July 22, 2002
Up and Down

Here I am just outside sunny LA (hot, humid, sunny LA), trying to enjoy the last few days of my trip down to Southern California. Everything was fun and games at first, but now I kind of want out.

The BBQ was fun fun fun in the sun sun sun, though. I met a new person, got to hang out with friends, and spent a lovely late afternoon lying on a grassy hill with Dianna. Heading up here to LA for so long was possibly a mistake, though. No offense to Denise....she's a nice girl. But we've definitely grown far far apart in the last few years. Case in point, I can look directly to my left and see a lovely little non-tongue-in-cheek painted wooden placard proclaiming "Home Sweet Home". To my right is a tall glass case filled with almost a hundred tiny little ceramic and glass forest creatures.
Additionally, I'm becoming more and more aware of something Dianna has alluded to several times: LA is not a nice town. Jason will no doubt contest this point, but personally it's just not my kind of place. Now Denise has gotten into a car accident and I'm wondering
1) if she's OK and 2) how I'm going to get back down to San Diego to catch my plane back to the Bay Area.

I'm also starting to remember why I don't like flying. The long flights and having to sit in one place for extended periods bother me. But what really makes me nervous is being trapped into a single schedule. I'd like to come home right now. But instead I'm stuck here until the day after tomorrow. Whee.

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Posted on July 22, 2002 04:08 PM

good lord you're coming back so soon? (suspiciously) didn't you JUST leave? wow this was a fucking long weekend wasn't it?

call jenny and make her come pick you up. or ummm take a bus down there. or ummm take a bus back up here. see you wouldn't have this problem if you had just driven there in the first place.

i didn't know diana was going down there too. :) hi diana. fun fun fun in the sun.

i used to have so many little glass and ceramic figurines....lucky i broke that habit. damn straight.

right. time to ditch out on work early now.

Posted by: michele on July 22, 2002 04:17 PM

I "just" left on the 18th, and I'm here until the 24th. If push comes to shove I might be able to get Sarah to drive all the way up here and pick me up from Denise's (though I imagine I'd have to buy her three to four meals and pay for gas, rather than just one dinner and pay for gas). And while it's true that just driving down would have solved these problems, I'm already scheduled for an 8 hour drive to go visit Doug. Doing TWO 8 hour drives would wreck me.

Posted by: Jacob on July 22, 2002 04:21 PM

I was worrying about that, too. How will that work, I thought, Jacob heading south and Dianna up here all alone with her double N? (Hi Dianna, I like your double N though.) These are the things I worry about before my coffee.

SO now I am relieved.

Posted by: didofoot on July 22, 2002 04:22 PM

is it really 2 n's or did jacob just spell it wrong? now i am concerned.

Posted by: michele on July 22, 2002 04:35 PM

Double the N's means double the fun. When taken with an additional double the O's, that means a total of sixteen (2^4) times the fun.

By the way, Sarah is the patron saint of reassurance.

Posted by: Jacob on July 22, 2002 04:42 PM

Hrmmm....things are still a little odd. Denise is still in the hospital (and as far as I know hasn't been seen yet). I highly doubt that anything will be going on tomorrow, since she'll probably want to recuperate. Sarah's coming to pick me up, since she rocks precisely one house.

So anyway....I'm stuck here and will continue to be stuck here tomorrow. If anyone wants to talk to me, please feel free to abuse the cementhorizon comment system. I *think* I'll be able to use this computer on/off almost all day. The place where I'd normally be IMing like mad is down at the moment, so PLEASE leave messages here to keep me entertained.


Posted by: Jacob on July 22, 2002 09:07 PM

Everything will work out. I am serious. :) And very flattered - I was expecting to rate half a house, maybe 2/3 of one. But an entire house? Good stuff.

As I am apparently destined to be an insomniac tonight (a nice long relaxation followed by caffeine will do that to a woman) I will be making a list of books that I want to buy. And then maybe instead of dinner (though I like the possibility of gas money, as this is going to be one hell of a commute LOL) we can go raid a bookstore.

I will be online tomorrow all day. I will not have IAM, which is my major tool o' procrastination. Thus I will be happy to exchange witty banter here. :) Let the witty banter commence! Actually no. Make it wait until tomorrow. I'm going home. All hail the mighty $1-for-10-minutes coffee house computer.

Posted by: Sarah on July 22, 2002 11:25 PM

Sarah: I don't suppose you know some super-secret way of getting a hold of Dianna? She's not answering her ucberkeley email address, her phone in the co-op makes Baby Jesus cry, and IAM is down. If you know of something like a dedicated Dianna carrier pigeon that I am not yet privy to, plllleeeaaasseee let me know about it.

Posted by: Jacob on July 22, 2002 11:58 PM

Unfortunately no. Really the only non-IAM method I am privy to, besides the silly co-op phone which really ought to just be replaced with pagers for all, is AIM - and I don't ever see her actually on it. Sorry, yo.

I linked my website this time, instead of my email address. Check it out - I haven't really tweaked or updated it in quite a while, so it's a bit clunky, but it's still pretty cool.

Posted by: Sarah on July 23, 2002 07:27 AM

Pssssst. IAM is back up.

Posted by: Sarah on July 23, 2002 11:30 AM