Quick Hits – April 18th

My friend Pat organized an event at the Atwater library this evening, a reading by Howard Shrier, a raffle, and the Crimewriters of Canada announcements of the shortlists for the Arthur Ellis awards. I think it went over very well, and was well attended. Plus, I won a free book in the raffle, so something new to go on the reading pile.

I have one work day left before a week of vacation. I feel like I’m crawling toward it on a treadmill that’s running in the opposite direction, but I’ll get there barring a catastrophic failure of time continuing to do its thing.

I read this today and it made me laugh. A lot. Found through BoingBoing, comes this story of a guy who stripped naked in an airport security line because he was upset over something regarding the TSA. It would have been humorous on its own, but that’s not the part that made me laugh out loud, it’s this quote from the guy’s father:

“This is quite a shock. He hasn’t been under any stress that I know of. He’s never really under any stress. He works for a computer company in California. He does something with the Internet, which is just kind of mystical to me. This is quite a surprise.”

Emphasis mine. Okay, I’ve worked in a stock room. I’ve worked in telemarketing. I have friends in many, many different lines of work. I have never, ever, seen a group of people so stressed the fuck out as the people I know who do computer networking for a living (people like me). Sure, I don’t know any stock brokers or human cannonballs or whatever, but still. For someone to think that people who put out virtual fires all day long aren’t ever stressed out gave me a good chuckle to start my day.

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