Saturday, March 23, 2002



Well, off to the Big Apple to visit Rob and his girlfreind Randi today. I'll be sure to pick up a dog and a drink at Gray's Papaya as well. Then I got the wedding to go to tommorow. I hate wearing a suit. I always look like an off-duty cop when I wear a tie. Actually anything other than jeans and flannel or my work uniform and I feel like I'm in drag(there's a lovely image).

Friday, March 22, 2002

Ah, first day of vacation. Slept till 2pm, still nursing my coffee. I was born to be a gentleman of leisure I tell ya.

I was reading this book the other day when it occured to me someone sould do the same thing for the 'net.

Now I don't mean one of those "behold the wonder that is the internet.."-type exercises in hubris a la Wired, cos that's been done to death. It's actually occurred to me that there are really two internets(to oversimplify a bit), the 'net where people go to read their email, make plane reservations, and buy books; and then there's the "other" 'net:the net of community boards, personal blogs, online gaming, web art sites, file-sharing, online micro-radio, hell even camgirls.
I realize that all these developements serve different, even occasionally antagonistic purposes but what they have in common is that they are all about personal expression and community-building to some extent, which, now that the globomegacorps have(thankfully) lost interest, is where the internet is finally starting to live up to the hype, as far as I'm concerned. I'd love to sit at my PC for a week straight and document all that I encounter.
I'd either be lauded as they guy who showed the world this greatness or spat upon as they guy wholet the barbarians into our private playground.
wel, if anyone besides Tarrama(how ya doin', kiddo) is actually reading this, send me an email and let me know what you think of the idea.

Today I had a customer who reminded me why I actually enjoy working in retail as opposed to an office. The guy had a t-shirt from the batting-cage joint across the street from the store and when we got to talking about baseball, he told me me that he had played minor league ball for 3 seasons in the Northern League. I own a book about that league, when I mentioned that, he said, "I remember that book," and I knew the sale was mine. Maybe I can parlay it into some free batting-cage sessions. That would be cool.
Just last week, my co-worker Mike sold a laptop to a guy whos business in building curling rinks around the world. people have as many reasons to buy a computer as I have to sell them, I guess.
If you work in an office and you're stuck with people you don't like, you're toast. In retail you've always got interesting people coming through the door to make things different. And quite frankly there really are no boring people, just boring ways of looking at them.

Thursday, March 21, 2002

That last line should have read "I'm gonna sip my Brooklyn Lager and get back to the 'Filter...."

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Just for Tarrama from MeFi down in Tasmania, I've decided to put in a new entry. Today was rather desultory, as it was snowy and wet in CT and I only sold 1 machine today then had to drive to Norwalk for a sales pep talk type meeting where this executive-type lady talked about margins and liquid assets and other other arcane concepts that flew over my head and splashed against the wall. Only one more day till a weks vacation, featuring my girlfreind's cousins wedding and an open bar, woo-hoo. I'm contemplating beginning a few long put-off projects as well during my week off.

First, I may finally install Linux on my old PII 450 so I can finally say I'm playing with the big boys. If I can talk my infamous pal and co-worker into helping me with the graphics stuff, I may even download this Movable Type doohickey so many of the Mefi mob use on their sites and do this blog thing up properly.Right now though, I'm gonna sip my 'Filter and thank the crew that I wasn't like suicdal or anything, just like Mojo Nixon says, "Feelin' Existential"