html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en"> From the archives: Special treat for you!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Special treat for you!

Originally posted 2/5/7, 9:16am. Moved so the regulation posts could be continuous.

I met Mark on Saturday! I went to his super-cool geek-factory workplace, where lots of smart dorky men work. Mark is, like, a bossman, so I figured that he'd make them all line up for me, topless and flexing, so I could choose among them Madeline Kahn-style. Instead he just showed me his cool project. When I asked him about having all the guys show me their vertical leaps, he said something I didn't listen to about "work environment" and "important deadlines". Then he added something about "dignity", which I didn't get at all. Dignity never bothered to show up for my dating life before, so I don't see why it has to start now, with Mark's employees.

Anyway, I was feeling kindof uncertain about my plan to talk about nothing but the policy-making process in bureaucracies for the next six months. I asked Mark what he thought. "Oh, Megan," he said, "I'm sure I can speak for all readers when I say there is nothing we want more." So, look forward to it, guys!!

16 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

It never even occured to me to parade the geek meat for your perusal. But why would I do that? One of the guys falls for you and then wants to move to Sacramento. And then I have to kill him as an example to the others, and before you know it I've got a scene from Spartacus on my hands. No thanks.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Sometimes I think that finding a guy for me isn't THE TOP PRIORITY for every one of my readers. But I refuse to believe in a world so cruel.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I won't dispute the potential geek factor of discussing the bureaucratic process, I can't help but feel as if I have very little to add to the discussion. While typically an optimist, I'm too cynical to expect that we're going to effect much change in the arena of public policy by discussing it on the Internets.

One of the things I like most about your site is the way you interject personal experience and knowledge into the discussion. So I guess all I can ask is, if you're going to spend the next 6 months discussing the bureaucratic process, try to toss in the occasional analogy or metaphor involving ultimate, hydraulic engineering, or your large rack. Maybe some discussion about which bureaucrats you'd rather not play ultimate with, or the potential for government regulation of bra designs with respect to the health industry and the way it deals with lower back pain. Or government regulation of the natural foods industry with respect to its cost on the vegan population. And occasionally working in some respects with the California reservoir system, I always enjoy your posts that deal with Los Osos or other California water-related news.

Maybe I'm in the minority there.

--mith

12:55 PM  
Blogger Noel said...

Megan, I simply have to tell you that this month's National Geographic has kindly mapped out the distribution of single people in the US of A. Best place for single guys is the 'LA-Long Beach-Santa Ana' urban area, where there are 40K more single guys than gals! SF, Oakland, and San Jose also loom pretty damn large on the map. But be warned -- SacTown is either has a very small guy surplus, or, horrors!, an excess of single chicks (I can't quite tell). All the data is from the US Census Bureau, so of course you can do your own data crunching.

How could you ever doubt us? HOW!?

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best place for single guys is the 'LA-Long Beach-Santa Ana' urban area, where there are 40K more single guys than gals! SF, Oakland, and San Jose also loom pretty damn large on the map.

I bet they don't do further analysis into why they're single...I bet it's for some reason other than there not being enough females around.

--mith

1:45 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

When Mark gave me the tour, he probably didn't notice, but a couple of the guys gave me a good long up-and-down. And then, on Sunday morning, when my brother and I went to play Ultimate, there weren't enough people for a game. But there was a guy there who played catch with us for a while and then golf with us for another while. And he was chatty, and nice to my brother, and has pretty throws, and nice arms. (I didn't see whether he has hops.) And I would say that I had the impression the whole time that he was... intrigued... by me. That maybe there was a shade of additional interest beyond the usual Ultimate friendliness.

None of those were interactions enough to pursue, but they all reminded me that nothing like that happens to me here. Nothing. You think I'm kidding, but there are simply not single guys here who are like me.

And then there was that Bay Area Craigslist guy whose ad I liked so much a couple weeks ago, who wouldn't date a girl from Sac. He was JUST MY TYPE. I've been resisting this for a long time, but I think I'm going to have to move to Oakland.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

I told you to move to the bay area a long time ago. If you had listened to me up front you could have saved yourself a year.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

It is a very hard thing for me to think about leaving here. I wanted to give the blog a while to work. I'm still not committed to moving. I love it here, and I love my set-up here and my house and friends and commute and lifestyle. I may have to sacrifice all that, but it isn't an easy decision.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person who is JUST YOUR TYPE is unwilling to take a 1.5 hour trip to see if you are just his type. Is that worth moving to Oakland for?

I'll see if my one remaining Sacramento friend is involved. Both my wife and I thought independently about trying to link you two up.

A4

2:13 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

I think the point is, there are more people her type in the Bay Area than in Sacramento. It would increase her chances. And it's hardly fair to get angry at this guy for not wanting to start a relationship with someone who lives 1.5 hours away. That's a rough situation. It's close enough you have an expectation of seeing each other regularly, but it's far enough that it's still a hassle. And, it's only a 1.5 hour drive in the best of conditions. Friday evening after work, at rush hour it's more like a 2.5 or 3 hour drive. Same going home Sunday.

Anyway, you could always take my other advice and start climbing. Thinking about it, the people I climb with are great. The people I regularly climb with, a guy working on his Post Doc at the Stanford Linear Accelerator, another guy, my age, is the founder of a company that a lot of people have probably heard of, certainly more will, it's doing very well, a couple more PhD students from Stanford, a couple technical managers from Oracle, the head of an IT department, bunches of electrical/computer/software engineers, a PhD/long post doc chemist working on cancer drugs, another couple of lower level chemists.

Lots of well educated, successful people. And, most of them are more in line with your politics than mine.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

The person who is JUST YOUR TYPE is unwilling to take a 1.5 hour trip to see if you are just his type. Is that worth moving to Oakland for?

The guy who was JUST MY TYPE was unwilling to let ME make a 2 hour train trip to see if I am his type. I don't understand how you guys think that men actually make an effort to date women.

I'll see if my one remaining Sacramento friend is involved. Both my wife and I thought independently about trying to link you two up.

Was this you? I've wondered from time to time who that was.

Justin, the folk who climb here overlap in very large part with the folks who play Ultimate. When I was going to the climbing gym for yoga, I knew the climbers or their friends. They're great people, but not a new social circle for me.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Well, once you move to Oakland it will be.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Yep.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Of course, I'm against Oakland too. I don't think that would be much of an improvement. What you really want is the peninsula of the bay area. That's where most of the tech companies are. It's closer to the ocean, the mountains are prettier, it's easier access to the good airport. The only good thing about the east bay is the convenient location of the Fuddruckers, but you're a vegetarian, so that doesn't matter to you.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy who was JUST MY TYPE was unwilling to let ME make a 2 hour train trip to see if I am his type. I don't understand how you guys think that men actually make an effort to date women.

Perhaps it's only the ones that are JUST YOUR TYPE that don't make an effort to date women.

--mith

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Thelonious_Nick said...

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, yeeessss, no, no, no, no, no, no, yesssss!

When I was in middle school (OK, even into high school), my buddies and I used to watch "History of the World" every weekend when we'd sleep over at each other's houses. (Strange that we didn't have girlfriends.) Clearly, the Madeline Kahn-style line-up method of choosing dates should be used more frequently than it is now.

"Do I have any openings this man could fill?"

7:15 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home