Suzy Q returns.

I was just sitting on the couch and I heard a knock at the door. I thought it might have been Matt, my old roommate/future brother-in-law. He’s supposed to come by tonight and start packing up his stuff to move out tomorrow. It turned out to be Suzy Q again. And guess what, she wanted to use the phone. I try to be a nice guy, but I know when somebody’s taking advantage of that. I asked her who she was going to call and she said she needed to call a cab. I asked her what the number was, called the cab for her, and sent her on her way. Next time I’ll remember to use the peep hole before opening the door.

Ink stinks.

I have an HP DeskJet 895Cse. It was a pretty good printer when I bought it 5 years ago. Compared to the printers out now it’s pretty lame.

I refuse to buy another cartridge for this printer. I could buy another printer for the cost of ink. I read somewhere the printer ink costs about $20 per ounce. So a soda can full of ink would cost $240. And it would probably taste better than Mello Yello.

I bought an ink refill kit about two years ago. I used it once and it was a big mess, but it worked. Yesterday I had to use it again. This time I had a roll of paper towels and a sacrificial goat at hand. It was still messy though. Afterwards I had more ink on my hands than in the color cartridge. The right hand looked like I had just killed someone, and the left hand looked like I had just smurfed Smurfette.

There are only two surefire ways of removing ink from your skin. One requires a laser and the other involves bleach and steel wool. I went with the latter method. My hands are not only clean now, but they have the added benefit of smelling like a public swimming pool.

It's a serious problem.

I suffer from a condition known as Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helioopthalmic Outburst Syndrome (ACHOO). You may have never heard of it, but it is a widespread epidemic. It affects 25% of the population. You or someone you know may have it.

ACHOO is also known as photic sneezing. It is characterized by uncontrollable sneezing due to sudden exposure to bright light, usually the sun.

The condition is genetic. I have a 50% chance of passing it down to my children. Although we are not certain what causes this problem, it is suspected to be because of a crossing of pathways in the brain.

In just a few moments I will step outside to go to class. If the sun is out I will sneeze, twice. It’s something I have learned to live with.

I’m in the process of starting an ACHOO support group in my community.