March 2007

Mar 27, 2007 Comments Off

Future Uma

You’re a savvy Internet hound. You know all about Uma, all about FutureMe.org. The time has come to combine the two. For the fun. For the juju. For Uma… xxx c My original Uma summary on blogging.la, here. Updates from Uma’s friend, Erik, here. Give, here. Buy a tee and give, here. Write to FutureUma, […]

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

There is nothing to kill a crush like meeting them in person. In the case of Brandon, he of the now-retired BBE (Best Blog Ever!), he of the mysterious, undisclosed location in the PacNW, he of the curly poet locks and genius pen (and no, that’s not code for anything), my crush crashed hard. Not […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

When it comes to a Toastmasters meeting, the hands-down favorite event is usually our extemporaneous speech feature, “Table Topics.” One person takes on the task of coming up with a slew of questions which she then springs on a series of unsuspecting (but, for the most part, secretly hopeful) victims, who are given a short […]

Posted in: The Useful Ones

As most of you know, I’m off the dating train, too far off to write a book or a blog that would be of use, and yet I cannot stand for my hard-won knowledge to go unused. So when I came across this random list in my mini-purge-fest, I figured that at the very least, […]

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Posted in: The Personal Ones

I came, I saw, I got conquered. Seriously, Portland kicked my everlovin’ city-girl ass. It’s green, it’s filled with books and really good coffee, the neighborhoods are adorable without tipping over into twee and, joy of joys, it’s schlub-friendly. I mean, I love New York and L.A. and London and Paris and Rome and lots […]

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

Once again, I’m heading for climes I have no proper gear for. Soon there will be more pictures of me in hiliter-yellow 1980s outerwear (hey! puffy parkas are in again!) or looking like a MacMichelin Man in my ridiculous layers. But to hell with it. It’s been an arduous month of illness, insanity and income […]

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So you thought it was all about the gifts, eh, compadre? (Well, for Expat Jane, an expert in, I shit you not, packing at the main Seoul P.O., it was, but that’s another story at the end of this one.) No, Neil, my L.A. neighbor, my inspiration 30 miles south on the 405. When the […]

Posted in: The Quotidian Ones

Good UMAnews in my inbox The discovery that Orkut’s “Year I Graduated College” menu only goes back six years earlier than I did Relief that I was not, in reality, about to get on a borrowed moped running on empty in a strange town at dusk, charged with running five errands, including picking up my […]

Posted in: The Silly Ones

Mar 1, 2007 Comments Off

Life lessons from the IT department

There’s a protocol at IT help desks for answering every call for help with computer difficulties that goes something like this: "Is the machine plugged into the wall?" If "yes"… "Is the machine–and something else plugged into the same outlet–receiving power?" If "yes"… "Is the machine turned on?" It goes on from there. Easy to […]

Posted in: The Personal Ones