This morning I rode over to the Oakland Coliseum and bought tickets for afew A's games. All the A's home games on Wednesday have $1 tickets, soI picked up a few to the A's v. Minnesota game on 25 Jul 01. Also, Igot tickets to see the A's play the SF Giants in June and the Yankees inAugust. We bought tickets last weekend to see the Giants play theBrewers in July at Pac Bell Park, too.

Would the former energy barons who currently govern the US concoct a phony energy crisis to benefit their former coworkers andcurrent campaign contributers? No...

Not Bush and Cheney. Sorry,laughing fit. Of course they would. In fact, they're doing it aswe sit here. We went to get sushi last night at a place near our house. We putin our order, paid our money, and proceeded to wait. This is a smallplace, with service that is none too quick, so waiting is part of theroutine. However, we waited, and waited, and waited. Aftertwenty-five minutes of waiting, there was still no food in sight, thoughmany others who came to the restaurant after us had gotten their food andgone. I approached the women working the counter and inquired, nonetoo gently, whether I should plan on eating sushi that night, or if I shouldgo somewhere else to cure my hunger. It was at this point that theydetermined that had no record of our order, and no memory of what weordered. After telling them what we ordered, I explained that Iexpected food in no more than five minutes. This seemed to galvanizethe staff into action, so I stood there waiting. Meanwhile, the staffforgot what we ordered, got distracted dealing with their credit cardmachine (which they didn't know how to operate and then blamed theirfailures on a customer's card), and then when I approached them again afterthe five minutes was up, asked for our order, again! This time, theywere going to write it down, they said. At this point, I explainedthat the staff was going to give me my money back and I would never gracetheir so-called restaurant again. I explained all of this loudly and evenly(it's a small place, voices carry well there, and I wanted to make sure thateveryone in line knew what sort of chaos was going on at the front of theline). At this point, they managed to procure one of the four items weordered and our money (which was refunded in full), so we left. I'llnever understand why these sorts of situations seem to happen to me morethan anyone else. I seem to be a magnet for bad dining experienceswhich start out perfectly normal and then rapidly deteriorate beyondnormality into some sort of surrealistic experience.