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There's a woman in my apartment complex who keeps almost the same work schedule I do. I've never spoken to her, but are often coming or going at the same time. I suppose I should say hello, but she always looks as tired as I feel.

One of the little irrational vexations in life is the parking at the complex. In my heart of hearts, I think I really want assigned spaces - because I want to be able to park in the evenings, and find my car in the mornings, without having to think about it. I don't think I'm trying for particularly desirable spots - so how come people keep taking them?

Also irrationally vexing is my cell phone's battery life - currently about 6.5 days of standby. That's actually a long time, as those batteries go, so I really shouldn't complain. My problem is remembering. If it ran out every few days, I'd check it often. If it lasted a full 7 days, I could just recharge on the same day every week. Instead, once a week (currently Wednesdays), I curse in frustration at about 9:30 when it starts to beep. It finally runs out of power somewhere between 3 and 10, depending on where I've been. If it's early, I have to remember it when I get home.

It's amazing to me how much the school year affects the flow of business here. The direct impact used to be the children of the employees going back to school, but now it's Michael teaching a legal writing class one day a week. The indirect impact, though, is harder to isolate. As best I can tell, everyone is more laid back for the summer, and after Labor Day they want to jump back into whatever they were neglecting. Whatever the cause, I know that characteristically it gets very busy here just as the workload starts to lighten for my friends in academia.

It's been gorgeous out today, just a hint of fall. I've already noticed leaves starting to change in a few places around town.

As of last night, johnstevensaul was marginally better. I'm hoping he'll be better than that by the time I get home tonight. I've been very worried about him. At least we haven't had to go back to the emergency room.


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Sep. 12th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
John drove himself to the emergency room mid-afternoon Sunday, for what we'll call "severe gastrointestinal distress". He told me he was going, but not to worry about it. A few hours later, his friend V, who'd been waiting with him, called to let me know she had to go home, and could I go sit with him? I was still in PA at that point. I got there about 9. They finally released him around 1 am, with no conclusive diagnosis. He saw a GI specialist (the same one my boss sees) on Monday, and has antibiotics and a restricted diet, but still no actual diagnosis.

Further details withheld to protect - well, everyone, really.
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Sep. 12th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Well, most of us are when, um, "distressed".
Sep. 13th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Oh dear!
Sep. 13th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Cell phone batteries -
Charge it the same two days every week (maybe Mon and Thurs?) or buy a second charger and put it at your desk at work. That's what I used to do (I haven't at my current place because, well, you know how things a t my job are.

I have to run over to John's LJ and see if I can see what's wrong with him. I've been mobbed lately and haven't see anything a bout him not being w ell.
Sep. 13th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Ok, neither his or your LJ has any posts for the last few days. Why did he go to the ER?
Sep. 13th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
See my response to daeron above...
Sep. 14th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
Expect it to take several days to weeks to get an definite answer if it was like oidhche earlier this summer. Damn cultures take a long time, I'm sure they took some. By the time he knows what was wrong hopefully he is feeling much better.

BTW, if he's on the antibiotics for suspected food borne illness, relapse is common since you killed all the buggers in your system good and bad, sometimes the bad grow back faster than the good. Learned that this summer too, so he should watch symptoms closely. :D
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