Saturday, January 03, 2004
I went to eat dinner at The Podium (again) because there was nothing good on TV and I've been watching a lot of it lately. I had it all planned out: eat dinner, relax, read a book, and sketch the planned lay-outs for a couple of strips. But lo and behold, once the supposed "relaxing" music started in the atrium downstairs I was all but relaxed. And that's something I've been noticing around lately that everyone's playing their music a notch higher than usual. What's supposed to be a background music conducive to activity and discussion turns out to be the main factor for driving others out of their establishments. That's my main beef with Starbucks in Shangri-la. What's with the loud music anyway? They're planning to turn it into a nightclub or something? It's not even lounge for crying out loud. It's like they don't want to hear people talk in that place.
Oh yeah, my friend's wife Sheila sent me a text message earlier today inviting me to the surprise birthday party for Jorge at their house tomorrow night (actually his birthday's on Monday but why not start things early?). It's going to be a potluck thingie and she's already tasked me to bring a case of beer. Hmmm... to think I was planning to bring sushi.