“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Other junk

OK, a few other rants from today, plus some assorted crap.

Presuming everyone I know has gone grocery shopping at least ONCE in their lives...
WTF is up with the store having only 1 checkout lane open at 3pm on a Friday, holiday weekend afternoon? Thank you very much for making a 10 minute trip last an hour...

Which was pretty much the tone of my whole day. The bank - 30 minutes waiting for the one person who could help me with my card. Picking stuff up from the lab? Extra time while they sorted crap. Stop for insurance paperwork, and they've changed the forms requiring an extra trip. Hell, the fastest trip was the aforementioned Circuit City run, which I figured would take longer.

But on positive notes. Bought a couple of good standards on the beer list (Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Richmond Brewery's IPA) just to spoil myself tonight. Have the niece and nephews in for a visit, which is fun - they're growing so fast it scares me as to mine, and they love both Jacob and Kyleigh.

Played with the GPS I got for my wife when I was driving around - actually pretty incredible how far the technology has come. I remember the old systems we used 10 years ago in the service, black & white displays of coordinates and headings & that was it... these new things cost a tenth of the price and do a hundred times more. Will love seeing what comes next.

And, in one of the other stunningly enjoyable, yet small things from life... read a new (to me) Andrew Vachss novel tonight (Mask Market, for those who follow him). That was probably one of the things I missed most doing the school stuff last term, was the chance to read for simple pleasure. In the past two weeks since the semester ended I've finished 4 books I had waiting, and looking at the pending pile savoring what comes next... one of the things which helped influence my courseload decision for the future actually.

So my goal, for now, is to post at least 3 days a week (with one of them being during the work-week, just so I'm not doing it all on break). Again, as in the past, hoping it will wake my muse up, toss a bucket of cold water on her, and remind her where the desk, inkpot and paper are...

Hope a few of you enjoy.

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