- When were you recently SOL?
I took Friday off from work because Bruce Cockburn played two shows here for the first time in his 50+ year career. I had a few errands to run in the morning and took the opportunity to have lunch downtown. Now that I work in Manoa, I’m almost never downtown on a weekday for lunch anymore and I miss it. As I passed through this one sandwich spot off Fort Street Mall, I was lured by the digital sign saying the sandwich of the week was a roasted chicken and goat cheese sandwich with curry mayo. Sold! But not really. It had been last week’s sandwich of the week, and they hadn’t changed the sign yet. Great. I ordered instead a half turkey-bacon-avo sandwich on sourdough that would have been decent but it was so messy I had to eat it with a knife and fork.
- What was a recent SNAFU?
Friday I discovered that I didn’t have seven tickets for the Saturday show; I had eight. Woo. Sent a few texts to friends who’d probably be interested, but they had family plans. When I invited the third person on my list, she seemed interested but then I didn’t hear back from her all day Friday, despite my text every few hours. Ugh. Now I had this extra ticket, an invitation just hanging out there, and time running out to find a new plan if this person declined. When I finally heard back Saturday afternoon, my friend said she was bringing her dad. It was kind of messed up but I refused to worry about it, and it mostly worked out fine.
- From what social gathering were you most recently AWOL?
I planned to get lunch on a work day with a couple of former coworkers at the engineering firm. But I was working against a deadline so I had to bail. The friends decided not to meet anyway once I was out.
- When has someone reminded you to MYOB?
I make a huge effort to stay out of other people’s stuff unless it looks like people need help and I might be able to offer it. When I was in Walmart several months ago to get a micro SD card, the woman in front of me asked the cashier something about USB ports on a wireless keyboard she was holding up. You should never ask a Walmart cashier a technical question, no matter how easy the question. I thought I was being helpful when I said the keyboard she had in her hand was wireless and didn’t need a USB, which I now realize was egregious mansplaining, or possibly geeksplaining. She was an older woman, and I think I assumed she was therefore clueless (I mean, who asks a Walmart cashier a tech questions if she’s not clueless?). It turns out she was asking for auxiliary USB ports so some things could run off the keyboard. I apologized but probably not sincerely enough. She didn’t tell me to MYOB but that’s what she was saying. It was the message I received anyway.
- What might get in your way this weekend as you TCB?
I’m typing this Sunday morning, so there’s not much weekend left, and the important stuff happened Friday and Saturday. Most of what I have left is the usual Sunday stuff, so missed buses could foul things up, but probably not much else. I’m a little behind on my Camp NaNo project, but I’m ahead on my side work, so I may have some time this evening to focus on getting those flash fictions drafted.
More about Bruce later. Still kind of processing.