December 14th, 2016

Admiral Ackbar

"Star Wars" had no cell phones! But those call-holograms would be even more distracting.

I can add an addendum to my entry yesterday on pining for an office. It has to do with phones.

As someone who never even had a cell phone until two-and-a-half years ago, and as someone who's yet to need to be really really connected i.e. accessible by phone at almost all times, I am still used to the idea of a phone being in a certain place, used at certain times. And I am still not used to how omnipresent cell phones became in the past 15 years.

And I still feel weird if I need to take a phone call publicly. Plenty of people...don't. They're completely used to it. (And too many are rude about it, especially in cases like taking calls in library Quiet Rooms where signs specify you can talk in the library, just not here, so everyone who's being quiet will hear your side of the call. Not an original gripe, but still a gripe.) With my phone habits, I'll probably keep feeling a little weird about where and when I take what few calls I get.

I don't want the whole freakin' world to be someone's office. But enough people treat the world like that, and I still rebel against this and chafe against this. An office of my own, even a simple, small office, would be Just Mine. I like that.

The phone'd probably be a cell phone, though.
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I didn't coin a phrase.

Wait for it (near the end of this 51-second video of today's snow):

This is Portland's second snow in a week. Frustratingly, it feels like we're handling this snow worse than last week's; roads got slammed this time far more than last time. I wonder if we thought today's weather would be better.

Luckily, I was able to use buses (unchained going, chained coming back) to get to Fred Meyer to buy groceries this afternoon, so I was out of the way. And it looks like the worst of this weather happened already (high winds and blowing snow, especially when I was out).