==Sightings in Davis, part 17 of 23==
Today, in the hippie food coop, I saw the following excellent sight: an entire caucasian family, all with ratty dreadlocks. Papa, mama, big sister, little sister — all had matching tangles and long, white-boy ‘dreads. They were also all wearing board shorts and flipflops, but that is common around here. They looked like a matching family of rather scrawny birds.
Now don’t get me wrong; I grew up around people who went to rainbow gatherings and lived out of vans; the white-boy ‘dreads phenomenon is in no way new to me. But it’s been a while since I’ve seen an entire family decked out so.
==A short list of things accomplished==
* went on the local NPR station to give a 20-minute live interview about Wikipedia, Wikimania and being a librarian. People assured me the interview went fine; I thought it sucked. Ugh. I always forget how much I hate reporters and doing interviews, until I sign up for another one. Then I remember. This was my first time live on the radio though, so I guess that’s one milestone down. It should be archived online if you’re interested in sharing in my suckage.
* Learned how to count to 10,000 in Mandarin Chinese. I am sure that this will come in handy someday. I have to say, their numbering system makes considerably more sense than in English; but mastering tones will be the death of me. My book says “tones may prove slightly difficult for the western speaker.” Ha, ha. My tutor, who is from Taiwan, keeps grilling me; apparently I don’t say the no-tone or “flat” tone properly. I don’t know how this is even possible to screw up. Sigh.
* Confessed a secret romance to a person I barely know. This was great fun. I love making confessions over IM; it’s such an impersonal medium, yet you can read so much into the absence of cues — into silences, punctuation, typing speed. It’s great. Let me know if you want to share a secret confession over the instant messenger program of your choice.
I have a friend who asked his dream girl to marry him over IM. It didn’t work. But I can see the appeal.
* Went to and got out of my awful, once-monthly meeting with a headache, but without hating myself, the world, my job, etc. This is an improvement over most months. I think I am learning the art of disassociation from unpleasant things, while still being helpful and cheerful; either that, or all the slacking is actually helping improve my job.
* Will go pick up my friend from London, who is flying in; he’s in the states for a few days, then we go to Taipei together. Woo!
Sometimes, my life turns out to actually be reasonably entertaining to be a part of; it’s always such a pleasant surprise when I notice.