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Bad, Good, and Awesome [Jul. 31st, 2005|12:26 am]
Beemer
The Bad: Last night I was driving down Federal when the cab in front of me came to a really abrupt stop and I ran into him. I'm fine, but the front of my car is all crunched. I was feeling really awful yesterday about not being a better driver (if I'd managed to swerve just a little further to the left, I would have missed him entirely), but I'm mostly over it now.

Dropped the car off at a body shop last night, did the insurance claim over the phone, insurance adjustor called today, and things are in motion to get back to normal. Insurance even covers a rental while my car is getting fixed, which I was not expecting -- I was planning on having to take the bus to work every day for a couple weeks.

The cab driver went off to the hospital, which surprised me, because he seemed just fine (though I know you can't tell by looking) but later on it occurred to me that he probably is required by his employer to go no matter whether the thinks he's injured or not, because they want proof of his medical state in case he files workman's comp.

The girl in the front, whom the cab hit before I hit him, was fine and her car was only a little bonked. I was very glad that Monkey had randomly left his cell phone in the car.

All in all, it was sucky, but given that there's never a convenient time or place to have your car run into something, it wasn't too terribly awful. No injuries, car repairable, life goes on.


The Good: So after the boys came and picked me up at the body shop last night, we went and got comfort food in the form of ice cream. And it was tasty.

Today we did bills and even had some money left over, which is really nice. And I called the box office and got tickets for Wicked (Greg's b-day present), and they're even pretty good, given that they were down to obstructed viewing (due to angle, not set or anything) and the good seats I wanted to get were probably never even available in general sales due to subscriptions, group sales, and subscriber pre-orders.

This evening, we went up to Boulder and had dinner with one of Jerry's former co-workers. Sushi at Sushi Tora, and it was MUCH better than the time I went there a few years ago and got very enh tuna -- the bad experience must have been a fluke. This was GREAT stuff, and even pretty reasonably priced, given that we live in Colorado. The freshwater eel roll and the dynamite roll were both really good (and new to me), and even the cucumber roll was super-tasty. (And of course, very good tuna and yellowtail and so on). The colleague was just delighted to hear all about our wacky triad relationship, and we had lovely conversation. And afterwards, we stopped at the Boulder Bookstore and found a few things to take home.

And The AWESOME: N'Djamena, aka Chad Trujillo, my housemate and lab partner from MIT, has discovered a new freakin' PLANET! Woo-hoo!

http://skyandtelescope.com/news/article_1560_1.asp
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/30/science/30planet.html

Okay, technically it's a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO), but it's bigger than Pluto! (And Sedna, and Quaoar.)

They haven't announced their proposed name for it yet -- I can't decide whether "yuggoth" would be more cool or disturbing.

Either way, IT ROCKS! Go N'Dj!
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From: hapaxeslegomena
2005-07-31 12:05 am (UTC)
Persephone? Cassius? Mondas?

God help us all if it’s Rupert.
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[User Picture]From: 0nce_and_future
2005-07-31 09:06 am (UTC)
My vote, even though I apparently don't get one, would be for Cronos.
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[User Picture]From: arcticturtle
2005-07-31 06:26 am (UTC)
Ow! A blow to the car and the ego alike! I'm glad it's no more than that, though. Christie had a somewhat similar accident a few years ago.

Re: N'djaplanet:
WHEN ARE WE GOING THERE?
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[User Picture]From: djmrswhite
2005-07-31 07:09 am (UTC)
what flavor of ice cream
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-08-02 01:24 pm (UTC)
A scoop of coconut and a scoop of key lime. It was one of those mix-stuff-in-on-a-big-frozen-rock places (not that I adulterated mine), so it wasn't very powerfully flavored, but it was still tasty.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2005-07-31 08:29 am (UTC)
Well, I'm glad no one was hurt! I think Sushi Tora is the best sushi in Boulder (if not Colorado). There's a good Japanese noodle house in Longmont that has very plebian sushi, and a new Japanese restaurant that I have not tried yet.
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[User Picture]From: jennsteele
2005-07-31 08:46 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're okay; and I like the balanced way you're looking at your life.

Hubby keeps accusing me of name-dropping when I start talking about N'Dj...
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[User Picture]From: ciddyguy
2005-07-31 10:06 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear you were in a fender bender type accident.

I got rear ended myself earlier this week. The 2000 Mercury Villager suffered more damage than my 1988 Honda Accord did, at least not anything obvious and appears to be very driveable still.

Either way, accidents, no matter how large or small are the suck for sure.

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[User Picture]From: bryree
2005-07-31 11:45 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the BAD. Glad to hear you're OK. Hopefully your insurance costs won't take too much of a bump. And 'Yay' for new planet(iod)s! It was fun to see pictures of people I know and kinda know on the MIT site that Catherine linked to.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-07-31 02:59 pm (UTC)
The power to discover an entire planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

-Rawhide
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[User Picture]From: portlandpiglet
2005-08-01 01:12 am (UTC)
I heard a rumor on my local news tonight that if they decided it was an actual "planet", that they were going to name it "Xena". Please tell me this is not true.
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[User Picture]From: lovecarnievan
2005-08-01 08:53 am (UTC)
Ok, that would almost make it worth it...
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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2005-08-01 01:17 pm (UTC)
And I thought YOU were the closet Xena lover here! Am I wrong?

(Er... Since I used the words "closet," "Xena," and "lover," I guess I should clarify that I'm not calling Alice a lesbian, but just a fan of the show. Or was it just Hercules?)
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-08-02 01:28 pm (UTC)
It's okay. We all know that Alice is a lesbian and Jeff is secretly a woman.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-08-02 01:25 pm (UTC)
My understanding is that they've been calling it "Xena", as a stand-in name, but that it's certainly not the official name.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2005-08-01 12:29 pm (UTC)
How are you supposed to achieve world domination if you can't push a button and disintegrate the car in front of you?! Bah. I don't believe you're really in possession of super powers.

[Glad you're ok.]
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-08-02 01:27 pm (UTC)
The battle suit was back at my secret lair, recharging. I can't wear it ALL the time!
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[User Picture]From: lvlndlthr
2005-08-24 10:05 pm (UTC)
May I ask what day you are all going to see "Wicked"? As it would be nice to see Greg, and to meet you guys.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-08-25 06:33 am (UTC)
October 1st. It would be nice to meet you, too.
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