Ouch: “This unit was ‘seriously damaged’ by an enraged spouse of one of our customers”
“‘The main reason is that we’ve seen costs for artists rising for many years,’ festival producer Heather Smith explained”
EPS graphic images of some of the best-known beer brands
85 entries from February 2006
For lunch today I am enjoying rather a delicious pork chop with rice in a sauce of mushrooms, dill, garlic, and cream. This combination was concocted by my sister, who has always claimed she can’t cook. Obviously she has been lying outright and probably should be the one preparing all the meals for her friends and family within 20 miles.
The “I’m inept” part about this:
My lunch is in a 4-cup GLAD container, one of those types that’s marketed to be disposable but I usually only toss a container when something truly evile and sentient has grown in it because I forgot about it at the back of the fridge for six weeks and now the Clam Dip Creature threatens my life when I reach for the coffee creamer. I’m trying to cut the pork chop in this container with a plastic fork and knife and I can’t even see the chop because it is covered by the rice and sauce. When I spear the chop and raise it to the surface to get a visual, it immediately drops down as I apply cutting pressure.
And I think I’m cutting a bite-size piece but I end up with a full loin of pork or with a microscopic bit of flesh dangling off the fork. No middle ground here.
And then I lose track of the bit I’ve just cut and I have to start all over again.
Today in history: 1763 France ceded Canada to England—1846 Mormons began exodus west from Illinois—1933 First singing telegram introduced
News of the weird: MADRID, Spain—The Spanish Winter Olympic team has had much of their luggage go missing after departing from Madrid. (Reuters)
Strange fact: In 2005, only 9% of the players in Major League Baseball are African-American. That’s down from 27% in 1975.
Daily quote: When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.—Seneca
Daily word: podiatry—medical study and care of the human foot
Daily trivia: What is the capital of Norway? (Oslo)
- Celebrity birthdays: George Stephanopoulos (45)—Laura Dern (39)—Lance Berkman (30)
One strange thing about living in the Seattle area but closer to Puget Sound than to the Cascades is that the weather can be absolutely wild only 30 to 45 minutes away but you’ll have no idea of it.
Case in point: I’m being blinded by sunlight right now. The sky is clear, beautiful morning; a bit chilly (frost on the cars and lawns) but not a cloud in the sky, and there’s almost no breeze.
The Cascade foothills, however, are experiencing winds of 30 to 45 mph with gusts in the 60-mph range. There are power outages and houses damaged by downed trees or limbs and the whole range of problems associated with winds of that magnitude.
I had no idea of any of this until the KOMO 1000 weatherdude talked about it on my way to work. They also cut live to a reporter in Kent as she described the branches blowing this way and that and how the Kent-Kangley Road is closed westbound because there’s a tree about this close to crashing down over the roadway—with every gust of wind, you could see the roots pulling out!, or so she said—and with traffic lights out some places, please treat intersections as 4-way stops.
This type of thing happened a lot during the recent run of rainy days. As the sky dripped down on us, the mountain passes were often buried in snow and wind and other craziness. Less than an hour away, the roads were being closed for avalanche control or were restricted to chained vehicles only or certain tire types or various other things, and here in the metro area we were mainly blissfully unaware.
Strange media world. So easy to be fully aware of events halfway around the globe when the news in the next county remains completely untold.
It was a busy day, linkritudinally speaking.
Chewing bum, a chocolate bar, binoculars, cigarettes... whatever’s handy, MacGyver will fix things up
“The historic Seattle Center Monorail will reopen in July, once damage from last November’s crash is repaired, operators announced this morning”
Quicksilver plug-in “provides actions for timed notifications and triggers”
They make Racer 5, a “douple IPA” that gets raves from several online sources I’ve encountered
See the planet as viewed from the sun, the moon, a map location of your choosing, etc.
Apple Knowledge Base: “Because your iPod contains a high-capacity hard drive, you can use it to move all your music from your old computer to the new one”
Christian Science Monitor: “Little-known data-collection system could troll news, blogs, even e-mails. Will it go too far?”
“dedicated to the fine art of carnivorous plant photography”
“Chax is a collection of minor modifications and additions that make using Apple’s iChat more enjoyable”
“Security concerns have caused the government to suspend plans for an ambitious program to check every domestic airline passenger’s name against government watch lists.”
At least $7.5 million in damages according to the Northwest Insurance Council
urk: “The company ended its 2005 fiscal year with 10,000 stores and 100,000 employees, serving 35 million customers a week in 37 countries. Its average U.S. cafe rung up $1 million in annual sales.”
Perhaps this indicates a general level of bullshit about the announcement that a 2002 plot was foiled? Why not tell the locals about it in advance if it’s legit?
“Dear Congressman Bastard, ....” Student writes brief note of thanks to congressman for scholarship, receives condescending reply telling him his letter sucked.
I set up a calendar on this new service to see how it works. This is the “buddy page” they give you to share your life with the world.
Received in yesterday’s e-post a newsletter from Bumbershoot announcing the dates for this year’s festival: Labor Day weekend, Sep 02-04. Saturday to Monday, a day shorter than previous Bumbershootses.
I haven’t attended Bumbershoot for a few years now, and I only went one day when I attended previously. I hope they’ll still be able to cram in all the musical acts, though. I keep an eye on the schedules pretty diligently so I can determine which days I might want to attend based on who’s performing. With a shorter festival schedule and the organizers’ vow to unleash “a virtual explosion of artistry” it may well be worth attending through the entire weekend.
It helps certainly that Julie Anne lives on Lower Queen Anne, so we can have a home base of sorts that radically reduces our having to deal with traffic around Seattle Center. We can park the few blocks away and wander down the hill, avoid the gridlock, stumble back up the hill later on.
The laboratory’s Safety Czars have deemed February as the month when we are to be aware of our safety, with each week of the month further devoted to awareness of a particular safety issue.
This Awareness Month does not match the Calendar Month, however. Safety Awareness Month is off by a week, so it spills into March.
This week (Feb 06-10) is Glassware and Cuts Week. I have seen the evile that is broken or chipped glassware and the hell it can inflict on unsuspecting (or even completely suspecting) lab technicians—just a few weeks ago, one of the techs had a nasty set of cuts when a piece of glassware came apart in her hands. Blood everywhere, though the cuts turned out not to be horribly serious (no tendon or nerve damage).
Next week we have Ergonomics, which means we’ll all be slouched in conference-room chairs holding our arms at odd angles with our tongues lolling out while the meeting leader tells us about the importance of Sitting Up Straight and Arranging Our Work Areas and Keeping Our Wrists Aligned and so on. I imagine she’ll do this by reading verbatim the content of the inevitable PowerPoint slideshow, because if we read them ourselves, she hasn’t really led the meeting at all.
Week 3 is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)—learn the benefits of lab coats and latex (or non-latex for the sensitive folks) gloves and safety glasses.
I’m hoping Safety Person will also land hard on the few people in this lab who ignore some parts of the PPE requirements but have not yet been disciplined for same.
And finally, for Week 4: Handling Chemicals. Definitely something worth knowing in a building with strong acids and bases and various gases and other fun substances, many stored in glass containers.
“Free web design course - basics, layout, free tutorials, case studies, how to guides and examples”
I broke my phone last week.
This by itself is hardly news. I often break phones. Since I closed down my land-line phone and went solely wireless, I’ve lived in constant fear that I would destroy my cell phone in some absurdly comical way that would render me incommunicado instantly. I’ve tried to be careful with my phones over the years but it never matters, I always end up breaking them.
So my RAZR was due for some damage, and it happened last week. I dropped the thing on concrete for probably the sixth time in the year I’ve had the phone, and this time the battery cover popped off and shot one direction while the battery itself flew a second direction and the remainder of the phone skittered off in a third direction. But I noticed when I tried to put the phone back together, the battery cover would fall off immediately again—the clip that holds the cover in place had also broken free, its adhesive finally failing.
Cingular stores don’t carry parts for the phones they sell, of course. They’ll gladly sell you a phone and a range of accessories for it, but they do not, never have, and never will carry the parts of those phones and accessories. For parts you’re required to deal with the manufacturer directly.
And how do I get in touch with them? I asked.
888-BUY-MOTO, Cingular Person told me.
So I placed a call. I listened to a folksy, chatty menu system that’s meant to appeal to the coveted 18-to-27 demographic, and it annoyed me—even when I was 18 to 27, I didn’t care about the marketing to that group. I hung up and went online, hoping I could find the battery cover as a replacement part that way, and I found success and placed the order last week.
That worried me.
Turns out the driver apparently left the package behind at the UPS station when he departed for his route, adding a day to the transit time and making my phone’s battery wait another 24 hours to be clothed once again.
Poor naked battery.
Sleeping bag cut to a general human form, so you look like a big squishy robot. (And how do you use the bathroom in this thing?)
Hybrid vehicles are so quiet, pedestrians can’t hear them when they start up or idle. This was also a big concern with light rail in Salt Lake City; those trains can be hard to hear over the traffic din.
Tips for minimizing the annoyance of problems with design across browsers
“Showcasing the freshest and funniest sketch comedy from across the USA”; best-of performers taking part in Laugh Lover’s Ball 02/14/06 at Paramount Theatre
Saturday's windstorm initially left 140,000 in the dark; 12,000 still powerless Sunday afternoon, radio news said about 5,000 remaining this morning
“As Judge Beverly G. Grant took the bench Friday, she asked everyone in court to say ‘Go Seahawks.’ Dissatisfied with the low volume of the response, she told them to try again.”
Seattle Times: Thousands powerless for Super Bowl
Steve Manche was thinking about having a Super Bowl gathering at his home north of Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island.
Then the power went out early Saturday. And it stayed out.
So, Sunday afternoon, the chief petty officer in the Navy was sitting in the All Sports Pub and Eatery in Oak Harbor, waiting for the game to begin.
“We were thinking, OK, if the sports bar was too crazy, we’d caravan back to our house,” he said. But with the turn of events, he said, “We’re going to watch it here.”
Manche’s was one of thousands of households left without power in Western Washington on Super Bowl Sunday, a day after a windstorm walloped much of the region. Several hundred people also lost cable-television service.
Winds on Saturday topped 60 mph across much of the area. That was replaced by calm, sunny weather Sunday, which is expected to continue through the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Puget Sound Energy said roughly 12,000 people remained without power at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, down from a high of 140,000 early Saturday afternoon, said PSE spokeswoman Lynn Carlson.
Today in history: 1911 Ronald Reagan born—1935 Board game Monopoly first sold in stores—1952 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain
News of the weird: BARNSTABLE, MA—Minutes after his mother died in a hospital, a man was caught stealing the morphine from her IV bag. (AP)
Strange fact: Herbert Hoover was the first U.S. President to have a phone on his White House desk.
Daily quote: The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Daily word: weald—forest, wilderness
Daily trivia: Who plays Tony Soprano on the HBO show The Sopranos? (James Gandolfini
- Celebrity birthdays: Natalie Cole (56)—Axl Rose (44)
Walked past the “who’s here” board a minute ago on my way to the break room. One of the national account managers who’s based in this office has this status listed by her name:
I ground to a halt, wondering how meth figured into her business trip to Nashville, when finally I recognized what the status actually read:
M → TH NASHVILLE
Such is the story of my Monday morning.
Faux-3D interactive demonstrates the CSS box model very well
“Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review and talk about what’s great—and not so great—in your area.” Also: “Real reviews. Real people.”
Interesting online calendar app, lets you incorporate your Flickr photos and MySpace and Upcoming.org info, weather, etc.
Not that I would have any personal knowledge of the odd cravings which might follow the ingestion of the marginally legal substance discussed in this story....
Yahoo! News: I’m here for my prescription, and 6,000 cookies
AMSTERDAM (Reuters)—The Dutch city of Groningen looks set to open the Netherlands’ first pharmacy totally dedicated to providing high-quality cannabis for pain relief at affordable prices, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
Although cannabis is readily available in Dutch coffee shops, the foundation for Medicinal Cannabis Netherlands, a support group for patients, intends launching a pharmacy in the northern Dutch city so people can have access to high-grade cannabis for medical use, the daily NRC Handelsblad said.
Groningen city council member Fleur Woudstra, who supports the cannabis pharmacy, told the paper that while pot may be cheaper in coffee shops—usually around 10 euros ($12) for the equivalent of 3 or 4 joints—quality often suffers.
The Office of Medicinal Cannabis, a Dutch government agency, and the community of Groningen as well as the local police back the idea and a site has been chosen. It was not immediately clear just when the pharmacy would open for business.
Two more cannabis pharmacies are planned in the towns of Hoogezand and Assen, the paper said.
Incidentally, my iTunes library contains 63 songs with a playing time of 4min 20sec. I may list them at some point (on media.~); for now, however, I thought you might get a slight chuckle from knowing the thought process that led me to looking this up:
- Read Dutch cannabis pharmacy news story
- Mind goes, “cannabis = 420”
- iTunes is open right now, hmm
- I wonder how many songs I have with a playing time of 00:04:20?
- Create Smart Playlist: Time is 4:20
- View playlist with 63 songs
- Update post for chucklez
Source: Bug via IM
Seattle Times’ home page shows game’s resultThe Seahawks led the game at one point, which was something of a joy. The rest of it was mainly shouting at the occasional questionable call and at the sometimes amusing advertisements (though most of those blew chunks too) and screaming obscenities about the little things that annoyed us, like sports broadcasters’ inscrutable insistence on tight facial close-ups from across the stadium—close-ups so tight you could count the nose hairs were you inclined—and on the commentators’ endless babble (John Madden, please shut up!) and the one sideline reporter’s stupid necklace. (That last was Katharine’s observation.)
On the plus side, the clam dip RAWKED! and the minestrone was delicious and we only went through one 12-pack of Diet Coke (I wasn’t in a beer-drinkin’ mood after last night’s Game Night festivities. Cranium and Scene It? are fun games, the more so when you’re buzzed) but we all did get pretty quiet at the one Diet Pepsi commercial when Jackie Chan was kickin’ ass and then they paused to bring in the Diet Pepsi stunt double and the can of Diet Coke got stomped. It was like watching a family member in the hospital or something, and it didn’t help that for the three of us fair-weather football fans, our home team was getting stomped too.
Ah well. A fun afternoon and perhaps the ’hawks will carry the momentum of their winning season into next year. I think either way I’ll actually go to a home game or two; Qwest Field’s a nice stadium and I haven’t been to a game there since late 2003.
Of course Dave at work will be utterly insufferable (previously: 1, 2, 3), but he’s also low-key enough that he’ll probably wait a few days, get us nice and complacent, and then we’ll arrive at work to find our work areas knee-deep in gold and black confetti or something similarly evile.
That shit takes forever to clean up. And I’m probably just giving him ideas now....
A single entry that covers this weekend’s Two Big Topics:
The storm yesterday made my lights flicker a total of four times, none long enough to reset my alarm clock or anything else. They even opened the SR 520 floating bridge (Google Local map/satellite imagery) early this morning, so apart from a few tens of thousands who still are without power, things are back to normal around the Sound.
Go Hawks and so on. :-)
Today in history: 1934 Baseball great Hank Aaron born—1945 U.S. troops entered Manila under General Douglas MacArthur during World War II—2004 Violent protests rocked Haiti
News of the weird: LONDON, England—A High Court in London is attempting to convict a British constable of driving 159 mph. (Reuters)
Strange fact: The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.
Daily quote: In times of stress, be bold and valiant.—Horace
Daily word: supercilious—pretentiously haughty and snobbish
Daily trivia: Dana Owens is the real name of what female rapper? (Queen Latifah)
- Celebrity birthdays: Barbara Hershey (58)—Christopher Guest (58)—Jennifer Jason Leigh (44)
My power has flickered a couple times, though only enough to dim lights briefly—my Internet connection has remained stable and my alarm clock, which is stupidly sensitive to power flickers, is keeping time just fine.
Oddly, though there have been some insane wind gusts here,the empty 5-gallon bucket sitting on my back balcony hasn’t moved an inch.
Seattle Times article after the jump.
After the jump: Articles about today’s windstorm from the two Seattle daily papers.
I intended to sleep in a bit today. The wind, however, had other ideas, and for once it arrived on schedule according to the wind advisories and warnings and other weather news of the last couple days.
My townhouse is oriented east-west—in warmer months when it’s breezy, I often open the living-room sliding glass door on the west end and dining-room window on the east end and I end up with the wind-tunnel effect. Keeps things a bit cooler in spring and autumn when the house holds on to heat a little longer and gets a bit stifling.
It also means, however, that the vents for the fans in the bathrooms and for the stove fan are on the west wall, and they’re particularly sensitive to south and southwest winds.
So right on cue just after 06:00, the master bathroom fan started clanking as the wind velocities reached high enough to rattle things around. Shortly after that I could hear the kitchen fan (on the main floor, walking distance of 75 feet or so) clanking over the noise of the bathroom fan (upstairs and only 10 feet away). A few minutes after that, the wind was heavy enough to induce the ghostly wailing around some windows, and it obviously was time to get up.
While I was brushing my teeth, my lights flickered three times, so I finished hurriedly and dashed downstairs to make coffee before the power went out entirely. That’s when I noticed I hadn’t poured out the remnants of the pot I made last weekend.
I didn’t know coffee could mold. My coffee-making ritual (grind, water, blah blah blah) was delayed while I washed the pot a couple times, because how wretchedly nasty is mold in one’s coffee?
Happy Saturday. :-)
Briefly for now:
I found this movie inscrutable while I was actually paying attention. Once I started considering solely as background noise, it was quite entertaining.
“doing cool things with photography”
“A minor earthquake—magnitude 3.3—hit the south end of Whidbey Island on Thursday evening”; I didn’t feel a thing, though I was driving home at the time
“The tugs pulled the tanker into deeper water where it was getting a thorough inspection . . . there was no sign the ship had leaked any fuel while aground”
Hmm, kinda dumb: “Disneyland’s popular ride ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ will add several characters from the 2003 hit film it inspired. The ride will be closed for several months starting in March for the update”
I’d never been to Qdoba before. I tried La Salsa a time or two while I still lived in Utah, and it’s the same general concept: Fresh Mexican food made to order right in front of you. The chicken and beef and such are pre-cooked, but nothing’s assembled until you place your order, and (a little like Subway) you then choose things like what kind of beans you want (pinto or black) and which type of salsa you prefer (they’re ranked by relative heat) as your meal makes its way from the tortilla end of the bar down to the cash register.
Qdoba’s Queso Burrito
qdoba.comI ordered the Queso Burrito with chicken and the pico de gallo salsa, which made a tasty combination of flavors. I ended up with a burrito that was about 6 inches long and 4 wide; the thing was stuffed to the gills. The Burrito Assembly Worker (or whatever they call themselves) placed the ingredients on the tortilla in stripes which worried me at first, but the ingredients and flavors combined really well when she rolled the burrito up, and I found it kinda cool that the hot (actual temperature, not spice) of the chicken and rice and the coolness of the sour cream were initially on opposite sides of the finished burrito.
Katharine ordered soft chicken tacos that looked delicious. She also ordered a side of guacamole which was delicious. I believe them when they say their guac starts out each day as a shopping list.
Total tab, lunch for two with drinks and chocolate-chip cookies for dessert: $17 and change.
I now have yet another restaurant loyalty card to accumulate points I’ll likely never redeem. But I do get a free order of chips and salsa on my next visit just for the trouble of asking for the Qdoba Card to begin with.
Today in history: 1870 African Americans won the vote—1913 Federal income tax established—1959 Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper died in an airplane crash
News of the weird: NEW YORK, NY—At the World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship, a 100-pound woman ate 26 sandwiches in 10 minutes.
Strange fact: A kangaroo cannot jump if you lift its tail.
Daily quote: The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.—Xun Zi
Daily word: hassock—a cushioned footstool
Daily trivia: Who authored the once phenomenally popular book The Late, Great Planet Earth? (Hal Lindsey)
- Celebrity birthdays: Dave Davies (59)—Morgan Fairchild (56)—Nathan Lane (50)
I set the alarm on my cell phone for 07:30 on weekdays. That’s my fail-safe time, the time by which I want to be out of bed and showering and getting dressed and such to arrive at work at my usual time, which can be anywhere between 08:15 and 08:45.
This morning I was fully awake about twenty seconds after 06:00, and I actually got up at that time too, and I was showered and dressed before 07:00. I should have just leapt into my trusty horseless carriage and gone to work right then but instead I futzed. Made a pot of coffee, which I sipped slowly while I caught up on the news and muttered complaints about the too-perky personalities on the morning news shows (Daryn Kagan must stop smiling all the time) and teased my cats with the feather/string/stick toy and whatnot.
I ended up arriving a little after 09:00.
Which is okay, I see this morning, because as of last night I had just under 36 hours for the week and we’re watching overtime expenses. (I like being hourly in some ways, but punching a clock kinda blows too.)
So I may even be able to break out of here a little early today. If I were a homeowner, I’d use that early departure to prepare for the storm that’s blowing in overnight, with winds forecast at 40mph sustained and 60mph gusts, but I live in a townhouse with a balcony about 8 inches deep and thus have no outdoor furniture nor anything else that can blow away, apart from the structure itself.
I hate windstorms.
The 12th Window, outside (redux)
Flickr: Don NunnLooks like our QA manager took his office’s decoration in stride. I haven’t seen him yet, and the blinds on his windows are closed, so it’s entirely possible he is in some form of rage and has sequestered himself until he gets over it.
I love sports-fan rivalries. :-)
“A selection of police blots from small-town papers”
“The 575-foot Seabulk Pride was moored overnight in Nikiski on the Kenai Peninsula when it was struck by an ice floe and broke free at 5:25 a.m.”
“Where’s my weed? He calls cops after his stash is stolen from his home”
View the entire set: Super Bowl XL at the lab.
They grows ’em smart in Utah!
Via an email from my mom:
Salt Lake Tribune: Stoner sets up his own pot bust
Where’s my weed? He calls cops after his stash is stolen from his home
Dude, who stole my weed?
That, in essence, is the question an 18-year-old Orem man posed to police after a thief broke into his home Monday and made off with his stash of marijuana.
It wasn’t long before Orem police tracked down the alleged thief—then arrested the victim for possession of the illegal drug.
The teenager had apparently refused to sell marijuana to an acquaintance who had called earlier in the day, said police spokesman Doug Edwards.
After the teen went to work, the acquaintance allegedly broke into the home and snatched the pot.
When the teen returned home, he realized his stash was gone and called police to report the burglary. He gave police a description of his acquaintance, a 23-year-old man, whom he believed broke into his house, Edwards said.
Police tracked down the man, who had a cut on his arm and blood on his jeans, and recovered six ounces of marijuana. He was booked into the Utah County jail on suspicion of burglary, theft and possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone with the intent to distribute.
Officers called the teen and asked him to come to the police station to identify his pot.
He did and was promptly arrested then booked into jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone with intent to distribute.
Our QA manager hails from the Pittsburgh area and is an avowed Steelers fan. He’s been wearing team T-shirts and whatnot all week but there hasn’t been any outright teasing until tonight.
QA dude works earlier in the day, which left plenty of time after his day ended for coworkers to steal into his office and up the ante.
Photos eventually because of course I don’t have my card reader on me.
“Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage.”
“Yaniria Sanchez-de Leon is apparently the first person in nearly two decades to find a specimen of the worm, which can reportedly grow to 3 feet long”
“For years the state has said the viaduct would remain open during construction, but new cost estimates indicate that it’s poised to make a major reversal on that position”
This is why I won’t use Arco stations even if I have cash; their stations near me do not indicate the fees on debit cards until you’re well into the transaction
A blog about the wonderful things being done with Google Earth.
Somehow I end up covering the lenses with fingerprints. I must fondle the damned things whilst I snooze.
The bedside light is really bright when you start awake just after 04:00.
Annie, my tabby cat, likes to chew narrow things like speaker wires and earphone cords and eyeglass earpieces. I became aware that I’d fallen asleep with my glasses on when I stirred awake at 04:09 to the sound of Annie nibbling the earpiece. No damage—she must just have started in on it.
Because getting eaten by a large jungle creature isn’t in the cards and apparently my autonomic nervous system has decided it must somehow provide me the infrequent fight-or-flight response to keep me grounded in reality, I now experience such responses over mundane events like the sound of nibbling on an eyeglass earpiece. Took me about 20 minutes to doze off again.
Last night was one of those strange times when I don’t remember even why I didn’t take my glasses off and switch off the lamp the moment I crawled into bed, which is my usual schtick. I rarely read or watch TV in bed, and I don’t go to bed until I feel tired so I want dark and quiet (maybe music, but nothing requiring visual attention).
Obviously what I did was slip my mind into the bedside table drawer and leave everything else untouched.