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|Friday, July 13th, 2018|
Keeping the cats in today, to their displeasure. Yesterday all the houses on this street received a notice that today the contractors previously repaving at the entrance to our neighborhood will be oiling and paving here. Combine that with this being Friday 13th. "Whole lotta nope right there!" :-) Current Mood: annoyed
|Saturday, June 23rd, 2018|
|A New Masks Story is Published!
Doppler Press has brought out my fifth Masks story as a Kindle e-book through Amazon, as of June 23, 2018!
While life goes on for Template and her friends and allies, a new generation is getting its own start.
You can also still buy the first four Masks stories at the same link!
Current Mood: accomplished
Read about the history of the Masks universe at the link below!
|Friday, June 22nd, 2018|
Bureaucracies love "Zero Tolerance." It means they don't have to think about anything; just treat everyone the same. The problem is that everyone is different. Human beings are supposed to use their judgement to treat each person - and each family - as the unique situation they are. As has been proven repeatedly and consistently, "Zero Tolerance" makes zero sense. Current Mood: angry
|Sunday, June 17th, 2018|
|A Good Night's Sleep
I seriously overslept this morning. Feels good.
I suspect I needed this, especially after I forgot to turn the alarm off Friday night and didn't sleep in Saturday. Current Mood: awake
|Thursday, June 14th, 2018|
Most likely at least partly due to the antibiotic I've been on, I have slept very little the past three nights. The past two nights I went to bed early, but then woke even earlier.
Part of the problem is that my bedroom catches the morning Sun and gets warm, in spite of both shades and a curtain. After a night of cool comfort, I wake up overheated. Though I think much of that the past week has been due to the lower respiratory infection, as mentioned last Saturday.
I really need to mow my yard, after all the rain we've had this week. Will start after breakfast digests, taking it in easy stages. Nothing about this task is very physically challenging; it's just a big yard.
Then, probably after lunch, I'll try to nap. Otherwise I'll be useless the rest of the day as the lack of sleep catches up with me. Current Mood: sleepy
|Saturday, June 9th, 2018|
|Once More, With Phlegm
Woke up this morning bathed in sweat. Called doctor, made appointment (East Side Family Medicine is open until Noon on Saturday).
Doctor says it's a lower respiratory infection. Put me on Z-Pac. Will take first dose during Lunch.
Will likely be at home all weekend.
|Monday, May 28th, 2018|
Not sure what's wrong. I did mow my back yard yesterday morning in high temps and humidity. However, I took it in stages and drank plenty of water. Didn't actually start feeling sick until the late evening. Then I was mostly just tired.
I actually scared myself this morning. My bedroom windows catch the morning sun, so being a bit warm when I wake is not unusual. I was fine when I got up a little after 6:00 to use the john and get some water. (Sleeping in due to the holiday and being restless during the night.) However, when I woke at 9:30 I was baking. I was hot, sweating heavily. Took me more than an hour to feel cool again.
Naturally, the only medical place open today is the emergency room. I'm feeling somewhat better, so will wait until tomorrow and - if still feeling sick - will go to my usual PCP.
|Saturday, May 19th, 2018|
This is ridiculous. Tragedy strikes, and instead of helping, politicians of every stripe (not all politicians, but far too many) trot out their favorite phrases, blame their favorite bogeyman and feel they've done their job. Enough. Violence is a social problem and an individual problem. Dealing with either type is not easy, but it must be done. Stop targeting this class of object or that favorite group to blame. Find out why this _individual_ did this. Figure out why _society_ allowed them to get to a place in their life where committing such an act seemed acceptable. We have to figure out why these few - and they are, by a huge measure, exceptions to the general population - do these things. We _must_ as a community learn how to identify them and get them help before they hurt anyone, including themselves. We must _not_ base policies only on these exceptions, but learn to include measures for dealing with them. Bureaucracies love to generalize and hate to deal with individuals, but if we cannot learn to do this we are a failure as a society. After the Parkland, Florida shooting I heard an interview with a criminal court judge. He angrily stated that law enforcement has been given reliable tools for predicting who will commit a crime, but nothing to help predict who will become violent. That has to change. As a Christian, I say that we must become our brother's keeper. Not in the _1984_ Big Brother, oppressive sense; but in the sense of paying attention to each other and caring for each other. Of offering a kind word and a supporting hand when it is needed. Of staging in intervention when it is required. The legal tools for this exist but are rarely used and could be improved. Far more important, though, is the change in attitude that our nation and we as individuals must demonstrate. Look out for each other.
May these few and clumsy words help someone more enlightened produce a solution. Current Mood: angry
|Friday, April 20th, 2018|
|A Very Twilight Zone Experience
Current Mood: amused
Someone set up a video with every Serling introduction to the program with them all synced to end when he says "Twilight Zone." The cacophony builds and builds until that final moment (reminiscent of the later ending of the Beatles "A Day in the Life") when it all comes together:
|Wednesday, April 4th, 2018|
I went to ConGlomeration with a mild cold. I came back with a worse one. I don't know if the worse health now is due to not resting enough - though Irested plenty, even missing a lot of the con - or if I actually caughtsomething there. The timing is right for the second; my condition begandeteriorating Tuesday, three days after the middle of the con. That'sgenerally the incubation period. Got to bed late last night due to napping in my recliner for a couple of hours(with the Weather Underground playing at low volume in the background) untilthe storms passed. Went to bed chilled and woke up roasting. While I'm stillsick today (Wednesday) I no longer feel as feverish as I did Tuesday.Hopefully, that means I'm on the mend. Current Mood: sick
|Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018|
|Monday, April 2nd, 2018|
Doppler Press has brought out my fourth Masks story as a Kindle e-book through Amazon, as of March 31, 2018!
Can modern heroes defeat mad science and ancient magic? If not, there will be _Vengeance in Vegas!_
You can also still buy the first three Masks stories at the same link!
Read about the history of the Masks universe here: Current Mood: accomplished
|Friday, February 23rd, 2018|
|Thursday, February 15th, 2018|
|We Need to do Better
We need to be better.
Mass shootings are a social problem, not a technical one. The technical solutions people keep proposing do little or nothing to help. We need social solutions.
We need to understand why some people do these things. We need to learn how to identify them ahead of time. We need to get them help before they hurt anyone, including themselves.
We need to pay more attention to each other and be willing to help them when they need it. We need to be willing to ask for help when _we_ need it.
Current Mood: sad
The motivation is definitely there. It just needs to be turned in the right direction.
|Monday, January 1st, 2018|
|Sunday, December 3rd, 2017|
I recently read a strongly positive review for Epic bars. They're sort of halfway between jerky and modern protein bars, with mixtures of seasoned, dried meat and other ingredients. A bit like pemmican without the fat and berries. (There are several flavors so some may even have berries.)I bought the most basic versions of the beef and chicken. Tonight I tried the chicken.One small bite was enough for me to toss the whole rest of the bar. It had so much pepper that should have been listed as the main ingredient. Now, I'm unusually sensitive to hot stuff, pepper included. If you like that, don't let my unfavorable review chase you away. Just be aware of this ingredient. Current Mood: thirsty
|Saturday, December 2nd, 2017|
|The Cat Came Back!
<B>Patches is back!</b>I was putting something on my compost heap, and there she was, walking up the driveway from the back yard. I picked her up, brought her inside and down to the basement and gave her some food. She'd lost weight but otherwise looked fine. She ate. Then she drank. Then she ate some more. She is now exploring the house. Current Mood: happy
It's been a week since I opened the cat flap after the cats' breakfast and they went outside. I later saw Patches again in the early afternoon, briefly, outside. Not since. I just wish I knew what had happened to her. Current Mood: awake
|Thursday, November 23rd, 2017|
|Masks Timeline Update
Current Mood: amused
For those interested in my Masks stories, here is an updated partial history: