Elbie at Trig dot Net

Tue, 29 Jun 2004

Ten of spades, ten of spades. There it is, the ten of spades!

Lots of things have happened in the past couple of days. There was the whole election thing, but unless you live under a rock, or at the very least, the rock that you live on top of is not Canadian, then you probably have heard enough about this already. 'Nuff said.

As predicted, bunches of people got fired on Friday. I wasn't one of them. It didn't make me feel particularly any better. In fact, by the end of the day, I was just feeling generally angry and really wanted to hit something very hard. After getting home though, I didn't have the energy to actually do anything about it. I had a bath and watched TV and snacked a bit. I'm mostly better now, but I'm still really unhappy about continuing to work for this company for the time being.

Amy and I went climbing on the weekend, then saw the Terminal at the theatre near the climbing gym. Both were reasonably fun. Between those two things, we had dinner at East Side Mario's. There was a bit of a wait, so to make things a little easier for keeping track of the waiting lists (or at least a little more interesting,) they were assigning waiting parties a oversized playing card, and then calling out that card (rank and suit) when their table was ready. To my dismay, we did not get the ten of spades. It was already claimed by someone else.

Oh, and we got not one, but two pastamancers joining our clan! w00t! We're pretty well rounded for such a small clan, though we're still missing a seal clubber. So if I know who you are, and you're interested, let me know!

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Thu, 24 Jun 2004

Pretty clouds
Pretty clouds

The webcam really doesn't do it justice. The sky outside looks like an upside-down ocean, with majestic waves sweeping across its surface. It's really pretty.

The pic is taken from work, where I still am, at 5:30ish or so. Not reasonably late, to be sure, but late enough. And I'm likely to be here longer. Things are busy for me at the moment, but only with a bunch of very unusual little projects. Not with anything substantial. And not with anything that will likely make the company much money, though more likely than the work I was doing last week, for example. Nothing to ease my mind about the company's fiscal situation, nor my position within it.

KoL is still fun. We still desperately need a Pastamancer though, even though we now have I think six people in our clan. So if any of you who actually know me out there are interested in the game, this might be a good time to join. We'll give you lots of help to get you started.

Related to KoL, I bum around on an AoL chat room of KoL players from time to time. They're reasonably coherent, and intelligible which is nice, but every once in a while, I'm reminded that I'm (at least in some cases) twice as old as they are which depresses me briefly.

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Thu, 17 Jun 2004

Grey and rainy

The last little while has been fairly uneventful. There's been some stuff for me to do at work, but largely it's been internal, and not for one of our company's clients. Which doesn't reassure me much about the state of the business.

Been fairly busy outside of work. ecogrrl has introduced me to the Kingdom of Loathing which I've been playing fairly regularly, and doing reasonably well at, if I have been relying a bit on various spoiler sites and forums to help me with.

I'm sitting in the coffee shop again, before I go to work, watching the rain. To its credit, the city of Waterloo has been tending the boulevards and green spaces downtown. There's a plethora of lush plant life just outside the window, and I must say that it looks quite nice. I'm sure the excess of wet we've been experiencing of late hasn't hurt that at all. Nevertheless, it still seems very grey and blah out.

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Mon, 07 Jun 2004

Today's free coffee has been brought to you by... the Sun.

"In astronomy, what is the closest star to Earth?"

Today's trivia question at Timothy's World Coffee. Surprisingly, they still hadn't reached their quota of free coffees yet. Even as I sit here typing this entry, someone behind me was stumped. A fun little trick question.

Timothy's has done stuff like that before. Where one either forgets about the obvious answer, or the question seems so obvious that one doubts whether or not the obvious answer is really the correct one. Well, not today, for me at least. I hope you all enjoy your morning cup.

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Sat, 05 Jun 2004

Better weather

The gorgeous weekend led into a mostly gorgeous week. There was a bit of grey at the beginning of it, but things have cleared up wonderfully.

A brief talk with my boss on Monday did not exactly make me feel any better about my position at work, but it did galvanise my resolve to look for other things. A lot of my friends have been very supportive in this respect, and I want to thank those of you that have helped. You're all way cool and stuff.

I finished off the week watching an utterly depressing and unbearingly long movie at the Princess, "Dogville". There were some interesting choices about how the film was produced and shot, but in the end the hand-cam-style camera work and abrupt cuts just made me nauseous, and the content of the film just made me want to go home and go to sleep.

Today is another beautiful day. And the week is looking like it will follow suit, save for a brief interruption by rain or a short storm tomorrow. Perfect timing. I think it's rained at least briefly for every ride in the past three years I've done it; this year should be no different. If you want to donate, it's not too late!

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