Friday, August 15, 2003 at 16:27:54 (EDT)

Whatcha gonna do when the novelty is gone?
Yay! Technology! So the power's back on in Brooklyn, the bodegas are opening, and soon I'll be at a bar. God's in His place, All's right with the World. This blackout was fun at first, but it kind of overstayed its welcome. I guess the '77 blackout was 3 days long, but they were preoccupied with looting and fires. We only had 60 fires, most of the caused by unsupervised candle-burning. Okay, I shall write more of this later after the a/c picks up.

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 at 11:14:25 (EDT)

I want to bang on the drum all day
So they never showed up to fix my computer. Now I'm living on borrowed time. So I'm back at home, doing my work, wondering when this computer is gonna give up the ghost for good. But the good news is I finally figured out how to run the company VPN software on my desktop computer, so I will have uninterrupted access even if the laptop catches on fire. The only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to set up Lotus Notes to work. For some reason my company still uses this dinosaur of the Information Age, and to get it to connect to the mail server is proving most difficult. I might just direct everybody to start sending mail to my Earthlink account. Ah, to be free from the shackles of corporate oppression! But I'm still gonna have to go back to the office today to get this thing fixed. Blah.

Yesterday I finally remembered to bring my camera, but it was so hazy out the pictures aren't as good as I'd hoped. Here's my half-ass composite of the view out the window on the 23rd floor:

On a clearer day you can see all the buildings in midtown, but this is still a lovely view.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 14:46:57 (EDT)

Can't fight the Sneezer
There is some woman in the office who is sneezing. But it's not normal "achoo" sneezing. It's "shrieking in a startling loud and shrill way" sneezing. I'm sorry she has allergies, but if she keeps sneezing and sounding like she is repeatedly getting spooked by Freddy Krueger, I'm gonna giver her something to scream about. That's right, I'll give her the frowning of a lifetime.

Sorry folks, this is my level of discourse when I'm sitting in the office. Good thing this doesn't happen often.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 11:40:49 (EDT)

Man, what are you doing here?
I'm pretty sure the last time I was in the office, somebody was listening to "Piano Man" on a radio, just loud enough to identify and suffer it. Well, here I am again, waiting for somebody to replace my computer, and what should I hear but that same damn song. I like to think the cuplprit plays it every single day.

So my laptop is working for now, but I don't know why. It's a little disturbing to have it functioning, as it seems to be saying "I will work fine if only you come into the office every day for the rest of your life." Screw that. I'm gonna make 'em replace the sucker.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 17:36:01 (EDT)

It's better to burn out than fade away
This morning Pinky decided that the closet was no longer a good place to rear her young. She decided that under the chair in the living room was superior. So she grabbed Max Renn (the white kitten) and started dragging him down the stairs. He didn't like this at all, as he has grown substantially in the past few days so Pinky can't really carry him the way she did when he first showed up on Friday. But she got him down eventually and stuck him in the living room. I read that mother cats often do this as a way of keeping would-be predators from finding the location of the litter. But I couldn't have her stay there. First of all, there's no way to keep her quarantined from the other cats, and secondly, she was lying on top of a bunch of cables we stashed there. But try explaining that to an animal who has a brain the size of a walnut.

I brought the cats back into my room and shut the door. Confusion abounded as Pinky grabbed one kitten or the other and dragged them to the door, only to find their exit barred. Eventually she relented and settled on a new spot: at the foot of my bed. This means they're right behind my desk chair, not close enough that I'm gonna run 'em over, but well, I can hear suckling noises. Ewww. Here's a couple of cute pictures. What a surprise.

In other news: My Company Eats the Worm! Everybody at my job who has to work in the office was messed up today because of the worm thing going around. I laughed at them for a while, until ... my computer stopped working. I couldn't get it to boot up and I kept receiving the dreaded "hard drive not found" error. Oh joy. My coworker assured me it wasn't the worm, but rather the overall crappiness of IBM Thinkpads. His laptop had done the same thing a few weeks before, and he advised me to put my computer in the refrigerator for a while to cool it off. I'll try it, but I ain't optimistic. Looks like I may have to go into the office after all. I'm gonna be just like the rest of you.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 01:02:45 (EDT)

Long live the new flesh
Here's a kitten fix for the day:

Resting after the traumatic vet visit.

Our temporary names for the kittens: Dr. Benway and Max Renn. We are also considering "Snake Plissken" for the white kitten, since he has but one eye. Obviously this house is peopled only by men.

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Monday, August 11, 2003 at 15:07:14 (EDT)

I'm your doctor and here's your bill
The kittens were totally fine with their vet visit, but Pinky freaked out the whole time. I guess I can't blame her. The final tally of ailments: conjunctivitis, ringworm, ear mites, and fleas (on Pinky). I find that last one hard to believe, since a) I have seen no flea evidence myself, and b) I put that Frontline stuff on her a few weeks ago. I think the vet is just trying to soak me for a few more dollars. But otherwise she thinks the family is looking good.

So now I have a million types of cat medicine that I must apply several times a day to the various cats. I'm keeping the resident cats out of my room until everything is contained, although it hasn't been much of a problem. Our cats stare incredulously at the kittens and run for their lives. They just can't commit.

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Monday, August 11, 2003 at 11:31:36 (EDT)

Cats are everywhere
The cats are at the vet, getting treated for a variety of ailments. The vet isn't optimistic about saving the messed up eye on the white kitten. That sucks. But I'm gonna give it antibiotics and such, so perhaps it will heal.

Back in the blog world, Jami's got good coverage of Madagascar Institute's Condiment War last Saturday. I came close to beating her in Scrabble last night, so my self-esteem is soaring. Someday I'll actually win at that damn game. What I learned last night is to save S's to pluralize existing words and build other S-words (not 'swords', Mr. Connery) from there. Now if I can just learn more Q-words I'll be unstoppable.

The Rated Rookie party was quite a lot of fun, and despite all the grain alcohol I consumed, I was hangover-free on Sunday. Hooray. They're still down a bit from their fundraising goals, but perhaps that's because Steve the bartender was fall-down drunk before I got my second cup of Everclear punch. But he just moved back to Queens, so I can only imagine what he must be going through. Well, I bought a subscription, I must remember to pick up my copy when I go to collect my salsa bowls.

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Sunday, August 10, 2003 at 15:51:07 (EDT)

Mommy, can I go out and whine tonight?
This is probably overkill but I put up some more pictures of the kittens. I'm having trouble remembering what else I used to do on this site.

 

 

 



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