Tuesday, May 31, 2016

31 March 2016 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1954 (Monday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Had a marching practice this morning. Had a big history test this [many afar]. Went down with Louise after she got her glass fixed after school. Got a [hiss] out this evening $1.00. Also got myself some bus tickets. Played pool with Louise down at the [Tool] a while tonight $.75. [Took Rogans] and Louise to the Donut Shop and had some eats $1.15. Got home about 11:00. Spent $2.90. (monthly spending $29.45).
Well, a decent day today. Productive. Very productive. That was due to something that struck me last night but I am not going to say what because it's a little weird and I also don't want to jinx myself. Suffice it to say, I got a lot done today and I wish this attitude was permanent.

At any rate, I slept kind of okay, but with assistance twice (minor though it was). Ended up waking up at a little before 4:30 so I was at least well hydrated for my workout, which was AWEsome. Went downtown and started working immediately, although I ended up discovering a problem with the last data merging -- some new forms/data sets were added that didn't make it into the code -- so I started running those again. Also updated some diagnoses that Sharon had looked into. And did some more work on my alkyhol paper, although the final analysis I ended up getting stuck being able to say more than one sentence on. So that is problematic. Rowena and I went over for coffee this morning and then to get her some lunch and me a banana at 1:30. Beautiful sunny day. I ate lunch out behind Harborview and some chick had her dog back there and she was throwing a tennis ball for him to run after. That was delightful, he was having so much fun. When I was leaving he started bringing the ball to other people out there and they were throwing it for him.

Bus ride was uneventful although two old County people were at the bus stop and we chatted. Ordered dinner out since the Spousal Unit was doing a Good Deed by picking up and driving home one of her employees who was having minor surgery at a hospital. . . .and she is still not home yet. The person was supposed to go in at like 2 but ended up not going in until 4 and as of 6 she still had an hour or hour and a half before she could leave (or find out if they were keeping her over night). No good deed goes unpunished, I guess. So I'm by myself. I walked to the post office and mailed a package, then up north a little ways, and then back south to the Safeway so I could get some cream cheese. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

30 May 2016 (Monday, Memorial Day)

On this day in 1954 (Sunday):
Slept in until about 11:00 today. Went down and got Louise and then went to dinner at Grandma's. After dinner went to the services at the high school for the graduatin [wind]. After we took the Dodge and went driving. We drove all over the [empty]. [Vicki] and her boy friend came with us. Had some eats on the way home. Got home about 1:30. Gas $1.00. Spent $1.00. 
I bet I could count on two hand the number of times this kid went to bed before midnight in the last 2 years. . . .

I guess today was a pleasant day. I slept reasonably well, albeit with assistance in the middle of the night, but woke up at 4 which was okay, I guess. Had to take a nap mid-morning. I did that and then did some work on the yard. The plant in the big pot on the front steps was all brown and probably couldn't come back. I was going to transplant it to somewhere in the back but the thing was totally root bound and I couldn't get through all the roots where I Was going to plant it (under the cedar tree) so I decided to just chuck it in the yard waste bin. Felt kind of sad, but oh well.

I found out the pot was cracked so we decided to make a little archaeology pot out of it -- you bury it halfway in the ground -- so I did that in the front. Sadly, a few snails bit the dust in the process. DOn't like killing them, but it was, of course, accidental. Took out another one later on that was on the bottom of the yard waste bin, too, a veritable grim reaper of snails I was today.

We went up to Lowe's and got some bark for the front and a couple of plants for the pot and elsewhere so it will look like stuff spilling out of it. Hit a small estate sale on the way back and the Spousal Unit bought a little wood Santa Claus bell type thingie. Which I took outside and promptly dropped on the sidewalk Happily, it wasn't damaged at all, but duh. Went to QFC at UVil after that for a couple things.

Back at home I started mowing the lawn and got on a big sugar drought, so I went in and had a mini ice cream cone before going out again to . . . . do something. Oh, spread the bark. Looks okay. And planted the plants. Did a few more little things outside as well. I did some pruning of rose bushes and other things this morning, too.

Sat around, watched TV, phoned with my sister, aunt, and uncle back in FdL. Aunt Phyllis thought mom was doing pretty well since the beginning when they started Skyping, but thinks she is kinda bored. Mom also kinda refuses to do a lot of things on her own, too, like socializing, etc., but also not doing much physical which would help her a lot. I don't know if she's giving up or is just. . . .well, blase about life. The nurses think she could be more physical and active if she had wanted to be (like participating fully in PT). Phyllis thinks she may be being stubborn about the few things she does have control over, which is mostly refusing to do things. Makes sense. I don't know what I would be like if it were me. I know I'd be going nuts not being able to do much and I'd like to think I'd be constantly "working out" to the extent possible, but who knows.

Anyway, we walked up to the cemetery (Calvary) after dinner. It was nice. Sunny and like 72 today so the weather was just about perfect. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

29 May 2016 (Sunday)

On this day in 1954 (Saturday):
Slept in until about 10:30 this morning. Louise [auded] this morning. Worked on the car some. Went down to Louise's place a little while this afternoon. Got thrown out of the house by her old man. Ate at [Don's]. Slept a little this afternoon. Played a dance a[sic] [Tray] tonight. Bought Louise a [marble] for a graduation present $7.00. Got home from the [huss] and in bed about 1:30. Eats $.70. Spent $7.70.
Don't know what he bought her, sure looks like 'marble' though.

Odd day today. I did have a short(ish) but fairly intense anxiety attack (or whatever) in the middle of the night. I don't even remember what it was about. Oh, a couple of things I decided I probably shouldn't have said or done or something. Nothing major, but the usual hyperinflated sense of tragedy. Managed to get back to sleep (with assistance) and slept until around 4:30.

Um, then I watched auto racing. From 5 am until 7 pm.

Well, not continuously. I watched the whole F1 race (Monaco) and then we had breakfast and then watched the start of the Indy 500 until about when it was half over and then we went out to do various things. Had to gas up the SuBAru and get some cat litter. Had lunch at NGate. Went to the NGate QFC, too. Bought fish.

Let me state this clearly: I can not cook fish or steak. With minor exceptions. I can make passable teriyaki salmon on the grill, and fry up sole or tilapia or something like that. Otherwise, ferget it. I'm okay with this.

Also watched the start of the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR around 3:15 and that just finished. I missed a lot of the middle of that one, too. Not an exciting race though, Martin Truex led something like 396 out of 400 laps.

What else. I drank a bit of beer this afternoon, the last can of Even Keel 3.8%. It's really got the right amount of alcohol for me, but I don't like the flavor. Waaaaay too fruity. My next brewing goal will be to make something like a typical American lager (perhaps a bit more hoppy) with about 3.8% alcohol, which works out to really about hat Near Beer used to be (3.2% by weight which is about 4% by volume). That would suit me admirably. Need to drink the rest of this bitter that I made though.

Felt kinda meh all day again. I think it was just hangover from yesterday (not alcohol hangover, just the basic feeling of kind of ugh).

Rained in the morning and a little in the afternoon. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

28 May 2016 (Saturday)

On this day in 1954 (Friday):
Louise came after me today in the plymouth. Had a marching practice at Davis Field this morning. Was tired today in schoole. [Gee, I wonder why? ed.] Had a Biology test this afternoon. After school I took Louise to [aouros] and then I went home and had supper with her. Played a marching performance at [Onlad] Field tonight and also played for a graduation down at Franklin. Gas $1.00. Spent $1.00. 
Well, I don't know about today. Right now I kinda feel crappy, mostly because my stomach feels all bloated and it's kind of been that way all day. Couldn't get to sleep for a while last night, but then I mostly slept through and woke up around 4:30, which was okay. We went out for breakfast and I ate probably more than I should have, but I had planned on going to the IMA. WELL. Bastards had all the parking blocked off so I couldn't. Really irritated me. No signs there this week, no signs in the parking lot even on Friday, no nothing. So that irritated me. I sat around after that. We went to North Bend. Lunch at the North Bend Bar & Grill which was okay although I still wasn't hungry. We got a big mess of nachos of which we didn't even eat half. Went to the outlet mall and I got a bunch of underwear. And a gravy separator. I have one but it's not very big.

Stopped by the QFC on the way back and got some comestibles. I went and got the propane tank filled up again and MADE SURE I TURNED IT OFF THIS TIME. Made burgers and corn out there, because I hear tell it's National Hamburger Day. Yeah, whoopee. We walked at NGate because it was rainy(ish).

So, what else. Watched a movie called Pixels which I like even though it's kind of dumb. It's about some 1980s nerds who have to Save The Planet because some aliens came down as old video games (Galaga, Centipedes, Pac Man, etc.). I like the music, the opening scene is an awesome early 1980s car show, and, errr, Ashley Benson (hot hot hot) is in it. It's silly but I like it.

I finished my beer book last night as well. I enjoyed it all. I think I will read some old poetry or something for the next few days. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

27 May 2016 (Friday)

On this day in 1954 (Thursday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Played all morning for the [Seyinsion] to practice marching at Davis Field. Had an English test [what I blanded] the morning. Ate dinner with Louise tonight. Went for a [which] with Louise and her girl friend for a little while after school. Played for the U.S.O. dance tonight. Didn't get home until after 2:30 this morning. 
That is one crazy kid.

Slept magnificently again last night! Also had a bitchin' workout. Sweated a lot, I think it was humid in there, or I was just killin' it. Came home, did some fiddling around, and then went to Cascadia for no good reason. Talked to Randall and Jana a bit. I went to SBux, too, mainly to say hello to Sara the barista (she's fab). I mostly just messed with trying to figure out how to get GPS points from my phone to input into. . .well, something. I can list out the lat-long with the ArcGIS app on the phone, but it's only good to 3 digits (thousandth of a degree) which I don't think is very accurate. I walked to the UVil and marked down some locations and it's really not very accurate. The one right in front of our house comes up on Google Earth as almost a full house down (ca. 25 m away). So hmmm.

Anyway, after I came back from Cascadia I stopped by home (after a quick stop at an estate sale) and then when I was in the back yard the Chinese neighbor lady talked to me and said she was going to cut down a tree in their back yard. Chatted for a bit. I drove to McD's and then came home and did the UVil walk. I walked home mostly along the Burke-Gilman and when I got home emptied the dishwasher and did the dinner stuff.

Oh, also when I was home I did two things: First, I fired up my old Winblows laptop and got the typical Winblows experience once again: Froze twice. So I will need to clear it out and then get rid of it. I was going to install my old ArcView GIS on it. Second, I installed ArcView on my Mac and it went fine. So I may spend part of the weekend trying to get that going so I can use the maps for our surveys. Usually we just print out an aerial photo of the location and then mark our probe locations on that and it's generally really accurate, provided there are good landmarks around and no trees. On a job at HRA when I had a GPS unit I also had an aerial and found that the GPS was really not very accurate. And if my phone can't even get within 10 meters that won't work either. But it might work to get it set up and then get an actual GPS device. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

26 May 2016 (Thursday)

On this day in 1954 (Wednesday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Had a English test today. [Densing] for final test in [red] class. After school picked up our pictures $.50. Louise [he] girl friend and I drove around for a while in the old man's [Hendleys]. Went to the drive-in tonight with Louise [Valous] and her boy friend. Eats $.20. Had to[sic] Dodge. Stayed a[sic] Louise a little while before coming home. Spent $.70. 
Odd day today. I slept magnificently, until 5. Wow, that felt good. Workout was decent. I did squats but with only 25 lb plates on it. Knee hurt. I can't do the leg extensions, that's what's killing my left knee. Came home and started in on reviving the alcohol paper. I cut the Introduction down by a LOT and it reads okay to me. Hits the right points:
-- Relation between alcohol and immune reconstitution is unclear because studies have found different things
-- Kenya has a high burden of HIV and different alcohol practices and types

The Results will have to be modified but not a while lot, and then the Discussion needs to be shortened, too. I plan on doing that tomorrow morning. I did that most of the morning. I decided to go to NGate for lunch, and I was angry the whole way because there were construction people at the end of the block and I was sure they were putting in the *$^$ing speed bumps. Turned out it wasn't.

Came home and then decided to go to the hardware store and get a new hose, which I did, and also sat at SBux for a while. When I came home the hose leaked. Well, not the hose. This is like the third one in a row so I tested it by attaching the old one that I know doesn't leak and yeah turns out it's the faucet. So that was kind of a bummer.

I cleaned up the stove top too. There's one small patch that looks. . . .well, stained? It's a ceramic smooth top, black, and you can see this area about the size of a quarter that looks like it's had something burned onto it. Only an outline, but it's noticeable at an angle. Also spent an hour or so at the guitar. Leftovers (mostly) for dinner, usual walk. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

25 May 2016 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1954 (Tuesday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Louise skipped school and went to town to do [car] shopping. Changed a tire on my car went[sic] I got home tonight. Ate at Louise's place tonight and came back and did some more work on the car. Saw Louise about 9:30 and we stayed at her place until about 12:00. I drove the Dodge home tonight. Got to bed about 1:00 this morning. [Capital F in a circle]
FWIW, I almost always go to bed at 9, read for half an hour, then turn out the lights at 9:30. Wake up at 5. Well, usually earlier.

One pop culture trivia note: I've been watching a TV called The Flash -- he was my favorite comic book superhero -- and it's okay. Not bad. Not great. But they had a recurring role for the actor John Wesley Shipp who also played The Flash in a one-season 1990-91 series (in this one he played The Flash's father). Anyway, I always thought that earlier show had a really neat style to it; very art deco and such. At the season finale last night it turned out that in an alternate dimension the same person was that world's Flash and they sent him back in his alternate-world Flash outfit which was the same one he wore back in the old series. I thought that was nicely done.

So, today: Managed to sleep okay, rode my bike to the IMA and had a pretty decent workout. I just did a little work here and then went to Cascadia to see if there was anything to do there (not) and instead just worked on Coptic stuff there. I put in another 220-ish diagnoses, all cytology. Some were messed up (what else is new) but Sharon (in Kenya) and I are working on them together. She's great. Very good. We also give each other props in the public space so we have each other's backs that way. Works well, I praise her, she praises me, it's all good. Hopefully $$$ for both of us out of it.

I left at 11:30 and then went to McD's where there were three high school girls in line ahead of me and I made sure to stare at my phone because I wasn't going to be caught staring at their (truly magnificent) butts. Such are the travails of being a man in a spandex world. I just had fries.

Came home and then walked up to the barber shop on 55th and 35th, after making a failed attempt at surgery on my finger where the supposed splinter still is (couldn't see anything). I sliced away at the area again this evening but still can't see anything.

Then walked down to UVil and hung out there for a bit, and then walked home after getting a couple things from the QFC. I put my phone's music player to randomly play individual songs and this was what I ended up with:
A Jimmy Buffett song
REO Speedwagon
Midnight Oil
(I think) Palestrina
Rush (Something for Nothing)
Something else.

I practiced my guitar for almost an hour. Didn't do all that well, but I read an article today about the benefits of 'deliberate practice' and so figured I just had to practice more!

Went to UVil.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

24 May 2016 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1954 (Monday):
Dad took me to school this morning. [Lelgod] was about the same today. After school Louise went down and bought some [i o ourn] gloves [framer]. I went down to [Hafly] for a while this evening. Louise got the Hudson when this evening and we drove around with it for a while. Had a oil change on my car today. Gas $1.00. [Sattey] to bed about 1:15. [Capital F in a circle] Eat $.50. Spent $1.50. 
Bad night last night, mostly. I went right to sleep but woke up shortly thereafter from a weird dream, then spent a long while getting back to sleep, then woke up at 3:30 and went back to sleep for a while. Wasn't too bad, but I felt pretty tired all day. Workout was kinda meh. Happily Rowena texted me before I got downtown that we needed our badges to get in. Apparently some sorts of threats were made. I dunno what all the deal was because I wasn't following the fiasco via the emails, but everyone was all wigged out about 'diversity', meaning someone noticed yet again that public health is largely composed of middle aged white women and oooohh isn't that bad or something. Idiots.

Anyway, I texted her and she let me in. Had a decent little meeting with Michael. I worked for a while and then left around 11:30 because I didn't want to be bugging people to let me back in whenever I went out for lunch or something. I took the shuttle to the UDist and had lunch at the Pagliaccis and then walked home (gotta work on that inner tube!). Was kinda nice, and I may have spotted Rika the dog who went missing last October. Some homeless guy was walking around with a dog like her so when I got home I called the old neighbors about it. I figured, hey, homeless guy finds homeless dog, etc.

Also took a picture of one of my old residences next to the Ravenna Gulch and wrote this on Facebook:

There it is. . . ."The Old Cagle Place". . . .some say that on certain moonlit nights one can still glimpse through the window a ghostly apparition, pacing back and forth, back and forth. . . .and hear the same passages from 'Systematics in Prehistory' repeated over and over and over. . . .and if you listen closely you may even catch the softly spoken words "Who the hell even CARES about the timing and distribution of a microblade and microcore industry in America??"

Heh. That was one of my comprehensive exam questions, a famous one that everyone thought was stupid.

So. Worked more when I got home and quite about 3. And went outside and found I'd left the grill on since yesterday, i.e., for 22 hours. Yeesh. Guess I'll be needing to fill the gas up again soon. . . .

Made dinner, walked, etc. Now I am going to go look for my old badge. . . .

Monday, May 23, 2016

23 May 2016 (Monday)

On this day in 1954 (Sunday):
Slept in until about 12:00. Ate dinner at Grandma's today. After dinner Louise and the kids went out to [Sportsman] Park for a[sic] afternoon picnic. About 7:00tonight we went out to the drive-in theater and saw a real good show $1.30. Eats $.40. Came down to the house after the show. Gas $1.00. Walked Louise home and got back home and to bed about 2:30 this morning. Spent $2.70. 
Sportsman Park is still there!

Well, today started kinda badly, with me waking up at 3:30 and having a mini anxiety attack (or whatever). I didn't take anything and might have dozed off again, but I doubt it. I didn't feel too bad most of the day though. I decided to ride my bike in to the gym and that's what I did. I decided that I need to drop a couple of pounds -- mainly get my gut down to nothing -- in preparation for Wisconsin in July. Well, errrrmmm, my cousin has a nice pool in her back yard and on the chance I go up there and have to take my shirt off I, simply put, want to look hot. Well, not "hot" maybe; just buff. So I'm starting the process now. I will ride the bike as much as I can and I didn't have a mocha this morning and tried to eat not as much as usual.

I am fully aware, of course, that all this work will no doubt no pay off at all and I probably won't even see her. But that's cool, I need to drop my (admittedly minor) 'inner tube'.

I had planned on working on Coptic stuff most of the morning but my desktop email was all buggered and I spent a lot of time trying to fix that. Wouldn't send anything. I finally deleted the Outgoing Server and replaced it and then it worked.

Actually it didn't. I just checked and emails were still all backed up. I got a reply from UW IT and they fixed it, so now 7 emails have gone out all at once. Gaaah.

So, what else. Had to pop over to Cascadia to do a little thing for the Parks invoice, that was on the way back from the Spam's Club. I stopped by the house to pick up the stove light bulb, hit McD's for lunch, and then got new bulbs. And then back home. I was going to do some yard work but it was sprinkling, so I fiddled around and then did some of the actual Coptic work. Did that until about 3:30. Made brats for dinner. Walked. Tried not to eat too much. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

22 May 2016 (Sunday)

On this day in 1954 (Saturday):
Slept in until about 10:30 and then got up and mow[sic] the lawn. Went to dinner at Louise's place and stayed with her most of the afternoon. We both went down and worked at the church a while. Also had supper at Louise's. Played a [Tango] dance tonight. Louise and I went down to the house afterward. Got to bed 3:00 this morning. [Save angle] $.50. [Capital F in a circle] Spent $.50.
I think he's bangin' ol' Louise and will get her pregnant and then have to marry her in September.

Apart from a relatively short but intense bout of an anxiety attack (or whatever) around 3 this morning, I slept great; until after 5! Thus, felt pretty good all day. Went to Mass. I'm not sure actually going makes me feel better or just lacking the guilt if I didn't go. Hmmmm. Not much else going on this morning, I don't think. Fiddled with the guitar a bit, and then this afternoon I just did some fingering drills to strengthen my fingers up some more. I found that really makes a difference. Did a few chores as well, mainly changing the litter and sweeping the floors.

We just went to UVil like normal today. It was sunny and warm enough that we sat outside for lunch. Also went to the hardware store to get a light bulb but they didn't have the right one. We went back to UVil to get some frozen yogurt and sat down outside to eat it and I immediately dropped a big glop and the spoon right on my leg. Weirdly, the Spousal Unit had a spare spoon in her bag. Ooooooookay. But handy.

Didn't do much at home in the afternoon. The squirrels are becoming braver, almost coming right up to me now. The one we call Heathcliff has a notch out of one ear and is kind of the bully. Also found a hole in the side yard that looks like rats. I don't know what else would make it. I pushed it in and we'll see if whatever it is makes its way out overnight or tomorrow. Will probably do a little work at home tomorrow and then do some yardwork. I don't think I have much to do at Cascadia this week, I got everything done last week.

I will probably sit here and do more drills for a while. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

21 May 2016 (Saturday)

On this day in 1954 (Friday):
Stayed at home from school this morning. Louise came down this morning for the car at 2 period. Stayed in bed most of the day. After school I walked down to school and she took me down to the church. Bought myself a reed this evening $.60. Ate at grandma's this evening. Went down to Louise's place tonight and didn't get home until about 2:00 this morning. [Capital F in a circle] Spent $1.00. 
Kinda of a lazy day today. We went out for dinner at Mama Stortini's over at NGate. Meh. They changed their recipe for the mushroom ravioli and it's not as good now. Might try the pizza the next time. But it was okay. Bought some new underwear while there. I'm replacing all of my old underwear, since most of it doesn't really feel right. Well, it never did for some reason. But I found some Jockeys that fit properly so I'm buying them whenever they're on sale and hopefully I can get a bunch that will last me for years.

Anyway, I slept GREAT last night. Chemical free and hardly woke up at all, until like 5:05. Didn't nap at all today. Ate breakfast in and didn't do much all morning. We went to the Spam's Club around 11 and then to the PetsMart and then to lunch at Burger King which was kind of awful. I had wanted to try their hot dogs and blech. Well, the dog itself was actually quite good, but I had their Whopper Dog and it was just a mess. Plus a weird woman was behind us. So that kinda sucked.

Hit a couple estate sales and the Spousal Unit bought a blue ceramic bowl with a cover. At home I did basically nothing, although I read my beer book some more. I'm utterly fascinated by it. There's another one that I want to get as well. And watched one of the stupid Jurassic Park movies. Really, they make these stupid velociraptors out to be as smart as a teenager when in reality they were still only about as intelligent as a chicken. Plus the whole franchise is kinda dumb anyway.

I also drank a beer. The light beer really is, well, light. It tastes okay, what there is of it. I still am a big fan of the light lagers, but I think this would only be really great after a workout or a run when I'm really thirsty and just want to guzzle something. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

20 May 2016 (Friday)

On this day in 1954 (Thursday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Sure was tired this morning. DId a little school work before I went to bed. Had a History test today. Went down town with Louise after school. Louise and I went to [Monty Everything workday this]. Also play a program at Davis Field and after that went and played for the U.S.O. band. Got home about 1:30. [Capital F in a circle] Gas $1.00. Spent $1.00. 
Had a decent enough day today. Right now it's being irritating however, since I am changing passwords and it seems to get to be more of a pain in the ass every time I do it. Apple is being a royal pain with their stupid f***ing questions and crap. I think I may hate them as much as I do Microsoft.

So. *calm down* Slept okay again. Chemical free. Yay! Go me. Also had a decent workout. Actually a really decent one. What else. Not much. Went to Cascadia and got all of my reports and projects and junk filed away and stuff so my plate is clear. Left there about 11 and hit a couple of estate sales in the neighborhood (bought one book on gas stations). I drove right to McD's for lunch and then came home and started the whole password thing. Criminy.

My online banking account was locked because it had numerous failed attempts at logging in, blah blah blah, so I went to the bank at UVil and reset it there to make sure I was getting to the right location (i.e., not hacked). Anyway, I got that squared away and then sat in SBux for a while. There was a gorgeous middle-aged woman there, looked kind of middle eastern or maybe Turkish or maybe even Iranian. Anyway, chatted with Shannon the romance writer for a while. Also while driving through the parking garage in my Mustang I set off a car alarm so I drove by it like three more times and filmed it the last time. Hee!

Not much else. Practiced guitar for a while and it went pretty well without the pick. Walked.

Oh, got an email from a friend of mine that I met at the ARCE conference last year. She wrote this (in part):
  So I saw your TBT on Facebook about the ARE field school, and I need to say this - I really can't even help myself at this point (sorry!):
 It might be cold out, but you look HOT!
Yeah, sorry. Like I said. I'm sitting here giggling because I'm ridiculous. 
She cracks me up. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

19 May 2016 (Thursday)

On this day in 1954 (Wednesday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Got out of most of 2nd period and all of third periodfor band practice. Also got out of 6th per. Stayed after school a good while to get some help on my work. Played in the spring festival concert tonight at the high school. Went home with Louise tonight and I didn't get home until 2:30 this morning. Eats $.60. Coke $.05. Spent $.65.
Up and down day today. At the moment it is raining heavily and the gutters are overflowing onto the deck roof making quite a racket, albeit a pleasing one. Was mostly pleasant all day, except a little cool, only like 58.

Back to the ups and downs. I slept quite well; chemical free all the way until almost 4:45. Right before I woke up I was dreaming that all of us kids (plus Aunt Phyllis) were back home in Fond du Lac. We were all at the house in the late afternoon and were planning on going to Schwartz's Super Club (which we never did). Dad was there as well, and also mom, but mom was her 20-something self. It made me very happy even though I knew it was, well, literally and figuratively just a dream.

Workout was kind of mild, since my back was still hurting and so is my left knee so I am planning on taking it easy for a couple of weeks. No squats, no lunges, moderate weight. It's clearing out down there since it's almost the end of the school year. When I came home I worked on both GH stuff and also a little bit of Cascadia, mostly just making up CDs of the archived projects and such. I did that most of the morning.

Sadly, Sara the Nurse -- one of mom's caregivers and out favorite -- posted on Facebook that her mom had died this morning. She had cancer and was actually in residence at the Lutheran Home as well, so it wasn't a surprise, but it was still sad. Her wish a couple of weeks ago was that she would make it to Mother's Day, which she did so that was a good thing. Still. . . .I lit a vigil light for her and her family this afternoon and got all choked up; I was looking for a sympathy card and got all choked up; and then I came home and was just sobbing for about five minutes. I didn't even know her, but I feel bad for Sara and there's just been too much dying lately. I didn't do anything else the rest of the afternoon, just gave the cats attention and diddled around.

I'd gone to McD's for lunch and then went to UVil for the card in the afternoon. We went back this evening as it was looking like rain so I mailed the card then and we went to the Bartell's as well. I traded in the pennies at the QFC coin machine (it counts it all and then takes a cut) because I didn't feel like sorting all of them out, and then bought lottery tickets with the amount.

So, I dunno. Just kind of a bummer of a day, although it was fairly pleasant. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

18 May 2016 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1954 (Tuesday):
Got up early this morning. Dad took me to school. Today was the hottest May 18 ever on record 94 degrees. Had a history test today. Had a movie in Biology. After supper Louise and I went to the [esty] Library and I did a lot of studying. Louise and I work together most of the evening until after 12:30. Walked down from her place. [Capital F in a circle] Gas $1.00. Spent $1.00. 
Slept badly last night. First couldn't get to sleep and then woke up at 3:30. I threw down the gauntlet and took a bit of ambien at 3:30, flopped down on the floor and. . . .managed to go back to sleep at some point. So I did okay today. Workout was kinda meh, but okay. I worked a bit at home and then took the SuBAru up to the dealer at 175th and Aurora for a servicing. Apparently there is a problem with these things burning too much oil and they did find some oil in some part or other (PVC valve I think he said). Anyway, the upshot was that because I told them I'd had to put oil in it they changed it for free and also the new valve (or whatever) and I just need to take it in again in 1200 miles to have them check how much oil is being burned. I like them. They do decent work, I think. First dealership I've actually been okay with. They gave me an Impreza as a loaner for the day. Again, meh. Better than a Camry I guess. Which is, I admit, a low bar.

So I went to Cascadia after that. Got a nice email from Shari at State Parks saying they were really pleased with our report so I sent that on to the other guys who'd worked on it (and the owner, suckup that I am). Also called some client that had sent us a retainer like in December of 2014 but the project never got off the ground and finally I got a hold of him and he said he'd pretty much nixed it. Apparently, the County (Island) was making him relocate the original septic tank under the house (which works fine) to outside of it before they'd let him raise the house up, and he wasn't going to do that. So I think we'll reimburse him for most of the retainer. We could have easily just kept it and ignored it, but I think it's fair to send it back, minus some time I spent on it. Will engender good will and maybe help in the future.

I left there before noon and had lunch at NGate, came home and worked a bit more, and then went to UVil to cash a check and get some dinner stuff. While I was sitting in SBux the dealer called and said to come get the vehicle, so I did that and came home, and made dinner and then we walked.

So I guess it was a good day. Cloudy and only 62. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

17 May 2016 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1954 (Monday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Everything about the same. After school Louise and I walked down town to get her [messed suit] and to get Monty and Janet a wedding present [$2.00]. [Pop  on sales say] $.40. Louise and her cousin had a big fight tonight and she left. Louise had supper with me tonight. Went down [as] stayed with her until after 1:00 this morning. 
At the moment I'm really ticked off because this folder I had has been sitting around getting in the way for days and now that I need it I CAN'T FIND IT.

Well, today kinda sucked anyway. Mainly because it started before 4 so I've been tired all day. Had a decent workout but my lower back really spasmed hard near the end. Hasn't happened in quite a while and, yes, while I was doing squats. May need to get rid of squats again, although they really hadn't been bothering me. Oh well.

Work was kind of dreary (downtown). I did some work on the alcohol paper, mainly poking around to find a good letter or brief report to model a new version on. Then I did some fiddling with the diagnoses and ended up probably having a whole mess of 'em wrong. Diana at The Met called while I was on the bus to let me know that she was positive the ring pictures I'd sent were modern (which I'd figured), so it was nice to talk to her again. I did some more poking around on the ring and found it was probably an art deco thing associated with a German fraternity, K√∂sener Senioren-Convents-Verband (KCSV) which was engraved on the inside. Probably 1920s. I'd like to find out more but may have reached a dead end.

Bus ride home was uneventful although I'd forgotten my card so I had to pay cash for it. Walked down to the Metropolitan Market for our walk, saw Yukon the dog who was playful and wanted pets. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

16 May 2016 (Monday)

On this day in 1954 (Sunday):
Slept in this morning until about 10:30. Louise came down and woke me up. We went down to grandma's for dinner a little early. After dinner we went to the [rack] at the fairgrounds 3.00. After supepr tonight I took Louise and her cousin down to the [Tonf] to play pool $1.50. Went and [bugle] a [gothy] of [page] tonight. $1.00. Got Louise home and I got to bed about 12:30. [Capital F in a circle] Spent $5.50. 
I bet he gets Louise pregnant and has to marry her.

So anyway. I managed to sleep really well last night, albeit with minor assistance. I bring up this whole sleeping thing often because I have slept like crap for like 25 years now. Started around 1990 when I began falling half asleep and then waking up again. Did this for a good three years before going to Argentina, wiping my biological clock out, and giving up drinking altogether. Did fairly well for a while and then it got worse again in 2002-ish, when I was practically an insomniac. Awful. And then the anxiety attacks (or whatever) started. So, i.e., it's a big part of my life.

I did, however, have another epic workout. I felt wiped out the whole time but kept working and working and working. It was awesome.

Came home, blah blah, went to Cascadia. Finished, mostly, the one report on San Juan for which I had very little information and it turned out pretty okay, I think. Got a couple of summaries done for billing, too. Left there around 11:45 and went to NGate for lunch. I went straight home and did a little more on the report, and then took the rolled-up change to the bank at UVil, and then sat in SBux for a bit. And then. . . .I went to the Office Despot and got a big ol' stack of blank CDs and a little computer speaker for the Spousal Unit for mother's day from the cats. Works pretty well. When I went back to the car in the parking garage two fire trucks were there and people were cleaning up a lot of water. Apparently a water pipe had burst above the elevators and sent a lot of water around. I guess an alarm went off and the fire department had to respond. Earlier, there were like 6 fire trucks around the electrical substation at 75th and Roosevelt and some power was out in places.

Fiddled with guitar some when I got back. I'm getting much better with the pick. That's a major improvement and something that needed working on, so I'm glad that's getting better. I may be ready for lessons. I want to 'learn how to learn' as it were. Went to UVil again this evening for bagels. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

15 May 2016 (Sunday)

On this day in 1954 (Saturday):
Slept in this morning until about 10:00. Saw Ron for a little while this morning before he went to Seattle. Louise was home for most of the afternoon. Didn't go to supper. Mowed the lawn this afternoon. Went for a little drive and then played for the [Trying] dance tonight. Drove around a little before getting in. Got in[sic] home and in bed about 1:00. Gas $1.00. [Capital F in a circle]. Spent $1.00. 
There's that 'F' again. . . .

YES. I woke up at 3:45, went to the bathroom, laid down on the floor and went back to sleep. Sans assistance. Oddly, however, I felt really sleepy all morning. Hence, no Mass. Watched the Spanish Grand Prix first thing; both the Mercedes team members got in an accident on the first lap and were out. Ha. Also started watching the NASCAR race at 10 and it was still going when we got back at 1:30! Didn't finish until almost 2:30. Must have had a stoppage for a while. Also a big accident (18 cars) with like 42 remaining. Good race, went down to the last few laps.

We went to UVil as usual. No biggie. This afternoon finished watching the race and then piddled around. Actually, I was reading my new book, one on the history of American brewing. Interesting stuff. I'm finding I'm reading it during the day, it's so fascinating. I should have gone into brewing instead of archaeology and junk. Maybe I should still go into it.

Not much else. It was cloudy and kind of rainy in the morning and even into lunch, but was mostly dry all afternoon, but still overcast; more typical Seattle May. Parts of the midwest got snow yesterday and today. 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

14 May 2016 (Saturday)

On this day in 1954 (Friday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Sure was tired today. Had a test in English and in Biology class. Louise and her girl friend and I got the Plymouth and drove around town for a while. [Hous] got [hind] from the dance band today. Louise took to the dance and I played and then she picked me up and we went out a little while. Eats $1.00. Getting to bed about 1:00. Spent $1.00. 
Not sure if she got cut from the dance band or what.

An odd day today. I went to sleep for like a half an hour last night and then woke up, went to the TV room and went back to sleep pretty quickly (with assistance? Can't remember). However, then I woke up at 3:15 and my mind was going about a thousand miles an hour and I was NOT going to feel like crap the rest of the day so I took a small bit of ambien and happily went back to sleep until almost 5:30. Ahhhhhhh.

We went out for breakfast. All I ate were hash brown and bacon. Been wanting bacon.

DIdn't do much this morning although I had a decent guitar session. I'm getting close to the point -- actually I'm already doing it some -- where I can make actual music! By that I mean I'm not doing the chords so badly that whatever else I do doesn't make a difference. Stretching myself a little bit. Am actually getting better at bar chords, too. I did two sessions today, one in the afternoon as well. Go me.

We hit an estate sale up in Shoreline, bought nothing. Whoever it was was a smoker, place smelled. I will admit it's not a totally awful smell to me because I think many houses growing up used to smell like that. So in a way it's kind of nostalgic.

We went for lunch at Ivar's on Aurora after that and then stopped at the Goodwill on 145th and 15th, where some guy was involved in a hit and run. We just saw some guy running away from his car and shouting and didn't know what was going on. Turned out some dude in a pickup had backed into the stall next to him while his door was open and smooshed it, then looked like he was going over to park somewhere but then took off. Guy didn't have a cell phone so I used mine to call 911 and report it and so that was that. Good deed for the day. Didn't find anything interesting in the Goodwill except for some old Panasonic Thrusters speakers. They sucked. But I remember them because they had passive radiators and I think made them look bad so nobody else made them except a few companies, like Genesis which I bought. And loved.

Anyway, went for ice cream, came home, goofed around, made meat loaf and Broccoli-Cauliflower Supreme, both delicious, and then walked at NGate.

Kinda cool and rainy today. But apparently there were some FLURRIES in Wisconsin. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

13 May 2016 (Friday)

On this day in 1954 (Thursday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Got into a fight with [Lou] this morning. I skipped all day of school. Louise [saw] down most of this morning. I polished the car this afternoon. [Park] after school $1.00. Louise and I played for the U.S.O. dance tonight. Got home and in bed about 1:00. Gas $1.00. Spent $2.00. 
Today is Friday the 13th. . . .

And not a bad one either. I slept really well last night, albeit on the floor since the couch was taken up by felines. Daisy was on her back all stretched out so I had to give her belly a rub. No assistance either! Workout was epic. I got home and found this from my cousin Michele on Facebook:
Shoutout to my favorite Ivory on scoring a summer internship in hippo therapy! I could not love or be more proud of you
Heh. I commented with "Tell me, Mr. Hippo, how does being called the Most Dangerous Animal in Africa" make you *feel*?" I actually thought it really was hippo therapy! I mean, she's in California and such, I figured "Hey, she's going to work at a zoo". (It's horse therapy; where kids with emotional problems work with horses to, I dunno, help them or whatever). Ivory is a vet student.

So anyway. I went to Cascadia and finished up a couple more reports and did some filing work and then left around 11:30. Decided to eat ramen at home for lunch, and then went to UVil to relax with a. . .well, some form of frappucino. Meh. Cashed in some coins, too. Nothing terribly interesting there today. I drove the Mustang though. When I got home I pumped the tires on that up again, cleaned the front wheels a bit. Mostly sat around after that, and did some piddly things. Sunny and 84 today. Cools off tomorrow. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

12 May 2016 (Thursday)

On this day in 1954 (Wednesday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Had a final American History test for this year today. Have no idea how I came out in it. Had a rough day today. Went down town with Louise and [Vicki] this evening. Ate at grandma's. Louise had the car out her place so she came after me and we just drove around. Got in about 12:30. Am so tired tonight. I can just barely walk. Eats $.52. Spent $.52. 
"I'm so tired, I'm so tired. . . .think I'll stay up until after midnight." Jeez.

I had a decent day today. Slept quite well. Workout started out slowly but ended up being a good one. Went downtown. I spent most of the morning working through the reviewer comments to my alcohol paper. Some were good, others stupid, others were just thrown out to make sure it didn't get through, I think. I'm not sure it can be revised all that much. My idea now is to address some of the discussion issues, and then get out front of the main problem with it -- only asking the alcohol question at baseline -- by mentioning it right up front or maybe in the cover letter. I'm thinking perhaps one or two people got put off thinking it never occurred to us or something, even though we specifically mention it in the Discussion. So, did that and then about 11:30 went to meet Lisa at a Japanese place. I was 5 minutes early so I sat there and listened to A Fifth of Beethoven playing. Ha. Nice lunch. Well, not the lunch itself, although the sushi was pretty good. I should have just eaten that. But she really liked her wine glasses.

I decided to walk up the hill back to Harborview instead of taking the )$@(&T#( train back, and it worked out okay since I only had to wait maybe 2 minutes for the 71 in the U District. Came home, did some little things, practiced my guitar some more -- picking again, yech -- made a so-so dinner and then walked.

Squirrels are hanging around more and more. They're so darling but I really don't like them spending so much time waiting for food here. They need to see us as an occasional treat, not a real source of food. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

11 May 2016 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1954 (Tuesday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Had a session for a history test tomorrow in class today. Went with Louise and her cousin down to get her [coasing, probably 'drivers'; ed.] license. Ate dinner with [Lou] tonight and also stayed and helped her do some working. Took her out driving around some tonight. Didn't get in here and in bed until after 1:10 this morning. Am not as tired as usual. 
Ah, last day of temporary bachelorhood. Good one. Had difficulty getting to sleep last night so I spent the night on the couch and Jack slept next to me almost all night. I woke up at like 4:15 which could have been better but whatever. Had a decent workout, rode my bike in. Cold this morning. Stewart was complaining about feeling like an old car so I told him "It's not the age, it's the mileage." and he liked that. I worked most of the morning on a couple of reports, finishing one up mostly. I walked to SBux. Went and had lunch at McD's. When I got home I worked a little more and then mowed the yard. It's sunny and probably 80 today.

Plan is to walk to UVil and have dinner there, buy a gift bag for Lisa's gift for tomorrow, walk home, and wait for the Spousal Unit to call. She's going to take the rail from the airport to the station near Husky Stadium where I shall then pick her up.

Later: Did indeed walk to UVil. Dinner at Chipotle (meh) and then yogurt. Sat in the sun. Went to QFC to order bagels for next week and get some cream cheese and gift wrap and then walked home via Burke-Gilman. 30 minutes by that route, five minutes longer than going over the hill. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

10 May 2016 (Tuesday)

On this day in 2016 (Monday):
Dad took me to school this morning as usual. Sure was tired in school today. Had a short assembly this morning. Just a [of urkhen]. After school Louise and I came down to the house a little while. After supper I did a little work on the car and then went down to Louise's place. We went and bought some pop and ice cream $1.30. I drove the Plymouth home from Louise's tonight. Got to bed about 12:00. Spent $1.30. 
I looked up the weather on that day in Yakima, it was 71 degrees. I guess that was ice cream weather.

Slept like a log last night. Jack slept right next to me while I was in the bed, which was nice of him. He usually stays away when the Spousal Unit is away. But I slept until 4:30 and felt great. Decent enough workout, although my left knee was hurting.  I thought it was from sleeping on it wrong a couple of weeks ago, but I dunno. I drove in. Decided when I got back to go downtown. Glad I did because I got a lot done. I made some modifications to my alcohol paper and started the process of getting it ready for another journal. *sigh* I think this time it might fly. Saw Rowena for coffee. Had a scone out back behind Harborview.

When I was coming back in from lunch some lady was coming out the doorway and it went like this:
Woman walking out of building: "Can you help a diabetic with bus fare?"
Me: *shakes head No*
Woman walking out of building: "You fuckin' whore!"

I worked until 3. Ride home was uneventful. Made dinner and then walked to UVil and then back to the Metropolitan Market and got Lisa's b-day present, a pair of odd wine glasses that have a stem at the bottom you sip it out of. Sounds odd, but the packaging is really funny. She'll like it.

Sunny again today, probably 75. Shorts tomorrow!

Monday, May 9, 2016

9 May 2016 (Monday)

On this day in 1954 (Sunday):
Slept in this morning until about 11:00. Louise called me up and I went down to her place and had dinner. We walked down and picked up my Plymouth. I took her to her first [pats once] today. $3.00. After the [rain party] stopped for dinner at grandma's. Roy [jon] and her boy friend Louise and I all went to the drive-in theater tonight $1.50. Spent $4.50. 
I wish I could read what Louise's first whatever-it-was is.

So this morning began at 3 a.m. I managed to sleep okay but with assistance. The Spousal Unit slugged me at some point. Ended up on the floor. I mean, not from the slugging, but my back hurt when I went out to the TV room. Left the house about 4:10 and I was home before 5. I took a little nap before heading to the gym. Felt like I was in a fog the whole time but I had a really hard workout. Came home, did the bagel thang and then went off to Cascadia. Finished the one report and started on the next (and last for now!) report. Trying to make this a shortish one; it was just monitoring and he found a bit of disturbed midden, but just in one place and they moved the tank (septic) locations to avoid it so that was that. It's a regular report -- not a simple letter one -- but I'm not doing as extensive a background review.

I only stayed there until around 11:40 because I was dead tired, had lunch at NGate and then came home and worked until a little before 2 and then went to UVil because it was sunny and I felt like it. I got a decaf mocha and sat outside in the sun. Terribly stunning young lady was right across from me. I mention this because she had what we call these days "Bitchy blank face" or "Bitchy resting face" which is when a (usually) woman has a facial expression that makes her look like a judgmental bitch. Only sat there for about a half an hour and then went home where I had a decent enough guitar session. I used the pick almost the whole time; I really need to work with it more. I was starting to do better with it, too, one a short portion of End of the Line but the Traveling Wilburys and a bit of a Rush song that's similar.

I went to NGate for my walk to return a couple of bras for the Spousal Unit. Yes indeedy, I went right down to the Lingerie section and said "I need to return these". Then some young(ish) woman came up to buy some underwear and I said to her "Bet you didn't expect to be standing in line next to a man down here, huh?" She laughed. (Was buying some nice drawers, too) I bought some face lotion for the Spousal Unit while at The Bon (aka, Macy's) as well; from the cats. Walked up to the Barnes and Noble, too. Just walked a bit. Really want to sleep tonight. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

8 May 2016 (Sunday)

On this day in 1954 (Saturday):
Ron came down this morning and we did some work on the cars. Ate dinner at grandma's today. Spent most of the afternoon working. Ate supper down at Louise's place. After supper Louise and I went driving around for quite a while [unk]. I sure am tired tonight. Came by the house and got some eats. Took [unk] and [sand] brought the Plymouth back. Got to bed about [3:30]. Spent $1.00. 
"I sure am tired tonight. I'll stay up until 3 a.m. though. . ."

Odd sort of day today. I slept okay, although Jack decided he wanted to be a pest starting around 4. He just wanted the Spousal Unit up. I managed to sleep until almost 5! On a Sunday! Go me. Yes, I am weird.

So made breakfast here for the Spousal Unit for Cat Mother's Day since the cats would only maybe not eat some treats for her. I went to Mass! Probably the first time since January. Am still figuring out what to do with the Church. Do we really need such a huge, authoritarian institution? Why can't we just, oh, I don't know, do what Jesus said to do? That's been bothering me lately. But I understand the need or perhaps the usefulness of a group service. Anyway, I'm glad I went.

Came home and did nothing except eat a bowl of Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch and a glass of instant Nestea iced tea and watched TV. A dopey movie and then part of a documentary on ESPN about the Duke Lacrosse non-rape. What a travesty. And you'd think they would have learned! No, just down the road at UNC not ten years later someone else makes up a rape hoax and the same nit-wit media gets suckered in again.

Well, what else. Went to Taco Slime for lunch because the Spousal Unit wanted to and thence to UVil. We went back there tonight and a bunch of well-dressed women were all gathered in the MAC store or whatever. Don't know why. Traded in notebook computer sleeve we'd bought this afternoon for one the right size. Spousal Unit has a 6 am flight tomorrow morning so we have to get up at 3. Ugh. Well, I've done it before going to the field.

Hung out most of the afternoon doing nothing. Squirrels are getting kind of bothersome, hanging out at the back door and crawling up on the roof of the deck and looking in the window to let us know they're there and would like a handout. I'm trying to be irregular with giving them anything since I don't want them to become fat and dependent. Made pizza for dinner. And salad. 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

7 May 2016 (Saturday)

On this day in 1954 (Friday):
Skipped school this morning and went downtown with Ron and [got and him out] $1.00. Order Louise a corsage $2.50. Worked on the old Plymouth all day. Pulled the motor. After supper I got a little [masy clingl] up and then went and picked up Louise for the Junior [Senior] Prom. [uDean money] afterwards. Had some lunch at the Drive-In $1.30. Getting to bed about 3:30 this morning. Spent $3.50. 
Prom night! I vaguely remember mine. It sucked, IIRC. My date had. . .well, okay, she had great knockers. But never mind that.

Not a busy day. Slept kinda badly. Couldn't get to sleep, then woke up at around 4 when Jack decided he wanted to get everyone up and was all over meowing all over the place, but I thankfully managed to get back to sleep until a little after 5. Still sleepy all day though. Last dream I had was a weird one about Taco Bell. Didn't do much this morning, although went to McD's for breakfast and it was meh. For most of the morning I didn't do anything although I cleaned up the litter box area and Swiffered the floor in here. The squirrels are hanging around a lot looking for food. Need to not feed them so often, I really don't want them becoming dependent. They're so cute though.

We left for lunch around 11:30 and went to the 5 Guys Burgers by NGate. I just got fries. Then. . . .Spam's Club for gas, ice cream, and then home I think. Didn't do much this afternoon either. Really kind of a lazy day. It was sunny and 81 so I wore shorts all day. Went to NGate for walking because the Spousal Unit had to get some new brassieres. I ended up getting two pairs of test underwear. Not much else exciting. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

6 May 2016 (Friday)

On this day in 1954 (Thursday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Had a boring day at school. Ron bought himself a Study car today. Worked on some of the cars when I got home. Louise came down tonight and we went to play a dance but half of the band didn't show up so we left. Ate at the drive-in and then just drove around. Got in here and in bed about 11:30. [circle with a capital F] Spent $.50. 
So I managed to sleep pretty well last night. Woke up a few times, but then I woke up and felt well rested like I'd really slept well. I started to become a bit concerned because I didn't hear any birds making noise, but I felt pretty good so it must be nearing 4:30.

No, it was 3. $&_)#%*%$*@)&$^  I decided F*** that and took 1/4 ambien and laid down on the floor. And went back to sleep pretty quickly. So, yeah.

Until 4:17 when Daisy had a visitor at the front window and she went nuts banging on the window and banging on the shades, etc. I heard the Spousal Unit get up to check so I didn't bother, but I was awake anyway, so harumph. Well, I felt okay anyway. Even if I go back to sleep for only a few minutes it makes a big difference.

Anyway. Decided to ride my bike to the gym so I did that. Surprised a seagull and had to hit the brakes at the IMA, heh. Had a truly epic workout. Really! I just felt so strong I did as much weight as I could and as many sets and felt great. Sadly, not many people (i.e., females) to impress. Oh well. Ride back was okay. I worked a little bit, mostly reviewing the one report and made a couple of corrections and sent it out again. Then went to Cascadia and worked steadily on another one until 11:30. I drove straight to the McD's for lunch and then came home and got a couple of things ready to mail. I'm sending an old Egypt book to my faux daughter in Indiana. She emailed me probably 10 years ago out of the blue just because we had the same last name and she was kind of interested in Egypt and we've been e-friends since. Nice girl, but unfortunately trapped in the old cycle of having kids and not really going anywhere. She didn't know her dad -- hence, me as faux Dad -- and it's almost turning out the same for her, too. Sad.

Also mailed away the Kom el-Hisn survey stuff to the guys who are going there. I am kind of sort of angling to be invited back there, but I don't know. It would be nice. Nice way to spend my final years as a Field Man.

Went to UVil and sat in SBux. Globs of scenery, although I mostly texted with Fiona the whole time so it was almost like she was there. Ha. I checked out guys for her. Was pleasant. Went home, played guitar a bit, went out for dinner at Ivar's Salmon House on Lake Union. Like the place. Not overly fancy but good food. Pricey though, it was $97 for two of us with one glass of wine and a dessert. Yeesh. Walked in Laurelhurst afterwards. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

5 May 2016 (Thursday)

On this day in 1954 (Wednesday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Had a test in English this morning. Worked on my old Plymouth taking it [offpent] this afternoon when I got home. Louise [eat along] from the house this evening in [car] took the Plymouth and went out driving. Went out the [Sports Dash] and then had some eats Gas $1.00. Eats $.50. Got into bed about 1:00. Louise is doing some of my school work tonight for me. Spent $1.00. 
I hope she's getting something for that. . . .

So last night after writing this up, I had a really decent guitar session. I just played along with a few simple songs and practiced the old chord changes again. The first one I really tried to learn, I Am Weary (Let Me Rest), I realized that I really have improved on. There's a quick change from D to G that I seriously couldn't do when I first started and now I can mostly do it. So it helps to go back and try some of the old songs I started with to remind me that I have improved.

Anyway, today mostly sucked. BECAUSE IT STARTED AT 3:45. I tried to get back to sleep but my stupid mind was just going 100 miles an hour. I got so irritated that I got up, got my computer, and started working on Coptic stuff. *harumph* Had the Spousal Unit drop me at the gym, where I had a really decent workout. I bumped up my squats by 20 lbs but my back was starting to complain. Might be that the new on-the-heels form doesn't really help with the back after all, since years ago I could do 135 with no problem, but anything above that started the back to whining. Still nice to do them.

Went for coffee with Rowena and she had to stop to check out a dog someone had left tied up outside. Wasn't a big deal, the person was in the clinic, but she and another woman had to worry about it. I didn't pet it. Might have gotten fleas. Cut little guy though, and friendly.

I spent most of the morning getting ECC results integrated into the Master Dx table and then wasted another hour getting the biopsy ones in, but they were already there. (I did check that beforehand) Worked until noon, and then had a scone out behind Harborview for lunch. Worked for another hour or so and then took the shuttle to the UDist, hung out with Anne at the hair place for a bit and then took the 71 home. Had a decent practice again this afternoon.

My attitude gradually got better throughout the afternoon and this evening I'm in a decent mood. Partly because I was listening to a song called Common People by, yes, William Shatner. Ha! It's a song from 1995 that Ben Folds -- probably the best artist/producer most people have never heard of -- produced. Joe Jackson -- the Joe Jackson from the 1980s! -- also sang on it. Hilarious. And a really neat song, too, I just love it. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

4 May 2016 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1954 (Tuesday):
Dad took me to school this morning. He took my Plymouth down and had it tuned up. Everything about the same in school today. [Nad stys] show at 2:00 this afternoon. Took a test in Biology 5th period also. Rode around with Ron a while after school. Cleaned up the garage after supper tonight. Saw Louise a little while tonight while her old man and old lady were not for a [hen]. 
I bet he knocks her up and then has to marry her.

So. Birthday. Meh. Not the worst, not the best. Pretty bleh altogether. I am 54 today. Slept pretty okay last night but had another anxiety attack (or whatever) in the middle of the night. Not WORRY WORRY WORRY but still kept me awake. Ended up sleeping quite well though. Had a pretty good workout, but not as good as I wold have expected given the pasta last night and adequate sleep. Came home and then went to Cascadia where I stayed all day until a little before 3. Had two reports to work on and both went slowly. Just a lot to do. I finished one before I left because the contractor has been asking Meg about it. Turns out someone else had done a survey there in 2007 and found midden, too. The upshot is that they will undoubtedly require an excavation permit and monitoring. I don't want to do it.

I had lunch at NGate. I got my bday cake from Baskin-Robbins on the way home. Made mostly leftovers for dinner. Well, that's not true. I made leftover chicken and then mashed potatoes and a can o' green beans. Did not see the Spousal Unit's bday gift coming: a leaf blower. Huh. I was expecting a new cell phone, to be honest. Well, I'll probably use it. Kinda sad I haven't heard from cousin Michele today, but I imagine she's busy with kids and divorce proceedings these days, so no worries.

Cloudy and only about 60 today. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

3 May 2016 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1954 (Monday):
Dad took me to school this morning. Everything was about the same. Did a little work on the Plymouth when I got home tonight. Bought Ron's car from him for $10.00 tonight. Took the tires off of it tonight. Went down to the Donut Shop with him. Saw Louise a little while tonight through the bedroom window. Did school work until 3:00 this morning. Am tired. [Duh. ed.] Spent $10.00.
Well, I had a pretty darn good day today. Slept well, albeit with assistance (another little anxiety attack (or whatever)). Really good workout, except I didn't do squats because all the racks were taken. I probably mentioned this before, but five years ago you could grab nearly any of the probably dozen squat racks; nowadays it's rare that one's not being used. This whole "Life bunches of weight with a barbell" craze is still going. Hope it runs its course soon.

Anyway, went downtown and worked on getting the master diagnosis file completed. I got most of it done, I think. Went down and had lunch with Lisa, my old County friend. She got me two cheesy books and a SBux card. She gives odd gifts. I did like the one book though, one on muscle cars which I opened up to the 1966-67 Charger which I shall soon create a post on. Long walk down and back and my left knee hurt some because I think I slept on it wrong. Anyway, we had a good visit.

Came back up and got a phone call from PSE and turns out we don't have to pay anything for the gas hookup! Turns out they charge for having to reconstruct the concrete in the street per the F***ing City of Seattle's requirements and our line is in the terrace on our side. Yeeha! That's like $2600 saved.

Ride home was uneventful.

This evening I started getting the survey data for the new Kom el-Hisn people. I'm kind of hoping I hook up with them for a season or two eventually. But I shan't repine if not.

So, good day all around. Hope my b-day tomorrow doesn't suck to make up for it. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

2 May 2016 (Monday)

On this day in 1954 (Sunday):
Slept in until about 11:00 this morning. Louise called me up and got me out of bed. We talked [lots] a while. Went to dinner at grandma's this noon. Stay home most of the afternoon. Louise[sic] cousin came in from [Terging] today. Louise's sister did a lot of English work for me tonight. Did a lot of school work [unk]. Got to bed about 12:00. Sin [Roger] $1.00 for [dor] work. Spent $1.00. 
So anyway. Warm again today (85). I rode my bike to the IMA this morning and was cooooooold. I think it was in the 40s. Happily, I haven't found it all that difficult riding back uphill thanks to. . .whatever. Must be the squats. Did okay at the gym. Did a bad thing though, asked Monnie if that was her sister or daughter I saw at the UVil. . . .and I thought she said daughter! It wasn't. So I went with daughter and got it wrong. Oogh. I believe she bought that my head was all loopy from lack of oxygen. I hope so anyway.

While riding on the Burke Gilman some guy passed me. Singing.

"I want to ride my bicycle. . .I want to ride my bike. . ." (that's an old Queen song, btw)


At least it knocked out the dippy dance club song that I'd had in my head at the time.

Came home, ate bagel, did some work, headed to Cascadia in my Mustang. I worked on the one report where I found midden most of the time, leaving around 1:30. Was having some trouble finagling it since I'm not entirely sure it even was midden -- it was right under fill and either over more fill or sitting right on beach deposits which doesn't seem right -- and didn't want to make it so expensive for the homeowner if it wasn't (i.e, an excavation permit). Also finished up the Renton report as well. I need to fix something with it though.

I went to UVil after that only to sit at the SBux since I felt I needed a break. And, um, also because it was so nice out I knew there'd be abundant scenery. Well, not that much anyway. But it was nice and relaxing.

Came home and had an awful guitar practice. I dunno, sometimes I just have bad ones. Buzzing strings, slow and sloppy chord changes, ick. Made dinner, went to UVil since the Spousal Unit needed some supplies.

Oh, the squirrels are starting to get greedy. They hang out in the back and look at us for food from like 4-6. I try not to feed them too much or too often since I don't want to make them dependent on us (and they might start getting feisty about it), but the Spousal Unit can't resist when they sit up on their haunches and look all cute. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

1 May 2016 (Sunday)

On this day in 1954 (Saturday):
Got up and had breakfast this morning and then played and marched in the big parade this morning at 10:00. Lasted about an hour and then played for the big Apple Blossom show in the afternoon. Yakima was the host band there. We did real good. Got home about 8:00. Played a dance a[sic] [Tony Tango]. [My hold] of a [fuss] with Louise old man tonight. Eats $2.25. Spent $2.25.
Louise's dad sure doesn't like him. It's his future father in law!

I had a decent day altogether. Slept okay although. . . .yes, I needed minor assistance last night. I think. Yes, I did. Ate breakfast in. Didn't go to Mass although I should have. I read out on the front steps for a while and then did a few Sunday chores. Ended up napping again. The race was on at 10 this morning (NASCAR). I also watched most of the Russian Grand Prix as well, so it was a race morning.

Went to UVil as usual and were able to sit outside for lunch, sunny and 75ish today. Did the usual. Didn't do much this afternoon I don't think. Complaint: Stores used to have already cut up chickens, called it the Best of Fryer (basically the legs, breasts, and wings). For whatever reason they don't do that anymore. I guess people don't cook whole chickens much. Well, they either cook whole ones or individual parts. Anyway, I got a whole one and cut it up and that's the last time I do that, what a mess. Turned out okay though. The collards didn't; I forgot about them and ended up ummm. . 'carmelizing' the onions. Ergh.

Walked up to the Riot Aid. Mostly a pleasant Sunday.

Oh, mom apparently fell out of bed early this morning. She claimed she just rolled out but we're not sure we're buying that. Maybe she was just bored.