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It’s Ski to Work Day!

Can I just rant for a minute?

Oh yeah — this is my site. I can do whatever the sam hill I want.

Seattle claims to want to reduce car usage — or at least single occupancy vehicles. Now I can’t offer a rundown as to who is standing in as “Seattle” in this case — I imagine it’s a combination of law makers, developers, politicians and voters. I can include myself in that lump. In fact, I’d like to totally eliminate single occupancy vehicles — at least the ones with four wheels. I think we should close off Broadway and Denny to cars and make it a pedestrian free-for-all, like Downtown Crossing in Boston. But I’d settle for a handful of improvements to the existing structures.

It snowed last night. Capitol Hill got roughly an inch or two, but it was mixed with rain. Then the temperature plummeted, leaving the whole area a penguin’s dream-come-true. Were I able to flop on my belly and slide to work, my commute would have been fast and fun.

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No More Pencils, No More Books

I have my second class tonight in the program I started last week at UW. My instructor looks like Elvis Costello and has an engaging, wry sense of humor. He gets as sparkly talking about Flash as I do about fonts and CSS. I knew we were likeminded creatures when he outlawed the use of Comic Sans.

It’s a weird feeling to be in class for something I’m genuinely excited about. Seeking out education you desire engenders a different experience than, say, being forced into a Practical and Marketable University Program at age eighteen. I had different ideas about how I wanted to do things the first time around in college, but being eighteen, the freedom to decide my future was not mine.

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Biliverdin

I have a morbid fascination with the colors my body is capable of churning out recently. I want to do a time-lapse photography project of an injury soon. (It’s probably not wise to wish that upon myself. ) I’m quite sad that I neglected to maintain consistent photo installments of this gorgeous piece of artwork on my left knee after Tuesday’s crash — who knew it would result in such fireworks? Yesterday it was bright green and today it’s advanced into yellow with this beautiful royal blue. Frameworthy, don’t you think?

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Body by Stella®

I did a really cool time-lapse photo project of a rotting pumpkin a few years back that I turned into a flipbook. I took one photo each day for a month and a half until the jack o’lantern was transformed into an oozing puddle of green goo on my front porch. Nature is amazing.

Jet Lag

My vacay is drawing to a close and at this time tomorrow night I will be landing on the West coast. It will technically be 3 hours from now, though the clock on the wall will say now. Time zones blow my mind. If I think about it too much I get a little freaked out. How can it seriously be a different time somewhere else? What about people who live on one side of the line and work on the other? Why does Arizona get to opt out of daylight saving time? Why do I have to do all this MATH?!

I am suffering from a severe Dramamine hangover; we went on an extended boat tour of the Intracoastal Waterway and looked at all the million dollar mansions and palm trees with candy cane Christmas lights. Oh and I went to CVS (!!!) and  Dunkin’ Donuts today. It made me miss Ruby more than usual.

Updates from the homefront inform me that I’ve missed yet another white Christmas. And I didn’t even get a tan.

I’ve come up with the first of twelve monthly themes for Wishville (see previous entry Themes for details). January will be “Do It Herself” month. I’ve got some Big Plans for taking charge in 2008 — rewiring the electrical outlets in my apartment, installing my extensive Frankenstella chrome package (crash bars, cowl protectors, passenger foot pegs, etc.), and perhaps a field trip to Babelandvery much in line with the theme of the month.

This trip inspired several epiphanies on which I will elaborate soon — I am no longer a product of my childhood, I have a slew of incredible friends, and I am never leaving Seattle again.

Wish me uneventful travels. See you on Pacific Mountain Time.

Snowloha!

Okay so I got the stoopie pics off my cell phone and here they are in all their 50 pixel glory. These are from the day with the snow in Seattle. You know, the day. We only get one.

A bunch of us went to lunch and came out two hours later and it was, like, all snow. For real! Look:


That’s the Aloha St. sign. What are those crazy cars doing on the road?!

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Themes

At Uwajimaya on Sunday, buried beneath the Hello Kitty stationery, I found The Best Planner Ever. It is positively Japanese in all its Engrish glory. The cover is black fabric and has two little anime pigs on it, one black and one white. The little black pig is sideways and the little white pig has a little red heart over its head. The calendar has lots of areas for goal-setting and list making, including a weight control graph, “Imaging for 2008” and a color map of the Tokyo subway system. The best part is the first page of each month, which has a big blank square labeled, “Theme for This Month.”

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