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Sep. 18th, 2017 03:40 am
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Even though I'm not feeling great today, and it is hot and humid out I got started on the front porch around 1 AM. I'm probably not even halfway done with it since I had to stop and paint some stuff. I am doing it a little different this year, not that anyone will notice. At least I have started and that makes me feel better. Just trying to not push myself too hard with the way I feel since I have a show to go to tomorrow, and a LOT to get done this week.
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Bit of a belated update on the 3 new ceiling fans: they're installed! Took the 2 electricians just over an hour to do, probably would have taken me a full day, so I guess it was worth waiting and not stressing too much about it. I need to extend the light pull switches though, they're too short for me to reach comfortably. They put 1 fan blade in with the wrong colour down (out of the 15), that's going to bug me until I can switch it (if it's even possible, they click down onto a sloped post - the colour is close though). They look nice and I'm happy with my choices, yay!
Even better, I found a burner who wanted all of the old fans for an art project, so I just have to deal with recycling one box and half the styrofoam from the shipped new fans.

My new fridge got delivered this morning, also yay! Boo on that they took a chunk out of the plaster in the front stairwell. I can fix it, but will wait until the old fridge gets picked up for recycling - on Sept 23. *sigh* So much hurry up and wait with this. Luckily I have room (just) to keep the old fridge around for a bit, but the odd thing is that it has to be plugged in for them to pick it up (working).

I met a translator at wedding festivities this summer and was able to make a reading in which they were participating this week. They'd come in via commuter rail and were crashing with the organiser, so I was invited to the post event gathering so we could chat some more - that didn't quite end up happening, as it was just 5 people eating dinner - bit awkward for me to be the hanger on, but fascinating being with so many people who are passionate about literature, poetry, words in general. *happy sigh* I have a Korean poet to look up, and a morbid curiosity to read some of the war crime tribunal trial transcripts from the Hague (the organiser worked there for years). I learned a lot about Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian as 4 were working in those languages, only one in Spanish.

Also: successfully travelled to and from Ontario to do the Spartan Sprint up there with my high school friend L. Still bitter they moved it from Borden, but the course was pretty much flat. It was a lot of deep mud, some shivering and bonking on the course (one of my bar wrappers split and got ruined), and another 120 burpees (rings, monkey bars (though I did get halfway), frisbee golf (wft, I guess cause the venue had a course?) and spear toss) and a strained hamstring as I forced myself over the inverted wall. Got a boost on the wall traverse near the end, but did do the rope climb for my first Spartan bell ring - yay silks training! Registration was a complete mess, the computer system was down and it took me 2 hours to get signed in when they *finally* did it by hand. :-/ 2h 3m for 6.4km, not my best time but I jogged most of it. Visited the McMichael on my way back to the airport, and found that the rental car had a crack on the bumper when I returned it - either construction debris (oh man the construction!) or a hit and run at the McMichael. :-/ Thankfully I got the insurance, but the rental counter was a bit shady with how they explained and resolved things. I'm waiting on a call from a manager. :-(

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Sep. 12th, 2017 02:25 am
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Skull Ghost done. One down 2 to go. Not sure where I am putting them yet, maybe near the graveyard, maybe elsewhere.

Memoir of September 11, 2001

Sep. 11th, 2017 04:07 pm
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I was running late for work that day. The weather was beautiful. The skies were a clear deep blue, virtually cloudless. The air was warm with a hint of impending autumn. It was an almost perfect day. My normal commute usually got me to the World Trade Center at around 8:45 but I missed the 8:00 train to Hoboken. Almost missed the 8:20. I ran for the train, got in, sat down and started reading a book, ignoring the world around me.

Around 8:50 as we arrived in Hoboken, there was a stir on the train. Something about a fire in the World Trade Center. I closed my book and looked toward the city, but the towers had already disappeared behind the train station building. As I left the train, an announcement came over the PA in the station: The PATH trains into the World Trade Center were not running. There were no other details.

The thought going through my head was, "Damn, now I'm going to be really late."

Luckily, the PATH train to 33rd Street was still running. So I boarded with the idea that I would go up to Christopher St. and take a downtown subway to work. On the train someone mentioned that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I Read more... )


I wrote this to remember what happened that day without the hype, the drama, and the politics. I wrote it for me, so I didn't have to carry the memories around in my head. Not that I can ever forget, nor do I want to, but I made the decision during the year afterwards to get all my memories down, while they were stll crystal clear.

Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I wasn't running late. I'm pretty sure I would have been walking out of the World Trade Center at the very same time the first plane hit. I think about how lucky I was. I'm no hero, All I did was witness what happened and feel lost. I never got closer than 3/4 of a mile to the World Trade Center.

I also think about all the people who died. My wish for the world is that we learn to make peace and we learn to live together. The world is a very small place and there's no room for hate. We need to learn from the tragedy of September 11th or we are doomed. Say "I love you" to someone special every day. You may never get a second chance.

(I removed the rest of the epilogue. It was getting really long. If you want to read it. It's on the previous years' posts. I'm writing this epilogue in Charlotte NC. I've been evacuated out of my new apartment because of the huge Hurricane Irma which hit Tampa yesterday and had the potential to wipe out everything. It moved inland and the worst of the storm missed the Tampa area. Other folks weren't so lucky. The news is just starting to come in and it's looking like some areas were completely devastated. I'm finding it hard to concentrate and I may update more later.)

More changes, more travel, more dancing.
In the past year, I've moved out of Oldsmar to a really nice apartment in the Westchase area of Tampa (about three miles away from where I lived.) I've been promoted to a new position on a new team at my job, I am now a Process Designer. I visited the September 11th Museum in New York. It was hard. I thought it was well done and appropriate. Sometimes I miss working in New York. My relationship has moved into its second year and things keep getting better and better. I am very, very lucky to have met someone who understands me so well.

August books and movies

Sep. 7th, 2017 07:50 am
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Oof, I am so late on this, including one book finished in Sept:


41. Memories of Ice, Steven Erikson. Read more... )

42. Early Review: Ride: Kit Meets Covington, Bobbi J. G. Weiss. Read more... )

43. Book Club: Black Monday Murders vol. 1, Jonathan Hickman, Tomm Coker. .Read more... )

44. Bedlam Stacks, Natasha Pulley. Read more... )

45. Book Club: Kill or Be Killed, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser. Read more... )

46. Silent, David Mellon. Read more... )

47. Early Review: Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table, Langdon Cook. Read more... )


Into the Woods. Read more... )

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