Luke Melia


October 10, 2001

10/10/01 – 2:22 am

Just when I think not much is happening in my life, I sit down to write about 5 days worth and it’s overwhelming. I’m just going to do this one thing at a time.

Got a good note back from Andrew of the AAP (see 2 posts below). Seems that the reward was intended for international action and certainly not at the anticircumvention clause of the DMCA. They’re clarifying their web page.

Went to Canada and back. Was on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. My observations about Canada: Canada is easy to get into and harder to get out of. Canadians are nice. Driving 100 kilometers per mile isn’t actually as fast as it sounds (but it feels cool!). You can use US dollars there almost anywhere. I felt rich there, because you get CND$1.50 for every US$1.00. Canadian food isn’t that great. Molson Export is better than Molson Canadian. Canada is cold.

Uncle Steve and Auntie Kim are married. Took me a while to get into the swing of the party. Dad’s date was there, a woman he just met. I think it was subcounsciously bugging me. That and the alcohol. My family drinks too much, and I worry about the effects of it on our generation: 16 grandchildren to be alcoholics? It’ll probably all be fine. The booze notwithstanding, the family is wonderful and everyone seems to be doing well and hanging in there. Really good to see and hug and appreciate my firefighter uncles.

My coworkers have no jobs. Some of them. Some of my friends. Melissa, who I helped arrange an interview for, and who has shuffled jobs within the organization several times, was let go. I feel really lucky to have had the chance to work with her and get to spend so many days close to each other. It’s rare to have such a long-time friend so close to you on a daily basis. I’m sad that it’s over, but glad it happened in the first place.

Alright, I’m fading fast. Too late to be writing. I no longer have a management role at work. Back to being a full-time developer. I’ll be technical lead on projects still, but won’t be managing a department per se. Looking at the less-stress bright side of that one.

Finally, volleyball is going to be great this season. We took 2 out of 3 our first match. I hit one beauty past a block and down the left line. It felt so damn good. Everyone played well and I think we’ll gel in a real way over the next few games.

Lastly, in case you’re wondering if I’m asexual these days or what, I’ve decided to leave that part of my life out of this blog. Seems like it might cause some problems and this way I’m left with something to mull over in my head and process by talking with my friends, that old non-blog therapeutic path.

That’s it for now. I don’t have the energy to write about anthrax, fear in NYC, terrorist warmongers, or military campaigns. Good night.

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