Nowhere to go, nothing to do, played online, finally took a shower and came back to finish some online updates, then got dressed. By now it was 1 pm, I turned on the Brazil FIFA game, and for once the motormouths in the booth were helpful. They had some creative excuses for why the refs were not handing out yellow cards for blatant fouls. Colombia was by far the more aggressive team, but Brazil played very good defense. Very few of Colombia's shots reached the goalie, most were blocked well before they got that far, something the USA team needs to learn how to do. Too late now. Far too many penalty kicks, the refs too way too long setting them up. Both teams have the acting down pat - as soon as you kick or push a guy, spread your arms way out in a "I didn't touch him" motion. If you are touched, however slightly, fall down, roll around, and if you can, writhe in pain. The announcers were saying that the refs were handing out fewer fouls in hopes the players would stay on their feet longer. The fact that I watched the whole thing is a testimony to how bored I was. Odd, because this is one holiday I am usually into. For the first time in years I was not playing in a band or at a celebration.
Late lunch around 2, then after the game got too bored to stay home, remembered the car was almost out of gas and the new iPod needed a checkout in the car. So I drove out for gas, the iPod worked great, better sound than the Classic, it'll be a while before I find out if it manages to refrain from rebooting. Got gas, then went to Starbucks and was rewarded right away with the sight of a strikingly gorgeous woman. Not much eye candy after that, though, mostly under-aged kids and policemen. I finished reading Wakullah Springs and started in on Equiod, but the headache I left home with refused to succumb to an iced mocha, and I left with a 1/4-full container.
Home, took 2 Anacin® and a 45-minute nap. Facebooked, did a load of laundry, had some crackers and cheese. Domino spent a lot of chair arm time. Took out the laptop from the car, updated its virus definitions and did scans with Norton and Spybot. Those go pretty fast, it has an SSD drive.
Dinner was way late, frozen pot roast dinner, ice cream. I put it off for an hour because there were professional grade fireworks going off, visible from my porch. They started at about 8:30, which is way early, and after half an hour seemed to be done, so I started dinner and sat down to playback Midsommer Murders on Tivo (playing the first half as it recorded the decond). But only a few minutes in, I heard fireworks again. They were being shot off in groups of about 10 minutes on, with 10-15 minutes off. Very strange, unless maybe those were at Shoreline Amphitheater, where the symphony coordinates their music with the fireworks, and sometimes they do a number, then a narrator blabs for a while, and lather, rinse, repeat. Time to look at a map and see where those came from. From my porch it was at 222° and there was 2-3 seconds from flash to boom so 2-3 miles away.
Looking at the map, that would have been Shoreline. Hmmm.
Anyhow, they kept shooting stuff off well past 10:30 pm, but I'd seen enough, and went back to the TV. Once again disappointing on so many levels, it's coming off of my auto-record list.
There are at least two other fireworks displays close enough to hear. Great America is about the same distance from here as Shoreline, in the opposite direction, and there are random firecrackers going off in the neighborhood of the Hindu temple. There's probably something in Fremont or Milpitas we can hear too.
Domino didn't seem scared but she did hop on the bed in the very dark bedroom while I had the door open (screen door closed).
Plans for tomorrow:
Maybe see a movie. Ida looks promising except it's another Nazi-themed one. There's something called Earth to Echo which would be great if it didn't sound exactly like ET The Extra Testicle.
Coffee with Janice at 4