Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The rollercoaster comes to a stop...

The hell-on-wheels kitties that we were watching just returned
home. It seems so peaceful!

They were quite the handful. Every hour, it seemed there was a
huge crash and they had gotten into something else. They
tipped over a huge stack of pots, dropped the full water pitcher
off the counter - flooding the kitchen floor, tipped over pails
and brooms, kicked the baby-gate down the stairs, ripped up a
full roll of paper towels, pulled the bags of cat and dog treats
off the top shelf and ripped them open, etc, etc, etc.

This house must have been like a huge amusement park to them.
I bet they are sad that they had to leave Disneyland. We,
however, all breathed a little sigh of relief. The three of
us were no match for them.

If you want to feel better about your own rotten pets, take in
someone else's for a week!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Fred! no, George! oh, whatever


The 2 visiting Cats - can't tell 'em apart.

Us = 0, the Animals = 100

The household has been quite lively with the addition of the 2
cats and a turtle. The kittys think they have gone to some kind
of kitty resort.

They came from a small apartment, and once they got comfortable,
they spend a lot of time rocketing around the house. Or sitting
on top of the refrigerator. Or hiding behind the spa. Or bouncing
off of the other pets. Or knocking lots of things over, or.....

Fred and George (the 2 cats - and we have no idea which is which -
they look a lot alike) are cute enough when they are sitting still,
but then there is all the rest of the time. It's been fun,
but only because we know they are going back to their owner in
a couple of days.

Otherwise, we finally finished up all the Doctor Who, Torchwood and
Sarah Jane episodes. They all dovetailed in the final Doctor Who
show. Woo-hoo. What a wiz-bang ending! It still was very sad, and
I was surprised it bothered me so much. Hats off to the creators.

Since we watched all of the above over the last 2 months or so, and
we are finally done - we have to find a new diversion.
What will it be?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A night at the zoo...

So we went to see our friend David in the hospital. And then drove
(or tried to drive) over to his place to pick up his 2 cats and
bring them home to take care of them for a couple of days. They
were getting mighty lonely.

And ran sprang into the Aquatenial parade dowtown. It took 45
minutes to battle our way through the insane traffic and crowds,
and dodging the parade, to get to his place. We grabbed the
cats fast and got out of there. Tomorrow we'll go back for the
turtle.

The cats were surprisingly good in the car, they've been on
some long car trips recently. We got them home to introduce them
to our brood. We were most worried about the hyper dog (who
hates other dogs.) He was super excited and followed them
around, licking their heads and drooling on them. He thinks
we brought him home two fuzzy toys.

The old dog is un-phased by the entire thing. The cats are
curious, but not upset. That went so well, they can be our
unruly pets! We were braced for lots of hissing and fighting.
Instead I think it is rather exciting for them all.

We might even get some sleep. (Unless they all go nova in the
middle of the night, when the novelty wears off).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Webbie things

Working during the summer seems more and more difficult. It is
so nice out, I wish I could go out and play more. But no, gotta
earn that paycheck. Darn. I would make such a great rich person
(the kind that doesn't have to work.)

I've found the usefulness of blogs. I found out a close friend of
mine was in the hospital, and then later that he was back in and
having surgery this morning, through his Live Journal page.
(He actually had told Cay the 1st time, but I saw the journal
before I got home). Such a weird method of communication, but
it actually works pretty well.

Another friend of mine feels like he is still in contact with
me because he reads this blog. Of course it is only a one way
communication - I have no idea what is happening to him!

All the things that have come about from the web are still so
strange and wonderful. I'm having a hard time remembering life
"before the web" B.W.?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

3 years!

I just posted a new Uncomfortable Questions show. This is
my 3rd anniversary show. It is hard to believe I started it
3 years ago. I was in such a different place in life. I was
pretty depressed, and wondering a lot about the meaning of love
and life and friendship. I'm amazed I've stuck with it, even
though I had to go to a monthly, rather than weekly show.

The guests were harder to come by the past year, but then again
I wasn't as active in looking for them. But every time I thought
about quitting the show, another guest would show up, just in
time. I still have 2 more in the pipe, so it seems it will still
go on a bit more.

A show takes about 10 or more hours to record and edit, and it is
hard to find the time to do it. But when I put up another one,
I am proud of the show, and want to continue.

This show is with a man from Finland, and really a fun one. He has
really pondered the philosophies of life, quite beyond most.
It must be somthing about Europe, the guys from England also were
pretty amazing. My theory is that they have pubs, where people
get a bit tipsy and discuss the meaning of life on a regular
basis.

That doesn't seem to happen in America. It seems our bars are a
different animal. We usually just get drunk and stupid. I want
my own neighborhood pub, where I while away the hours talking
deep thoughts with the regulars. But then, I wouldn't need the
show, would I?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dashing to the Grave

Whew! Life continues racing by. I'm running as fast as I can,
to do my daily life. Lots of work, took a new hire to the Mall
of America for dinner, some longer days at work, trying to edit
the show, do the daily tasks, and get enough sleep.

There doesn't seem to be enough time. I wonder what enough is?
If I had twice as much time in a day, would I just pack more in?
I would like to have a few more hours each day, just to do
something relaxing and entertaining. You know, "for fun", instead
of "have to do".

I guess I know there won't ever be time to stop and smell the
roses. It makes me a little sad. I'll just race until I die,
and I can't think of a different way to do it.

I wonder how other people solve this problem? I keep cutting
more time wasters out of my life, but it doesn't seem to help.
I haven't watched T.V. in 5 years, I try not to surf the web
too much, I keep errands to a minimum, and yet... there still is
no time. Weird.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Yawn .... Sunday night already?

Never enough time. The weekend is nearly over. Where did it go?
I slept a lot, I was sleep deprived from last weekend, and
pretty much the whole week.

Not feeling my best, either. Everything in my body is
really stiff and hurts, I'm not sure why! I hate it when
you have random days of feeling like crap, for no particular
reason. Too bad, because the weather has been spectacular!

I spent most of today editing the next Uncomfortable
Questions show. I'm having to learn a lot more about dynamic
filters and compression, and finally got a program named
Levelator that fixed most of the problems I was struggling
with. I recorded this show through SIP instead of Skype and
ended up with a huge sound editing headache.

I'm about half done, which means the show will be late again.
Good thing I don't get paid for doing the show. (Course if I
did, it wouldn't be late!) Money is such a motivator for me....

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Work is really a lot of Work...

I was right. I don't like work as much as "fun".
Totally back to the grind. I was in training for an upcoming
product most of the day, and am back battling some system
installs that refuse to work. At least there is lots going
on. I am definitely not bored!

I finally got caught up on all the mail and bills and stuff
at home I just had to get done. Now it is time to think
about editing the next show already. This is another one
from Finland - should be a fun one, but there is a lot of
the interview. Another tough editing job!

Watching the road construction is interesting. They came in
with really big machines and pulled up all the pavement and
roadbed. They dug out the border area next to the road to
uncover the water pipes. We are hooked up to pipes running
down the sidewalks from the fire hydrants. Our street looks
more like a Moonscape than a street. They built big gravel
ramps so we could get to our driveways from the dirt road
that is now about 2 feet lower than our driveways.

It is noisy, inconvenient, and pretty ugly. It will be
interesting (and a relief) to see it when it is done.
And I'll be able to sleep in past 6:30 a.m. (that is the
time they drive in all the heavy machinery to start construction
at 7 a.m. sharp!)

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Holy Cow, that was fun!

I'm finally home from 4 days of partying at the science fiction
convention. Dear me, that was an awfully good time. The convention
is huge, over 3000 people, but it was amazingly well run. I was
very impressed. The room parties were startling elaborate. Some
of those hotel rooms were converted into Willy Wonka Chocolate
Factories, Pirate Ships, and Federation Starships with transporters.

The love and energy the fans put into this convention was beyond
anything I've seen before. It was like returning home, except
someone rebuilt the house in a huge and elaborate manner.

Completely unexpectedly, I connected up with some old friends that
I haven't seen for years. Some of them I haven't seen for 12 to 16
years! One was an old roommate of mine, and we instantly rebonded.
It was just like the old days where we always stayed up half the
night talking. We kept holding hands and realizing how much we
missed each other. Cool! We'll be seeing a lot more of each other.

Overall the weekend was a wonderful time. However, I can't believe
I have to go back to work tomorrow. The time blazed by in a flash.
(And I'm hardly rested - there were some pretty late nights!)

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Change of Plans

The holiday weekend is turning out differently than I thought.
Cay was going off to a Science Fiction convention he had been
wanting to check out that his friends are going to. I was
going sit blissfully on my butt at home, and have a little
time to myself.

But due to various things, I got roped into going, as of this
morning. Peace and harmony in the family and all that....

So I'm going to the convention, starting after work today.
I haven't been to one in 16 years, (I used to run one of
the big conventions here, in another life.)

Hmmm, it sounds way more ambitious than I am up for, with my
foot still a bit out of sorts. I'm too old, I'm too fat,
conventions are for the young, I'm not part of that community
anymore, oh pooh, I'm out of excuses.

Hopefully I can find some things I enjoy (like sitting around).
I'm really a total Dr.Who and Anime fan, but I don't enjoy talking
to others about it. I do it at home, in secret.
And wash my hands afterwards....