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Details of my Alaska vacation are here. I am very tired, despite doing a whole lot of nothing for the past week and the floor still seems all wobbly.
Last night I went to Chez Wally and helped him make Glug which is some holiday liquor made out of various other liquors. It tastes like you are drinking a fruitcake. Any drink that you make that involves lighting it partway through can't be all bad.
"I had jury duty today, and so did Ralph Nader. Weird
because I had thought during the election that some issue came up about
him being registered to vote in -- and presumably therefore considering
himself a resident of -- Connecticut. But maybe he switched his
residency after the election. I was dismissed while he was still in a
courtroom, so I don't know if he actually served. probably not. one guy
standing next to me said when he saw Nader -- 'I should go shake that
man's hand -- I'm a Bush supporter, and he put my man in the Oval
Office.' A few minutes later I heard another woman on her cell phone
saying: 'I just wanted to go over and kick him in the balls. I still
can't believe he was so self-centered that he was willing to give Bush
the White House.' With sentiments like these, probably not a wise idea
to have him on a jury -- bad for juror dynamics as they say...."
"He had a young white "radical" male minion sitting on
either side of him, making cell phone calls for him, as he read the Post
and the Times and spoke in hushed tones to the two boys. definitely the
only person on jury duty who had brought anyone with him. and I heard he
arrived slightly early -- so he was there before 8 am even though
everyone in DC will tell you you don't have to be there at 8 because the
line is so long they don't get through signing everyone in until 10 or
"He had a young white "radical" male minion sitting on either side of him, making cell phone calls for him, as he read the Post and the Times and spoke in hushed tones to the two boys. definitely the only person on jury duty who had brought anyone with him. and I heard he arrived slightly early -- so he was there before 8 am even though everyone in DC will tell you you don't have to be there at 8 because the line is so long they don't get through signing everyone in until 10 or 11."
"Due to the failure of the Plaintiff to file a Statement of Questions within 30 days this case is hereby dismissed". I can't really believe this is still going on. I know I will be saying that to myself in six year when I am still cashing $50 checks from the evil roofers every month.....
My office is having a Christmas party this weekend. I don't go in for Christmas much, but no one else I hang around with does either, so it's stopped becoming any sort of a hassle. Friends and family understand that any gift giving will generally be a one-way deal and we don't have any family traditions to uphold, no good ones anyhow. I've saved Christmas and I've ruined Christmas in the past so I guess I've got nothing left to prove. Last year was the first time I've really spent Christmas alone and I quite enjoyed it. I've stopped telling people I'm Jewish because -- while technically true -- it often brings the response "well, Happy Hanukah then!" which is always a tooth grinder for me, though not as much as "I don't think Christmas is really about Christianity" This year I plan to be on a boat.
I got to work late today after a nice visit to San Fran where I caught the St Bushmills Choir at the CW and saw some santas in the Castro with a megaphone saying "SANTA NEEDS A CAB!" So, I worked late. So, I was walking the six or eight blocks to the bus stop at midnight. A bus pulled up next to me and opened its door. The bus was all dark and clearly said it was heading to Metro Base but the driver let me get in and took me the few blocks I had to go to the stop I was going to. When I stood up to leave the driver said "Oh, are you getting out?" I think if I had asked, he would have taken me all the way home. My own personal Cat Bus.
I guess the question shouldn't be "why do I have so little free time?" but rather "Why am I not reconciling myself to it?"
Santa Rampage was more fun than I could possibly have imagined, and now I'm pretty much done with the Christmas Season. Except for maybe the office party next week. I also got a chance to go see some wrestling mayhem this weekend in which pre-planned wrestling acts [including Santa versus Jesus] were interspersed with pickup matches [including Girl and Rabbit versus Girl and Rabbit, as well as Matt versus His Three Friends]. It's nice, as I've said before, when the world of my dreams occasionally creeps into the world that I live in.
This weekend I go to San Francisco to touch base with some friends who haven't seen me since the accident, as well as to force myself to not work for a few days. There may be a santa event. The weird thing about having a job you can do from anywhere with an Internet connection, as well as a job where there's always more work to do is that if I do have free time, or can't sleep or whatever, I tend to log on and see what the damage is. I need to get over this and knock that off.
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