June 16th, 2004

Nose to the Grindstone


In a complicated maneuver to shift a box of books and papers from a marsupial carrying position to a shoulder-carry, I slipped and gave myself two nasty papercuts on the underside of my nose.

(sigh) Now my probation officer is going to think I'm back on mimeograph toner.
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Marking the year--

Wow. I just looked at the calendar, and it's been a year to the day since I got my current--my first "real"--job. I guess, whether I believe it or not, I know what I'm doing now. Kind of creepy, I have experience and a degree of senority.
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Jello event--

So, a new Asian buffet opened near Whines' and Auliya's house, on Burnet a little north of Dragon's Lair. It's quite nice, fried food a little dry, no pot stickers and I had to track down the waiter to get soy sauce, but overall, great potential for eating too much. I mean, you get Mongolian barbeque as a side dish. Wow.

nihilgibbs and the_october had dinner there, along with Gibbs's squeeze.

Anyway, the jello.

Its texture was profound. Like geletin dessert merged with a superball, it held its shape. When dropped, it would bounce, even do flips if dropped with force. It would crumble between your teeth, shattering almost, if geletin could shatter. It had almost watermelon and almost coconut flavors, but the flavor was secondary to the experience of this strange, crumbling confection. We gave up on eating it, and instead started drilling holes in it with our straws. When the light passed through it, it shown with a rich, gemlike glow, like fine jade, but slimy. And when the light caught the shafts of the soda straws...so beautiful.

Later, I tried to see how far I could launch a strawful of rice-based gelatinous dessert. Not far, it had some serious tenacity.

So very neat.