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Thursday, May 06, 2004
Ah, the KGB 2004 World Tour begins. To Pittsburgh today, back to Chicago on Sunday, on Monday to Frankfurt, Tuesday to Berlin, Friday to Stuttgart, Saturday back to Frankfurt, Sunday back to Chicago, and the following Thursday to Pittsburgh again.
At least the miles will bump me up to the next frequent flyer level, where I get to sit in my own seat instead of in the magazine pocket of the one in front of me.
Re: the poison ivy. Less itchy, although I still need to wear long sleeved shirts to avoid having people point at me and yell "Unclean!" (Hmm. Maybe it's too early for a Ben-Hur reference). Anyway, I've decided I'm through screwing around with the yard. I hired mercenaries, college kids anxious to make some extra bucks this summer by killing indigenous plantlife. I'm looking forward to visiting that poison ivy patch later today. Or, more accurately, the place where it used to be, until my Coors-swilling business majors paid a little visit yesterday.
3:18 Chicago time, 4:18 Pittsburgh time. It's going to be a long day, and I just put on my shorts backward.
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Oh, that will really help
Is it a good idea to have Bush address the Arab news media? I mean, his news conferences here are generally abysmal displays of barely mastered rote responses.
And of course, there's the language problem Bush will have to face. The questions will be in English.
A trip to the doctor here in Chicago for more prednisone and a stronger topical cream for the poison ivy outbreak, and I'm no longer itchy. Now I'm itchy, nauseuous, sticky and smell vaguely like an institutional restroom.
Whoever sits next to me on the plane back to Pittsburgh tomorrow is in for a real treat.
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
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Monday, May 03, 2004
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Off to a running halt
I can't load up on diphenhydramine today, since my job requires mental agility more demanding than the ability to drool in my lap, so the poison ivy itch is back with a vengeance. I spent the weekend mostly itch-free but semi-comatose, a condition not tolerable for riding the CTA.
The $40/ounce Zanfel does work, but it provides maybe a maximum of 12 hours of relief. $80 a day is just a bit too steep for me. The itch is less intense and bothersome now; more like listening to MSNBC than FoxNews. I have a call into the doctor for more powerful drugs, and I see a specialist out here in Chicago tomorrow.
Still, the itch is distracting, interfering with my normal routine, which means I forget things. Like how to boot my comb.
Sunday, May 02, 2004
Joke of the day
Q: What are they going to do if they catch Michael Jackson with another eight-year-old boy?
A: Give him his own parish.
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The email@example.com e-mail address is now something other than firstname.lastname@example.org saga.
kgbreport.com used to be kgb.com until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up kgb.com and adopting kgbreport.com created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the kgb.com domain name in 1993, and had since that time used email@example.com as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that firstname.lastname@example.org was no longer email@example.com but rather firstname.lastname@example.org which is longer than email@example.com and more letters to type than firstname.lastname@example.org and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than email@example.com but actually just as functional as firstname.lastname@example.org? I sent e-mails from the email@example.com address to just about everybody I knew who had used firstname.lastname@example.org in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the email@example.com change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which firstname.lastname@example.org was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for email@example.com would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that firstname.lastname@example.org no longer is the email@example.com they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. firstname.lastname@example.org. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...
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