Thursday, June 24, 2021

It's Not All About Money

 Today I could do a lot of mystery shops; the money is adequate and useful. But it's not all about money; I need to live life as well. So I am going to do one and let the others worry about themselves.

I actually enjoy going places, meeting people, and that part of the shop; I'm not interested in the drudgery detail which is understandably necessary. I did one gas shop today, then went home.

Zumba at 5:30 was live an enjoyable.

During it I thought of my next joke for my facebook group "Garak is love. Garak is life. Garak is queer.":

Naturally I had qualms because the episode 3 line "A bit of both" also refers to Loki's orientation, and I do not want to unnecessarily upset people of that oritentation but it was used first in episode 1 I figured most people would understand that to be the reference, especially if I published right away while many people would not have seen ep3.

I'm getting a whole lot of positive feedback from this, which is gratifying. It was a nice challenge crafting the letters from the materials available using only MSPaint!

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Happy Father's Day

I I was happy to get a loving Father's Day wish from Kiara. It made me happy.

Otherwise, I believe that the only person I spoke with today was rain rain, when I stopped by to see about the plants she was giving away.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Some Weeks Of Photos

 I have gotten out of the habit of posting daily, but I still takes pictures every day so perhaps that is almost as good as a record.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Monthly Cat Care

Today 5/1/2021

  • Ginny
    • 12 pounds
  • Imp
    • 8.2 pounds
  • Shadow
    • Weight 10 pounds exactly
    • Flea Treatment
    • Note: Shadow calls very often - when she's at the water dish, but mostly to take me to her pillow in the office and demand treats. She eats a lot of wet food and dry food. She likes being brushed on back and side, but not on chest or belly where there are small mats.

Ginny's has a straight back over her forepart
and a rounded back over her belly.
Does it mean anything?

Ginny is active and curious
She has a mark on the left side as if
that eye were draining but it's always there

Imp's eyes seem clear
She is active and playful

Shadow is much more vocal
and demands more treats than she used to

Friday, April 30, 2021

City Of Nightmares: My Bookclub Reads "City Of Dreams"

The first book we read for the West Seattle Time Bank book club was "City of Dreams" b Beverly Swerling. When I first heard we were going to read "City of Dreams" I was excited because taht history (by Tyler Anbinder) looked like an interesting!. Then I learned that, no, it was going to be the historical novel.
Well, ok. I ordered it through Pegasus and marched through it. I wrote This Review.
"For a book with "Dreams" in the title, it was mostly a nightmare. None of the characters had much in the way of redeeming qualities except for the capacity to endure pain, of which there was a lot. Every character who is not almost immediately killed or raped is unlikeable. The American revolutionaries are slavers, the British loyalists liked to spank their prostitutes. The Europe-training doctors killed their patients with ineffective medicines and the surgeons killed their patients by experimenting on them. All in all, "City of Dreams" is not a place we'd want to visit.
It might have been worth touring this nightmare if there had been something like a plot or if it had been a reliable vehicle for learning history (after all, much of history involves a lot of pain.) However, the only plot-like structure is that the mixed-race child of a rape was so enraged at the casual racism of being rejected for marriage due to her heritage, that she engaged in a multigenerational revenge (despite a subsequent highly successful marriage) that did not actually accomplish much except the crippling of a completely innocent uncle. That is not a very interesting plot because there is no suspense or direction to the revenge.
As for history: in the afternotes we read that the author studied period medical notes and therefore we can trust the gory details. Otherwise we are left guessing as to what is is real and what is invented. Did colonists torture slaves? Probably yes. Did a privateer and pirate get captured by the British during a hopeless attempt to save Nathan Hale from hanging? Probably not. Was there really a "Women of Conmara" society of herbalists? We learn in the notes the answer is "no". What events and details can we trust? It's too much trouble to figure out.
So: we can't read this for history. We can't read it for character. We can't read it for plot. I read it because our book club chose it because it's cover blurb said it was a "perfect historical novel" ... and that is a lesson in itself."

This seemed to be the general conscensus of the book club - we did not especially like it, but wanted to try another book. Next month it'll be "The Hotel At The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet". Wish us luck!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

St Ed's Preview

 I, along with many other alumni, were invited to a preview of The Lodge At St Edward Park.

I walked around with Tom Boulanger for a while, then sat in the Refectory (which has a new name) at a table with a guy who seemed to know a lot; employees kept asking him questions and he'd give directions. Just to make conversation, I asked how had he connected with St. Ed's and he revealed that he was Daniels. Ha! the force behind this renovation is a genuinely nice guy.

Later John Pinette came along and we chatted briefly; I saw a few others but it was time to go. I'll be back.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

This Week Or Fortnight

She's not really grumpy, she's just concentrating

Classic Imp Watching The World Pose

The Season Is Blossoming

Spring bloom

Pansies Rock On!

I would love for this to be a bird feeder;
Imagine all those little cheepers on the wing!

As the sun got low, this shadow
appeared on a flower pot I am working on

A veritable array of onions
at the community garden near Pond Park.
Can you read the coded message?

Wake up and smell the flowers!
Or ... sleep in. What the heck, it's Saturday.

On the left: a nice house
On the right: the box it came in

When your car is bigger than your garage

This is true

This tree must have been HUGE but as the poem says ...

A Hummingbird just chilling,
watching me watching it