May 7th, 2004

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Up late, sounds of the city.

So I got back tonight, landing around 8:10, home around 8:45. Had a very boring night just going through email, unpacking, picking up stuff so it wouldn't get messy in here. Then I got to resizing all the trip pics for later posting -- in between fits of watching Animal Planet. Tonight they had on this show "Most Extreme Animals" that was pretty cool, but even so, I must say, it's comical how easily sucked in I am by that channel.

Right now I'm sitting here listening to the jackhammer work being done somewhere within a block of here. That's the thing with city street repairs... often they seem to be schedule for the dead of night when they won't "bother anyone." I remember when they did the massive sidewalk project around here and the project managers decided midnight was THE time to blow up concrete. My thought is that it would be better to do that sort of loud, obnoxious work right in the middle of the day, when the sound would get blended in with all the other city noises and it wouldn't wake anybody up!

Incidentally, here are some other things I hear around here (not right this second, but often): buses, freight trains, horns honking, delivery trucks, garbage trucks, people fighting, people shouting, people singing, the trumpet guy, crazy people babbling, helicopters, dogs barking, boom boom cars cruisin' on Peachtree, concerts, parades, fireworks, police sirens, fire sirens, HVAC systems, birds singing (yes, I can hear that too over the din!), malibran whistling (as he walks home from my place)... I think the only thing I don't hear is rain -- unless rain goes directly sideways at high speed into the window glass, I never really can hear it.

The sounds really don't bother me. There's practically nothing I can't sleep through or which will keep me awake.
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Gothic Playground Pics

While out on a walk, where I ended up trekking around Pomp's Pond, I stumbled upon a playground located near the swim area. Although I used to play in this area as a kid, it's located up the hill, amid dark shadows from the trees, not visible unless you decide to walk into the woods, and it definitely looks like it's been forgotten and abandoned in favor of the new and likely much more kid-safe equipment located on the beach. Anyway, coming upon this scene, I couldn't help but give it the immediate nickname of the "Gothic Playground." Don't want to get into the whole goth/not goth debate again (he he, nevercadabra) but I do want to share the pictures I took. The whole scene was just kind of surreal.</p>
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Newburyport Pics

From middle school onward, mainly at Christmas, I used to go on shopping visits to Newburyport with my mother. It's a lovely city located right about at the mouth of the Merrimack River, which dumps into the Atlantic. It was originally settled in the mid-to-early 1600s and was extremely prosperous and fast-growing through the 1700s, which accounts for a ton of really nice Federal architecture and just a lot of brick mercantile/trade/warehouse buildings in the downtown.

According to some history notes I just checked out, the city had a big fire in the early 1800s, which coupled with new trade rules, effectively led to the city's economic downfall (or at least no more rising.) This is the main reason why Newburyport has so much historic architecture; it follows the pattern that just about any American city that has lots of historic architecture is one that's been severely economically depressed, and thus didn't have any reason for new buildings.

Anyway, these days downtown Newburyport is basically blocks and blocks of brick
buildings from the 1700s and 1800s, most of them filled with really nice shops and restaurants. It's an especially great place for Christmas shopping, with a lot of great shops for toys, glassware, artwork, jewelry, antiques. There's also a really cool "throwback" soda parlor that it pretty much preserved from like 1910. My dad says it reminds him of his childhood, which I don't doubt. Oh, and there's also a nice waterfront where you can walk the boardwalk or get cruises, including whale watch trips.

But away with all that, on to actual pictures!

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Wait, there's no Doughnut Diet?

In the Department of Wishful Thinking, Krispy Kreme is trying to say that low-carb diets are hurting their business. Sorry, but wouldn't just about ANY type of diet hurt their business? In order for KK (or Dunkin' Donuts, which I prefer 10 to 1 over KK) to do business, it basically relies on people not giving a crap what they are putting in their bodies -- calorie, fat, sugar, or carb-wise! I mean, duh, if donuts were good for you I'd be doing to Dunkin' every day, it's right across the damn street!
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This is a surprise!

Well, a couple of weeks ago I had a woman who wanted me to do a real estate site for her but had been solicitated by a big national company, which was offering a cheaper (on the surface) rate and a neat property listing feature. I responded to her telling her the pros and cons of their service versus mine -- fully expecting her to choose them because they're cheaper and have the listing feature built in. I did point out how my site design would be much prettier, I don't have hidden costs, and I can built the system, but I didn't think that would count. Well, I was WRONG, that lady called me back today to set up an appointment to get started. She said she realized there were hidden costs in the other and the quality wouldn't match what she'd get from me. Ha! I feel so flattered or something ;)
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Faulty Logic

Damn if I would ever watch this stoopid mini-series anyway, but this breakdown of all the things wrong with 10.5 (scientifically and factually speaking) makes me even less likely. Like... I think that movie Impact or whatever with the meteor probably makes more sense, and that was just hilarious bad.
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