Will 2017 be better?

I have no idea. Celebrities will continue to die, politics will continue to be a shitshow. What could make it worse? Life will likely go on as usual.

I have this week off-I need the money, but that’s the way of Daimler. The house is pretty clean, but there are a few things I still need to do. And I didn’t-shopped with E, failed to get reservations at Timberline, S to bed late. So, no skiing today-likely Sunday. At least the house is cleaner.

Thurs., quiet, get C a new phone, shop, home. Ski Sunday-it’s going to snow Saturday night. Big fun there. Wedding drama is over-we’re not going.

So, went to bed @ 10:30, didn’t fall asleep until late, up at 6:15, left at 7:15 fully equipped. Got into the snow, put the chains on, super loose and failed very quickly. Luckily we were able to get on a bus and got up only a little late-S got into class, M didn’t, so I spent the morning teaching him-he picked it up right quick. Got S, ate, spent the afternoon teaching S and M went off on his own and promptly got into the weeds. I put S in kids, rushed over, didn’t find him, back up, got S, M turned up. Returned everything, waited for the bus for 2 hours, stuck, then bad traffic, got the car, drove through a blizzard but the roads were fine, picked up E and C, home, S to bed. Whew! Good skiing, the rest, a big mix of good and bad…I wish it had worked out more smoothly-I didn’t get much skiing in .

Monday-lazy, went to Oaks Park and skated in the afternoon-some expert told me what to do-I told him I had been skating since I was 9-I don’t need his help. Home, bed, up and working at home Tues.-E and S to Great Wolf Lodge-S has a temp, but she seems OK-and she had a great time. And of course, then I got the same temp. Bad all through Tues and Weds., back to work Thurs., still sick. Home, lazy, sleep, same on Fri., ice storm and snow Sat. & Sun.-still not 100% and didn’t do much around the house-just sat in bed clothes.

Up Monday-school is closed, but Clackamas CC is open, so M has to go to classes (the prof canceled).

Solstice, Christmas, New Years’. Ugh.

Monday at work-so, so tired. Maybe coffee will help. Not enough.

OK, so to recap: Fri., finished work, easy home, no gamelan party. Sat., lazy, cleaned a little, don’t remember anything else. Sun., church, sold the TX, libe, Fry’s, Sonic, shop. It’s still snowy and icy, mostly because the temps have stayed low. Rainy today and warmer. Easy in-changed my route a bit-only one switch, same time. I might have to work part of next week-this is not a bad thing. New route home-missed the bus, so major pain. Dinner, M to thing, S to bed. Wash, rinse, repeat. Tue., same thing-the route home was a mess-everything running oddly. Dinner, S to bed, bed. Weds., see Tues. Took my regular route home, much less lateness. Dinner, S to bed, bed. Working through my past dream journal-currently in ’96-have to go to ’90-long slog.

Dreamed about alien visitation last night-contact, no communication-all I said was my name, didn’t hear anything. There was a little gray alien in a column of light that I assume was a transport device. I used to have these “plane crashing, aliens visit” dreams about once a month-now they’re sporadic. I think it’s more to do with higher worlds trying to connect with my waking consciousness rather than straight alien visitations, but who knows with dreams?

So, home, dinner, S to bed, bed. Woke up early, left early, to work early. Finally got the official work reorg and…nothing really changes except my boss’ boss. Left early after a nice chat with a co-worker. Home, dinner at Izzy’s, drive around, ice cream, home, S to bed. Tired, then not. Up, hang out drinking coffee, tidy, laundry, church, fondue, S to bed. Up late, S got us up at 7, opened presents, clothes for me, church, beignets, tidy, nap, dinner, S to bed. Moved my pi wordpress to the x10 site.  Watched the last Harry Potter and the extras. Up late, sleep in, hang out, tidy a little, line, shop, Whole Bowl, got some guitar references and a uke book for S. More last Harry Potter extras. Tue., fam visited Sally Showman, I cleaned, plus a little of my stuff. Dinner, movie. S to bed.

Christmas is close, plus a snowpocalypse.

And we have the decorations out, but no tree yet. I think we have most of the presents for the kids.

Another weekend over. Pretty quiet-Fri. was home, S to bed, very tired. Asleep early. Sat., up, school meeting, E to hairdresser’s, S to friends’ and the Nutcracker. Libe, sat and read, get E, lunch at Pizzicato, browse, shop, bins, pick up S, dinner, S to bed, watch drone racing. Up Sun., skipped church, cleaned the house, watched more drone racing. E and S home, clean more-wash, vacuum, tidy, dishes, dinner, fold clothes, S to bed, and here we are. To bed late, up on time, to work, work, one of the people in our group is leaving. I discovered that E’s reading glasses work for my right eye only (my left eye is fine up close, bad long, and the right one is fine long), so I took out the left lens, and now reading, phone and computer screens are super crisp.

So, home, sis got us a Christmas gift that got recalled, dinner, S to bed, check out the Mirage (working great), laundry and dishes, bed. Up, missed bus, alternate route, work. Gonna snow tomorrow afternoon. Home, dinner, S to bed, laundry-really the same ‘ol…

And Weds. was awfully fun. Got to work, work, started snowing about 1ish. Left about 2:30, thought taking a different route home. Big. Mistake. When Portland gets snow, everything locks up, and in this case, everyone left for home at the same time-the map was a sea of red. I sat on a bus for an hour to get to downtown. Another hour to get to another bus. That bus went onto snow route, so I got off and walked to get another bus. Waited, and waited, so I walked. 3 miles in a snowstorm. Nice to have those crampons. The 3 mile walk was the shortest bit of the trip. It was nice, though, quiet, and I was properly dressed. Brought back memories of walking back from the Jadrych’s in high school. M likes it too. Saw one big crash at the bottom of a closed hill. And a jackknifed truck at the bottom of the hill by our apartment.

Working from home Thu., got the car from a friends’, shopped, home, work. The usual work from home. Going out to get a laptop for E-failed. It’s getting slushy. More work, dinner, S to bed. Woke up early, E was snoring, so no sleep. Easy in, snowy and icy, but crampons rock. Work.

I have a big list of things to do, and a gamelan party tonight.


Snow? Snow! No snow… Snow! and Ice.

So they said it was going to snow, but no snow. Well, maybe a little in the air, but mostly rain.

OK, so this weekend: clean, shop, church, libe. Quiet on Fri., made my bus. Cleaned Sat., E slept very late. Got the porch cleaned up-they sent us a nastygram. Pulled the xmas stuff out of the closet. Late up Sat., the thing. Church Sun., shop w/E, all over. Tired, so tired from shopping. Dinner, S to bed, work, bed, up today, no snow. Another work day, home, phone meeting, dinner, S to bed, laze, tidy, bed. Up again, another day, kind of restless, having trouble recalling my dreams-need to write them down right away.

OK, so Weds.-very cold, potluck at work-the container for the fruit salad opened all over the bottom of my bag and my pants. Aargh-had to clean it up. Work, potluck-ate too much. Hard to work, but got stuff done. E picked me up and it took an hour to get home. Gamelan-cleaning the room, drinking beer. Home, snack, bed. Up this morning, WFH. No snow until 11, then a bit, then more, then freezing rain. Got work done. Phone demo up next-done-everyone likes it. Dinner, S to bed, work on WP upgrade, changed theme. To bed, up-no school, S up early. Left early, just caught the bus, no train, got off to go to the 75, no 75, 33 to 99 to downtown, 77 cancelled, walked to the 15, just made it. E gave me crampon-like shoe slip-ons-like chains for your feet. They work great. No one else from my group is here. Got stuff done.

This is pretty cool. I like cool maps-for many years I had the State of World Atlas, they updated it, and need to do it again. I have a few things to do this weekend-the usual, but a few more, and I need to get to the tidying and pick up some books at the libe.

The next holiday

is barreling it’s way towards us. I have a week enforced holiday-hopefully there will be lots of snow so we can go to the mountain and ski. M and S want to learn.

Anyways, the president-elect is at it again with the Twitter, and is picking people to ruin the gov’t. The Greens are doing recounts in flipped states-like that means anything. I chatted with an old school friend this morning. I’m trying to sell all my extra music gear.
Yesterday was work, home, dinner, S to bed, computer, me to bed. Trying to diminish the number of unread printed things I have. Then on to the boxes of paper. Then more purging. I think I’m in good shape, and as the tidy lady says: first your stuff.

Hopefully I’ll end up with tidy-I read the tidying book, and maybe that will be a pointed stick. Getting rid of unused music stuff is a big start too, as it’s all consolidated into the Kronos, QY and guitar gear now. Better, because it’s all integrated and in one place-I can improve my piano, and have a place to record at the same time. The only thing left is a way to do sampling in the field-I have a 58, but it has to be attached to the Kronos-a portable recorder is in my future-Zoom or Tascam, Tascam or Zoom?

OK, so work, home, long phone meeting, S to bed, yummy dinner, bed. I wanted to practice piano, but no. Finished up 3 magazines, working on a Chinese philosophy book and one on Masonry. Up, work, home-missed bus, E on a thing, sold the QY for $40. S to bed, dinner, bed. Finished the t’ai chi book, halfway through the masonry book-it’s basically Anthro in Masonic form, written in 1922. Slowly making my way through the dream book.



Baba O’Riley anyone? Anyone?

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” The transition looks like a mess-they’re way behind Obama’s timeline.

So, gamelan on Fri., got the Kronos on Sat.-it’s a huge beast. 5 ft. wide and 50 pounds, but awesome. I’ve been playing it almost every night-want to up my piano skills. Another thing in Beaverton-the traffic on 99W was horrendous. Picked up E in the Hawthorne. Sun., church, picked up S in NW from musical practice. Got ice cream. Cleaning, shop. Mon., Tue. , Weds., gamelan, Thurs., Fri.-it’s all the same. Rainy and cold. E is under the weather.

A gamelan weekend-practice Fri. night, took E to a church thing Sat. AM, cleaning, pick E up, gamelan, pack, unpack, play, pack, unpack, party. E went to the ER with a hurting tummy during the gig, but nothing wrong. Slept in Sun., S to musical, musical, shop, dinner, sleep. Mon., work, home, dinner, fold clothes, read to S, sleep.

And now the long Thanksgiving weekend is over. No gamelan, quiet Weds., cleaning, quiet Thurs., talked to parents and sister, went through boxes, purged a few things, but not much. Shop Fri., Fry’s, rainy. Xmas craft fair Sat., no church Sun., picked up a few more presents in Gresham with E, shop, home dinner, S to bed, some work, bed, woke up a bunch, didn’t write down dreams. Up today, to work. Thinking about getting back into Anthro exercises and work on InnerDev, T’ai Chi too? We’ll see.

What a mess.

Really. I guess the big news is that we now have a vulgar buffoon liar con artist for president, who has never held public office. He stiffs his contractors/workers and files lawsuits at the drop of a hat. Don’t get me started on the sexual harassment allegations and actual admissions of guilt. And that just not my opinion. That’s what the NY elite have called him for years-he’s anathema in the high social circles he failed for years to break into. Multiple people who have worked with him say the same, and some of it is on tape. Now he’s in the White House-what a disaster the next four years are going to be. I have no idea what’s going to happen, but it can’t be good. And how much of a mess is going to need to be cleaned up, I have no idea either-we’re definitely going to be going backwards-the reactionaries have won. And Hill got the popular vote, but not the electoral one. Second time in 16 years, and 110 year gap between the last two times. Here’s the voting map with %’s-purple means evenly divided. It’s definitely more red/blue polarized than last time, especially in the Midwest. It’s “vote for the outsider” time, even though he is about as much of an outsider as Hill is.

2016: 2012:(sourced from here)

E is a mess because of it, and they’re in the streets here in Portland and across the country. It’s called the First Amendment, folks. And there’s a drive to get the electors to be faithless.

Anyways, work is fine, gamelan got moved to Fri., waiting on the Kronos. I have the money, and it’s just a matter of time.

It’s been a long time

We’re coming up on Halloween, my 18th wedding anniversary, and E’s birthday. S is excited, E has a costume, I have no idea about the boys…

Week is normal, wet, going to bed a little earlier. Gamelan Weds., to bed late-some hacker is trying to break into my Raspberry…cut off the DMZ access.

Weekend: Fri.-Halloween Enchantment at school-E was Lady Winter and a hit, Sat.-cleanup at school, much the same-didn’t clean much, shop, Sun.-church, cleaned a little. Mon., S to friends’ for Halloween. The usual-no one showed up in our complex…

Going to change up all my music stuff-selling it all except the QY and guitar stuff and getting a Korg Kronos-there’s one in the PDX area for cheap! We’ll see.

M is visiting U of O on Friday. Both boys have Weds., Thu., Fri. off. Gamelan, we had an evacuation…Cubs won the World Series while we were playing. Watched the game in compressed mode on Thurs. Took M to school early Fri., caught a earlier bus. Finally got my work stuff working. On to the next. Home, sleep, S is sick. Sat., went for E’s tattoo, Ikea-absolutely packed, hung out-worked on the QY for a bit. No Kronos yet (but a new one popped up!). Sun., church, cleaning. Woo-hoo! House is quite tidy. S is still sick, ear infection. Almost missed the bus, missed the second bus-walked 17 blocks until the bus came. My sis refriended me… Got stuff done-once you figure something out, it’s pretty easy to repeat, but it looks like things are changing.


The Fall of our discontent???

Ok, it’s lame, but it may be quite true come Election Day. Trump just got hit hard by a live mike recording. Just read a very cerebral piece by Giroux.

So, another week over. Gonna come home to a messy house. Guess what I’ll be doing tomorrow??? Going to the beach and flying kites at the AKA convention? No, I’ll be cleaning. We got a new vacuum, so there’s that.

But at least I’m getting things done at work. Messy there too-the joy of IT, rather than R&D…I need to work on the startup stuff.

…and I didn’t clean much-the kitchen and that’s it. There’s a huge pile of laundry. Instead of flying kites, we went to a tattoo expo and got one each-I now have a small bee on my left shoulder. Look up the meaning of bees… I want to get the rose touched up and put a wooden cross behind it…Look up the meaning of rosy crosses…and Steiner. Church Sunday, shopping with C. Work and work and that’s it. And gamelan and rainy-big rainy and windy.

Trump is getting hammered by women coming out as harassment victims. I think the election is now over. And he’s yelling that the election is rigged. This could end badly.

E went to the ER-high BP, but pancreas stuff too. Took C to a new Godzilla movie. Weekend-cleaning, church, shopping. It was very windy and rainy too. S made a few of her weather videos. Going to try to keep the house clean. Did a load of laundry, kept the kitchen clean-those are the major bits. Weds., gamelan, a building blew up in downtown, last debate-the usual, didn’t do any house work. Woke up suddenly at 6:38, in the middle of a dream. Work, home-the house is staying clean. And it did over the weekend too. Cleaned the car, got new shoes, church, shopping, not much else.

Nothing to see here

because it’s all the same. House is staying clean-one load of wash and dishes too. E bumped the door getting gas, and a body shop wanted 3k…she went another place, and the guy shoved it back into place for free (well, for a hug). We’re prolly going back to get the front scrape protector replaced.

First debate last night, and Hill looks like the victor. The Don was true to form, and it didn’t play well. \/\/hate\/er…

Pretty quiet Tues., E went to a thing that wasn’t, watched ink masters. Dave Navarro has carved himself out a quite nice post-Jane’s career…Gamelan tonight, and WFH tomorrow-I have to fly kites for a Michaelmas thing at school. And we had visitors at gamelan, so no drumming practice, I want to ramp up the suling too. So kids to school Thurs., dishes and a little laundry, worked until 11, waited a half hour for E, hurried through setup-flew the Zero Wind Deca, should’ve flown the Minergy-ran out of gas halfway through the routine. All the ends needed duct tape-I need to get some surgical tubing to fix it. Worked through the rest of the day and evening.

Fri., tired, easy in, but a fire drill-down the stairs, up the stairs. A co-worker groused about the crappy data coming across the wire. Missed the bus, barely caught another-home, lazy, got pizza for dinner with M, to bed early. Up, laundry, dishes, off to Sat. Market, yummy himalayan lunch, shopping. Church Sun., rainy. Work Mon., I picked up S’s cold and suffered Mon. night. Same Tues., gamelan Weds., not so many people and visitors.

It’s really Fall now, with the rain and the leaves. And the sickness.

Not much else. As usual, only a recitation of events. I’m trying to stay away from politics, even though I do read some. Trying to keep it together, and barely doing it. M is having a tough time, and E is going to try acupuncture for her fibro. S is peachy, and C is trying to cope.