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Long Days in Belgium
I have found a Belgium beer I like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriek. Yum.

So tired at these darn design-sessions! They're grueling. Today's afternoon one in particular. It was stuffy, and when I say stuffy I don't just mean warm -- I also mean lacking air. I literally felt like I couldn't breath enough in there, like there simply wasn't enough oxygen in the air. NOT a pleasant feeling! I felt stiffled, and I kept yawning. The yawns made me briefly feel like I'd taken a deep enough breath, and had sufficient air.

I was also fighting to stay awake. I was sitting with my back straight up in my seat, my feet figiting around, and I was pinching the webbing in between my fingers. My brain was still disconnecting every minute or so, I'd catch my eyes closing or my head wanting to tip over, or just my vision fading... I hate that feeling. It was awful, and so frustrating trying it overcome it! On our breaks I'd get up, walk around, drink water, drink coffee, but as soon as the meeting resumed those same fighting-to-stay-conscious feelings would return. Ick.

I found myself more comfortable and alert standing in the doorway, where the air felt fresher behind me. It made me start to seriously wonder about the oxygen balance in that room, and if it was possible that I was indeed not getting enough air.

But that may be all in my imagination, because I wasn't short of breath. I think if I actually didn't have enough oxygen in the air, I'd find myself gasping for more air, wouldn't I? Instead if anything I was breathing less than normal, sometimes almost feeling as if I'd forgotten to breathe at all. So maybe it was just sleep-deprivation.

Anyway, it's weird...bodies are weird! We're meeting in that room again tomorrow, and I'm nervous. I hope I'll do a better job of staying alert and awake in there. If not, maybe I'll bring a baseball to throw through the window, let a bit of fresh air in.

Tomorrow I leave for Amsterdam, then saturday I fly back to the USA!

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djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: February 28th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a framboise fan, myself. Yummm.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: February 28th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kriek rules. Just don't drink the "Oud" style unless you like really sour stuff, that was where I drew the line.

Kriek beer in a back-alley place in Philadelphia was the best hangover of my life. It was horrible, but we all were in that state the next day and swearing we were fine until those damn Dutch made us drink the "Oud Kriek".
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: February 28th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you were really tired the fourth day when you were in Vermont.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: February 29th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I think if I actually didn't have enough oxygen in the air, I'd find myself gasping for more air, wouldn't I?

Your breathing rate is regulated by the amount of CO2 in your lungs, not the oxygen. Though, I seriously doubt you had a oxygen-deficient atmosphere in the office.

Sounds to me like you were bored. Time to start "taking notes" on your Treo.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: February 29th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I think if I actually didn't have enough oxygen in the air, I'd find myself gasping for more air, wouldn't I?

Your breathing rate is regulated by the amount of CO2 in your lungs, not the oxygen. Though, I seriously doubt you had a oxygen-deficient atmosphere in the office.

Sounds to me like you were bored. Time to start "taking notes" on your Treo.
From: writerwench Date: February 29th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I dunno.... I've been at meetings in British offices where the ventilation was appalling, and I had the same symptoms until I could get out into the open and fill my lungs with fresh air. Many offices do not take account of a number of people staying in a room for a length of time, and how much oxygen they consume.
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: February 29th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
don't forget to buy me tons of stuff.

people keep forgetting and keep forgiving them, but come on now.
jebra From: jebra Date: February 29th, 2008 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Several years back, I introduce fingerofpower to lambics -- kriek and framboise.

"Finally ... a beer that I like!"

Then I told her how much a bottle of it costs in the US.

"It figures."
abrokenstarr From: abrokenstarr Date: February 29th, 2008 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I love Kriek, Cassis is pretty nice too. Just don't go for the banana one, it is as sickly and artificial as hell!

Good luck with Amsterdam - I had a pretty rough deal with flights last weekend. I hope you are far luckier.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 29th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
What did you have to eat and when that day?

I find a net side project to fiddle with keeps my interest up too.

So when are you coming to Canada?
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