It had been a long day, and a lot more of the same. I was happy I was heading home, but the walk back always reminded me of things that I had left behind, and things that seemed incomplete. An insufficient meal that I had to leave halfway in order to m…
Nuff wasn’t feeling as he’d usually feel. The weather was being fickle, and he usually enjoyed that.”How can you possibly stay in a place that’s sunny all the time? I need an ambience of temperamental-ity.”He’d asked for it. Over the last two weeks, th…
Nuff was particularly nostalgic today. I couldn’t blame him. It was his parents’ wedding anniversary. They had passed away a few years back, and a whole lot of who he had become after that encapsulated what he’d gone through facing up to what had happe…
Desire spreads her armsWaits there for a day She’ll forgive a frownThere’s nothing you can sayNothing will turn her awayShe isn’t leaving townA morphed sun-lit maskShe’s smiling underneathA haunting gravityShe’ll never let you sleepIt’ll tug insid…
“Why are there so many fountains around here?”
“Why on earth do you have closing times on this gigantic library? It’s cruel to make students come all the way here to refer to archaic material they can’t check out and can’t finish using in one sitting, only to haul themselves back home every morning at 1 am.”
“There were more fruit trees around the last time I was here. They probably want you to buy your fruits now. No free lunches, eh?”
“Center of Silicon Valley, and insufficient street lighting… I guess no one wants to mug all these rich kids? Give me one week in this place…”
“Is that a skunk on the children’s playground? Talk about animal cruelty…”
His mind works in mysterious ways.
Well anyway, Nuff is a coffee nut. So he’s always looking out for that next great brew. I showed him the places that sold coffee around, and in a couple of days he’d been to all of them already.
“The cafes around the campus all sell coffee at ridiculously high prices. Come to think of it, they must all have joint ownership, or be part of the same parent holding. They’ve jacked the rates up in tandem.”
That was true.
“The bookstore, however, sells coffee at 50 cents a cup.”
I already knew that, but I asked him how they managed that.
“Well, its probably run by the University. So they aren’t particular about the quality of the coffee, or anything else there, for that matter”.
I asked him what he thought about the coffee.
“The bookstore coffee was terrible. So terrible, that I think you’re paying 50 cents just for the take-away cup. If you took your own cup there, they’d probably pay you to drink in it”.
So much for that. I asked him which place had the best coffee.
“I’m going to stick to the bookstore cafe.”
I didn’t quite ask why, but I found out soon enough.
We went up to the bookstore cafe one morning, and it was during classes so there weren’t many people about. The girl at the counter seemed rather bored, but she stood up as soon as we stepped in. She was rather pretty.
“I got this”.
Boy, did he.
“Hey, what would you like?”
“I want your best coffee. What can you get me?”
He gave her a wide smile. I didn’t really see him do that very often, and I still can’t place what happened next.
“You were here yesterday as well, weren’t you? I still wouldn’t recommend anything here, honey.”
“If I brought you here, what would you have?”
I was a bit taken aback. That seemed rather blunt, and before I could step in and say anything…
“Oh, you would’t be bringing me here for the best coffee now, would you?”
“You’re right, I wouldn’t.”
“You’d be taking me someplace far nicer.”
“I would, wouldn’t I? This wouldn’t do you any justice.”
“Yea, you would.”
This was absurd. She was blushing, and he’d done nothing at all.
“Why don’t I take you to a place where there’s really good coffee?”
“I’m fine, thanks.”
“I know you are.”
Now this was just ridiculous. Nuff was grinning like a nutter elf.
“I still want coffee now.”
“I’m off in an hour.”
“Hmm, sounds reasonable. That better be good coffee, if I’m going to have to wait for it.”
“I brew it myself, in my dorm room.”
“I’ll see you in an hour then.”
“Meet me outside. I’m Erica.”
“To good times and great coffee, Erica.”
He gave her another smile, and simply strolled out.
I was left standing there, holding 50 cents in my hand for the coffee.
“Erm, I’ll take a medium coffee, please…”
Nuff didn’t come back till late that evening. I asked him if the coffee kept him awake.
“Spicy coffee does that to me, yeah.”
Nuff makes new friends really well. He was settling in.
Nuff said – “I’m bringing the ‘cool’ back to ‘masculine’.”
What a nutter…
Nuff: On setting examples – Part 1.”I learnt two things while growing up: don’t be evil, and never get caught.”I still remember the day I heard this. A good friend (Nuff, of course) was explaining his outlook on life in general. We were alone, and he s…
I am a middle aged working mom, and I’ve been married to my husband for 8 years. We have a lovely 7 year old daughter, and things were fine until September last year.
My husband got laid off when his company bought over another company, and they went through a “creative restructuring” to “maximise employee efficiency”. In other words, being told he wasn’t indispensable to a company where he’d been working for over 9 years struck him pretty hard. He refused to leave home for weeks, and did nothing but sit and stare at his computer screen all day. I thought I’d give him a month to work over his depression, but he didn’t seem to get any better.
I’ve been busy with a new contract at my office this past month, so I’d asked him if he would take care of our daughter during the school break. He agreed, but that’s when the problem started. I’d get back late everyday, only to find my daughter unwilling to talk to me or look me in the eye. I thought this was only because I wasn’t spending as much time at home, so I promised myself I’d spend the weekends with her. But it wasn’t until yesterday that I figured out what was going wrong.
I left home at 7 that morning as usual, and decided to take my iPad with me to work. It was low on charge, so I thought I’d use my iPhone’s car charger to juice it up. I was a few blocks away when the iPad gave me a message saying that charging was unsupported with that charger. I decided to head back home real quick to grab my iPad power adapter.
When I got back home, I crept in to my bedroom to see that my husband had put on my underwear and some of my makeup, and was parading around the room trying to “strut his stuff”. My daughter was sitting in front of him, following him keenly; a look of bewilderment and confusion on her face. He was trying to imitate my voice, and saying things like how I used my “booty” to get a promotion, and how I “sucked balls” to keep from being fired. He proceeded to use a tube of face cream to imitate fellatio, and my daughter just sat and watched.
I couldn’t take it anymore, and I rushed out of there as soon as I could. I can’t face my husband anymore, and I can’t figure out if and how I should bring it up. Is he insecure? Does he hate me for keeping my job? Is he trying to turn my daughter against me? Please help me Nuff – what should I do?
Dear iPad user,
The iPhone and the iPad both use the 30-pin connector to charge their batteries, but there are differences in the battery capacities. The iPhone/iPod Power Adapter is 5V, 1amp (5×1=5 watts), while the Ipad Power Adapters are 5V, 2Amp (5 x 2=10 Watts). So an iPad might charge using the iPhone’s Power Adapter, but it’s going to be way too slow. Car chargers for the iPhone are already strained delivering the required wattage as is, so it’s almost certain they won’t be able to keep up with the iPad.
The fastest way to charge your iPad is with the included 10W USB Power Adapter. The iPad will also charge, although more slowly, when attached to a computer with a high-power USB port (many recent Mac computers) . When attached to a computer via a standard USB port (most PCs or older Mac computers), the iPad will charge; but only in sleep mode. Make sure your computer is on while charging iPad via USB. If iPad is connected to a computer that’s turned off or is in sleep or standby mode, the iPad battery will continue to drain.
Take good care of your Apple accessories by keeping their unique charging requirements in mind.
Nuff said – Do unto others before they undo you.
— to be continued.