July 26th, 2004


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Why did I post two memes in a row? Because I'm slogging thru a chore on my computer, and I don't have the focus to just do it `till it's done. Specifically, I'm entering accumulated receipts into my CBB database. And when that's done, I will process a pile of bills and cut a matching pile of checks. Yes, checks. Paper and ink.

I work with computers and the `net enough, that I just dont trust "online bill payment" and "auto withdrawal". I've seen enough companies screw up their billing enough times, that I prefer to write out physical checks, and drop them in the postal mail. If someone screws up and takes out too much money, they have no motivation to fix it. But, if I can withhold payment, then they are motivated to make it right.

All the laundry got processed today. Including the rugs. Carpets vacuumed, and floors scrubbed. (Simple Green in the kitchen, bleach in the bathroom, and Natures Miracle in the closet where the litter boxes go.)

Damn it!

My laptop was working fine when I powered it down to leave work at 8.

I powered it back up here at home an hour later, and the damned backlight has failed! I can see the faintest shadow of the image on the screen in exactly the right light. And, of course, the VGA output works fine (that's what I'm using right now, with an old junk monitor.)

I leave for Boston, *tomorrow*. I cannot be without my computing environment.

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Reasons to be grumpy

I'm going to Boston tomorrow, and things are still unsettled for me there.

In addition, I'm going to have to deal with the "party of freedom"'s random stop and search security theater and public transport gestapo when I get there.

My laptop is borked, and so will not be going with me. Fixing it is going to be not cheap anyway.

Saturday morning while sanitizing the countertops, I let a line of dilute Simple Green soak into my jeans right across the front. Sunday, that line was a little bit tender. This evening,... It was... unpleasent... peeling off my pants. Right now, every single hair follicle in the affected reason is a pinhead weeping blister. Ouch ouch ouch.

I still have to pack.

And write up the notes for the cat sitter.

Some people I care about were royally screwed by a stupid judge today. I never had much confidence in the leg and exec branches, and even less in law enforcement, but there was always the foolish hope that judges would do the Right Thing when it's spelled out for them. Not.

Work has been hell. Boxes that were supposed to Just Work had been misconfigured in annoying and undocumented and not easily diagnosable or fixable ways by people who had just left town. The fact that I got the info I needed last week, yesterday, means that I'll be leaving with just barely a start done. I was hoping for a nice measured pace of work on this project.

I'm supposed to be, this evening, discussing getting money owed to me paid back, and it started off with a request to borrow more money.

Plus, on top of it all, I feel like I'm full of peanuts. I had said "fuck it" to my diet last night, and bought a loaf of bread to enjoy. Surely they didn't...
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