April 7th, 2004

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F*cking A!

Well, MARTA has finally released the specifics on their bus service cuts. I had been sort of led to believe that these cuts were on nonessential routes or just minor reductions. Well, that was a lie. Somehow MARTA has decided it's a good idea to cut BOTH the bus routes Caleb uses to get to work, not to mention buses that connection Downtown to Midtown and go all the way up through Ansley up to Lindbergh. When Caleb wakes up and finds this out, he is going to go on a RAMPAGE. Not that he can't get to work -- he can take the train and walk a whole bunch of blocks -- but if this change goes through, it will totally disrupt his life, e.g. ability to step out his building and get a swift ride home, or up to work, or to the grocery sore. It totally SUCKS! There are so many trips I won't be able to make anymore. For example, there's no way for me to get to the Red Cross or Ansley Mall area. And how could they cut bus service to Peachtree Street in Midtown? I mean... HOW? *bangs head on keyboard* This is so STUPID!!!!!! Ugh! And those are just 2 buses on the list. I am really, really bumming over this!
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Bus this

Not surpringly, I'm still really ticked off about the bus cuts. Right now CAP is having me post the public hearings schedule on their web site. I am using some editorial license as I do it, e.g. I'm not quoting any part of their bullshit press release taking about "service modications" and how it's all hunky-dorey -- except to put that paragraph in an italicized block quote so it's clear it's what they're saying, not a damn "fact." Also, I decided that the headline is NOT going to be "MARTA Announces Public Meetings on Bus Services Modifications" -- no, I'm calling them "Bus Cuts" and that's just too bad. I can always argue it's a space issue ;)
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News item that would give Dad fits

I read this in the NYT the other day. Once again, kudos to Kennedy for being Mr. Blunt.

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"Sadly, this administration has failed to live up to basic standards of open and candid debate," Mr. Kennedy said. "On issue after issue, they tell the American people one thing and do another. They repeatedly invent facts to support their preconceived agenda - facts which administration officials knew or should have known were not true.

"This pattern has prevailed since President Bush's earliest days in office. And, as a result, this president has now created the largest credibility gap since Richard Nixon. He has broken the basic bond of trust with the American people."


Re my Dad, I still can't believe how he is such a party-line Republican. Not like he's going to change at this point but... Man, I just don't understand!
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I know I am a fanatic but

I wish -- just like with major or fatal train and plane accidents -- they reported every fatal car crash. It gets my goat that if it's not a car accident, it's an "event" even if it's one person, but traffic fatalities aren't worth reporting unless it's BIG FIGURES, like, say, Over 1.2m people are killed in road traffic accidents around the world each year. Hmmm, that's about 550 a day. Before it's pointed out to me, I know that's just how news work (e.g. people dying of breast cancer not as exciting a story as the 0.001 of the population who are killed by fluke toilet accidents) but it still bugs me.
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Busy, kind of

Well, I seem to be plodding along with stuff today.

Did updates on a couple of client web sites and Caleb just sent me another update for the company web site. Right now I'm working on Mat Man again. Also posted 2 more fanfics to forever and got a MS I'm supposed to review (put it on my Palm already).

Meanwhile the hospital just called me to get me pre-registered for outpatient testing/treatment. Very efficient of them b/c now I can just walk in tomorrow for my morning appt. and all I need to do is sign in. I also got directions on exactly where I'm supposed to bring this boob of mine -- directions from the doctor were pretty vague. I will say though that there does seem to be some sort of consistency difference in the boob; right around where they want to look it feels a bunch firmer than the rest of it. I'm really not worried, just like I never got worried over all those PAP smears coming up wonky. I figure if they find something, they look more (for PAP, they stick cameras up you, how fun!), but 95% of the time it's just a precuation to do the test.

Back to mats, I guess!
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Life outside the office

My home office has been MOST oppressive lately. Not just the work either but I swear, the AIR is bad. It's really hot and stuffy in here, which sucks since I can't open the window. The monitor and afternoon sun is making the heat, I'm sure. I think the fact I've been writing every night for 3-4 nights -- with candles and incense lit -- is probably also a big contributing factor to the air problem. The rest of the place is a breath of fresh air in comparison, much cooler and less oppressive.

Anyway, after an afternoon of gruntwork on Mat Man's site, I finally just FLED to get some air :)

Along with a check for deposit, I took my PalmPilot with a fresh MS submission sent to me from IP for review (e.g. good to publish or needs too much help?). After a quick stop at the bank, I was in Hurt Park reading. Later, when my butt got sore, I was in Centennial Olympic Park. Not that I paid much attention to any of that, the MS was SO good. The last comparable full-length MS I read I had to really force myself because although it had some good bits, it had lots of irksome bits too and didn't "grab" me. This one got me from like paragraph one! It took me almost an hour and a half to read two chapters because they were really long (I read around 35 pages single space) but it was really worth my time. So thumbs up on THAT book!

Right now I'm making one of my favorite dinner dishes, this Scandinavian carrot pancake. It's basically something like a carrot & onion quiche with nutmeg, thyme & cumin. You make every really fine with a chopper and blender, then pour it in a skillet with some oil and bake it in the oven. I'm on the oven step now (well, obviously!) and the house is starting to smell nice. I think the last time I made this was back last May when I made it in Stafford for Storm & Jim. Caleb doesn't like it or I think I'd make it as much as the Moroccan stew or the vegie shepherd's pie. It's OK he doesn't like it though, since I'm sure I can eat it all by myself, even if it takes a couple of days. Mmmmm...

ADDENDUM
The pancake WAS good -- I ate half of it -- but damn, I totally burned my hand. My middle finger actually. Had a lapse in judgement and accidentally grabbed the handle of an all-metal skillet that had just come out of a 350 F oven. I've had ice on it for an hour and every time the burn cools down it stings quite mightily. Unfortunately I can't very well type with an ice cube tied to my middle finger or while clutching an ice pack, so I'm going to suffer a bit I guess ;)
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