Thursday, August 17, 2017

Still no news

i stayed close to my phone all day today hoping for a call from my guru, but nothing. I'm becoming "zen" about it.  Worst case scenario--the computer is dead and somehow when it died it took my external drive with it and that's why my laptop won't "see" it. I'm trying to be ok with losing everything. Look on the bright side--no files to clean up...but let's hope it's not the worst case scenario.

I used my day to do some more cleaning up my office, and that was useful. Not time wasted by any means.

I also read a lot. I'm reading a fascinating book called "Never Caught," which is the story of a young enslaved woman, who was one of the "favorite" slaves of George and Martha Washington. They spparently spent years searching for her after her escape and she was never found, but lived life as a free black, i think raising a family in the process. I don't know the details because i haven't read that far yet, but I realize as I read this that I know essentually nothing about George Washington. It's absolutely fascinating, especially reading it in conjunction with "learning" the score to Hamilton.

And of course this is all enhanced by all the chatter on TV about Charlottesville, especially comparing Washington with Lee (#45 apparently can't understand why one is bad and the other forgivable, I guess)

A bit of excitement is that I had a call from Eargo, the hearing aid people and I ordered a pair, to be delivered on Friday. A new adventure awaits. Oh, and i had a call from a nurse who is coming to do a mental health evaluation on my mother.

Heck, who needs a computer?

BUT at 7:30 Walt got the external hard drive to work (it helps when you plug it in) and i feel 50% better.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Not your normal night

If this were a normal night, I would be in my office creating this on my desktop, but my desktop is in a shop somewhere and I'm not sure what the diagnosis will be...or when it will come.

It has not beem a great day. After i realized the computer was not going to fix itself, I fired up the laptop. I was happy that all my important info was stored on an external hard drive so i could finish that review I was writing and write Funny the World without too much problem.

Problem #1--the laptop won't connect to our network. I've tried everything. So no internet access on the laptop. I have to do everything on the iPad

Problem #2--the laptop won't recognize my external hard drive so all those carefully saved files are still locked away

I took the computer to my guru but haven't heard if it's fixable or not. Even Gilbert failed me as not one but TWO parking slots directly in front of the shop were taken while I waited for a light to change.

After leaving the computer, i came home, where there was nothing left to do but watch Trump's bizarre press conference. As I had forgotten to take my meds, I was without my antidepressant so it was even more depressing.

I don't know what tomorrow holds. Keeping my fingers crossed (and it's really hard to type on an iPad like that.

Hold the good thought.

Finally, i realized this is almost exactly what I wrote yesterday. Sigh.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dead in the water again

my desktop computer has died again. Trying to find a work around to publish Funny the World. Hold the good thought.

Laptop won't recognize our network.

It also won't recognize the external hard drive on which ALL of my files are stored.

I forgot to take my meds this morning (including antidepressant).

And Trump gave that horrible press conference.

I may have to have a drink tonight!

I hope Funny the World readers have figured out that they should check here. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Sound of Silence

In the wake of the terrible attack at Charlottesville, politicians on both sides of the aisle have been falling all over themselves condemning the those who were responsible for the death of one woman and the wounding of some 30 or so more.

John McCain:  White supremacists aren't patriots, they're traitors- Americans must unite against hatred & bigotry

Bill Clinton:  Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy.

Paul Ryan:  The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe:  "We need to call it out for what it is. For the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who came to our beautiful state yesterday, there is no place for you here."

Hillary Clinton:  "The incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets.  Every minute we allow this to persist through tacit encouragement or inaction is a disgrace, & corrosive to our values."

President Obama quoted Nelson Mandela.  It seems the only person not offering a stern rebuke and a message for the nation is the president. who offered this weak comment:   “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides."

While his minions were all over the television today explaining that of COURSE he meant to include the KKK, the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists by name, there were a few who were happy with his comments.  This from the Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi web site:

People all over the country are speaking out against hate groups.  But the man who was after Obama for literally YEARS for not using the term "radical Islamic terrorism" refuses to use the name of any of the hate groups who backed him during his campaign and when asked about them, turns his back and leaves the room.  The man who doesn't hesitate to call out publicly just about everybody in his cabinet, whether they deserve it or not, but who thanks Putin for expelling >700 US employees and who still thinks that despite confession by his own son, the whole "Russian thing" is simply made up by the Democrats remains essentially silent on the domestic terrorists in Charlottesville.

During the rally itself, David Duke, former head of the KKK said this, when interviewed: "the marchers were going to “fulfill the promises of Donald Trump” to “take our country back.”  I guess Trump is continuing to help.  I hope we are not seeing the new direction the country is headed in.

Other than THAT, Mrs. Lincoln...I've been drooling for weeks over Red Lobster's ads for its current Crab Fest.  I mentioned to Walt that I really wanted to go, and so we went there for dinner last night.  The menu alone was beautiful enough to eat.

I chose the "dueling crab legs," snow crab and Dungeness crab.  Big fat legs bursting with huge chunks of crab meat to dunk in melted butter.  It was great...and I didn't give Walt half of mine, as I usually do at dinner!

What a great way to end a day that started out pretty depressing.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Stealing

Cheers to all of us thieves!

These questions were on a site by Debbie Hodge, which apparently once had more blog content, but now seems to be mostly devoted to scrapbooks -- content, supplies, etc.
The artwork is by Picasso.
When I chose these, they looked easy.  Answering them today, however, is more difficult than I expected!

1.  What is the favorite piece of art you own.
This papier mache figure of actor Gilbert Russak in one of his signature roles as Jack Point in Yeomen of the Guard.  After Gilbert died, his family let me take this for myself (there was a second such figure of Gilbert in The Mikado, which his niece took).

2.  The most expensive bill you paid last month.
I help support several children through Compassion, Int'l and that takes just about all of my Social Security check each month (household expenses come out of our joint account; these come out of my personal account)

3.  What’s the last thing you apologized for?
I am constantly apologizing to the dogs for making them get out of my chair when it's my turn to sit in it!

4.  If you could do today over, would you change anything?
I would use my magic powers to close Charlottesville (and anywhere else) to white supremacists.

5.  What is the largest TV screen in your house?
I'm not sure.  36"?  We can't get a HUGE screen because it won't fit, but this is pretty darn big.

6.  What did you buy today?
A Spiralizer (for turning vegetables into curliques).  The Pioneer Woman was using one.  I'd wanted one for some time and I was inspired to buy it.

7.  I wish I had ____
a green thumb.  At this time of year, those home grown tomatoes and basil in the Barefoot Contessa's garden sure look good!

8.  How many photos did you take today?
Just the one of the figurine above.

9.  Last thing you wanted and didn’t get.
A quiet afternoon with my grandkids.  Should never try that after 3 days of frantic activity, especially with Uncle Ned.  I tried, but gave up eventually.  The girls needed to be alone.

10.  What was the last new thing you tried?
A 3-generation, multi-media book club, led by my 9 year old granddaughter, with participation by Jeri on Facetime from Boston.  It was great.

11.  Who is your hero?
A lot of my heroes. like Jane Goodall, work with animals, but since this is World Elephant Day, I'm choosing Dame Daphne Sheldrick, who rescues orphan elephants in Kenya and raises at them at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust until they are able to return to the wild.

12.  Today I feel really secure knowing ____
That we have a competent person running the government (you may stop laughing now -- yes, I'm kidding).  I'm secure knowing that I'm as old as I am and hopefully I'll be dead and gone before he blows up the planet (though that might be this month, so maybe not)

13.  Whose life did you make a difference in today?
I don't know how much difference it makes, but it makes me feel good whenever I write to one of the 20 kids I sponsor.  I'd like to think it makes a difference, at least temporarily.

14.  What would have made today perfect?
There is no way to make a day when there is so much violence in this country perfect, but if the president had called out the white suprememists instead of putting the violence on everyone equally it might have been better.  Instead it was left to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to address the nation.  After thanking civilians that helped serve and protect earlier today, he then turned to address what he called out by name as “the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. ” His simple and plain message was “go home.” He then went on to savage members of this hate group in a very strong and confident manner, saying: You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot. You want to talk about patriots, talk about Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who brought our country together. Think about the patriots today, the young men and women, who with wearing the cloth of our country.

Somewhere around the globe they are putting their life in danger. They are patriots. You are not. You came here today to hurt people. And you did hurt people. My message is clear, we are stronger than you. You have made our commonwealth stronger. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here. There is no place for you in America.

No.  Today was not perfect.
[quote from Mediaite]
15.  Did you thank anybody today?
I thanked my mother's step-son when he told me that he was going to visit her and that I could take the day off.

Bonus: If you were a Muppet, which would you be?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday 9

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: Start Me Up (1981) ... because Kwizgiver recommended The Rolling Stones

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here
1) That's a goat wearing a high heel. What's on your feet as you answer these questions? Fuzzy socks.  I always wear fuzzy socks when at home.  The dogs know I'm going out somewhere when I put on shoes.  Because I wear them all the time, I go through the socks quickly and I'm glad that the Dollar Store always has a nice selection.

2) More fashion: In the video for this song, Mick is wearing white pants with an elastic waistband. Are you wearing a belt as you answer these questions? No.  I'm wearing shorts with an elastic waistband.  I can't think of anything I wear a belt with.  I don't even know if I own a belt.
3) In this song, Mick pleads, "Don't make a grown man cry." When is the last time you shed a tear? Oh, Lord, I cry so easily.  This afternoon I was reading a wonderful article about Frasier that made me cry several times.  I probably cry more about sentimental things than I do about sad things

4) Keith Richard has said this is a song he could play "forever and ever." 

What in your life doesn't get old, no matter how often you do it?

Writing Funny the World!

5) While The Rolling Stones enjoy performing songs, like this one, from Tattoo You, Mick Jagger has dismissed the songs from their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request as "rubbish." Do you have a favorite Rolling Stones song?

I am not now and never have been a Rolling Stones fan, so am not familiar with their songs.  I probably know some, but don't know that they are Rolling Stones.

6) This recording of "Start Me Up" features a cowbell. Do you remember which Saturday Night Live host made, "More cowbell!" a catchphrase?

No, I don't, but it became such a catch phrase around here that when I made the wedding cake for my daughter and her husband-to-be, I decorated it with cowbells. 

7) Bassist Bill Wyman once said he thought he should have been a archivist because he loved to make lists. Do you have a to-do list?
No.  I have a calendar that I keep on my desk so I can check it each day, but I don't make lists.

8) Mick finds it hard to stand still when he sings, not only on stage but also in the studio. The engineer for this song reports that Mick would have to run across the room to get back to the microphone for his vocal. Are you more fidgety, or still?
If I'm standing, fidgety.  My body doesn't like to just stand.

9) Random question: Do you believe men are inherently more sensible than women?
I don't think it's a gender thing.  Some people are more sensible than others, but I wouldn't say it had anything to do with their gender.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Last Supper

My friend Kathy and I had our very last lunch at Cafe Italia here in Davis. We've been having a monthly lunch for nearly 20 years, I think.  We don't see or talk with each other in between lunches, but have that one hour and a half each month, which we both enjoy.

Initially, because she was still working, we met at the Olive Garden in Sacramento, which was near her work.  When she retired, she decided that since I'd been driving 20 miles each month, it was her turn to drive over the infamous Yolo causeway,  a 3.2-mile long elevated highway viaduct on Interstate 80 that crosses the Yolo Bypass floodplain, connecting the cities of West Sacramento, California and Davis.

(In the wintertime it is flooded, in the summertime it is usually planted with rice and is also a wildlife preserve)

We tried a couple of restaurants in Davis, but Kathy isn't a "foodie," as she says, and prefers plain cooking, so when we found Cafe Italia it was perfect.  She usually has a plate of spaghetti ("light on the sauce").

(Those booths look quite familiar!).  I go for a French dip sandwich with horseradish.  

We sit and talk family and politics.  Walt is not big on discussing politics and it's nice to have Kathy to share frustration with.  During the campaign there was much hope that Hillary would pull it off.  Since the election, and especially the inauguration, there is growing depression at watching the gradual erosion of everything that made this country great to begin with.  I found that more and more yesterday we had little to talk about because it was all so depressing.

There was talk about where to have lunch next month.  Cafe Italia is being forced to close its doors because of expansion of the motel which owns it.  By the time of our next lunch, there will be no Cafe Italia.

I told her it might be irrelevant because the way his nibs is talking, we might be at war by then.  So frustrating watching two little boys just dying to play with their war toys, unfazed by what it would do to the world if they fire off those lovely nukes.

I listen to Trump talking about devastation that the world has never known before and wonder if he has any twinge of a feeling about the thousands of innocent civilians, Korean and Americans, adults and children, would be killed.  But no.  Sociopaths can't feel empathy and every decision he has made since he took the reins of office have shown me that there is absolutely no empathy in his soul.  Trotting out every poor sick or disabled person in the world will have not one iota of impact on this man when he talks about taking health care away from thousands of people.  He won't be happy until "Obama" is erased from history and he doesn't care who is hurt in the process.

So there wasn't much satisfaction in our discussion yesterday and once we had covered what's new with our respective children, it was time to pack it up, pay our bill, and say goodbye to Cafe Italia, which closes in 2 weeks.  

Walt and a group of retirees have breakfast there once a month too and will eat there for their last time next week.

Where will I be able to find crab cakes Benedict locally any more.....?

Goodbye, Cafe Italia.   You will be sorely missed (based on the FULL parking lot and people actually waiting for a table when we left I can tell that everyone in town is trying to get in for one last meal.)