Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Post 2942 - Wednesday

Mid week. Finally!

The older I get the quicker the week days go. Of course, the weekends fly by so quickly that they may as well not exist.

Let's see here. Patricia is definitely on the mend. She is breathing much better and while she slept all morning, she was up and about this afternoon and evening. We just finished watching CSI:Cyber together. She had to explain all the scary high tech stuff to me. I'm glad she's around.

I sent my latest column to Frank magazine about 90 minutes ago. Main story is about the latest dismissal in Halifax radio this week. I don't have inside knowledge or anything, but I am confident that this termination will not be the last one  you will see over the next little while. And you will see more layoffs/dismissals/firings once the ratings book actually comes out around the end of May.

It's a little bit funny. When someone gets let go in Halifax radio, people write that person on Facebook for details. If none is forthcoming, they oftentimes write me. It's sweet that they think I know things, but I don't always, folks. But I appreciate the kind thoughts.

I always mention this in my column, but I don't think I have mentioned it here. If you have any radio-related news for me, the best way to get it to me is via my Frank Magazine email address. The second best way is to message me via Facebook. My Frank email contact is right here. Feel free to say hi.

Been up late the last couple of evenings. I think I will turn in early.

Have a good night, my friends. See you tomorrow.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Post 2941 - Tuesday

Before you ask, yes, I do know about the big dismissal at C100. I found out about it Monday night, and a good half dozen people have asked me about it today. See my next column in Frank for the details I have been able to glean. I have spent several hours this evening working on and revising the column, and there likely will be changes to come. This is a fluid story.

Patricia saw the doctor again today. My gosh, was this the third visit in as many weeks? At least that. She has been signed off work for the rest of this week. She finally seems to be on the mend, but tires easily. She should be back at 'er by Monday. This time for sure.

She told me this evening that Newbie really seems to like having her around during the day. I think he must be lonely when we are gone for the day. Maybe it is time to start thinking about getting another cat. Cindy has been gone since September and Patricia misses the company that a cat can provide. If you know of a friendly, loving cat, let us know.

I guess that is it for this evening. You guys have a good night and I will talk to you tomorrow.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Post 2940 - Monday


Past ten o'clock. I will turn in shortly.

The good news is that Patricia returned to work this morning, after nearly 3 weeks away from it. The bad news is that I ended up taking her home at noon time as she was in such a bad way all morning.  She kept having to put her head down. Her boss told her to go home. Finally, she agreed. She's not sure if she will go to work tomorrow. I know she will keep her doctor's appointment. Another 3 minutes of checking her out by her physician. Sure to help. Not.

Monday's are a good tv night in the Bevboy household. We watched "Castle", which had a different take on the mystery of the week thing. This week, Richard Castle and his daughter on a transatlantic flight when there is a murder, and together they have to figure out who did it.

And "Gotham" was entertaining as always. People are hard on the show because it can't make up its mind whether it is a superhero-based show, or a procedural. I think it is the latter, although the fantastical characters that are appearing almost have a scientific rationale for their existence. I have found the show gripping all season, and I look forward to the finale next week.

I think I will wrap up my evening by trying to install sonarr.

See you tomorrow.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Post 2939 - Sunday

Welcome to Sunday evening.

Will be turning in shortly.

I'm streaming a Billie Holiday song to my bluetooth-enabled sound bar. Benny Goodman is next.

Another weekend is over. I keep wondering where they go so quickly. It seems like 5 minutes ago I got  home from work on Friday and saw how Patricia was doing. The next thing I knew, I was sitting down to write this blog post.

I did most of the dishes today, and washed and dried a bunch of towels. With the dryer still not working, we have to rely on good weather and a stiff breeze to dry things on the clothes line. We had both today. Lucky.

Patricia plans to return to work in the morning. She is still coughing a lot, but maybe if they see her at work they will realize just how sick she was the last few weeks. I half expect to drive her home at lunch time. I have urged her to keep her doctor's appointment on Tuesday. I think she will. She should.

How was your weekend, anyway? I am always telling you about mine, but never asking about yours? What did you do? Where did you go? How much money did you spend whilst doing so?

I guess I will turn in. Long day tomorrow.

See you then.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Post 2938 - Saturday


It is nearly 11:30. We just finished watching this week's "Orphan Black", followed by the "After the Black" discussion show on the Space channel.

Been another day of not that much being done. I washed the dishes this afternoon and washed some towels. The dryer is still on the fritz so we will take them to the laundromat in the morning.

There is a small comic convention in town this weekend. It is housed right next door to my work, and is called Geequinox. Never heard of it before Friday morning, and I try to keep up on those things. A mini convention, a small riposte to Hal Con, held in the fall, which in just a few editions has grown so large that there is no place in Halifax big enough to accommodate it comfortably. The new convention centre will be useful after all. But I digress.

Geequinox features local vendors and local guests who work in the SF/fantasy milieu. I had no idea there were so many, until I perused the guest list. And I had no idea there were so many vendors who would be interested in selling stuff at a smaller convention.

I didn't go today and I won't go tomorrow. We didn't go to Hal Con in 2014 and would like to this year, in some kind of volunteer capacity. We got wires crossed last year and ended up not being accepted, which disappointed us. C'est la vie.

It makes me wonder: if Halifax is large enough to support two sf-related conventions in one year, does this mean there will be other cons in the province sprouting up? Tatamagouche has a one-day horror-based convention. It is well attended considering its location. I think the South Shore has something going on, and maybe even Sydney has something. But what I would really like to see again is a con in the Annapolis Valley. Wolf Con, which started at Acadia University and ended up being housed at the Old Orchard Inn, was great fun for us all those years ago. I would love to see something like that again. There was even a second Valley-based con for a year or two. I recall that Frederik Pohl was a guest one year. I wish I had gone.

Why stop at SF-related cons? There is a great deal of interest in mystery and detective fiction out there. There are numerous cons in the States, and likely a few in Canada. The biggest one in the world is probably Bouchercon, which is so well organized they are already booking guests for their 2018 convention.

It is fun to think about these things, but quite another to get off one's arse and start up a genre-based convention. The folks at Hal Con took a few years raising money every which way they could, getting their name out there every which way they could, before they brought back Hal Con in... 2011 I think it was. If I wanted to start a convention of my own, it would take me several years of my life with laser-like determination to do so, and to what end? Easier to just go to those things.

But, gee, a convention devoted to "Alf", or the 1980's drama "Riptide" or the 1995 series "Strange Luck"? Let's get it on!

See you tomorrow.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Post 2937 - Friday

Hello again.

I returned to work on Friday. Patricia remained home. She slept nearly the full day away. When I got home this evening I pretty much decided to sleep the night away.

I awoke in time to catch most of the Bruce Jenner interview on 20/20. I am not sure if they could have squeezed in a few more commercials this evening on the show. You would think that a news program, having by definition lower production costs, could afford to have fewer commercials, but they seemed to have more.

I was gonna go to the Valley this weekend, but once again, Patricia is too sick for me to leave her for a full day, so I will stay in town. She is hoping to return to work on Monday, but I am doubtful.

I think I will turn in for the evening. Busy day on Saturday.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Post 2936 - Checking In (For The Third Time!)

Hello again, my friends.

It is about 9:50 Thursday night.

Patricia is doing much better. The latest regimen of antibiotics and steroids and rest has begun to pay off. She is able to spend time in the living room again and keep food down. She went to the doctor's yet again today. A three minute visit as her doctor triple and even quadruple books. But I digress. The doctor extended one of her puffers for a few days and is optimistic she can return to work on the 27th. Of course, a week ago, she said that Patricia would be able to return to work on the 20th. Guess what she said the week before that? Eventually, she will be right.

She was doing well enough tonight that she kicked me out of the house to go to the Company House on Gottingen Street, there to see Frank Cameron release his book, "I Owe It All To Rock & Roll (And the CBC)". He told some funny stories, most of which are in the book, apparently. Afterward, he signed the book I bought, writing, "All the best, Bev. Love your column. Frank". Nice to see a fellow Frank Magazine columnist give me a few props.

While there I met some people and got their pictures to add to the list of the dozens of pics I have of local jocks. Got some nice pictures of Wayne Adams, who still wants me to interview him about his amazing career. I met a young lady named Erin Hopkins, who spends her days working in Promotions at C100 and the Bounce, but who does a Sunday shift at Wayne Harrett's Seaside FM, which is a great way for her to get some on air experience. She told me she had read my column and seen most of my interviews. Sweet gal.I got a picture of Doug Barron as well.

I got a few pieces of radio news this evening, or at least a few snippets. I will be following up on them for my next column. One bit of news, if true, will disappoint an awful lot of people, including me. Nothing lasts forever, is all I can say.

I tried to watch the Superbowl a couple of months ago. I was bored out of my mind. No idea what the hell they were doing. They would huddle and throw the ball and advance in the direction they wanted to by this much, and the time would be called after about 3 seconds of play. Occasionally, the ball would go over a certain line and the players would all jump up and down and dance and hug each other in a way that might make their wives worry. I have no idea why that sport would be of interest to anybody anytime anywhere, ever. So I have some sympathy for people who don't get why I found tonight's activities at the Company House so fascinating.

The world is full of people who have different interests and passions. There is no more point in my explaining to these folks why I find the medium of radio so interesting, along with the people who work in it, than there is in their explaining to me the fundamentals of football or whatever their interest or passion is. Let's just accept that tonight was a wonderful evening for me and leave it at that. Okay?

Back to work in the morning. Looking forward to it.

See you tomorrow.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Post 2935 - Checking In (Again!)

Hi again.

Patricia remains very sick. She had another rough night, the... 14th or so in a row.

I haven't been to work all week. I hate to go through vacation and family illness days so early in the fiscal year, but Patricia really should not be on her own.

My days consist of running up and down the stairs to get stuff for Patricia and to keep up my own strength. But since I am calling today and tomorrow vacation days, I feel justified in producing blog posts, so here you are.

It is 6am. I was up until very late and didn't sleep that much once I did turn in. Patricia's coughing, two stories away from where I was sleeping, woke me up, so I dashed upstairs and tried to help her. Then I realized that I am not sure what I can do to help a person who is coughing, not cough. I got her some ice water and another travel tab and came back downstairs. When I saw her at 5:45 she was playing with her tablet and reported to me that she had been doing so since 3am. She will likely crash during the day.

It goes without saying that Patricia is just about all I have left. Our parents are all gone. My sisters... well, I have been warned not to write about them any more, and I am promising not to, but you can read between the lines. My brother died in 1970. Newbie is a cat and only keeps me around because he lacks an opposable thumb or two. So, Patricia is just about it.

I haven't seen her this sick since 2008, when she was hospitalized for 3 weeks and came close to death. I really feel that my place is with her, even though I miss work and am likely trying the patience of people there. Sorry, folks.

I think I will see how she is doing, and then turn in.

See you later.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Post 2934 - Checking In

Hi. This will be brief.

I obviously haven't written in the last few days. I apologize for that. Friday was about getting my car fixed so it would pass inspection. $900. When that was over we had to drive over to Dartmouth to deal with our taxes.

Patricia is still very sick. After looking after her over the weekend, I managed to convince her to go to the hospital last evening. The paramedics worked on her for a spell before they stabilized her. She ended up at the QE II. After many hours of waiting, a doc saw her and prescribed a couple things. We got home very early this morning. She has been signed off work until Thursday, and I may elect to go to work after we get back from the pharmacy later on this morning.

It is just past 6 ayem. I am going to return to bed because of the reasons in the previous paragraph.

I will write something more substantial later on today or tomorrow.

See you soon.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Post 2933 - Thursday


I took my car in for its bi-annual inspection today. I figured it would need some work. I didn't think it would need nearly 1000 dollars worth of work. But it does.

Still does, in fact. They were so busy at the dealership today they didn't have a chance to do the work on the car. So, on my day off, I have to get up as if I were going to work, drive my car in again, leave it there and kill 3 hours or so until it is ready. They are knocking 50 bucks or so off the cost for my inconvenience, but even so.

After the appointment and shelling out that money, I have to make my way back to the house and pick up Patricia. Together we will drive to Dartmouth, there to consult with our tax accountant, in anticipation of sending off the taxes to CRA. 

Patricia is incrementally improving. She was up today and did a bit of laundry. This evening, we watched The Big Bang Theory together and she actually ate something. It will likely stay down this time.

Been a long day. Time to turn in. Another early and long day tomorrow.



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Post 2932 - Wednesday

Let's get this over with.

Patricia went to the doctor again today. Her prescription for her antibiotics was extended by another week. The doc also prescribed a cough medicine designed to suppress coughing. It contains codeine, so this is the point that I tell people who read this that it is only a small bottle and there is no point in breaking in to the house and trying to steal it. The contents of the bottle will be consumed over the course of the next 4 or 5 days. Get your own.

I returned to work after I dropped off Patricia. After work, I went to my Toastmasters meeting. There was a Mooseheads game this evening. Plus, they were protesting the governments' proposed cuts to the film tax credit program. It usually is not much of a problem finding a parking space, but those two things made it nearly impossible. I ended up parking way the frig down by the new library, on Queen Street. I didn't get to my meeting until around 5:55, ten minutes after the damn meeting was about to start.

The meeting went well. Two speakers. One person was completing his Competent Communicator designation, and the other was just starting hers, doing what we call the ice breaker. She admitted to having eaten frog's legs and gator tail. I'm told that frog's legs are similar chicken wings but I am not sure if I want to find out. I figure for each set of frog's legs one consumes, there is a frog out there in a little wheel chair pushing himself along from one lily pad to another, all pissed off that some dude had consumed his legs. I know I would be. I wouldn't blame the frog a bit.

Got back home. Patricia was a bit more lucid, after having had some of the cough medicine I just mentioned. She had slept for several hours and I could tell that it had helped her.

I sent off my next column to Frank Magazine several hours ago. Once again, I am trying something different. About 90% of the column is about one story, one that I uncovered and researched by myself. I shared the early drafts with my editor, who provided some feedback that I incorporated in to the next draft. I hope that you check it out when it comes out next week.

Have to get up very early tomorrow morning. Car inspection at 7am. Another long day.

See you tomorrow.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Post 2931 - Tuesday

Hi again.

Today was either a vacation day or a family illness day for me. I put in for a vacation day, but it was anything but.

Patricia remains very ill. She is barely able to keep anything down. I went in to Bayer's Lake twice today to pick up victuals that she can handle. Turns out that frozen smoked salmon goes down and stays there. It only costs $16 a pound a Costco. It is delicious stuff, but I am not going to eat any more of it. The two packages I got this this evening are both for her.

She has a doctor's appointment late tomorrow morning, so I will have to beg off yet more time from work to take her to the doctor and home afterward, before I return to work in the afternoon so that I can go to my Toastmasters meeting in the evening, if indeed I elect to go tomorrow night because Patricia is so sick and I should be with her.

You understand.

I am feeling better, though. After Monday, where I was either asleep or waiting on Patricia, Tuesday greeted me minus the cold and sniffles I had had for a few days. I got lucky for a change. This never happens.

Newbie has been glad to have me home for the last few days. He rests in the chicken box on top of this computer desk. He has been there most of the evening. Here. Let me show you.

I hope I can come back in my next life as a cat. Once I got past the whole self-cleaning thing, I could really get into the whole sleeping thing.

See you tomorrow.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Post 2930 - Yep. Too Late

Been sleeping most of the day. When I was awake I was delivering tea and crumpets to Patricia, who remains very ill.

Also when I was awake I made my way through the last few episodes of The DareDevil series on Netflix. My god, what an excellent show. Even if you don't have a clue who the character is, they do a great job of bringing you up to speed.

The character's Catholicism is nearly a character unto itself. There are many, almost too many, scenes of Matt/DD wrestling with his religious impulses, as well as how his being a lawyer affects and informs his life. There are many nods to the comics, more than I probably could ever catch, but the best one for me is in the dying seconds of episode 13. I will not ruin it for you, but I had a big grin on my face.

My only quibble is with the performance of Scott Glenn in episode 7. He plays "Stick" as if his limo were double parked in the back alley and he had 3 tubs of ice cream in the back seat that was about to melt. I don't normally comment on acting choices, but in my opinion Scott Glenn made a lot of bad ones.

There is already talk of season two, two days after the show went live. Let's hope that this decision is a no-brainer.

Anyway, the show kept me up, but I am still feeling like utter crap. I am not as ill as Patriica is, but ill enough. If you don't see a post from me tomorrow, do not worry. It is just little old me trying to get over this.

You guys have a good evening.

See you...soon.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Post 2929 - Too Late?

Patricia is sick. On antibiotics. And now it may be my turn.

My throat is sore. I can't stay awake. I may be coming down with what she has. And what she has isn't very pleasant.

Will immediately commence training Newbie to prepare and deliver tea.

See you tomorrow.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Post 2928 - Weekend

It is past 1am, technically on Saturday morning.

My sleep pattern is thrown off. When I got home this evening, I was helping Patricia out before I watched the pilot episode of Daredevil on Netflix. Then, I dozed off for 90 minutes or so, throwing off my sleep pattern. I have spent the last couple of hours working away on my next radio column for Frank Magazine and puttering in my home office. Now, I sit in my big comfy chair, and as late as it is, I may elect to watch another episode of Daredevil. Patricia is already ahead of me.

Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, I consider Netflix to be the best entertainment value in my house. Except for local news and weather, and a very few programs I can't wait to see, I seldom watch cable any more. It's about streaming services now. I can understand why the cable companies are scared. I don't care that they are scared and pointing fingers, but I can see why they are doing so.

Patricia remains sick with a bad sinus infection, although her fever has broken. When she gets this sick, her voice is affected and sounds quite cute, although she is quick to point out that that is the only thing about her that is cute when she is in that state. 

I was supposed to be the Sgt. at Arms at a Toastmasters event in Bedford on Saturday, but because of Patricia's situation, I have instead elected to stay close to home all weekend. Besides, I feel myself coming down with something and want to try to nip it in the bud. You know, like Don Knotts always used to say on The Andy Griffith Show. 

I guess that is it for this evening. You enjoy the rest of your evening and I will see you tomorrow.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Post 2927 - Today's Budget

This one comes close to home.

The provincial budget was today, and quite a number of civil servants - staff and management - were fired, or found out today their employment will be over at such and such a date.

People fired today were ushered into a room, told their services were no longer required, and given a short period of time to pack their personal possessions, before they were escorted out of the building. Which just shows that government can be just as dickish and uncaring about firing people as the private sector can be, and usually is. Which is funny, because it is the government that devises these labour codes and practices in the first place.

Patricia learned that some land registry offices in rural parts of the province will close in the coming months and years. These are good, well paying jobs in communities that need them.

It is a very dispiriting day. I am sure that the private sector folks who hate government workers are jumping for glee. I would remind them that those people losing their jobs will not have money to buy whatever crap these businesses are selling.

Sorry for the foul mood tonight. It's late and the news is not good.

See you tomorrow.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Post 2926 - I Just Remembered

This post is for the people who watch "American Crime" on whatever network it is one. CTV in Canada. I am told it is quite good, but I haven't seen it yet.

I wrote about Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine last evening. A few years ago I wrote about how I started reading EQMM when I was 12, having been inspired by the mid 1970's EQ tv show starring Jim Hutton and David Wayne (as Ellery's father). John Hillerman, best known for his role of Higgins on Magnum PI, was also on "Ellery Queen".

Anyway, back to "American Crime". The star of that show is Timothy Hutton, son of Jim, who was the star of Ellery Queen. Timothy Hutton, years after his father's 1980 death, appeared in "Nero Wolfe", based upon a series of mystery stories by Rex Stout, a contemporary of the Ellery Queen mystery novels. Nero Wolfe starred the late Maury Chaykin, who had a summer home in Nova Scotia, and whom I met very briefly one year here in Halifax.

So, for John at my work, who's a fan of "American Crime" and has mentioned it at coffee a couple of times, Timothy Hutton has been around. 35 years ago, he was going to be the next Big Actor, but he still works on a regular basis, and I'm sure his dad would be proud. John should check out Timothy Hutton's earlier work, especially "Ordinary People", which won him best supporting actor in 1980, the youngest actor ever to win that Oscar.

I like how these little pieces of trivia all kind of fit together. Makes me think my youth wasn't totally wasted watching too much television and reading too many books instead of chasing girls who didn't want to go out with me in the first place.

And, damn, I liked that Ellery Queen tv show when I was a youngster. I hated how it was cut to pieces when A&E syndicated it a bunch of years ago, but the original broadcasts were so much fun back in the day. I wonder if the show would still be enjoyable for me to watch now.

That's it for this evening.

See you tomorrow.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Post 2925 - Tuesday

Well, at least I think it's Tuesday. Hard to tell. First day back to work after a 4 day weekend. I am sure I am not the only person to become confused as to what day of the week it is.

This evening we watched the season ender of "Better Call Saul". I don't want to give it away to those of you who haven't seen it yet and are of a mind to, but it was really good. I can see how they will set things up for next season as Jimmy becomes the title character. Like you care that is.

I hauled down another box of books this evening. Old back issues of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine from 20+ years ago. I have written about EQMM here before. Not that you care or anything.

It is now just 9:30. Patricia has gone to bed early, as she is not feeling well. I am probably gonna go in to the rec room and watch Netflix for a spell. Newbie will jump on me, kneed my flesh until it nearly bleeds, and curl up and fall asleep on me, before I do the same thing. Not that it matters to you in any way, shape, or form.

You guys have a good evening. See you tomorrow.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Post 2924 - Monday

Hello again, my friends.

Another day off work. Back to the grind in the morning.

I spent a few hours today trucking some books from the middle bedroom upstairs down here to my home office. To make room for them, I threw out nearly all of my vhs tapes. The ones I am keeping contain content that I want to digitize. I have dozens of radio shows from the 1990's up through 2008. These are mostly AM 920 CJCH editions of the Hotline, plus some other programming that was only broadcast once.

It is amazing, the old books I am finding that I had long since forgotten I had. Mostly paperbacks, but the likes of which cannot be found around these parts any more, mostly because there aren't many used book joints around, but even those that exist likely do not carry the books I am unearthing. For example, I have dozens of John D. MacDonald novels in paperback, many of which were published in paperback to begin with and did not have a hardcover version. Ditto for Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series, the Destroyer novel series that started in the 1970's and ran until ... well, it is sort of still running if you want to be technical about it. My point is, I have a lot of books.

The goal, in the longer term, will be to arrange the books I'm keeping into some kind of findable format. That will be a large job and you will find it immeasurably uninteresting so perhaps I should change the subject.

Patricia made a chicken dinner for dinner tonight. The chicken was courtesy of a guy in the Valley who grew organic chickens for 25 years or so. He announced this past fall that he was retiring from the job as it is too much work for him and his woman and they would like to do other things in the September of their lives. I don't blame them for wanting to slow down. That, however, doesn't help us find another purveyor of poultry around these here parts whose product is as good as what our friend provided all these years. If you know someone, please let us know. Who raises organic chickens within an hour's drive of Halifax? Thank you.

I guess that is it for this evening, so I will call it a night. (And I respect you too much to use the obvious expression here.)

See you tomorrow.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Post 2923 - Sunday

Happy Easter!

Past 10:30. Didn't do much today. We did watch season two of "Mrs. Brown's Boys", and nearly lost control of my bodily functions watching it. My god, what a funny show.

We also watched the first 5 episodes of "Dig", one of those paranoid conspiracy shows that feature a diabolical plot 1000's of years in the making, and which could never happen in real life because absolutely nobody in the world would have the wherewithal to fund, found or bring into being, any such plot. Steve Berry writes a book a year about such poppycock. Patricia is enjoying it, though. And the series is half over.

The long weekend is three quarters over. I wonder what will happen tomorrow. After all, we still have a full season of "Mrs. Brown's Boys" to watch.

See you tomorrow.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Post 2922 - Saturday

Just past 10pm.

Today we did step out for lunch, at a place on Quinpool Road called The Athens Restaurant. It's a place that has been in business for decades, but more recently moved to its present location, where a steak house called Hogie's had existed for a long time.

For whatever reason, the Athens has a weekend brunch buffet, and it is good if you don't have a mind to live much beyond 60. We go a few times a year.

We returned to the house around 2pm. I did the dishes, or most of them, while Patricia watched her cooking shows. Later on, we watched Better Call Saul, and we are caught up on that fine, fine series. You should be watching it. We also watched the first episode of season two of "Finding Carter", an MTV series which is very good, even when they run embedded commercials for the songs they're playing on the soundtrack. If you ever wondered what happened to Erik Estrada's boss on "CHiPS", wonder no more, because Robert Pine plays Carter's grandfather. His wife on the show is Meredith Baxter, so if you were wondering what happened to her after "Family Ties" went off the air, wonder no more.

I was using the Roku Plex client this evening to play some Jann Arden songs. With a press of a button, you can make it shuffle every song by whatever artist you choose. I have 6 Arden albums, so listening to her for a spell was fun.

Patricia made pizza this evening. Excellent pizza, better than any pizzeria around here. I mean that.

I guess I will turn in for the evening. Newbie is giving me that look. Besides, Patricia is busy watching "Bitten".

See you tomorrow.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Post 2921 - Good Friday


Did very little today. We finished watching season one of Netflix's "Bloodline". It is a show that got better with each minute of each episode. Check it out.

We watched season one of "Mrs. Brown's Boy", a British sitcom that is a scream. Can hardly wait to watch more of the shows that are out there.

And we watched two episodes of "Better Call Saul", taking us up to episode 8. We will watch #9 tomorrow, and the season ender is broadcast this coming Monday evening, after I've gone to bed.

A day watching television. It is like that episode of The Simpsons where Homer is laying on the couch wondering what retirement is like. In his idea of retirement, he is laying on the couch. That's what our day was like.

Let's go for a walk tomorrow, Patricia. Justify our lives a little bit.

Right after we've caught up on "Better Call Saul" and "The Flash".

See you tomorrow.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Post 2920 - Thursday

It is about 9:45. The Blacklist starts in a few minutes and I want to see it.

After work this evening Patricia and I went to a retirement party for a couple of her co-workers. We hung out for a while. As I was driving, not one drop of alcohol passed my lips. Which means I got bored pretty quickly.

After about 7pm, I returned to the car and listened to some music until Patricia and Ryan (a co-worker of hers we had agreed to drive home) called. They were at the wrong location, so I returned downtown to pick them up, but not before I discovered I had got a parking ticket. Sigh. I have been pretty lucky over the years to have my car run out of time at a meter and not receive a ticket. My luck ran out this evening.

I picked up Patricia and Ryan. Drove him home. We drove home. Newbie met us at the door. He had the look on his face that said, "You are finally home, humans! Where the hell have you been? Feed me!" So I fed him and got in my jammies, and now it is 9 minutes to 10pm.

We are at the beginning of the Easter long weekend. For some reason, Easter has been associated with eating ham. And for some reason a lot of people like ham, a lot. As I have mentioned before, I do not. I think that ham is the devil's meat. It is the most noxious substance that one can put in one's mouth, up to and including cow dung-laced radioactive isotopes the size of a cough drop. Why do people eat ham, anyway?

The only way most people can even eat ham is when they add 1000 things to mask its disgusting taste, appearance, and texture. Honey glaze. Maple. Those little black prickly things you stick in the meat. Gouging your eyes out so you don't have to look at it. Stuffing things in your nose so you can't smell it. Coating your tongue with tar so you can't taste it. You get my drift.

We are going to have an organic chicken this weekend. Can hardly wait. Chicken, I can get behind.

You guys have a good evening. I will see you tomorrow.

See you then.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Post 2919 - A New App

So, a guy at my work has a Windows 8.1 phone. Today, April 1st, they released a new version, which looks a whole lot like the old MS DOS days, complete with a c: prompt. Good times. Great memories.

There was a way to launch his phone's camera under this shell. It takes ASCII-based pictures. Here are the ones he took of me just now:

Ah, the good old days, when photos could only be rendered using ASCII characters. Frig EBCDIC. ASCII is where it's at, baby!

See you tomorrow.