September 26th, 2002

worm food

Flat

I have a slow leak in my right front tire, so I have to remember to fill it up every so often. It wasn't too long ago that I last filled it up, but my car started pulling to that side on the way to the play last night. I would have to remember to put air in that tire sometime soonish.

I forgot about it as we parked the car, so I didn't check it. As we were leaving the play, I pulled out of the parking spot and something felt really wrong. I reparked, got out, and checked the tire. It was fine. I checked the rear tire on the same side. It was flat.

Wonderful. And this was the night I was going to get home late anyway and have to do dishes.

So, I replaced the flat tire with the tiny spare tire. It was my second time doing it, so it wasn't too bad, once I made a couple of stupid (luckily non-fatal) mistakes. In the process of jacking the car up, I happened to notice a nail head firmly embedded into my tire. So, there you go. Good thing I'm not driving 20 miles to work every day. I need to find some place that I can get the tire fixed. It should be an eays enough thing, I think. Anyone have a recommendation?

I really enjoyed the play, although I think there were moments that magid didn't particularly care for. It was well-written and the actors were great. It was a six-person cast. There was the mother and her five children, and each of the children played another character in the story. I'm a little ashamed to admit that it took me a little while to catch on. I noticed the first time right away, but then there were a couple of the characters that I didn't realize were the children until later. I think they did a nice job with the costume differences, and the actors did a good job with posture differences.

Got home somewhere close to midnight and didn't feel like doing dishes. Was upset from the tire going flat. Checked email and was put into a better mood by a couple of nice emails.

Got to sleep at 1, decided to sleep in as much as I could. Woke up around 3, then a little before 6. Went back to sleep and got up at 7. Did some dishes, but not all. I really wanted to have all of the dishes done before hrafn got home today, but that just didn't end up happening. As it is, I didn't get in to work until 9:30. That means no taking lunch, since I'm taking off at 4:30 to meet my sister and give her her birthday present. Then off to my first copyediting class. I hope that experience is as good as the one with my Hebrew class.

Okay, actual work. And I'll post some more Jotto puzzles later, after I do some work.
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CEO

A CEO who uses slang in comapny-wide emails can't be all bad, right?

From the CEO of Houghton Mifflin:

So, what's new? We're still in that awkward position of knowing roughly what will happen, but not when, with whom, or how. And that still sucks.

Interesting. Trying to copy that bit of text from the email and paste it in here, I found I couldn't. I was also unable to forward it, and when I tried to "Reply With History", it didn't quote the email. I wonder if this is to try to make it more difficult for people to distribute company memos. Or if it's just some weird thing.
birthday

Deadlines

I think I work best with deadlines. I've known this, in various forms, for a while. It occurred to me again now as I was following links from LiveJournal. Yes, I was randomly web surfing when I was supposed to be working, without even really thinking about it. Why? Because I have no deadlines. Now, I can work on stuff without having deadlines, but that has to be stuff I'm interested in. What I'm doing now is quite boring, plus I have no deadlines. It also doesn't help that I don't have to worry about keeping up with my co-worker, since I'll look good pretty much regardless of what I do.