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Patterns shown by certain charts demonstrate once again that one need not collect all the stars in the galaxy to get a pretty good idea what the night sky looks like. As expected. In this case, meaning representational. Characteristic. Sufficiently typical. At least one of us will still find solitude in exploring stretches others never get around to visiting, but even the outliers we find won’t rewrite any books.

That doesn’t mean I have a clue where that $70 billion number for an increase is coming from. I still think somebody’s smoking something left over from the 60s. Does it not bother anybody that that’s completely off the current chart? And what became of smoothing, corridors, and expected service? Or are we phasing in phase 2 already? So let’s see now, what them quarterlies are leaking out to us. As expected. In this case, meaning that what some have called expected is not necessarily remotely realistic. Watch for something no higher than $40 billion increase for the galaxy, with maybe $30-35 billion for the constellation – still enough of a leap to give pause to any premature market recovery, since earnings forecasts have not yet factored these numbers in, but no more than half the $70 speculation. At least one of us is not all that surprised, although don’t hold your breath waiting for a corrected number to sneak into the final report.

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24 March 2009 at 6:41 am

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Avoiding NASA

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Forget trying to do anything down Baybrook way this weekend. If the Gulf Freeway south’s seemed bad the past several weekends, it’s about to get worse. To demolish the overpass at NASA 1, the freeway will be shut down both north and south from 9pm this Friday through 5am next Monday. NASA 1 itself shuts down at the freeway beginning 9pm tonight and won’t reopen until May 4.

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4 March 2009 at 6:55 pm

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Bitty Burb at 80k

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Bitty BurbThe Bitty Burb has reached 80k!! In just under 4-1/2 years of driving. As compared with the Blue Bug, which reached only 60k last May after about a decade on the road. Credit part of the difference to trips up to to the Dallas area the past two years. But even without that, Susan simply does more driving than I do. (In fact, she was probably behind the wheel for upwards of 2/3 of the Blue Bug’s own mileage to date although it was her primary set of wheels for no more than 1/4 of its life.)

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1 March 2009 at 1:40 pm

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Sit and Stare

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After a cup of black bean soup and half a tuna salad sandwich at Panera’s with Susan and Nat, I passed through Borders. More customers than the vacuum I normally find there, but still just a single register handling the checkout trickle, versus the four kept busy at B&N, which is where I am now headed.
 
But B&N has no books on Black Monday, not any I can find. And I don’t feel like asking at the service counter; I’ll just order online when I’m to that point, or visit the library.
 
And there are no computer books that snag me this time. And they’re rearranging their CD/DVD section, so I spend no more than 2 minutes there; and I breeze past the magazine wall even quicker. But right after I zero in on A Poet’s Guide to Poetry, a seat is vacated, so I settle in for the rest of the hour. I read just enough to decide I’ll add this book to my nightstand, then just sit and stare at the stacks of books.
Back at the house, instead of delving into my new book I turn to my Turco, with some distant vague fog of maybe reaching for what would be only my second stab ever at a sestina, or at least a takeoff on that bitch of a form. It tires me to consider it even semi-seriously, since only this morning I jettisoned a light villanelle before I felt finished with it; and I’ve almost never started off another poem in the very next breath, not since Hollis’ project back in college.
 
I really should make the attempt to touch base with Hollis again. That might not be as hard on my head as struggling with the sestina, which is already striking out in a different direction than my muse had been drifting.
 
But not just yet. Right now I need to empty that pool vacuum bag. Then backwash the pool. Then sit and stare at the clouds.
Lindsey and her boyfriend will join us for dinner tonight, together with Nat and Brandon. But I’d get in the way in the kitchen, so I turn the heating pad on for those sore back muscles and work on what’s left of my frap.
 
I can’t get started on that sestina yet, at least not on Jeanette. Blasted Windows failed to hibernate properly again, so the equipment is way too overheated and needs time to cool down. That’s ok: this next poem’s only been looming there all afternoon, likely won’t even find its first concrete word for another week or so at this rate.
 
Until dinner is served, I think I’ll just sit and stare at the fire.
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31 January 2009 at 7:13 pm

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Tangle Mine

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There’s a device sync cord upstairs that looks suspiciously like the camera cord I keep losing.

But I never mistake the upstairs one as being mine. It must be Kelly’s.

This one’s mine. It’s easy to identify. Mine is always the one that wanders around on my nightstand looking for other cords to mate with.

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30 January 2009 at 8:24 am

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Morning Journal

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This week’s sharp cold front is already warming back up to our usual hot Houston winter levels, permitting me to tromp shortsleeve & barefoot out to the end of the walkway to retrieve this morning’s Wall Street Journal.

Twice this month, they failed to deliver the paper. I don’t really mind – they could stop the deliveries altogether, and mainly they’d just be sparing me the recycling efforts. Yeah, I do leaf through the ones that do make it to our front yard. But even then I download and read through the electronic version.

Besides, I only have the subscription for certain 5-year data I’m collecting. When my current 6-month subscription runs out, I won’t be pushing for renewal.

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30 January 2009 at 8:21 am

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Rough Morning?

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Some days it’s just not worth rolling out of the nest, eh?

Stepping out the front door this morning to look for my morning paper (undelivered again, second time this month), I noticed a bird sitting on the grass off to the right, near the border of our yard. Even with peripheral vision through the bush, something looked odd about the way he was sitting, so I took a step forward to get a better view.

It was a hawk. Which promptly flew off when I took that step. With part of his breakfast still in his beak. Leaving behind him only what’s shown in this post’s snapshot.

Yes, I know, the hawk was only doing what he had to do to eat. So I would not wish the hawk warts. Still, my heart is with the turtledove. I know the feeling, far too well.

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28 January 2009 at 7:58 am

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Cat 101

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cat 101All feline-inclined creatures in this household take note: This is a proper manner in which a cat true to his species may sleep.

Not stretched out like someone has you on the rack. Not belly up to the sky like roadkill. Not in any of those doglike positions your fur feels like plopping down in, your legs all helter skelter, your tail flying off wherever.

This cozy curled-up pose is acceptable. Or sitting up with your paws tucked in front.

This is your final warning. Kitty demerits and other pet penalties will be meted out for further offenses.

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25 January 2009 at 5:39 pm

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Chicken Soup for the Stale

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Yes stale. When I’m feeling fine, I can stay in one corner of my room for days without so much as a blink. But catch me a cold, and I catch cabin fever faster than my nightstand can clutter itself up with my orange juice and soup bowls and all. So my bed’s stale, this room’s gone stale, and it’s all rubbing off on me.

That’s my version of a cold remedy there: Campbell’s canned cream of chicken soup with a can of whole milk; shredded cheese; two generous soup spoons of sour cream; a can of V8 juice; plenty of pepper and a dash of salt. Yum.

Settling down to let it recuperate me to freshness while I watch Lance Armstrong cycle his way down under.

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25 January 2009 at 3:29 pm

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Sick Leave

I sound like a frog. My chest feels like a bog. My head’s in a fog. And I don’t much care to even use the time off to turn that into my occasional limerick.

So just drop my sick leave bank balance down to two and a half weeks, and wake me up after this day has done its business on everyone else.

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23 January 2009 at 7:15 am

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Garage Door Fix

Now our garage door is
messed up. I am three [tired] of
being i [a] homeowner. Too
many things to fix.

text msg from Susan, 10:31am

 

I actually fixed something!! Real handymen will see this and snort at the simplicity. But my special knack is always being able to find the wrong way to install something or fix something or have any handyman business to do with something. So my normal response to the text message I received at the office this morning would have been to head to the web to find me a garage door repairman. Or maybe even to just plain get a new garage door opener – even with all my usual blundering, I’ve managed to install two during my lifetime. But back at the house, I gallantly marched out to the garage, fully expecting to screw up yet another handyman task. Instead, for the first time in my life, I managed to fix something!

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Written by macheide

22 January 2009 at 3:50 pm

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Milk Day

We’re not going to that parade. We get to recycle. We won’t sit around the emergency room all day. We get to show good will.

And do whatever we want.

Celebrate the final day of a failed government. Lament yesterday’s extinction of two bird species. Clean Gertie’s cage. Commemorate Edgar Allen’s 200th. Go out skateboarding.

Catch up on my writing, maybe stretch into another chapter or two. Clean up revisions on the metric. Read at least nine poems. Putter.

Sit outside in the sun. Walk. Sleep off this headache. Rest.

Drink milk. Drink a lot of milk. It’s a good day to drink milk.

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19 January 2009 at 8:48 am

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License to Skill

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Lost this morning’s dream on the force of last night’s closing music, Dylan channeling Marley, filling the corners of the room like Saturday morning’s first light.

I need to make some concrete progress today, make it a day to look back at like when I used to bicycle centuries without complaint. Focus on things I can get done, things I do well. Kickstart this year in a meaningful direction. A predictable direction, one might even say. It can be done, no BS.

Now that I’ve got the steam cleaner unclogged, today would be good for clogging it up again. And for vacuuming the pool, which looks like it’s been collecting enough debris to make birds’ nests for the entire neighborhood. And to clean my nightstand . . . again. And maybe give Gertie a clean cage to start her year out on the same page. All these things I can do, then still have enough time left for making more of the day, if I don’t spend all morning lounging over the Journal (from IE, no less, managing to clear out some of the hairballs accumulating in my e-mail inbox).

I’ll start reorganizing the files on Jeanette. The 20+ gig she still has open is more than adequate, of course; but it’s amazing how quickly I can fill trunks in her attic. Like, still getting used to camera settings, so feeding her a 1.7gig video from the UH bowl win (which I’ll maybe delete anyway, since it failed to capture what I had hoped to record) – no more than a dozen more of those, and Jeanette would be all bloated out. Given how I see Jeanette growing, today might be as good a time as any to open up some more reliable on-line storage than what I’ve been using.

I will write more on the book today. Materially more. Without allowing myself to get distracted too much by background research: I know I still need to find what I was looking for yesterday (I can’t possibly be the only one on the face of the planet who remembers the spark that set Black Monday off), but I can’t let that slow me down on the writing itself.

Your to do list looks like you’re likely to get more done today than I might. Want to trade?

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3 January 2009 at 7:49 am

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Decorating It All Up

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When do you put your decorations up?

christmas meme from susan

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The day after Thanksgiving. That’s one of our family traditions. With emphasis on the family, mom. It’s not about the decorations: it’s about the love shared throughout this season. Let others show us “what Thanksgiving is all about” by lining up at Walmart at 3am to stampede their separate ways fighting the crowds for those discounts they’d like Christmas to be about. We’re here spending the day with each other launching a season of spending time together.

We start putting it all back up in the closet and the garage the day after Christmas. Today we’ll be taking down the living room tree. (Tell me, if the raw commercialism of Black Friday’s stampedes for those early holiday discounts is what Thanksgiving is all about, then those malls crowded this past week with shoppers doing their gift exchanges to get what they really wanted, is that what Christmas is all about?)





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31 December 2008 at 1:01 am

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BP Monitor

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Since I thought I’d lost this old equipment, Santa gave me a new machine to keep track of my BP. Eh, this old one had turned into a pathological liar anyway, isn’t even worth the trouble of remembering to save in a goodwill pile.

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28 December 2008 at 12:50 pm

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Decorate How?

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dsc01620No offense, but this local job of exterior holiday decor reminded me of those science experiments of spiders on caffeine.

But at least they did make the effort. Most all the houses in this cul de sac (nudge nudge, Carol) didn’t bother this year. Even Green Tee, usually so well-known around here for lavish yard and house decorations, was mostly dark, with the brightest lights coming from the line of cars still performing the traditional drive-through tour through the mostly meager display of those who did display at least something.

We ourselves didn’t bother with the lights along our house roof. Heck, let’s just call that blue tarp our rooftop decoration for the year, let it be a landing pad for Santa perhaps. And our yard snow people finally bit the dust this year, yielding to real snowmen.

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24 December 2008 at 10:22 pm

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Cellmates

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Blue and Cuddles are napping the afternoon away on their prison bed. Else I might have to play the goalie at the door or chase them down through the rest of the house.

True, one of the principal functions on any kitten’s job description is to find the toy in anything that moves. And since every other kitten we’ve raised has been content to break a ball on the tree, I’ve always hung the most worn-out balls ready to be trashed on the low branches.

This pair must have thought they hit the kitten toy lottery when we decorated the house for Christmas this year. Let’s just say, they obviously have no intention of making Santa’s nice list. And as for that implicit agreement involving breakable decorations, I’ve warned Susan that our kittens would likely consider the ceramic nativities, the snowman and Santa collections, the trees, and just about every other holiday trapping to be fair game.

We’ve given them several chances since Thanksgiving, and they’ve never gone long before tag team wrestling the kitchen table tree, grabbing one of the snowmen hanging from the sewing machine, breaking another ball from one of the trees, or getting into other holiday mischief.

So now with just over a week to go, they’ve lost all chance at any further parole hearings. Maybe by next Christmas they’ll at least have learned to play Christmas when everyone’s asleep.

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17 December 2008 at 3:20 pm

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