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Daily Archives: February 6th, 2012

It’s a handmade postcard! (Also, I mailed out a bill, but that probably doesn’t count.)

This is a postcard to California via swap-bot, particularly for this swap.  I took this picture back in…2006ish.  This is WB91 right before the SR271 interchange.  There was heavy traffic because Anaheim Hills was on fire again.  This was during the time when it was quite fashionable for Anaheim Hills to be on fire.  I remember there were quite a few number of years where Anaheim Hills would have wildfire issues every fire season.  It made commuting through the area pretty painful.  More painful than it is normally.

Why did I send a postcard of some place that’s on fire?  Well, I’ve actually always liked this photo.  I’m not really sure why.  I guess I like the contrast between the blue sky and all that orange smokiness right below it.  It’s not that I want Anaheim Hills to catch on fire again.  It really would be nicer if it didn’t.

Stamp watch!

Look!  Exact postage!  I found that I had several sheets of 0.01$ stamps so I was able to use exact postage this time.  It is now 0.32$ to send normal, first-class postcards through the mail.  It is 0.45$ if you’re sending oversize postcards.  Just fyi.


Recently, I caught a cold.  It’s not a big deal.  In fact, it wasn’t even a bad cold.  I have been slightly congested and occasionally dizzy, but otherwise I’ve been fine.  The only problem is that a cold will often trigger my asthma and then I’m set to coughing and hacking and choking and wheezing and…you know.  I’m pretty used to this.  And actually, my asthma is relatively minor.  It really only flairs up when it’s dry and windy or in the midst of/right after a cold.  Lucky for me, the Santa Anas are blowing merrily outside and I’m just getting over a cold.  So I’m coughing a lot.

Coughing takes a lot of exertion.  It could possibly be a good workout if you weren’t already starved for oxygen because your airways are inflamed and coated with a thick glob of mucous (go ahead and take a moment to imagine that.  It’s ok, I’ll wait).  When I end up coughing for a prolonged period of time, I end up with sore abominables.  Yes, abominables.  You know, those muscles in your abominable cavity.

Still have no idea what I’m talking about?  It has to do with ye olde email joke lists that used to circulate when the internets were fresh and new and people delighted in checking their email.  One of my favorites were supposed student test answers.  Students who obviously hadn’t studied enough for the test.  See below.

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized?

A: The body is consisted into three parts – the brainium, the borax and the abominable cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels, A,E,I,O and U.

This one has by far always my favorite.  Humans have brainiums!  It makes so much sense!  Your brain is in there!  What else would you call it?  Also, humans have boraxes.  It’s like a thorax, but not really.  And of course, the abominable cavity.  So abominable.  So many disagreeable, unpleasant things go on in that cavity.  And the bowels, wow.  What could be more abominable than A, E, I, O, and U?

And just because it amuses me so much, I decided to draw out what this all looks like.

Abominable. Just abominable.

So anyway, I’ve been coughing so much, my abominables hurt.

I didn’t include a link to anything because…those email lists are really old.  Also, I don’t know if they’re truly student answers.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they are, but I can’t say for sure.  Anyway, these things probably exist in some form or fashion somewhere on the internet.  Actually, yes.  I just checked.  So you can just go look it up yourself if you’re curious.