Elia sez: Buying char siew pao to bring home and the two-for-$1 promotion just made the sale sweeter!
The pounding headache I’m getting on my first day of work for 2006 reaffirms my notion that we actually have “two minds”: the conscious mind (e.g. what you think) and the unconscious mind (e.g. how your body behaves). While I could usually convince myself that working is one of the joys of life, my body somehow reacted differently today, as if it spoke of a version of truth I didn’t know. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I escaped my windowless office space just days ago (i.e. travelling around Canada). Regardless of my plight, I continued to battle mind over matter in order to get work done, even though the thought of taking a half day leave did cross my mind. I take solace in the fact that a few of good things happened to me today which I’m about to share…
The amount of appreciation I get each day at work and through my blog makes up for any bad feelings I might have. My work involves helping university faculty members with their various technological needs, which comes through via instructional teaching and one-on-one supervision. You can tell that there’s so much we take for granted in our technical abilities, just looking at someone who recently attained digital enlightenment. They glow with joy. They glow with new imaginary meaning as to what else they could possibly achieve now that they’ve learnt how to set up their first web site, how to start their first academic blog, or even how to produce their first DVD video for their class. I get a kick whenever I realize that I have that distinct opportunity to make an average of one person a day happy. I’m happier when I can make that into two (which I did today).
At work, I helped an architecture librarian setup her first subject resources web site, which looks simple, but is awesome for someone just starting out. This was her second day and it was then that she told me she could now do it on her own. I felt as as if I was watching a baby learn to run from crawl in just two days. Via my blog, fellow blogger Steve Dembo IMs me for help with his del.icio.us postings, and even though we didn’t know each other personally, that connection made a difference. He now happily hacks deeper into his del.icio.us bag of tricks while I walk away knowing that I gave someone a boost of confidence with just a few minutes of my attention. Both these people thanked me for my invaluable help, but I have them to thank for appreciating me. Moral of the story: Attention and Appreciation are highly sought after in today’s economy. If you can afford to give either, make it so.
Buffalo’s winter seems to be letting up with a little sunlight left after we left work. It’s a mild three degree celsius now.
• Yesterday’s Lunch: Penny’s first go at making Kong Bah Bao (definitely NSFW).
• Today’s Dinner: Penny and I went for Mexican food at Don Pablos. Like friends, we tend to give bad food a second chance and I think we just reconfirmed our suspicions that either Mexican just isn’t our thing, or Don Pablos sucks. We had the $11.95 four course meal deal and even though everything tasted ok, it wasn’t spectacular. The finishing move consisted of their Fried Ice Cream, which tastes weirder than it looks. Somehow moist fried dough in cold ice cream don’t play well together.
A guy working at the campus Subway eatery calls me a SOCOM freak…
Me: “Are you playing SOCOM on your PSP?”
Subway Guy: “Yeah, how did you know?”
Me: “I can tell by the sounds”
Subway Guy to his friend: “Dude’s a SOCOM freak man!”
– In America, when someone calls you a freak, it’s a good thing 😛
How to make my own RSS Dashboard Widget DONE!
How to make a Konfabulator widget (it’s actually harder than the Dashboard one!)
A big bear hug to the friends I made on the blogosphere in 2005, including:
Rambling Librarian, Mr Wang Says So, straydog scraps, Paul Stamatiou, Sacrelicious!, Drunken Panda, Elia Diodati, Brennan, riceandsoup, Balderdash, Naddie, Cockroach, Shirster, Tribolum, Heather, Jennimi as well as the blogless ones like MrBigLive and iCheerful.