April 1st, 2003

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Day three, tolietries

It's 8:30 or so. Worthy O has jury duty today, so we walked downtown together. I was pleased to see that Planet Java is still open under the old Acadio offices on Main. They make a very nice chai (Morning Glory of course) there. My old frequent buyer card seems to have wandered off, though.

Our outing last night was fairly successful, featuring *Cathy!*, *Stephanie!*, *shadowdaddy!*, miss_villanelle!* and companion, and my brother and his girlfriend. Wings isn't a bad movie, although a long one, but I found myself feeling distressed through most of the scenes that featured people killing each other. It's set in World War I, and while the Germans are nominally "the bad guys," when the guys were running from one trench to another they all looked the same, and that in my mind captured why the whole thing was just so tragic. I wonder if audiences in the 20s found it easy to feel joy when people they thought were Germans were being killed, and I wonder if maybe war movies have gotten out of touch with the senseless slaughter. I just imagined all of those Iraqi guys getting killed, fathers and husbands and sons, and some dumb Americans getting all "yee haw" watching them die. It was depressing. The ending, to me, did kind of put a spotlight on the danger of blind hatred, which was some consolation. I did enjoy when the lead character discovered his best friend dying on a French farmstead and someone in the audience said, "Rosebud!"
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I am so happy to be working in Pioneer Square now

Had lunch at Koraku with Worthy Opponent, whose on jury duty today. It was DELIGHTFUL! I got the beef with sugar peas, he got the Tonkatsu Ramen Teishoku (combo plate). Afterwards we stopped by Uwajimaya and I got some very cute plates with the "waving Neko" on them, which will either stay with me at work and be my microwave plates or go home and serve as cat dishes. They were cheap, $5 for three items. My hope is that tomorrow we can do dim sum with motomotoyama and anyone else who might be free. And afterwards the "guys" invited me to go to Starbucks with them. Yay! I can't wait to start playing foosball again.

On the way out the door I ran into Tom O'Roarke, the CEO from the company I worked at 98-99. What a surprise! He's started a new company downstairs from here, and has some of the old team on board there. It was great to see him again - I remember having him as my boss as being the "good old days." (I'm kind of hoping that now is the good new days, but we'll see how things develop.)

I also ran into Leslie Harper of King County at Starbucks. What a laugh! She was very polite to me, but not cold, which just proves what a good politician she is as I'm sure she hates my guts.