Boo!
Sunday, October 31, 2004 ~ 05:34 p.m.
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Happy Halloween!

(pumpkins carved by Elizabeth, Mo, Todd, and me)

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208 Spam Messages Later....
Friday, October 29, 2004 ~ 03:36 p.m.
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I haven't really dropped off the face of the planet, I've just been in Cullman for the last week on a CMT job. Although, come to think of it, that's pretty much the same thing.

My job has been relatively boring. I've been watching guys break up concrete and throw it in a hole since about noon on Monday. See, they have to throw it in right. I've learned a couple things, though, so it's not a total loss. And I've gotten in a lot of good reading time. ;-)

I've finally started reading Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke. Contrary to popular belief, it's not about Bush-bashing. I'm on page 178 out of about 300, and so far it's primarily been a history of the American presence in the Midle East starting in 1979. W was only mentioned in the first chapter, when Clarke was describing the events in the White House on 9-11, and even then only briefly. It's actually fascinating reading, at least to me. I know a hell of a lot more about the region than I did on Monday and it gives a lot of insight into how our government has responded to terrorism over the past 25 years. I'm pretty sure it's a book everyone needs to read at some point, although I know most people could care less.

I was listening to The Capitol Steps on my to lunch today and almost drove off the road, I was laughing so hard. My favorite part was the joke contest between the candidates, although "John Edwards" singing "I Feel Pretty" was what nearly made me jump a curb.

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It's a MAZE made of CORN!
Friday, October 22, 2004 ~ 01:29 p.m.
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Last night Jackie decided he wanted to go to the corn maze. Well, it's cane now, not corn, but apparently no one cares. It was actually a lot of fun! This one's a little harder to get through than in past years and you can't see through the cane like you could with corn. They had the haunted maze thing going too, although the WZYP tuck blaring in the parking lot kind of killed the mood. It's hard to be scared by a clown with a chainsaw when your ears are still ringing from "Hit Me Baby One More Time" played at maximum volume.

I love fall, but it always brings something I loathe: two whole weeks of non-stop NPR fundraising. Dammit, people, I'll give you my money just to make you shut up. I want my regular programming back.

It wouldn't be so bad, but I usually turn to NPR because the morning programs on the local stations here...well, they actually make you dumber. Now all I hear on my drive to work is a 20-minute commercial accompanied by threats of "Pay up, or the program gets it!"

Nashville this weekend! And my sister's going to be in town too!

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Thoughts of the moment
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 ~ 09:27 p.m.
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Dreamland BBQ has the best banana pudding I have ever bought. Every time I go, I buy enough to last me at least another day (or two). I'm pretty sure I could live off this stuff.

I just finished Saints at the River, my birthday gift from my grandparents. My grandfather recommended it to me a while back, which pretty much ensured that it'd be good. I definitely wasn't disappointed, although I wish it had been longer. One day I'll learn to pace myself on new books instead of gobbling them up all at once.

Jackie leaves Saturday. Friday we're taking him out to dinner as a sort of going-away-even-though-we-know-you'll-be-back-because-you-love-alabama party thing. Following dinner, more hockey.

I feel like I should be doing something productive. Cleaning, packing, sewing, cooking...something. I really should be writing thank you notes too. I finally checked my mail today and found that I'd received several birthday cards since I last checked (in September). Thank you all for the birthday wishes and things!

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I'm not going to be your monkey
Tuesday, October 19, 2004 ~ 09:01 a.m.
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I know everyone else has already talked about this, but...Jon Stewart is my hero. Words just can't describe the beauty of this transcript. The video is even more priceless.

"You're part of their strategies. You are partisan, what do you call it, hacks."

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Saturday I went out and canoed for the first time in over a month. Granted, I feel pain now, but it was fun. Friday and Saturday night, Todd, Jackie, and I went to the hockey games. I saw at least fifteen people I haven't talked to in months, including Andre and Jennifer. After Saturday's game, we wound up standing around the VBC talking to them for over an hour. It turns out they live barely two miles from Todd's house, so hopefully we'll be seeing them a lot more.

Adairville, Kentucky is a pretty little town, but emphasis on the little. It has a BP station....and that's pretty much all there is to it. Jackie and I were rained on for the majority of the day yesterday. By the time we finished running the resistivity test and headed back to Huntsville, we were both soaked. I love thunderstorms, but somehow working in them just isn't as much fun.

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Slightly Irritated
Friday, October 15, 2004 ~ 03:47 p.m.
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Disclaimer: This is a RANT. As such it is only directed at the people who demonstrate, through their own actions, that they have an IQ below that of a small water fowl. The rest of you...you're okay.

First off, anyone who thinks Trick-or-Treating on Sunday is "celebrating the devil" should just be shot. I'm not even going to bother with birth control. They're just too stupid to live. I wonder if these people have ever read a book in their lives? And the Bible doesn't count.

Secondly, I need rocket launchers on my car. One of my pet peeves is drivers who look at your blinker, knowing that you want to get over, then cut you off. I want to be able to blow them up. Cutting in front of them anyway just isn't as satisfying as charred flesh and shrapnel.

Third, someone distributed more Bush propaganda while I was gone. Why? I don't discuss my political beliefs at the office unless asked, I've resisted temptation after temptation to put up pictures of dead soldiers, women, men, and children, I haven't verbally ranted about marriage, and I haven't pasted a list of everything BUSH has done wrong to the copy room wall. I'm not going to vote for Bush and quite honestly, I don't think it should be company policy to convince me to do so. I also resent finding this kind of bullshit on my desk. So quit with the @#&$*!% flyers!!!

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The product of boredom...
Friday, October 15, 2004 ~ 01:33 p.m.
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Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday!

The office practically deserted. Only six people out of over twenty are here, and most of them are on the other side of the building. It's so very lonely in my little rabbit warren...

We're going to the UAH hockey game tonight! This assumes that Todd's still awake, since he didn't get back from CA until 8 this morning. If not, then we'll go tomorrow night. Yay, hockey!

I'm going to drop in and visit ASCE tomorrow morning. They're putting the accelerometers on the boat for the first time and they invited me to come by. I'm interested, since I want to see if Holeman's made any of the changes I suggested. Even if they haven't, I'm still interested in the data.

It also amuses me that my picture is still all over the front page of the club website. Given the bad feelings remaining, I kind of expected that all four of us (me, Todd, Jackie, and Mo) would be erased from memory. I know I'm still pissed off.

I'm looking forward to being in Huntsville this weekend. I'd like to say that I'll use the free time to do something useful, but I know that would be a lie. :-)

Maybe I'll bake a pie or something.

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I know I'm in Alabama, but...
Thursday, October 14, 2004 ~ 08:36 a.m.
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I didn't watch the debate last night because every time Bush opens his lying mouth, I'm one step closer to an aneurysm. From the excerpts I've heard on the radio this morning, that was a good decision. *sigh* At least we have FactCheck.org.

Speaking of politics, it occurs to me that they just don't belong in the office. Normally, I like most of my coworkers, but when all they can do is spout the (blatantly false) catchphrases of the Bush campaign, it makes me want to put birth control in the water cooler. Also, I don't appreciate campaign propaganda on the walls of the copy room. Keep that shit at home, people.

And then there are the women who are basing their vote on which candidate LOOKS better instead of his policies...please excuse me, the water cooler beckons.

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There and back again
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 ~ 08:27 p.m.
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California was...interesting. I wouldn't recommend LA to anyone but my worst enemy, but Pasadena's not too bad and the Angeles Mountains were beyond gorgeous. After my plane landed on Saturday, Todd and I drove out to Santa Monica beach and then out to Malibu. Malibu wasn't anything like I'd expected, but it was pretty. Too bad it wasn't warmer. I took most of my pictures on the beach there, while Todd and I waited for the sun to set. Sunday, we drove out to Hollywood (I was NOT impressed) then to the Angeles Mountains. We wanted to go to the zoo, but there was two-hour wait to get in. Since the mountains were mostly people-free, we decided to drive up to the observatory on Mt. Wilson. We might have hiked some too, but the forest was closed down because of the fire hazard.

It's going to be another busy week at work. Already I'm lined up for a trip to Adairville, KY to run some resistivity tests and a smaller resistivity job out at Daikin in Decatur. I also have a bunch of reports due this week, along with a couple new responsibilities to learn. I keep telling myself that busy is good.

Jackie has yet to decide if he's really going to move to Atlanta next week or not. It was all settled, then he got invited for two interviews for jobs here in town. Part of me hopes he takes the Atlanta job, and part of me doesn't want yet another person to go away.

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Photographic Evidence
Monday, October 11, 2004 ~ 07:22 p.m.
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Are those your shoes?
Thursday, October 7, 2004 ~ 01:27 p.m.
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Presidential Debate Bingo!!!!


...It's even better than a drinking game.

Today hasn't exactly been the best day - people seem to be competing for the "Who Pissed Sarah Off the Most Today" award. But at least Lilo's not sick any more. Not stepping in vomit piles first thing in the morning has to count for something.

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Pasadena
Monday, October 4, 2004 ~ 04:33 p.m.
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So, apparently I'm going to California this weekend. This is me being spontaneous. Spontenaity is definitely not my strong suite, so at the moment I'm feeling somewhat overwhelmed about deciding to travel across the country after only a few minutes consideration. But I'm looking forward to it. Of course, this is all assuming my boss doesn't have a problem with me being out Monday.

Work has been...busy. I spent all last week in Athens at what has been hailed as the most contaminated UST site in Northern Alabama. It was actually a really nice job and one I enjoyed, but long days. Today I was in Fort Payne, tomorrow and Wednesday I'm out playing in traffic on North Parkway. Then it's back to report writing.

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. :-)

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