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Friday, September 30, 2005
I’ve had a weird couple of days at work. A few weeks ago we found out that our work area was going to be turned over to another program, meaning that we were getting kicked out. Thus began the aforementioned Great Cubicle Move of 2005. We had to be out of there by the end of the day today so things were a little hectic. Most of us didn’t have to move too far, but it still involved carrying boxes, books, phones, and dry erase boards from one desk to another. As I was trying to get some work done yesterday afternoon I realized that just about everyone else was in the process of moving. That made sense since our computer network had been down most of the day and our files weren’t available for us to work on. And this morning our other network went down in the middle of a teleconference. All of a sudden we lost our connection and it took awhile to get it back. Then, as we were walking back to our cubicles after the meeting, the electricity went out. In the few seconds before the emergency lighting came on we were in total darkness and no one knew quite what to do. We all got a good laugh out of it, though. When I got back from lunch the cubicle move was in full swing. Our personal belongings (of which I have very few) turned out to be the easiest part of the move. We also had to prepare our computers for the movers. Disconnecting the computers was pretty disgusting work because of the accumulated dust, and having no air conditioning after noon didn’t help matters. But we did finish everything before 3 PM so we got to start our weekends early. What else were we going to do without computers or phones? So, as you can tell, many strange things happened at work this week. I’m sure things will be back to normal on Monday, though, as long as I can find my new cubicle.
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The Great Cubicle Move of 2005 has begun!
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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
I checked out as many Muppet DVDs and videos as I could find at the library this week.
The Swedish Chef trying to sing Christmas carols is about the funniest thing I've ever seen.
Posted at 9:38 PM, 1 Comments

Monday, September 26, 2005
Knott’s Berry Farm Knott’s Berry Farm
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Sunday, September 25, 2005
I went to Borders last week to buy a book and got a 20% off coupon when I made my purchase. I thought that was great because I wanted to buy another book and with the coupon I could save some money on it. So today I went back to Borders and bought the other book. When I got home I realized there was another coupon attached to the receipt. This is a vicious circle.
Posted at 10:30 PM, 1 Comments

Saturday, September 24, 2005
Dan and I went to see Corpse Bride tonight. After the movie we decided that the people sitting next to us needed t-shirts that said "I Have No Internal Dialogue." If they thought something was funny they had to repeat it. If they liked something they had to loudly point it out. They couldn't keep anything to themselves! The movie was good, but those people drove me crazy.
Posted at 11:05 PM, 1 Comments

Friday, September 23, 2005
Two Harbors hike Two Harbors hike
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Tuesday, September 20, 2005
I just finished posting seventy-two pictures from Two Harbors. I know that’s not nearly enough, but without the ones from the waterproof disposable camera that’s all I had to work with. Until I can complete the collection, enjoy what I’ve posted in my new online photo album. Hopefully this one will be better than the old one. (All of my old pictures are still are still in the old album in case you were wondering.) By the way, it takes a long time to upload seventy-two pictures on a dial-up connection. I haven’t gotten anything else done tonight. I’ll post some of my favorites of the pictures here later this week. Some of them turned out pretty well so go see for yourself.

P.S. The pictures are posted in reverse chronological order so the pictures on page 1 are actually the latest ones. I’m still trying to figure out how to rearrange them.
Posted at 10:46 PM, 1 Comments

Monday, September 19, 2005
I'm too tired to post the rest of the pictures tonight
Posted at 9:32 PM, 5 Comments

Sunday, September 18, 2005
Dan and I went camping at Two Harbors on Catalina Island this weekend, but before I write anything about that I would like to present my new car…
My new car!

It’s a 2005 Honda CRV and I love it. It took quite a lot of effort to find exactly the one I was looking for, but it was worth it. I was sad to watch the salesman drive my old Neon away on Thursday after I bought the CRV, but I am very excited to have a new car. I will never forget my first car, Krypton. At this point I have no idea what I will call my new car, but I have plenty of time to figure it out. This picture was taken in the Catalina Express parking lot on Friday when Dan and I arrived to catch the boat to the island. Camping was lots of fun, but I’ll write more about that later.
Posted at 5:50 PM, 2 Comments

Friday, September 16, 2005
Dan: "So how's your new car? Did you drive it to work today?"
Me: "No, I walked. I decided to give it the day off"


P.S. Strangely enough, I had almost exactly the same conversation with my father a few hours later.
Posted at 2:31 PM, 2 Comments

Thursday, September 15, 2005
I BOUGHT A NEW CAR!!!!
Posted at 9:36 PM, 1 Comments

Me: (talking on the phone with Dan) I love you. Bye. *hangs up*
Co-worker: Was that the car dealer?
Me: No, I don't generally tell car dealers that I love them.
Posted at 4:09 PM, 3 Comments

Wednesday, September 14, 2005
I have four car dealers who are frantically trying to find the vehicle I want to buy. All four know what color(s) I am looking for and have promised to call me tomorrow morning to see if they've found it. Let's just hope one of them does.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2005
When I left work my head ached and my eyes had crossed from writing and debugging Matlab code all day. Tonight I feel the same way after researching car prices and insurance information online for the past two hours. My anxiety level is rising every day. I just hope that after I actually buy a car I won't have anything to be anxious about. Hence, the need for research.
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Monday, September 12, 2005
So I found out on Friday that I need to buy a new car. After more than 10 years my Neon has started to show its age. I like to think it’s decided to retire. My plan was to keep it another year (and watch the odometer turn to 100,000 miles), but it seems that was not in the cards. An oil leak caused me have my car towed to the Cerritos Honda dealer for repairs last week, and that’s aside from the fact that I bought four new tires a month ago when the alignment suddenly died. Last Tuesday my car started to smoke on the way to work so I figured that wasn’t a good sign. It turns out that the car wasn’t in danger, but fixing the oil leak still cost $1500. To justify the cost of the repairs I looked up the Kelley Blue Book value of my car and the suggested retail value was $3270. So I didn’t feel bad about spending the money. But then the car had other problems when I picked it up from the dealer on Thursday afternoon. Problems that it did not have when I brought it in. My car was sabotaged! Since it car was drivable (as long as I stayed off the freeways) I decided not to spend another $1000 to have the struts replaced, as the dealer suggested, and just buy a new car instead. So I’ve been car hunting for four days now. I’ve pretty much made up my mind, but I have at least one more car to look at. More details to come.
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Sunday, September 11, 2005
Here's something I wrote two years ago, but forgot about until now:
“No matter what state I live in some manner of political scandal seems to crop up. First there was that ballot mishap in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. It doesn't matter to most people that there were no problems in Alachua County, where I was living and registered at the time, or 65 (out of 67) other counties. No, we're all incompetent by default thanks to the ill-conceived butterfly ballot and our large retired population. Thank you for resorting to generalization, America. When she saw I was from Florida, the lady who took my picture at the DMV told me not to cheat on the driver’s license test. Because of course a ballot counting problem is synonymous with cheating. Thank you for yielding to stupidity, America. And now there's the California recall election on October 7. The major candidates debated on television Wednesday night and it was almost complete chaos. I thought debates were supposed to be structured. I walked away from that broadcast wondering why anyone thinks that Arnold should be governor of California. At one point he said, ‘I just realized I have the perfect role for you in T4.’ Isn't that just what you want your governor to say when faced with adversity?”
My thoughts on politics, 09.26.03
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“Wedding, wedding, pig and froggy wedding!”
The Swedish Chef (who speaks no known language) in “The Muppets Take Manhattan”

“If frogs couldn’t hop I’d be gone with the Schwinn.”
Kermit the Frog in “The Muppet Movie”


I never realized how many of my family’s jokes come from “The Muppets Take Manhattan” until I borrowed to from the library and watched it last week. It was my favorite movie when I was little and I guess it rubbed off on everyone in the Gleason household. When my family goes to a restaurant we still say, “Something from the grill Jill?” to each other when looking over the menu. Also, “Peoples is peoples” and “Little binky-booter!” are still used from time to time. As you can tell we are a highly sophisticated family.
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Friday, September 09, 2005
I'm drinking caffeine free Diet Coke. I never thought I'd say this, but it's not that bad. I crave soda in the evenings so I bought a case of caffeine free Diet Coke the grocery store because I it has no caffeine or sugar. Isn't my life thrilling? I have three much more interesting posts in the works. I promise.
Posted at 7:08 PM, 1 Comments

Tuesday, September 06, 2005
After leaving Knott’s Berry Farm on Sunday Dan and I went to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. From the website it looked like the most interesting (and probably the only original) place to eat at the park. We went to the restaurant around 4 PM for an early dinner thinking that we wouldn’t have to fight the crowds that early. We were wrong. When we got there the line extended out the front door and around the corner of the building. The people in front of us in line said the food was worth the wait so we did just that. Waited. And about an hour later we sat down at a table. At that point my feet hurt and I was starving, but the food really was worth it. I’m glad we got to eat there, and with the massive amounts of food we had a meal left over for Dan to take home to his grandmother. The boysenberry pie for dessert was the best. Did you know that Walter Knott created the boysenberry? You learn something new everyday.
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Monday, September 05, 2005
Ghost Rider roller coaster
Dan and me on our first trip to Knott's Berry Farm in 2002
Posted at 4:34 PM, 2 Comments

Sunday, September 04, 2005
"Mommy, can bats turn into people?"
Kid at Knott's Berry Farm today
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Friday, September 02, 2005
Nearly four years ago, when I was an intern at Boeing, I made a contribution to the Employee Community Fund (ECF) after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I wanted to do something to help the situation and the only thing I could think of was to give money. I felt so helpless. Fortunately Boeing matches all ECF contributions so my money went twice as far. That was comforting. We also had a bake sale at the Seal Beach site and raised thousands of dollars for the ECF, which Boeing also matched. That’s the day I got the American flag pin that’s still on my badge lanyard. Now, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I once again feel very helpless. Knowing what those people are going through really upsets me. I can’t even watch the news. So today I made another contribution to the ECF Katrina disaster relief fund. It made me feel a little bit better, but I wish I could do more. I just hope my money will be put to good use.
Posted at 11:19 PM, 2 Comments

Thursday, September 01, 2005
I know gas prices are higher in other parts of the country, but they are approaching $3 per gallon in Los Angeles. I remember gas was down to 97 cents per gallon four years ago when I was an intern. At that point the price had gone down from more than $2 per gallon in just a few months. It was great. Now my dad tells me that many of the gas stations in Tallahassee are completely out of gas. Hurricane Katrina has had quite an impact. People in the southeast are much worse off than I am in California, but I’m still worried about what will happen if there is a gas shortage. Fortunately I live close to work and I only have to fill up my gas every two weeks. I really should get a bicycle.

P.S. I haven’t really posted anything interesting in the past two days. Sorry about that. When I come up with something interesting to write about you’ll be the first to know.
Posted at 9:12 PM, 3 Comments

I managed to drag myself to aerobics this afternoon only to discover that the class was cancelled. I guess I'm being punished for missing so many classes. Phooey.
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