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Below are 20 journal entries, after skipping by the 20 most recent ones recorded in Robert Taylor's LiveJournal:

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Saturday, August 14th, 2010
12:31 pm
Protip
Margaritas with fresh lemon/lime and triple sec can contain a surprising amount of tequila, and don't require salt on the rim.

Also, El Relingo Blanco is a very solid margarita-mix tequila (about $25 for a fifth).
Sunday, July 18th, 2010
2:44 pm
Well.
After a two hour phone call to US Airways ("My supervisors say you can't do that routing... let's try something else..."), I am now scheduled to fly to Germany just before Memorial Day weekend and return after Treffen.

Oh, but I fly there through Seoul. Yeah, I know. Well, it's in first class. And with a free stopover in Seoul! (Well, OK. Business class on the big chunk over the Pacific, SF to Narita, and then the little chunk to Seoul, on a plane that only has a (very nice) business class and coach, but I'm on a waitlist for first out of SF. But I go from Seoul to Frankfurt and from Frankfurt to home in first class. And it's not like business class sucks: you get your 15 inch TV screen with movies, lie flat seat, and better food. It just kinda sucks compared to first class. So I'll live.)

This cost me $153 in cash moneys, and 120,000 frequent flyer miles miles which cost me about $800 more cash moneys or so to acquire (thanks in part to Miss Rose's Father's Day present to me, her US Airways account miles for use in swapping between accounts for bonuses, and our going home from Phoenix through Chicago which stocked some miles, plus some other hotel stay accounts I drained to do this).

FWIW, a USA-Europe coach ticket round-trip around that time of year can EASILY cost $800-1000 (shoulder to high season in Europe). I don't know how US Airways can make money selling Lufthansa's and United's first class seats for the cost of a coach ticket, especially since I'll be flying the wrong way around the world to do this, but I'll gladly take it and run away laughing.

Oh, and Continental will give you enough miles when you open Chase and Key banking accounts to add a SECOND flight in Asia to that- from Seoul to South Asia. I'm thinking Bali via Bangkok and then a day in Hong Kong on the way back to Seoul. So a little over a week in Asia, and then a week in Germany for Treffen.

I'm already casing out interesting hostels (the irony of flying in first class and sleeping in a $30 a night hostel is not lost on me), but, um, yeah. I'm going around the world. Woo.
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
9:40 pm
ATTN: People who write/edit stuff and read my journal
I LOL'ed.

(I suspect you may have already read this, though.)

Current Mood: I'm Comic Sans, Asshole
Friday, June 11th, 2010
11:53 am
Never fails.
Need to leave early and it's fire drill time.

Good thing I'm awesome and got things done WAAAAAY early, so this fire drill will be no problem.

Time to go kick ass at a poker tournament, visit friends, and generally enjoy myself after a craptastic week at work.
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
11:03 am
Dear Dino Rossi,

You really don't get it, do you?

Sincerely,

Washington State voters

PS: Why don't you ask what Rod Chandler, Linda Smith and George Nethercutt are doing these days? Hint: it's not serving in the US Senate.
Friday, May 21st, 2010
10:30 am
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
12:07 pm
So...
Let's say you figured out a way to fly business class to Europe for about the cost of a coach ticket, first class for a bit more. You now have plans to be at WGT next year, so you'll be in Berlin and Leipzig in early June 2011. Where else would you go, if the ticket would let you stop over at ONE other place? (Does not actually have to be in Europe- in fact, some places like Tokyo are possible at little cost.)

Thoughts?
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
10:08 pm
Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
5:46 pm
To Ed
No man is an island, entire of itself
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main
if a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were
any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls
it tolls for thee.

-- John Donne
Friday, April 30th, 2010
9:44 am
ATTN:kindofstrange


Hummina.
Friday, April 16th, 2010
3:55 pm
No-context protip
It helps your argument if you know your side of the argument better than I do.

I'm rather likely to throw that weak shit back into your teeth, otherwise.
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
11:55 am
Wow...
Facebook has sure killed off my LJ list. And my own posting as well. Huh.
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
2:35 pm
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
5:57 pm
In response to nihil_duce


(Ganked from The Poor Man Institute.)
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
12:44 pm
I've been given access to the build servers at work.

I can't but help think that somehow this is a terrible mistake.

Current Mood: OOOH WHAT DOES THIS BUTTON DO
Friday, March 19th, 2010
8:39 pm
No context theatre
There are times when you realize you're in the way, and you need to get out of it.

Current Mood: not giving you context
3:30 pm
Thursday, March 18th, 2010
1:43 pm
Dear IT department...
If you're going to require me to turn on TPM, maybe you should make sure I won't turn my machine into a doorstop by doing this.

Thanks for making our company more secure by keeping me from doing any productive work!

ETA: well, the tech basically admitted this was a waste of my time... but he did get the machine up and running again.
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
9:44 am
It's going to be an interesting month.
My new employer holds paychecks for two weeks after submitting the timesheet. So, basically, after today's UI payment, I get to wait almost a month (April 9th) until a first paycheck is issued... and since they won't direct deposit the first one, that means it gets mailed to me.

:|

I don't think I'll be doing much between now and mid-April...
Sunday, March 14th, 2010
7:52 am
Whoops.
It seems cigarette smoke at the Merc is triggering migraines for me these days. :/

This is a bit of a problem...
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