If anyone

would like to know what it’s like to hear your ankle go “pop” and then see 20 faces looking down at you, asking if you’re okay — let me know.
Left ankle. There’s no swelling, but I can’t point my foot without it hurting. Actually I can’t anything without it hurting.
With all the pain, though, I’m still excited. Tonight I get to see the Barenaked Ladies! It’s going to be awesome. And the Mac rumor mill is frothing over the possibility of a “headless” (i.e. without a monitor) iMac being introduced at Macworld Expo on January 11th for $499.
So, at least, lots of stuff to keep this fanboy’s mind elsewhere.
Are you ready for 2005? ๐Ÿ™‚

Stunned


For the past three days or so I’ve been walking around in a kind of zombie state. My mind has been totally preoccupied on the Indian Ocean earthquake which took place four days ago. Julie’s weblog has been an invaluable tool in learning about the situation. Thailand was devastated by the resulting tsunami; she was there just one month ago.
I’ve tried to post a few personal things since Sunday and everything has just come out utterly inconsequential. How can I write about my … well, my anything… when there are things of far greater importance going on? Things which I’m still trying to comprehend. Just yesterday the death toll doubled over what it was the day before. Now it’s at 84,000. Crazy. I was talking with Jeff about it today and he said he wouldn’t be surprised if it reaches 200 thousand. I hope not but I secretly worry he is right. ๐Ÿ™
My thoughts are with those who have been affected by this tragedy.
Update, 11:32am: The death toll has now reached 116,000, with 80,000 coming from Indonesia alone. Apple has changed their main web page to point to humanitarian aid organizations. I did a quick survey of several other major companies (including Dell, Microsoft, IBM, Starbucks, Yahoo, CNN, and BMW), and Google and Amazon were the only others I found had done this. Kudos to Apple, Google and Amazon for that.
Update #2, 3:19pm: Kirk House at Reasons Unbeknownst has put together a large collection of video clips from the tsunami and has “seeded” it using BitTorrent. If you’re not sure what that is, not to worry, he explains in the entry.
Update #3, 12:47am the next day: Microsoft, Starbucks and Yahoo are now prominently displaying links to relief agencies on their main pages.

Happy holidays


I’d like to thank everyone who has sent me Christmas wishes over the past few days. This may sound weak, but it’s a nice feeling to know you’re thought about, even when you’re not physically present. Amazing what a simple “hi” can do. If you have friends you haven’t spoken to for a while but have meant to, do it. I promise you they’ll be thankful even if they don’t outwardly show it.
Lots going on around this time of year — Christmas, Hanukkah, Three Kings Day, Diwali, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, to name a few events off the top of my head. I hope everyone is enjoying themselves, whatever they’re up to.
Having Mavis over has been great fun so far. She brought all sorts of goodies from Canada — Soho liqueur, Tim Horton’s coffee, a Coffee Crisp, smarties, cherry candy canes, Canadian flag tootpicks, and a UVic alumni sticker and a card signed by near about a dozen of my old co-workers (thanks to all of you, by the way, I enjoyed it immensely :). We’ve watched movies, cooked lunch and dinner, Scrabbled, gone Boxing Day window-shopping (note: Best Buy is out of iPods) and enjoyed a good meal at Jeff’s with Kai.

I must say it was an odd feeling not being with my family at Christmas. My first time. It didn’t really strike me that I’d feel any different, but yeah, it was. I miss being woken up by Neil and trying to get Anand out of bed so we can go check out our stockings. Heh. It’s become pretty clear to me that their company is worth a lot to me. Which I knew already, but the point was driven home yesterday. I did at least get to see everyone on an iChat AV videochat, so that was something.

Zebra

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Well, I’m back! Arrived yesterday around noon. Which meant I was up at 5:30am to catch my flight. Which explains why I woke up at 4:30am today and realized I had fallen alseep with the lights on. It could have also been starch overload (I made chicken curry on basmati, mmm, can’t get enough of that basmati). Or maybe it was the beer I had with it.
Anyhow, Augusta was great. As I’ve told a few of you, if I were to caricature Augusta it would only contain psychics and nail salons. The number per capita seems to even exceed Sarasota, which is already disproportionately high when compared to BC/Ontario/Washington State (each of which I’ve lived in). Weird. Oh yeah, maybe a few crazy drivers too.
But otherwise it was a very nice trip; the customer I was working with was extremely pleasant to be around which sped the five days by. By Friday I had been made an official member of their lunch hilaritas for cracking wise. Ha.
Also, after making so much fun of said customer’s Bubba Keg I ended up returning with one. Funny how such things work. I think all the sweet-tea I had did something to my brain chemistry. Pictures forthcoming.
Finally, speaking of pictures — saw something this morning that made me truly excited. I was noticing what a beautiful day it was turning out to be — seeing the sunlight streaming through my blinds. And when I walked up to take a peek, I turned into a zebra. Anyhow, I grabbed my camera and took a few snaps. (The 3×5 aspect ratio is to help signify the experimental nature of the shots — kind of like the distinctions Jim and Davin make from time to time, only this time the visual variable is shape, not colour (or lack thereof)) Click that “MORE” link to have a look… also! I’m happier than I look here, honest!

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Hi!

Hey guys. Or maybe I should say guy, since you’re probably my only visitor. I’m really sorry about my blog-neglect. Work, however, has been insane, and it’s left me very little time for myself. I only just finished my workday 10 minutes ago.
Ah well — at least I have something to remember it by: my first speeding ticket! That’s right — I’d never been pulled over for speeding in my 12-year driving career… until tonight, that is. 44 in a 25. There’s $50 I’ll never see again. *grumble* At least it was cheap, I guess. At 12:52 in the morning and no cars in sight, all I really wanted to do was get home to my bed… guess I got a little over-ambitious on the accelerator (another 20 feet and I would have been in a zone where people routinely do 70).

Arrival


Honestly, it didn’t look that bad
Well, it would seem that open door picture in my last entry was more appropriate than I thought. Pretty much as soon as I walked into my hotel room, I got a call from Cam, who — via magic — figured out I left my apartment door unlocked when I caught the plane this morning. Haha! Thanks Cam (and well, everyone who was involved — Kai, Jeff, my neighbours) for helping sort that out.
The flights went well, no problems of any kind to report. My rental is a 2005 Toyota Camry. For a sedan, it’s decent looking. Notes on it so far: well, it’s kind of the opposite of the Mustang. In a nutshell: brilliant dash; so-so stereo. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a deathly quiet ride — the blinker doesn’t even make a sound — which makes the handling (which seems somewhat loose) kind of scary. The brakes also seem a little bit hesitant, but maybe that’s just because I’m not hearing the engine growl as I decelerate, like I’m used to with the Altima. The headlights are beautiful. I had to double-check I didn’t have my brights on.

Smoking cages at the Atlanta airport.

Arrival at the Augusta regional airport

Dash detail

Off to Augusta


Well here we go again! In less than 30 minutes I’ll be getting in a taxi to the Sarasota airport. I’m be in Augusta, GA for the next six days. Here’s what I know about Augusta: small town; contains an army base; red dirt; hills (perhaps even mountains!); home to famous golf tournament; has a Mexican restaurant (Vallarta’s) that can serve you dinner faster than McDonald’s.
Anyone who wants a postcard, you know what to do. ๐Ÿ™‚