September 2004

Move. We’re moving today. The phone number should remain the same, but you won’t be able to reach us until some time tomorrow. I won’t be able to access e-mail from home until we get set up in a couple of weeks, so I won’t be online until Monday. Later 🙂

Hot chocolate. Now this, I have to try: Mayan Hot Chocolate 2 cups boiling water 1 chile pepper, cut in half, seeds removed (with gloves) 5 cups light cream or whole or nonfat milk 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate or 3 tablets Mexican chocolate, cut into …

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Question of the Day. Sigh. The question of this morning was, “Where’s the best place to get new men’s size eight, low-top Chuck Taylor converse shoes in black (but with the regular soles)?” With shipping and including Ebay, the answer still seems to be at any local Famous Footwear outlet, for thirty bucks. Everyone that …

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Questions. Dang it. The internet gods wiped this out last night.* So… I had so much fun messing with the Chinese Dictionary question that I decided to write down a dozen or so other no-so-personally-pressing questions and see what I could find on the net. Yesterday’s question: What’s Yom Kippur? It’s the Jewish Day of …

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How does a Chinese dictionary work? You know, I’ve wondered about this for years. I still don’t know. But here are some notes from my online meandering in search of the answer: On-line Chinese Tools contains a number of interesting links, including “Get a Chinese Name.” Ray’s is Kong Rui su, “Sharp Revive.” Lee’s is …

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Ahhhhh…. I got the QC job. The boss was surprised that I was on pins an needles. “We knew for a couple of weeks,” he said. “We’re just waiting for HR to catch up.” And the apartment is a go. And the procedures are done. The chica in charge of them called me to thank …

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Story updates. I haven’t accomplished much on the story in the last two months, but the last couple of weeks have been interesting. I’m going through each character and working out more of the details, more of the plot on an individual basis. First, I go through the story and write down everything I run …

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Ironic. The same people who didn’t hire me for either a tech writing or a newsletter/communications position volunteered me to work on a departmental newsletter. “Can’t think of anybody else who could do it,” they said. Still waiting on the new QC job.

Abortion. This is an article who was unable, for a week, to get a D&E abortion (dialation and extraction). She was bleeding. The baby was nineteen weeks old. And dead. via ***Dave. I’m proud to have had my daughter in a country where abortion is legal. On those days when I hate being a parent, …

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Word of the Day. Antipodes: “People who live on the opposite side of the globe and, of course, whose feet are directly opposite to ours.” –Rev. John Boag’s Imperial Lexicon…of every word usually employed in science, literature, and art, c 1850 –From Jeffrey Kacirk, Forgotten English Daily Calendar 2004.