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My life in 8 words: Organized chaos, by preference. Exhausting, but never boring

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Five Things Make a Day (domestic edition)
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Morning:  I did the Stevia-in-my-coffee test again this morning. Nope. It still tastes like metal shavings on my tongue, and weirdly makes everything taste more bitter, not sweeter. Bleah.  Clearly, my body does. Not. Want.  (and looking around, there seem to be some studies suggesting that Stevia can mess with insulin sensitivity and hypoglycemia.  Yeah.  My body knows what it's talking about.  Oh well.  Back to raw sugar for me.)

I have now tried every available sugar substitute, both "natural" and un, and found them all to be sadly lacking. Do you people just get used to the taste?  Or do you not notice it?  Because, ugh - half an hour later and my tongue was still unhappy.


Midday: Today started off with irritation (too many people being reactive rather than proactive, and I'm tired of having to use the damn poking-stick) and has segued into painful WTFkery on the spectator level. Is there something even more than Merc Retro going around?  And if so, how long do I have to hide under my bed before it will go away?  At least the book is behaving... (at the moment.  who knows about tomorrow)

Afternoon:  On the plus side: today also brought us NASA geeking in prime geek manner over Seriously People There's Water/Ice on Mercury! The press conference was fascinating to listen to...  Also, NASA seems set blowing the geek-nerd scientists are unattractive" myth out of the water.  I'm just sayin...  Or maybe I go for well-groomed geek.  This is entirely possible.

Evening: At dinner tonight with friends, the check came.. and the starters had been left off.  We hailed the waiter to tell him, only to be informed that it had been deliberate.  "You're a regular, a VIP," the waiter said to my friend (who had made the reservation). So they thanked us for our support in a small (to them) but significant (to us) way.
Mind, we go there because the food and service are excellent, and the place is packed enough that they don't need to "woo" people.  But knowing that they appreciate us as much as we enjoy them is a lovely plus, and the sign of good management.

Late Night: Yes, it takes me longer to get home using mass transit than it would if I drove.  But there is something soothing about walking to the subway, then being able to read (or listen to music, or knit, or do all the things people enjoy doing) for 45 minutes to an hour - time that I'm not being poked or prodded by the Must Dos, or irritated by the Hurry Ups. And less traffic, fewer parking woes, and no worries about having had alcohol with dinner.  I will never understand why some cities/towns resist building a mass transit infrastructure.... 

(and I say this as a suburbs-raised child who wholeheartedly embraced car culture - and still misses her beloved car occasionally.)

And now I am OMG tired, and need to go to bed by 11 like an old lady.  *shakes cane*

I've tried all the sugar substitutes as well, but I've never found one that even vaguely worked. They either taste like chemicals or cause me to have horrible indigestion. Real sugar is the only thing for me when I must have something sweetish.

I have tried all of the sugar substitutes, and they all taste vile, so I stick to the raw sugar as well. I will just take those calories with my coffee and deal with it. Apparently I shouldn't have the substitutes anyway, so it all works out in the end.

And that sounds like an excellent restaurant to patronize.

What a lovely gesture from your restaurant.
And I hope today is less irritating.

I've quit ingesting things with artificial sweeteners in them altogether - I just moderate my use of sugar down as far as I can - and that's surprisingly far. However, on the rare occasion when I drink a soda, it's always Diet - for some reason sugared soft drinks leave a nasty, sour taste in my mouth.

I would have loved it if Nebraska/Omaha/Lincoln had got their act together and built a light rail system between Omaha, my home, and Lincoln, where I worked for 20 years. But we commuters would never have been able to pay for it ourselves - it would have had to be so heavily subsidized that the other 98% of Nebraska citizens whose taxes would have had to pay to keep it running would have justifiably headed for the Capitol with pitchforks and torches. I envy people who can be passively carried along between destinations, reading, sleeping, knitting...it was not meant to be, for me.

Actually, a city with a mass transit infrastructure is ahead of the game in many ways - easy access to shopping, jobs, can mean the difference between having companies decide to settle there...

So it's remarkably short-sighted (but not at all surprising) that "I don't use it why should I have to pay for it?" hangss on heavy in some peoples' vocabularies. I mean, I don't have kids, why should I pay for local schools? (except I do, because a) a good school improves my property value and b) well-educated kids ideally grow up to run the world better than poorly-educated ones)


Yeah, I'm afraid I don't buy into the "only pay for what you consume" philosophy of worldbuilding. I like my taxes to go toward building infrastructures and then maintaining them for all to use.

Oh, me too - but in Nebraska, that will never fly - particularly because many of those commuters, like me and my carpooler, are State employees, and we certainly wouldn't want to do anything to benefit *those*.

I agree with your philosophy and I wish more would.

I was listening to a discussion on the transit/money situation here in Mass which is complicated by the huge 'Big Dig' debt. The point made was that the economy in Boston is a major driver of the economy of the entire state and that the transit system in Boston is one of the things that makes it attractive to companies considering establishing themselves here. So the dollars invested by people in the western part of the state do benefit them too. That said I do believe that there should be more consideration of non highway ways to link that part of the state to the eastern half.

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