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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

For some reason, for the past week I’ve been extremely thirsty. Doesn’t seem to matter how much water (or anything else) I drink, my mouth is constantly dry.

I mentioned this to my art director. He said he’s been having the same problem, and attributed to the relatively dry weather we’ve been having. He could be on to something: Humidity in the Tampa Bay area has been hovering around 70%, versus our usual 80-90% (am I right in assuming that 100% humidity would mean you’re living underwater?). And somewhat surprisingly, since the last hurricane passed through, we’ve have relatively little rainfall — this, after what had been an extremely wet year.

Whatever it is, it’s bugging me. I’ve tried chugging Gatorade today; no dice. Hope I’m not getting sick.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/10/2021 11:17pm
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… so sayeth the closed-captioning during the opening notes of “The Andy Griffith Show” theme song.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/10/2021 11:09am
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One thing that continues to boggle my mind, and makes me feel a big old-fogeyish, is the idea of little kids owning mobile phones.

Yes, I’ve been informed by parents about the practical benefits of equipping their offspring with phones. But it’s still hard to wrap my mind around it. Probably because I didn’t get my first mobile until my late 20s, the concept of 9-year-olds toting around Nokias just gives me an uneasy feeling. I suppose there’s also a mental holdover of the 1980s conception of mobile phones as being the province of high-end operators like Wall Street stockbrokers and the like; yes, it’s antiquated, but it persists in me.

So if kiddies having their own phones is offputting, pets getting the phone hook-up should really rattle me.

Probably expensive, too. You try explaining to Fido the concept of roaming being bad for you; shoot, all dogs and cats know how to do is roam!

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/10/2021 10:42am
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Two whole days off from work. I wonder how much nothing I can cram into 48 hours…

I would have made a four-day weekend out of it, but Friday is my blueline day, and despite everything being done, I just wouldn’t be able to fully relax until that had passed. Plus, the office has arranged for a little field trip over to Poynter Institute, and since I’ve never actually been there (despite it being a few blocks down the road), I’d like to partake.

In the meantime, I don’t foresee doing anything more strenuous than sleeping, swimming, meeting friends for lunch, and maybe a little shopping (I think I’ve got a discount voucher for The Gap, so I might as well use it before it expires). I might tinker with the blog layout and elements, if the motivation strikes.

Quite the sedate vacation. But it fits the bill right now; all I need is a brief respite. The real vacation can come next month.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 11/10/2021 10:27am
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