November 7th, 2005

full life

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1. I was running a wee bit late this morning because of my stomach; when I got to the subway station I found that my Metrocard had expired, and the tollbooth guy SLOWLY gave me my card and change while a train entered and left the station. 10 minutes later, another train arrived... and went right past my stop without stopping. 5 minutes after that, another train arrived and actually let us on board. 4 stops later - and one stop away from my connecting terminal - the N/W line experiences signal problems. 20 minutes later, the N/W line is still experiencing signal problems. 20 minutes after that, we are told that all N/W service HAS BEEN SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY. I walk the remaining 8 or so blocks to Queensboro Plaza, where I catch the ol' 7 train and make it to work almost 90 minutes after I'd originally intended.

I bring this up because the MTA, having seemingly raised subway fares every other month, has made a lot of announcements recently about what they're going to be doing with their newfound budget surplus - a brand-new 2nd Avenue subway line, an extension of the PATH train to Grand Central, etc. To which I say, FIX THE FUCKING TRAINS YOU ALREADY HAVE.

2. My weekend was pretty nice; Friday night my WoW character hit level 40 and got a horse; Saturday was Chris and Joy's wedding, which was amazing; Sunday I was supposed to meet with David but inadvertantly left my cellphone off and, on an errand run with Kath, ended up almost getting a puppy. Stupid, stupid, stupid - the flaking out on David, I mean, not the almost-puppy-having.

3. Between this morning's subway commute and my having to pull a PowerPoint presentation out of my ass - especially since I don't even really know how to use PowerPoint - all the nice vibes of a relaxing and mellow weekend have flown out the proverbial window; I am agitated and tense and, oddly, hungry.

4. Phish recently released their live recordings of the infamous Island Tour, a series of 4 shows in early 1998. I went to the 2 Long Island shows, and they remain some of the most amazing concerts I've ever been to. I've had bootlegs of those shows for years - hell, probably about 2 or 3 months after the shows themselves - and I was somewhat hesitant about upgrading to the "official" copies; after all, part of what makes bootlegs so great is that you can hear the audience reacting, and a lot of what made these shows so amazing is that there was a remarkable synergy between the band and the audience. That said, I bit the bullet and downloaded the Nassau shows; and all I gotta say is, holy fucking shit they sound amazing. If you have even the slightest interest in Phish, I cannot recommend the Nassau shows enough; there's a 5-6 minute segment of the "Twist" jam that has not stopped giving me chills for the last 8 years, no matter how many times I've heard it.

5. One month from tomorrow, I turn 30.