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"Only two things are infinite--the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." Theodore Roosevelt

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Saturday, June 28, 2008
Randomness

I went to see WALL-E today. Thoroughly enjoyable movie. Go see it, btw. I've been thinking a bit about how much WALL-E and I have in common . . . both of us are in jobs where we deal with garbage all day long, suffer some confusion in life, and at times feel like we're falling apart.

While at the theater, I saw a poster for a 25th anniversary showing of WarGames. I love that movie! Definitely will need to try & make that one, since seeing it on the big screen again would be fantabulous. And of course my interest is piqued by the "sneak preview of the sequel" statement on the poster.

I've applied for a promotion at work. The biggest (by far) benefit the position offers is that it's in a completely different department. I don't think a week goes by where I don't feel like strangling my supervisor. But I'm actually rather pessimistic about getting it because of the way things work there.

My girl & I broke up. Happened a couple weeks ago. No big blow up, or anything like that. Just didn't work out. Sucks big time, but I'm coping (and am actually already crushing on a couple girls). For some reason, though, quite a few people keep asking if I want them to beat her up. The answer is NO. I feel no ill-will towards her, and still consider her a friend. We just weren't meant to be, I guess. No need to go further than that here.

Had to apply for a student loan. This made the reality of going back to school seem so much more imminent. Up until now, I've been able to keep somewhat detached from that fact, and remain calm about things despite several people frequently pointing out how nervous I should be. I think it's finally starting to set in that come August I will once again be a student and will be giving up any semblance of a social life for the next 4 years. Ugh.

Speaking of nerves, I had a mild panic attack last weekend. I'm still not exactly sure why. I was driving out to Monterey, and we had some thunder storms. It's unusual for us here . . . usually lightning is accompanied by torrents of rain. But last week it was dry. Actually, when I first saw the lightning, I was under bright blue skies. There was just one clump of dark clouds up ahead, where the flashes kept coming from. I've never had a problem with lightning before, but for some strange reason I started getting really scared and kept thinking about lightning striking my car while I was driving.

I really should have done yard work today. The back lawn really needs mowing. Unfortunately, the 2 large fires in nearby areas are throwing so much smoke and ash into the air we're under a health advisory to spend as little time outside as possible. Meh, it's a good excuse to remain lazy, I guess. But poor Duncan's going stir crazy.

As for poor Duncan, he got me nice and worried this morning, too. After his usual morning potty trip out back, he came back in and sprawled on the floor. A few moments later, he jumped up like something had startled him, glared angrily at the plush toy on the floor, then jumped again. He kinda spun around, like maybe something had startled him from behind, then ran across the room. After jumping and spinning a third time, the reason finally became apparent. A nice big ol' bumble bee got dislodged from his fur. Bad news is, Duncan is allergic to bees. His whole face will swell up when he gets stung, so naturally there was concern here. Good news is that either the bee didn't actually sting him, or he's not allergic to bumble bees, just honeys (I'm thinking the former is more likely).

Duncan's birthday is Tuesday. So is my parents' anniversary. And my sister's birthday is Friday. I still haven't gotten gifts for any of them. Ideas are more than welcome.

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