July 17th, 2006

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Going out Saturday

Jason and I went out Saturday to celebrate our birthdays. His mostly, cause his was Saturday while mine was last Tuesday. We went to Noc Noc. I really didn't have a good time though. Not for most of the time.

We got there early because Vern usually gets there early and we wanted to hang with her. But we arrived earlier than she. So we grabbed a table and began some socializing.

Vern and entourage arrived a bit later. They chatted with us. Then they grabbed the next booth.

And therein lies the pivot point of my unrest. Soon, everyone migrated to Vern's table leaving me with the unchatty Jeremy and occasionally the in-love Amanda and Eric. So after I dance a couple of songs, I migrate to Vern's table. And promptly everyone migrates to the original table. Wash, rinse, repeat. I spent most of the night chasing the social action. I would have gone up to the Mercury but I didn't want to mess up Jason's celebration and he was having a good time.

At some point some very made up girls stole my table while I was outside getting fresh air. Made up, as in they had gone all out with the 50s look, with very stylized hair. Kind of like Jessica used to dress. I excused myself and retrieved my drink. They asked if they had taken my table, to which I replied that they had. Then they asked if I wanted it back, to which I replied that they could have it. See, I figured that with only one table, even if cramped, would prevent my group from spreading out and leaving me with the unsocial folks. I was correct.

The last 45 minutes before we left were much better. Hung out and socialized with the group, because they couldn't escape me. And I got an arm massage.
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Carpet cleaning and other miscellaneous crap

I fell asleep last night fairly early. Seven? Eight? Not really sure. Woke up at 4:30 or 5 this morning. The carpet cleaners are supposed to be here sometime between 9 am and noon.

Now, I am not going to be one of those people who cleans before the maid arrives so that I won't look like a slob. I don't have that much misplaced pride. However, I do need to have as much of my floorspace bare as possible. So I started tidying things up. I consolidated my boxes of stuff into fewer boxes, and restacked them in my storage room. See, I tend to look for something and then just leave the boxes unstacked so I can get at stuff easier next time. (Except I'm really just too lazy to restack them.)

I decided to take a break, logged onto the internet, and checked email. You'd think I wouldn't need to log on, since theoretically this is an always-on connection. But it turns out the USB 802.11g dongle loses connection when idle. In fact, I often have to reboot to regain connection. But I have little problem if I stay connected.

I'm told part of the problem is that the 802.11g shares the frequency band with cordless phones. I've noticed that when my phone rings, I often lose connection. So this weekend I picked up a 4.8 set of cordless phones, so hopefully I won't have that problem anymore (once I hook them up). Still, I'm sure other folks in the building have the older 2.4 phones and that may be causing some of my issues.

Back to the connecting to the internet thing, I have my google customized home page up, with the calendar widget front and center. Only it says that carpet cleaning is tomorrow. Today was not the 18th as I thought. So I can clear floor space at a much more leisurely pace.
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Employment perhaps?

It's a long shot, but I am going to submit a resume and cover letter for the position of Technology and Liberty Director with the ACLU. It's a long shot because a) I have no degree, b) the degree I do not have isn't J.D., and c) I have no experience in non-profit/public policy. However, I have a huge amount of technology experience and I know how and what makes technology dangerous to civil liberties. Plus, I'm pretty damn smart and sometimes I can even manage to do things without pissing people off.

So we'll see. Frankly, I think I'd love the job, even if it's a wonky public policy job.