Since sunday's can be a day to think about stuff, so i thought i would post a couple different things to read on subjects I have been thinking and struggling with a lot.
An essay, well, really a commencement address by David Foster Wallace. I had never heard of him before and since I read this I have run across him a couple times just the last couple weeks.
And an excerpt from Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.
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I've been listening to the audio version. The language in the book is truly beautiful. I highly recommend it. Especially, I realize now, if you read it as a teenager. I suspect it is one of those books that you pick up very different things from depending on how old you are.
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It's been an, "I need more chocolate" kind of weekend. But we did go to sky nursery just to go look at plants.
Spent yesterday cleaning the deck and getting the tables and chairs and barbecues covered or put away for winter. Lots of stuff to do, not much motivation to do any of it.
Today I left the floor cleaning robot going while we were out of the house. A sensor must have failed since it took the plunge off the stair landing. It appears to be alright, but I don't know what went wrong in the first place. I suppose a cat may have pushed it. They're like that.
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Read Calvin and Hobbes comic here: http://www.gocomics.com/
We have had a series of thunderstorms rolling through the area bringing clouds and spotty rain. During one of them on Friday our internet went out and never came back. Frontier (our provider) will be out this coming Thursday to see what is up.
We are not amused. A fucking week to check a service outage? Really?
I also got to send a certified letter to the IRS this morning. I got a letter from them saying I had underpaid my taxes to the tune of almost $4000 dollars. Ya, that didn't happen. Since Ron and I are registered domestic partners, we have to file jointly as singles. (Don't think about that too hard, it will make your head hurt.) When we combing our income and divide it, the amount I claim for income is way more than the deductions on my W2. We sent a nice but tersely worded note along with a copy of our worksheet telling them they should look at that again taking Ron's return into account. You notice they didn't send a letter saying Ron had overpaid. Just a coincidence I am sure.
With summer finally, or at least mostly, here we are getting the deck set up. The storms put a stop to my water proofing of the deck, but I will be able to finish that this afternoon. We are also really looking to a visit from theoctothorpe in a couple weeks. He has been away too long.
We are going down to the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland with him, so that should be a lot of fun. I know he and Ron are going to the Boeing factory one day when I am at work, and we are driving up to Port Townsend for my Birthday. The next weekend we are driving up to Levenworth and Lake Wenatchee for a day trip which should be a great deal of fun. Did I mention how much we are looking forward to his visit? A lot.
Nothing much else is happening. We are on budget lockdown and winter is coming so we aren't doing much else. We had wanted to find a way to see kung_fu_monkey and dr_tectonic this summer, but there was no budget for that.
I need to post pictures of my garden. It is doing pretty well despite the wet June. Everything is really far behind though. I'm not sure the squash will have time to squash unless we get a really nice September. (We usually do, but it has been unpredictable the last couple years.)
Thats it for now.
It's going to be one of those days that remind us why we live in Seattle. Bright and sunny enough to see all the colors and the perfect blue sky and the mountains in the distance, but not so sunny that it is oppressively hot.
It was cool and foggy on the way in on the ferry, and as I drive to work the mist lifted in a perfect day.
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Thus, I knew that Brian, Kent, and Michael ( bjarvis, kent4str, cuyahogarvr) were going to be dropping in on their way back from Vancouver, BC on the 3rd. I did not know it was going to be Tuesday. So I was quite surprised when I got a text from Ron saying they were 15 minutes away.
I was at work, so it would be a few hours till I got home. Ron kept them entertained, then I arrived home and collected hugs. They are looking great. Kent has a cute haircut that makes him look like a greying Dr. Quest. (Mmmmmm. Dr. Quest.)
The five of us (plus theoctothorpe who was in my pocket providing commentary) went to Cactus in Kirkland for dinner. They have really good food and really good drinks, a gluten free menu, and choices for vegetarians. We read on the menu last time we were there that the chips are fried in the same oil as gluten containing items, so I stayed out of them. Sure enough, I didn't get sick this time. This did mean no convenient guacamole transport devices for me though.
After a huge dinner at which everyone ate far too much, there may have been Gelato. (Which I also didn't have...I will be nice and not name names of the people who did....)
It was very nice to see they guys. They need to move out here. We have a lot of rain, but we don't have high humidity or a need for air conditioners, or hurricanes, or insane amounts of bugs, and most people drive like there are other people on the road here. It seems like an obvious choice to me.
And apparently it just released for android as well.
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