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Ie ie ie! I haven't written in days!

Monday: I have no memory of Monday. Did Monday even occur? Were you there? Can you prove it? Perhaps I blacked out, or someone time-traveled to make it so Monday never happened. I don't know.

Tuesday: Among other things, lunch with my friends Andrew and Katherine at Chef Jia's, a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco where we used to go often back in our halcyon days of youth. Or, at least, our twenties. We hadn't been there together (and I hadn't been there at all) in more than 15 years. It was just the same, though: great food, cheap prices, and a kinda charming hole-in-the-wall ambiance. Same owners. There was much thrilling conversation, much laughter, much sharing of tasty food, and much reminiscing. Katherine and I even burst into a duet of Weezer's "Pork and Beans" at one point, which reminded me of our antics back when we were housemates, reciting dialogue from So I Married An Axe Murderer and The Princess Bride. I had a fabulously relaxed, jolly time. We will definitely have to get together more often! I haven't seen Andrew very often in the last dozen years or so, since long before either of us was married, and I'd forgotten how fun it is to hang out with him. And none of this would ever have happened if Andrew and I weren't playing Scrabble together on Facebook! It had us interacting on a frequent basis, which inspired me to urge a real-life get-together. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Wednesday: Among other things, dinner at my friend Debbie's house. We've been kicking around the idea of making chile rellenos together for months now, and this week we finally got around to it. The food was wonderful -- as is always the case at Deb's house -- and we talked and talked and talked and laughed and just generally hung out and had a fabulous time. We'd considered the possibility of watching "Not Fade Away" (the amazing "Angel" series finale), but I just wanted to actually interact with Deb, after months of not seeing her, so we talked instead. If I could hang out with Deb once a week, every week, I would totally do it. Unfortunately, our schedules don't mesh very well, so getting together takes some finagling.

Thursday: Among other things, the orientation meeting that begins the training process for Berkeley READS, the adult literacy tutoring program through the Berkeley Public Library. While talking to people there, I became aware that I am ridiculously qualified for the job, but I think it will be fun. I also met a woman upon whom I rapidly formed what I usually refer to as a "platonic crush," of the "Wow, this person is so cool! I want to be friends!" type. Her name is Zoe (though I think she puts an acute accent over the "e"); she looks to be around my age; her hair is a few different colors, but mostly purple; she has never owned a car; she's an avid bicyclist; she walks long distances without thinking it in any way remarkable; she's a public transportation afficionado; she likes to peruse art stores and dollar stores and get excited over interesting finds; she's lived all over the country at various times, including some time in Southern California (which she didn't like much). We ended up getting on the same bus when we left (she lives a mile or so from me), and I'm afraid I talked her ear off about everything under the sun. If she hasn't already written me off as a nut-job, I'll have to let her get a word in edgewise at the next training session on Saturday.

Friday (today): Some of the people at CWC today were extra extra crazy, so I left early. Sometimes, my crazy cup overfloweth. But in the evening Shannon and I got groceries, then swung by KFC/Taco Bell to grab a casual dinner to take home. While we were there, I noticed that one of the women waiting to place her order was wearing two completely different socks, so I went up to her and told her I thought that was cool. She noticed that my socks don't quite match, though they are very similar. We bonded briefly, and then I returned to Shannon, whose socks do, in fact, match. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I do believe that every single person in my life for whom I have a strong and abiding love consistently wears socks that match. Still, I'm always excited when I meet someone who shares this particular idiosyncrasy of mine.

And now, this evening, I've been enjoying my new toy, which was inspired by Katherine and Andrew and their mutual techiness: I just bought a case/charger for my iPhone. It protects the phone like a case, and is not much larger than the phone itself, but you charge it up at night, and when the phone starts to run out of power at some point during the day, you press this button on the case and it charges up your phone! Wow! Like magic! I figure this will be especially handy when traveling on airplanes and such. I mean, I'll only have this iPhone through mid-June of this year, because it's only on loan to me from Shannon's work company, but I figure this charger will be worth the price, even if I can only use it for the next 4 months or so. 4 months of no unexpected phone death ... sounds good!

Tomorrow: Literacy tutor training 10-4 (and therefore no Lisa), and then perhaps catching up on some of the tv that's been building up on the Tivo, such as "The Vampire Diaries." Yay! TVD!

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