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April 27, 2007

Stupid mistake - senior moment

I went to the airline website to change to an exit row seat and print out my boarding pass. Got the exit row seat (more room) and printed out the pass. A few minutes later I looked at the pass and it said Gate 114b.
Well, Indy only has six or eight gates.
I looked more closely.
Sure enough, my flights were reversed! Great! And this is one of those highly restrictive, cheap-ass weekend deal tickets where you can't change a bloody thing or get any credit.
Fortunately (after making me sweat for about five minutes) the agent took pity on me and reversed my reservation. I highly recommend Continental Airlines if you have to fly anywhere, they have a heart and they are not afraid to bend their own crappy rules.

Long weekend

I am going to NJ/NY to see family and friends. Let's hope the WX will be favorable.

April 25, 2007

Fully fledged

I bought and installed two gigabytes of RAM into my Mac mini. It came with only 512M and was grossly underperforming. Now it has a little room to breathe - and it is totally awesomely fast!

April 23, 2007

Happy St. George's Day!


April 22, 2007

The British are coming! The British are coming!

Plans are being made for my two, young English cousins to take advantage of the weak dollar and come over to the US for a visit. One is a teacher and the other a student so they get the Summer off. Should be a pretty exciting visit! I am the one who usually goes over there (and I shall continue that), but it is nice to have them come over here for a change.

April 20, 2007

Back to normal

Well, I got my $90 key the next day. I am glad I chose to get it because now I have a spare. If I went the locksmith route, it would have cost the same and I probably wouldn't have anything to show for it - although when a similar thing happened a few years ago, I did have a new key which I gave to Lydia as a memento.

April 17, 2007


I locked my key in the trunk this morning. I do not have a spare. Instead of getting a locksmith I decided to get a spare key from the dealer. $90. That's £45 for you Brits.

Rumor has it . . .

we might just crack 70° (21°C) by this afternoon! Kittay has already placed his bet and has headed for the garden to socialize with the neighborhood. The crab apple tree's buds are tentatively opening up to bloom now. It's now or never, tree.

April 16, 2007

Oh! Nice!

You are The Devil

Materiality. Material Force. Material temptation; sometimes obsession

The Devil is often a great card for business success; hard work and ambition.

Perhaps the most misunderstood of all the major arcana, the Devil is not really "Satan" at all, but Pan the half-goat nature god and/or Dionysius. These are gods of pleasure and abandon, of wild behavior and unbridled desires. This is a card about ambitions; it is also synonymous with temptation and addiction. On the flip side, however, the card can be a warning to someone who is too restrained, someone who never allows themselves to get passionate or messy or wild - or ambitious. This, too, is a form of enslavement. As a person, the Devil can stand for a man of money or erotic power, aggressive, controlling, or just persuasive. This is not to say a bad man, but certainly a powerful man who is hard to resist. The important thing is to remember that any chain is freely worn. In most cases, you are enslaved only because you allow it.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Will Spring ever Arrive?

Look at what this Spring had done to the Forsythia. It looks like it belongs in downtown Baghdad. The flowers are dead and the leaves are half dead from the persistent cold days and nights.

April 14, 2007

What a day

The cat just refuses to get up. That's not true. He went outside to "take care of business" but darted back in as soon as he was finished. No lingering with the neighborhood moggies today. I have seen Bighead and Sammy wandering around in the rain all drenched and forelorn.

April 12, 2007

RIP Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

RIP Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. • Nov 11, 1922 - Apr 11, 2007

April 11, 2007

Amazon again

I ordered a CD back on January 31 and I finally received it in today's mail. It took them seventy days to send me a copy of L'Italiana in Algeri. It only took Rossini eighteen days to compose the entire opera, and he was a lazy bugger!

When will I ever learn?

April 09, 2007

Typekey - Argh!

In order to leave comments you have to establish yourself with Typekey. It has been my experience that Typekey is a bit of a pain. I have had little success with it when I use Firefox as a browser, which is what I normally use. Typekey does seem to behave correctly in Internet Explorer and Safari, so if you want to leave a comment you might have to duck into one of them to do the job.

Still -2°C (28°F)

Another tulip victim of the cold. The Forsythia has bloomed, but after a valiant effort to combat the cold, has given up. It has stopped growing leaves for now and the yellow flowers are dropping to the ground one by one. Jebus may have risen again, but the garden is having quite a time of it!

April 07, 2007

Global Cooling!

Look at what these cold nights are doing to my tulips! My cat keeps going out through a different door hoping it will be warmer. He just wants to go out and play with his friends.
Oh well. I don't care how cold it is, I am going to cook my Easter eve meal outside on the grill! Yum!

April 06, 2007

From New Jersey

This is what a teenage grand niece does when confronted by a lens.

April 04, 2007

Winter's baack!

The furnace is roaring. I had to close the windows. The cat is feigning sleep so he won't have to go outside - which he will. All the fruit trees are about to blossom, but I hope they are not too far along so they can survive this bout and continue on when it gets warm again after the weekend.


April 02, 2007

Full (pink) Moon again

I think I will just stay in bed today. I can't deal with any drama. Besides, I have a headache.