August 18th, 2003

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Worthy Opponent's return

Exciting part first:

Traffic was bad last night at the airport. There was a big backup to get into the passenger pickup zone (apparently the thing to do now is go to the ticketing area and pick people up there), and after I had successfully navigated the confusing signage to where Worthy Opponent stood with his bag, we departed and shortly saw someone swerve to change lanes and hit a traffic cone. This was the same person who, five minutes later, had a truly spectacular spinout on a two lane bridge heading to the freeway. We're talking hit the wall, maybe two complete 360s, finally bouncing car-ass-end off of the wall so the car was sitting at a 90 degree angle to the normal flow of traffic, in a place with almost no shoulder where cars routinely travel at 60 mph. They were right in front of us - or would have been if I didn't practice the freakishly old fashioned driving habit called "safe following distance," which meant that while these guys were going all Peggy Fleming on the roadway, I was slowing down and pulling off to the side of the road with my hazard lights on so that if for some reason they started heading TOWARD me I would be able to get out of the way. They wound up about two car lengths in front of where we had stopped, they DIDN'T hit any other cars (a friggin' miracle, people usually fill both lanes and travel at breakneck speeds), and after I ascertained that there were no apparent injuries (I could see a girl in the rear passenger side sitting there with her face white, but not screaming or bloody or anything), I gunned around the car and headed out. No sense blocking the lane (I imagined an eventual chain reaction of cars hitting each other as they came toward the curve going too fast to stop), and since I didn't have a cell phone I couldn't call any emergency vehicles. It was the same thing I did when there was that 18 car pileup outside of Flagstaff, what, 15 years ago? It was happening all around me and my instinct was to A) not get involved in the crashes while they were happening B) get away from the mess. My guess is that these girls probably just started the car up and went home - it didn't look to mangled.

Okay, Puerto Rico at Cathy's yesterday was fabulous, what with the patented Faboo Cathy Spread (that girl actually bought me my favorite recreational beverage!) and Perfectview (across the lake with Ranier in the background) in full play. Collapse )

At work today, my big goal is to get that call back from IDX. We'll see if it happens ...
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Stuff to buy I didn't even know about

Oh my goodness. Not only does Neil Gaiman have a new book out, but I can order the BBC miniseries of Neverwhere on DVD in just a few weeks. How exciting! This more than makes up for the disappointment I keep experiencing when I see the paperback of Stardust on the shelves of the grocery store and get all excited for just a second (it's got a very different cover from the one I read and I keep thinking it's a new book).

I have a phone screen with IDX set up for 3 PM, and I'm very excited about it, especially after having my boss tell me that if I'm going to work at Q*** I need to be comfortable with the squirrely work situation.