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Comments: 0 - Date: January 13th, 2008 - Categories: things i say

must have used up all of my travel karma, because yesterday’s trip from new york to san diego could have gone much smoother. first of all, who doesn’t even give a bag of peanuts or pretzels on a 6 hour flight? (american airlines, that’s who) that’s longer than the flight to heathrow, people. my bag almost didn’t make it on my flight, since american airlines hid all of their self-check-in kiosks in the back when they closed terminal 9 at jfk and squeezed everything into terminal 8, so i stood in the ticketing line for 40 minutes just to check in with my e-ticket and check one bag. fortunately my bag ended up on my plane, because my plane ended up landing at lax due to fog or some such nonsense, so i ended up on a bus to the san diego airport for over two hours with an overly chipper driver who liked his perky music LOUD and a bunch of passengers who thought that this would be the perfect time to carry on conversations with their friends at the other end of the bus (low blood sugar + jetlag = grrrrr…). fortunately, my seat mate was a nice quiet young woman reading “getting things done” who in no way interfered with my struggle between passing out and exploding in a frustrated rage. in the end, tom waits saved the day (doesn’t he always?).

so here’s how jetlag is setting in today: while watching the sunday morning news magazine shows, a cadillac commercial came on that uses hum’s “stars” (from ‘you’d prefer an astronaut,’ the album that gave me the tattoo on my left arm), so i wikipedia’ed hum, started looking at side projects, and ended up raiding the iTunes music store and the amazon .mp3 store for all of the drm-free national skyline that i could find. not exactly how that commercial was supposed to work, but my neural pathways grabbed on to the “buy something” message and ran with it.

god i would kill for a good cup of coffee right now.

and we’ll take a right good-will draught

Comments: 0 - Date: January 2nd, 2008 - Categories: things i say

new years at the west bank cafe: once d and em hounded me into leaving the apartment, i slid through the insanity of times square with the blindest of luck and got to the bar just in time for the tail end of “trivia with ken!” against the other end of the bar. i donned my obligatory funny hat with e and cory just in time for our team to win the chicken of knowledge. word.

d and i finally exchanged christmas presents last night: he got me a new ipod, since my ancient one is dying slowly. i teared up a little bit: it was such a thoughtful thing for him to do, both as my (frequent) boss, and as my friend. so, yeah, not only do i love my job, but the guy who hires me more than anyone else is pretty fantastic guy: lucky doesn’t even really begin to say it.

the rest of the evening gets lost in bourbon, champagne, amazing desserts, and buck slice pizza, ending in a ridiculously over-priced car service ride home. i do remember being grumpy about carson daly stealing air time from dick clark, and then really getting mad when they didn’t play “auld lang syne” at midnight, but everything else was warm and fuzzy, i believe.

so, a toast to aught eight: may it treat us as well as we treat it.

we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet

Comments: 0 - Date: January 1st, 2008 - Categories: site-related

in what seems to be a tradition, i’m using the holiday slowdown to work on the site. this time it’s a theme written from scratch, which i’d been threatening to do for years. props to the undersigned, whose theme i had been using and used as a starting point; to macrabbit, for making cssedit, an invaluable tool; and to wordpress for making content management easy.

i know it’s not glamourous yet, but nothing seems broken at the moment, which i’ll take as a huge victory. let me know if you guys find anything that seems out of place.

happy new year