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As Expected

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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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