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November 26th, 2003

i am not a stuffed tiger.

fell for the the promise of a life with a purpose

"How to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner," service journalism from The Morning News:
It is now time for you to choose a helper. I suggest you select either the least talkative person or the person with the best gossip. I find teenage boys are especially good helpers because a) they take orders well, b) they’re often sulking and silent at family functions, and c) they’re grateful for the break from everyone asking them about school and girls, and therefore actually do the tasks you give them accurately so as not to be sent back in the living room for further scrutiny. Do not be afraid to threaten you’ll tell Grandma he wants to hear about her trip to the crafts fair if he slacks.

My Thanksgiving won't involve any direct contact with family members, but maybe I can still be promoted to "helper." Incidentally, if you're in Seattle and are in need of Thanksgiving plans, let me know. I can probably secure you an invitation to dinner.
chair, apartment

fate isn't what we're up against

At the office today, my major accomplishments were buying tickets to Return of the King and converting a bunch of files from wma to mp3 via wav. Regarding the former, I probably bought too many tickets in the heat of the moment. I mistook website slowness for rampant interest, but the Thursday 8:45 show hasn't even sold out. Regarding the converting, I'm sure there might exist an easier way to do this that would preserve the audio quality, but at some point it became my daily zen activity.

On the way home, I picked-up some Thanksgiving rations at P.C.C. : vegan mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, and apple sage stuffing (in case Martha decides that hers must include liver).

From these accomplishments you can tell that I didn't do much in the way of any real work or moving preparations. That's not exactly true, I did arrange to rent a vehicle for the weekend to simplify transit and new apartment shopping / associated errands. Still, having only four days left in this month is difficult to accept.