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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 11:45am on 22/10/2017
I watched the MacGyver from Friday, and then watched three episodes of Lucifer. Then I actually watched a show I've had recorded since 2013. Yes, it's ridiculous, but I've had a show recorded for that long that I hadn't watched. So I watched that.

I still like Lucifer very much, and I have to stay that MacGyver grows on me more with each show. I was a huge fan of the original, and I like this one a lot. Lucas Till works as MacGyver for me.

Pat rode his 100 miles and came home very happy and exhausted. He brought me dinner - enchiladas with tomatilla sauce. Hmmmm....

Then we watched most of the Yankess/Astros game. We went to bed before it was finished. It was clear that the Astros were going to win it, and Pat was falling asleep in his chair.

I slept until 9:30 this morning, and since then we've taken it easy. Getting a lazy start. We've spent a lot of time talking. It's nice that we do that. We enjoy talking to each other.

Later today we'll probably watch the original BLADE RUNNER, because I really want to see the new movie. Maybe this week we'll get to do that.
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I have to say the pie was even better the next day than it had been the night of my birthday. Really good pie.

Then we spent the day being lazy.

Pat did have to go out in the late afternoon to pick up his packet for today's 100 mile ride. But he brought home lo mein for supper, so that was fine by me. (grin)

We watched the Yankees/Astros game. (sigh) We were hoping for a win to close out the series, but nope. Not happening. Hopefully the next game will end in favor of the Yankees.

Today we are up early so Pat can be at the ride beginning on time. He'll ride 100 miles and I think I'll catch up on some tv I've missed.

Yes, I'm going to be a slug. SLUG LIFE FOREVER!
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 11:31am on 20/10/2017
It caused my boxing lesson to be cancelled. Other than that, it just annoyed me that it got so much attention. The Governor declared a state of emergency and there were 500 State Troopers in town. Apparently the counter protest was bigger and louder than the Nazis - and the armed police stood between them at all points.

Personally, I would have preferred that they showed up and no one paid any attention. They had their little moment in the O'Dome and there was no one there. No press, no officers, no counter-protesters.

Because that's the amount of attention they deserve.

The fact that there were counter-protesters and officers is why the media showed up. They wanted to see if there'd be a bloody conflict they could show on tv and write about.

ARGH.

In other news, I worked a 9 hour day yesterday because there was so much to be done and I was constantly interrupted to solve other problems, AND we had the USDA closing. The closing went smoothly. I had prepared all the paperwork and it was perfect. I looked like a shining star. Plus, I understood things the USDA rep was explaining better than my boss did, and there was a board member and our attorney there to witness it. My boss is great at many things, but she is really bad at understanding financial intricacies. She completely misunderstood one instruction we were being given. I asked to explain it, and was allowed, and when I did, she got it and the USDA rep said I understood it perfectly.

Gold star to me.

Pat and I watched the Dodgers beat the Cubs. Hopefully tonight we'll watch the Yankees beat the Astros. That would be very, very nice.

Until then, we're taking it easy and making it a day of relaxation. Pat rides 100 miles tomorrow, so it will really help him if we have a very easy day.
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 07:25am on 19/10/2017
I woke up slowly and then laid in bed talking with Pat before we got up.

I quickly did my e-mail things and then we went to the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) for breakfast. We had a very leisurely breakfast, which got me full of good food for climbing!

We got to Jacksonville about 11:30 (the gym opens at 11), and I climbed for two and a half hours. I worked some routes that I hadn't tried before. I climbed several routes that I had climbed before.

The 5.8 route I'd been working was not up because they were setting up for a big bouldering competition. So there were tons of route setters in the gym. In fact, I ran into a friend from Gainesville who used to set at GRG who was setting! We had a lovely time catching up. It was really good to see him. He always set the best routes at GRG.

When we got back to Gainesville we quickly cleaned up and headed for Brandy and Christina's house. Christina had made a lovely dinner for us, and had made me cherry pie for my birthday!

When I was a kid I would always ask my mother for cherry pie for my birthday, and she would refuse saying you couldn't put candles on a pie. So she'd make strawberry cake. Not my favorite, but I wasn't given a choice. I told Christina that story one time, and she surprised me with cherry pie instead of cake! It was fabulous! (Plus I came home with two more pieces, one for Pat and one for me!) Our friends Joe and Gay were there as well.

I received many happy birthday messages, and some lovely gifts. But most of all, it was a day filled with happiness and love.

I could not have had a more perfect birthday.
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 08:46am on 18/10/2017
I'm leaving to go climbing.

Tonight I'm having cherry pie for my birthday! (Instead of cake!)

It's going to be a good day.
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 07:40am on 17/10/2017
I spent the day putting out metaphorical fires. Not only that, I had two new employees start, and Windstream fucked up repairing two dead phone lines for the fourth time. (sigh)

If we had any other option for internet, we would SO take it. But Windstream is it. We discovered we had two dead phone lines on 9/19. I reported them. Windstream went out to look at them and announced the equipment was under water so they couldn't do anything. They didn't go back to check for two weeks, and when they did they closed the ticket because the equipment was "still under water."

Okay, so you know it's not fixed, but you close the ticket.

(sigh)

So then they open another ticket and I ask them to busy out the lines so that calls in would rollover to the open lines.

They do that.

Two weeks later I call and say we still have two dead lines, and the busy out is just a patch. We need the two lines fixed.

The discontinue the busy out and leave the two dead lines.

So I call again yesterday and yes, they indeed closed the ticket again when they discontinued the busy over - and the lines are still dead and now the rollover is once again putting people on the dead line - so to the caller the line rings and rings and rings and no one answers.

(bangs head on desk)

That was just one of the things I dealt with yesterday.

You would think, though, that a technician would realize that the lines STILL BEING DEAD is the problem. But no. Apparently that's too complicated for them to comprehend.

Today is payroll. Yes, I need the money, but damn, payroll is a pain in my ass.

But I do have boxing this afternoon. I get to go punch things so that will make me happy.
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 07:18am on 16/10/2017
This week is going to be an incredibly busy one. I have payroll, and we're closing on the USDA grant on Thursday, so I have to have all the paperwork ready.

The bright spot is that I am taking Wednesday off and going climbing.

Pat came home from his 70 mile bike ride (yes, he decided to extend the ride), and was very happy that it had gone well.

I finished the laundry.

We napped for several hours.

Then we started watching Sunday Night Football. I find that I am not enjoying football the way I used to. I know that much of that is due to the idea of CTE and what these young men are doing to themselves. The other is how I'm fed up with the way young black men are treated.

The bigotry and stupidity of old white men is ridiculous.

In other news, Pat and I were invited to see BLADE RUNNER 2049 tonight. We turned it down because we want to see the first movie before we see the new one. We saw it when it was released, which is many years ago. We decided we wanted it fresh in our minds when we see this one.

We like to maximize our enjoyment as much as possible.
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 08:23am on 15/10/2017
And yet. I was.

Pat's off to ride 68 miles. I'm doing laundry.

Yesterday we both took the day off. We napped. We watched the movie GIFTED. We had splurged and bought it for ourselves because we both loved it so much in the theater. It's definitely a movie that you can see over and over.

Then we watched the Gators lose a football game. They did a damn fine job of it. They have a very young and inexperienced quarterback, and he doesn't seem to be getting much in the way of coaching. Why do I say that? He performs whatever play was called, rather than looking to see what other options are out there. That's poor coaching. You're supposed to teach. That's what coaching is really about. Teach the skills. This is definitely not happening at UF.

In other news, I started a book called CODE GIRLS, which is about the women who were recruited to do crytoanalysis during WWII. (I probably spelled that word wrong.) Anyway, it's very interesting so far. I had it on my wish list with Amazon and a friend sent it to me. YAY! I do love my Amazon wish list.

The week ahead promises to be very busy and very hard. I've got payroll and the closing of the USDA grant. But I also have my birthday in the middle, and I'm taking that day off. That should help with things mentally.
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 12:28pm on 14/10/2017
I've been finishing up the URBAN ENEMIES anthology. I've read two stories by authors where they're bad guys were the central figures in which they illustrate how bad the person is by having them abuse children, without those children receiving any help. They were just made to suffer and that was it. Wow. Never need to read those writers again.

I'm probably particularly sensitive to this issue because of my own childhood and having the massively unhappy experience of turning in my youngest brother and his wife for child abuse.

If there had been some aid to the children in the story somehow, I might have been able to tolerate it. And yes, I know it's more realistic to say that there wouldn't have been any aid, but I'm just not okay with reading that shit.

My brother hasn't spoken to me since. I have no relationship with is children whatsoever. But I know that because I did that, the adults were put under a two year supervision by State and the children benefited. That makes it worth it. Those kids were helped.
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posted by [personal profile] wpadmirer at 07:07am on 13/10/2017
I have a job working at a nonprofit that tries to ease some of that in my little corner of the world.

I give money when I can. I vote for people who are NOT crazy.

I pray, do things for the people I know who are struggling.

But it all seems like so little.

Twice a week I walk into the boxing club and I spend one short hour focused on punching, sliding, and weaving. Everything else drops away. It has to, or I can't do what is required by my coach.

For one short hour, that day, it's all about my body, coordinating the moves, paying attention to the commands.

I sweat. I breathe hard. My shoulders ache from holding my hands in the defensive position.

When that hour is over, I walk out of the club and back into the crazy, miserable world again, where madmen are in charge of governments, people would let others die to enrich themselves financially, and gender and race determine what kind of life you lead.

I come out of the boxing club physically stronger, and mentally stronger, and able to continue dealing with the crazy and the misery for just a little longer.

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