It is a little known fact that most of the University of Florida system shuts down on the Friday of Homecoming weekend. Unless you are deemed an essential employee, you would be sitting at home right now, possibly with an adult beverage in hand, relaxing. Or, you might be at the Gator Growl, which is some kind of pep rally or something, to get you psyched up for the big game, against LSU of all teams!

I, however, am essential. So, I work. I'll get the day off later, but it's not the same. :(

Monday, dentist. I do not like dentist. Dentist (probably) does not like me. I do not floss. I will not floss. He likes floss. We quibble from time to time (as much as I quibble...I'm sort of the non-confrontational back-downer). I am also in bad need of braces, but that's more money than any one man should have to spend on his mouth, so no. Maybe if I hit the lottery...

If there were a song of the day (and there is...there always is!) it would be "Anybody Listening" by Queensryche. A song with a message that is as clear today as it was when the album first came out.

Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone who sees what's going on?
Read between the lines
Criticize the words they're selling
Think for yourself and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet.

There's other really good verses, but I like to stick to the main chorus. Queensryche has always held a special place in my heart. The lead singer has a mad high voice, and it takes some getting used to (unless you like, that Geddy Lee can wail!), but they have a message. Which is odd, because I usually don't care for bands with messages (example U2). *shrug* Mindcrime's the bomb! :)

Tuesday, I missed my appointment. I think Dr. Coo-Coo might be upset, but I don't think he'd let on that he was. His name is not Dr. Coo-Coo, but I don't want to give out my therapist's name, so Dr. Coo-Coo will have to do. Unless I already said his name...I have to look later. We have been making good progress, too. I think I'm figuring out my "problem", which is people-related. I should be a hermit. Then, I'd have no problems. Dr. Coo-Coo thinks this is extreme. I guess he's right, but I'd love to try some day. Just for a year. See what happens.

A question for all you computer people (and this is probably dumb, but I have to ask): I saw a comic/cartoon that had one of the main characters always stripping down to nearly naked, because it was his claim that clothing could cause static electrictity and fry your computer. Is that true? I doubt that most people work on computers naked (I am blocking the visuals right now), but is static electricity that much of a danger to delicate computer parts? Help educate a young Luddite, would ya?

I broke my cell phone last week, so I lost all of my phone numbers. I am now out of contact with everyone. :( I hope to get some numbers back as I see people, so if you see me, and you think I should have your phone number, make sure I have it, because I probably don't. Unless you're my mother...Hi, mom! I'm kidding about seeing a therapist! I'm fine!

Well, this has been a productive day at work (ha ha). Seriously, though, I need to get back at it. Wish me luck in fantasy football this week, y'all! The Fuzzy Kittens are only in second place!! ;) My team was called Interspecies Erotica, as a nod to Clerks 2, which I saw just before getting my team started. The name was frowned upon, so I changed it to Fuzzy Kittens. There is no actual connection between the two team names, so don't look for one.

Today is also (according to my list of holidays you've never heard of) Jackie Meyer Rehab Day. I have no idea what this is, or who Jackie Meyer is, or why she is in rehab (or is it a male Jackie?!), but good luck with that!

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