Monday, March 27, 2006

(Bi) Weekly Update 

It's been a nutty two weeks. Here's what's been up with me in the interim:

* Work has been fast-paced. A couple of weeks ago I was on grave shift: 12am to 8am (actually more like 10 to 10:30). Running production work for a study to determine the quality of our future product. I was running some procedures for the first time as this happened. With everybody looking at the work, that was sure fun. Plus trying to get an SOP done at the same time. Goody goody.

* George Mason. With all the work, I missed virtually all of this year's NCAA Mens' Basketball, but I did get to see GMU upset basketball badass UConn. Yay! I'm hoping for a GMU versus LSU final game.

* Waaah! I finally got around to watching the new South Park episode featuring the demise of Chef (watch it here). I know it was supposed to be funny (it was), but I felt like crying when Chef's funeral was shown. You bastards!

* Watched the British Prime Minister's Questions on C-Span. Don't knock it, it's political hot-air meets English pub. Yeeaaaaa!

* I was able to put in a couple of hours at The Marine Mammal Center. Nothing like shoving a tube down a baby elephant seal's throat and pumping fish mash into its stomach.

* It's raining. But then again it's rained just about every damn day in March (3 weeks worth). It's only rained more days in March twice before (thanks KTVU). Enough already!

* Plus a bunch of stuff involving laundry, grocery shopping, and my gastrointestinal tract. But you don't want to know all that :)

Monday, March 13, 2006


Thanks to co-worker Christy for this one. She's a contributor at, a collaborative website where users can upload instructions on such things as What to Do With All Those AOL CDs, or How To Make An Aquarium Coffee Table.

But I digress...

This cracked me up more than anything I've see lately: Jon Rahoi, an American who has immersed himself into a Chinese-based life. He posts a menu where the accompanying English is mangled beyond recognition. Specialties include: "Big Bowl Bow of Immerses from Fish Head," "Cowboy Leg Beautiful Pole," and "Man Fruit Braise the North Almond."

For anyone who think he's just another American taking shots at a culture he doesn't understand, read this.

After you've stopped laughing at the pictures of Manglish he posted, click to view this movie from the Ministry of Unknown Science: Kung-fu, F**k You. Beware, gratuitous use of The Finger. Hat tip to the above mentioned Rahoi for this one.

Habit Forming 

Please allow me to get a little introspective for a minute...

I've never been good with the day to day stuff. If there's some sort of emergency, I seem to do a pretty good job of rising to the occasion. I've dealt with car problems, theft, job losses, and friendship meltdowns pretty well over the years.

As for things like flossing everyday, well...

Last Tuesday, I went to the dentist. I hadn't been in a couple of years, and I was a bit worried on what the dental verdict would be. It was actually about what I expected, my teeth were fine, but the gums could be in better shape.

For me, it's harder to do the daily mundane acts than it is to face down a major crisis. I guess I'm not alone, that's why so many diets don't work out. It took me this long to learn that doing the little things well everyday can sometime take more courage and energy than handling life's major crises. At least for me, anyway.

Here's to daily exercise, eating your vegetables, and lots of flossing.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Party Pooper 

OK, so tonight was a lovely Appreciation Dinner put on by work for all umpteen-hundred people at a nice restaurant.

Just one problem, I didn't go...

It was my choice, mostly. I wasn't really looking forward to going, having to joust with large masses of people to get food. Plus it's Wednesday. ^$$^@!@!ing Wednesday! Not to be a grump, but I have better things to do the hang out with a couple hundred strangers on a work night.

It's not that I don't like hanging out with friends and co-workers. I would love to have a Movie Night or something with the handful of people I work with. It's just that I'm not always the most bouncy person on the planet. I have to regulate what I spend my energy on, and I don't get everything done that I want to do as it is (how long since I last blogged?).

This low-watt battery needs recharging. I am off...