succumbing to peer pressure

Thursday, August 16, 2007


I am so ridiculously glad that I went to The Chocolate Bar tonight. It's been on my radar for a while; I first read about it somewhere unmemorable, and then that faint idea was reinforced by a very positive review from Wordsmiths (of all places, since that blog belongs to a bookstore; where, by the way, Christopher Moore will be appearing in September! yay!) and so I suggested it for after dinner drinks and dessert tonight. And I've never been gladder. I've sworn to make it my regular bar, where they always know my name, and prepare my drink (the best damn mojito I've ever had, seriously) without asking. Of course, I can't really afford that. But I will be back. Oh yes. And you should go too. Make friends with Patrick, the bartender. Sit at the bar and as the night gets closer and closer to closing time, and Patrick gets sloppier in his measurements, he'll doll out all the extras to you for free!

Also, Brett has these words of wisdom to offer, "There are two kinds of people who wear bow ties. Tucker Carlson and Malcolm X."

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


So I've finally taken the plunge. I kept saying that one day I would read all the Harry Potter books, and that process finally began late yesterday afternoon. Mostly the timing was just right - I'm currently in between books - and was finally nudged over the edge by a friend who's hosting a HP movie marathon this weekend. I figure I can plow through the first two or three this week and then thoroughly enjoy the movies. Alas, I'll have to miss a chunk of the marathon anyway, to attend kickball playoffs! (huzzah!)

It's not that I was ever anti-HP or anything, I just always seemed to have other things to read. But at least now I can enjoy sliding from one directly into the next, no delayed gratification necessary. Plus, maybe, just maybe, I'll wrap up the last one before anyone spoils the ending.

Serving Sizes

So I'm about to go heat and enjoy Annie Chun's Teriyaki Noodle Bowl (thank you Trader Joe's!). But here's the thing. I'm reading the heating instructions on the back, and my eyes slide over to the nutritional information, where the entire bowl is listed as two servings! I know this sort of thing happens all the time, but it kills me! Why make something that is so clearly intended to be a one-time meal include two servings! Either actually make it smaller, or don't make me feel guilty about slurping down the entire contents. Meh. These are the things I ponder while putting off writing a SAS macro. Don't even ask.

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Presidential Forum

In case you missed it (I know I did), LOGO hosted a presidential debate a few days ago, focusing on LGBTQ issues. You can watch the video here or read a decent text summary here. I haven't had a chance to catch up on the video (still at work) but The Nation article makes it sound like Edwards was most impressive/'successful.' I'm still on the fence about pretty much all of the candidates, but I do keep swinging back over toward Edwards. Several of his populist positions are really appealing, and sound genuine. Lately Obama has been getting devoured on his lack of experience, and it sounds like that showed through in this debate too. Sounds like once again Clinton was the best politician, but I'm not sure that's always a good thing.