if only I could throw punches at people all day.

I actually had a spat with my boss today, which I think is a first. I got unusually frustrated with trying to translate his variant of English into something I could understand, and for whatever reason, I got annoyed with the lack of progress in the conversation and kept hammering on things he'd just said in an effort to clarify or confirm that they actually meant what I thought they meant. (My boss, while smart and articulate, tends towards malapropisms and lack of specificity in his speech, which is fine except for all the times he's trying to tell me to do something complex and specific. I tend towards very specific, detailed technical language where I generally use the right words on the first try. Communication between us is an ongoing project.) Well, however I veered, I breached his "You might want to think about not using that tone with me" threshold, so he said as much and walked off for a bit, which was a good idea. I'm not really inclined to apologize or otherwise talk about it, but I wouldn't be surprised if it comes up later.

So my boss comes over later in the morning and asks if I knew an A.B. (real name redacted) from a previous job. I thought about it and remembered she was the receptionist/office manager at my first job. Turns out she's my current boss's sister.

Remember: when setting your goals, ambitious is good.

Nicholas Kristof wrote this delightful article about gay marriage for the New York Times back in March, and I'm just getting to read it now.