Random Musings

December 19, 2006 at 3:28 am (Random)

I discovered the world’s best sandwich today (now that Bob Koch is no longer with us)…at the Tabor lunch cart on 5th and Stark. If you haven’t been there before, go now. Or possibly tomorrow. Get the Chicken Schnitzelwich…it is Schnitzelrific.

I RODE THE TRAM TODAY.  It was tramtastic.  I would say go ride it today, or tomorrow, but it hasn’t opened for the proletariat yet. My current employment status confers “dignitary” status on me. It was fun, smooth, pretty fast, and on a clear winter day at dusk, the view was amazing. I would post some pictures but I only had my camera phone and it wouldn’t be worth the effort. Future visitors: be prepared for a wild 6 minutes of tourism…it will be the best 4 dollars you ever spent.

I hereby retract my previous criticism of Dell’s customer support. I bought a good warranty, apparently, and they came to my house today and fixed my broken computer for free. It only cost me 2 hours of my paltry wage.  And I was happy to learn that I can still pilfer my neighbor’s wireless signal.  Hence, this post.

I am hereby saying fuck you to the holidays. My cublcle at work is right across from the big drafting table, which has become the default locaiton for cookies, pies, and assorted candy. Since I prefer to not get hyperglycemia at 9 in the morning, nor gain 25 pounds in a month, I tend to ignore the spread and related festivities. I passed on pecan pie and ice cream the other day, and people stood around looking at me like I was from Saturn. I might as well have said “Durka durka, Muhammed jihad.” You shouldn’t be made to feel like an outcast because you would rather not stand around “joking” about how you are going to get diabetes. My prefession tends to select for relatively healthy people, so I can only imagine what goes on in most office buildings in this country. No wonder we are a nation of such fatties. The other day someone actually threw a cookie at me…I’m sitting at my desk and the thing literally hit me in the chest. I ate it…how do you combat that kind of peer pressure?

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Own back, meet right hand

December 6, 2006 at 6:48 am (Uncategorized)

I just finished graduate school. About an hour and a half ago. Although it won’t be official until January 7, whenever someone asks me when I got my master’s degree, I am going to say “December 5th, 9-ish.” It has a nice ring to it. Send flowers and/or monetary awards to JB, c/o Jalalablog, Portland, OR.

Finishing grad school on a Tuesday in December is kind of like when I turned 21 on a Monday in Australia (drinking age = 18).  I am celebrating by sitting on the couch in front of the TV, drinking a 24-oz can of Bud Light. Pretty much the same thing I have done every night for the last 6 weeks. Yes, I have been suffering from the graduate school equivalenbt of senioritis. Let the healing begin.

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The price is right

December 5, 2006 at 6:53 am (Uncategorized)

Portland now has free wireless internet.  At least in downtown, you can now download all the porn and pirated music you can handle, without giving half your savings to Comcast.  The best part is that 95% of the city will be covered “within the next year.”  (translation: everywhere west of 82nd Ave.)  As long as my neighbor doesn’t put up a firewall before then, I should be golden for the forseeable future.

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