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May 29th, 2004

A windowless world of humming and buzzing

Well I've been without DSL access for a day or so and of course been about 20 points higher on my blood pressure because of it. After calling tech support, I realized (though he didn't) that my goddamn PCI card has come loose. Again. This is the 2nd or 3rd time that I've had a card come loose on this motherboard. I am sick and tired of this shit. I will not be buying anymore motherboards from Soyo. I had some problems with Gigabyte, but at least the cards didn't wiggle out of the damn circuit board.

I had to work until 9pm today because the boss wanted to talk. When he wants to talk it's like I'm 6 years old again and I've come home with bad grades on my report card. Funny thing was that initially he was happy, because I showed him my Western and his latest little idea was proven somewhat right. Of course then he wanted to discuss all these related things, etc. He's one of these people who is ALWAYS either annoyed or angry or at best, dissatisfied with whatever he is observing. He's always got a dead-blank look on his face or occasionally an annoyed contort. And after he says something he just keeps staring at you with this look for literally 10 or 15 seconds. Everybody just squirms when they talk to him because of it; I think I age 6 months every time. But I kind of like being in the lab after everyone else leaves, just running gels and farting around. No windows in the lab so I don't have to keep track of time. I only pay attention to my stopwatch and the timers, not the wallclock.

Tomorrow I'm going to take my bike to the shop finally. We'll see how long it stays there (I guess 2 weeks).

except without the FBI badge and the gun

I slept until 3pm today. I don't know HOW the hell that happened. I kept waking ffrom my dream and lying back down to dream some more of it. I probably did it 10 times during the day. It wasn't even a good dream either. I remember being stranded on some sort of cliff-carved road naked except for a teeshirt and getting picked up for hookery by some trashy woman. I had to sit naked in the back seat wth her kids until we got to her house. There was some sort of glow-in-the-dark dragon involved I remember. Jesus.

I unloaded my bike ramps in a hurry after I discovered the shop closed at 6 and wouldn't be open again until tuesday. I got on my bike ro rided it up the ramps and discovered that THE SHIFTER WAS MAGICALLY FIXED. I rode it up and down broadway to make sure and got my favorite addiction fix, one of those Jack ini the box pannido jobs. Then I rode to work and just did work (which turned out to be mostly fruitless) until 9. It is creepy coming into the lab when all the lights are out and the doors are locked. The darkroom is always creepy because I keep forgetting where the lightswitches are and I walk the walls like Clarisse from the dungeon scene in Silence of the Lambs.