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Jul. 4th, 2014 05:16 am
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Went home; took pills( slept ~ 4 hrs. Woke up in severe pain & w/ splint at 30 deg angle. Must have kicked in my sleep.

Now back at ER.

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At MAH ER w/ broken big toe. Crap.

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Ah-choo!

Mar. 3rd, 2014 09:19 am
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At UI office for mandatory meeting. Trapped w/ someone wearing WAY too much cologne.

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I had a low-tire light this morning, so went to the gas station. Brought all the tires up to pressure, got in to drive away, & it feels like my brake is set. It's not. Get out to look. My L front tire is now visibly flat. As is my R rear.

The mechanic - and boy am I glad I went to an old-school gas station for air this morning - just came in & told me my pressure sensors are broken.

"And that makes my tires lose pressure? How does that work?"

Turns out the pressure sensors are built into the valve stems. And by inflating them this icy morning, I caused two of them to freeze. Or so they tell me.

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I'm having my car detailed & decided to spend some of the wait at a nearby Dunkin. My bill came to $5.13. I have the cashier a $20; she rang me up & started to make change. Meanwhile I found a $1. "Oh - here. I have a $1. Looking at the display on her side of the register - which doubtless read "$14.87" - and holding my $1 in her hand, she was completely baffled. I remained silent. She called her manager over & was unable to even tell him the problem correctly (somehow, apparently, conveying that I had given her $16 for my $5.13 tab). At this point I found my voice. "I gave her $21. My change should be $15.87."

The manager looked at the till, at the money in her hands, and at the display, and confirmed what I'd just said. I got my change - dropped the coins in the top jar (force of habit) - and went to my table without muttering or shaking my head.

How bad can the economy really be, if someone who cannot, when looking at a display that says the customer is due $14.87, figure out that if the customer now hands her an additional $1, she now owes him 15.87, has a job?

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One more trip --- then for the first time since 2004, I and everything I own will be together under one roof. Then let the cull begin!

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Edit: 2013-10-01 07:36: I just skimmed my friendslist til I got to this, my own most recent post. And clicked on the lat/lon LiveJournal.app had tagged it with. To find that it's nearly 500m off from where my new apartment actually is. So on the off chance anyone was planning to use it to stalk me...

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Today is the last day my commute will rely (and I use the word quite wrongly) on MBTA bus operations. Yay!

Which means I get to wonder one last time how it is that they've managed to screw-up real-time tracking so thoroughly. As I stand here waiting for the bus the tracker said with a whoosh! went by 5 min ago. Which was also 4 min after I got here.

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Today is the last day my commute will rely (and I use the word quite wrongly) on MBTA bus operations. Yay!

Which means I get to wonder one last time how it is that they've managed to screw-up real-time tracking so thoroughly. As I stand here waiting for the bus the tracker said with a whoosh! went by 5 min ago. Which was also 4 min after I got here.

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Bus just emptied out enough for me to notice someone standing near the front I thought might be Jeannie. She isn't. But whoever she is, she & her girlfriend are smile-inducingly cute together.

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Has anyone been to Aguacdo Verde (to no doubt mangle the Spanish)? I just passed them on the 87 & their sign made me smile. Which alone would be enough to try them, if they were closer.

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I'm grabbing a bite at WFM to wait out rush hour. Hendrix just came on the sound system & I found myself imagining a time traveller taking him by the lapels: "Dude, if you don't get your shit together, in 40 years when one of your songs comes on, the first thing people are going to think of will be 'drowned in a pool of his own vomit - how pathetic.'. Don't be the poster-boy for drug addiction, man. You're better than that."

And then another part of my brain butts in with "Poster-boy? Would that be a locution that made sense to him, in, what, 1968?"

I'm not even sure I was conscious of the time-travel fantasy til pedant-me intervened....

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... to my new job is that by far my most convenient commute will be to take one of the two MBTA routes that pass within a few blocks of both my house and the office. At this moment I am enduring the all too typical experience of sharing the bus with some asshole barking into his cellphone like a junkyard dog. (At least, when not laughing into it like a hyena.)

I may need to take a meditation break on my walk from the bus stop some mornings, to be sure of not arriving at work in the mood to strangle someone :^). Though I suppose it's really not as bad as driving into Cambridge used to be - no amount of obnoxious noise is going to actually kill me, after all....

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I'm at the RMV - which means I just went past where the Bugaboo steakhouse used to be. And saw that it is now "Millers Boston Alehouse"*

Seriously? Is there really such a market for watery beer in Boston that people will go out to a place that specializes in one particular brand?

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* I don't recall an apostrophe, but I'm not certain. It is, at any rate, not my intent here to indict them for bad grammar. Bad beer, combined with hubris about it, are crimes enough.
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Years ago, when I was first in Boston, I knew a Black girl who also happened to be British. I used to get a certain wry pleasure out of watching people's faces when they first heard her speak. We're tribal animals, of course, and all of us make unconscious assumptions about others, even after the briefest glance. And a British accent will usually elevate an American's estimation of someone a notch.

In Sarah's case, opening her mouth instantly moved her up at least two notches.

Today I glanced up to see an Asian woman walking toward me on the sidewalk who would not have looked out of place among my social peers. Then, as she walked past, she spoke to her friend.

In a Revere accent.

I did much the same double-take Sarah used to cause --- but with the polarity reversed. And noticed thereby things I might never have noticed had she spoken with the Educated-American accent--- things I don't think I'd have noticed in that case even if we'd had an actual interaction (say, one of us asking the other for directions). Her hair had a slightly lacquered look; her jacket was fake leather---and a bit run-down at that.

No two ways about it: that's prejudice, and I should feel worse about it than I do. Especially after I spent my first year at my old job disrespecting the woman in Accounting who turned out to be one of my best & smartest colleagues there because of her Revere accent.

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Years ago, when I was first in Boston, I knew a Black girl who also happened to be British. I used to get a certain wry pleasure out of watching people's faces when they first heard her speak. We're tribal animals, of course, and all of us make unconscious assumptions about others, even after the briefest glance. And a British accent will usually elevate an American's estimation of someone a notch.

In Sarah's case, opening her mouth instantly moved her up at least two notches.

Today I glanced up to see an Asian woman walking toward me on the sidewalk who would not have looked out of place among my social peers. Then, as she walked past, she spoke to her friend.

In a Revere accent.

I did much the same double-take Sarah used to cause --- but with the polarity reversed. And noticed thereby things I might never have noticed had she spoken with the Educated-American accent--- things I don't think I'd have noticed in that case even if we'd had an actual interaction (say, one of us asking the other for directions). Her hair had a slightly lacquered look; her jacket was fake leather---and a bit run-down at that.

No two ways about it: that's prejudice, and I should feel worse about it than I do. Especially after I spent my first year at my old job disrespecting the woman in Accounting who turned out to be one of my best & smartest colleagues there because of her Revere accent.

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Does anyone have a hub I could borrow? (I'm thinking my DHCP troubleshooting might be helped by being able to watch the failure alongside a simultaneous success --- like we used to do routinely when Ethernet was CDMA.)

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Standing in line with a carbonless form to register at BHCC. The web app won't let me register because I'm not matriculated. (Not that it gives any such human-comprehensible error message: I only found that out by trying to register in the advising office --- which turns out to use the same web app, but with an advisor looking over the student's shoulder.)

So, modern tech having fallen flat, I've been standing now for a half hour in a line and with a form that are both redolent of 1984.

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Blarg

Dec. 12th, 2011 05:48 pm
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Prof told me & the other student who missed a test because of illness to meet him in the classroom an hour before class to take our make-ups. To be followed by taking the final with everyone else at 6:30.

The other student and I are here. No sign of the prof. 5:45 as I write this.

I woke up at 4:30 this morning & couldn't get back to sleep. So I've been tooling all day. Really just want to take the damned tests now!

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Ick!

Oct. 28th, 2011 04:10 pm
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People who get on a public conveyance reeking of cigarette smoke should be fined for air-pollution

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Twenty years on, the MBTA continues to astound me anew --- every time I try to get somewhere by bus --- with just how shitty they are at bus operations.

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