WEEK 13 2014
Mon- Tue- Wed-
Picture of the Week
17 March 2002
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Saturday - Another nice day, running about doing various chores.
friends are up in Lemoore for a birthday, and asked me to check in on
their son. He was busy, doing judging at a science fair at the college,
so we never got together for that hot pastrami sandwich :-(
than that, not much going on. Tomorrow AH's boys are coming by to do
yard work, so I spent my time today cleaning up a bit in the garage.
It's kind of a disaster, because there isn't enough storage space,
unless one is as organized as my friends Dave and Tim. I'm just not in
that league. I need to get rid of the extra wooden table, that I never
use, and maybe turn it into shelves.
one has found Malaysian Air MH370, or even debris yet. People are
becoming convinced that it flew due south, into the Great Souther
Ocean, thousands of miles from anywhere and crashed. There are a few
ships on site fishing for wreckage, but this is some of the roughest
and most remote water on the planet, it's slow going - and it's been
weeks now since the aircraft's disappearance.
Book #17 was The Sword of Bheleu (Lords of Dus #3),
by Lawrence Watt-Evans. Garths travails continue. The Forgotten
(Yellow) King asked him to bring whatever he found on the altars of the
seven gods in Dusarra. Garth pretty much destroyed the city to get the
objects - a sword, a girl sacrifice, some dust. The sword turns out to
be inhabited by the God of Destruction, Bheleu, and the god takes
control of Garth and commits various attacks against one and sundry.
What Garth didn't bring back to the Yellow King was the Book of Silence, which is what the King really wanted.
- We had a nice little storm blow through earlier in the week, rain and
wind and cold temperatures, but that seems to be fading away. We still
have haze and high clouds, but the sun is peeking through again.
Poor Suzy - this morning Hell itself opened and Beelzebub strode forth. IOW: it was time for Ed to vacuum.
- Riley was "Like, Whatever, I'm napping" the whole time.
- Jimmy came out cautiously a few minutes after I stopped.
- Three hours later I was able to lure Suzy out from under the bed with a bowl of food.
Book #15 would be The Lure of the Basilisk (Lords of Dus #1),
by Lawrence Watt-Evans. This is fairly light fantasy fair, though a bit
dark and gloomy. Garth, a mutant "overman" from the arctic wastes wants his
name to live on after him. So he consults some oracles, who send him to
visit the Forgotten King in a small town. He is then set a task that indeed makes
him famous, but not in a way he wants...
Book #16 was (surprise) the second book in the series, The Seven Altars of Dusarra (Lords of Dus #2).
Garth continues on running errands for the Yellow King, rather against
his will, beginning to suspect that the said King has some
dark motives of his own, but caught up in a web of circumstance. Things
proceed from bad to worse.
Thursday 27 March
- Working away on various things. Sammy and Jimmy became friends,
playing with each other. Jimmy will even go inside Sammy's little cage
to hang out. I don't have any good pictures of them playing - they are
fast and everything came out as blurs.
won't play, but she doesn't run away and will 'hang out nearby' and
occasionally touch noses. Sometimes she stalks a nervous dog...
Sammy and Suzy. The dog snuck up on the furniture when I was out of the room.All good things must end. In the evening R&C and they kids picked her up - she was very
happy to see them. They all had a good time at Disneyland - the parents
looked exhausted, the kids were bouncing about. Of course the parents
had just driven up the I-5 from Anaheim in rush hour traffic while the
Wednesday 26 March
Wednesday - My friend helped me drop
off and pick up my Explorer from Scott's. It was time for an oil
change, a radiator fluid change, and a tire rotation. We dropped off
Sammy at S's house, so she can 'bond' with her dogs. Heh.
We also spent a lot
of time trying to register as a company with Apple. We made some
progress, to the point where Apple rejected our application with an
actual meaningful message, which was to contact them. Which we
did, and are waiting on the response.
A lot of the early problems were with the Apple / Dun & Bradstreet connection, D&B will give a company a business ID that Apple requires. What
Apple doesn't tell you is that they need a bunch of other information
to be filled in a Dun & Bradstreet, most of which you've already
entered at Apple. If it isn't there - and D&B doesn't themselves require it to be, then Apple rejects your application with a terse message that doesn't actually say that.
Despite calling and talking (politely) to a representative at D&B
they didn't give us any Apple specific information, we had to find it
in sad stories told by frustrated small business people on line.
Another piece of information Apple doesn't tell you: after 3 trials you are locked out from applying. There is no message to that effect either, you have to learn it the hard way.
Anyway, things are proceeding, but a number of people on line report that it can take, literally, months.
Every time I deal with Apple I am reminded of Lily Tomlin's old skit on Laugh In, as the operator Ernestine at the phone company: "We don't care, we don't have to...we're the phone company".
Is it any wonder Android is eating their lunch?
dog and cats are getting along better. Riley has enough presence to
terrify her, and Suzy stays up and away. But Jimmy is coming around,
and thinks he may just want to play with her...
Suzy, checking things out from a safe location.
- Working away on this and that.
friend called, and asked if I can watch their dogs for a couple of days
while they go to Disneyland with their kids. I was happy to oblige, and
they dropped of Sammy and various bits of paraphernalia for dealing
with her. She's probably 15 pounds, and very sweet, and very concerned
at being abandoned in a strange place, with a strange human, and three small very strange smelling and very hissy dogs.
cats, in turn, were rather surprised and somewhat concerned. But
they've had visits from dogs before - I had Angel for a couple of weeks
- and ventured downstairs within a few hours, hissing at the poor caged
critter (caged for her protection, by the way).
Jimmy stalking a concerned Samantha inside her pen.
- Helped a friend drop off and pick up their car from the mechanic.
Other than that spent most of the day on app business stuff - getting
the DNS servers pointed correctly, getting a hosting company, trying to
get through Apple's annoying sign up procedure. We didn't succeed,
despite spending most of the day it. Well, we'll just have to proceed
forward in a few days.
- Working away on this and that.
We went to see Hair
at the LPAC. Amusing, but kind of dated, and, despite the three songs
that made it to the big time, IMO one of the lesser rock musicals
The songs don't compare to those in Tommy or Jesus Christ