World Gradually Collapsing, Film At 11

Every morning on the train, I have a tendency to bury myself in something; over the last month, it’s been a Sudoku book I picked up from a local Japanese bookstore. I try to complete one puzzle from my home stop to the one I need to transfer at; this gives me about ten minutes. I also traditionally have my iPod on, thus making me a little ball of puzzle-solving isolationism.

As you might guess, this makes me completely oblivious to the world around me. As evidenced by the IM message I got about an hour after I got into work:

*”dandickinson is wearing a red shirt and doing su doku puzzles on the train.”*

Sure enough, [one of the bloggers I’m friendly with]( had gotten on the train in Astoria, sat pretty much across from me with his girlfriend, and spent much of the ride debating whether or not they should say hi. They weighed against it, figuring I was in my “morning space”.

It would be safe to assume I will be considerably more alert on the subway from now on.

Later: my phone rings at my desk. It’s a vendor, one I’ve been trying to work a purchase through, but where the purchase process is stalled due to red tape and decision making. This isn’t the first time the vendor has called trying to check up, and I don’t blame them.
In the course of the conversation (which involved giving a very brief overview of why the purchase is taking so long), the vendor says:
“You know, I just visited campus a few months ago – I love that sidewalk in front of that one building, the one that makes noise if you step on it right?”

I ponder this quickly – there’s nothing like that at the Medical College; there’s not even much of a campus to visit. Did he mean the Ithaca campus? What on the Ithaca campus would be musical…oh yeah, the area around Olin Library. I respond, stating that we’re not in Ithaca although I had gone there for undergrad and knew what he was talking about. I also mentioned that I had lived in the area for about ten years besides that.

He continued: “Oh yeah? That’s cool…I was there visiting a friend, she lives in Trumansburg…”

At this point, I can literally feel the universe collapsing slightly. I point out that I, in fact, lived in Trumansburg.

He continued: “Really? Wow…my friend’s last name is Ellis, Ca…”

He didn’t need to finish. Carmen? Sure, I remember her – and not just because she was two grades ahead of me and we had a couple classes together. No, it was because my very first job – just over ten years ago, now that I think about it – was working for her father, out of their house, at one of the very few web design places in the area.

I relay this, and then we had one of those magnificent pauses that come when you have such a coincidence naturally occur. He promised to say hi to her for me.

I smiled, promised to attempt to push the purchase through once more, and hung up.


Sweet Jiggens

Inside jokes from friends in video game manuals are always a good thing. On par with the IIDX reference in the World Of Warcraft “Special Thanks” section of the credits. Thanks, Kevin, it gave me a very good laugh.

(Those with sharp eyes may realize what this means I’ve purchased. It had too much good buzz around it – and it’s justified. Worth picking up.)


Friends Happenings

A quick round to see what everyone’s been doing lately:

Benjamin Birdie is going [gangbusters with the webcomics](

[Suw Charman]( is ramping up for [BlogOn]( in October, and is asking that anyone involved with business blogging [fill out a survey](

Jen Chung just turned 29 and is [doing the NYFF]( as a result. I’d wish her happy birthday again, but I think she’s heard it enough from me.

Kim Cochran has [revived her blog]( for the fifth time.

[Jake Dobkin]( is [hosting another NYC Photobloggers event]( this Friday at the Apple Store.

Thom Heidt is over in China, and besides [his excellent blog postings](, just uploaded [a hefty batch of photos](

Wendy Koslow and Joey “Accordion Guy” deVilla [got married over the weekend](

Dave Moldawer is launching a new writing project called [feedplay](, a story told from multiple points of view via different blogs.

John Scanlan skipped out on [Channel 102]( last night because he was too busy [tasting at Ninja]( – his review is excellent and worth reading, so I won’t hold it against him.