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Scandal, family, friends, and work [Aug. 12th, 2008|11:08 pm]
Beemer
There were really spectacular clouds at sunset tonight.

Lots of family stuff this weekend. Saturday was dinner at Macaroni Grill for people to see my little brother and his fiancee, who are getting married this coming weekend, because lots of folks won't be able to make it to the wedding.

(It's on *ahem* short notice. I'm probably alone amongst my family members in thinking that there's nothing inherently wrong with premarital sex, but that failing to use contraception is one of the ways you can screw it up...)

I chauffeured my grandmother there and had a lovely time. Saw various siblings, including my step-sister and her family, who are living in England for another year or so. A friend of the family was there, a lovely and gregarious lady with a big family who lost her husband recently, and she was saying they were going to have some kind of party and I would have to come even though I'm anti-social. I was thinking what? Do you not know anything about me? and then I realized, oh, right, no, you don't, really...

And on Sunday I chauffeured Grandma again to the annual family picnic. It was low-key and pleasant, as such affairs go, and mostly involved seeing lots of elderly relatives who remember me much better than I remember them. I wish I were better at remembering all the stories my grandmother tells, because I've come to realize there's an awful lot of scandal on that side of the family. Teenage pregnancies with daughters raised as sisters, neighbor children adopted after being abandoned by their parents, second families one town over, all kinds of things.

Sunday evening we went up to Loveland to visit Chris & Todd. Jerry & I went to Red Lobster with Todd for dinner, while Chris & Greg went to Chili's, because Todd was jonesing to go and Chris can't abide fish. 'Twas mucho tasty. And then we watched the first 5 episodes of Spaced series 2, now that I have my Region 1 DVDs.

For the last week I've been fighting with pregenerating some data products at work. It only takes about 10 minutes to create them -- if you don't care about getting some of the details right. If you do care, it takes a lot longer, sigh.

I also have managed to get entrained in the "updating our IT service agreement" process by virtue of being informed and caring about it. I made a bunch of suggestions that people will probably think are insane, but will hopefully at least get the discussion focused on the right issues...
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[User Picture]From: epinoid
2008-08-13 09:39 am (UTC)
That's quite a lot going on - glad most of it sounds good. Oh and Hi - you are too interesting not to add to my reading list. :)

Have had a question on your mustache - how the heck do you keep yourself from chewing on the corners? (or do you have it waxed whenever it is that long?) I finally let myself grow mine to twist the ends but don't go keep it that way at work or other places.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-08-13 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hello!

I dunno. It generally stays curled like that with a little preening in the morning -- I only have to use wax on days when it's really recalcitrant -- so the corners aren't usually near my mouth. But mostly I think I just don't have an urge to chew on it. I would rather chew on pens.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2008-08-13 06:36 pm (UTC)
This, in a nutshell, is why I don't do well with long facial hair. It turns out that I would rather chew on my hair than pens.
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2008-08-13 12:38 pm (UTC)
Since when are you anti-social?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-08-13 05:50 pm (UTC)
Exactly!

But apparently Hmmm, what can I talk about to Mormons that won't freak them out with how totally not-Mormon I am? Aha! "So... how 'bout that weather?" comes across as 'anti-social'. Who knew?
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2008-08-13 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ah.
Irony detector failed.
Amused now.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2008-08-13 12:55 pm (UTC)
In their defense, lots of us (and I realize that this doesn't include you) weren't so careful about pre-marital sex, but had the advantage of 100% effective forms of contraceptive that didn't involve cleverness. I agree that they should have ben smarter, but I have a lot of sympathy about 19-year-olds and their hormones.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-08-13 05:55 pm (UTC)
I am fairly sympathetic, in an eye-rolly and sighing kind of way. My disapproval is mostly aimed toward the cultural forces *cough*church*cough* that discouraged them from being smart about it...
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2008-08-13 06:37 pm (UTC)
Well, and a handful of years of Abstinence Education. I mean, the whole stupid society you have in that silly country of yours is quite opposed to people acquiring adult ways of dealing with sexuality when they become physically able to have sex.

*grumbles*
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From: detailbear
2008-08-13 05:32 pm (UTC)
I've been fighting with pregenerating some data products

Maybe it was the first topic, but I totally read that as "pregnating some data products" and did a triple-take.
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2008-08-13 06:29 pm (UTC)
Same here. "But...but...did you learn nothing from your brother's example? And how do you get away with that at work?"
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-08-13 06:33 pm (UTC)
You impugn my spelling! I would never leave the 'im-' off that verb.
*pretends to be offended*
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From: detailbear
2008-08-15 06:35 am (UTC)

Not bad spelling: new word formation!

im-: equivalent to in-, transitive form of into
pre-: prefix form - prior
-gnate: born

im-pre-gnate: to put something into prior to birth, or to fertilize by introducing something into.

pre-gnate: to fertilize without introducing something into.

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