May 19th, 2004


No gas

I filled up my tank yesterday, a little earlier than I would necessarily have had to, just so I could refrain from getting gas today. (May 19th is "no gas day.")

Impressive though the impact could be today if some large portion of the populace really doesn't buy any gas today, I have a feeling gas sales will be sharply increased for yesterday and tomorrow, pretty much blowing away any real economic punishment effect that could have been incurred.

Zipped through downtown on the way home from work yesterday so I could gas up at the Sunoco on the corner of Cayuga and Green Streets, by the Tompkins County Public Library. Not only do the gas prices tend to be sharply lower there than several places more convenient to me, but they're one of the handful of places in town with 91 octane gas... what my car actually requires. Since most stations have 87, 89, and 93, I'm usually wasting money on higher-performance gas than I need.

East Hill Plaza's Citgo station today has $2.159, $2.259, and $2.349. Last night I paid $2.239 for 91 octane; their premium was at $2.259.

Great lunch!

On a whim, I e-mailed fabunobo a brief "Lunch?" query late this morning, and minutes later, he and drdjmike were pulling up in their new Rolls Royce to pick me up.

We batted around a few ideas of where to eat, but they both seemed happy to satisfy my Ralph's Ribs craving, so that's where we headed. I had today's lunch special, a smoked chicken quesadilla with homemade salsa (I added a little Ralph's Sweet Hot Sauce, which went perfectly), some crisp cole slaw on the side, and iced tea.

Much of the construction down in that end of town has been completed, or is now focused elsewhere, so it was much easier to get there and back than it was the time keyoo and I went a few weeks ago.

Great, affordable, quick place to go for lunch. Tune in to WVBR daily at 10:35 to hear what Ralph's lunch special is that day, then go tell them you heard it on the radio. (Yes, I'm biased!)
  • Current Mood

A toy I didn't even have to pay for!

I'm glad I went to the brief orientation and demo for the new copiers in our building a couple of weeks ago. If I hadn't, I wouldn't have known that the first floor copier is a) hooked to the network, and b) capable of scanning a document and e-mailing it to you!

I just took a document that I only have on paper (but wanted to be able to e-mail someone) upstairs, entered my e-mail address on the copier's control panel, and pushed start. By the time I got back downstairs, a PDF of the document was waiting in my e-mail.

Sharp gets my kudos today.
  • Current Music
    Peter Gabriel on WVBR

Is it live, or is it Memorex?

PRWEB and eMediaWire are distributing a press release that Yahoo! News picked up, reporting that Andy Kaufman has returned, twenty years after he died of lung cancer. He's hypothetically been living in NYC, and has just started reconnecting with family and friends from his past.

Andy did always say if he ever decided to fake his death, he'd come back twenty years to the day later. That would have been this Sunday night... and of course Bob Zmuda threw a party just in case.

I'd been aware of the preparations for such a possibility over the last couple of weeks, but hadn't seen the press release. Thanks to Kendra for pointing me to it!
  • Current Music
    "Smallville" season finale