July 22nd, 2004


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From The Boston Globe:
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority this morning became the first transit system in the country to screen passengers for explosives, as teams of MBTA officers stopped every 11th Boston-bound commuter at rail stations in Holbrook and Salem and tested handbags, briefcases and backpacks with a bomb-sensing machine.

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Through the weekend, teams of officers will fan out to subway and train stations, as well as bus stops and ferry terminals and stop people on a random basis, Carter said. The policy will be stepped up on Monday, the first day of the convention, when every passenger with any type of carry-on item will be searched at certain locations, he said.

. . .

The policy will be officially announced this afternoon at an as-yet-unnamed station in Boston.

Um, wasn't the policy already officially announced? Of course, the second paragraph I quoted seems to imply something a bit more widespread than was previously announced.


I've been getting the feeling of being (physically) irritated by my beard. So I've been thinking about shaving it. I didn't want to take the time for that last night, so I decided to trim it. I reduced the bulk with regular scissors, and then I actually used the razor to shave a bit underneath and a bit on the cheeks. I think this is the first time I've done an actual trim and shape with my beard like this. It came out a little uneven, but it doesn't look too bad. I might try this again some time. Meanwhile, I think I might shave it completely off soon. We'll see.
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Asparagus is evil

I got asparagus juice on my shirt. It looks pretty bad on this white shirt. That's the last time I'm buying asparagus. From now on, it's Twinkies and ice cream.

The Plan for Friday

I plan to be at the Hatch Shell by 5:30 tomorrow (movie starts around sunset). I'm bringing hummus and pita, with enough to share. If other people want to bring food to share, that would be fine, too, but it's not required (and I'm not sure how I'd be sharing with mobs of people I don't know, since I want to make sure there's enough to share with people I do know).

I'm bringing majes's tarps and claiming some space. If other people want to bring blankets, though, that would probably be useful.

I'm also bringing my frisbee.

That's the plan. See you tomorrow!