And from Irene:
I forgot to mention in Friday's entry, that after Hibernian's, Ben, Dale, Joe, and I stopped over at Helios for coffee. We got there at about 8:30, I guess.
Shortly after we arrived, this band started setting up, and at about 8:45, this woman leaned over us at our table and asked, "Were you guys going to stay for the music?"
We were caught off guard, because we certainly hadn't gone there for the music -- didn't even know they were going to have music there that night.
After stammering, since we weren't sure, and looking at each other, the lady said, "Well, it's just that if you are, I'll have to have $7.00 from each of you."
What in the hell are these people thinking? We were flabbergasted, and within seconds, steam started coming out of Joe's ears.
Needless to say, we got our asses out of there before 9:00. We'd gone out the back door, and Joe was still so angry, that he said, "I'm going out the front door to say something to that lady."
He said to her, "I'm just wondering, is it posted somewhere that this entertainment was going to go on tonight?"
"It's on their (Helios') website."
Joe snapped, "Well, I didn't look at their website before I came down here tonight."
She said, "I'm sorry, I'm just with the band."
And then said as he walked away from her, "Well, I feel like we're being railroaded out of here tonight."
I totally forgot about a 1:00 meeting I had scheduled today with Myra, the STC Newsletter Advisor. We rescheduled for Wednesday at 3:30.
I went to the Harris Teeter on Buck Jones Road, and bought a lot of fresh vegetables, so had an expensive grocery bill.
At home, I:
- diced a red pepper,
- diced a green pepper,
- diced an onion,
- chopped a cucumber,
- chopped some sliced mushrooms,
- sliced pineapple tidbits,
- chopped carrots,
- chopped celery,
- diced some tomatoes,
- removed part of the stems of some broccolini,
- and peeled, cubed, and steamed a butternut squash.
I walked the 30-minute Kaplan > Gorman > Octavia > Merrie > Mervin > Kaplan loop today. I listened to these Slate Explainer podcasts while walking:
|Can a New Magazine Survive?|
|Can Tom Cruise Rent Tokyo?|
|What's the deal with "cat ladies"?|
|How Do You Kill a Whale?|
|Why is HGH so Hard to Detect?|
|How to Succeed as a Ghostwriter|
|How Hard is Hard Labor?|
|Can I Interest You in a Light-Water Reactor?|
|Is Celebrity Body-Part Insurance Just a Publicity Stunt?|
|Why Do Pollen Counts Fluctuate?|
|Why Can't I Use My Third Arm?|
|Can I Get Compensation from the FBI?|
|What's a Mock Dog-Fight?|
"How Hard is Hard Labor" was very interesting.
I went to Helios at around 8:00, and was disappointed to find both the front and back door propped open. The humidity level is at 82% outside.
I devised today's blog entry, had an Iced Latte Caramella, and listened to the following ABC News Money Minute podcasts:
|Summer Rates Rise at Hotels|
|Plenty of Dough for the CEOs|
|Long Distance Dialing for Less|
|Homes: If You Build It, Will They Come?|
|Gas Up and Go for Summer|
|Finding a Perfect Gift for Dad|
|Trade Deficit Increases Again|
|Credit Card Use Skyrocketing|
|Not So Golden Years Ahead|
|Pay in Cash, Save in Gas|
|A Peek at How the Rich Really Live|
|Silver Lining in Lackluster Jobs Report|
|How Do You Measure Worker Productivity?|
|No End in Sight for Fed Rate Hikes|
|Save On Summer Travel|
|Holiday Travelers are Hitting the Road|
|Out of the Closet in the Office|
|Fido Can Be a Drain on Your Wallet|
|Lifestyles of the Rich and Royal|
At about 9:15, Helios' router went south, and someone went up to ask about it. They gave their standard response, "Oh, that's upstairs, and we don't have access to it from down here."
I listened to a few more podcasts, and OMG, I absolutely loved this one, particularly for its sardonic delivery: Is George W. Bush Dumb: The Misunderestimated Man.