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  • Completely fallen off the habit of writing here.

  • The "Goals & Accomplishments" thing has been stopped because it was just making me angry.

  • Too many Fails, not enough being done.

  • Plus, bronchitis really kicked me in the ass.

  • But life does move on.

  • Seeing new doctors.

  • Back to the Y on a regular basis.

  • Been trying to write more.

  • Gearing for upcoming events.

  • It's that wonderful time of the year here in Santa Clara where you can put almost anything out to the curb for pick-up.

  • As a result, our street looks like a disaster area.

  • We also have pickers coming through in advance of the official pick-up.

  • Normally an annoyance (They double park, block our narrow street, and drive at 5mph while scanning the piles) this year they worked in our favor.

  • We had a few things to put out. All the old dishes and glasses we're dumping, an old stereo, some other stuff.

  • I was really worried what would happen with all the breakable stuff in the street.

  • But yesterday [personal profile] kshandra was shaving my head in the carport (easier to clean up) and we saw a nice older gentleman looking over the pile across the street.

  • Got his attention, and he happily took all our crap.

  • Got to watch lifeguard training at the YMCA today. Really interesting.

  • Now I need lunch.

  • The Giants are struggling. We've dealt with a lot of injuries early in the season.

  • Today's game was rained out. Boo!

  • But we did sweep the hated Dodgers in SF, and our next three are against LA in Chavez Gulch.

  • BEAT L.A.!

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  • My apologies for mostly vanishing over the last week or so.

  • The letter from the government telling me that I can work again and all my benefits were going away just kicked my butt.

  • I was seriously non-functional for eight hours after reading that, and barely able to operate as an adult for the rest of the week.

  • But things have been done.

  • We filed all the paperwork for a reconsideration.

  • We've contacted a legal group for assistance.

  • We've spoken with my doctor.

  • Which also led to another melt-down when it turned out that none of my referrals had gone through.

  • Which should be fixed now.

  • But we did enjoy FogCon.

  • Remember FogCon? We went to FogCon before all this started.

  • Nice, relaxing event.

  • I got the entire Mars series autographed by Kim Stanley Robinson.

  • The non-awards banquet was good.

  • Saw some old friends we haven't encountered in too long.

  • Next up, BayCon, where I will be a panelist.

  • We've learned that we need to get a room on site so I can retreat and rest.

  • This drama has also played merry hell with my workout schedule.

  • I either forget to go to the Y, or am too stressed to go.

  • That changes now.

  • The YMCA is now on my calender. Three visits a week minimum. Monday night aqua-aerobics with [personal profile] kshandra.

  • The change in my energy level since I started working out has been amazing.

  • My writing continues to improve gradually.

  • Working on a couple of things I might submit for publication.

  • The writing group I attend through Santa Clara Adult Ed has been amazingly helpful.

  • I'll probably self-publish my novel through Amazon, just so I can saw I wrote a novel.

  • Y'all are buying it. yes?

  • Still want to get back into gaming.

  • Thought I had a couple of leads on a group, but they fell through.

  • Anybody interested in a regular gaming night in the South Bay?

  • 20 days to Opening Day for your 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants!

  • Who have the Best Commercial Ever.

  • LET'S GO GIANTS!!!

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  • Went and voted, dropping [personal profile] kshandra's ballot off at the same time.

  • My voting location is in the Triton Museum

  • So I wandered a bit and looked at some of the galleries.

  • Pretty cool stuff.

  • But I had places to go, people to annoy!

  • Next stop, RiteAid for a prescription refill, and SaveMart to turn a $10 into quarters.

  • Also picked up a lottery ticket.

  • $311 million would be nice to have.

  • From there, off to the library to return some books.

  • Honestly, with all the books I've recently acquired, I don't see myself needing their services for a while.

  • Two weeks, even!

  • Last thing on the list, Smart & Final.

  • Still have some money on that card we won.

  • Cokes, shredded Mexican cheese, and the Drain Cleaner of DEATH for the tub.

  • I'm going to miss that card when it's done.

  • Now I'm filling out bloody surveys for the nice people who pay my medical bills.

  • No, I cannot work. Still.

  • Yes, I do suffer pain. Daily. Constantly.

  • Yes, strokes suck.

  • Gimme my bennies!

  • Hoping for a miracle in tonight's election results. So many important races are so close.

  • Just in case any of you want to get me a Winter Gift...

  • My Amazon Wishlist

  • Holy crap, the Giants won the World Series. Again!

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  • Been a while since I've done one of these.

  • Recovery is proceeding apace.

  • Aphasia is still a major bitch.

  • I've now added peripheral neuropathy to my woes.

  • Mostly in my left leg.

  • Been given lidocane cream for that.

  • Spent this morning at the DMV renewing my license.

  • Yeah, that sucked.

  • But it's done.

  • In other news, I'm really enjoying my writing class.

  • See previous entry for my first attempt at a short story.

  • I'm cutting way back on beer for financial reasons.

  • It's a luxury, frankly.

  • Had to let my Anticoagulation Nurse know, since changes like affect how I absorb the Warfarin.

  • But this will work well with my other big change.

  • If I get a story idea, no matter when, start writing.

  • The story I just posted came to me as I was lying in bed trying to go to sleep.

  • Still twitchy about Burning Man.

  • The Giants are currently sucking badly.

  • Pull out of it, guys!

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  • Got down to Orchard Supply to look for a bag to cover our swamp cooler. [personal profile] kshandra suggested looking for one of those covers to protect plants from freezing temps.

  • Sadly, they don't get those in until the end of November. A big trash bag will have to do until then.

  • I'm proud of getting out of OSH with no impulse buys. Because that place is impulse buy central.

  • Went to the library. Our library has two parking lots; one above ground in the front, and an underground lot under the building.

  • The upper lot was filled, with several cars circling for a space. The parking garage was almost empty.

  • Paid my fine for a late book (the librarian was laughing at my expressions of shame and remorse)

  • I need to remember to make Wednesday's my library day. Because it is story time at the library. Meaning loads of toddlers and preschoolers (always adorable) going in to hear a story, and then getting armloads of books.

  • I shared an elevator with a Hello Kitty princess. I looked at her and said "I like Badtz-Maru."

  • She smiled and said "He's a penguin!"

  • Grabbed a history of the Mongols, a history of France from Caesar to Charlemagne, and The Fellowship of the Ring.

  • Because I've never read The Lord of the Rings.

  • Feel free to be aghast, but every time I've tried, Tolkien's dense prose has stopped me cold.

  • Maybe this time will be different.

  • From there, a trip to my preferred hair place.

  • #1 guide on the head. What I love is the attention to detail I get.

  • Eyebrows trimmed, straight razor shave, beard trimmed (if needed, today she judged my beard to be under control) rogue hairs on the ears dealt with.

  • A whole lot of value for $14. I drop a $20 and leave the change as a tip. For quality like this, it is worth it!

  • My particular stylist also asked where Kirsten was. Nice to be remembered.

  • After that, a walk down to Smart & Final for some grocery shopping.

  • Beer, Italian sausage and rolls, Kiri's smoked sausage, chips and salsa, work soda and Gatorade, breakfast stuff, Rice-a-Roni...

  • My "quick stop" ended up being a pretty major trip.

  • But we have food now.

  • Just waiting for the start of Game 3 of the NLCS. Possible thunderstorms in St. Louis.

  • GO GIANTS!!!

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  • Back when I worked for Lord&Sons I had several pairs of good work gloves. Today? Can't find any of them.

  • A trip to OSH is in order.

  • Or back to L&S. Be nice to see people again.

  • On the other hand, a culling of my socks is in order.

  • Have to get rid of the odd ones, worn ones, and the few that just don't fit right.

  • Still wondering what happened to one of my awesome fuzzy socks.

  • Our TV decided to die.

  • No Earth-shattering kaboom, just refused to turn on.

  • Luckily, [personal profile] kshandra was on the job and found us a new set on Craigslist.

  • Got for way cheaper than what it was going for online, and we have a proper, if small, widescreen at last.

  • Of course, this means I need to save up for another Ikea run now.

  • Needed a new set for several reasons. Mostly that playoff baseball is beginning, and the Giants and A's both won their divisions!

  • The A's did it by sweeping the Texas Rangers in the final three game series of the year. Very dramatic and a great story.

  • But over on the SFGate, when Giants fans tried to congratulate the A's and their fans, we got attacked.

  • I have never seen such an inferiority complex before in sports.

  • I blame Bud Selig.

  • The 49ers are doing well, the Sharks are locked out, and I couldn't care less about the Warriors.

  • Oh, and the Raiders SUCK! (again)

  • Going to see the restored Lawrence of Arabia tonight as part of the 50th anniversary celebration.

  • I got to see this years ago in a restored 70mm print. Unbelievable.

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  • Darby's current gas mileage: 21.5 mpg

  • Finally, finally got CivIV back on the computer and running right.

  • Only took four re-downloads from Amazon.

  • CivV and the Steam engine have been removed with great prejudice.

  • The Giants won the NL West!

  • Other than that, life has been boring.

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... Carmen Sandiego Doug Berry?


  • Now that I've got that song stuck in your head, I can tell you that I've been fighting the worst cold/allergy attack/bronchial yuck I've had in a long time.

  • So bad that I've been using the codeine-laced cough syrup I got a while back.

  • Which is now gone. I haz a sad over this.

  • But things finally appear to be improving, slightly.

  • Other than that, been working.

  • I did get a comped membership to Baycon.

  • Unfortunately, with my work schedule and general ill-health, I was only able to make a few hours on Friday and Saturday.

  • Still good to get out and see people.

  • Niece Prime is making me feel like a slacker.

  • She puts her resume up on Craiglsit, and is getting hits immediately.

  • Already interviewed for one gig, and is out right now confirming a writing gig for a furniture shop.

  • Paid by piece, but still, getting paid to write!

  • Which only reminds me that I'm really not doing what I need to do to write.

  • So from now on, one hour - minimum! - of writing daily.

  • Even if it is complete and utter crap, get it down on paper/screen.

  • In addition I'm going to start carrying my note pad in my backpack.

  • Should I eventually sell something, I'm buying a corduroy jacket with leather patches on the arms.

  • To wear to my first Worldcon as a Hugo Nominee.

  • Also will need a bubble pipe.

  • Note to self: Make sure jacket will go well with either the Campbell Best New Writer tiara or the SIX TIME HUGO LOSER t-shirt.

  • Giants are doing.. okay. Over .500. but a lot of questions still to be answered.

  • I am out of beer. How did this happen?

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  • [profile] madelineusher has moved in with us for lessons in being Poor But Fabulous.

  • She's sleeping on our futon, so I'm certain she will be looking for a more permanent situation soon.

  • Pretty awesome kid. Now we get to corrupt her completely!

  • My work status has changed. I'm now working days Monday, Tuesday and Friday, opening on weekends.

  • This will help me maintain a better sleep schedule.

  • Applied to be a dispatcher with the city of Santa Clara.

  • Always looking for something better, y'know?

  • Life goes on.

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  • What I thought was a mild cold/allergies blossomed into a full-fledged case of the Mongolian Death Yuk.

  • Had to miss two days of work simply because not only did I not feel safe driving to and from work, I didn't feel safe walking to the truck.

  • Up and down fever, the usual gastro problems, and just feeling like someone drained all the me out of my body.

  • Really pissed about missing work, as we're still short a person.

  • I'm feeling at least slightly more human today, and have managed to do laundry and the dishes.

  • Tomorrow, I may venture forth to do recycling, renew Darby, and get my head mowed.

  • On the bright side, finally read Deadline (did that Sunday at work. It was so dead I got almost the entire novel read there.)

  • But the best news of the week? Iron Maiden, August 3rd, Shoreline Amphitheater. I am so getting tickets for this.

  • It's 74 degrees. WTF happened to winter?

  • Giants are all reporting in Scottsdale now. Baseball is back!

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  • I hate India.

  • Specifically, I hate one multinational office in India for sending me a set of car reservations five minutes before I left work last night.

  • I leave work at 2300hrs on Mondays and Fridays.

  • Then of course I get home completely exhausted, and forget to take my meds.

  • Guess I need to start taking them all in the mornings.

  • It's only nine pills, six of which could choke a horse.

  • Freddie Solomon died. One of the standout wide receivers of the first part of the 49ers decade of dominance.

  • Jerry Rice has said that he learned to be a NFL receiver by playing with Solomon.

  • The main reason I'm so grumpy is I'm dealing with a head cold that refuses to go away.

  • Just one more shift then I can relax for two days.

  • Except for needing to get to work writing.

  • One bit of awesome today. I Left My Heart in San Francisco was recorded 50 years ago today.

  • So at noon all of San Francisco stopped for a sing-along. The public alarm test played the song.

  • I'll look for video tomorrow.

  • But right now I need to finish some laundry and head into work.

  • Oh well.. pitchers and catchers report soon, and being busy beats being on disability.

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  • I appear to be on the verge of being employed again.

  • The new gig is as a Dispatcher/Reservation Agent for Classic Limousine Service

  • Went in for the interview, and immediately fell in love with the place.

  • They have office dogs.

  • Interview was easy, very informal.

  • After we were done, the owners sent me to the company that handles their payroll.

  • I need to go back tomorrow. I didn't have the right ID for the I-9.

  • Plus I need the information for direct deposit.

  • But yeah, I may well be gainfully employed as of early next week.

  • Originally, my plan after the interview was to roll to Kaiser to pick up some meds.

  • But since I was in the neighborhood, and hadn't been there in a year, I went to Lord & Sons' 7th St warehouse.

  • Caught up with some friends, and one boss who hadn't realized I had been gone. For a year.

  • Things appear to be going well there.

  • I do miss that job, but know that physically, it's not an option.

  • The best thing about the new gig?

  • KAISER!!!!!!

  • I won't need to change doctors.

  • Which, if you have the litany of problems and long history I have, is so important.

  • The starting pay is meh, but there is a raise after the 90-day probationary period.

  • Besides, I get office dogs!

  • Dogs who spent my entire interview on my feet.

  • They know a sucker when they see one.

  • The only drawback is I'll probably be working weekends, so no Baycon for me.

  • I'll live.

  • OFFICE DOGS!!!!!!

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  • As usual for a Saturday, we needed to run errands.

  • Due to me being unusually listless this past week, that included going to the library to return a book

  • And get more books.

  • [livejournal.com profile] kshandra and I took one look at the DVD collection available, with a 10 DVD limit, and decided on the spot to kill our Netflix account.

  • There a little more money not going out that we can use for more important things.

  • I was returning Napoleon III and His Carnival Empire and picked up two new books: The Hapsburgs: Embodying Empire and The Bourbons: The History of a Dynasty

  • The reason for this sudden fascination with European royal houses is simple. I might have a RPG design gig.

  • This is research as well as pleasure.

  • But before going to the awesome Central Park Branch, we went by the civic Christmas Tree.

  • We're both kicking ourselves for not going to the tree lighting, because Santa Clara has a teddy bear that lives at the top of the tree. This was Teddy's 100th anniversary serving as the tree topper.

  • But while walking around the tree I found a pencil. A police pencil. The police chief's own personal pencil!

  • I have a police pencil and you don't.

  • Neener.

  • Seriously, I am way too pleased about this pencil.

  • After shopping for food (Yay food) we made one stop for a lottery ticket, and then home.

  • Near our home was a SC police car, stopped in front of an apartment building with lights going.

  • Nearby was a chicken.

  • I freaked.

  • The police knew I had the pencil! They were after me! And the Chickens of French Camp were helping the police track me down!

  • My babbled explanation of this to Kiri invoked the infamous An Explosive Affair episode of WKRP in Cincinnati.

  • "And the phone cops are in on it!" As we drove past a Comcast truck "See!?!?!!"

  • I do paranoia right.

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  • Went in this morning for yet another blood draw, blood thinner and thyroid function.

  • Came home and actually ate a nutritious breakfast.

  • Eggbeaters, toast, and a big glass or orange juice.

  • Noodled on the net for a bit, then headed out for two errands.

  • First stop: Staples

  • I need a new card/picture holder for my wallet.

  • Staples doesn't have them.

  • Nor does CVS, Walgreens, or anywhere else I've looked.

  • This is frustrating.

  • I find them on Amazon, but this is a product I want to see before I buy.

  • Tomorrow I call Office Depot and Max.

  • Saddened, I cheered myself up by ogling office supplies.

  • Office supply stores = Toys'R'Us for grownups.

  • From there, over to GameKastle to exchange the wrong book for the right book.

  • Now own Pathfinder Bestiary and Pathfinder Ultimate Combat

  • Expect game posts soon.

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  • I need to go to Kaiser and drop off paperwork with the Medical Secretaries, pick up a form from my doctor, and then pick up new medication.

  • Because my thyroid is evidently running ultra-marathons while chugging pure caffeine.

  • Then off to the DMV to apply for a disabled tag.

  • Trust me, these days I need it.

  • After that, I'm off to [livejournal.com profile] baka49er's place to give her a quick course in using Flickr.

  • Assuming I survive that, I have an old dollar bill from World War II I want to sell. It's stamped "HAWAII" on the back and was one of the bills issued only in the colony. The idea was that if the Japanese invaded, the entire run of currency could be declared worthless.

  • Depending on condition and which series it is, it's worth $10-$50.

  • That works for me!

  • Just need to find a coin shop along my route of march.

  • Also need to find a new card holder for my wallet.

  • My Niners are now 3-1.

  • I made several trades (next year's draft is going to be bad) but picked up a much better right tackle, left outside linebacker, and a new #1 wide receiver.

  • Also discovered that the practice sessions really help. Especially those "key plays" identified by the coaching staff.

  • Now playing the game with a pen and note pad next to me.

  • Finally found the bloody GPS. It was inside a folder from when I had home healthcare.

  • It will be useful on the drive up to Reno.

  • Which is next Tuesday. Yikes!

  • [livejournal.com profile] kshandra is picking up our suitcases from [livejournal.com profile] murphymom. I'm going to start setting aside what I want to take up later this week.

  • Need to start wearing teeth again, I suppose.

  • Go Giants!

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  • Just heard that the Emergency Back-Up Niece has begun taking Taekwondo lessons!

  • Evidently she loves it, even the formality and rules, and has already broken a board with a kick!

  • She especially likes the shouting.

  • Everyone is hoping she's sticks with it, not only because the lessons are costly, because of all the positives that come out of the training and discipline.

  • Me? I'm thinking the 2024 Summer Olympics

  • The only martial art I ever studied was Aikido. Took a course of beginner's classes while at Fort Benning.

  • Aikido is about the only martial art you can do in full infantry gear. It was very popular with infatrymen.

  • Our combatives training and Aikido shared some characteristics.

  • Both focused on using your opponent's energy against him to get him on the ground for a strike.

  • I was transferred before I could take advantage of it, but there was an advanced class where the students wore full battle-rattle.

  • Health-wise, I'm doing a bit better.

  • Controlling all the lung issues, doing my best to build up endurance and strength.

  • Downloaded Blender.

  • I've got all this bloody free time, and I spend all day in front of the computer anyway.

  • Might as well to learn to do this.

  • Who knows, if I develop half-way decent skills, I might start self-publishing stuff for games.

  • But that's a long way off.

  • BEAT L.A.!!!!

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  • Wow. Things are getting really busy for my poor broken butt.

  • This weekend is the annual birthday taco feast at [livejournal.com profile] baka49er's place. Ann and I both have places to be on our actual birthday, so we're doing it a week early.

  • Yay tacos and time with the nieces of awesome!

  • Next week I have a pulmonary function test. Dr. Butcher and I thought it would be a good idea to get a new baseline since the last test was done before we knew there were blood clots in my lungs.

  • Not very social, but it gets me out of the house.

  • Then comes WesterCon 64. We're po'folks for this event, so feel free to buy me a beer.

  • Without so much as time to draw a breath, we're going to see Tales of the City at the ACT. Kiri won the tickets from KFOG

  • So, after all that we get to rest right? Ha.

  • We have a fannish event on Saturday the 9th.

  • Then the Mayhem Festival on Sunday. \m/

  • I won the tickets to that one.

  • Luckily after that we get two stress free weeks to prepare for an event that promises to be louder than Mayhem Fest..

  • The Niece of Last Resort's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese!

  • She's turning 4! Her big sister is turning 6!

  • How did this happen????

  • After that, we're cool until mid-August when we go to Reno for Worldcon.

  • There is very good news on the medical/financial front.

  • My application for Social Security was approved. So money is a bit less of a problem.

  • Not cured, but not quite at the "selling organs" state anymore.

  • The Giants are 41-34, half a game out of first in the NL West, and tonight face the Cleveland Indians.

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  • Yeah, I wandered off for as few days. My bad.

  • I haven't slept very well for the last few nights. So I've been a bit of a zombie during daylight hours.

  • But there is big news!

  • I've been off oxygen for almost 2 weeks, including the Reno trip, and my saturation number is staying well above 90%!

  • My pulse rate is still getting a little high when I exert myself, and I still tire easily, but those are more from me being out of shape.

  • Emailed my doctor to let her know. Hopefully, the Oxygen people will be able to come and take all this away!

  • Need to win the lottery before Worldcon. If only so we can eat at the Atlantis' steakhouse.

  • Winning the lottery would solve many problems, actually.

  • I'm winning the battle over the infection in my esophagus. A few more days of meds and I'm done.

  • Unfortunately, the medication for the infection doesn't react well to my blood thinner.. so I've been back on Lovenox shots since this thing was diagnosed.

  • [livejournal.com profile] kshandra and I are both going to be happy when we're done with this series.

  • In other health news, I've ditched the home care nurse. I'm healthy enough now to go to the hospital for my blood draws.

  • Just have to remember to hydrate heavily before going.

  • My beloved Giants are 1.5 games back of Colorado after sweeping the Rox in three really amazing games.

  • Two of the games were walk-off wins in the 9th. The last was a pitchers duel that we won 3-0.

  • Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks seemed to be poised for their inevitable post-season choke.

  • Good thing I don't really care about hockey.

  • Starting to prepare for Baycon. It would be nice to know what panels I'm doing, even if there isn't a firm schedule yet.

  • That way I can start putting things together for a better presentation.

  • OK, time to consider food.

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  • Spent last night off the tube, and decided to see how far I could go today. So far, I'm doing fine, with blood O2 levels remaining at or above 95%. My last check came after a burst of activity. I took care of some garbage (mostly empty soft drink/beer cartoons), put cans in the refrigerator, a little general tidying. After that, my pulse was up around 130, but my oxygen levels were holding!

  • Still keeping the hose close at hand, just in case. So long as I remain above 90%, I'm good.

  • Progress, you gotta love it.

  • I was just thinking how my spring and summer schedule went from 0 to 60 in no time. At the beginning of the year, we were committed to Renovation, and that was it. Given my health, that was even very iffy.

  • Now, in very short order, we got the free rooms in Reno for our anniversary, I'm back as a panelist at Baycon (no word if I'm on every panel again this year.. I told them to use me creatively), we've acquired Westercon memberships, we're going to the Mayhem Festival, and then Worldcon.

  • Best part? Almost all of those are at no or reduced cost to us. We still need to fit in a trip to see the Giants.. I need to see that banner with my own eyes.

  • It's funny.. after Mayhem, [livejournal.com profile] kshandra will have massive Metal cred. She'll have seen Judas Priest, Testament, Queenryche, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Metallica, The Sword, Machine Head, Trivium, MegaDeth, In Flames, Godsmack, Dsiturbed, Lamb of God.. I'm probably forgetting one or two.

  • Need to finish up The Church stuff, so I can put it together before Baycon. I'd like to be able to at least have a link to download a .PDF of my work.

  • Speaking of which, anyone willing to contribute? I need clerical orders for the churches, and at least a little art.

  • Like my first three professional works, this will be credit-only.

  • Contact me if you'd like to help out.

  • Giants-D'backs tonight. Squish the Snakes!

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  • Discovered this morning that my computer's speakers were dying faster than I am. Lots of really bad drop outs when I adjusted the volume, and just poor quality across the board. I'm not surprised, since the stuff was close to a decade old and had been in almost daily use. But considering how important music and watching TV & movies on the computer has been to my sanity, a solution was needed, ASAP.

  • [livejournal.com profile] kshandra needed to go out and run a few errands anyway, and agreed to stop at Staples to look at speakers. We ended up with the Logitech Z313. Even got 'em on sale.

  • Kirsten has gone for a bit of a nap, so I can't really test them yet. That's coming Monday. I have some good music to see just how good these really are. But right now, the sound quality is sharp.

  • In other news I've been off oxygen all day with no perceptible drop in my blood oxygen. Still worried that this is an artifact of the Prednisone. We'll see. But it is nice not to have two bit of medical plastic up my nose.

  • The really good news is my last two Coumadin levels were where the clinic wants them to be. I get a whole week between blood draws!

  • Giants won. We're looking really good for the opener except for one thing.

  • Our closer, Brian Wilson, has strained his oblique. Or his beard, the Tweet wasn't clear.

  • Anyway, he's questionable for the opener. Boo.

  • Nice thing about a papsan? If you decide that a nap is a good idea, you don't need to go anywhere.

  • zzzzzz.....

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