September 21st, 2014


Sleep deprived

Yesterday was nondescript. Work was helped enormously with a new major build for the main current product. I found a showstopper as soon as I fired it up, so now we're waiting for a second build. Lunchtime was a stop at the PO to ship an eBay sale, and while exploring a new route from, there to work, found myself near Levi's Stadium and a strip mall where I usually go for Togo's or the Greek place. Well, no more Greek place, but a new eatery called Bistro Siam. Set up with too many tables, in three columns, designed best for large groups. I had the green curry beef, which was served in slower than expected time, considering it was a lunch menu at 1:30 there were only 2 other tables still occupied and they were already eating. A scoop of not-hot rice stuck together, abysmal for a Thai place. The curry was watery, and the beef bits should have been smaller, but it tasted fine. When I was done eating they missed that fact because the staff was chatting in Thai about Americans preferring cheeseburgers and fries. As I left I said goodbye in Thai, and let them know I understood what they had been saying.

Home with a stop at F&E for ice cream & crackers. The plan was to make a meal of crackers and some expensive soft cheeses which have been in the fridge for too long.

Just before leaving work, we got the go-ahead to hook up the beta test cable modem/router. Long story short, it tool till after 2 am, with a break for dinner (reheated leftovers). Longer story, every wireless device in the house had to be rebooted, and assigned to the new network. Each webcam had to come down and be plugged into the router to do that.

Had to wake up sooner than I wanted to make it to a photo lighting workshop/model shoot at 10. Still had to choose lenses and re-pack my Penguin case, which was moved to my travel bag for vacation.

The workshop had been canceled because the model was ill, and my $$ was refunded, but then the meetup leader got another model to fill in, and comped me on the rejuvenated shoot. Good thing because the model was not very photogenic. I did learn a little bit about a couple of special lighting techniques, but we leaped from a single light to four lights with diffuser boxes with no explanation.

These photos probably won't make it online, I'm slurping them up from the camera now, will fast forward through them and deal with them later. I guess I owe the meetup one or 2 shots. Tomorrow.

Home for just enough time to pick up my ticket for House  at the Pear Avenue Theater. Very interesting concept, two 2-act plays which are performed simultaneously in different nearby theaters by the same cast. One shows the action in the house, the other in the garden. Very large cast. Three of the women are totally hot. I'll see Garden tomorrow. There was some fine acting, and some fine writing. Not as much humor as Alan Aykbourn usually supplies. Or rather, not as much clever one liners and more circumstantial humor. One of those bits involved all but one cast member carrying on a conversation in French for about 15 minutes. That's 15 minutes of my life I'll never get back. He could have achieved the same effect in much less time.

While there, I tried to connect to my webcams, and found out that while they all worked with port forwarding at home, the port forwarding did not make it onto the internet. When I got home I shot off email to the beta program head asking for clues. That's a showstopper for me. I've found a couple of other bugs in the user interface, things which are so obvious they ought to be ashamed of releasing it outside their organization.

Home, watched some of the Oregon-WSU game, opened up two boxes of crackers (one garlic & one rosemary) and pulled out the two expensive cheeses. Sat down to enjoy, but the cheeses had both gone bad. So I resorted to canned cheddar with bacon, which Domino jumped up onto my lap to get at. Also had some Kraft extra-sharp cheddar.

Skipped watching the latest Dr. Who, and instead went to the Cheetah club, to watch naked women. After four Not My Type™s, I was thinking of leaving when they announced the next one's name was Mayhem. Turns out she is the artist formerly called Rain, who is the most amazing pole aerialist. Tall, incredibly strong body, graceful and has a lot of athletic moves up there. They gave her a laundry basket to collect her tips. Next one up was back to not interesting, so I left.

Plans for tomorrow:
Hang up the basket of shirts for yesterday's laundry
Put away the whites which are in the dryer
Costco, need to reload all the soap-like objects
Pear Ave for Garden
Janice at the nearby Starbucks for chats. She thinks her computer may have a virus. I expect it is just child abuse.


Another overbooked day

Did not get started in time to have my nails done, or go to Costco. Both low priorities.

Went to see the second of the two simultaneous plays at Pear Ave, this one called Garden. I liked it far better than House from yesterday for several reasons. One is all the fun happens in the garden. Another is the most tedious character owns the house, and it's where most of the angst happens. Bottom line is it is a very well acted pair of plays which is really only one play with two sets taking place in separate theater spaces.

One huge bonus is the house manager today was the incredibly cute, smart and happy to see me Elizabeth who was my director's assistant the last play I directed, and she has since become quite a good actress. It's always nice when I've been chatting with the people behind me in line and the person behind the ticket desk comes around to give me a big hug. :-)

There was a short talk-back session with the cast after the show, both audiences were invited. There were some fun revelations.

Got done just in time to be just in time to meet Janice for coffee. She also had some revelations. Like a hook-up with someone From Her Past, who turns out to be a shit. He is in the off-again period of a 22-year on-again, off again relationship, and in the middle of their date he wanted to phone a woman back east who is also on his hook, or will be when he sweet talks her into coming back west. She found him, of course, on an internet dating site.

Home, took a quick pass by Costco but they close at 6 on weekends. WTF?

The roses are out in force. Three pink & whites, about 6 yellow blooms on the short bush which is partly hidden in catmints. One of the red ones is still out there. The tall yellow one which has been budding all week looks like it will bloom tomorrow. Have to Facebook photo because big sister requested that yellow one, I think in memory of her husband. And bet me it wouldn't give yellow flowers a second time.

This is very heartening because I put a lot of work into the roses, nearly killed them at the outset, and they are thriving because I listened to my master gardener sister and the local master gardeners.

Meanwhile, the jury is still out on the garden strip by the carport. Things are green, but not blooming and not spreading across the bark ground cover. Not putting any more effort in to that until we get some rain.

In other news, it's almost time to start paying down my Visa card. It's at 0% interest, but work is starting to not be so secure again, and I'd rather pay it out of my paycheck than selling off parts of my IRA or meager stock holdings.

The euphonium sold, to someone from CT for an obscenely low price (my starting bid price). It took half an hour to pack it back into the makeshift peanut-filled box it came in, but it won't get shipped till Tuesday. No time tomorrow. Not goin by USPS, this will probably go Fedex Ground. UPS tends to break things.

Plans for tomorrow: