January 13th, 2003

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Caught!

Funny how sometimes clothes are like accents. This morning I was at my desk when the president of the organization, moved down here from Buffalo, NY, and quite the certified Yankee, says to me, "Say, that's a very Massachusetts outfit you've got on there today." I looked at my Army green corderoys, grey wool sweater, red turtleneck and used Salvation Army wingtips. "Yup," I said. "You're quite observant." He laughed and said the weather was "a Massachusetts kind of day," so the outfit was a good idea.

Before coming to work, the clerk at Alphagraphics asked me if I was from England. Granted, I was putting in a print job for promotional bookmarks for a conference IN England, but nevertheless, funny stuff.

Haven't had anyone call me Germany for a while. I need to work on that.
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Now that's a good law!

I know I'm always decrying laws, esp. ones that attempt to curtal human behavior and freedoms, but this one is a really good idea and I support it... mainly because it addresses a very important issue: Disgusting stinkiness on public transit!

From CNN

Smelly bus passengers banned
Monday, January 13, 2003 Posted: 11:46 AM EST (1646 GMT)

BEND, Oregon (AP) -- You better hit the shower before you board the bus in Bend.

Proposed new city rules would ban spitting, defecating, smoking, skateboarding, and stinking on city buses.

The regulations ban anyone who "emanates a grossly repulsive odor that is unavoidable by other Bend Extended Area Transit customers" from being in the bus station or on a bus.

"It's an effort to keep the riding experience as pleasant and safe as possible," said city attorney Jim Forbes. He noted that the city already has an ordinance prohibiting people from releasing "highly objectionable odors" from their property.

The City Council will consider preliminary approval of the ordinance Wednesday.

The city's transit system is currently reservations-based. Last year, the city expanded the transit service for seniors and the disabled into a service for the general public, but no scheduled routes have been established.