Independence day??? From what? Tyranny? aargh.

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Monday, after a very busy weekend. I’m super tired/fatigued. Friday-home, w/o, dinner, bed. Packed the car for Pride. Got up after E and M left, S and I had breakfast and I started a load of laundry. Left, bus, train, walked to the side entrance, guard wouldn’t let us in. Around the front, had to drink my coffee quick. In, sat around, talking to people, telling families about the changing table, watching the freak parade. It rained a little later, then pack up, Whole Bowl, Goodwill, home, dinner, bed. Up, church, back downtown, S marched with Rev. J from church, it just got hotter and hotter, then a storm blew in. They called it, we packed up in a hurry and get everything to the car before it started raining. E fell on her face, but was OK, TJ’s, home, dinner, bed.
Up Monday morning, so, so tired, dozed on the bus/train/bus. Tough to get moving. Got stuff done, but flailing. Home, didn’t sleep on the way-well, maybe a little. Dinner, laze, watch ninja warrior, bed-so hot, used S’s cooling thing. Up, feeling better.
Thursday afternoon. Got a big change jumped on. meh. Gamelan was good-getting more comfortable on peking. E & M got the air conditioners installed, but it didn’t help much last night. And E made me take the bedroom one out, and water got everywhere. Friday, just did the money check, and we’re underwater. Not broke, but more needs to go out than is coming in. This means walking a tightrope until July 6th. I dislike the lack of $$$ intensely-dream about having enough to not have to constantly worry-and it’s just going to get worse. I dread that day.
And it’s Thursday-I haven’t wanted to do this-just listless and not interested in anything. I did work out Tuesday after blowing off Sunday-the AC wasn’t right and it was hot-did a less effortful run and weights at min reps.
And now it’s the 4th. Working from home this week. Got the tablet up. Dentist yesterday-took the bus & picked up S from theater camp at PWS. Been running on the street because the gym A/C is out. Weekend-don’t remember-church, E is redoing S’s room-tossed the bunk bed and all her stuff is scattered everywhere. House is clean otherwise…

Links. brighter side: Helping out, baby goat visits, Gryffindor kittens Not so bright: everything else.

Page 23, Sentence 5: “They’re made to stand up to punishment.”, The Martian

Pattern holding, part deux, plus working over break.

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I have no idea if more words can help our nation-“The old writer couldn’t write anymore because he had reached the end of words, the end of what can be done with words. And then?” William S. Burroughs, The Western Lands. I love the Material version of this… I guess you go beyond words. The essential problem with that is one I’ve outlined elsewhere, this sort of stuff is really only done best face-to-face, and a blog just doesn’t cut it. Having said that, something has to be done. My HS classmate Bob has jumped ship-no family, so it’s possible for him. Thinking about it, though

So, it’s Monday. Weekend was meh-w/o Fri. and Sun.-I’m really pushing myself and getting minor injuries. Still minor, but I need to pay attention, because minor injuries worsen, especially as I get older and don’t heal as quickly. Sat., pretty quiet-didn’t want to do much, so I didn’t-got bathrooms clean, laundry, shopping, and that’s it. Watched John Wick 2 Sat. night-a bloodbath. Watched Dark Tower Sun. with M-less of a bloodbath-an interesting take on the novels, though-apparently the Gunslinger is stuck in a time loop, and this is the next time through, as there are significant differences between this one and the one in the novels. It got widely panned because of this, but I didn’t think it was horrendous. Also watched the new season of American Ninja Warrior. Got 2 tasks on my punch list done.
Skipped church Sun., shopped, did laundry that didn’t get folded, no vacuum. Signed a longer lease. Late in today-missed 2 buses, one was close, and missed the one home. I got a ride downtown from a co-worker, so it wasn’t so bad-though I had to run to make the bus home-one reason I’m glad I work out, running is much less of a thing. So, home, dinner, laundry, vacuum-the complex has a rule in place to vacuum once a week. Looks like I’m working over shutdown-a respite from the “week with no money”…
So Weds., w/o last night-very crowded. Did the bike because my knee hurts some, and it’s hard to push heavy leg weights when you’ve biked hard. My knee hurts less, though, so there’s that. Dinner, laundry, bed. Last day of school today. Missed my bus, got home in time to leave again. Gamelan was OK, home, dinner, laundry, bed, up today. The pattern holds.
On to Friday-Pride this weekend-don’t know how much I’ll be doing-since E started the booth, I’m a busy man that weekend. At least gamelan is next weekend, and we have some big schleps.

Links. brighter side: nothing this week. Not so bright: everything else.

Page 23, Sentence 5: “We find in Renaissance painting something of the empirical spirit that was transforming mapping.”, Voyaging in Strange Seas

The pattern holds

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So many bad things happening. Just don’t know how any of this is OK-we’re basically flushing our country down the toilet. Day by day, more stuff, gets worse and worse. So far, it’s just restricted to politics. That will likely change.

It’s a long weekend. E is still recuperating, so prolly quiet. We got out for a little while. E was super tired afterwards-she’s not getting enough nutrition. Did laundry and dishes and that’s it-no real cleaning. S is sad because no one came over to swim, so me and her went. C went to the Rose Festival with his gf, then spent Sun. and Mon at home. Church Sun., song went well, but we didn’t do the CCR piece. I want to tart it up with rock & roll, and the sheet he gave me is inadequate. Ran around, shopping, E got tired quick again, home. W/o Sat & Mon., I keep pushing-the run-walk-run I’m doing is called the “Galloway Method”, and I did it intuitively. I’m down to 45 secs each for the walk bit, which puts me at 20 minutes running over a half hour.
…and now Friday-pretty quiet-E had a Dr.’s app’t Weds., she’s lost 20ish pounds-the doc wants her to eat more. She dropped me off at work, went home and slept. We figured at gamelan that she should eat a lot of small meals rather than 3 big ones. WFH Thurs., M’s graduation ceremony, then Cracker Barrel for dinner.
W/o Friday, shop, dinner. S has a farewell party and I do too. Need to clean, laundry, etc. Well, it’s Monday. A pretty busy weekend. Got up, cleaned until it was time to go. Drove to Lake O, missed directions, finally got there, spent the afternoon in the sun. Paddled a canoe for a few minutes. Home, shower, 2nd party in a nice area in close SW. A thing. Home, sleep. No church for me, cleaned more. S haircut, home, w/o alone, dinner, bed-achy finger, so, so tired.
Up Mon., S out the door, car to shop, work, back to pick up the car, work, home, quick to the store w/S, dinner, laundry, bed. E is eating more. Up Tues. at the usual time-back to taking bus/train/train/bus. E was up early too. Easy in to work-I prefer public transit to driving-I guess it’s because I started my work life doing that in London. Home, S’s dinner, w/o-worked hard-maybe too much. Dinner, laundry, clean kitchen, shower, bed. Can you see a pattern here?
Home, Gamelan, dinner, bed, work. The pattern holds.

This is pretty cool. And this should terrify you.

Links. brighter side: kittens and puppies, basically. And people being good to each other. It does happen, you know. Couldn’t tell it from the news…dog & bunny, couple. Not so bright: everything else.

Page 27, Sentence 5: “It is not enough to think bad thoughts about the other driver; we get angry, in essence, to watch ourselves get angry.”, Traffic

A holiday? Nice. Whatever.

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Usually I whine here about something, but because E is in and out of medical care, I don’t have much to whine about. We’re working through post-op, and I’m trying to keep things on an even keel. Not easy. I did get my paper boxes purged, which is a major accomplishment, and a big check off my “stuff to do” list. Only 16 more things to go.

Drove to work today-waiting to drive back-M doesn’t want to take the train in to visit E… Found a new way through downtown, home, back to visit E for 10 mins, then Mexican dinner, then sleep. Had to pick up C at 12:30-I woke up suddenly to his text. He got a bunch of ps2 games from a teacher.
Up, lazy, then cleaning, then shopping. House is in pretty decent shape. Church, then back home for S’s interview for Princess and the Pauper. No tram on Sun., so libe, hospital, pick up M, home. Purged a TON of paper, some from 2012, need to go through my filing box, and file the paper I kept. I don’t have S’s birth certificate.
Up today, S out the door, drive to work-I backtracked the way home Fri., not bad-avoided the majority of traffic except for a knot right at the Ross Is. Going home was another story-E wanted stuff from Freddy’s, but they didn’t have it, so I took the Friday route, which wasn’t bad. We were going to get dinner delivered, but no show, so I had to hurry to the store and we ate late. Busy packing S’s stuff for potlatch.
Visited E today and brought her stuff-she might come home today or tomorrow. At the hospital-coming home tonight. It took awhile, but it’s Thurs. and everything is OK-E’s still in pain, but home. Working from home, gamelan went well, S is at potlatch. Sat. AM-didn’t watch the wedding, So, S came home, E’s Dr’s visit, shopping, no w/o-just too tired. Lazy Sat., most everything is tidy, need to vacuum and that’s it. Dinner from S’s teacher.
And it’s Weds., at the ER, E had pain-bruised ribs? So, Church Sun., played OK, so much food from everyone for dinners. WFH Mon., go Tues., away early, shop at Target with E. Tough w/o because I didn’t eat lunch. Some kids watched us do t’ai chi by the pool.
They changed a bit of the app I’m doing, but the change was hidden in a Powerpoint so I didn’t see it. So not the right place for it. I was pissed off all day. Prime rule of UI design: don’t let business analysts or end users design UIs… Still in the ER, E has fluid pressing on the diaphragm. Looks like no gamelan for me tonight.
Friday of a long weekend. E is getting better, except for the thing. Finishing up stuff, but slacking on other stuff.

this. Like Agent Smith in the Matrix said, we are a virus.

Links. brighter side: goats, bee friend, rock balancing, comedy wildlife photo awards. Not so bright: everything else-blame boomers, still the 1 percent, The Hidden Meaning of American Decline.

Page 27, Sentence 5: “They meet the work deadline, and they keep the New Year’s resolution, without much fuss.”, The Four Tendencies

Not bad, not bad at all.

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It’s Tuesday, and my work computer is still slooooow. 4 hours to start up Websphere, which usually takes 10-20 mins. Did a hibernate, so it’s better today, but the CPU is pegged. Better now, but page refresh is glacial. Correction: slow, at least for ajax calls and publishing. Gamelan tonight-Puspawarna is getting better, everything else is fine.
It’s Friday, May 4th. No choir last night-got some laundry and dishes done. That seems to be the way of things now for me-I thought about practicing piano…I cleaned up and bounced my laptop, now I’m sitting at a “Configuring Windows Updates” screen-took a half-hour to clear…WAS is still slow, but better-2 1/2 hours. W/o late, M is getting better at t’ai chi. Yummy BLT for dinner.
Saturday, Cinco de Mayo. We’re having French toast for dinner. Ironic, seeing as the French lost the battle celebrated by Cinco de Mayo. My work laptop is performing fine here at home, so there’s something going on with my network connection at work. I’ve gotten more work done in an hour than I got done all last week. Cleaned, dinner, watching Harry Potter. Sun., church, market, shop, home. And now, Tues. W/o Sun.-M hurt his shoulder, but seems to be healing OK. Figured out what’s wrong with the slow laptop-it’s the docking station. Pulled everything out, working fine, but with 2 fewer screens.
Weds., E’s surgery tomorrow-we have to be there at 5:30. Correction: 10:30-not so bad. W/o last night-M is still hurt. Upped my running by 3 minutes-another few months and I’ll be running the whole time. Up late-hard to get to sleep.
Thursday morning, computing at the dinner table (which is never used for dinner). Leaving soon. And it’s 2, computing in the surgical waiting room-E is in the OR. Hopefully everything will go well. There was a fire alarm. I have to go to S’s play at 5:30-leave here at 4:45? Left at 4:30 and barely made it-picked up M and got there just as it started. S is a fine actress. At work on Fri., visited E-she’s doing as well as can be expected after having your gallbladder out. Rev. Jeanne visited her last night, we’re planning to visit tonight too.

This is pretty cool. And this.

Links. brighter side: ballerina, funny pets, homeless piano player, snow monkeys, the power of treating people with respect. Not so bright: everything else.

Page 23, Sentence 5: “And whether we deem the galaxies to be moving or the space between there and here to be growing, the result is the same.”, Zoom: How Everything Moves

Showers and flowers?

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Here it is May. The old adage about April and May bringing showers and flowers is ringing less true as climate change pushes those dates earlier and earlier. We’ve been having lovely blooms here for a few weeks now…Too bad about everything else-politics is just a nightmare, I’m just trying to keep moving forward. I have a huge list of things to do, but am lacking the focus and energy. Everything seems OK-kids are fine-C is changing his look, M is working hard, S is spending too much time on her phone. E has surgery in a week-that’s the real big thing, hopefully it goes well and she gets better.

Friday! Lots to do. It’s 4/20, and students are walking out, but not to smoke pot. Home, w/o late, up Sat., very sore throat, lazy-laundry and bathroom and vacuum. Sun.-church, Sat. market, shop-got a PS2, calculator, socks-so much fun. w/o-I have a cold, so it’s hard. Tues.-better today, yesterday was tough. Called my Dad for his birthday. Today just flew by. W/o-pretty good, t’ai chi outside. Thurs.-it’s going to be hot. No jacket, super comfy out with just a shirt. Gamelan was OK-still not 100% on Puspawarna. C is going with white hair. Odd dream-at my childhood house, pooping freely, then floating and everything went black-forced myself out and called out loud. Was up for awhile-don’t remember any of the other dreams, though I remembered them when I woke up. I need to scribble them down right then.
Another Friday. Supposed to be a cool rainy day. Choir last night-decent. Not motivated to clean the kitchen afterwards. Same on Fri, and got busted for it. I was so tired, just couldn’t do it. W/o was good, though. Sat. was cleaning, quick shop for food, laze after that. Sun. church, libe, shop, w/o, dinner, bed. I’m pretty tired right now.

Links. brighter side: Girl surprises her nurse, Texas man made a sign, feeds homeless with allowance. Not so bright: everything else.

Page 23, Sentence 5: “So if philosophy has as little substance as Krauss claims, if there is no way to make progress in philosophical knowledge, then this is as serious a problem for a physicist like Krauss as it is for those who call themselves philosophers.”, Plato at the Googleplex

Directionless, except for time’s arrow

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Weds., gamelan tonight. Pretty quiet week, so far. S went to a school play last night-very tired this morning. Good w/o-still hard with the jogging-I was never a good runner, but if I keep this up, I may improve my shape enough to be that or close enough. Even when I was going to the gym all the time, I just skated back and forth from home, or along the bike path. I haven’t done any real running since middle school, and sucked at it then. Hopefully that can change.

Friday-got up early, home early…Choir last night-trying to learn sight reading, but not yet-had to write notes out. The drum sight reading was not bad. Not bad on the song for Sun., but need more work-I’m not much of an on the spot musician unless you want improv. I also have trouble remembering specific lines unless they’re written down-I tend to play it different every time…This trips me up when I play peking at gamelan-I’m playing it for Puspawarna, and there are lots of rests, which require interpolation.

Monday-power was out when I got here, but it went on about 11. Same ol’ weekend-clean, shop, church-played OK.  M to prom on Fri. night-had to cut  my workout off to get him. S went to the pool Sun. and a thing at Pietro’s. W/o w/no M-he’s sick. C is getting it too-I got away with just a sore throat. Tax day. Bills to pay. Calgon, take me away. lol. That was lame-M was talking about dad jokes… So, Weds., w/o last night-M was able to come, I’m still increasing the intensity of my cardio-18 mins of running, half at 5 mph, half at 5.5/6, 12 mins of walking at 4 mph as recovery between the running-all intervals-. I may be able to make it to a full half-hour of running at some point. It’s still kind of amazing to me that I’m doing this!

Thurs., finished up the database changes, choir tonight. E locked her keys in the car yesterday-had to leave early to get gas, gamelan went fine-Puspawarna was better. Shop, get C, shop more, dinner, bed late.

Links. brighter side: bunnies,

Kitten and duckling
Kitten and duckling

Not so bright: everything else.

Page 23, Sentence 5: “So if philosophy has as little substance as Krauss claims, if there is no way to make progress in philosophical knowledge, then this is as serious a problem for a physicist like Krauss as it is for those who call themselves philosophers.”, Plato at the Googleplex

Onwards, ever onwards time flies.

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Tuesday. Another week, and next week is the killer one. We’re so underwater. I think we’ll make it, but then it’s bill after bill after bill. I’m tired of this endless no money grind. So, home, visit church to pick up trash, w/o, dinner, bed. Up this morning. I woke up at 2:30 on Sun. night to cop cars zooming into our complex. No one else woke up, and I didn’t go out to investigate. Thursday-no work tomorrow. No gamelan last night. E went to help a friend. Friday, working from home. Getting stuff done-work and ripping libe stuff. W/o, choir rehearsal-it sucked for me, wine. Sat., drive E around, home, laze, practice pieces for Sun., Sun. up, Easter, church, played-not that bad, home, libe, M to libe, shop, etc., w/o, laze, S is having trouble getting to sleep. Up, finally get this stuff to QA and working.
Thursday-pretty quiet week, we got a little $$$ from school, which gives some breathing room. Not much other than the usual, w/o alone Tues., gamelan-new people, busy on C&G at work.
Saturday, the house is now tidy-laundry, dishes, vacuum, C to gf’s, windy and rainy outside-a nice day to work inside. W/o last night-moved up to running 18 mins out of 30-that was hard, but it should get easier. Proof M’s college essays, dinner-eating alone at a nice tidy dining table. Wish I had dessert. Sun., church, libe w/S, pick up E, mall-S & E got into it, home, lazy-so tired-napped a bit, w/o, dinner, pick up C, bed. Tweaked my neck.

Links. brighter side: striking teachers. Not so bright: everything else.

Page 23, Sentence 5: “The Island was growing fast, and the shores facing the unknown offered endless possibilities.”, The Island of Knowledge

Overstretched-turning into a rubberband.

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Another week starts. Busy weekend-bus to Lewis & Clark Fri., had to run to get my music, E picked me up, skipped w/o, choir practice Sat. noon, a thing, then practice, Fulton pub with group, memorial & 2 songs, played, transport, reception, pick up C. Church Sun., libe with S, deliver M, shop, home, so tired, skipped w/o (do it Tuesday, I hope), get C, watch short track, bed. Weds-gamelan tonight, w/o last night-sped up to 5.5 on the run sections. M was fatigued. Gamelan went good-out early. I’m reading more on the bus & train. Choir tonight-I need to work more on music stuff-it’s on my to do list. Struggling with this web service stuff-I broke everything. Friday-it’s not fixed, but reverted-onward. At least I came in early, so I can leave early. Gig this weekend-S wants to come-she may get to sell merch.
Monday-I’m super tired-woke up at 2:30 with restless legs, got up, back asleep by 3, but it takes its toll. Busy weekend0w/o Fri. night, tidy Sat., gamelan from 2:30 to 10:30. S came and had a great time. The place was packed solid and overflowing. Ate at hopworks on Powell. Church Sun., played bass. Shop, Ikea, more shop, libe, w/o, dinner, bed.

Links. brighter side: I found one of a bunch of farm animals eating grass together. National Puppy Day, so I guess it’s puppies and kittens from here on out…The activist kids! Not so bright: everything else.

Page 23, Sentence 5: “It’s traditional in the Corps to keep grunts ignorant about who we fight, something about dehumanizing the enemy.”, War Dogs

moody, bad mood-switching to DST sucks

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Home Friday, w/o-not a lot of energy, dinner, watching the Airport movies. Tired, up Sat., laundry, tidy, out with E, M vacuumed, S cleaned her room a bit, up Sun., skip church, S to a party at the MAC, walk to Scrap, back, lunch, Goodwill, Pizzicato, Nectar, libe, pick up M, so, so tired, deliver C, shop, home, dinner. No w/o. DST change sucks. Tues. night-took E to OHSU for a biopsy-hopefully nothing. Work, pick up S, dinner. So, so tired and cold. No w/o-just can’t. My mood sucks right now-money worries, hassles, E isn’t healthy, etc… Gamelan is fine, but I was tired and got kicked off the fast bit. Friday-busy weekend ahead. Took E to ER last night.

Links. brighter side: Rolling in the mud with a baby elephant. Not so bright: everything else.

Page 23, Sentence 5: “It makes me sick,” said one trail driver in 1883, “when I think of onions and Irish potatoes growing where mustang ponies should be exercising and where four-year-old steers should be getting ripe for market.”, 50 Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy