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04082017-43


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I guess I'm waiting a bit to eat lunch today. I just hope they have decent vegetarian options. An email was sent out by the receptionist at 10 a.m. announcing a "PCC LUAU," which thus explained all the crepe paper decorations we encountered when getting off the elevator this morning, happening at 2 p.m. "Please join us @ 2PM for a luau in celebration of our deck kick-off," it read, in part. Also: "Enjoy local beers & ciders... Indulge in delicious sides from Marination and PCC sausages!"

I have to say, "Marination" is a frustratingly generic name for a brand (I assume it’s a brand?) and makes for impossible Googling. Will these be vegetarian? Presumably there will be vegetarian options. We have several vegetarians in the office and at least one vegan. I'd love for there to be veggie sausages. In any case, I'm skipping the frozen pizza I'd originally planned on having for lunch today.

The elevator bank on our floor, which is opened up to from four different elevators (a lot of them, I think, for a building with only seven floors -- although one is a freight elevator), basically has two walls opposite each other where two elevator doors are on each side; the other two walls are glass doors in the middle of glass walls opening to either side of our floor -- one of which opens up to reception. When the doors opened when I arrived this morning, I wondered for a moment if I had gotten to the wrong floor. Two hanging crepe paper lanterns, with shapes of palm tree leaves, were suspended from the ceiling, and all four walls had blue crepe paper along the floor clearly meant to convey water, as though at the beach.

Several more of those paper lanterns are hanging in the hallway. The lounge area at the southeast corner of our floor has a curtain up blocking entry and a sign that reads, Lounge is closed for repairs. Evidently "repairs" means creating a tiki bar, complete with blow-up palm trees.

Anyway. If nothing else, I guess I'll be drinking booze at work this afternoon. A nice head start to already-planned Happy Hour with Laney at Lowell's at Pike Place Market at 5:30. These things never have hard liquor, though -- no cocktails. What kind of tiki bar has no cocktails! Whatever, I may try one of the ciders anyway. I feel like even if I don't care for beer or wine, if they offer free booze at work, I should take it.

Oh, and most of us are wearing leis. There's a big pike of them at reception, and Helen brought several back for those of us who were here around 7:45 this morning. I IMed Kibby that I hoped whatever was going on was tolerable and not totally lame, and she cracked me up with this response: considering when I got here this morning and the elevator opened and I thought someone had hung themselves in the vestibule... not sure what to expect...

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04232017-47


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My evening last night consisted mostly of taking myself to my first SIFF screening of the year, Weirdos. It was decent. That happens a lot with SIFF movies. I will admit I tend to over-focus on gay-themed movies at SIFF, mostly because, historically speaking, SIFF has better gay-themed movies on offer than the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in October tends to. That's a bit ironic, no?

Anyway, the movie was at Pacific Place. I rode my bike home, had some leftovers for dinner, then walked back downtown to get in line an hour early at 6 p.m. That turned out to be unnecessary; this was not a packed screening and I would have been fine getting there half an hour later. I may not have gotten quite as good a seat. Speaking of which, these two very young women came up to me in my row and said, "I know this is a lot to ask but would you mind moving over one seat?" They clearly expected a third person to join them who never did, so although I was fine with moving over one, in the end they just got me to sit one seat away from them with an empty chair between us, which was pointless. But whatever.

I walked home, and it was still light out. It's that time of year when most people love the perception of all this extra daylight -- a misleading idea during Daylight Saving Time -- and it always bothers me. It never feels natural to me for it to stay light out past 9:00, which I suppose is because it isn't. Because with Standard Daylight Time that same moment would actually b 8:00, and then the cycle of expanding daylight makes more sense.

I wrote a somewhat shorter than usual review, then went to bed. I was very tired by 10:00 and zonked out, although I did wake up for some reason at about 4 a.m. I sure wish I could make my sleep patterns more consistent and reliable. I used to be very obsessive about this in college, and it was one of the things Gabriel used to laugh at me about: like clockwork, regardless of what my schedule might otherwise allow for, weeknight or weekend, I was in bed at 11 p.m. and up by 7 a.m. That attempt at rigidity later proved futile, however, and for some time now I've adopted the policy of just going to bed when I get tired. I can't really do that when it happens at 3 p.m. at work though.

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04212017-17


4:26 UPDATE: Well, the "Luau" was great. This is very weird, but after only two hard ciders with less than 7% alcohol, I literally have a slight buzz going on. And I'm about to meet Laney for Happy Hour at 5:30! Anyway, they did have plenty of vegetarian options -- even Field Roast sausages! I sat out on the deck and chatted with several people. It was quite lovely. I guess there was a plan to do this as a "welcome to the office" last summer, but it took too long for the deck furniture to get here and once it arrived the fall weather became prohibitive. As I said today, though, it was worth the wait. The whole thing was lots of fun and I look forward to more events like it.

I told people that I took one of the hard ciders only because if there's going to be free booze then I should partake. I took a "Dry" flavor though and didn't care for it. But then I was told there was a "Berry" flavor and that was a fair amount better. I think they were 16oz cans though, and I thus had two. Still, with that small an alcohol content I'm surprised I have any buzz at all. Maybe my bike ride home will sober me up a bit before I go have more drinks with Laney. I did plan on having a drink at home before leaving but maybe I don't need to now.
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