Thursday, December 29, 2011

29 December 2011 (Thursday)

No entries for this date in 1948.

Today was spent at home, for the most part, doing a lot of cleaning (mostly on the Spouse's part). I took down the outside Christmas lights as well, which I usually do on Dec. 26th, but it's been raining a lot (as it is now). Was supposed to be in the field today, but the schedule changed and now I will go out tomorrow instead. We spent the morning doing little things, went to UVil for lunch, then back home. I went to Cascadia for a bit to find out how to do some things, and then came back home and watched football (Champs Sports Bowl, Florida State (18) v. Notre Dame (14)). Now the Huskies are on playing Baylor.

Yesterday I was in the field, up at Cornet Bay monitoring some construction. It's a pretty high probability area, but they were only going down 18" yesterday so nothing really to watch, although they went down about 5 feet near a sewer thing, but that was all fill as well. Weather up there was pleasant, but I was cold, just standing there. Sadly, I woke up at 3:30 yesterday morning so I was dead tired, almost falling asleep standing up. Probably should have pulled off and taken a quick 10-minute nap on the way home. I think I've been slightly ill because the last 3 nights I've had trouble falling asleep and then woke up early. Happily, today I managed to 4:30 so I wasn't too bad. My new boots worked well, though it didn't rain so I couldn't test their waterproofedness.

More rain this evening, making up for the dry December otherwise.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

27 December 2011 (Tuesday)

No entries for several days in 1948 and nothing else to the end of the year. There is a long newspaper column pasted in on Christmas day titled "Westbrook Pegler: A Christmas Rhyme" by a George Spelvin, American. I'm not going to transcribe it.

In the intervening days since last Tuesday, I again supervised a field project, this time down in Tukwila next to Interurban, the same area I was monitoring in October. It's a plot of land between the river (Green) and Interurban that we surveyed and shovel-probed. The owner said it was all fill, but we found only a few spots where there was any fill and the rest was typical alluvial (i.e., native) sediment, so if it's ever excavated it will probably have to be monitored. Pleasant day, sunny but cool, but we were nice and warm in the sun out there. Wet though. I continued working on the Duvall report which ended up being more work than I thought, and Meg gave me a template document to work with. Basically just a lot more background stuff needed to be inserted and written.

Otherwise, we went to the zoo on Xmas eve as usual. It was beautiful, sunny and in the 40s, just delightful. One of the siamangs came over to sit next to me -- guess he/she was lonely since hardly anyone was there. Went to the in-laws, not bad, the sister-in-laws didn't show up until after 4 so it was a quiet afternoon until then.

The Spouse surprised me by getting me a. . . .WII game console. Surprised in . . . well, surprised. I'd never mentioned even wanting one before. At first I thought it was a joke and she'd just boxed the real present in a WII box so I said "Are you serious?" (not in a negative way, mind you, I was really perplexed). So, deciding whether to take it back or not. I could really use a GPS unit, and I kind of doubt whether we'd ever really use it since she's in school for another year and I hardly ever use my Playstation II anyway. So, we'll see. Otherwise I got nice functional long underwear and stuff.

Today I went downtown for my annual Xmas lunch with Lisa W. She took me to a bad Mexican place close by. Nice talking to her though. Then back to the U District to meet the Spouse and thence back home. This evening we shall go to Northgate to find me a pair of waterproof boots to work in tomorrow since my old ones seem to have become non-waterproof. And it has started raining again and will continue for the next several days so I do need them. Will be up on Whidbey at Cornet Bay monitoring the next couple of days.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

20 December 2011 (Tuesday)

On this day -- and the last few days -- in 1948, nothing of any apparent importance occurred.

Since the 15th (last Thursday), I mostly spent Friday working on my little report in the morning, although I did work out as well. The Spouse took the day off so we stopped by Cascadia where I got a couple of things and then we went off and had lunch (Arby's), then hit a couple of estate sales in Ballard area that we saw signs for while heading to Swanson's Nursery (they had two reindeer/caribou, a camel, and a donkey). At one in Crown Hill I got a beautiful mid-60s Corning Ware coffee pot that looks un-used. I think it's a perfect little mid-century design and I prefer the golden wheat design to the traditional blue cornflower. It's sitting on top of a book shelf as an art piece rather than as a functioning coffee pot since I don't drink coffee anyway. I just love looking at it.

Over the weekend, I slept badly Friday night (woke up at like 3 am) and we only went to Northgate for a bit; that's all I remember. Saturday night I slept better and we went to Alderwood Mall for some minor Xmas shopping. Since I slept well, I made it to Mass Sunday as well and prayed for calm. Monday (yesterday) I spent most of the morning working on the Coy-Duvall report, went to Cascadia for a bit to check out the WISAARD system the State has for looking up site reports and some other stuff.

Today I, again, spent most of the morning working on ye olde report and then preparing some for the job tomorrow, down in Tukwila. Had a nasty 'frustration dream' (where things go wrong) last night about this Tukwila thing so I assume that unless a knife-wielding maniac attacks us or something it should go blessedly calmly. Also parked at UVil and walked to IMA to work out, as I did yesterday (though then I cheated and parked behind the IMA -- I have a parking pass but it's only good between 4pm and 8am); I do have much better workouts in the afternoon. Way more people though so 6 am will remain my workout time. After that I bought Fiona's Starbucks gift card for Xmas, had a hot chocolate for myself, and then came home for more Tukwila prep.

We went to UVil after dinner so the Spouse could buy 12 boxes of chocolates from The Confectionary for work-people gifts. Took quite a while since they had to box them, seal them, and tie each with a ribbon. I read my iTouch Agatha Christie novel while waiting (Secret Adversary).

Thursday, December 15, 2011

15 December 2011

On this day in 1948:
Newspaper clipping again, something entitled Westbrook Pegler and has to do with Truman -- through his DOJ -- thwarting the rooting out of Communists throughout the government. A sampling:
With President Truman's reiteration of his old war cry of "red herring" we resume where we left off. For reasons plain to anyone who has followed the career of the committee on un-American activities, the President is still determined to thwart the committee and to disparage its actual revelations of treason and similar treachery in the state, war, navy, and commerce departments under the Roosevelt regime. . .Whatever Truman's motives are, he certainly is a primitive American of the Spelvin type and such treachery is to him as evil as to any other naive, corn-fed, 100 per center from the First World War.

Well! I guess calling presidents names isn't quite a new phenomenon after all. Here's something on this Pegler fellow. I'm guessing 'Spelvin' isn't this one. . .actually, that may not strictly be true: apparently "Spelvin" is a pseudonym used by actors for anonymity. Well, I dunno, it kind of makes sense.

In 2011, I managed to sleep almost through the night, had a pretty good workout, and then went to Cascadia to drop some stuff off and find out how to record all of our shovel probe forms. For the latter, some straight transcribing what's on the forms but also some interpretation as well which was jolly good fun. Quite a bit to do for the final report though, I will try to get a good start on that tomorrow. Randall Schalk and I walked over to "Mamma's BBQ" for lunch -- Mamma turned out to be an old Asian man, btw -- and yakked it up regarding post-processualism, feminist archaeology, and how those awful academics are so grossly overpaid compared to us far more deserving types.

Was in kind of a bad mood all day though, for no particular reason. I even got mad at my car for having awful tires that start spinning going up a stupid hill when it's wet out! (Well, they do suck) Was going to make our famous broccoli-cauliflower salad, but the cauliflower smelled bad so I was forced to steam brussels sprouts and a carrot instead (with more leftover pizza).

It rained and was warmer today, which was good, went all the way to 43 -- heat wave!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

14 December 2011 (Wednesday)

On the previous day in 1948:

Small newspaper clipping:
When the bright sunlight shimmers Across the sea so blue
When the clear fountain in the moonbeam glimmers.
I am with you wherever you are Roaming And you are near!
The sun goes down and soon the Stars are coming
How I wish that you were really here.

That was a devilish quote to find online and most of them were in old Google books.

Just a quick entry as I am tired. Was in the field yesterday and today, in Duvall. Had a heck of a time finding the place -- Duvall, that is -- yesterday, largely because we decided to go a different route than I had figured out. Turned out to be a fairly easy project, on a 4-acre empty lot. I was trusted to be the sole field supervisor, which makes me glad. And I am to write up the final report as well as do the stratigraphy. Cold yesterday, 29 when we got there and only 35 when we left. Today was better -- 32 when we got there! Wasn't too bad though, as long as you're doing something. Nothing terribly exciting found, except for a golf ball with "Noodle: Long & Soft" on it, as well as an "Al Dente". Heh.

Monday, December 12, 2011

12 December 2011

On this day in 1948: Nothing much happened, apparently: no entry.

As for me, I slept okay, woke up at probably 3:30 but I think I went back to sleep at some point. . . .I don't remember dreaming, but I sure wasn't lying awake that long. Still, pretty good workout. Went to Cascadia office to prepare for job tomorrow: Not bad, it's just over in Duvall so not a long, long commute. Will be cold though, probably 28 first thing in the morning and not much warmer (well, maybe 40) during the day. Today was brilliantly sunny but only hit 39.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

11 December 2011 (Sunday)

On this day in 1948:
Morning rainy but cloudy now.
Have been busy packing sleeping bag & getting my things [assembled?] for going to Kitsap Cabin for the Christmas Party. Dad checked my sleeping bag at Colman Dock this morning & I'm carrying a box holding the Christmas candles & angles[sic] made by art teacher at Monroe Junior High School, Florence Schenk.

I'm guessing this is some sort of company Christmas party. "Kitsap" is the Kitsap peninsula, probably some large cabin out there suitable for large gatherings. The Colman Dock is downtown Seattle and has ferries going to both Bainbridge Island and Bremerton which is on the Kitsap peninsula.

Today I woke up at 4:30 which did not distress me unduly as I slept mostly through the night and will make going to bed tonight easier. Went to Mass, and then we did our usual lunch and shopping at UVil. Went into the Italian place (Pallino) but left because it was jammed with people -- they apparently now let kids eat free on Sundays and Tuesdays so our days of lunch there on Sunday may be over. I had to buy a wrist brace since my left wrist is still hurting from digging shovel probes nearly a month ago and I will do more starting on Tuesday. Also hit an estate sale on the way back -- probably lots of nice stuff (Viewridge home), but nothing I wanted and much was no doubt already gone. They had a little Pioneer receiver but it was not for sale. Tonight we will just watch TV (American's Funniest Home Videos and Once Upon A Time) and that's about it. Making pork tenderloin, ful, and whatever else for dinner.
Cloudy, showery, 40 degrees.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

10 December 2011 (Saturday)

On this the last couple of days in 1948:
[December 8, Wednesday] Cold & rainy.
Dad working until late at night. Don refereed at Roosevelt school last night and he is liking it fine & received compliments.

December 9 has a newspaper clipping from the Seattle PI:
Alaska-Bound Cargoes Wait
FREIGHT MOVES AGAIN -- But trucks must await their turn as Alaska shipping logjam breaks with end of long maritime strike. This is but small part of double row of trucks waiting to unload at Alaska Steamship Company's Pier 42 for transshipment to Alaska. Line extended outside gates in front of pier and four blocks north along Alaskan Way yesterday. Ten Alaska ships were being worked on Puget Sound.

[December 10 1948 Friday] Cloudy & cold.
Christmas cards are being[sic[ to arrive already & we haven't thot[sic] of writing ours.

Interesting how kind of bland and factual that little newspaper thing is. No "storytelling" as modern "journalists" are wont to do, just a blurb about what's going on. "Dad" is probably back at the port/pier working to catch up on the backlog of freight going out. I kind of like the idea of Christmas cards although I hardly ever send them out myself. Last year (or the year before) we decided to send some out, but never seem to get around to it. Perhaps I'll go downstairs and while watching TV tonight write some out.

Last Thursday I can't even remember what I did. Friday I drove down to Renton to have lunch with the Spouse (Greek) and stopped at PetSmart for litter, Uwajimaya for ramen and calendars, and then home, with a couple stops at bakeries looking for French crullers (my current quest). Also hit the downtown Goodwill for speakers but found nothing worth buying. One had a nice cabinet (like my Genesis'), but cruddy drivers. I thought maybe I could buy the cabinet, take out the drivers (2) and replace with good Genesis ones, but decided against it. I'll just keep looking. Only a single speaker to be found at the Outlet place.

Today I slept until almost 6 (!!!) after waking up at 3:15 for a while. Then went downtown for lunch at the old LoPriore Brothers in the Market -- finally tried their pizza, not bad -- and thence to Macy's. BUT on the way back up we stopped at a little Mediterranean grocery and finally found the little brown fava beans for ful! I've been making it with pinto beans because I can't find those beans anywhere. Also got a box of Egyptian Lipton Yellow Label tea, which is good stuff in Egypt. Hit a couple of estate sales (probably missed out on some vintage audio at one) but the Spouse bought an old Leg-O-Matic card table (Lorraine Mfg. Co.), probably 40s-50s-ish). Nice little project to restore it.

Otherwise, Thursday and Friday were foggy to clear and sunny and around 40, but dry, dry, dry. Last night it finally started to rain some and the air has cleared out.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

7 December 2011

(Writing the next day) On this day in 1948:
Cloudy & cold.
Dad went to work after months of long shoremen strike which began September 2nd.
It has been a hellish fall, couldn't write in diary. Linkletter has been in Seattle with his G.E. House party & a prise[sic] was given the fattest women who was Edith Baker weighs 361 lbs. from Bellinghham, Wash. And Linkletter as a little boy what is a winesap. Ans. He a man who is drunk.

So apparently Dad, who was selling some insurance at times, was not working due to the strike. Not saying what was so "hellish" about this Fall, but perhaps it was Dad being out of work? Illness? Bad weather? Anyway, looks like more entries for the coming few days, or at least newspaper clippings, but latter December looks empty again.

Today (actually yesterday) was pretty good here in 2011. I slept quite well Tuesday night, always a treat. Got a couple of job leads, one at Battelle Research which I was talking over (email) with the hiring person. I've found contacting someone involved personally gives you a much better shot at getting an interview, so here's hoping. It's only half time, which is good, so I can also work on archaeology. Also applied at PATH, though I doubt I'll even get past the first screening, nor might I want to work there again. But who knows.

Went to lunch at McD's and Norma the neighbor was there and had to introduce us to . . . Marge who is 91 and also a regular at Assumption. They have to go to McD's now because Wendy's discontinued their double stack. Norma's great.

Weather yesterday was mostly cloudy and cold, only around 40.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

6 December 2011

As before, no entries until tomorrow.

Slept iffy last night; woke up at probably 3 but happily fell back asleep within an hour so today wasn't bad. Had a quite good workout this morning and then came home to await a phone interview with the Regional Heart Center, but they postponed it again. Instead, I job hunted online, did two loads of laundry, then went to UVil for some turmeric and throat lozenges. Throat is sore AGAIN. I've been sick for the last two months straight, almost. I think the last week I was fairly well, but now I've gone and caught something else.

The turmeric I am trying for therapeutic purposes. Fiona suggested it as a possible remedy for the redness on my cheeks that has cropped up recently. Hoping it's not rosacea. Might be the 'hair tonic' I've been using, too. Spent much of the afternoon reading my book on health at the origins of agriculture. Oh, good news from yesterday is that the data I collected on PNW skeletal health indicators might be usable after all. Kristina Killgrove (bioanth at Vanderbilt, I believe) gave me a name of someone at the Global History of Health project to contact with the data and he responded that he was sending it to the project data person so hopefully I shall be able to use their big data set to compare it with.

Monday, December 5, 2011

5 December 2011

Again, no entries for 1948.

Today I worked a funeral at Assumption. Not someone I know or recognized, but the church was full, probably 150 people. They played Amazing Grace (I went in for most of the Mass) and I got a little wispy-eyed. Nice bunch of people though. Had a rather amazingly attractive granddaughter, though I think her attire was a wee bit inappropriate: little black dress and impossibly high heels. But then, she's young and kind of lightly goth -- she had a Marilyn Monroe face tattooed on her arm -- so I suppose it was in character (showed up with an obvious musician boyfriend who tried to look and dress like Ray Davies of The Kinks). Seemed very pleasant and engaging though with many of the guests, so another reason to not judge a book by its cover, etc.

When I got home I put up some Xmas lights. Not a lot of inspiration this year, so not as many as usual, but it looks nice. Tomorrow I shall probably put out our vintage Santa and some candy canes and call it good. Then I made a decent dinner of teriyaki salmon, leftover Pagliacci pasta salad, and steamed broccoli. One note from yesterday: I actually made quite an amazing dinner: two top sirloin steaks on the grill, fried potatoes (on the grill) and collards. The steak was actually very, very good and odd because I have difficulty doing steak to my liking. Dunno why I fail, but I do. These I did perfectly: seasoning and grilling. The Spouse's was done a bit more than she likes, but she chowed it down. So yay me.

Tonight a Charlie Brown Christmas is on and we shall watch it, even though we also have it on DVD. Last year, ABC cut parts of it out so they could run extra commercials for their stupid new special; I think they got a lot of negative feedback for that because they showed it again a couple of weeks later in full. Idiots. You just don't mess with the classics.

Also am using a regular keyboard and mouse (Mac) to type this and it bugs me. I haven't used a mouse in years because of my wrist and this is just a pain in the butt. I already miss my old IBM clicky-key Trackpoint keyboard and it may go back on tomorrow morning.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

4 DEcember 2011 (Sunday)

On this day in 1948. . . .nothing happened. Again. Next entry seems to be December 7.

Last Friday I spent the morning working on my final report for the dredging project and sent in a draft. Our little "artifact" is still of dubious authenticity: I'm thinking more and more that's it's a funny looking natural rock. But maybe not. Also met friend Fiona at Northgate Mall in the afternoon, whom I hadn't seen in several weeks, I don't believe. She quit her temporary job at the Girl Scouts with many stories to tell of how dysfunctional the place is. And is not renewing her gym membership at 24 Hour Fitness due to how dysfunctional the place is (mostly because she keeps getting bugged by strange men, but then she goes at 9:30 at night). Watched football that evening.

Saturday I watched more football in the morning (actually not that much), then we went out for lunch and errands, got back to watch Georgia-LSU (I wanted Georgia to win but they didn't), and then settled in for the Wisconsin-Michigan State game. Sparty won the first meeting this year on a last-second hail mary, and this was the first Big 10/12 conference title game. The Badgers pulled it off! I was surprised, and indeed somewhat hoping they would lose so they wouldn't have to get beat soundly by Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Well, maybe they'll pull it off.

This morning I actually slept until 6 (!!!) and then messed around on the new iMac (new to us, it's my sister's old one). Planning on setting it up and using it for a few weeks and then hooking it up downstairs for Taya to use for school, etc., since her PC with Winblows is just godawful slow. So far this one is working well, though out of 165 gigabytes it only has about 11 free. Still trying to find out where all the space went, though it might have a full copy of Winblows XP on it. Then we went to UVil for lunch at Pallino (I had pizza, Spouse had a panini sandwich) and the usual shopping. However, we got a gift for my mom (an iPad case and keyboard), iTunes gift cards for my sister, and a Williams-Sonoma card for Lisa at the County (we still exchange small gifts every year even though we haven't worked together since like 2005). I mowed the yard this afternoon, though mostly to pick up all the leaves and junk; it looks very nice. Tomorrow I will try to put up some Xmas lights if the funeral doesn't go on too long.

Oh, I had a go at putting up our old 1960s-vintage silver aluminum tree on Saturday as well. I had it about 1/4 done but decided not to finish it to see if Jack (the cat) would try to eat it. Well, it took less than a half an hour for him to find it and start chewing, so back into the box it went. The "needles" are rather sharp ribbons of aluminum foil and would not do well in his guts, so it will be a real tree if anything again this year. May not. For some reason, my whole Xmas spirit hasn't really kicked in this year, probably due to continuing unemployment. . . .or maybe I'm just paying attention to other things this year.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

1 December 2011

On this day in 1948. . . .nothing. No entries or newspaper clippings.

On this day in 2011, I had a fine workout and went to the Cascadia (archaeology) offices to finish up some projects. Had to fill out some shovel probe forms that I just wrote in my notebook, check the map locations of said probes, and do some other things. Wednesday (30th) I began discarding the heavy fraction sediment samples I did for my master's thesis. I've been schlepping them around -- all 9 boxes -- for the past 20 years and finally decided there was nothing to be done with them. I posted it on my blog and someone suggested trying local schools. It's mostly sand and gravel but it has a lot of artifacts (mostly ceramic fragments) so school kids might think it's pretty cool. A teacher at Assumption-St. Bridget School would like 20 bags, and Tom Minichillo, the County archaeologist, saw the post and his kid's school might like some as well. Also, Seattle Public Schools' teacher Katherine Law -- president of ARCE Northwest as well -- would like to use it as well. So, instead of making an Egyptian-themed landscaping area in the back yard, they will go to a good cause.

Tuesday (29th) I got a new tire at Discount Tire, replacing the one that went flat. I now have a new spare, too, which is good since the old one was the original that came with the car. Had lunch with Spouse both Tuesday (McDonald's) and Wednesday (Wendy's); it's a fun little thing we do when she works from home, go out for a burger.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

29 November 2011 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1948. . .nothing of any consequence seems to have happened.

However, much has been happening here in 2011. Yesterday I began work on the final report for the Mariner's Cove (Whidbey Island) project I monitored a couple of weeks ago. Primarily, I finished the description of the work which was very brief, now I am awaiting the dredging plan that I need to describe what was going on and why, and must photograph the small artifact. I bought some black cloth last weekend and will experiment with it.

Yesterday was also the anniversary of my dad's passing, November 28, 2005: the Monday after Thanksgiving. I was working at Washington Mutual Bank at the time, and had just started a couple of months previous. Monday I had phoned in to tell them I wouldn't be in all week because we had to fly back to Wisconsin because dad was in a very bad way, and we got the call late that night. I've been okay with the anniversary the past few years but last night was rough. Perhaps it's the continued underemployment -- dad was always obsessing about us making a proper living -- but I was also playing a CD of solo piano Christmas music and the last song was Amazing Grace, which was one of his favorites. I wept quite bitterly and am rather muftig today. But in a good way, I think.

So today, after a very good night's sleep and an excellent workout, I started discarding the Kom el-Hisn heavy fraction samples from 1988. Nine boxes, I think, and a couple hundred pounds of sand, gravel, and artifacts. Shame really, but there's nothing more I can do with it, and no one else wants to do anything with it. I'd planned on dumping it in the yard somewhere and making a little landscaping project out of it, but I emailed Seattle schools and am in contact with someone there -- Katherine Law, who is also president of the local ARCE chapter -- who might be able to take it off my hands for teaching purposes. I don't really have any regret at dumping them. . . .I got my MA with it, and there's really little to be done with it analytically. Hopefully it will go to a good cause.

Also went to UVil to check on my new bank card, buy the spouse's present (a Nook Tablet), and had prints of two old photos made, one of dad and my sister at her first communion (or something) and one of my grandmother (maternal) and my sister and brother as youngsters (same time frame, probably 1967-8ish). The former I'm giving to my sister for XMas and the latter to my mom for XMas as well. Next time I am at mom & dad's in Wisconsin I will try to grab all of their old photos to scan in and hopefully get info on the subjects, dates, etc.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

27 November 2011

On the past few days in 1948: Nothing, apparently, happened, at least in our diarist's life. Couple of newspaper articles were posted on 25 and 26 November though:
Double Trouble Goes for Spin in Washing Machine

OKLAHOM CITY, Nov 24 -- When they named Double Trouble, the yellow kitten, they named her right.
She went for a spin yesterday -- in an automatic home washing machine.
It was only a dry run, but it was almost enough for Double Trouble.
At the Acme dog and cat hospital, Dr. Alfred C. Zedlitz says its a bad case of shock.
"Her sense of balance is definitely disrupted," he explained. . ."But I think she should be able to go home in a few days."

Goes on to say that the 3-year old son decided the kitten needed a bath and in she went. Thankfully, it was a happy ending although the kid did get "an awful spanking". Child abuse! At least these days. . .

Pasted into 25 November:
Thank thee O Lord for our health, our happiness, for this land upon which we toil. Guide us in the days ahead so that all our lives we never will lose sight of Thy presence. "Guide all men in the ways which are just; protect and soothe those less fortunate than we. Lessen the pain of those confined; bring peace to all in distress.
Such may the Pilgrims have said when, in a new land they rested and toock stock of days behind and of days ahead.

Then on 27 November there is a wedding announcement:
Presbyterian Church Scene of Follis-McBeath Wedding
Friends and relatives from far and near gathered in the beautiful First Presbyterian church Saturday evening, Nov. 27, for the impressive rites which united Miss Beverly Elaine Follis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Follis, and Mr. David M. McBeath, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton S. McBeath. Tall, white candles in standard candelabra burned brightly at the altar, their soft glow falling on clusters of large fluffy white and lavender chrysanthemums, which denoted the color detail of the wedding.

As usual, the dresses of the bride, mothers, bridesmaids, etc. are all described in detail (including the flowers making up the corsages), as is the setting, where the reception took place, who did what, etc., and even a partial list of guests. Seemed a fairly attractive young lady, Miss Follis.

Thanksgiving day in 1948 was the 25th, hence the prayer. Poor kitty. I guess the old drying-the-kitty-in-the-microwave joke isn't really too far off.

Here in 2011, Thanksgiving has passed and The Holidays are currently in full swing. At the moment, I have a CD of piano Christmas songs playing. Most years, I refuse to listen to any Xmas music until Thanksgiving day. I think last year I started early and was tired of them before Xmas day. Really, I can't take more than a month of it although I do like it nonetheless.

Thanksgiving day wasn't too bad. We were going to the Spousal Unit's sister in law's, who has traditionally had bad taste in boyfriends/husbands. She just moved in with a new one in a place kind of out in the boonies and in, as MIL described it "an older double-wide." Hence, we were expecting the worst. But the house was not a dump -- quite nice actually -- and the parcel was a good acre-and-a-half of woods (quiet), and the new family was fairly normal and happy. The daughter (Ruth, I believe, an adult, there with her boyfriend) used to play hockey at WSU and was a decently attractive young lady and well-spoken. They're all kind of nerdy -- the New Guy works in software, I think -- and are into gaming of the D&D/WoW sort. And they watch football! We didn't sit down to eat until 6 so I didn't eat much (too late for me to eat a lot), but it was a fairly pleasant day nonetheless.

Friday I worked out at 11 and then we went to UVil where I purchased a Pandora charm bracelet with a little cross charm for niece Robin as a birthday/Confirmation/Christmas gift, and Ben Bridge was giving away a pair of pearl earrings for free (with entry into their mailing list, gah) so I snagged those for niece Veronica. They, I am certain, don't read this, so I think I'm okay relating that. Today I think we shall hit UVil again to get another gift for my sister and then that leaves only my brother and SiL and my mom. So, nearly done again this year.

Yesterday was mostly lazy, watched tons of college football, whence the Badgers clinched the stupidly titled "Leaders" division (or "Legends", I get them mixed up, they're both ridiculous names) so they will play Michigan St next week for the Big 10 title, the first with two divisions! And then Washington beat WSU, Stanford over Notre Dame, and USC trounced UCLA. I do not think I will watch much football today. I also pruned back the roses for the winter, although 3-4 might need to come out and be replaced next spring.

Several storms marched through last week so although it was warmish (low-mid 50s) it rained a lot and is raining again today. I don't mind, everything needs water.

Monday, November 21, 2011

21 November 2011

On the past few days/weeks in 1948:
13-14 November: Newspaper clipping headlined "E.V. Durling" with this poem snippet by John Dryden:
Why should a foolish marriage vow,
Which long ago was made,
Oblige us to each other now,
When passion is decayed?
We loved, and we loved, as long as we could,
Till our love was loved out in us both;
But our marriage is dead, when the pleasure is fled:
’Twas pleasure first made it an oath.
(part of this longer work).

Also a short article about headaches which the diarist seems to have a lot of.

19 November: Another clipping, this time from the Bellingham Herald, a short article on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, including a full quote of it. It concludes:
Those majestic words might have been uttered no less fittingly over the battlefields of other great wars which have engaged this nations' devotion to the cause of liberty and self-government.
At Gettysburg Abraham Lincoln spoke for America, past, present and future.

No handwritten entries recently or in the near future.

Here in 2011 since 12 November. Since then I did another project for Cascadia Archaeology, this time a monitoring of dredging at Mariner's Cove on Whidbey Island. Started Monday morning at 6:30, which meant that I had to arise at 3:15 and leave at 4:15 so I could get up there by then. Kind of brutal. I did that M and T, and again Thursday (University of Wisconsin weekday abbreviations: MTWRF. I still want to use 'R' for Thursday but nobody would get it); Wednesday they were offloading for which I didn't need to be there, and Friday I went in around 12 so I was able to sleep until 5 -- blessed -- and work out at the UW, but ended up staying until 6 p.m., well after dark. They were trying to finish that night, but could not due to low tides. So I had to go back out Saturday, by 11 so I still was able to "sleep in" until almost 6! Stayed up there until 3. You know, earlier in my life I would have been quite irate about working on a Saturday, but I actually almost enjoyed this, probably because I was nominally in charge of things, no real input from the office. So, maybe it's the field or maybe I'm just changing my attitude after all. Probably the former and only a bit of the latter.

Oh, and yesterday (Sunday) I discovered my car had a flat; lucky for me it didn't go up at the site, that would have sucked. As it was I spent part of today getting a new spare (the original from 1977 was still in the trunk) and ordered a replacement which will get here next week.

Otherwise, I am still suffering this _($@^(^@= cold. It will.not.go.away. Still coughing, still sore throat. Quite annoying. I'm actually hoping I will still have it Thanksgiving so we can bugger out of dinner at the sister-in-law's which will be both late and with a bunch of people we don't know or like. Complete drag. I'd rather have root canal.

Daisy (cat) had a dingle-berry stuck to her behind last night and we had to trap her and pull it off. She was very scared and just sat there when she realized she was trapped and meowed rather pitifully. She was back to normal a couple of hours later though. This evening we went to City Peoples' for spray paint (house numbers, which I realized I haven't put back up after painting) and thence to Katterman's pharmacy for some other items. I amused the checkout dame after she commented the The Spouse how "the one you got [a set of measuring spoons] is really cute, too" by saying "Oh, I thought you were talking about me". Heh.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

12 November 2011

On this day in 1948: Nothing. But since I have been lax in posting, here is the gist of a newspaper clipping from November 8:

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Monday, November 8, 1948:
Godliness is profitable unto all things. . . .I Timothy 4:8. Today's text suggested by the Rev. W. Raymond Wilder of Capitol Hill Methodist Church.
Our New Old Age Pention Law: Washington voters have enacted Initiative No. 172 into law, and the state is committed to a program which will inevitably add many millions of dollars to its annual expenditures. It is entirely possible that this can be attributed to the fact that many of those who voted for the measure were completely unaware of the manner in which it jeopardized the financial security of the state.

Goes on to argue that outside of King County it passed, but in King County -- "where voters were fully advised by The Post-Intelligencer of the dangerous character of the measure", it failed by a 3 to 2 margin.

Any current resident of King County would be boggled by both of those items. Nowadays, King County is very liberal and the newspapers both followed that trend, although the P-I has since gone under (mostly). I wonder if the liberalization didn't occur because of Californians moving up here in droves in the 1980s. I kind of think not as I believe it was trending liberal in the 1970s.

You can read the text of Initiative 172 here. I don't know what happened to it or how it ended up affecting the budget in the years that followed.

I see the 9th was my last entry and this is already the 12th. We wrapped up the survey up by North Bend on last Thursday (10th); beautiful sunny day in the upper 50s. Yesterday I did not work and went to Sam's Club in the morning, met Fiona at U Village at 10:30, then worked out at the IMA around 1, after a light lunch at Pallino in the UVil. Good workout, first in a couple of weeks. At UVil the main Starbucks was jammed, as was the small ancillary one, so we went to the cafe in the Barnes & Noble. That B&N will soon be going out -- UVil refused to renew their lease -- and that distresses me greatly (well, somewhat anyway). It's one of the few places there we even go to: most of the stores are frou-frou clothing or knick-knack stores. Apart from the B&N, we largely only go into the QFC and Bartell's, and a couple of the restaurants. It's turning into a mid-high end boutique mall for the most part. But, that's progress I guess. Maybe when I have more disposable income again I will appreciate it more, but I doubt it.

Today I managed to sleep until after 5, and then we went up to Alderwood Mall, mostly so I could hit the nearby Wal-Mart. I needed to find a water-resistant plastic clipboard for fieldwork, but I also picked up some other items while there, as usual, including a new Barbasol: Arctic Chill with Menthol. I seem unable to just stick with one shave product anymore, I need to rotate at least a couple in. That's one rare place where I am not comfortable with routine.

We came home and I watched the last of the Boise State-TCU game (TCU won) and had dinner and then just got back from a cold, rainy walk. I'd checked the radar before leaving and it was clear, but it was windy with a heavy mist that apparently doesn't show on radar. Now I am writing this up, doing a few things, and then will retire to the downstairs to watch the second half of the Stanford-Oregon game. For whatever reason, I don't feel a great deal like watching football again this weekend; that's twice this year. Want to sleep well tonight so I can go to Mass tomorrow, and then Monday I must arise at 3:15 so I can get to Oak Harbor by 6:45 for monitoring on a dredging barge.

Listening to Michael Jones solo piano as I type, which has become cold November weather music for me; when I first moved out here I discovered solo piano "new age" music such as Jones and George Winston and before bed at night I would listen to it and read 17th and 18th century literature and poetry and such, so it is very relaxing.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

9 November 2011

Nothing on this day in 1948, but there is still a newspaper clipping from yesterday (the 8th) that I need to summarize; will do that in a day or two. Have been into the field all week so far, up by I-90 and SR-18 again. I was in charge last Friday and yesterday, and we got a decent amount done, although today I went out without getting the maps from the office so we were a bit uncertain as to where to go, but I think we got it figured out rather well. Tomorrow we need to do a couple more in one area, a couple more in another area, and then go across the road for some more. Jana seems to think it will go quickly, but I am a bit concerned it will take longer than expected.

I finally slept well last night, first time since I caught this stupid cold. I first felt it coming on October 28 and it is just now kind of tapering off. My throat was very sore when I woke up, but I haven't been coughing much today, though more as the evening wears on. Worked with Sarah all day today, that was a nice change from digging alone. Tomorrow it's just us guys and Jana.

Was very despondent coming back home this evening, I kind of didn't want to do this project next week, but that may have just been tiredness and a bit of the old panic coming back. Though I do wish I could be working out again. . . .

Monday, November 7, 2011

7 November 2011

No entry for this day in 1948. Tomorrow there is only a newspaper opinion piece.

Today, back out in the field. It rained starting about 11 and continued the rest of the day up by North Bend, so I was wet and filthy by the time we were done. We started at 7 today so at least I was home before 5. Many of my items are being washed as I type. Two new people, Sara somebody and Michelle somebody, both in their 20s. The latter pulled out some beef jerky for lunch and I mentioned that I first ate beef jerky only a year ago. She was like "Really? What else did you eat?" Ha. Seriously, I never tried it. I suppose it was okay, nothing I'd make a habit of though.

Otherwise, I slept fairly well last night but am still feeling the effects of this dad-gum cold, mostly coughing.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

6 November 2011

On this day in 1948. . . . .nothing apparently happened. As noted earlier, few entries for several days.

Here in 2011, the Cagle household is tired from last night's Husky game which started (again) at 7:30. Damn them. Setting the clocks back sorta helped, but I still woke up at 6 (old time, 5 new time). We got back about 11:15 which wasn't bad. They played Oregon (and lost) so it was a fast game. They (UW) did better than I thought they would, or Oregon did worse. After last week I was rather hoping the Ducks would stomp them but it was only 34-17.

Yesterday was mostly a rest day, as I still have a cold. I watched some football in the morning (mostly Iowa-Michigan) and then we went out for lunch at Arby's by Northgate and stopped by Animal Talk pet store/cat rescue. Lots and lots of kittens and cats for adoption. Hard to see them, but I know they'll all eventually get good homes. Also stopped in at some consignment store next to it that we always hit when over there. I found two brand new Eagle Creek travel wallets! My favorite wallet, I've used them for the last 20 years or so. They're nylon and have a velcro flap to close it up with and I love that. I've had 2-3 over the years, but they're apparently quit making them and my current one's velcro is starting to wear out so I've been looking for a substitute. Yay! Sadly, however, I was thinking that between the time left on my current one and these two I will probably have enough of a supply to, well, last me the rest of my life. I guess you know when you're old when you start thinking of things like that.

This cold is still miserable, it just keeps hanging on. Today is the last day I let it slow me down; tomorrow I start ignoring it. Oh, on Friday I was field supervisor for the project I'm doing with Cascadia, shovel probes up by the SR18 and I-90 interchange. I quite enjoyed it, it was much more interesting to be figuring out where to dig and mapping stuff in than just digging hole after hole. I think I did okay, we got a lot done. Still, I felt a little bad directing Mike around who has been doing this for 10 years and knows far more about the archaeology of this area than I do. I did, however, make sure I was consulting with him a lot and didn't shirk any duties at hole digging.

Today we will probably just go to the U Village for lunch and grocery shopping and I will hopefully mow the yard, not only for the grass but the cedar tree is also dropping stuff in the back. It does make the mower and yard waste bin smell quite nice. Sunny today and yesterday but only in the 40s, and low 30s overnight.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

3 November 2011

On this day in 1948 1956:
[Newspaper clipping from the Bellingham Herald 10/28/56 -- newspaper and date typed in] Somewhere or Someone
First Book at 72 -- Norman C. McDonald, who came to Whatcom County in 1896 with his parents and was skipper of cannery tenders for many years, has written a book.
It's his first, and he wrote it last year when he was 72. He's writing another now. He lives in Newburyport, Mass., where he moved from Lummi Island about 10 years ago.
Mcdonal'ds book, off the press next Tuesday and ordered by a local book store is titled "Fish the Strong Waters".

There are actually no written entries for several more weeks although I see there are other newspaper clippings inserted in various locations. I shall attempt to put in my own entries anyway in that time. The book mentioned above is even now available on Amazon, how about that. According to Amazon, he had two more books up until 1972, so perhaps good ol' Norm lived to a ripe old age.

Back to work today and I felt okay, or at least much better than yesterday. I didn't really start to flag until about 2:30. This blasted cold is finally on the downturn side, I think. Today was a pretty good day, it didn't rain until we were almost done and then it just hailed lightly. Tomorrow I will be "in charge" which just means I get to do the mapping and record the shovel probes. Hey, I wonder if I get paid more. . . .actually, I'm only "in charge" because I have the requisite minimum MA and one is required to be out there. So, eh, little less digging, which is fine by me.

We walked up to the Safeway after dinner to get me an apple for tomorrow; for lunch I am eating a meat/cheese or PB&J sandwich and I am craving fruit or vegetables. Am not working out tomorrow or all next week since daylight savings begins so we will be leaving at 6:30. I have come home and put Vivaldi on the stereo for some high (and relaxing) culture after all day in the woods and dirt. Can't do this for much longer, although I am happy that I am almost 50 and still able to dig holes all day, even with a cold.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

2 November 2011

On the last two days in 1948:
[November 1 (Monday) Newspaper clipping] Too Many Pamphlets To the Post-Intelligencer: Why does the secretary of state waste taxpayers' money sending out so many pamphlets relating to the amendments to the state constitution? To date I have had six copies delivered to me by mail. I was given to understand that these were to be delivered to registered voters, but when over a million copies are printed and mailed promiscuously at the expense of the taxpayers it seems as if some one is doing quite a bit of advertising for himself at the expense of the taxpayers.

[November 2] Morning grey, but by noon raining & blowing seems to be Election Day weather. Went to work at 7:30 p.m. & stayed or was thru at 11:30 p.m. A mother had brot in a little boy & he was sitting upon an apple box watching the people go in & out the machine to vote. Mama, he piped up & said, "Are you going to die when you go in there?" Starting at 7:30 p.m. there was a continuous line a waiting sometime 27 to 44 waiting that meant about 1 hour before it took your turn.

Ah, the more things change, again. Every few years there's a news story about how the incumbent is using his office's mailing budget to send out little "updates" about what WONDERFUL and GREAT and FABULOUS things they're doing, which is pretty much just taxpayer-funded reelection campaigning. There aren't any entries for a couple of days, so she must have been upset that Truman won.

Odd, I just typed "one" initially instead of "won". I truly am beginning the downward descent into senility.

I started catching a cold last Friday and today it appears to have reached its denouement as I stayed home from work today. We started a project over at the I-90 and SR18 interchange doing shovel probes, and I felt pretty lousy yesterday and this morning woke up feeling entirely more awful. Plus I didn't get much sleep, I woke up at probably 2 and perhaps got a few minutes' sleep after that. Too bad, it was a nice sunny day today, as it was yesterday, albeit cold in the morning. It is raining rather profusely right now but tomorrow -- when I hopefully go back to the field -- it should be showers only.

Was in bad shape yesterday. Felt awful, tired, and hated that I was out in the cold digging a bunch of stupid shovel holes for a job. And I don't like being cold. I know much of it was just being sick and tired and as I have felt better today, I have felt better about going out again tomorrow. It is work and regardless about what I think of it, I shall do my best to do well at it.

Glad I stayed home though, because I really felt like crap this morning, and most of the day.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

30 October 2011

On this day in 1948. . . .nothing of interest apparently occurred. As noted earlier, there are several days with no entries; the next is November 1.

Not the greatest weekend thus far here in 2011. Friday I woke up in the middle of the night (i.e., early morning) with a scratchy throat, and it kind of went away, but came back Saturday morning much worse. Well, worse anyway. Haven't felt very good since. The UW football game didn't start until 7:40 so last night was a late night: we didn't get back until almost midnight, which is very unusual for us since we usually hit the hay by 9:30 even on the weekends (thanks to my habitual and extremely annoying habit of waking up early). I think Saturday I woke up at 4:15 or so and couldn't get back to sleep.

The game was a good one, against Arizona. They have a new coach, Stoops having been fired a few weeks ago. They whomped UCLA last week and played pretty well this week, but UW beat them 42-31. Went down to the last quarter, so at least worth watching, even though I felt tired and pretty miserable. Frankly, I hope Oregon kills them next week; I've never taken too much to the Huskies, and the fans are some of the worst I've been around. Anyhow, I still woke up at 6 this morning and although I took an almost 40 minute nap this morning (that is almost shockingly long for me) I'm still tired and the cold progresses.

Otherwise, preparing for Halloween tomorrow, which hasn't been much of an effort this year due to various factors, mostly Badger dying -- not that we're too morose to do anything, but it was stressful and I never really got into the spirit, so to speak. I carved the pumpkin yesterday, not my best job, but interesting: I got one with a large stem and made that the nose with a shocked-looking face on it. We really only ever get maybe 2-3 groups of trick-or-treaters totaling maybe 10 kids. Partly due to the local malls doing things for them, but also we're in Jew Central aka Viewridge aka Jewridge (I didn't make that one up). I still have to sit in the living room from 6-8:30 or so because otherwise I can't get to the door in time. I usually plug in a computer and either watch football online or slap in a DVD or something.

Meatloaf for dinner (mom's recipe, below), weather in the 50s and showery. Yesterday was sunny, but cold at night.

1-1/5 lbs ground beef
1 cup oatmeal
.5 C water
.25 C ketchup
1 package onion soup mix

Thursday, October 27, 2011

27 October 2011

No diary entries from 1948 today.

I went up to Camano Island for one day of fieldwork. Went with Jana, I like working with her. And this evening I am Beat.To.Hell. We worked in a little embayment -- you can view it in Google Earth at 48-13-29N 122-27-08W. It's a shallow bay with bazillions of driftwood logs in it. The water isn't terribly deep but it is treacherous. There's a dike separating it from the Sound which is . . . don't know how old, but I had to put in two cores right next to it where the logs are. Had rubber boots on so I slipped and fell on my butt like 3 times. Hard. Lost two trowels -- slipped and into the drink they went, which might not be so bad, but the water is probably a foot and a half deep and then it's probably another 2-3 feet of muck. I reached down for one up to my shoulder, but to no avail. I'm kind of bummed, too, because that one was my first trowel! Took it to my field school and Egypt the first time -- I even carved my name in glyphs on the handle. [insert string of expletives here] Buggers!

Anyway, we did four holes inside the bay and five outside, and then two shovel probes. Just sand and clay and organics mostly. There is an old '50s mobile home in the area as well. Trashed on the inside, but I bet it looked fabulous in its day, beautiful light wood paneling in that neat mid-century design. I didn't venture too far into it as it seemed a bit dangerous, but it was very neat despite the wear and tear.

Not much wildlife, a pair of bald eagles was goofing around and chirping most of the day. It was sunny and pleasant actually.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

25 October 2011

On this day in 1948:

Nothing, except for a newspaper clipping. Seems to be a portion of an editorial dealing with two fellows named Langlie and Wallgren who were governors of Washington, among other things. Interesting, Langlie was a Republican and was governor bracketing Langlie's term. This article is largely positive to Langlie, furthering my hypothesis that the diarist is conservative.

There are several entries missing for the next few days so posting may be sparse, but seeing as this is also my personal diary maybe not.

There was no entry yesterday as well. That day (the 24th, Monday) was uneventful. I had a good workout, came home and ate my two bagels and two sodas, and then did a few things. I moved the red azalea to the back by the fence and put in a new plant where it was up front -- the new one was given to us for Badger. The azalea never did too well up there, and I think because it's too dry: when I dug it up the soil was very dry below about an inch down and it had rained a lot all morning. Must try doing something about that.

Today I had an epic workout, and then dropped my car off at Brad's and walked home. His ship is at 130th and we're at 65th so it was a hike. Took me one hour and 40 minutes, but I stopped at Starbucks for a while and also at Pierre Ford to take some photos of a 1953 Hudson Jet they have in their showroom. Neat car. The rest of the day, I searched for jobs online, did some other minor tasks, made meatballs, etc. Cold this morning (40-ish), cloudy until about noon when it got sunny and pleasant.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

23 October 2011 (Sunday)

On this the past few days in 1948:

[21 October, Thursday] Nice day.
Was over to see Mrs. Blackwell this morning. Cleaned house & ironed the clothes. Nearly all put away. More mending of socks yet.
Mrs. Sayre called to invite me to their precinct committeemen dinner at First Lutheran church. Friday night. Haven't been out doors to-day.
Wednesday. The Human Ambulence[sic] came to get Mr. Blackwell's dog Duke to send to his Happy Hunting Grounds for he is too old to hunt birds ever again.

[no entries for 22-23 October, but the following newspaper clipping is put in between both of those days. Ed.]:
The Voice of the People
School Discipline Needed.
I can't say I exactly agree with Dr. Barbour's article "Discipline Covers Best From Within".
I am a retired California school teacher from a large city system. I have seen education swing from the strictest discipline to self expression, from old Gordon phonetics to no phonetics, from quietly marching into a room to rushing madly to see who could get there first, from "Good morning" to "Hi there" -- Oh, I could go on indefinitely.
I, too, believe in a freer classroom, but from my observation there is too much "classroom chaos." I have seen many a young teacher enter the profession with enthusiasm, only to become a nervous wreck at the end of the term. Little children can be trained to have freedom in their rooms but first of all you must have discipline.
It is easy enough for a supervisor, superintendent or principal to talk about indirect control, but they couldn't or wouldn't teach that way.
No, you need discipline. I don't believe my first graders were ever afraid of me but we followed rules and regulations -- yes, the children made them, but everything was done quietly and business like. When we got organized into groups everyone had a job and it had to be done as well as that child could do it. Every child in my room learned to read and not always because they were ready, for some children would never be ready.
All children are different and it takes time to find out why they react as they do. Did you every try to work in a room when everyone was talking and the teacher had to blow a whistle to get a little attention? You can't think and neither can little children.
I believe children should enter their rooms quietly, sit down, wait for their teacher, plan their work carefully, know what they are going to do -- and get to work. And that means discipline.
I would like to add I never had an idea setup for modern education -- that is 25 or less in a class and a large room for activity. I always had 45 or more and during the war as high as 60, and you had to have discipline with a capital "D."
A. Wolfram, Lilliwaup

I guess the more things change the more they do stay the same. I'm afraid I don't get the bit about the "Human Ambulance" taking the dog away. . .maybe that's a joke? Poor ol' Duke, I hope he was very ill and not just too old to hunt birds, although back in those days dogs weren't always treasured pets, they were kept for a purpose and gotten rid of when they were unable to perform.

Here in 2011, Friday (21st) was. . .weather than I cannot really remember. I continued writing up my now-annual Halloween post on Car Lust "Great Cars of Death" which I shall, I think, subtitle "Ford's Revenge" or something. I'm doing the whole thing on the Bonnie and Clyde 1934 Ford rather than several different ones. I did a couple of errands in the afternoon, including sitting at the U Village Starbucks for a while, which was quite pleasant.

Yesterday (Saturday) was a mixed bag. It rained most of the day, which I liked, and we just went to a couple of estate sales in addition to the Spouse getting her hair cut in the U District. Nothing exciting at the sales although the second one had lots of nice furniture and other pieces. It was a dumpy-looking house, but they'd remodeled the interior to make it look something like a mansion -- large front room with high ceilings and a chandelier, etc. For some reason, I didn't much want to watch college football all day, and usually I watch at least two full games. Wisconsin was even playing at 5 (morons lost to Michigan State) and instead of watching the second half, I sat upstairs and read Dracula, which is really quite a good book. It really is masterful suspense. Even though I largely know what happens (from various movies), it still creeped me out when the protagonist learns that Dracula is actually the only person in the castle, i.e., no servants. I think I even had a minor nightmare about it. Last night was beautiful, however: cloudy, a bit windy, but in the 50s so it was just a very pleasant Fall evening, probably why I wanted to just read an old book.

Oh, one other item from yesterday: I have these old (1968) KLH Model 23/24 speakers from an estate sale. One was apparently not working, so I'd taken it apart, checked all the wiring, bought a meter to check various components -- not like I know what I'm doing, I'm just learning -- and was totally stumped because everything was checking out. Then I checked the back of the amp and one of the wires there wasn't in contact; speaker worked fine after all. Grrrrr. They sound pretty good, I'm listening to them as I type. Not nearly as good as my Advents, but really not too bad. I will sell them eventually but I'd like to hear them for a while.

Anyway, slept okay last night, woke up at about 5:30, but the Spouse didn't get up until 7:30 so no Mass for me today; I'll try to go Monday morning instead. Today we shall just go to U Village for lunch, groceries, etc. Weather today is in the upper 50s with perhaps a few showers but some sun.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

20 October 2011

On this day in 1948:

Nice day.
Don came in for lunch had waffles & bacon & syrup. After noon walked to Woodland Park still making many changes there & walked back home. Evenings have a game or two of 10 to 1, am scoring at it fairly well.
Jim [Rahm?] & Mrs. Sayre were over to pick up envelopes we had addressed. Our next door neighbor came home with baby boy from hospital.

Waffles and bacon for lunch! "Don" must also be "Dad" and hence my potential scandal from yesterday is probably all for naught. Definitely close to the Ballard area as that is close-ish to the Zoo. An earlier entry of mine also noted that 1948 was a time when the Zoo was making a lot of changes. The Zoo -- or WPZ -- is doing a lot of renovations now as well, for the past several years. One thing we don't like is that they spent money on what amounts to a big indoor play area for kids. I'd frankly MUCH rather see them spend the dough making better conditions for the animals, since they've already closed the nocturnal critter displays because of a lack of money. Animals first!

Today I did construction monitoring down in Tukwila, the same project as last month. They'd been trenching in the middle of Interurban so no need for us there, but today went up off the road a ways where they could hit undisturbed sediment. Of course, they said they were going to be in all disturbed stuff, which they weren't. But Mike the project manager said they had some other projects and were going to probably use Cascadia since they already have a relationship with us -- and presumably because they think I did okay for them. Teresa at Cascadia also called and said they have two projects for me in November, one of which (a survey by North Bend) I will be the field supervisor for. Yay! Maybe I'll make it in archaeology after all. . . .

Also dropped a purple scarf off with Mary at the dentist office. We're fairly good friends, meet them at Husky games, email every now and then, etc. Then crawled under my dashboard to check the fuses -- right turn signal all wonky.

Cool, showery in the morning.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

19 October 2011

On this day in 1948:
[Tuesday) Not such a good drying day.
Washed clothes & hung them in the basement, spent rest of day home but about 4 p.m. walked down to Locks. Big locks are being repaired & many small fishing boats going out & two boats from Bellingham came in. The name of one was "Comet". Don came in late Tuesday night for the Elk's basket team had played Navy & Don had refereed the game & was thrilled about it. Left his clothes here.

Hmmmm, left his clothes. . . .

The "locks" are the Hiram Chittenden locks. I've only been to see them once since moving out here, but they're supposedly a big attraction. She obviously lives in a different location than the house I bought this diary at since that would have been quite a hike, especially at 4 in the afternoon. Although perhaps they walked farther back then and thought nothing of it, but it still seems quite a way.

Today the weather has turned as well, from a few days of glorious sun to cloudy and now rain. And tomorrow I have to go to Tukwila and observe more sewer trench digging at 7 am and it promises to rain. This is the last bit though and the sediments might be interesting.

Today I painted the old bench out back in a navy blue and it looks quite nice. Still beat up -- I didn't bother filling in the cracks and such, just left it weathered as it is -- so it looks old, but with a nice coat of paint. I hope to move it inside in a few days, but with the rain it might need longer to cure. Also tried to fix a problem with my Mustang (II, 1978): the left turn signal doesn't flash and the front light doesn't go on at all when the headlights are on. This has happened before and it was usually a burned out bulb but not this time. Maybe just a fuse? Anyway, I tried but failed to diagnose so it must go to mechanic, at which time I'll have him check the gas smell and oil leak.

Cats are now chasing each other around. Daisy and Jack are the only ones here now.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

18 October 2011

On this day in 1948:
Extra nice day.
Mrs. Blackwell washed worked on rug & stayed home all day, while cleaning up house looked out window & saw a little 1 1/2 year old walking [along?] the street shoes & cover all wet looked as tho came from a distance. Called Gale Muellar & said he had never seen the child & didn't belong to neighborhood. Had him take care of the little boy & I phoned police & soon they were out soon father was there too! soldier with care [license?] with permit Fort [Lawton?]

Apparently Fort Lawton which is in town here, though a long distance away from this person's residence. Probably the father just worked at the Fort.

Interestingly, we seem to have had similar weather: today was spectacular in 2011 as well. Sunny and in the upper 60s. I worked on an old wooden bench that was sitting in the back when we bought the house. Not a very nice one, but it looks like an old hand-made piece so worth saving. It had peeling green paint and is in fairly bad shape in spots. I sanded it down in the morning, not to bare wood all over (not worth it), and then primed it this afternoon. Tomorrow I shall paint it, either a brick red or navy blue, probably the latter. Actually, maybe the red would look better. . . .

Otherwise, I spent a bit of time at U Village cashing an archaeology check and sitting at Starbucks with a hot chocolate in the sun. Had a spectacular workout this morning -- slept well last night -- although my left knee bothered me a bit at first. I fear I cannot run again as I had stopped for several weeks and my knee got better, and then yesterday I ran for a bit. I love running and am sad to not be able to. OTOH, I'd rather be able to do heavy leg work.

Monday, October 17, 2011

17 October 2011

On this these past few days in 1948:
[14 October, Friday] Beautiful day & cold north wind.
Frances & Don in for dinner to help eat the pheasant which Mr. Blackwell gave us. Don telling about his trying to get in referee work in basketball games.

[15 October] Beautiful day yet a cold north wind blows. Went to University District. Dad & I walked about the W. campus went to ducking pond, many mallard ducks & students feeding them peanuts. Spent some time eating spud-nuts & coffee upon University Way. Base of doughnuts made of mashed potatoes. Went to Knitting Needle to buy yarn & started bed jacket for Frances.

[16 October, Saturday] Beautiful day warm in the sun. grand for football games. Dad is listening to Michigan & Northwestern football game.
Went to Ballard to shop & met Mrs. Sundberg & met Glennise[sp] from taking their pup to vet. Having his teeth come in giving him trouble. Went to Sunshine dairy had lunch & came down & saw them off bus to home. Did my shopping but lost my toilet paper. The couple just ahead of me grabbed my bag of toilet tissue & I had to [tell?] clerk put all in 1 bag[?].

[17 October] Beautiful day.
Went to church & had lunch at Plymouth. Sat at table with our Captain Mr. Mottet & told us where to go to take church census which was city wide. We were to go to Rainier Ave & 12 in our group. That section many vacant lots & crooked streets. Good lunch, creamed chicken on biscuit jello salad, deep apple pie hot biscuits & coffee. Got back to church about 5 p.m. Made out report & had hot coffee.

Okay, I looked it up and Michigan beat Northwestern 28-0 on 16 October 1948. That was part of a 9-0-0 season for them that year. Also that day the Washington team played Washington State in Pullman and lost 10-0. I think they were known as the Sun-Dodgers back then. . .wait, strike that, they were the Sun-Dodgers until 1922 when they changed to the Huskies.

The "ducking pond" referred to is probably Drumheller Fountain along with "Frosh Pond". The pond was originally created for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held in 1909, and it is still there largely in its same form. Ducks still hang out there and they used to put in a wooden ramp for the little ducklings to walk out of, though I haven't seen it in a while. I think they may be discouraging water fowl from it anymore. It's very large and pretty deep and is currently surrounded by beds of roses.

You know, I never understood what a "spud-nut" was until just now: a potato-based doughnut. Looking it up, we find that they were made with potato flour or mashed potatoes and the former were supposedly lighter than regular flour doughnuts. Fascinating.

The last few days have been uneventful in 2011, but we are having some lovely weather. Saturday we went to the Husky football game where they crushed the Colorado Buffaloes 52-17 or thereabouts. Today was sunny and about 60 and tomorrow should be even warmer.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

13 October 2011

On this day in 1948:
Nice day.
Went to Mountaineer Club rooms & on to Plymouth Church to help decorate dining room tables for the dinner at 6:30 p.m. Mrs. Blachard helped me.
Mr. Blackwell (next door neighbor) came in from Prosser after a hunting trip. 5 men & 2 dogs brot home 40 chinese pheasant cocks. Beautiful sight. They gave us one young cock.

No doubt this is The Mountaineers to which she refers who have been around since 1906. My supervisor at King County was a member and one time had me do up a little flyer thingie for them, although it was on govt. time. I didn't think much of it at the time -- and I shouldn't have -- but I wasn't exactly full up with work then and it gave me a chance to practice my Corel Draw skills. Still, big no-no and not something I would agree to now.

Interesting about the hunting. Funny, but poking around it seems that pheasants are not native to this continent, all derived from China/Asia. We have a small quail that has taken up residence in our neighborhood (Viewridge/Ravenna) that I see occasionally. Always wanted to try some sort of game bird, but I'm not a hunter. Seems like a lot, 40 of 'em, but I suppose between 5 people. . . .

I met Fiona at UVil at 10:30 for Starbuck's and chatting in the sun. She is temporarily working at the Girl Scouts, but has been almost entirely unemployed for almost two years now. Then I had lunch and waited at the Apple Store to see if my Macbook Air's hinge could be fixed for something resembling a reasonable price: no deal. Because it was kind of beat up looking they said they'd have to charge me $430. Yikes! My sister gave it to me and she is hard on stuff, so I'm not totally bummed. . .what do you want for free?

Then I stopped at the vet's to retrieve Badger. I was surprised he was ready so soon, but they apparently have a small crematory on-site so they did it themselves. Said they could handle up to 50 pound critters. For some reason, it's much better having him back with us, even though he's really, well, not. I remember feeling uneasy when Turbo died in 1996 or so -- my first pet to die on me -- and we didn't get him back for two weeks. It just feels better having him here. Nice urn, too, a green stone one made in India. We got a nice card from the vet as well, and I wrote a Thank You card to Dr. Christensen for seeing us so late. Now is just the road to getting used to not having him around.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

12 October 2011

On this day in 1948:
Some rain.
Dad came home from Longview. Couldn't keep two places on prospects.

Well, that's it. I believe an earlier entry noted that he was selling insurance. I thought he had something to do with the Longshoremen; maybe he sells insurance on the side and is doing more of it during the strike? Longview is south of Seattle, about 2/3 of the way to Portland, about a 3 hour drive (to Portland) these days. I would be he takes a train.

Here in 2011, it was showery this morning but pleasant in the afternoon. We continue to mourn the loss of Badger; the other cats couldn't care less, mostly. They never really were friendly to him, mostly just ignored him (to Badger's evident delight, I might add), although Jack would occasionally cuddle up with him and Daisy would sometimes try to play/tussle with him. He didn't like the latter, didn't mind the former. I miss him very much.

I worked out at the IMA (UW) and then started some projects. The electrical outlets will be done by an electrician on Friday (black), and I am looking into carpet for the back steps. It's got an ugly burber or whatever now, and some fairly ugly linoleum or vinyl under that. I'd thought maybe there was some nice linoleum underneath and considered perhaps removing the carpet and shining that up, but I think it's a lost cause. We'll probably just put down some commercial-grade carpet back there.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

11 October 2011

On this day in 1948:
Nice day.
Don was in to have lunch with me.
Went to Republican meeting. Mr. Strom brot me home & said his wife seriously ill.

Aha, I was correct on their political orientation. They would be in the minority in the city today.

Today we mourned the loss of Badger, and we were both tired due to poor sleep last night. I woke up in the middle of the night and took a long time going back to sleep, as did the Spouse. I realized that that little cat had been with us for nearly the Spouse's entire adult life and 2/3 of mine. That's a long time to be with an animal. Still sad, but all in all he had an excellent life and about as good of an ending to it as one could hope, short of a quick and sudden passing. He had stopped drinking most of Monday, and by the evening was bereft of any signs of enjoyment of his existence; we'd arranged to take him in this morning, but thought better of it. I'm glad we did, he would have suffered unduly. I will miss him greatly.

The Spouse took off work so we drove up to North Bend and had lunch at the North Bend Bar & Grill -- I had something called "Irish Nachos" which was basically nachos but with potatoes instead of chips -- and then got a couple of items at the outlet mall. It was very showery all day, many of them heavy. It rained most of the night as well, putting last night's events in good context.

Altogether a sad week thus far.

10 October 2011

On this day in 1948:
Rainy.
Stayed home & wrote six letters that was an exhausting job.

Well, not much there. It was showery in 2011 as well.

Sad day though. Our 19-year old cat, Badger, had to be put down. He fell ill last Monday (Oct. 3) and declined steadily. X-rays indicated a large tumor in his chest, probably lymphatic. We tried steroids to get him eating and drinking and with more energy, but they never really worked. I think he probably had other things wrong as well, especially in his digestive tract. He'd stopped eating on his own Saturday and by Monday (today) he'd stopped drinking as well. I was going to wait until Tuesday morning, but he looked so miserable by evening that I felt it was unfair to him to wait. We will miss you, Badger.

Otherwise, I took the Spousal Unit's Honda to get some exhaust work done, and chatted with a lady from Assumption while waiting. She's exceptionally attractive so I think I scored points with the mechanics. Heh.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

9 October 2011

On this day in 1948:
Beautiful day & hot like summer, breakfast & Ray stopped to leave key so as to take in mail & water plants. For on their way to sunny California. Lyle, Cheryl & I went to town & met Alice Marie Anderson & Mrs. Anderson. Also met Mrs. Burke & Mary Louise. M.L. had flown[?] up from Salem. Was lonesome down there. Had lunch in Old Times Bldg. & home. Lyl[sic] & Cheryl packing their car & leaving for Bellingham about 3:30 p.m. A very hot day.

Salem, Oregon, that is. The Old Times Building is still there and last I was down thataway had at least the Seattle Mariners Team Store in it. I vaguely recall it once having an actual Spitfire (or similar) fighter hanging from the ceiling of a bar/restaurant in it, late '80s or early '90s.

Today was fairly quiet. I woke up at 4:30 but swore it must have been more like 5:30; I'd woken up earlier and thought I'd heard the furnace on (which clicks on at 4:30) and went back to sleep, waking up later feeling actually well rested. Sadly, no. OTOH, Badger was up and moving around. I think between the steroid treatments and the meat baby food we'd given him last night he might have been feeling better. At any rate, he was motoring all over, even going downstairs to get a drink of water down there -- they like having a bowl of water in the basement -- and sitting on my lap for a minute or two before going back upstairs. Today he's a bit more subdued, and still isn't eating on his own, although we don't know what he does during the night. I am still sad, but have started to accept it more.

We did yard work in the afternoon; I did the edging around the terrace and front walk, the former of which had grown probably 6-8" over the sidewalk. I kept it neat the first couple of years we have lived here, but then let it slip, so I think I shall now keep it edged properly from now on. I also decided that tomorrow I will attempt to remove the carpeting on the back steps. It's ugly and dirty and such, and I will either clean the underlying vinyl/linoleum and put maybe some rugs down, or just get some new carpet. And paint the walls down there, too.

Rainy this morning, but nice and sunny this afternoon, low 60s, I think. SUpposed to rain a lot tomorrow.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

8 October 2011

On the past few days in 1948:
[5 October Tuesday)]: More rain.
All day in bed with a headache. Don came in so took notices to Ballard Tribune & Ballard News.

[6 October]: Rain & showers.
Did the ironing and all put away. This afternoon mailed two packages of candy one for Aunt Ada & other to Miss Ida. Also bot stamps & post cards for Ray. They (Sam & Ray) are taking their vacation Saturday. Going to California for three weeks.
Dewey & Harry Truman are out in the west making presidential speeches.

[7 October] Nice day yet took an umbrella in case of the unaware showers. Shopped in morning with Ray to help her choose house coat & other articles for Saturday, going to take a trip to California. Went to Chinese tea at Plymouth Church. Homes , Had dinner at Sam & Ray's good boiled tongue potatoes & corn on cob from their garden. Delicious all the eats. Went to board meeting & didn't get home til 1 a.m. Argue & argue about summer Outing money profits.

[8 October (Friday)]: Cleaned house & nice day. Cheryl phoned at 7 a.m. to say couldn't be down til 8 p.m. or later. Had table all fixed to serve dessert. Glenise[sp?] & Jo Dixon & Sam & Ray came in to celebrate Cheryl's belated birthday cake & ice cream. Laughing about a drug store clerk selling Feinalox[sp?] Phillips milk of Magnesia & other laxative drugs to & on handing him he[sic] package the clerk said "Hope the latch on the gate doesn't stick to-night. The man when got out the store dawn on him what the clerk said & laughed all way home.

Ha! Can't figure out what "Feinalox/Feinalax" is, a person's name or a product? Couldn't find a product of that name. I really kind of envy the simplicity of the diarist's life. Shopping, tea, having dinner with friends. No cell phones, emails, running all over creation to do dozens of things in a single day. I wonder if I'd be bored silly or, at this point in my life, relax and enjoy the pace.

Sadly, here in 2011, life is not so good. Our old cat, Badger, who is 19 is on the path to dying. He seemed fairly slow and weak Monday evening, and was off his eating and drinking so I took him to the vet Wednesday (Oct. 5) and he had fluid in his abdomen, an irregular heart beat, and a suspicious lump right above his heart. Some tests ruled out an infection (probably) and the radiologist thinks it's lymphatic cancer. He hasn't improved much since, although we've started him on steroids to bring his appetite back and make him more comfortable. Treatment is ruled out at his age and stage, so it's just palliative from here out. He perked up a bit after the steroids and is drinking more, but is still not eating properly. It seems like he wants to eat, eats maybe a teaspoon (if that) and then stops like it's unpleasant or something. He'll do that maybe 2-4 times a day and we've taken to gently force-feeding him a couple of times per day to keep his strength up. I really don't want him to just starve to death (although I've heard that can actually make for a pleasant end). We're just trying to maintain him in reasonable comfort until the cancer affects something crucial and he just crashes. Or his heart just stops beating. Hate this.

Otherwise, it's been mostly rainy and showery all week. I had a good week of workouts, thanks mostly to halfway adequate sleep most nights and a good glass of water the afternoon before. We tried a new Greek restaurant on 55th and 35th, within walking distance, and it was pretty good although my stomach eventually didn't like it. I had "neo yeero" (i.e., gyro) and the Spouse had spanicopita. Yesterday (Friday) I went to Target to get puppy pads (Badger has missed the box twice now), The Sports Authority to trade in the Spouse's new (birthday) rain coat, and U Village to hunt down various canned foods that Badger might eat. The Spouse's birthday was Thursday and I made dinner (Civil War mac & cheese, not my best effort though not as messy as the first time, and steamed broccoli), and some sort of Hawaiian layer cake made with coconut milk. That turned out rather nicely: white cake mix with the coconut milk, with layers of some goop made with coconut milk, sugar, and corn starch for a thickener, and our usual whipped cream & cream cheese frosting. YUM.

Today we shall journey to Bellevue to an estate sale (lots of mid-century stuff) and try to exchange said rain coat for yet another one, and maybe Macy's/The Bon for. . . something or other.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

4 October 2011

On this day in 1948:
Rain & Rain & heavy showers.
Washed clohes but hung them in the basement. Worked on rug & wrote letters.

Also a newspaper clipping (undated) entitled "Conservation or Socialism?" Partly it reads:
Conservation of our natural resources came to the foreground in the speeches made simultaneously by President Truman in Salt Lake City and GovernorDewey in Denver. . .And Governor Dewey displayed a far more statesmanlike comprehension of the subject than did his opponent. . .Conservation has been made one of the major New Deal strategies for socializing the United States, with no regard for constitutional methods or for state sovereignty.

The more things change, I guess. It goes on to argue that most of the large public works carried out by the New Deal were more geared towards increasing federal control and at odds with the Constitution rather than the sort of functional things Republican administrations had carried out. There's also an accompanying short article about the columnist's impressions of Dewy and his "efficient" campaign train. The diarist looks to be conservative, which would seem odd to someone from Seattle today. I don't know a whole lot about local history, but I think it's been trending strongly Left since the '70s or thereabouts. Kind of neat reading about the famous Truman-Dewey election though.

Tuesday here in 2011: Few showers, low 60s. I didn't do much except work out, read "The Ancient Egyptian State", look around for a few jobs, and get a couple of furnace filters and a birthday present for The Spouse (a Columbia rain jacket and small rake). Badger has been a bit under the weather, which worries me since he's 19, but I'm hoping he's just feeling poorly for a day.

Monday, October 3, 2011

3 October 2011

On this these past few days in 1948 (why that is follows):
[September 28 (Tuesday)]: Morning misty. P.M. rather nice.
Washed clothes but hung them in basement. Shopped at Ballard met Ray & she was going to Steele Lake to have dinner with Cliff & Marge.

[September 29] Sunny yet cold north wind blowing.
Mislade[sic] my pen & such a scamble[sic] to find it & during my search My conscious lastly woke up & told me where I had had it last. The Blackwell's are all working in their basement on making seats, just piece work on rush orders at the furniture factory where their son Gordon works. Went to Dr. Schmidt's & walked over to University Way. Saw Mary Belcher at Kopfstien's.

[Setpember 30] Ironed clothes & got them all done & put away.

[October 1 (Friday)] Dad came home about 9 p.m. was expecting him until Saturday.

[October 2] Cloudy day.
Had dinner at Sam & Ray's. Played court Whist & the ladies beat the men by two points. Had a swell dinner I made huckleberry pie of the berries picked at Kitsap. To-day is Cheryl's Birthday but she isn't here to celebrate it.

[October 3] Rather nice day but took an umbrella to be sure as not to be caught in these heavy showers. We went to Plymouth Church. Took Roosevelt Way bus to Frances & Don's for dinner. Took Don's baby book to Frances. Dad left for Longview on 6 p.m. bus & I for home.

The last week has been busy and. . . .weird. The Wife left on a business trip for LA early Tuesday morning (Sep 27) so I was home alone with the cats the rest of the week. I wrote the final report for the Tukwila sewer project (archaeology) on Tuesday and Wednesday -- this was the first time I was able to write the final report on a project -- and then Thursday. . .I don't remember what I did. But the Internet connection was out from Wednesday afternoon on. Big mess with switching out an old cable box for just the other newer one we had, plus they said their was an outage in this area. Whatever the case, it took until Saturday afternoon to get it back up and running so I was left bereft of Internet connectivity for *gasp!* four days! I did get quite a bit done otherwise so I didn't miss it all that much. However, I was unable to check the Wife's return flight Saturday evening (ETA 8:55 pm) to see if it was on time or not, and I'd already gotten rid of all the old phone books so I didn't even have a number to call (it came in like 45 minutes early so no harm, no foul).

Not going to Egypt; contacted the project head and she said they'd gotten permission only for portions of the work so only a few of them are going over and even that is in jeopardy. I'm not optimistic about how things will go there. On the bright side, I will get to stay here for all of bowl season. . . .

Today (Monday) I just worked out and then went to Assumption to work a funeral. I was only able to go in for the second half of the Mass as we had fewer people than normal. It was refreshing to go to Mass as I haven't been in like three weeks due to sleeping poorly on the last couple of weekends. This afternoon I trolled for jobs (on the Internet!) and started a new Car Lust post about 1991.

A young female at the IMA (gym) is initiating conversation with me, which actually makes me quite happy since A) I hope my efforts to be more sociable are working, and B) Hey, what an ego boost to have a hot young babe talking to you! Horrible case of acne, poor thing, but otherwise she is very attractive; I hope the acne doesn't cause her too much distress especially when it come to attracting males (or females, I suppose). Eh, maybe I'll get back to my old social butterfly self eventually.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

27 September 2011

On this day the last few days in 1948:
[23 Sep 1948 Thursday] What did one hat say to the other hat when a man entered the store? Ans. I go on a head.

[September 24] Sunny day. Cold north wind blowing. Circle 3 met here 12 ladies here, some the last minute phoned not coming. Had a good time & meeting. Mrs. Black & Miss Shiack helped with. Had dahlias & roses (yellow) for decoration, rice custard, peas jelly, pickles & hot rolls & date crumbles for dessert. Had earthquake at 3:47 p.m. during meeting. Mrs. Connor gave me 2 hankies.

[September 25] (Just a newspaper clipping about a wig maker, one "of 35 actual wig-makers in the United States". Name is Thomas S. Singer and of his work they write:
Most of the clients are persons whose hair has fallen victim to disease or accident, persons whose lives have been made miserable by their loss. . .Some, a great number indeed, are children and young persons who are acutely conscious of their loss. Only a few days ago, Singer made a full wig for a girl, 5, who was ready to start kindergarten. . ."When I put the piece on the child, "said Singer, "she ran to the mirror and gazed into it for almost a minute. Then she cried out: 'Look, Mama, I'm just like the other kids now!'"

Nice little story. )

[September 26 (Sunday)] Rain & rain & rained all day. Went to Plymouth to church & a goodly attendance. Had dinner at Sam & Ray's. Dad left for Longview at 3:30 p.m. to sell Hospital Insurance.

[September 27] Sunny yet a cold wind from north blowing. Did last weeks ironing.

An earthquake! Must have been a small one since it's not listed in the big ones (they had another one in April of 1949, a 7.1. The last large one here was a 6.8 in February of 2001 -- I was in a downtown building for that one. We get a big one every 30 years or so. Their weather seems to have fallen into Fall as well as ours: we had a September run of very warm weather, climaxing last Friday & Saturday (23rd & 24th) around 80, but the next day it began raining, a day-long steady rain, the first in a couple of months. Fall is now here.

I managed to finish painting the house the very day before it started raining. The last bit was the front steps which are concrete. I got special concrete paint instead of just slopping on the house paint which is what I think previous paintings had done. I'm rather proud of that; I've never painted a full house by myself. Wasn't a professional job, but a bit better than a rank amateur. The only thing I could have done better was scrape: I kept finding little places where I had missed some spots.

I spent today (Tuesday) taking the Spousal Unit to the airport for a business trip at 6 (flight left at 8) and then went to the archaeology place to work on my final report. Still needs some work, the conclusions, figures, references, and some detail on dating some bottles. Also inquired with the Anthro dept. at UW about possibly teaching an Egypt course (Archy 312) and the response was positive.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

21 September, 2011

On this day in 1948: Another newspaper clipping having to do with the apparent longshoremen strike. This one has the title Ship Operators 'Won't Budge'. It's kind of long so I won't quote the whole thing:
Gettings [William, a union guy] said lonshore gangs were working in Seattle yesterday for independent and army contractors. He concluded:
"This proves that our members are getting paychecks in spite of the employers' association refusal to deal with the union. These independent operators are having no trouble with the union. Why is that?"

Right after that the diarist has written "unfair!" The ship owners are apparently digging in on the fact that the union has "not signed non-Communist affidavits in line with the Taft-Hartley provisions." Can't really tell what paper it came from, but the typeface doesn't seem like previous Seattle papers.

Anyway, back in 2011 I have finished painting our 1954 house. Almost. Have a few odds and ends to finish up, like the back door frame and front steps and (small) porch. First house I've painted in 30 years. Hopefully the last as well. I think the next time it needs painting I will A) Be employed and can pay someone else to do it, and B) It will probably need to be sanded and have a lot of boards replaced. It's still in decent shape, I suppose, but it really could use some TLC next time. Otherwise, it was cloudy but warm, around 74.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

20 September 2011

On this day in 1948: Nothing but a rather large newspaper clipping. Appears to be a half-page ad by the "Pacific American Shipowners Association, Waterfront Employers of Washington". Here's some of the text:
As long as the Communist Party leadership remains in control, peace on the West Coast waterfront is directly and irrevocably tied to the same forces that will determined peace or war on the Berlin Front. . .and on all fronts throughout the world. The same basic pattern of chaos and confusion that has blocked every effort of our own State Department in Berlin and Moscow. . . .that has consistently harrassed and crippled West Coast shipping for the past fourteen years. . .will continue to disrupt and block every attempt to achieve peace on the West Coast waterfront.

Then it's got a few quotes. I searched a bit and found some news on the 1948 Longshoremen strike in Seattle. It's a Union site so bear that in mind, but I found this about 2/3 of the way down:
After the strike ended, the Waterfront Employers Association said they had never meant to imply that Bridges was a Communist. But they weren't being all that nice. Bridges sued the Employers Association for libel and slander. That's when they backed off. They didn't do it out of any generosity or any mea culpa. Nothing like that. Bridges decided before the end of the strike that he would sue them after they took a full page in the papers.

. . .

One was a picture of Bridges and Molotov, the foreign minister of the Soviet Union, clicking champagne glasses, and implying this is an example of Communists hobnobbing together. The union got hold of the original photos, which showed a group of people at a reception during the United Nations Conference when Molotov was the chief delegate for the Russians.

Which is exactly what this is. Can't tell if this means the diarist is pro- or anti-union. Tomorrow's also just has a news clipping related to this strike as well.

Here in 2011, I am nearly finished painting the house. I've done all four sides, but the south side needs a second coat. Actually, all 4 sides could use two, but this one obviously does. I might repaint the other sides in upcoming years, maybe one side each year.

Also, the dog next door, Oliver, died this past weekend. The neighbors just woke up Saturday morning and found him dead. Apparently a stroke or some such. I hope it was relatively quick and painless for him. He was a decent dog, barked kind of a lot, but a big hairy sweetie for the most part. Lola — the other dog (both Newfoundlands) — is kind of traumatized. She’s been howling and stuff ever since when no one is around; she misses Oliver greatly.

Not working at all, just one day last week. After the painting is done I'll go to the Cascadia office for a couple of days to write up the final report, and then start looking again in earnest. I hate job hunting and I've been doing it almost constantly for the last 7 years.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

18 September 2011

On this these last few days in 1948:

Nothing, actually. Just a newspaper clipping taped onto the facing pages for 14 and 15 September, which has two photos of a cat and a barrel full of water, with the caption:
QUICK -- Charley, a fishing cat belonging to Walt Kenney, owner of Sunrise Beach fishing resort on Whidbey Island, makes a lightning-like stab in the live-bait barrel for dinner -- a herring, in this case. Put on the knife and forks, ma, Charley'll be right home.
SUCCESS -- A plat do jour herring clenched in his teeth, Charley makes off for the nearest dinner table. This would go on all day, says Kenney, if Charley had his way. As it is, Charley catches more fish than most fishermen, and with less equipment. (Post-Intelligencer Photos by Ken Harris,)

No more entries until Sep. 20th and then just another newspaper clipping.

Sad news from 2011: The neighbor's dog, Oliver, died yesterday. They found him laying in his favorite spot (coincidentally, the same spot the former dog, Albert, died as well) yesterday (Saturday the 17th) morning. Both were Newfoundlands. Lola, the other one, has been crying since yesterday evening about it. Very sad. I never much interacted with Oliver, but he was a nice dog. Lola always comes over to the fence for a few scratches, although I always have to wear a rubber glove because she isn't bathed very often and otherwise my hand would smell of dog despite scrubbing.

It was our 7th wedding anniversary yesterday as well, which we both nearly forgot. . . .again. We'd been, errrmmm, together and also shacking up since about 1990 so the actual marriage wasn't that big a deal. I think at least 2-3 times we've forgotten about it.

Otherwise, I am nearly finished painting: I did the south side Wednesday, but it needs another coat, which leaves just the north side and touching up to be done. The coming week looks dry so I should be able to finish by Wednesday at least. It has turned suddenly to Autumn so just in time. It rained all night last night, first rain in over a month; I am happy about that since things will be green again and I don't have to hand-water plants for a few days at least.