July 19th, 2001

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Webby Awards

Well, won some Webbies. Kinda. In my interview with Sam Donaldson he told me I won two of the People's Choice awards but it was never announced during the show and we never got a physical trophy or anything.

There seemed to be a lot of anti-LiveJournal sentiment going around. Talked to Evan Williams of Blogger.com for awhile... seems like a cool guy. Talked to Craig of CraigsList.com. Saw Dancing Paul. (people were getting pictures with him... too bad I didn't bring my camera)

Cool people that won: Google. The Onion.

People that lost that I thought would win: Blogger. PayPal. I feel kinda bad that they didn't win... I was really expecting them both to, and then we won the awards for their categories in the People's Voice. *shrug*

Microsoft Windows Update got booed --- twice. Once when they were announced and once even more when they won the award. I felt sorry for the Microsoft guy that had to go pick up the award after they got the only boo-ing in the show.

The show was pretty neat... really artsy. They spent a lot of time with these little shows that could've been better if they were half as long. They said that due to time constraints they could only announce half of the People's Choice Awards so they asked the audience (tons of people) to yell out the categories to announce. Seemed suspicious... there was plenty of time to announce them, especially since the three they did announce took about 4 seconds each, and 7 seconds or so waiting to make sense of what people in the audience were shouting. (I think they were going to announce the same 3 categories regardless of what people were yelling...)

Oh well... we won the awards.

Other things that kinda sucked: 1) left my cellphone at Mark's so I couldn't call the guy from HotOrNot.com and meet up with him at the party. 2) the party was way too crowded (all 5 floors of it) so we left.

Going to watch some Southpark now and go to bed. Flight leaves for Seattle tomorrow morning at 9... Blythe's picking me up at 11.

Did some cool LiveJournal work on the flight down. I'm trying to finish up all my 90% completed projects. Having too many unfinished projects stresses me out, especially when they're so close to being done.

Mark's four cats love me. One's sitting on my lap now while I type watching the screen. It licks my finger every so often... I think it wants to type.
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Airline Fun

My flight was supposed to leave SJC this morning at 9:37 or so ... I got there too late though so they bumped me, giving away my seat to a stand-by person, even though they were still in the boarding process. They told me to wait for the next flight, which was also overbooked, but I could take the 1:30 flight.

I had to back to Seattle. Blythe was leaving and I needed to spend time with her before she left for London for a month and a half.

I was talking to this really smart lady about the airline industry, open source (she brought it up), cellphone protocols, toilet paper, movies, you name it... very interesting lady. She'd worked at IBM when she was younger but now she was a grandma and was flying up (for free ... her daughter works for Alaska Air) to Seattle to see her grandkids. In the middle of one of our conversations she just darted off and I was like, "hm... that's odd." She then turns around and waves for me to follow her. She was running to the Portland gate and got us a flight on that one, then I took a little Portland to Seattle shuttle plane. All worked out in the end.

The flight from Portland to Seattle was wonderful ... so beautiful. Especially the end when we flew north past Seatac and circled around all of Seattle to fly back in going south. Seattle's a damn cool city.

Spent an hour or so with Blythe near the airport until her parents came to pick her up. I drove her car back here and her parents will pick it up later.

So now I have 45 days without Blythe. She's missing me already but I probably won't feel it for a week or so, then I'll be pathetically bored & lonely since I hardly hang out with other people.

I need to go take a shower now.... sitting on planes always makes me feel gross, especially those little planes that are always too hot & humid.