today was a surprisingly subdued day. i didn't do any programming, but instead i just made little fixes here and there. it was a welcomed change to have an easy day, one completely free of stress. it was so laid back for me that it almost didn't feel like work.
for lunch, eliza and i went to chinatown where we had vietnamese at pho hòa (17-19 beach street, chinatown), the new restaurant that replaced to chau, my former favorite vietnamese restaurant. this was my first time at pho hòa and i didn't think it was anything special, actually disappointed that they did away with the previous lunch specials, no longer offering the tom yum guy soup with vermicelli noodles. that was good stuff, the last few times i went to to chau that's what i ordered instead of the standard pho dish. pho hòa has something like 50 different pho selection, but that's actually not entirely accurate, it's just different combination of meats. to be honest, i can't really tell them apart, they all look the same to me. i usually pick the one that has tripe in it.
after work i went running with julie. i was late for our 6pm rendezvous, having gotten stuck in the office burning a last minute cd. when i ran to our meeting place, julie was already there waiting. we decided to take the 5 mile route around the science museum and across the mass ave bridge. in order to spice things up a bit, julie decided that we should go in the opposite direction. signs of summer were everywhere, people lounging by the docks, lying on the grass, topless men and spandex/lycra-wearing women running and rollerblading along the paths. for the final stretch, julie and i crossed memorial drive and out behind the marriott hotel, where we crashed rebecca's farewell party at the characters hotel bar by waving to her outside the window. julie went back to the screen house office while i returned to srm, where i took a quick shower (i really needed it, i was sweat soaked) and then went back to the characters to join up with the program, already in progress.
i left around 8:30pm, biking it back home in very little traffic. i won't be riding in tomorrow though, forecast says thunderstorms in the afternoon. commuting by t will be a good break. i need to catch up on my journal writing and my people watching.