September 6th, 2003


Adoptive Love

I just woke from a dream.. Initially, I was, as usual, capable ofsome kind of limited flight, and was practicing using my bo(not that I own one in real life) with someone on the ground whoalso had one. Apparently, limited flight gave me a fairly largeadvantage, and at some point, I dropped down to my feet, andcontinued to practice. Later, I ended up falling in love witha woman, and ended up adopting her kid. I remember spending somefamily moments... It's kind of sad waking up from such things.

I remember, years ago, when taking karate, the Bo was my favoriteweapon to learn. I don't think I got a very full instruction in it --the studio I was in closed a month or so after we started doingweapons training, but I did get at least some training, and it'sa fun weapon. Perhaps, like my father did with me, if I ever have a child,I might take Karate with her (him?). Classes of 2 are really fun.

A comicFringe voter complains that they feel disenfranchised with democracy,and that they have literally no voice in politics. Mainstream voter saysthat what they want is crazy, and that's why they have no voice. Thenext step in the argument, of course, is to point out that crazy is definedby consensus, has changed over the years, blah blah. And the next, whichtakes things finally to their honest, underlying truth about politics, isyes, that's true, but right now we have a big majority on this rough consensus,and we're having things our way, and you lose. Get more people, and maybe we'lltalk, although a lot of us feel strongly enough on these issues that we'llstep outside the bounds of democracy to keep them in place. As shown inthe United Nations voting stuff, and the Israeli permit-no-refugees-to-returnworries, and the U.S. drug war overriding state efforts to decriminalizerecreational drugs, democracy is relatively safe when you're willing to livewith the outcome of the vote either way. When that doesn't hold, things getinteresting.

So, the party last night went pretty well. I expected to have problemsremaining social, with the work party the night before, and before thatthe interesting thing at work, but I didn't really have much of that atall. Also, someone from my workplace was also there, and we chattedquite a bit. Of course, Martha's evil twin was there, and near the end ofthe party, when we were all out back exchanging jokes and talking, shetastelessly told a joke which danced around the edges of what nastinessshe did (and does not regret). Although I'll certainly feel stupid if theaccount I recieved of what she did was inaccurate, I have a pretty strongdislike for her. Which helps, because it masks the strong attraction Ihave for her, which would otherwise make me as akward as I am around theother person I'm strongly attracted to.

Interesting -- when my computer is playing music, Wally seems to be ableto tell instantly when I'm singing along and turns to look at me, and sometimesgives me a yowl (as he often does conversationally).

Ahh, yes, I'm going to embarass myself in a fun way soon :)Several times a year, the geeks of CMU hold athletic events, making itpretty clear that even the *ahem* less athletic geeks will be welcome.The "Pretty Good Race", a 5 Kilometre run, is coming up for next Friday,and I'll probably do it. Competitive? Pah. It'll just be fun to see if Ican do it, and hang out with other geeks trying to do the same. I'm surethere'll be a lot of more serious runners too -- one of the (3) faculty in mygroup is actually pretty athletic and stuff, but that's not what I'm in itfor. So, if any of you, my invisible public, want to drive over to Pittsburghto witness my folly, and ideally visit for a bit afterwards, next weekend'sthe time. If not, it's no big deal -- this isn't like the cross country thingsI did in middle/high school, and I won't feel at all pressured if I poopout or have a heart thing and need to stop. What I do hope is that I at leastrun far/hard enough to get really sore :)

Today, I hope to go visit 'whole foods market', perhaps get a wirelessaccess point for my home at CompUSA, and maybe get some studying done.


Bending the air (part 2)

Today was pretty fun...I went to Whole Foods for the first time, and found it to be a lot likeWild Oats, back in Cowtown. It even had my favorite cheese (Chaumes).Although you'd think it'd be more expensive, the near-monopoly GiantEagle has in the large supermarket market around here means that theprices are surprisingly competitive with the going rate. I'll be goingthere a lot more often, with the Indian grocery store on Craig being anothernew favorite.

I couldn't remember the second reason I went out, so I didn't actually goget a wireless AP for home. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow. I'm at Coffee Tree now,and out of curiosity, pulled out my wireless ethernet card and looked at thelist of networks here. CMU is on the very edge of being available -- detectablebut not actually strong enough to be usable. Telerama is actually pretty stronghere, and as I've been chewing on the idea of switching my DSL over to it forsome time, I came to a snap decision and subscribed to their wireless service.Once I get a replacement DSLmodem, I'll drop verizon DSL too, and enjoy theirattractive combo package. Apparently, Telerama has all kinds of nice alliancesmeaning I'll be able to use it in all sorts of other places..

I've cancelled my payment thing -- it neither has any new peopleon it nor am I really thinking much about the dating thing. It's probablyjust a general, no-real-reason weakening of interest in the thing, combinedwith a wonder of what happens to me when I'm actually in a relationship.
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Cool -- I just met someone from the local music scene, and talked with himfor about an hour on his music, while listening to a sample.

Well, it's now almost 1am, and time for coffee tree to close, so off I go.It's neat thinking that all this is live right now though. Huzzzah!