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February 21st, 2004

chair, apartment

small step

after yesterday's long techfee meeting, I went to the Big Time for our department happy hour. We've consistently drawn an expanded table of people; so I consider it a success. I only stayed for an hour because I had plans to meet Carole for the Triplets of Belleville.

Killing time before the movie, we had a dessert crepe at Joe Bar, which is right across the street from the Harvard Exit. It's a really cute place and I don't know why I hadn't been there before last night.

The movie was good, but I'd heard so many good things about it; so it was kind of hard for it to live up to expectations. I liked the style because it was so much different from most of today's ultra-clean or computerized animation. Really, the movie lives or dies by the style (and the cuteness of the dog & tenacity of the grandmother) since the plot is pretty thin. Before the main attraction, they played Destino, the Dali-Disney collaboration. It was kind of neat, but it mostly reminded me of how I thought Dali was the greatest thing ever when I was in seventh grade and now I just think, "eh."

We had dinner at the DeLuxe (another unexplained first time) and then walked down to the Re-Bar (also 1st) hoping for people-watching. Instead, it was pretty empty so we paged through the Seattle Weekly, making fun of how their target demographic was desperate singles and how all of the personals were from 50-70 year olds. Eventually people started filling the dance floor, but the highlight was a trio of guys who were videotaping themselves doing crazy dance moves onstage with an "night vision" camera.

I waited for Carole to get a taxi and then walked back up the hill to my apartment. The distance seemed greater than usual. Perhaps, the effect of the drinkathon?

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today I just picked up my apartment, ran some laundry through the machines, took some things back to the store, and was typically Saturday afternoon lazy.

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tonight is the KEXP show at the Crocodile with The Wrens, The Long Winters, and Swell.