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Need balance

I want to run, I want to sleep, I want to work, I want to play, all at the same time.

Grandpa went to dinner without me because I was still sending the proposal that Dan had done and I was working on much of the weekend out to the rest of Agaric.

I need more sleep, I need more exercise, I need more family time, I need more friend time, I need to work more efficiently.

Oof.

Weird rules followed for too long

Manda: So you're pagan today? :P

Benjamin Melançon
8:37
this morning i was! Now passover has started and i stuffed myself to eat the remaining bread (poor me, it was a loaf of garlic bread) before sundown

Manda
8:37
haha, poor you :P

Benjamin Melançon
8:38
i think i'll explain religion to my nephews as, you know how when your teacher makes a weird rule? well religion is when that weird rule has been followed by too many people for too long :-)

Manda
8:38
lol
I think that's actually a perfect way to explain government

Can't remember the name of the A-list blogger who spoke at Harvard a couple weeks ago

How bad is that?

Here's my notes: Doc Searls!

Dinner Party for Two

Dinner party, no one came but Manda. I joked that inviting everyone else was an elaborate ruse to get us an evening alone together.

Mom went out to the bookstore and Dan Cloutier's performance at the arts center (she said the drummer was good) and left us alone.

I cooked and she did her homework.

(The food- more vegetable stir fry, but a little different: http://mlncn.com/node/1156 )

Scientific observation of the day

Hot things make me hiccup.

Pushups

Everyone's doing the 100 pushups thing so I'm going to try to jump in at column 3 of day 3 of week 3.

22 30 20 20 28+

With just 60 seconds between each? May be pushing it a bit.

http://hundredpushups.com/week3.html

yup. i failed. 22 and 30, fine, arms gave way 5 into the first 20, then i continued like 6 at a time and finished with 20-- numerically not even reaching the start of the 28+, i don't think, and not sticking to the script for those two sets of 20 either.

Excuse: this is my second time exercising after coming off a weakening flu...

More MBTA adventures

Just a 25 minute delay at Back Bay while they did some "mechanical" checking and then tested the breaks.

Annoying part is I'd missed the previous train at South Station by a couple minutes.

Said goodbye to Scor, dinner at Tamarind Bay near Harvard Square, quite good but expensive. He's headed back to Ireland this week.

Probably already wrote about this but last week

Train quite late going in both mornings this week, too, though of course the first couple minutes of lateness i sort of required, just not the next 15 or 20 each time.

100 Pushups

30 pushups

30 situps

20 pushups

20 situps

20 pushups

30 situps

... that was all in the first half-hour. But if I'm going to do the final 30 pushups all at once, I will need a significant rest.

I think Rich described it as four sets of 20 (or 3 of 25?), and then as many as you can do, at least 30?

anyhow, ended with:

36 pushups

72 situps (although i frequently lost concentration and just stopped, thinking about other stuff. yes i do that.)

So cute

Both Kathleen's and Dan's significant others sent them pictures of their pets waiting for them.

Taedyn was way cuter than Mrs. Wiggles though.

Janice's spoken word night

Right before "So you get me" (more of a rant than a poem), the girl about to read, Karen Vandenburg (I think) says... there's water dripping on me? Is that bad? And then it really starts to leak in, must be from all the snow outside. The attention of the bartender's attention is obtained. He looks over: "That happens sometimes."

Joe Yoga, first song called Urban Planning.

Janice's capping piece was "Letting Go of Crazy" and very good.

Going through a thousand undealt with e-mails

Just archived 37 e-mails from a single contact at a single client, many with attachments of several hundred kilobytes each. We also have an issue queue this client uses. How in the world should I keep on top of everything?

My third nephew was just born

7 pound 7 ounces or somesuch. He and Eva are doing well.

John Douglas Melançon

Another nice Friday night dinner gathering

Alibis:

Ben Scanlon showed up first, Kathleen and Stefan had been at my place working all day. Mom came downstairs now too.

Then the Manchester invasion - Andrew, Manda, and Rich.

Then Mitch.

Then Chris.

Felt like more, but I guess ten people (and three dogs) in our house is a fair number of people.

I cooked most of the time. Slowly, but with success for a change.

Shephard Fairey with Socializing for Justice

I'd sent a link and Stefan actually had us go -- after dropping Andrew off at South Station, he drove right into the buses only section when I said "if you want to do something illegal..."

we worked a moment at Encuentro 5 and helped move in a couple large bookshelves.

Then ran (yep, ran) to the Institute of Contemporary Art to get there in time to meet the group.

Nice conversation with Kristen and some other people there. I did take my laptop out in thi café afterward because i'm a very very bad person. M refused to chat with me while i was there.

I do let go of the laptop

To hold someone.

Andrew said this morning: "The only time you close your computer and go to bed is when a pretty girl comes over."

In the past several weeks, that include the time Andrew has been here, this has been nearly unfailingly the sole case.

Last night I didn't sleep at all and tonight I've gotten my two hours in on the couch, so I'm not doing too well breaking the trend.

I promise that this Thursday I will get a full nights sleep, in bed, based on the mere possibility of a beautiful woman staying over the next night.

Worked the rest of the weekend away at Manda and Rich's

While Andrew and Stefan went skiiing with Veronica.

I burnt an ISO disk for Rich and his martyred iMac has come back as a Windows 7 Beta machine... still heartbreaking, but as a consolation prize he can play Descent.

I love Manda so much and I was such a fool talking about hard-wiring for monogamy, probably not even true, and dating other people. And she's just: "I don't want to do anything to hurt you." And I forgot to say: "The same, my love, the same from me."

And I really have to leave the house now.

Who's side?

[Regarding trying to help Andrew quit cigarettes.)

me: Who's side are you on?
Stefan: I'm on my side. I'm just here to watch the show.

Veronica on Dietary Restrictions

Andrew: Do you have any dietary restrictions?
Veronica: Yes. But I don't follow them.

one heck of a New York road trip

and Dan picked us up at the bus station.

gave Andrea the worst tour of Boston ever; picked up Stefan

We weren't ready to eat when we went in around two p.m. so the first part of my plan of eating at El Triunfo was out, so we drove straight on to Fanueil Hall— I think the Google directions asked for something impossible, but I took us to Atlantic and on up to State and that really wasn't a detour at all, though getting there involved horrendous traffic. They were putting air conditioning or heating units on top of an Emerson building on Boylston.