torquill: Art-deco cougar face (wave)
It is apparently very easy to make mediocre pho. At least, I can't bring myself to believe that what I've gotten the last couple of times is "good" pho... I don't think it would have become so popular if was really supposed to be so bland.

I wanted duck, and had to settle for beef; for a little over $5, it was a decent lunch, but I don't think I'll be going back to that place. It was something about the fact that the noodles were all clumped in a ball at the bottom of the bowl, and had to be coaxed free with great patience. Plus the way the decor, counter, and huge pictures on the back wall said "self-service", but the servers were very firm about asking for your order. I don't like people hovering over me as I read the menu.

I'll have to see whether Davis has any Pho places, and keep an eye out for more of them around Concord and Walnut Creek... they tend to crop up and disappear like mushrooms.

I bought some artichokes to take to Indiana... I'm waiting on my bread pans, and I do hope they come today or tomorrow. Next thing for today is to call PacParts and tell them their R&D guys are on crack, and I want to be able to return the latest attempt at matching the connector I asked for, their no-returns policy be damned. It's not even a match for the model number of the amp, leaving alone the fact that it, too, is distinctly not a male connector. I've wasted fifty dollars on their idiocy so far, and I want some of that back.

I think I'll end up just getting some straight 8-pin connectors from Fry's and epoxying them together to fit the 16-pin socket. Sigh.

At least I did remember to pay up for my locker before the end of the quarter -- I won't have to deal with the ARC impounding my spare clothes and bike lights. I'm set until June.


It's anyone's guess as to whether today will get better. I hope so. I could do with not being cranky.
torquill: Art-deco cougar face (Default)
It's pretty warm out there. I'd say it feels like the end of April already, if the sun were a bit more fierce. As it is it's beautiful.

I went to lunch. ) I have more time today than usual, as App of Comp lecture is done, so I don't have to be anywhere until 3:10. Given that I haven't had time to post or catch up on lily for a couple days, I'll need it. :)

Consonance was good. )

On a more sober note, I mentioned to Dr. J that one of my favorite artists didn't seem to be in evidence; I hadn't seen Blake Hodgetts all weekend. Then Dr. J told me why. )

Yesterday was spent wrestling with Access to get an assignment done, and I got done just in time to miss the 7:55 train. It meant I had a leisurely dinner before getting on the 9:35, but I got home much later than I wanted to, and didn't have the chance to study biochem as I really need to. Sigh. This whole week is like that...

Tomorrow I think I'll be well enough to go to the Exploratorium. I need to catch Nick so that I can surprise him with that -- he still thinks I'll be at school. :)
torquill: Art-deco cougar face (weirdness)
Back from lunch. )

The rest of the day has been fine. )
torquill: Art-deco cougar face (happymaking things)
Lunchtime )

Then came the train ride... I have discovered that a light Croatian accent can easily be mistaken for some flavors of Irish accent. It was a little odd listening to the guy behind me.

I managed to break off my gearshift lever when turning the bike upside down (I was preparing to take the wheel off to fit the whole thing into my trunk). Good thing I have two weeks to deal with it. It's hard plastic, and the break has plenty of surface area, which says "superglue" to me... there are some things on which polyacrylamides really do the job, and hard plastic is one of them. We'll see.

For now, I'm trying to let the fact that I'm done sink in, and I'm contemplating a nap. I got less than six hours of sleep last night, and I'm feeling it.
torquill: Art-deco cougar face (wave)
I keep trying. )
torquill: Doctor Wilson, thoughtful (wilson)
I don't know who it was that first told me that Chipotle is a subsidiary of McDonalds Corp. It was a while ago. It hasn't stopped me from going there; it's still quick, tasty, healthy, and cheap. Their policy with regards to meat means that I can order any type of meat on the menu and not feel sick for most of a day afterward... I relish the fact that I can get a shredded pork taco without getting smacked by my allergy to antibiotic residues.

In fact, most of the policies I'm aware of there are ones I approve of. Recycling being one -- their paper products are largely post-consumer waste, and they do try to cut down on packaging. They don't buy local, but they do buy sustainably, at least more than almost any other chain I've been at. Not bad from a political point of view.

I know that some of the people at the co-ops, who are even more rabidly anti-corporate than I am, would frown on the fact that I'm giving McDonalds money. I've made a conscious decision not to ignore that fact -- rather, I deliberately give my money to Chipotle. If McDonalds is going to try branching out into the healthy, sustainable, free-range branch of food service, I want to send them the message that people want this stuff. We want healthy, ecological food that tastes good. If Chipotle does well, it serves as notice that there is a demand for this, and maybe McDonalds will consider changing its practices elsewhere as well. Pressure from consumers was what already caused them to give notice to Tyson that they want less antibiotic use in chicken farms, and Tyson agreed to put that into motion.

It's not many corporations that try to branch out into different philosophies, rather than just different areas of the marketplace. Chipotle is a good example of why more of them may want to do that. You get a much better sense of what people actually like and want, rather than what they will settle for.
torquill: Art-deco cougar face (challenge)
Yet anoter adventure )

whew

Oct. 31st, 2006 13:05
torquill: Art-deco cougar face (school)
I registered for classes, and got the ones I wanted -- 10 units, T-W-Th, 10-4:30. Not so bad.

As for today... )
torquill: Art-deco cougar face (Default)
post-lunch nattering )
torquill: Art-deco cougar face (happymaking things)
It was quite a day.

trains )

food )

class )

exploration )

and birds )

I'm hoping to have more time to update during the day next week -- these all-in-one posts get long.
torquill: A road sign that reads "cruve" (humor)
My stomach was expecting Indian and got Middle Eastern. Not sure it's happy about that. )

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