay or a total prohibition on using the technology amounted to
"cutting off oxygen or a bullet to the head," he said. In other words,
he explicitly says that the ruling is NOT a bullet to the head. Someone
needs to be fired.
- I go to restaurants and pay $7 for dessert all the time, even though the
dessert is gone in a few minutes. But if I go to Andronico's or Whole Foods
or someplace and see a tub of cookies that's $6.99, I'm like "HOLY CRAP SEVEN
BUCKS FOR A DOZEN COOKIES WTF" when the cookies would probably last several
- I was sorting through the change in my wallet and suddenly AAAAAAAHH
MONTANA QUARTER! It has a frickin' skull on the back! That's like
picking up your poker hand and finding a Death tarot card in it.
- I put a stick of butter in the microwave and set it for a minute. When
the minute was up the microwave had drilled three holes in the butter, which
was otherwise unscathed.
- I have a student who lives in a fairly rural area. The house two doors
down from hers is encrusted with cliff swallow nests! The nests are really
quite gross — reminiscent of wasp nests, mounds of dried mud with a hole
at the bottom — and the birds swarming around like insects only add to
that impression. Unnerving.
- In other bird news, on one of my all too frequent drives to Monterey
County I saw a single crow driving off a turkey vulture. Then on my return
trip I saw a red-winged blackbird singlehandedly driving off another turkey
vulture with frantic attacks! Not a good day to be a turkey vulture along
- Walking up a hill in San Francisco, I passed a guy who was speaking
French. Then I passed a couple greeting a guy in French. Then I passed a
guy talking on a cell phone in French. In fact, suddenly everyone around
me was speaking French! Then I discovered that I was at the French
consulate and the people around me were standing in line to vote. The
line stretched down the block and around the corner.
- Seen on a menu: "flower quesadilla." It took me a moment to realize
that this wasn't a froufrou experiment with rose petals or something.
- espn.go.com: Who killed Pakistan national cricket coach Bob Woolmer?
Patrick Hruby was sent to the Carribian to find out. Gah. Should ESPN
really be allowed to carry the spelling bee anymore?
- I don't think anyone enjoys the smell of skunk, but lately I find that
I'm extremely sensitive to it. These days if I'm driving along somewhere
and get a whiff of skunk I'm almost incapacitated by it. Distressing.
- The collapse of the E80-to-E580 connector onto the W80-to-S880
connector kind of made me want to cry a little. Not just because it means
that commutes are going to get a lot worse, or because an impressive feat
of engineering has been destroyed, but because, well, the W80-to-S880
connector is such a friendly road! Once you've made it through the crush
of University to Powell and onto the 880 connector, it's smooth sailing!
Hello, 880 connector! You're looking very clear today! Thank you for
assisting me on my journey! The 880 connector did not deserve to have
the 580 connector fall onto it. :(
- My day job has me driving to Monterey County and back four times a
week on top of my local tutoring. The workload is lucrative, but I hadn't
really taken into account that it might not be great for my health: it's
one thing to lead a sedentary lifestyle, but at least working at a
computer offers you the opportunity to occasionally get up and move
around. Being stuck in a car for five hours a day is beyond sedentary.
It's getting up into iron lung territory.
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