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30 Apr 2003 - 11:39:32 PM
I had a drink with a friend of mine at what we assumed was an unknown bar in a non-descript corner of Ballard called The Tin Hat. I expected to see a couple of crusty locals, at most, and lots of smoke and bad country on the jukebox. Instead, it turned out to be a total hipster hangout. We got there around 9:00, and there were maybe a dozen people at the bar and clustered around a few tables. When we left around 11:00, the place was pretty much full, and it's a Wednesday night. Go figure. It kind of felt like the Linda's of Ballard.
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28 Apr 2003 - 5:27:31 PM
Well, I had a good trip to New Orleans, and even managed to catch a day of Jazz Fest. Saw Bob Dylan perform some bluesy versions of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Highway 61 Revisited," among others. A little odd, actually. It was funny how, down in the bible-thumping south, the announcer introduced Dylan with a short bio that mentioned "after problems with booze and drugs in the 70's, he turned to Jesus" and neglected to mention that he later went back to Judaism and is now an Orthodox Jew. Anyway, I ate some good food, imbibed some good drinks, and got another hat picture (albeit kind of a lame one, but oh well).
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23 Apr 2003 - 2:13:23 PM
I'll be taking a red-eye flight to New Orleans tonight, arriving around 9:00 tomorrow morning. This means, of course, that in a few hours I'll probably be in frantic pack mode. It seems like there's a million things I need to do beforehand, and I'll only be gone through Sunday. Too much to do for such a short trip. Oh well. It'll be a nice break, though. The weather forecast is calling for possible severe thunderstorms tomorrow, which should make things exciting.
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16 Apr 2003 - 4:53:35 PM
A couple nights ago, I walked by the second-most-recent Thai restaurant on Broadway, Simply Paradise, and the windows were all covered up from the inside. Another restaurant bites the dust, I guess. It's too bad, because I liked their phad kee mao, and they were fairly cheap. No liquor license, though -- I wonder how much that contributed to their closing. The new place, Canal, seems busier than SP ever did, and they have a full liquor license. Go figure. A major problem with SP, though, was their name -- that old 80's song, "Almost Paradise," always came to mind.
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14 Apr 2003 - 1:27:59 PM
My web pages are slipping further and further out of date. I haven't changed my bookshelf page in four months (mainly because my reading time has gone down to almost nothing). I haven't scanned in the last of my lighthouse pics, yet. My cd page is a couple of discs behind, too. Harumph. Maybe in May I'll find some time to catch up on all of it.

Anyway, my shoulder's been bugging me. Last week I managed to tweak it while climbing at the gym -- I don't know when it'll be healed up. I did find a handy page of rotator cuff exercises that I should start doing. The good news, though, is that the V3 boulder problem I sent was still rated a V3. So that's something, I guess.

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11 Apr 2003 - 12:30:48 PM
I tried the newest Thai restaurant on Broadway last night. The Canal Pan-Asian Grill and Bar. In the space that used to be the notably unnotable Angel Thai. Fortunately, this new restaurant seems to be much better, although I only tried one dish, the Bangkok Noodles, which was very good. The one down side is most of the entrees are around a buck more than equivalents in the three or four other Thai places within a couple blocks. Go figure. I guess Canal will be my "splurge" Thai restaurant...
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9 Apr 2003 - 12:44:58 PM
For lunch today, I went out with the other QA folk and bought a sandwich. The receipt listed "SLSTAX" and, on first glance, I read it as "Sleestaks." An interesting parallel, I thought, of Bellevue and The Land of the Lost.
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7 Apr 2003 - 12:32:31 PM
Friday night I finally got around to seeing that Chicago movie. I enjoyed it. Good performances, a fun plot, lots of women dancing around in tight, skimpy costumes. What's not to like?

Chicago gets: :-):-):-)1/2 (out of 4)

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4 Apr 2003 - 3:33:11 PM
My friends Bill and Gene changed the name of their comic strip to Unshelved, which isn't quite as catchy as Overdue, but is much more trademarkable. They are also putting out a book next month, collecting the first year's worth of strips. I always support my friends' creative efforts, and so I can't wait to get my own copy. Unshelved is a pretty funny strip, too, which makes supporting this particular creative effort that much more enjoyable.
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4 Apr 2003 - 11:09:08 AM
happy consumer I like my new digital camera. Here's one of my first shots, featuring me. It doesn't look too impressive, though, because it was taken against a mirror, the lighting wasn't all that great, and I haven't read through the manual enough to figure out what to do in this scenario. Oh well. Anyway, just what the web needs: More pictures of me.

Oh, I went climbing at Vertical World last night and sent my first V3 boulder problem! It was a really, really easy V3, though, but it made me feel good anyway. By next week, it'll probably be downgraded to a V1, but in the meantime I can say I sent a V3.

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2 Apr 2003 - 9:13:06 AM
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1 Apr 2003 - 3:47:49 PM
I got this little news item in email today:

Can't See the Terrorist for the Trees
Not content to let timber companies chop down trees in the name of fire prevention, the Bush administration now has a new rationale for clear-cutting in national forests: preventing terrorism. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, overgrown forests could be used as hiding places for terrorist cells planning attacks on U.S. cities and civilian populations. The department has proposed creating tree-free "clearance zones" of at least five miles around major population centers and reducing the acreage of dense, overgrown forests on federal lands by at least two-thirds by 2007. The administration is also considering transferring control over parts of the national forest and park systems to Homeland Security agencies, and replacing trained foresters with "security rangers" who would cruise forests looking for suspicious activities. Enviros expressed outrage that the administration would use fears of terrorism as an excuse to open up national forests to more logging.

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