24 May 2001 johnm   » (Journeyer)

It's been a while.... I became one of those layoff victims about a month ago, and I've not felt much like computers since -- and I don't have one at home to write on anyway.

Today had a couple of firsts:

  • For the first time, I turned down an appealing job offer today. It's a shame, but there it is. I'm accepting the other also appealing job offer though.
  • Tonight, while I was riding my bicycle down Almaden Expressway in San Jose, for the first time in my life some guy in a car decided he needed to throw something hard at me. Suddenly something painful hit me in the back, there was much wetness that I couldn't immediately identify, and there was laughter and a violently accelerating SUV on my left. It took a while to figure out what he had thrown, and whether I was significantly hurt (I wasn't, of course).

    What kind of freak has stuff on hand to throw at cyclists while they're driving down the expressway about to get on the 85 onramp? One who's just been to the supermarket and bought eggs, I guess. And one who has the appropriately neanderthal mentality.

It seems somehow fitting that that happened on the very day that I decided to leave the United States.

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