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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-09 19:16
Subject: [cancer] The brain, she fades oddly
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Tags:cancer, cars, food, health, personal, portland
Drove downtown today to have lunch with rachel_swirsky and Barry the Graphic Novelist. Lunch was very nice, with good company and good conversation. We talked politics, publishing, culture and food. I had fun.

The drive there and back, however, was a bit challenging. On the way there, the drawbridges were all up. I wound up on the Morrison Bridge, which Had Issues coming back down, the kind of issues that involve men in hard hats. Coming back out of lunch, I could not find my car in the parking garage.

I've never in my life gotten lost in a parking garage.

As it happens, this particular garage is built as a squared-off spiral with elevators at each corner. I parked on 8, went down to lunch, then came back up to 8 on a different elevator. Except it let me out on a different floor. Because, of course, delimiting floors on a spiral is rather arbitrary. Think about it for a second — took me fifteen minutes, plus a panicked phone call to calendula_witch, to figure everything out.

Oi. And this is a good week.

Teach me to hang around in parking garages.

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shelly_rae: Tree Tile
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-03-10 07:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Tree Tile
I'll say to you what people say to me. "That sort of thing happens to me all the time." You'll probably respond as I do. "But it didn't happen to me a few weeks/months ago." I used to have internal navigation so sharp that my folks jokingly called me "navigator." Not any more.
Glad you had a lovely lunch.
love.
Anon
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-10 11:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know. Feh. And fie.
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martyn44
User: martyn44
Date: 2010-03-10 08:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I used to lose our Zafira quite often 'cos I'm old. At least that could be seen over everything that wasn't a van. The little blue Peugeot can hide! Someday soon I shall have to take a note of the bay number and a few landmarks . . .
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2010-03-10 12:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>I've never in my life gotten lost in a parking garage<<

Welcome back to yet another chapter of "jaylake Wanders Into garyomaha's World."

Parking garages. Feh.
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Jay Lake: signs-dont_jay_walk
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-03-10 13:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:signs-dont_jay_walk
I did once lose a car in an outdoor airport lot, but that was because I'd forgotten which car I'd driven there, and was searching for a blue Ford when I'd actually parked a green Camry.

Slightly different flavor of silliness...

(Both calendula_witch and shelly_rae keep telling me the same thing you are.)
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Rachel Swirsky
User: rachel_swirsky
Date: 2010-03-10 18:06 (UTC)
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I'm sorry you had trouble getting out of there!

Barry and I had fun, too. (Barry, by the way, is also Ampersand of Alas, a Blog, in case your political travels have taken you to the site at some point.)

Thanks for having lunch with us!
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