The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 April 2003

A fortress deep and mighty

At JoniElectric, the statement that many of us would like to make but comparatively few of us have dared:

I'm on the computer because I wish to avoid human interaction.

Geez, if only they'd had these things at the start of the Eisenhower administration.

Actually, during the last two World Tours, I did manage to do the in-person meet/greet thing in a few instances, and I was startlingly successful (translation: there were moments when I didn't look like a complete idiot). I might do it again for WT '03 if circumstances permit. But absent a truly cataclysmic lifestyle change (translation: none of your business), I'd just as soon be left alone the other 49 weeks of the year.

(Muchas gracias: Venomous Kate, by way of — no, I've already used that joke.)

Posted at 9:36 PM to Table for One


You know, I bet you think you're the only one to have used that joke, too, huh? ;-P

Posted by: Venomous Kate at 1:26 AM on 6 April 2003

MeetUp...huh...by my count, we're up to a grand sum total of 4 bloggers/MeFi-ers here in the state of Montana. We may be able to pull it off, but I don't think we'll need to call ahead for reservations, wherever/whenever we decide to get together.

Posted by: DavidMSC at 1:34 AM on 6 April 2003

My husband says that in his small office, the four partners all instant message and email each other all day long...and their desks are about six feet apart. Talk about avoiding human interaction. And being one of those you met you during WT'01, I'd say the meet-n-greet thing went off pretty well. I just hope these bashes don't turn into what happens in Hubs' office, and we all sit around IM'ing each other at the dinner table.

Re: Your April 03 memo concerning weather - Connecticut is expecting 6-10 inches of the White Pain in the Ass (insert horrible joke here). I repeat: WINTER SUCKS and it ain't even winter no mo'.

Posted by: Vickie at 6:44 AM on 6 April 2003

I suspect a lot of that interoffice activity is motivated by "Document everything." Where I work, we document everything except what some other department might need to know, in which case they are frozen out of the process. This is called "information management", probably because they frown on calling it "a product of equine digestion", which is closer to the mark.

We're getting a late freeze here for a couple of days, but no actual snow. Or so they claim. The Weather Whizzes are doing only slightly better than a coin toss this year.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:18 AM on 6 April 2003

Update: 8-12" w/blizzard conditions.

Why do I continue to live here?

Posted by: Vickie at 1:52 PM on 6 April 2003

Well, you certainly don't want to be here. You'll pay a third of the taxes, but that's mostly because you'll be paid half as much.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:14 PM on 6 April 2003