November 18th, 2018


Short because it's tired and I'm getting late

Checked in on Spot, he is getting too fat. Not enough exercise. He's not happy being shut in alone, but that's the way it goes. When I opened the door, Spook was there. She ran away.

She continues to use the litterbox now that it's in the livingroom. She also is back to sitting on the floor in front of me when I watch TV.

Went to the MV 99Ranch and bought all the things. They had lamyay and ngaw and frozen ha gow. I had them steam a small Maine lobster for me, while that was being cooked I bought half a roast duck and a half pound of honey BQ pork. Looked for cans of Thai tea but did not find any. Bought three sesame balls (aka fat bombs).

Home, lobster for lunch. Spook stared at me, so I gave her a small piece. She won't take it out of my hand but as soon as I put it on the floor she vacuums it up.

Logged onto eBay and put my Huawei Honor 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 phones up for sale. They've been on my desk for 6 months.

5:30, drove to the Sunnyvale theater, Janice showed up at 6, we walked to the Bon Chon Korean place and had their excellent fried chicken. 15 minute wait for a table.

Back to the theater, they wouldn't let us wait in the lobby before 7:30. No reason for that. Especially with the smoke and the cold.

Their production of Cabaret was whacked. They cast a woman as the MC but kept the lyrics the same (the lyrics make the MC very male, very hetero). They cut one number and added one from the movie. Instead of the band being on stage and mostly women plus men in drag, they were behind a screen, so the "even the orchestra is beautiful" line made no sense. They replaced the on stage band with a troop of dancers who can't sing. As usual, the set was static, minimum bits of furniture were taken on and off. The telephone scene was done with a single table, and two callers sitting on the steps.

The choreography was horrible. Sally's voice was so bad I thought her mic was malfunctioning, but it was her. Her Schultz sang in a forced operatic voice - beautiful voice but not for a musicals character part. Fraulein Schneider, who is IRL an old friend from theater and sci-fi fandom, knocked it out of the park.

The second act was all scare tactics. The production was all about making Hitler's rise look like Trump's. The MC even read a message to that effect after the curtain call. I did not appreciate the misplaced fear tactics. The director added a lot of angst which was not in the script. 

Janice left at intermission. I wanted to, but needed to talk to three friends in the cast after the show who had done well.

Home, finished the chicken wings I hadn't eaten at the restaurant. Polished off about half a pound of lamyay.

Watched a short teaser from the Oak Island series, where they are told their 2 rubies are garnet and glass. But old garnet and glass.

Plans for tomorrow:
Drop off #73's package
Watch football
Take out the garbage


This One's going to be short

Did not set an alarm, woke up at 9. Checked in on Spot after I was up and dressed, installed an air quality app and saw that going outside was not something to do much of today. 160 AQI.

Someone from Azerbaijan bid on a phone I was selling on eBay. I don't sell outside of the USA (it says so on the auction info) so I nuked his bid.

Watched some football. Snacked on BBQ pork and followed some storm chasers coming back from their Indiana convention.

Tivo catching up included Mysteries at the Museum and Graham Norton, two episodes each, and almost real-time Raiders game (they won, for a change) and Bears game (they won as usual).

Got outside twice - once to take out the garbage and chat with neighbors and once to deliver that package which OnTrac has failed for more than a month to pick up and bring to the right address. I bet now she has two of whatever.

Delivered was a motion sensor for one which I thought was defective, but it seems the hub's automation is what's wrong.

Dinner was also snack-ish. Chopped liver and onions followed by a few pieces of BBQ pork, and lamyay. Snacked on Ngaw as I watched the second football game.

Now I'm streaming & chatting.

Plans for tomorrow:
BASFA??? Nails appointment is Tuesday this week