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October 14th, 2018

Carrie Oakie

1 am, so brevity is the soul of getting to sleep.

Finished Alan Dean Foster's Relic Friday at work and started some almost-free and not quite worth it trashy sci-fi.

Up at 7:30 this morning, but had things to do on the tablet so out of bed at 10. Two sourdough pancakes defrosted/reheated for a late breakfast. Not as good as fresh.

Noon, headed for Los Gatos, put the pixel phone in the new dashboard stand and tried to stream via the Twitch app, but it couldn't get a connection. Traffic was fine until the last 5 miles, and Los Gatos is a mess for parking - nothing near the venue with more than 2-hour limits, and permit-only parking for the next 3 blocks. 4 blocks out there was plenty of parking on the streets.

Found the UW alumni right away, they were set up on two long tables facing the bar, two TVs with the game on. Drinks and appetizers courtesy of the alumni assn., and the waitresses were both attractive and efficient. The crowd was a mix of real alumni, Seattle transplants and spouses. The game wasn't very good, and my table became a nursery - who brings an infant into a bar? Seriously. I left at halftime, score tied a 17, Oregon playing much better than WA. Got some swag. 

Walked back to the car, on the way checked the menu for a restaurant cleverly named Coup de Thai. Very American. Items like Pad C U, Pad Grr Pow and Red Neck Panang. Well past lunchtime, there was a waiting list.

Set up the phone to stream to Twitch again, this time it worked. But having the display in my face was distracting, and after about 18 minutes it stopped. The phone shut itself off, and in the stand it was not possible to try to get it back on.

Home, plugged in the phone thinking it had run out of battery, but no, it had an 87% charge, and an error message that it was shut off because it got too hot. In the sun on the dashboard, sure but it was only 80° out and the air conditioner was on. The dash cam never overheated and it was right on the windshield. So I have been looking for a dash cam without a display, rated for 150F which can live stream. I may have found one I can afford, waiting for answers on Amazon's Q&A page.

Plugged in the car - it has been on petrol all the way home - watched the final 3 regulation minutes of the Husky game and saw the coach blow the chance for a TD or a closer shot at a field goal, and of course the first FG was good but the bastard SOB of an Oregon coach had called a time-out, and the second FG failed. I did not watch further, but heard on the news that Oregon won. That will knock UW out of the top 10 and probably out of the Pac 12 championship.

Watched the stream video, and was not pleased with the quality.

6:30 headed to Campbell for Karaoke. Had I stayed for the whole UW game, Campbell is halfway from home to Los Gatos, so I would have gone straight there. Got there a little early, and they were having problems setting up the machines, mikes and TVs in the room - we didn't get to use the chapel, which is pre-wired. So I got on stage and they played almost 20 minutes of my set list which I sang as they checked the systems.

Sat next to a very sexy young woman, who works at Google. Did the obligatory online name search and her last name may be Thai. But she has no online presence since 2012, when she was a student at MIT. Hmmm. I'll have to look her up at Google.

The audience loved my singing, especially Dylan's Make You Fell My Love, Paul Anka's My Way and then the MC threw in Sal T'lai Ka Siti for my finale which got a lot of chuckles as people decoded my African accent.

One of the regulars wanted me to do a duet with another of the regulars whom I had sung with before, but we ran out of time. The other singer has an insanely beautiful coloratura voice, and knows how to use it. She nailed Evergreen, a song I love but cannot stand the Streisand nose flute version.

Home, this time the stream stayed up the whole way, but it broke my in-car nav system. The map stayed frozen on the screen, and it would not go to the home screen. I was able to change radio stations and volume, though.

Dinner was clam chowder from a can from Grocery Outlet, an off-brand. Same brand as the crab bisque. It sucked too. Had a pickle to fight the hunger.

The bed needs to be made. That means a fight with Spot.

Plans for later today:
Goodwill ???
Movie - Smallfoot (?)
Watch football ?
Change the litterboxes & take out the garbage

Box cutting day

Was up way late (like 3 am-ish) after Karaoke (ended at 11) then dinner, then Tivo and also checking out some more features of the Roku TV.  And making sure over the air I got the Comet channel. And making my bed - had to toss Spot out of the bedroom, he kept diving under the sheets as I was trying to snap them in place.

Spot kept licking my hand and arm, I have no idea where he got this behavior from. It makes falling asleep a challenge.

The alarm was not set, I woke up around 10, I think. Massive headache, Tylenol, back to bed. Wiped the bad sci-fi book from the tablet and opened up Amy Tan's latest. The difference in writing quality is phenomenal. And it's an autobiography of sorts, as much about her parents as about her.

I kind of cyber stalked the sexy woman I met at Karaoke, and discovered she is a math phenom, At 17 won a medal at the international Girl's math competition held in China every year -she represented her hometown near LA. And she placed in the finals of a poker tournament not long ago. I'll have to look her up at work tomorrow. And then I'm done. It just piqued my curiosity that she has posted nothing online since 2012 when she was a freshperson at MIT, writing for the campus newspaper. And her surname appears to be a fabrication.
Hgl was 80, ate two Klondikes.

Watched some football - Seahawks won handily over Oakland in Wembly Stadium.

Late lunch was some breaded fish fillets, home made tartar sauce, corn on the cob and one mochi.

Sat out on the porch and watched the hummingbirds not come to the feeders - they zoomed around chasing each other instead.

Delivered was the Netgear internet bridge, which I powered up and connected to the wi-fi network. Moved it to the bedroom, and it is ready to be the ethernet connection for the mini Tivo next week some time. Also in the box was a set of 4 or 5 1-foot extension cords. Used one for the bridge, which is a plug-in unit.

Also delivered was a quiet tower fan for work. The little USB fan I have is way too noisy. The tower is similar to the one in my home office.

Sometime in the late afternoon it occurred to me I was out of lunches and fruit for lunch next week, so off to the big Safeway and spent $106. Part of the splurge was a half gallon of light egg nog. They had about a dozen kinds, compared to none last year at this time. Southern Comfort, Almond, pumpkin spice (yuk!), Darigold, etc. They had grab and go salads which looked better than Google's, so I got two chef's salads which should cover Mon-Tue.

Home, across the street neighbor Lou was in his chair in the street by his driveway. His new PT Anita had taken out the garbage bins, so I went over to chat. Lou said he broke his pelvis, but it's inoperable so PT and time will have to take care of it. Apparently he fell on his wife, who wasn't hurt.

Played with Spot with the feather on a stick toy. He loves when I whip it back and forth quickly over his head. He jumps for it. But not for long, and he'd rather annoy Spook. Delivered in email was a reminder that Spook is due for her annual vet visit. I went online and asked for something next Saturday, but they are probably booked, so I may need to take time off from work. I also need to bleed for Kaiser (A1C test).

Took out the garbage. There was a big pile of boxes to flatten, including the one for the TV. Took 20 minutes, and had to evict Spot from one of the boxes.

Watched another Graham Norton - Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeff Goldblum, some old rock star who wrote a book and Mr. Bean, who has a new non-Mr. Bean movie out. Roland Atkinson. I am not a fan.

Not as good as the previous episode with Jodi Whitaker, Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling and that guy who co-starred in/directed A Star Is Born

Watched football - KC at NE. As if it was scripted, KC tied it up at the last minute, then gave it away in the last 3 seconds.

Dinner was chopped liver and onions on rye. Bryer's chocolate chunk ice cream.

Created an FB page for Spot (Spot Silverheels) so Spook (Spook Calico) would have a friend. Been using Spook's as my page. It is working well. Not a lot of vitriol, though there is one person I need to un-follow. Done.

Plans for tomorrow:
Phone interview 3:30
Nail place - see if they can fix the chipped nail.

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