Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
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Blood Audio

Got Greg Bear's Blood Music audio book on CD from the library, and have been listening to it in the car. This is the first audio book I have listened to, on the theory I prefer to provide my own voices inside my head. The reader is very good, and I'm enjoying the experience a lot more than I expected to.

Filled out a filing extension request form for the trust's taxes. I keep getting last-minute updates from the brokerages. Hard to hit a moving target.

Watched some Japan coverage, and am appalled at the sensationalism**. Ditto the Santa Cruz Harbor coverage.  To me, it looked like most of the damage was preventable. And I wonder, with 10 hours' warning, would it not have been better to take as many vessels out to open ocean as possible?

**Yes, it is a heartbreaking loss of life and property. But we are mostly shown the same worst-case images over and over again, and every "news" channel was trying its best to predict massive nuclear explosions from the two damaged plants. NBC was pushing for a "China Syndrome" scenario, which is ridiculous, and totally nonsensical.

Aquarium day. Pet Club to replace the filter for the 10-gal tank, and buy an over-priced bouquet of plastic plants to give the young anacari a place to hide. Then to Seascapes, where it is always a challenge to get help, but the petite blonde knows her stuff, and was able to find me a decent sized female betta and some live plants. While she was in the back bagging my fish, the two useless staff at the counter were deciding how much betta conditioner to buy. I told them I thought it sad that they make betta conditioner, but not betta shampoo. They laughed. 

Spent a lot of time snuggling with the cats. Pumpkin is finding new and more imaginative ways of wedging his 20# bulk between my arm and the recliner's arm.

Hardly ate anything today.

Plans for tomorrow:
True Grit  matinée at the local cinema
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