Friday, April 30, 2004

Eye of the Storm


Last week after all that had happened to me I had felt a period of calm. It reminded me greatly of the eerie calm that comes in the middle of a hurricane, and while I hoped that the peace would last (mostly. I do like some adventure) I knew in the back of my mind that more storm was yet to come.
So Jaime arrived on a one-way ticket on Monday. Shortly after we get home from the airport she asks to borrow my car so that she can get to and from the city that night to make it to a meeting she needed to attend that night. Hesitantly I said "yes".
The next morning I woke up (I had gone to sleep early to get up for work) and she wasn't home, and hadn't left me any voice mail to let me know what was going on. I was a little worried, but figured it was probably O.K. and told myself I'ld see her that night.
That night happened to be my going away dinner with the Winamp gang, so I came home at 11p.m. (drunk off my ass - all you can drink sake can be a very intoxicating time) and the car wasn't home (though evidence that Jaime had been in the house existed) so I left a voice mail for her of "Where the Fuck is my car?"
I hadn't heard from or seen Jaime at all on Wednesday in spite of several messages I left for her, and it wasn't until Thrusday that she finally contacted me (it took accusing her of ignoring me to get her to call) at which point she told me that she had left my car in front of my house on Tuesday (with the keys left on my table). I had my doubts, but I rushed home (I was in no condition to work at that point) to verify whatever I could.
When I got home I had a letter from the San Francisco police department in my mailbox telling me that my car had been impounded. Turns out that it was impounded Tuesday morning for blocking a driveway. Well a good friend gave me a ride to the police department (where the security was far more lax than I was expecting - I think I may need to start shaving my head again) and I retrieved my car with the spare set of keys I had left with Andrew and Lexi.
I hope Jaime comes home so we can talk (or at the very least so I can get the keys to my house back. It sucks having to get my neighbors to let me in)

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Singing in the rain


So it finally happened. A lot of the people with whom I talked about coming to work by foot had expressed concern over what would happen in the event that it were to rain. Well this morning there was a thick mist (it's what passes for rain in California), and I have to say that I didn't melt on the way to the office. As a matter of fact it was kind of nice.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Chinese curses


They say there is an ancient chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." Well the last week sure has been interesting. And I haven't written anything yet because I was waiting for the 3rd thing to happen. They say bad things come in 3s. And that's not true. Especially in this situation. It's more that unlikely things come in 3s. (Given a poisson distribution of unlikely events like radioactive decay, short intervals are more likely than long and so forth). Anyway I digress...

First off, I quit AOL. April 30th will be my last day, and I hope that they return my soul along with the unused vacation time. I didn't read the fine print to carefully, but I'm hoping that they only have temporary possesion while they give me a paycheck. And now I'm off to Topix.net. I'm incredibly excited about the new opportunity, and the chance to get to work on some algorithmically interesting problems again. I really hope the brain rot is only on the surface.

Next I was dumped from a relationship I wasn't even sure existed. (That's probably a good indicator right there of why I was dumped -- whoops). I was sitting there trying to read the signs for what ladder I was on, and I guess I'm not too good at reading the signs. One way or the other.

And finally I found out that a close and dear friend of mine (with whom I don't maintain nearly the contact that I should) just got out of a 4 year relationship herself. Since she lived on the other side of the country it's a lot harder for me to know what was (and still is) going on. It does put my problems into place, and I hope she can make it through this trying time.

Well that got depressing...Maybe I should have put them in the other order, but that's the chronology, and I try not to re-order history to tell a good story unless I'm working up to a punch line. Anyway working for a start-up news aggregator, I'll either be spending a lot more or a lot less time updating this. Time to decide "You karate do: O.K. You karate no do: O.K. You karate so-so: Squish, just like grape." Hey look at that I leave it on another depressing note.