Archive for July, 2008

Two years and counting

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Yesterday, July 23rd, marks the second anniversary of the day Muse and I got married.  (Yes I spelled it out like that to make it easier for me to find via search… sue me.)  Two years since we threw most of our cards into the wind in the hope that they would fall favorably.  It took a hell of a lot of courage for both of us to do the things we did.  All in all, I’d say the cards fell pretty nicely.

Now we have our first child on the way.  That is going to change us forever.  So here’s to us… and to celebrating our third anniversary with our baby as a family.

Of course, there’s a special comic over at A Little Scary to commemorate the occasion.  I couldn’t resist, hehe.

Joke Day

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A young couple got married and went on their honeymoon. When they got back, the bride immediately called her mother. “So,” said her mother, “how was the honeymoon?”

“Mama,” she replied, “the honeymoon itself was wonderful – it was so romantic! But…”
Suddenly the young girl burst out crying. “Mama, as soon as we returned, Joe started using the most horrible language – things I’d never heard before! I mean, all these awful 4-letter words! You’ve got to come get me and take me home… PLEASE MAMA!”

“Sarah, Sarah,” her mother said, “calm down! Tell me, what could be so awful? WHAT 4-letter words?”

“Please don’t make me tell you, Mama,” wept the daughter, “I’m so embarrassed. They’re just too awful and I can’t say them! Come get me, PLEASE!!”

“Darling baby, you must tell me what has you so upset. I’m your mother – now tell me these horrible 4-letter words!”

Still sobbing, the bride said, “Oh, Mama…words like: Wash, Iron, Dust, Cook…”

14 hour day

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Yeah I didn’t get a chance to post anything yesterday.  I had no idea that I would be working a 14 hour day.  I was asked to come by an internal event happening at a hotel here in Hong Kong at 8:00am to help with the setup.  I got there at ten till eight and no one else showed up till about ten after.   Oh well.

I realized I was going to late for another meeting back at my office and ran out in a hurry in the afternoon.  I was ten minutes late for that.  The universe does not like me to be early.  I was ten minutes early in the morning so I was made to be ten minutes late in the afternoon.  Considering I usually just average in at ‘late’, I can deal with that kind of balance.

I took four taxis throughout the day yesterday which is very unusual for me to take any taxis at all.  Luckily they are pretty cheap here and much cheaper than back in the States.  Then again Hong Kong is a really small place so it may just be relative to that.

I had dinner and drinks with the people from the even after work and then went back and helped re-arrange, re-cable, re-organize and test (and re-test) presentations and videos for today.  By the time I finally made it home I called Muse and then crashed.

2:15am, too scared to sleep

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

I’ve spent the past three hours playing Condemned: Criminal Origins on my XBox360.  I played it for a few hours just a few days ago too.  I knew what I was getting myself into.  Except it was daylight when I played that day.  Tonight I started at 11:00pm.  After the first half-hour I reluctantly turned off the overhead light because the game is so dark, the light in my room just makes it harder to see.  Most of the game is spent walking through corridors and checking every corner for crazed madmen… in the dark… with only a small flashlight and a single weapon.

Now, three hours later, it’s 2:15am and I want to go to sleep.  My blood pressure and adrenaline are up.  I heard all sorts of creaks and other odd noises as I went to use the toilet and then brush my teeth.  I kept watching the bathroom door reflected in the mirror for any movement or shift of shadows beyond the crack of an opening.  More noises… more blood pressure.  I had remembered to lock and bolt the door to the flat before I started playing.  I knew I would be paranoid after playing.

I found myself looking around the bathroom as I brushed my teeth.  Looking for makeshift weapons like you do in the game.  I decided that the shower curtain rod was my only real option.  I could get that down in a hurry if I needed to.  I touched it… it seems sturdy.

This flat makes a lot of strange noises now that I’m alone here.  My imagination loves that.  I hope it’s just my imagination.  I’m going to go run to the bed and hide under the covers now.  I’m just glad that the wardrobes are gone so nothing can hide in them while I fall asleep.  And the bed has storage underneath instead of being open space.  Something might otherwise grab my ankle as I get in bed.

Maybe I’ll just sleep right here… in front of the computer.  Safer that way.  I hope….

Hot and wet

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Hong Kong is a really nice place.  Aside from the pollution and the jungle weather it really is a beautiful place to live.  When the pollution haze lifts during a holiday and you can see all the way from one end of the country to another (it’s preety small), it’s just amazing.  On a clear night, the city skyline all lit up is one of the most beautiful man-made things I’ve seen.

Here’s a link to the official government weather site for Hong Kong: Hong Kong Observatory.  It’s a nice site that is quite thorough with moving pictures of clouds in the area and it’s updated quite often.  However I really think they could save a lot of time and money if the just changed all that to the following static text:

Hong Kong Weather
Currently: Hot as hell and humid enough to sweat stain your shorts
Forcast for tomorrow: See above
5-Day forcast: Between 28-30 degrees Celcius and 75-100% humidity.  Rain can and will happen when you least expect it.  If you see dark clouds or have lost sight of land that you could see only moments ago, head for shelter or buy an umbrella.  Buy two, one will break.

And really that about sums it up during these summer months.

I saw a guy I know from St. Louis complaining on Twitter about how it was a miserable 50% humidity in my hometown.  I about fell out of my chair laughing.  I quickly checked the link above for the current weather and saw that the humidity was at 98% at the time.  After living here for two years I really hope to be able to better handle the St. Louis summers.  However…

The winters are going to fucking blow.

When Muse and I were back home for the Christmas holidays this past year, we literally froze our asses off.  I left mine somewhere between Fenton and High Ridge.  One thing the heat here has taken away from me is my extreme tolerance to cold weather.  I don’t think I’ll be out and about in my shorts when the St. Louis ice storms come rolling through.  Not for a while I think.  Not if I want to have any more children.