I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken

Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
-Bertrand Russell

What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell

April 02, 2013 - 1:22 p.m.

Crepe Me Out

Maybe I should get more coffee before I write this, Im sleepy. I already had a large coffee and I dont want to spend the time getting it so Ill try and tough it out. Heres irony, right after writing that I fell asleep. It was for only 10 or 15 minutes but it might happen again.

I bought coffee. Im at school thats why I didnt make coffee. Im feeling better.

Now for todays bitch. Our new computers have an annoying bug/feature. Our computers are shared and networked. We each have our own account we have to log into to. The problem is many people dont log out. That used to be a minor annoyance. Youd just click change user and log on. Now if someone leaves without logging out and it goes into idle mode when you touch something and it comes alive there is no option to change user. Only the last person to use it can log on. The only way around it that Ive found is to unplug the computer and do a hard reboot. I wish that would wreck the other persons account but it doesnt. Is this any way to run a school of technology? If and when the admin comes in Ill see if he can get IT to change that. Of course IT has not been able to get me a phone that works since we moved to this office over a year ago. Is it two years? Maybe. Im going to call IT now so I can make fun of how they handle it. She handled it well. She didnt tell me to live with it. She said theyd fix it. Lets see if they do.

OK this is great. A student is asking another professor for some extra consideration about his mid-term paper. He starts by saying, I didnt put in a lot of effort on it. Dont students have any idea how that kind of things sound? He seems to think thats an excuse for doing poorly.

I spent all of yesterday alone but didnt feel as bad as Ive been feeling lately even though all the causes are still there. There was even a new source of stress. I have therapy on Mondays. It is very easy to get to, a straight run on the Q train. I got to the train in plenty of time. There were a lot of people on the platform which usually means the train is coming soon. I walked down to the back end of the station. I looked down to see if there was a train coming. I saw the headlights of both a local and an express. One problem, they werent moving. They were just sitting at the previous station which is in sight of mine. I texted my shrink and told her I might be late and I waited. And I waited. And I waited. Then they finally made an announcement there was switching/signal problem at Prospect Park. Then they announced that all trains would run express and that we should take the next outbound train and catch the express there. Everybody did that. When we got there it was a B train, not the Q train I needed. There was a Q stuck on the local track, the one I had seen. I figured the B would go out and another Q would switch to the express tracks and wed get on that. I stayed on the platform. Then everybody got off the B and started going onto the Q that was sitting there. I joined them and even got a seat. It was then announced that there were no express trains, everything was running local but that wed be sitting there for a while. Ten seconds later the door closing signal came then the doors closed and we headed out; first stop, the station I started out. Now I have no problems with how they handled the engineering. They did what they had to do. First they tried getting the express tracks working but they couldnt and switched to the local. Thats fine. Thats engineering, you try A and if A doesnt work you try B. My problem was the communications. They should have never said, You wont be moving for a while then leave 10 seconds later. We dont know when you will be moving was what they should have said.

The upshot was I got to the City too late for therapy and rescheduled for today. Lets see how well you know me. What did I do in lieu of the therapy that I so badly needed? Well see who has been paying attention. Come on I dont want to always see the same hands up. You in the back, what I did I do? You got it, chocolate. I went to Max Brenners. That was a whole new frustration. I sat down at the bar and got a menu fairly quickly. First off the menu is idiotic, far too decipher. Theres a food menu and a sweets and drink menu. I wanted sweets I looked there. I specifically wanted the chocolate peanut butter crepe. It wasnt there. They had other crepes and waffles but not the one I wanted.. I was crestfallen. I then thought of looking at the food menu. It was in there. What are they thinking? Lets put crepes in two different places just to confuse people. That should be fun to watch. I then had to wait for someone to take my order. And I waited. And I waited, and I waited. And then I waited some more. Finally someone took my order. It takes almost no time to make a crepe. I expected it soon and I waited. And I waited, and waited. I took the times out. Read the opinion page. Still no crepe. Finally 26 minutes after I sat down she comes to me and asked, You ordered the chocolate peanut butter crepe? She then started to make it. I got it half an hour after I sat down. I go into one of the specialty crepe places and I get it in 5 minutes, maybe 10 if there are people in front of me. I didnt even get an Im sorry it took so long. But, the crepe was amazing. . The menu doesnt tell you that it comes with a scoop of ice cream. Thats a bonus. The secret ingredient is caramel coated rice crispies. The texture transforms it. The bad thing is that it isnt served on a plate. That is a flat disk. The chocolate can run off it. It did, onto my pants. Why idiocy gets them to serve something that runs on a surface with nothing to hold it in? They chose a look over function. The bad service and stained pants couldnt ruin the chocolate high. I should found the chocolate school of psychology. Who wants to sign up for my therapy? Now everyones hand is up, even the people that dont need therapy.

Ive written over a thousand words. I thought of this as a brief preface. How did that happen? Now I cant write my meaningful political/philosophical insights. I heard that. Dont you dare breathe a sigh of relief.

I missed the opening day of the baseball season. That is so sad. And the Mets won too.

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