May 3rd, 2006

running, bomb tech

If there's an emergency, does your family have a plan?

I see these billboards around town, stark white billboards with that message on them. And I think about it. See, I don't live with my family. I don't even live in the same state as my family. They're obviously aimed at people who live with other people, children at school, parents at work, and other extended family who could get ripped apart if disaster struck and the family was scattered.

I live by myself.
I'm the only one of my family that I know of in the state.
Most of the people who know me also know where to find me online.

Most of the people I know and care about wax and wane from my life, depending on how busy we both are and how close we're feeling at the moment. At long last this has ceased to bother me. It's part of life. I miss people, and I welcome them back with joy, and I keep the connections live -- but there are few, precious few, people who I would track to the ends of the earth lest they disappear from me.

Shawn was one of them, once.

Darkside is, now.

Before it becomes an issue, I need to talk to him. We do need a plan for if ever we get separated. If I don't call -- I want him to call me, make sure I'm OK. If I don't answer the phone, I want him to come see that I'm all right. I don't think he's ever lived alone, so I don't think he thinks about these things. I may have my IM chiming off the wall and my e-mail flooded with comments, but I don't have the phone ringing off the hook or the local friends banging the door down.
Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd

Outtakes from a plotting session with cmwinters:

(03:17:48) ***Azz is losing coherent rapidly, and only the built-in spellchecker with gaim preventing the typo now

(03:36:35) AzureLunatic: Passive voice takes away.
(03:36:43) AzureLunatic: Like. Um.
(03:36:50) AzureLunatic: Shawn set the toaster on fire.
(03:36:52) AzureLunatic: Vs.
(03:36:57) AzureLunatic: The toaster was set on fire.

(03:59:13) AzureLunatic: It's a weak intensifier.
(03:59:21) AzureLunatic: woo oxymoron!

(04:00:14) CMWinters: you said the betabrain woke up
(04:00:28) AzureLunatic: and the fact that I can go and picktopieces means that I see mucho potential.
(04:00:52) AzureLunatic: The rest of me is kind of swaying and going 'wow it's late'.

(04:17:13) AzureLunatic: ... horcruxionated??

(04:17:28) AzureLunatic: 'cause otherwise?
(04:17:32) AzureLunatic: zooooooooooooombie.

(04:30:02) AzureLunatic: I once was up like 24 hours (this was when I didn't do that) and then I had some Liquid Satan (v. strong coffee) and fell over asleep.
(04:30:34) AzureLunatic: Liquid Stan was some very snasty stuff.
phone, cordless phone

(no subject)

Dealing with the office leaves me angry and destructive. Going and giving plasma. I can calm down here. Rage.
phone, cordless phone

(no subject)

Recovered for group. Not home in time to work out, so epic shopping trip to get groceries & summer gear. New hat time.