Re: Ahhhh Stranded at work!
I agree with Abtech. Bleeder banjo bolts rock! Also, whenever I do a brake bleed on my vehicles, I always run at least a pint extra through the bleed nipple.
But when you replaced the pads - did you clean and grease the slider pins?
Also, I'd recommend doing the zip-tie trick. Put a thick piece of cardboard on the front side of the grip and zip-tie the brake lever back as far as you can, then leave it that way overnight. This will help any bubbles suspended in the fluid to gather at the fitting near the master cylinder. When you release the lever in the morning, any residual air should get sucked back into the mc, and you'll be rewarded with a firmer pull.
Hth, and good luck!