October 15th, 2010

Cartoon Chris


A day off. A day to rest and (I hope (YOU HEAR ME? I HOPE!)) get over the various blergs I've been boring you with. Rest and errands, all on my schedule. My office was going to be pretty quiet today, and my boss okayed me staying home. I'll take care of at least one work-related thing from here (all hail Internet and phones!), but otherwise today is for me.

Dreams last night included computer keyboards hooked up to root systems. Below the roots. Could see the water flowing from the ground around into the trees above like in time-lapse photography. Started worrying it would all collapse onto me, so dream-imagery shifted to something Vertigo-inspired (as it does), and then something pregnancy-inspired -- as in, apparently a man of my acquaintance was pregnant. This was a genuinely poignant part of my dream. (I like my dreams.)

But if you don't want updates on me getting healthified or updates on what I see when I dream, maybe you want Conan O'Brian, Danger Seeker:

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Enough to drive.

Out! Behind a wheel! Freedom! Not to mention driving practice!

Yeah. I needed to get out. Again. I rested the first half of the day, took care of one particular job thing by looking at a website and calling someone (a nice someone at a catering place), then got a book and my keys and got Out.

Oh, I just reminded myself that I left one of those reasons I went Out in my car. Excuse me. (Written at 5:11)

5:12: Okay! One more thing out of the car. Damn, blogging is USEFUL.

First stop: the one drive-through ATM my bank has reasonably near my place. It seems a weird indulgence to me to use a drive-up, run-by-a-person ATM, which probably tells you how often I do that (answer: maybe twice a year, if that), but indulge I did. Got quarters. (That's what I retrieved a few minutes ago. It's now 5:15, by the way.)

And then, because I didn't get over enough lanes and thus couldn't make the turn I wanted, I braved driving across the Morrison Bridge and into downtown. "It's good I'm not in a hurry," I told myself, and waited for the bridge to close because, what timing, it had been raised for a ship. Once the decking was back in place, we drove. I noticed a cab do the same maneuver that got me pulled over and subjected to agita back in 2008. With that reminder of bad driving fresh in my mind, I drove around downtown for a bit. Saw where a 7-Eleven is going in not far from my office, and actually figured that it was a good place for a 7-Eleven. I guess the owners hope so, too.

I got back across the river (this time via the Burnside), had lunch out at Grendel's, a sandwich/coffee shop on NE 7th and Burnside that I like, then drove over to the library. There was comfortable weather during all this. Sweatshirt-comfortable, I should say. Beautiful out, and I'm so glad I'm well enough again to get out and enjoy that.

Also saw plenty of driving -- quite a bit of traffic this afternoon, even hours before rush hour -- AND saw plenty of bad driving. I did my best not to contribute too much bad driving to that, as there's plenty already.

Mainly I'm glad I got out. I'm also glad I got home and found my November ballot in the mail. Voting is good.

That as some rambling, which now closes at 5:24 p.m. How's by you?