May 26th, 2004

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This is a test

Ok, so it's 12:30 and I feel GOOD. There aren't any real aches and pains in my body, my eyes aren't itching, my body temp is normal, my lungs are working normally, and my mind is pretty sharp. How is it that when I get up 8 or so hours from now, I'll feel like shit? I mean, I would think going to sleep would refresh you and make you feel better, but that doesn't seem to be the case for me.

What happens to me when I'm sleeping? I think I'm going with the advice I got to go to my doctor and request a sleep study. Of all the many things I've looked into while trying to figure this out, sleep apnea seems the most likely. I also think I clench my body into really strange contortions while I sleep, which is my I'm so sore in my joints. I already know that I often sleep with my arms folded into very odd positions (I often tuck my hands into my armpits, with the hands curled into claws), but I think I must do some other weird stuff. I'd love to see a movie!
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Countdown to England

So about 6 weeks 'til Caleb and I go to England. Got a lot of stuff I need to take care of before that but still, can hardly wait. I think Caleb will be more surprised than he expects to be. It won't be like Germany, where he was just almost shocked by the whole notion of being in another country and then discovering how things were in that environment, but I still think there are elements that just can't be "gotten" by reading about it or hearing somebody talk. The glory of English sandwiches, for example ;)

Anyway, tonight he got looking at my U.K. road atlas and has fun finding absurd names and going on about what places he wants to go. He now has it in his head to go to Bath (because it's a Roman city) and made what I thought were rather silly statements about biking to Birmingham, to which I was like "When Hell freezes over, my dear." LOL. I can't wait to what other travel fancies he comes up with in the next month.

Heck, I still don't know where we'll finally go for the 2-3 day "short trip" he wants to take after Stafford. So far he's named Ireland, France, Germany and Spain. Personally, I think I'd just rather find someplace in England or Scotland or even Wales, rather than going all elaborate. (Any suggestions? We'll already be staying in London a few days and 4-5 days in Stafford, so this other place would be an extra. We are up for city or country, as long as it's somewhat easy to get to, via train, there are enough places to stay and it's not totally crawling with disgusting tourists. Oh, and if there are Roman ruins or very fancy gardens, it's a a big plus.)
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Slash and Burn

So MARTA's done it -- cut the buses.

Among other things, two bus routes I regularly use to get to Midtown (including Caleb's office) have been cut. Or should I say, the portions of those routes that I use (the parts that go north of Five Points) have been cut. These are route cuts I fought by going to public hearings, by emailing public officials and private orgnanizations, by trying to energize the neighborhood. But MARTA cut the routes anyway.

The one that most upsets me is the 10 bus, which runs up Peachtree Street. Peachtree Street? Hello? The main f'in street? The one with all the important stuff on it? WTF? At least during the day, that bus is packed -- with professionals, with service workers, with people going to/from the shelters, with tourists even. They're cutting it because supposedly it's "redundant" because people can take the train and "make connections." If the bus was so f'in redundant, it wouldn't be full!

I swear, it's bad enough that the general public and media seem think of transit riders as "those people" -- second-class citizens who are either poor & insignificant or just plain crazy -- but when the transit systems & gov't treats them like this, it really pisses me off! (Like they're saying, "Oh? This affects you? Oh, too bad, you have to deal with it how it is...")
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Ecological Footprint

I read about this "Ecological Footprint" quiz in a magazine. It's interesting. Basically it calculates, based on your lifestyle (where you live, how you travel, what you eat), what impact you're having on the planet. At the end it shows you how many acres it would take to sustain you and how many acres are actually physically available to sustain each people on earth. So if you're a big carnivore, live in a 5,000 sq. house, drive an SUV and eat nothing but processed packaged foods, you score badly... while if live in a small house and mainly eat raw foods grown locally and ride your bike to get around, you do better.

FYI, my end rating was 17, which is good considering the U.S. average is 24 but bad considering that 1) there are really only 4.5 to go around to each person on earth and 2) if everybody was like me, we'd need 4.5 planets to sustain us all. I think one reason I scored badly is that I said I eat dairy every day and because I live in a high-rise, which probably scores as a bad use of energy or something.

So it makes you think, that's for sure.

On a related note...

As has been pointed out in numerous studies, if everybody in the world became industrialized at the level of Westerners, the planet would collapse immediately because all the resources would be used up. Even now the fact that China is pushing towards people using cars instead of bikes is going to mean oil is going to get depleted fast... everything is going to get depleted fast. There is constant work to improve the state of non-industrialized and/or underdevelped countries, but if they were to all rise up... well the only way would be if the high-end countries came DOWN some levels and stopped being so selfish on all levels. Since I doubt this will ever happen, it's this particular crux which I feel will be the end of humanity.
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Bits and pieces

I've been editing the first book in that dark fantasy trilogy. Easy work, editing. Good book too.

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I've pulled almost all my blinds down, in order to keep it cooler in here and more energy efficient. The problem with this is that it seems like twilight all day long and my sense of time gets messed up.

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I woke up feeling actually pretty OK but all afternoon I've had a light form of that depression-headache and a couple of times I've almost nodded off at my desk.

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Going to Charleston on Friday with Daniel and Caleb. Yeah, ROAD TRIP! I don't have that much interest in going places in the South (I know, shame on me) but I've wanted to go to Charleston for a long time.

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Caleb might be getting some salmon tonight and I might get some. Normally I don't like fish much and salmon counts in with that, but I feel like I could use some protein.

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One of my clients called today asking if her business partner had sent me my check for the rest of their balance. He hadn't, so she's leaving me a check today. How nice. I really was hoping for a bit more money before the end of the month. It's been kind of a lean month, deposit-wise. Next month should be fine though, considering my CAP and TSW bills will be good size and I'm also owed about $2500 by other clients and Mat Man said he'd be paying me too!

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Time to go E soon. That stairmaster is getting to be stained with salty sweat. I mean, nobody else uses it but me and you can almost see the salt deposits at this point. I'm thinking of wiping it down soon for common courtesy if anyone else finds it gross or something.
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