It suddenly occurred to me I never actually posted anything - the whole real-life meet on Saturday compleat with happy birthday singing threw me off, I suppose.
So, without further ado - Happy Birthday, ozzdo! Hope you had a great one, and it was nice seeing you on Saturday.
We should get together and hang out sometime... maybe see a movie or something... you know... since, well, I still maintain that seeing a movie WITH someone is just about always better than seeing it alone. :)
It seems like just about everyone has a food intolerance nowadays.
You've got your people who are lactose intolerant (at least 3 of the 12 members of the group* on saturday!), which is apparently a huge chunk of the population. A lot of people are allergic to nuts (my brother, for one, and my cousin, for another), or shellfish, or this, or that. My wife had a friend who was allergic to garlic (apparently he was actually descended from the same bloodline as vlad tepes or some other real-life person who was the inspiration for count dracula, and that family actually is allergic to garlic, which is part of the reason for the legend - but I'm not sure if that's actually true, or just one of her stories).
Then there are the vegetarians, who at the very least have a mental intolerance to meat, if not an actual physical intolerance to it. That whole no-meat thing never made any sense to me; humans, last I checked, were omnivorous, so what's with the avoidance bit? Can't say it's more natural, and really, it's not any more healthy. A balanced diet, properly prepared, is a lot more healthy than excluding such a huge variety of foods.
Then there are the more unusual and mysterious things out there... things like irritable bowel syndrome, or celiac disease (intolerance to gluten, i.e., basically all wheat products).
Is there anyone that can just eat stuff? I think I may be the only one left on the planet. Dear Lord.
* - It was rather amusing; during dessert, everyone on the side of the table I was sitting at (other than me) had some sort of food intolerance. 1 ibs, 3 lactose intolerants, and a vegetarian.
The express buses, which usually run every 15 minutes or so during rush hour and are often standing room only (they seat 49; the average load is 50-52. I've occasionally seen them go to ~60, to the point where no one else can fit). Today they ran every 45 minutes or so, and the bus I was on had 12 people on it by the end. (11 maybe? I forget.)
I rode with a couple of (non-Systems) coworkers on the elevator up and one pointed out that it hit him after he left that today was a holiday, a real holiday - the train was almost empty, the korean deli he frequents had decided not to stock up on food for today, etc., and it made him feel like even more a schmuck, having to schlepp in to work today. The other person disagreed, said a lot of people worked today, but I threw my support in with the "no, today's a real holiday" camp.
Hey now, all you evil, twisted people who gave fake answers, go back and answer it for real. :P I want to get an accurate count of people. If you're an evil foreign person, just admit it. And even if you like cheese, that doesn't excuse you from answering. I need accuracy!
(I will confess I forgot "unemployed" and/or "between jobs" as categories, which is my fault... even worse because I had thought of it prior to making the poll but while creating it forgot them. You can just choose other or no, whichever you prefer, I'm generous.)