i watched it live on television: while the house of representatives was voting on the $700 billion bailout bill, the dow jones was in freefall, plummeting downwards not just in the 10's but in the 100's. when the bill looked like it wasn't going to pass, that only exacerbated the situation. by the end of the day, the dow jones was down 777 points, the largest drop in the stock market's history, more than a billion dollars of denied bailout cash per point. glad i could be a part of it, see it with my very own eyes!
worked on stuff for client N, until client P reminded me that we had scheduled meeting for this friday, so now i have to get something done for them too. the good news is client B contacted me, said they wouldn't have any fixes until next week, so i don't have to do any work for them for the next few days. i took a break to watch last night's episode of true blood, we finally get to see erik the viking vampire for the very first time.
my roommate didn't come home until in the evening. i didn't see him in the afternoon because he and his coworkers went out for lunch at the border cafe in harvard square. he gave me a surprise tonight: ask if it'd be okay if his wife came to visit him from china during his last month of research (between february-march). i said sure, but my rapid blinking belied my shock and hesitancy. what is with these china researchers and their visiting spouses or significant others? my only consolation is that'd be an excellent time for me to be out of the country.