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03:03 Denny's - I haven't used PocketLJ in a while. I went to see Better Luck Tomorrow tonight. It kicks ass! See this movie!

So Denny's is packed, I got here just after 2 and sat at the counter, still waiting on food. The place is crazy, every drunk in Worcester must've come in when the bars closed. The old man sitting next isn't making love to his tonic and gin, but he does smell like he's made of tabacco ash, and he's gone outside to smoke THREE TIMES in less than an hour. He's nice but he keeps telling weak jokes, which means he breathes in my direction - I think I'm getting contact cancer!

Food's here.

Done. The guy just told me he smokes 5-12 PACKS a day! Then he tells me "It knocks the shit out of my budget." Really? He also said he's 63 - quick, someone get him in the lab to determine why he isn't an ambulatory tumor.
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rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: April 27th, 2003 01:56 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
The guy just told me he smokes 5-12 PACKS a day!

He was lying. The heaviest smokers I know (and .at isn't yet as anti-smoking lunatic as .us) manage up to 3 packs a day. Maybe 4 when going out. Do the math, a cigarette costs about 5 minutes to light, smoke and put out. So 12 packs a 20 cigarettes a 5 minutes each would be fucking near the total amount of minutes in the day. Max. 3 hours for sleeping would remain.
blarglefiend From: blarglefiend Date: April 27th, 2003 02:03 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
If he smokes enough, he might not need more than three hours of sleep.

Or maybe he's Trachiotomy Man?
rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: April 27th, 2003 03:07 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
On the contrary, put enough nicotine in your system and you'll need to sleep it off, just like with alcohol. (When you drink enough alcohol, BTW, you don't feel when you're over-indulging on nicotine, this makes for really bad headaches on the next day.)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 27th, 2003 02:03 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
12 I can't believe - 5, I can. Maybe he wasn't finishing each cig - but he ended up going out to smoke *5* times in the hour or so he was there with me, and he was outside smoking for that 5th time as I left. And he wasn't gone more than 3 minutes or so each time. Like he'd go out, power-smoke, and come back in. His teeth were NASTY looking. And I have never known someone who's breath reeked of tabacco as badly as his did.

He made my eyes itch just by sitting next to me.

rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: April 27th, 2003 03:09 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
he ended up going out to smoke *5* times in the hour or so he was there with me, and he was outside smoking for that 5th time as I left.

So? In 6 hours of going out I can smoke up to 2 packs (and suffer the consequences the next day). But no way is this possible when I'm not drinking alongside.
From: iwascaite Date: April 27th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

spelling

You're having a spelling problem with tobacco. I did not see any alternate spellings listed (hyper dictionary entry for 'tabacco'), though if you want to claim a Mark Twain imitation day, you might consider "tabacky". ;)

PDA access probably doesn't have spell check. Otherwise I might not have said anything.

Also, it seems like common software products have decided they aren't going to include dictionary entries for restricted substances. And most built-in dictionaries cannot allow alternate spellings of words. The prevalence of single-product users means that the language is changing. How many ells are there in labelled? The correct answer is two or three, but use three and half the people you show it to will tell you it is spelled wrong (including the lj spellchecker).
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 27th, 2003 03:14 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: spelling

Tabacco :-)

But the real answer is that I don't really bother to spellcheck LJ entries, or emails (except for work related emails). Neither PocketLJ nor Semagic can do spellcheck - Semagic *can*, but it ties into the MS-Word/Office libraries and I don't use that software. If it worked with OpenOffice.org libraries I'd probably use it.

Hmm, actually, my work PC has Office on it. I should probably turn on the auto-spellcheck there. I believe I did configure LogJam on Linux to spellcheck, but I need to upgrade that anyway.
cykotek From: cykotek Date: April 28th, 2003 09:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Congratulations. You've met Worcester's answer to Cancer Man. He's even more of a Denny's regular than you or me. What you describe is quite regular behavior for him. At least you weren't sitting between him and the Weather Guy. That's enough to make you kill yourself with a French Slam to your skull.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 28th, 2003 09:42 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I have to ask - the Weather Guy?
cykotek From: cykotek Date: April 29th, 2003 04:09 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
He's this guy. He sits at the counter in Denny's. And talks about the weather. All the freaking time. It's like he's got 15 TVs at home, tuned to every weather prediction, broadcast, etc in existence. And he lives to share it with everybody. Especially when it's 7am Saturday morning, the UPS crowd is chilling outside, getting ready to leave, and he's out with Cancer Man smoking.

And then, there's "Kill me NOW!". I'm not even sure if he still works there anymore, but he has repeatedly been heard saying something in accented english (I think he's Hispanic), that, whatever it is, sounds like "Kill me NOW!". He is also the guy, who, at one point, threw the top of the outside trashcan at an ex-coworker's head. Admittedly, the lid was chained to the can, and the ex-coworker deserves it because he's a cocky piece of punked-euro-trash, but still.

And then, there's Sue. That's really all that needs be said on that, I think. It's nice to be able to walk in right after the clubs close, 7 people in tow, and ask "I've got 7 people with me. Any chance of getting a table soon?" and get the reply "Yeah, let me just wipe it down", much to the anger of the 9 other people waiting for tables. Just don't ask her for a milkshake. She hates that.
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