I took my car in to get its new windshield today, which means I took the bus out to work and well I had to catch the 3:00 shuttle back, so it was always going to be a short day. But then a server I need at work needed to go down for maintenance so the day was even shorter. Jed was also not too busy at work so we took of early and went down to Boston Common to throw frisbee (or play tennis, but that didn’t happen). It was a lot of fun. There was a kick ball game that started up soon after we got there very nearby. There were probably 50 people playing; one team had uniform shirts and the other team didn’t. We couldn’t tell who won but they seemed to have fun. We played next to the kickball game for about an hour, took a break to get some water, and then joined two cute girls playing frisbee, turns out they were college freshmen, and as such a little young for me, but it felt good to spontaneously meet new people. I need to get a digital camera so I can have pics to go along with these posts that are original, but for now stock imagery will have to suffice. The pic was taken from exactly where we were playing.
Archive for April, 2007
So since moving to Massachusetts I have been irked and put out every time I went to get gas. If it wasn’t one thing it was another; maybe that’s the real reason why i bought a hybrid, to lessen the number of times I have to be displeased with the state of gas stations in the commonwealth, but probably not. The problems:
- Full service. I am perfectly capable of pumping my own gas thank you very much! I am also perfectly capable of putting my credit card in the little reader and pulling out swiftly. I don’t need an attendant to do these things for me and do them slowly. Unfortunately if you just pull up to a random gas station theres a 50/50 shot it will be full service only :-(. Oh no, it will not be prominently indicated as such on the sign. Some cities even have New Jersey & Oregon like bans on self service.
- Ok, so you pulled up to a gas station, and its self service. You start pumping gas, and you flip down that little lever that will hold up the handle while you proceed to not stand there holding it like a jackass. Oops the lever is there, but those little ridges that allow you to set your desired level of handle holding up, oh no those aren’t there. Sometimes the little lever isn’t there either, so you’re standing out in the cold doing the job of a few small pieces of aluminum. Oh sure, full service stations have the little levers so the attendants don’t have to just stand there, but self service, no way, if they had that there’d be no reason to goto a full service station. Until yesterday I literally thought there must be a state law against these things.
So yesterday I went to a new gas station because I was running on the 2 gallons of gas my car has when the gauge says empty, but I ran into a traffic jam and had to divert from my usual route. It was self service complete with working lever and ridges! I’m saved, these people have my business for as long as I live here, regardless of price. It is The best gas station in all of Massachusetts!
So this actually came yesterday, but as Tuesdays are Gilmore Girls night, I saved it. I’ve been scouring ebay on occasion for the last year or more for some good deals on posters from the TV shows that I’ve seen all of (list still forthcoming). Eventually I hope to save myself from bare walls rather cheaply. But not as cheaply as I did in college where my only wall decoration was a search warrant for my computers and a list of what the police took (I got it all back so it was cheap). I’m not willing to pay more than $10 for a poster, including shipping, which really limits my options, but also saves me from blowing good money on pop wall art. Anyways my first success, a $7 (inc. shipping) Gilmore Girls Poster. The best part, it’s understated, if you don’t know what the poster is about you just don’t know, it doesn’t spell it out for you. Also, Alexis/Rory is in a really cute
dress(edit: camisole, thanks :-P TimK). Now if only it we autographed like Chris’ The Departed poster.
So I watch a lot of TV, I pride myself on that just as much as I prided myself on not watching a lot of TV in high school. Anyways, one of the things I do, in addition to keeping up with up to 8 or so currently airing shows is acquire all of a canceled or 5+ season show and watch all of it in order. I’ve watched a lot of shows this way, and I just finished what I expected to be one of my favorites, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yes I’m a geek, but I must say it is not nearly as good as some of the other shows of which I’ve watched all (I’m sure I’ll give you a list of those eventually). Partially, the show suffers from the fact that I’ve seen large swaths of it before, I’m even skipping the series finally because I can practically recite the plot by heart. I should have probably started this blog earlier as I did have some interesting reactions, especially to some of the shows I distinctly remember from when I was watching them as a six year old (I’ll probably sprinkle in some of those eventually too). Anyways, my other problem is that I didn’t see all of the episodes I remembered; apparently, I’ve gotten my signals mixed up and assigned shows from other star trek series to ST:TNG. For that very reason I think Arrested Development will have to wait for me to finish both ST:DS9 and ST:VOY, which will likely take me… wow a year (ST:TNG took about 7 months). Wow how do I ever expect to find a girl if I’m spending the next year watching Star Trek reruns.
I normally have people over to play board games on Saturdays, but this weekend everyone was busy so we canceled it. This would be a great time for me to strike out and find new friends, but I’m not so good at that. It was super nice out and I couldn’t bear to just sit inside all day so I took this random walk. My idea was just to walk to Harvard Square to see how long it would take; normally you’d just take the T there, but it seemed like a decent place to start. As you will see I went to a lot of places, and spent about 2 hours. The walk, annotated, via Google My Maps.