As some of you have already heard, there were some pretty massive layoffs yesterday. I’m still employed, and unlike previous years, our studio seems to have gotten off pretty light.
Archive for October, 2008
I’ve been a little stressed about work lately, and when that happens, I tend to have anxiety dreams. Usually they’re things like being late for the airport, or missing a test in college. But last night I had a Super Special anxiety dream, where I discovered I had been tapped to be the backup drummer for The Jonas Brothers, but a few minutes before we went on stage, I realized I had never heard any Jonas Brothers songs. Also, I’m not a drummer.
What do the following things have in common?
- A 4 oz. bar of baking chocolate
- A CD
- A green balloon
- Several rubber bands
- An obedience school diploma
- A carton of expired condensed milk
- A dead rat
If you answered “Things Enzo has eaten”, you win! The last item came in the form of a gastronomical adventure on last night’s walk. For a few weeks, there has been a dead rat on the sidewalk in front of one of the houses in my neighborhood. Last night I noticed that it was gone, so I assumed this means that someone cleaned it up. When we got closer, Enzo started nosing around in the gutter, and I naively assumed this meant he had to ‘do his business’, but I was appalled to see him end up with something black in his mouth. Black and fuzzy. I tried to get him to drop it, but when food is involved, Enzo is do or die, so he eventually swallowed it.
I called up the emergency vet, and decided to bring him in so they could induce vomiting. As an aside, late-night emergency vet visits sure do bring out the freaks. Among others, I was waiting with a street kid wearing a raccoon tail and carrying a hatchet, and a profanity-spewing mascara-streaked woman with no shoes. Anyway, no rat came out of Enzo, so I think this probably means it’s still inside him. But the vet thought there was probably no danger, so two hours and $161 later, we were back home.
I had a dream last night that I met Sarah Palin. One of the things I told her was that I was concerned that people don’t have a voice. She nodded and suggested that maybe people should write their ideas out on huge banners and stretch them across the state of Alaska. My response? “Governor Palin, I don’t think that will work.”
Apologies for the lack of updates recently. They unofficially have us on 6 day work weeks, so I haven’t had too much time for fun-ness. Still was able to squeeze in an outing to Martunis Saturday night where I had, wait for it, two thirds of an apricot martini. Aw yeah. Sunday a group of us walked to The Park Chalet for an overpriced brunch. Trying to get my money’s worth, I ate a lot of cocktail shrimp and woke up this morning with a stomach ache. But, as Yar pointed out, at least I “just leveled up in Asian”.
Sha Sha, when left to her own devices and with easy access to a PC with a fun game installed, will not move from in front of the PC for up to 6 hours, only turning off the computer when reminded that 10pm is probably a good time to eat dinner.
A couple recent polls have shown that the Yes on 8 campaign is now ahead. Part of the reason for this is their $25 million fundraising effort, much of which is coming from outside of California. While this proposition will ultimately be decided in votes, part of what will make the difference is money. If you believe in equality for all people, even if you are not in California, please consider donating to the No On 8 campaign. Any amount will help.
I got a half-marathon PR today with a time of 2:10:56, which puts me at a pace of 10:00 min/mi. Well, technically, 9:59:69 min/mi, but who’s counting? Overall, the course was pretty good. I give a solid “meh” for the live bands idea, only because you barely get to hear them as you’re running by. I did enjoy the flatness of the course, but I could have done without the heat.
I was hoping to do a little better time-wise, but I am in the midst of an icky cold I caught last week, which kinda put a damper on things. So all things considered, it went pretty much as well as it could have, and I am proud of the fact that I beat my previous best half-marathon time by 10 minutes. If current trends continue (my SF half time from two years ago was an additional 10 minutes slower), I should easily beat 2 hours next time, right? …Right?
Here is the data from my Garmin watch. There’s a bit of a discrepancy in time, I believe because it auto-paused at some of the water stations. Oddly enough, two other people with GPS watches logged the total distance as 13.2 miles as well. Hmmm… I also realized I’m kind of dumb in that I did not utilize the lap feature of the watch to figure out my mile splits. Oh well, next time, I guess.
In related news, congrats to Buddy for shattering both the 2-hour mark and his previous PR with an awesome 1:56:41 time. Woo!