October 18th, 2004

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Odd, odd dream

This morning I was waking up from a strange dream when Caleb called. Somehow I managed to remember the dream anyway. I just emailed him the dream, so I wanted to post it here too.

Note: Wherever it says "you" it's Caleb.

Right before you called from MARTA, I was having this super weird dream about North Georgia.

I dreamt that you and I had gone up to North Georgia like we did the other week. We were going through all these small towns. At one point we stopped to visit some friends of ours who had this shit-hole apartment up there. We went over to visit, and somehow we ended up living there. There were like 6 people living in this apartment, which was kind of like Daniel's old one. It was so crappy that one wall was a stage curtain, not even a real wall! I remember getting into an argument because some of our roommate were super-adamant about how heterosexual people are always discriminated against, and they started to say things about gay people. I got up and came out to them, and then they were like "Oh, I didn't mean you!" and I got really mad.

Anyway, finally we got evicted and they told us we had to take all our stuff and go. I was very upset because I had to take all my stuff and fit it into my turquoise backpack. I was trying to pack some nightgowns, jewelry, my Oma's scarf, but then I realized I couldn't bring my photo albums, and I was very upset. I knew after we left, the landlord would give all our stuff to Goodwill, but he would throw out all my pictures.

After that, somehow things were a little better, and we stopped at this "mall" in Dalton, or actually some made-up town. You had to meet with some official in the "mall," so you took me over. Turns out it was just a lot of shacks and festival-booths set up in a parking lot... or so we thought. Soon I realized that one of the shacks was connected to a building that was much bigger than it looked, because it went underground. At first you were with me, but then I was alone, exploring inside this crazy "mall." It was kind of like how that place on Ponce used to be, with all these different vendors. It was very confusing to move around, since there were curtains and blank doors all around, but no signs to say "Open" or "Private."

Eventually I wandered down and found myself in a basement. It was a really weird basement, shaped like a combination of church and submarine! I wished you were there, but I had my camera so I started to take pictures of it. Very strange place. Then I noticed this narrow spot where I saw some light. I decided to go in and take a picture, then realized it was like a hidden underground cathedral almost. The strange thing was that the interior was sort of like a MARTA station, with blue ceramic tile. Then I realized there was a big play going on stage, and the play was over. Suddenly I realized the whole basement was a theater and all the people and the chairs had been invisible. There were people everywhere! Then you were there and we were sitting at a table all getting free food. They gave us snacks and put us on a bus to Atlanta with some kids, who were on a field trip.

The End
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Labor protests

As I was having breakfast, I heard the roar of people chanting, which reminded me how I keep meaning to mention the labor protests. Over the past few months, there have been labor protests all around Downtown and Midtown, mainly by carpenters and woodworkers who've done work on various construction projects. There's one a block away from here, in front of Park Tower, and there's another one about three blocks up at the Georgia Bar Association. There's been one at the Georgia-Pacific HQ for months. There's another group on Fifth Street by the Centergy Building. And then the other day I noticed a really big picket at Crawford Long Hospital. Everybody where red shirts, they have a big sign and lots of little signs, and they hand stuff out to passerby. Some of these things have gone on for weeks and weeks, every weekday. I actually saw in the paper that they are protesting so much they had to hire people to "stand in" for regular members. Whoever is heading up the woodworking union here must be VERY busy managing all this!
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Wheeeeeeee!

Note to self and others:

Just because there's a 1/3 of a glass of wine on your work desk, left over from the night before, doesn't mean you have to drink it. Especially before noon.
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Rye oh rye!

One of my "Yankee gripes" about Atlanta has been the lack of rye bread. There seem to actually be some pretty good sources of bread, but it's all Italian and French, not just your average rye bread with caraway. And rye bread is my favorite bread, just about. I guess I'm just like my mom, an ex-New Yorker who always complains about how it's impossible to find "real" rye bread in Massachusetts. Sometimes she would get over to Lawrence and get some, and sometimes she'd have my sister Nancy bring it over from Ithaca, NY, where there were some good bakeries, but in general she was never sated. My mom, not a great cook, would make rye bread sometimes and mmmmm, that was something she had talent for!

Anyway, finally got some decent rye here. Caleb was at Alon's bakery yesterday and as usual, called me up asking if I wanted anything. I normally say no, since the store has PLENTY of stuff I want, but most of it is "no no" food like pastries, cake and cheese. This time, though, I said, "How about some Jewish rye with caraway seeds?" Well, they had it and he got it. And it gooooooooood. I have eaten about half a loaf since yesterday. Bread and butter, bread and butter. Me so happy :)
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Geek vent

Ah. I'm enjoying that satisfied feeling I get after reporting a tech problem to Macromedia, only times two, since I had TWO problems. Both of them fall under the New Install support and I'm hopeful at least one of them is fixable.

Number one was the fact that my computer REFUSES to associate JPGs with the NEW version of Fireworks, rather than the old one, even though I've TOLD it to numerous times.

The second issue has to do with how Dreamweaver now does that TERRIBLE thing Microsoft does, with retaining FORMATTING when you do a copy/cut and paste. Gah! That stupid "feature" is wasting me a lot of time, as I have always done that a lot, so now I have to paste into Notepad any time I want to copy from email, a Word doc, the Web, etc. I really like to get my text UNTAINTED by somebody else's damn formatting.
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Ask me

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Last time was enjoyable, and murnkay is doing it again, so... ASK ME A QUESTION! Personal questions are OK.



Wheee!
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Winter Picture Contest

Hi all. I'm thinking of entering a photo content for pictures of winter. I have a bunch of nice ones that meet the criteria of being taken since Dec. 2003 and more than 100 miles from home. The problem is, I can't decide which one to send.

I was thinking maybe people could help me out (please!) by telling me which of these (the top picks) they like the best. I'll label them with letters so it's easy.

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