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Friday, September 24, 2004

What does it take for a work day to feel (almost) like a vacation day (without being one, that is)? First of all, it has to be a Friday.

It helps (in my case, living where I do here in the North Bay) if it's late September or early October, when the weather is how I imagine summer in other places. Today was warm without being oppressively hot. The sun was bright but not glaring. The wind was soothing and not chilling. Paradise, for real.

One contributing factor would be that your boss is on the road, in meetings, or anywhere but at his desk where he can reach you instantly by phone or fax. Maybe he checks in once or twice for messages. That's okay. In fact, that's good, because it saves you from having to hunt him down. As long as you don't think about what a lousy driver he is, you don't mind that he's out tearing up the highways.

Oddly (perhaps), it helps if you get some real work done. Not that I work during my vacations, such as they are, but for a work day to feel like vacation, it has to pass without guilt. If I hadn't zipped through the bottom half of my to-do list today, I wouldn't feel nearly as good about things tonight.

17 September 2004

Cloudy sky.

The day didn't start out so very wonderfully, though. I woke up in a bad mood and then got into bad traffic that made me even more of a grump. It wasn't until I got back home and settled into my routine that I started thinking, "Hey. This is almost like a day off." Sure, I was arguing with myself a little, and trying to be convincing. But it worked.

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It was painful to see the Dodgers beat the Giants tonight, 3-2, but by all rights it should have been about 13-2. The Dodgers had all the chances to score, but Giant pitching was just good enough to hold them to three runs. The Giants' offense, on the other hand, was anemic, except for two solo home runs (one of them by Barry Bonds, number 702). All this does is make tomorrow's game even more crucial than it already was.

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Three years ago: Accountable
"We could roust bin Laden, topple the Taliban and shut down the camps that train people to fly airplanes into crowded buildings. And we still wouldn't be any better off than we are now unless we also show more sensitivity to the complexities of the modern world."

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