Friday, August 27, 2004 at 13:16:12 (EDT)

Accidentally taken off the shelf

Toby's good side

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Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 11:36:25 (EDT)

Tie goes to the runner

Kathy takes on SpellMeister R

Folks, ever since I've been back in town I've been out of it. I've got a ton of stuff to do and yet I can't seem to get any one thing done. Maybe I should employ my Day Planner? Naaaaah. That'd be just one more thing to worry over, and experience proves I wouldn't finish that either.

Mr. Regina was a hoot until he misspelled "ophthalmology"

Ah sweet distraction! I think I understand the allure of going to all those bar quiz nights: it's something to do to preoccupy your mind for a while with stuff other than the enormous mess that is your life. Plus beer! Last night was the long-delayed inaugural Spelling Bee at Freddy's, masterminded and hosted by JoshR. Nobody had any idea how this would go over, how long it would last, how many people would participate. I was feeling especially disoriented and didn't intend on spelling, but Heather insisted I sign up. I justified it to myself as I couldn't imagine many other would put themselves though this torture. As it turned out, lots of people wanted the torture. 19 people signed up to spell in total, at least half the audience.

Jonathan tries to ignore the NPR Dave

This original group got whittled down fairly quickly. I made it through the first round but got knocked out in the second because I forgot "armoire" has an "e" at the end. Duh. But a lot of people made silly errors, which was somehow reassuring. But several people began to distinguish themselves as the words increased in difficulty. After several rounds, it was down to 3: Jonathan, Allison and Linus.

Allison was a heavy hitter right up until the end

Eventually it was just Allison and Linus and then Allison got tripped up on some weird multi-syllable, rule-breaking word. It was decided that if Linus could spell it correctly, he'd take the jackpot (a staggering $19!) and if not, they'd split it. And damn if he didn't stroll up there and spell it like he was reading off a laundry list. The whole thing only took about an hour.

But Linus ended up as top dog

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 02:02:50 (EDT)

Too many women, too many hills

So I spent most of the past week in California, but I didn't take any time off form my job, finally testing my theory about how far I can push my luck at this gig. Well, nobody put up a fight at my office, the few people who knew I was leaving town didn't seem to mind, but then again they didn't spare me any labor, either. Oh well, at least I am finally getting some literal 'paid vacation.' Here's a bunch of photos from my trip.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 13:15:52 (EDT)

Alien lanes
I'm swamped with my job today and I'm still a little disoriented from my trip. This is the world I've been in for the past several days:

Meanwhile, if you're sick of seeing that picture of Toby with his head all messed up, here's what he looks like today:

Rapidly getting back to normal. He gets the drain out later today. Then we can begin to investigate the mystery of how Mr Bones keeps getting onto the roof, presumably under his own power. Or ... is he getting help from the inside?

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Monday, August 23, 2004 at 11:14:11 (EDT)

Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak, somewhere in this town
Oof. I'm about to board more interminable flights to get my ass back to Brooklyn. There, much unfinished dayjob work and one messed-up cat awaits me. I took a lot of pictures, although very few are particularly noteworthy. Still, I'll probably post them all. What's the difference since I'm going to Hell anyway? See you cats back at the flippity-floppity-floo!

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