June 18th, 2016



Today was a to-done day. Dropped off the package at the PO, deposited a check at the ATM (I don't like the idea of using an app to do that - IK want the paper check at the bank, not in my shredder), bought a new flagpole holder and the right screws for it. It was very humid, and warm, and rained a tiny bit.

After staring at all the alternative sites on the front of the house it is clear the place the flag pole had been is the only intelligent place for it to be. All the other spots had too little clearance, would get caught on something, or would flap across an entryway.

So I drilled new holes about 1/2 higher than the previous holder, and mounted the thing, then put the flagpole with flag in it. While I was at it, I loosened the gadget which keeps the flag from wrapping around the pole so it swings freely.

Fired up the Amazon Fire to watch a couple of episodes of Genealogy Roadshow, and while I was watching, there was a pounding on the front door (3 feet behind me), so I opened the door to find an Amazon delivery guy trying to hide a small package under the welcome mat. I was so busy yelling at him that people wipe their feet on that! And don't touch people's stuff! that I forgot to yell at him for not pushing the doorbell. He was apologetic, tried to blame my next door neighbor (she thinks packages will be stolen) so I yelled at him for that too. This is two days after I wrote to Amazon and they assured me they would pass my complaint to the local delivery service.

It was a very inexpensive 64GB MP3 player, similar to a 32GB one I have been using in the car, but that one can't hold all my music. I'm using something called Media Monkey to organize the files and index them onto the player, but there are scores of duplicates, I am tempted to create a new music folder and spend a week or three re-ripping my CDs.

Copied two DVDs for Janice, and printed "labels" onto the printable disks. The Canon DVD printer is a lot easier to use than the Epson. And the software is much faster.

Palo Alto Players advertised a $10 discount for a handful of performances, tonight was one of them. I have worked with two of the six people in the cast, so I went online to order a ticket. I get to the checkout, and the discount code did not work. One of the cast also had a $5 discount code, but that didn't work either. I couldn't see spending $44 for a small cast non-musical.

So I went to the movies instead, and saw the latest X-Men.

Not very well written. I counted two laughs in the whole show. Way too much violence, held on-screen way too long. 144 minutes, could easily have been 120. The idiots next to me brought their grade school daughters. PG-13. There was only one F-bomb, so I guess it was okay. But for the price of two child tickets they could have paid for a babysitter.

Jennifer Lawrence was mostly in human form, and when she morphed into blue it was mostly CGI. James McAvoy as Xavier did nothing for me. He had all the gravitas of a Wesley Crusher. Totally loved Sophie Turner's looks, but we don't get to see her actually act until the end. Rochelle Okoye is also seriously cute, and she gets to do some actual acting all the way through. Stan Lee's cameo is not a solo this time, and there is about 3 seconds of acting in there. Who knew? The Easter egg arrived after 15,000 names scrolled by (they told us that number in a tag), and it was humorless, had none of the celebs, and did not do its job of selling the sequel.

Plans for tomorrow:
As usual, water all the indoor plants
Ice Cream social at the community center
Howard Street

The ice cream social had ice cream and I was social

Got out of bed at about 9, after at least three hours of the next door neighbor's dog barking. The bark is a staccato sound which sounds a lot like a cough. This is the first time it has been loud enough and constant enough to be annoying. I'll let Lee know next time I see her. She always apologizes for the dog barking, but usually I don't hear it enough to complain. Maybe I should call Caesar, the dog whisperer.

Spook was finding more than the usual entertainment out the bedroom windows, as well. Maybe the dog got loose.

Took meds, checked LinkedIn, watered all the plants.

This morning when I went outside to watch the hummers, I saw this:

The branch missed the house. That's my across the street Hindu neighbors, who have refused to allow the park to cut down the tree, and complain bitterly whenever preventive maintenance is performed. I hate that tree because it rains leaves all over the neighborhood and I can't keep up with the mess it makes on my carport. I love that tree because it's where the hummingbirds park when they divebomb my feeders, and maybe nest.

The park has a contract with a great professional outfit, and as I was about to sit down to lunch (beef pot pie), I heard them pull up in their chipper rig. They did a fine job of removing the branch with no damage to anyone or anything nearby, and then made the break into a clean cut.



Lunch done, there was some time for a little bit of Genealogy Roadshow on the Amazon Fire, and then a walk to the community center for an ice cream social.

Good quality vanilla ice cream, and a table of toppings. Only about a dozen people attended, I sat with a lone Chinese woman who appears to be single, and we had a nice chat, and then we were joined by friends of hers, and one of the long-time neighbors (1997 - he didn't look old enough to have been 55 then), and then a couple of other Bingo players hung around for a bit on their way to travel to help some family member who broke his hip. Not the usual senior thing - this is a man their son's age who cracked it in an accident.

The conversation reminded me that my Python class is the same time as bingo. :-(

Walked home after 45 minutes, did a bunch of homework. At this point the exercises are not very practical, they are the kind of homework assignments I rebelled against in high school algebra which tested how well you could manipulate numbers without making any connection to how or when you might actually use them. Geometry I loved because it was obvious what the real life applications would be.

All was not a waste, there was one "aha!" moment which the teacher had failed to explain correctly. Collapse )
I did 9 of the 10 "exercises" (#9 was a waste of time) and then saw there were four more pages of homework. It appears that he punted the in-class lab time because we ran late, and mad those additional homework. Boo. Hiss. I'm sure we won't have time next week to go over all this. Not even close.

Took the car downtown, made a neutral portal green, and decided to be an automaton for 15 minutes and fire all my XMP at the nearest portal. Used up a lot of power cubes in the process, but did not appear to have made any dent in the portal. I'll have to look into changing to blue. Turns out they are the rebels.

Walked to Starbucks, spent a couple of hours people-watching. Very warm and breezy day, lots of short shorts and stretch pants to admire.

Stopped in at Prolific Oven for cream puffs and a Grand Marnier ball to take home.

Home, dinner was Lean Cuisine Korean beef & rice. Definitely not Korean beef, but much better quality stew meat. They got the sauce close enough. Veggie bits in the rice is also not Korean, but better.   Grand Marnier ball for dessert. Not enough booze, way more sugar than necessary. I make them with rum & Nillo wafers, walnuts and confectioner's sugar. And the size of a golfball, not a baseball.

Two more episodes of GR while I ate. Sometime soon my subscription to the Tivo Bolt will expire, I'm going to set it aside, maybe sell it on eBay, because the Amazon Fire does 4K HD without locking up my AV switch, and Comcast has no plans to give us 4K any time soon. Their new Xfinity box doesn't support it. The Bolt won't let me download content but the Roamio I have, which has a lifetime subscription, does.

Flattened and bundled all the boxes a day early. The foam in the printer box actually has a recycle symbol, so that went into the recycle bin.

Just turned on the bolt laser toy, which I had accidentally knocked off its perch this afternoon, and even though I haven't activated it in a month or more, Spook ran from wherever she was hiding halfway across the house to chase the red dot. :-)

Posted this on FB, because I bet Tony would have done so if he could. Or maybe not - his tour dates for this year (He's 72!) don't come anywhere near FL.

Plans for tomorrow:
Phone my early bird baby sister and sing "happy birthday" at her, or her answering machine. She will be 57.
Maybe more python
Meet Janice for coffee/chat/DVDs in the late afternoon
Try to ignore the basketball loss. There is no way the NBA is going to allow the local team another championship.
Take out the garbage