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dear seattle and bellevue drivers: you see that traffic signal? see… 
25th-Jun-2002 07:37 pm
dear seattle and bellevue drivers:

you see that traffic signal? see the box on the pole? see the little white human shape in it? that means that I, the pedestrian, the one not contained by 1500 pounds of steel, has the fucking right of way. this does not mean that it's your job to flip out and make your right turn as soon as the light turns green, narrowly missing turning me into a pancake. i will glare at you, i will cuss at you, and one of these days i'm going to get pissy enough to start calling plates into the cops. (not that that'll likely do much good... i'm sure that the cops have better things to do than worry about pedestrians being pancaked in Factoria). just let me through. i won't take that long, and then you can be on your merry way.


a disgruntled pedestrian


in other news, it's fucking hot out there. my scalp is sunburned. my face is crispy. i finally got smart and bought sunscreen - kids stuff, but spf 30, supposedly water resistant, so that i won't sweat it all off - and i'm going to start applying it religiously.

time to get my ass out to the library before it closes...
25th-Jun-2002 07:35 pm (UTC)
Bull Frog Quick Gel is the best stuff on the planet.
25th-Jun-2002 08:32 pm (UTC)
I wish I could use it too. I burn to a crisp most of the time, but I'm allergic to one of the most common chemical sunscreens. It's in almost everything. :b
26th-Jun-2002 06:34 am (UTC)

Also, for your scalp, if you know you're going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time without a hat on, I suggest getting some spray-on sunscreen and giving your scalp, especially where any parts are, a light spritz. Yeah, it kind of messes up your hair a bit, makes it a little greasy, but that's better than hurting every time you wash your hair. :-/
26th-Jun-2002 08:10 am (UTC)
Ohhhhhhh good idea! After seeing so many tourists with sunburned scalps in Monterey, I started thinking about how the heck one could prevent that. I mean, wearing a hat works, but sunscreen is good.
26th-Jun-2002 08:28 am (UTC)
It works pretty well for me. The spray stuff is also good for getting those awkward areas, like around your ears.

I got the idea from Brian's uncle, who is not-quite bald and needed to protect his scalp. Given my own rather fine, thin hair, and the fact that I don't much like hats, it was definitely something I needed.
25th-Jun-2002 08:33 pm (UTC)
I have had that rant go through my head MANY MANY times, just on the corner between my house and the library. There is a similar rant reserved for people who blow through non-light crosswalks (like the one that goes from QFC to the other side of the street).

*snuggles lightly to prevent squeezing a sunburnt Joyce*
25th-Jun-2002 08:44 pm (UTC)
Cold all day, hot all afternoon. Someone chip in with me for a thermostat for joyce?
25th-Jun-2002 08:50 pm (UTC)
sure; we can sell off the iciles from my cube at work. :]
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