It was interesting watching the interrogation of one of the black teenagers, with the cop asking the kid if he was done with his soda and wanted another one, having been to some of Joe Navarro's interrogation demos/talks.
Chatting with Ranjan over lunch, we got to talking about tv shows we had grown up on, and I commented that sometimes going back to things I enjoyed as a child they don't hold up, and so then I was thinking about various things. I mentioned Captain Planet, which was apparently after his time. I said it wasn't exactly subtle, what with villains with names like "Duke Nukem" and "Hoggish Greedly." I was kind of impressed at how many details I managed to remember (e.g., visuals, geographic region of origin, and power of each Planeteer), though I was totally fuzzy about a lot of how stuff actually worked (like I couldn't quite remember if they could still use their powers while Captain Planet is out, nor could I remember what they do with their lives when they're not battling evil). Of course I looked it up on Wikipedia after I got back to my desk -- both to email to Ranjan and also to refresh myself.
Wiki says, "The program is a form of edutainment, which advocates the United Nations as an organization, and the concepts of globalism, multiculturalism, and environmentalism generally." Blergh. It teaches you that when we all work together we can create a force stronger than we can alone. Captain Planet is not exactly a governmental body.
Things I did not know: from Wikipedia:
The episode titled "A Formula For Hate" (1992) was unique for the series in that it did not deal with environmental pollution or destruction. It was also the first episode in an American children's animated series to directly deal with the AIDS-HIV pandemic. In the episode, Verminous Skumm brainwashes a local community into thinking the virus can be spread through casual contact, and thus causing people to hate and fear a young man, infected with HIV, named Todd (Neil Patrick Harris). Todd's mother was played by actress Elizabeth Taylor, who has raised money for AIDS charities.
I gave blood at SCBC after work today. I was not impressed -- I showed up at the desk and got handed the stuff to read and the form to fill out and I came back and the guy at the desk had vanished, so I (and another woman!) waited there for a bit until someone showed up, and after I got my iron checked and all that I was directed to sit "in the chairs facing the table." Huh? There were nice rows of chairs for the people (who had numbers, so it was easy to call people) waiting to do the physical/questionnaire, and there was the table with snacks etc. for after you'd donated. So apparently you just sat in one of the chairs clustered at or near the "canteen," and then when a worker called, "Next," a whole bunch of people would get up, confused. At one point, a woman got up and looked over at a guy, not sure which one of them was next, and the guy said, "rock, paper, scissors?"
I feel like I didn't have to wait that long for a bed, but then I was sitting on the bed for so long that I took my water bottle and book out of my backpack. And then even after they'd started prepping me they still felt understaffed, and after they'd already stuck me the person doing it took her break or something so two other women came over and apparently there'd been some confusion so they thought my blood wasn't flowing well enough because they were looking at the wrong place or something (apparently they first have your blood go into a small pouch from which they do the medical sample testing or whatever, and then into the larger containers for actual blood transfusions) so they were moving stuff around and twice I said, "Ow," and at one point I literally said that if the techs who had needles in my arm could be certain about what they were doing that would make me feel a lot better (they had literally made comments about not being sure, which turned out to be about coming in to a project partway through and the first person not having done it exactly the way you would have). But once it got sorted, apparently my vein was "fantastic." My hand felt really pins-and-needles-y the whole time, which was worrisome to me, but I don't seem to have had any lasting ill effects.
At one point while I was actually lying down, a guy at the canteen was talking about he's reading the Old Testament and the prophets are hard to understand sometimes and he read a passage (from what turned out to be Hosea) that ended with "blood touches blood." I suggested that it might mean that family members are killing each other.
Google-searching now, BibleQuery.com says
Q: In Hos 4:2, what does "blood touches blood" mean?
A: The NIV translates this as "bloodshed follows bloodshed." The thought here is that there was so much murder, that the blood was falling on the dried blood of previously murdered victims.
Sitting at the canteen afterward, a bunch of us were kind of joking about the container of antibacterial hand sanitizer on the table. It had a picture of "Mr. 'G' The Transient Germ," for example. I noted that it warns that it's flammable, so then when I read aloud "in case of accidental ingestion," the woman I'd been chatting with filled in, "do not set yourself on fire."
Her name is also Elizabeth, and she lives with her wife in Central Square. We exchanged email addresses -- at her initiating, even (though I was actually going to suggest it).
Edible Arrangements [hey, look, Mom] was like sponsoring this blood drive or something -- you got a coupon for a box of six chocolate covered strawberries, and there was a Delicious Fruit Design bouquet at the canteen (with cantaloupe that tasted good). I joked, "A+, would eat for free again," and she said something about eBay and I realized, oh, that's where that fannish phraseology must have come from.
-mylittleredgirl [more info]
"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up." --Anne Lamott
Good things about today:
- Spangler pasta bar.
- I made a maybe new friend -- and had more enjoyable conversation at the blood drive than I was expecting, regardless.
- Cate came over and helped us put my couch together, and we also put a purple sheet over the wall of boxes in the living room (it is totes a tv stand), and it now looks much more like civilized people live here.
- I went to the [gym] 45min treadmill (2.5incline, 4.4mph)
- I made a flow chart PowerPoint slide.
- I gave blood.
- I emailed my brother about getting an anniversary present for our parents.
["anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation," as Ari says]
- making the CWM deposit
- getting to go to bed early
- I have leftovers from ordering dinner in tonight, so I don't have to think about making dinner tomorrow night.
- doing laundry