matt | April 4, 2004
Wasn't feeling well on Friday, so I went home and went to sleep. Liz took care of me. Got up and felt kind of blah, so I had some dinner and went back to sleep.
On Saturday, we went to SweekCakes for breakfast. We were going to eat there, except that the little two table cafe was invaded by this family with small kids, so we decided to bounce out and head back.
Then, Liz and Irene wanted to go to the mall, and I didn't feel much like wandering around, so I came back, cleaned up the house a bit, played some video games, hacked on the computer, watched The Fast and the Furious, etc. That movie wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Some happy cars; makes me want a tight little supercharged Japanese sports car. While I'm watching the movie, however, I start to smell propane. So I call maintenance, they come over, check the stove, all is good. Then they tell me that it was probably the propane place next door. Apparently when they're too full, they just vent the propane into the air, and so the smell carries. WTF is that? Shouldn't they just like burn it off? Wasteful and annoying.
When Liz got back, we went out to see HellBoy. Not a bad movie. Exactly what I expected – lots of action, little story. I assume that the best parts were left on the cutting room floor, and that it will be a better movie when the director's cut DVD comes out (if there is going to be one). After that, we went back to Liz's house and watched The Avengers (the new one, with Uma Thurman, not the old one). Nice, relaxing evening.
Today, the weather let up enough for Liz and I to go on to a bike ride. (For those of you who don't live in Rhode Island, it's been raining here for the past week – the roads are regularly flooded.) We took the bike path in to Wakefield, then went to Mom and Pop's used book store. I picked up an armload of Heinlein books, and Liz got an Asimov book. She wanted to get a copy of I, Robot, so she could read it again before the movie comes out. This sparked an interesting conversation about how influential Science Fiction is on real science – it gives scientists something to shoot for.
So, I'm rapidly approaching the end of my lists of “stuff that needs doing”. With the dissolution of the Tuesday night gaming crew, I've had time to do things during the week, so my house is cleaned and vacuumed, most of the dishes are done, and it looks pretty decent. I still need to clean my desk, which I'll probably do tomorrow, while installing Gentoo on my server. This is unusual for me. Usually, I'm stressed, because I have too much to do. I suppose I'll have time to start reading and painting miniatures again. Nice, low stress, relaxed, life.
So, the Gentoo experiment is a success. I've finally switched from RedHat. I've been using it for a week, and I'm still super impressed.
Re: video games – I'm currenly playing Ace Combat '04 for PS2. Completely not realistic, but not a bad airplane game. Very relaxing, but that's probably because I'm good at airplane games. I highly recommend it.
Grrr. That Altovis commercial is on again. It's a drug to “fight fatigue”, and they don't mean just “I don't get enough sleep”, but basically that your life is so stressful that you still feel fatigued even when you get up in the morning. Pah. Too many drugs. Silly things.
I suppose that's it for tonight. Goodnight all.