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*BLINK BLINK*

August 21st, 2005 (06:00 pm)
current song: Me My Head (Live), Tubeway Army

Have had my head in a book all day...jumped out of my skin when the phone rang,
it was the Gals, inviting me over for SUSHI NITE!

I looked at the clock and was shocked to see it was already 5 PM.

Took me a few moments to really return to this Universe...at which time I thanked
my Annie for calling, but I really wanted to get this finished and return it tomorrow
while I was Down Town job hunting. And frankly, that I was just really enjoying sitting
around for hours and hours reading again, it had been a long time.
(Hurray New Glasses--it doesn't ACHE anymore!)

She allowed as how staying home on a Sunday night and finishing a good book
sounded like a lovely way to spend the evening as well, and we said our good-byes.

But after getting off the phone and looking around my little room, I thought a walk and
some human contact might be nice too. So I packed my SXSX canvas shopping
bag with book and smokes and slipped my SHUFFLE (yes, Chas, I mention it often so
you know how much I use and appreciate it) around my neck. Off to Central Market
to sit on the patio and drink iced tea, chat with my all my Friends who work there,
and read for a few hours before restocking my sadly BAREN cupboards
with fresh veggies and fruit and soy-milk and rice and.......so on.

I made it down the stairs and out into the parking lot.
And froze.
Rather.
MELTED.

It must be well over a 100 degrees out there. Too much. The walk would be misery,
and once there I would be drippy-sticky and feel like passing out. If only there were
a few patches of GREEN between me and my destination--it would not be so wildly
unbearable. But it is a series of parking lots divided by a freeway. ALL of which have
been graciously soaking up and radiating back the Austin summer sun all day.

*sigh*

So I'm back up here in my little dark cool room...waiting for the sun to go down.
And praying for what passes for "Fall" in Texas...

My little Norwegian ass loves this Town, but I was not built to survive it.

Comments

Posted by: Coffee Shop Whore (skidspoppe)
Posted at: August 21st, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)

I referenced you in my October column. I did a write up of the Shuffle and tagged it as "White Jewelry."

Are you still reading "Salmon"?

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: August 21st, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)

Oh, that WARMS my heart!!!
*GRINS*

And yeah--G ain't the speed reader she was in her youth!
Still plowing though, and loving every page of The Salmon if Doubt.

I had no idea I wasn't reading anymore because I couldn't see....

Posted by: Coffee Shop Whore (skidspoppe)
Posted at: August 21st, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)

My dad doesn't read anymore because he can't see. It kills me.

And yeah, I understand about the speed thing. I need to get faster or grad school is gonna kill me.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
The Salmon OF Doubt...ack

Make him get glasses!
(like anyone could make that Man do anything he doesn't want to?)

I think with practice, we'll both get back up to speed.

Grad school will only make you stronger. *GRINS*

Posted by: Coffee Shop Whore (skidspoppe)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
Re: The Salmon OF Doubt...ack

Grad school will only make you stronger. *GRINS*

yeah... I keep telling myself that.

Posted by: Disophy (disophy1)
Posted at: August 21st, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
I wasn't reading anymore because I couldn't see....

This pains me just to read. I'm soooooooooooo glad you have glasses and now one of the world's best readers has returned!

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: I wasn't reading anymore because I couldn't see....

I thought I had lost patience.

The pain was subtle.

Posted by: Disophy (disophy1)
Posted at: August 21st, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
my SHUFFLE

monthly iTunes GC in the mail with schedule for G's iPod silhouette shoot. ;-)

So, what's on your playlist?

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
Re: my SHUFFLE
Solid Grin

Wow...139 'songs'

(even more than the promised 120, and especially cool to someone who fancies 931)

It's got some Coltrane, some Pixies, some Cash, some SMOG, Belle and Sebastion,
the Flaming Lips, Mott the Hoople, several short stories and monologues...
NPR/Sedaris, and such?

I haven't figured out how to program specifically yet.
I just let it pull stuff randomly off my iTunes.
(I'll learn, I just haven't played out this batch enough to bother
to just yet.)

Seriously, Charles--one of the single best presents ANYONE has ever given me.

I was at FRY'S with eastland before he left the last time...
and a couple of guys were looking at "stuff" for a SHUFFLE, all the toys.
I popped up behind them and eves dropped long enough to insert myself.

heh.

Isn't it GREAT! I chirped.

They eyed me long enough to see that a bra-less gal in flip flops
probably wasn't WORKING the place (in the proper sense, anyway),
and asked me if I had one.

Oh yes, I've had mine for nearly six months, and I would never go back to anything
bulkier--I can throw it in my bag without thinking about it, it weighs NOTHING.
When it runs out of juice I just plug it in the back of my lap-top and it charges while
I check my e-mail. It's nearly indestructable and SO easy to use. I LOVE it!


(I pointed at the $24.99 interchangeable pastel gel covers, and Lanyards)

And it's like having a Barbie again, LOOK I can buy it little outfits and shoes!

The two guys looked at each other, one guy laughed at the other one.
The one who got laughed at, looked at the small square green box in his hand.
And then shook it at me desperately:

"But it comes with ear phones and stuff, right?"

I nodded, and laughed too.
Yeah, it's all in the box, everything you need.
You won't be sorry.


He nodded and they walked off, the new SHUFFLE owner muttering...
i'm not buying it shoes, dude.

Posted by: Coffee Shop Whore (skidspoppe)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
Re: my SHUFFLE

How sad am I that the "buying it shoes" componant was a selling point?

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: my SHUFFLE
Cute and Cuddly....boys

It disarmed the Frat guy...was MEANT to.

You, well.....
You appreciate the value of a toy that has accessories.

You're a REAL Man.

*BEAMS...and giggles a little*

::HUGS THE BOY::

It's fun to dress up technology!

Posted by: Disophy (disophy1)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
i'm not buying it shoes, dude

rolling on the floor....trying to catch my breath...........oh G-only you. " i'm not buying it shoes, dude"...I'm dying here......

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
Re: i'm not buying it shoes, dude

As an APPLE dude, you should really check out "The Salmon of Doubt"--
among many things, it contains a letter he wrote to MacUser magazine, 1989
"Frank the Vandal"

In it he closes by saying:

Let me make one thing clear, I adore my Macintosh, or rather my family of however
many Macintoshes it is that I've recklessly accumulated over the years. I've adored it since
I first saw one at Infocom's offices in Boston in 1983. The thing that has kept me enthralled
and hypnotised by it in all that time is the perception that lies at the heart of its design,
which is this: "There is no problem so complicated that you can't find a very simple answer
to it if you look at it the right way." Or, to put it another way, "The future of computer
power is pure simplicity." So my two major wishes for the 1990's are that the Macintosh
systems designers get back to that future, and that Frank the Vandal gets out of my house.


You have to read it to find out who Frank is.
But he asks the company to do....what in fact--they have gone on to do.

This was one of the ones that made me tear up yesterday in the Dentist's Studio.

He asks for CRAZY things, irrational THINGS in this letter...for 1989.

By the time zutroy gave me my very first MAC....they were a reality.

He didn't have a word for some of the stuff he wanted.
I know some of them now.

I had my SHUFFLE in my ears...
And was tickled to bits, to know I was connecting
to something that has been a part of my life since I was a kid.

I have so much reading to catch up on.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 02:27 am (UTC)
Oh Looky...I found it on the Internet!

http://www.douglasadams.com/dna/980707-00-a.html

If I ever get a Tattoo.........

it will read, printed in large friendly letters, on my left upper arm:

DON'T PANIC

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
Re: Oh Looky...I found it on the Internet!

This man changed the way AMAZON.COM did it's business...
with a single helpful letter.

That's in the book too....
That Salmon book.

Read the Salmon book, Charles, you'll like it.

Posted by: Disophy (disophy1)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
the Salmon book

Ordered. Thanks for the recommendation.

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