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1. Why has it been fifty-five degrees (13* C) out and raining for most of the last week?

I turned the heat off at least a month ago, but it keeps getting down to the low forties at night and then only hitting 55 or so during the day, so the house is pretty chilly. To the point that I'm wearing my winter socks and fleece and drinking hot tea. And whining. Brrrrr. But listen, June, even if you've decided to be spring instead of summer, I'm not turning the heat back on. (I did, however, make cookies to heat up the place.)

Also, the first tomatoes were looking nearly-done a week ago, but because of the cool weather I've had no tasty tomatoes -- the tomato plants are going "what is this?" Instead I've had to weed a lot, which is much less fun.

Plus the probably-upstairs-neighbors who have been pretending to "compost" dumped more "compost" in the yard, so I gave up on polite and sicced the property management company on them. Gratifyingly, the person who took my call was like "how many times has it happened? what, seriously?"

2. I wish dreamwidth had a jabber/xmpp service. I have made many new friends here, but finding everyone's gtalk or lj talk names and adding them in manually is a pain in the ass, and also requires that I remember to do it.

3. In a week or so I have an appointment with a physiatrist (me to doctor on getting this referral: oh come on, now you're just making doctors up!) who is supposed to consult regarding hand orthotics and PT. Which is really exciting! Especially because I've been waiting to see hir for like four months. And maybe I'll get something better or more useful than my current tape-knuckles-as-they-act-up approach, which a) requires waiting until they've acted up and b) involves a lot of tape.

4. I am always amused when I'm icing something and heating something else. (Currently, heating the neck, icing the wrist.)

5. When I came home today, a dude biked up the driveway to follow me to the door of my apartment -- which is set back from the street -- and said "do you live here?" And when I just sort of blinked, he said "hey, what's your name? what do you do?" To which I said "I don't have time to talk right now" and shut and locked the door behind me. (Actually I said I was sorry first, because I never do manage not to apologize.) But, just, what a great illustration of the ways in which people demand information from people with less power/privelege sometimes, and the way in which that's creepy. And I bet if I'd tried to call him on it, he would've done the "I was just trying to be friendly and make conversation!" NARGH. As if being followed to my door isn't a potentially-threatening intrusion into my space.

I was linked to an essay on this somewhere -- though of course I can't find it now -- that talked about how the kinds of "small talk" that are common in public space translate to "give me information that will allow me to track you down." (ETA: found by [personal profile] livrelibre! It's [personal profile] brigid's post men and women in public spaces.)

6. Mythbusters! I have been watching it! Last week's episode -- Fireball Stun Gun -- was massively meta, because it featured a myth from the episode of CSI that Jamie and Adam were on. So, like, they used the clip of Nick Stokes firing a stun gun at a flannel shirt covered in pepper spray as Adam and Jamie gave him a thumbs up. And then they did CSI-style slo-mo camera work on Adam, who fired a stun gun at a flannel shirt doused in pepper spray to see if it would explode. So they ended up replicating the CSI lab-test intended to replicate the death of a dude, to see if it would really work. I hearted it a lot.

7. Doctor Who! I am incredibly behind on it. *facepalm* I just now watched The Hungry Earth, and I should probably watch the rest of the two-parter, but meh. I think I will watch some Avatar instead.

Date: 2010-06-12 03:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] livrelibre
1. Yes! This is just wrong. I had to shut my window, drink hot tea, and double up on fleecy blankets. Thank good ness it's getting a bit warmer. Also, good on the property management company!

3. They are just making up new titles now aren't they? But hopefully, made up title or not, zie will be useful.

5. Dude, creepy! Why do guys not get that? And this might be the link you're looking for: brigid: Men and Women in Public Spaces And I never manage not to be kind of apologetic or giggly and then vaguely creeped out by this. . .

6. Oh Mythbusters! <3

Date: 2010-06-12 06:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] damned_colonial
Agreed 10000000% re: Jabber... I wonder what it would take to set it up?

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