February 10th, 2003

JOY

I don't want your damn 16oz coffee.

It annoys the living shit out of me that when I get a large coffee and a bagel at this one place near the Metro, they ring it up as a medium coffee and a bagel combo, and then tell me they'll charge me for the combo just this once, but to get a smaller coffee next time. Dammit, I got this size coffee because I want this size coffee. I'll pay more for it, but those four ounces are important to me.

I think I managed to minimize staring on the way in today, but I probably did stand out a bit being the only person wearing sunglasses in a snowshower. I have yet to make eye contact with anyone at work. This should be interesting.
JOY

You can't *make* this shit up.

Special thanks to James Tranto's Best of the Web Today column from Friday:

Anti-War Protesters Fail To Get Arrested in Raleigh

RALEIGH -- Protesters settled in front of Democratic U.S. Sen. John Edwards' Raleigh office Tuesday awaiting arrest for their efforts to make a statement that the senator has not gone far enough to oppose war with Iraq.

But despite the fact that protesters were breaking the law by blocking an entrance into a government building, the police on site chose not to intervene.

Three participating UNC students, Anna Carson-Dewitt and Sascha Bollag, both freshmen, and senior Scott O'Day, said they were disappointed when the police refused to arrest them. All three have prior arrests for civil disobedience.

O'Day said the police response undermined the protest.

"I am disappointed that the police de-escalated the situation to the point that we were not able to continue with the protest," he said. "We were more or less sure that we would be arrested, but the police weren't cooperating."