Daily Archives: June 13, 2009


Can I complain for a second? Thanks.

My housemate, who for all other reasons is awesome, decided to be all manly yesterday and re-wire the basement. This resulted in the internet becoming all screwy last night. This morning, I woke up to continually screwed up Internet (at 6:30 a.m., Thanks internal clock!) and decided to get up.

And, I’m sorry if this offends anyone’s delicate sensibilities, but I really had to go to the can. Unfortunately, housemate number two was in there.

No biggie, right? I’m a grown up, I can hold it in…sometimes. But everyone’s got their moments, and the mornings are my bathroom time. And housemate number two was taking his time. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore and jetted out the door, into my car, and to the port-a-john of a nearby construction site (I’m sorry, mea culpa, disculpame, construction guys).

But back to the internet. I returned home after group-run and found the web STILL not really working. This was a problem because I was to meet a group in the city to make costumes for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade next weekend, and I had no idea of the address. But I DID have my friend’s phone number, so I grabbed my phone, a bottle of water, and a book and headed to the train station. I got there with plenty of time to spare, only to realize that my water bottle had completely drenched my bag and phone…and the phone was dead.


Wrapping up an already sad tale, I got to the Verizon store on 7th Avenue and 30th and replaced the phone, for a mere $216. Forget replacing my Garmin, at least for the next six months.


Something complete unrelated: hihg-ranking editors and emoticons. In this interview, NY Times business editor Larry Ingrassia answers questions in the “Talk to the Newsroom” column. I love the column, but in this particular question, Ingrassia twice utilizes smiley-faces in his answer (regarding the quality of Times reporting as opposed to everyone else). Now, I’m fairly anti-emoticon, LOL, etc., but I can tolerate it from other. But…seriously? New York Times? Business editor? I wonder if Ingrassia does that in emails to  his reporters: “Hi guys, fyi, deadline is two hours earlier today. That’s in 15 minutes 🙂

Yeah. No.