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9/17/2019 · 2:03 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
sometimes waiting and watching is all you can do. The weather has been oscillating quite a bit this... | Read More

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Summertime’s Come and Gone (My Oh My!)

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:34 pm

Tomorrow is October 1st? Already, huh? Nice. My favorite month. Now’s the time to capture the last vestiges of summer before they are gone for good.

It dawned on me about a month ago, that next year marks 20 years since I graduated high school. Ouch. Instead of allowing myself to be morose about it, I’m embracing it, and have been reliving some 90s fun. For example, I re-read Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which I first read sometime mid-90s. After the first time through, it instantly become one of my all-time favorites (rivaled only by Wouk’s Don’t Stop the Carnival). I’m pleased to say nothing’s changed. Although, I suspect some of my co-workers think I’m some sort of self-affirming nervous-nelly after I put the ‘Don’t Panic’ sign on my computer. At least our IT guy got it.

Along another of my retro-90s veins is music. I sure did listen to some crap back then, but it’s my nostalgia and I’m willing to accept it for what it is. In doing so, I’m still able to find pleasure in what is otherwise mostly B-class music. In the last month plus, I’ve listened to Jane’s Addiction’s Ritual De Lo Habitual and Nothing’s Shocking, TMBG’s Flood, Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication, Violent Femmes’ Blister in the Sun, Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut, Roger Waters’ Amused to Death, and a whole slew of singles. I realize not all of that music was released in the 90s, but that’s when I heard it first, so it’s my nostalgia list. Back to the present, my job is great. I get to decorate my desk with Don’t Panic signs* and listen to music all day.

On the home front, Mike has been a superstar. Without a cape or any sort of means of defying physics, he has undergone serious dental work, only to then trouble-shoot and fix our dryer (saving us hundreds of dollars and possibly our house from burning down), and make tamales so delicious they’d make a Mexican grandma beg for more. In the meantime, the clever man has also somehow managed to teach me how to play a fluent Poor Heart and U.S. Blues. Yeah, Mike!

Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day. We will be pet-sitting. Plus, it’s Treehouse of Horror Day in The Simpsons Tapped Out. I hope Kang and Kodos make an appearance! It’s also opening night of Hockey Season! Go Hawks! On top of all this, the next new episode of Person of Interest will be on. I have no idea how I’m going to find time for all of this. I should begin by not typing so many explanation point in one paragraph.

Thus, autumn begins. Now go read this: It’s Decorative Gourd Season Motherfuckers, by Colin Nissan.

*I also recently added a picture of Milk and Cheese declaring, “The Fun Starts Here!” Because. It’s obvious. Duh.


Rewind, Unwind

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:19 pm

Time for some early September recap. Be warned this is a long post, but it’s been over a week since I’ve turned on my actual computer and used my keyboard. While I’m very much enjoying my tablet, and it has pretty much replaced my home computer, I very much miss real typing. Tablet typing blows. A lot. Moving on…

We had a marvelous Labor Day weekend with the visit of my baby brother and his family. It was the first time I got to meet all of them. We also just received the great news that he (brother) will be registering his relationship with the authorities! Kidding aside, I’m thrilled to know I’ll be getting a sister-in-law and new niece & nephew. What a delightful little group they are. Our time together was far too short.

Tomorrow President Obama will deliver a speech that is supposed to convince us to get involved in another nation’s civil war. I am weary of this topic already. There are a few highlights to this debate, however, none of which were thought of by me. For example, the Pauls (historically Ron and now Rand) don’t seem so crazy afterall, well maybe not as crazy. I hope this forces the much needed split in the GOP, which sorely needs to drop the leadership/seniority of the likes of Boehner, McCain, Graham, et al. I won’t be holding my breath. I also am a slightly amused, but possibly more bemused by the fact that Russia is looking more like a Superpower than us. As was pointed out to me, they are the nation to host the next Olympics, they are the nation that just hosted a G20, they are the nation providing asylum to an American political refugee, they have world opinion on their side to not strike Syria. Who’s the leader now? Finally, I heard someone make the point that we should have never even brought up the red line and simply, silently cyber-attacked them. Knock their power out, reek electronic havoc, generally. Israel would be blamed. Simple.

On the brighter side of this month so far, I did manage to read my first tablet ebook. My choice was Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Admittedly, I wanted to dislike this book. It starts slow, has the setting of a racist/paternalistic/puritanical future, and is in an odd, stream-of-consciousness style. It picks up about 1/2 way through, and the ending is so remarkably clever it makes up for the slow, weird start. It’s worth checking out.

The other two books I’ve read since I’ve last posted are Ruthanne Lum McCunn’s God of Luck, and Fannie Flagg’s Welcome to the World, Babygirl!. God of Luck was written in a traditional, Chinese story style, at least from what I recall from taking one ancient Chinese history class in college. Meaning it was short, prose-like, and for a sarcastic modern westerner, unbelievable. It was meh. Welcome to the World, Babygirl! was everything I expected it to be, which is unfortunate because it had potential. It could have been an inspiring tale about a young woman who makes it in a ‘man’s’ world in 1970s America. However, it adds a tortured genealogical plot line that kills the inspiration and made it eye-rolling worthy. So another meh.

I really want to go on about a lot of random things, but I’ll save those for later. It’ll keep you guys coming back ;)

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