August 27th, 2002

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My dentist appointment today went well.

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A few years ago I went on a "remedial life improvement" program. Nothing formal, just a decision on my part to get good at some stuff I was ignoring. My apartment is in good shape now. My teeth are in good shape now. My weight and fitness are quite reasonable, certainly by contrast. I've taken a bunch of classes and I'm anything but one-dimensional in conversation. Well, okay, in most conversations at least.

This ties into my earlier realization that I need to reconsider the direction of my life. I'm really mostly done with this one. I mean, the other day I was invited to a "nice casual" event and I even had something appropriate and slightly dressy to wear, at least if you ignored my sandals.

But what next? Do I retire and/or take up shuffleboard? Start a business? Pursue my abandoned dreams of becoming a muppet or an old Chinese man? Reinvent Hare Krishna as a bloodthirsty cult of assassins led by a God-Emperor? Knit?

I was gonna check out Brezsny to find out, but it's another day or two before the next horoscope comes out. I've even quoted the current one already in this journal.
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I just walked in from the car with a workout towel, gourmet ice cream, a motorcycle jacket and fresh dry-cleaning 'cause, y'know, that was what needed to be brought in.

Somehow that just feels right.
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Suddenly everything in Mountain View closes by 10pm. Both of my regular drug stores do. Target. Wal-Mart.

After significant searching I found an Albertson's that was still open 'til midnight, and of course I won't starve since Safeway is always open. Still.

I went to Orchard Supply Hardware, and excellent California chain hardware store, and brought home their smallest window air conditioning unit. It's freakin' massive. I figured it was gonna be a keeper since my belongings tend to have an obnoxious personality and it managed to draw blood within seconds of being removed from the box, but no such luck. I'm gonna take it right back tomorrow. It's just too big.

Of course, all the other ones are bigger. So it looks like this is going to be less of a "have an awesome air conditioner next to the bed" thing and more a "save a couple hundred bucks" thing. That's okay, I was a little shocked at how expensive those things were. Maybe I'll just move my little dorm fridge into the bedroom and periodically douse myself in cold water or something. That could have nasty side effects at one of the main times I find myself wishing for air conditioning, though...