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I might go to the gym today. They have a class at 9:00 that's supposed to be "boot camp style." Which doesn't sound all that appealing but I called up the gym to see exactly what it is and the instructor was the one who answered. She sounded pretty mellow. So I don't think she'll be calling us maggots or anything. But I'm a little sore from yesterday. I was thinking of maybe just doing cardio today. Or maybe just sitting around eating chocolatey cereal. Whichever.

I was thinking of submitting something to [livejournal.com profile] andropotterist's Men in Uniform challenge, but another challenge has been put up and I don't know if there's a deadline for them. I have a good idea but to do it well will take a while.

I went to help with the conference yesterday. T___ and R___ were there and they didn't really need me to talk to customers. One customer commented on the fact that the mtDNA test (tracing maternal lineage) costs a little more than the Y test (tracing paternal lineage, only available to men since we women don't have Y chromosomes). She said, sort of half-joking, "it's just the same at the dry-cleaners: one price for blouses and another for men's shirts." And looking at me and T___. I pointed out that men also have mitochondrial DNA. But how do we respond to that? It costs more because we have to do more with it. I'm not actually involved in the human genetics at this point; it's all database stuff and fish genetics for me, for now. But I think we just do SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) on the Y chromosome, and we have to do sequencing for the mtDNA. It seems like a lot of people think the Y test if for men and the mtDNA test is only for women. I'm amazed how many people pay to get their DNA tested without understanding anything about how it works. But I guess people buy computers without knowing how to use them.

Then after the conference, I walked to the Downtown Plaza mall to buy shoes. I needed some running shoes because all I have are some crappy sneakers I got at Payless for $6. So I got some good shoes, for ten times that much. One the way to the mall, I walked through the park around the capitol building and I could hear a protest going on. I went to check it out, in case it was something I agreed with and I could join in. I didn't join in. It was a protest against gay marriage. It made me feel ill, walking past those fuckers with their "Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve" and "God created male and female not gay and lesbian" signs. And I couldn't even give them the finger because the tricky bastards had brought their children along. And flipping people off in front of their kids might make our side look bad. Just a little. At the mall, I tried to find a rainbow shirt or something (ideally a flag but I didn't think I was likely to find that at the mall) so I could piss them off on the way back. But I couldn't find anything. It's just as well, though, because by the time I came back, they'd gone.

When I got back to Davis, I was going to Jamba Juice and I saw Nicole! With her boyfriend. And she wants to see PoA at midnight! Yay! And I phoned Jackie when I was up in Sacramento, because she lives in Rocklin, and she was busy yesterday but we're going to have lunch today. I'll see if she wants to see Troy or something. I want to see Shrek 2 but I think it's going to be hard to get tickets for that.

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