another day at work

Spent about 7 hours working on the final preparations for the trip to Chicago. I arrived at 11am and left at 6:15pm but we still weren’t done. The reason I left was to go to a pool party (in both the swimming and cue stick senses) which made for an entertaining evening. I only participated in the dry version and played remarkably well if I do say so myself. I think the secret to my success lies in the fact that I play far too much Yahoo pool.

My theory is that it allows me to get used to the physics behind pool. I’ve learned where the ball goes when I hit it and I have successfully converted that knowledge into practice on a real pool table. I also played a bit of ping pong which is entertaining if my opponent is at a similar skill level (he was). When I get a house, a pool table will be high on the list of items to purchase. Getting a ping pong table is less of a priority since it’s not as easy to play alone, but I would like to get one eventually.

I recently learned about an extremely useful Linux utility called watch. It allows you to watch a command being run at a specified interval and makes it very easy to monitor the growth of a file or to see when a file’s contents have changed. Get it, use it, love it.

I don’t know what my internet access will be like next week while I’m in Chicago, so entries will probably be less frequent. I’m sure that this will pose a serious threat to your daily entertainment so instead of moping about due to the absence of my witty commentary, I thought I’d suggest a few things for you to do while I’m away.

Things to do while you languish in utter despondency

1. Knit a few socks. It’s relaxing as all get out and when you’re done, hey, new socks!

2. Drink some lemon juice. Everyone says it will make your lips do funny things, but are you going to take their word for it?

3. Send me a note. There’s nothing more heartwarming than a kind email from a friend, except a pair of newly knit socks of course.

4. Skip. Do you remember when you were a young person and figured out how to skip for the first time? (If you never had that experience, ask a friendly neighborhood child to teach you how to skip). It’s a fun way to get around and I’m sure that the world would be a better place if more people skipped.

5. Get in a comfortable position and take a few deep breaths. Breathe in through the nose, hold it for a few seconds and let it out through your mouth. Think happy thoughts and let your body relax. Doesn’t that feel good?

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