September 25th, 2002

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Lunch and books

Yesterday was the hungriest i've ever been in quite awhile, and i'm not sure why. I had leftover Mongolian BBQ at about 2 in the morning the night before, so i really shouldn't have been that hungry.

Since the head of operations said he needed to swap out my GameCube devkit (this happens ocasionally, becuase we get the machines from the companies we're working for, which changes over time) so i decided to go out and eat somewhere rather than bringing food back to the office.

I went to the mall and got a Jamba Juice and thought about going toRubio's like usual, but a new place had just oppened up so i decided to try that. It's a Chinese resturant that's kind of half a step up again from Rubio's. You actually get real plates and silverware and stuff. It's not quite as classy as a "real" resturant, although prices are up in that range. I got some orange chicken, which was very good. Much better than the orange chicken you get from Panda Express type places, but i'm not decided yet if it's worth the $8 or $9 though.

I did get a good demonstration of just how over sugared (or salted, or fatted, as appropriate ) normal food is. After eating a piece of the orange chicken i took a sip from my Orange Berry Blitz, and the orange juice in it made it taste sour in comparison to the orange sauce on the chicken! After finishing that off i was still hungry so i went to the Dairy Queen next door and got an ice cream and brownie thing. I don't want to think about how many calories i had over the course of about thirty minutes =/

Now that i wasn't so hungry i decided that since i was at the mall anyways i would go to the Barnes & Noble. I wanted to buy a couple of books in a series that my girlfriend recomended to me, but i stopped to look at other stuff as usual too, and they had the newest Anita Blake book in paperback!!! *bounce bounce bounce!* So i bought that and two books from the other series.

I feel a little guilty buying books from not only a Barnes & Noble, but one that isn't even near where i live, but i tell myself that the difference between Borders and Barnes & Noble isn't that big, and certainly for those type of stores whether i buy stuff in Montclair or Tustin doesn't make too much of a difference either. I should try to find a good used bookstore near where i live now. And a good gaming store that isn't Wizards of the Coast. I know where ones are in Fullerton, but that's a bit of a drive.
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It smells like burning!

I went to bed at about 1 or 1:30, and planned to get up at 3. I remember being fairly awake after getting woken up by the alarm, but deciding to stay in bed a little longer. Next thing i knew i looked at the clock and it was 4:13, and i figured okay, can still get to work really early. But once again i didn't move. Repeat this at 5:13, and at 6:13 i finally managed to crawl out of bed. I'm not sure what's up with all the 13s, given some hazy memories i suspect i went through the process a lot more than that, but only clearly remember the ones that involved cool numbers :)

Cassie did her best to wake me up, i think she's figured out that if she pokes at me enough after my alarm goes off that i'll wake up enough to play with her. So most of my conscious periods were when she would drop the ball next to me and poke at me until i threw it for her and then would doze off again. She must have gotten tired of it at some point though, because when i woke up at 6:13 she was curled up against my side and seemed to be sleeping herself.

When i got outside there was a really strong smell of smoke, and the sun was starting to come up just enough that i could tell that the entire sky was grey.

The fire looked pretty much the same as it had the night before, a dusky red glow beneath the smoke. Nothingmuch changed except that it was now directly to the north and a little to the east, instead of north and a mile or two to the west =P They mentioned on the news last night before i went to bed that that they were evacuating Mt. Baldy Village, so i guess there's a lot more fire back there that i couldn't see.

Apparently there was a lot of fog this morning too, because it was grey the whole way to work. I saw one or two more spots of fire early on, but not much really.

I got to work about 7:30, and was the first one in. I've been getting a medium amount of work done, but i could certainly be more focused than i am. It's an improvement though.