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Friday, July 28, 2006

Changing and Unchanging and Synchronicity

A small synchronicity and a large one, then moving on. A couple of nights ago I caught part of a STNG episode and it featured Data. A day or so later I was thinking about the ability to change things so they hadn't happened and remembered the episode where Data was ordered to never tell anyone about such an event. Last night I turned on the TV and cought the last few minutes of that episode.

More meaningful large synchronicity. Of late Betsy and I have been going through some tough times with more to follow. At times like this I miss my dad and yet I rely on my knowledge of him and what he got through, especially in the war. Yesterday one of my clients brought a VHS tape and a book in about WWII North Africa campaign. Now this is a client I see only every two weeks and while I did tell him(quite a while ago) my dad had fought in North Africa, I have not told him about any of our problems, needless to say. So why now did I get these reminders of a much more serious dangerous time in my dad's life? To remind me it could be worse of course.

So as to changing and unchanging. I rode the bus in today as Betsy has the car. She left foe camp last night, and had a day of rain to pack through and a night of rain and storms. Some flooding in Ashtabula too, though not as bad as Lake county. Riding the bus again after two years was not bad(ok, yes I did ride once not too long ago to get home after a car repair). An easy wait for both buses and the rain held off, though I brought an umbrella.

Two years ago today I had posed for Spencer's Cleveland installation, but had not picked up the Cleveland print yet and had not met him. That has changed. Maybe more on that later.
I weigh a good 20 pound less than 2 years ago but my health is worse , not better.
Ok, well that's it for reflection this AM

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Old nest, seven hatched. Up to ten since this was taken. Posted by Picasa

Mama Organ Pipe Mud Dauber Wasp Posted by Picasa

Organ Pipe Mud Dauber

The organ pipe mud dauber is busy at our house.

Jung Again

"Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble."
Carl Jung

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is ‘man’ in a higher sense – he is ‘collective man’, a vehicle and moulder of the unconscious psychic life of mankind.Carl Jung (from Psychology and Literature, 1930)

And check out The Yurica Report on the subject.

Sunday, July 23, 2006



Today's news, yesterdays explainations.
Picked up in a whirlwind, dropped elsewhere.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Having been fired from my previous job after 17 years-for being "intimidating" read costly in terms of salary, and stubborn in refusing to admit non-appropriate patients, I have little to fear from this http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060720/ap_on_re_eu/france_fired_for_blogging
But beware!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

New faucet installed Sunday 16 July(mostly, completed on 17 July.) Posted by Picasa

Four hatched from last year. Posted by Picasa

Roger in the "Human Swarm". Tken with phone camera. Posted by Picasa


Ok, it's been two weeks since last I wrote. I have been in a bad mood for most of that time, with only slight improvements.
Friday the 7th we went to a lawyer. He was trying out his standup comedy routine. Bad He said we could not afford the house unless Betsy got a job. Mixed He told Betsy she needed to get a job. Mixed again. Didn't explain much or answer much.
Later the same day we went to the downtown Cleveland concert/fireworks even. Good fireworks.
Saturday 8th we saw "Pirates of the Carribean 2" (very good) and "Cars" (good).
Worked the week. Janet left on the 14th. New nurses started that week
Saturday 15th we went to the 2nd Cleveland Ingenuity Festival- stayed a bit over 8 hours. Good
Took part in a human swarm, watched interpretive dance, and improv comedy.
Sunday we installed the new faucet. Mostly, so mostly good.
Monday we found the "misplaced camera". Good. Finished the faucet. Good.
Monday four of the mud daubers from last year hatched. Great
Tuesday, Betsy applied for a strong possibility jobwise. Very good.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Two years ago June 26th, on the 9th Street Pier.
"Cleveland 1" Posted by Picasa

You Want Catsup on That?

Well, I do need to update don't I ? Not much in the mood I must say. I woke this morning at 0200 to nature's own fireworks, which continued off and on till about 0800. It has stopped raining I think. Mind you I love storms, and the weather suits my mood to a T, but it may mess with other's plans. Still, it looks to be clearing for now. Yep, Weatherbug confirms it.
Lindy and Tippy were in but Lindy bugged me to go out and so she is. Thorissa has been her usual wild elusive summer self.
So let's go back to Monday the 26th of June. Still a relatively happy day here. It was the second anniversary of the Cleveland shoot, and to tell the truth , while I had thought of it a couple days before, I forgot until the next day. Too busy with another crazy work day.
Stats from Weather Underground for that Monday Updated: 4:53 AM EDT on June 26, 2006Observed at Cleveland Burke, Ohio Temperature 69 °F / 21 °C Humidity 84% Dew Point 64 °F / 18 °C Wind East at 4 mph / 6 km/h Pressure 29.94 in / 1014 hPa (Rising) Conditions Scattered Clouds
In short warmer than 2004 and not as hot as 2005. Oh well.
Betsy and I saw "The Lake House", I think on the 22nd. Okay movie, 3 paw prints, "B" in Yahoo system. . If you want that kind of movie rent "Somewhere in Time" or better still find a copy of "Portrait of Jennie"Or "Sliding Doors" with Gwyneth Paltrow.
I have been devouring books, reading "Parnassus on Wheels" and The Haunted Bookshop" by Christopher Morley: "They Went on Together" and "The Road of Ages" by Robert Nathan. I learned "snell" and "tippet" thanks to Mr. Morley.
Betsy had the plumber out Wednesday , who fixed the toilet innards.
By Thursday we began to get strong hints something was seriously amiss. Letters were pouring in from lawyers offering to help with our foreclosure.
Friday I had my INR, which was up again 4.8. Then Betsy went over to get her Rx, and later that evening we went to see "Superman Returns" We wanted to donate blood at the bloodmobile, but found I can't because of the Coumadin, and Betsy's hematocrit was too low.
Superman was okay, but very derivative from the 1980's movies and Lex Luthor was as hokey as hell. Why do they always want to camp this stuff up?
Saturday was hot and sunny for the most part and we went to the Irish Summerfest, now in it's new home in Lake County. Good Irish music, but Betsy was not feeling well. Saw the Fergie and the Bog Dogs, The New Barleycorn and a good deal of Cahal Dunne's set.
Sunday was just a shopping day and while at Wal-Mart (yes, I too am forced to shop there) I had a major case of diarrhea.
So home again and watching "The Twilight Zone" reruns on the Sci-Fi channel. We also caught the Fourth of July special of "A Prairie Home Companion at Tanglewood". The diarrhea hit again about 0130 and I thought it was over.
Monday was nutz! I had a few clients of my own and some of the nurse out sick. J was off as well as my boss and two other people who have the Central Pharmacy Stamp. Great and even with the master key I couldn't find the stamps in either of the two offices I checked in. Of course It didn't help that the power went out and I was hunting in the dark. I did have my own flashlight-Be Prepared! All of this while coping with the diarrhea. I do keep Imodium at work which helped, after 3 tabs.
So lights were off for a bit over an hour, I found I could go up and down stairs slowly-as I had explained to Betsy over the weekend, we come upstairs to bed. And with the elevators out it was one flight at a time. Pharmacy never did deliver anything.
By the time the lights were back on, and a couple of more clients had come in, one who's meds I could not find and I had set up an appointment with a lawyer (Yuk!) I was useless for the rest of the day. I could not focus on any one thing.
Betsy meanwhile had a mammogram and, in the only good news of the day , they found nothing. D/t her past cancer they had a radiologist read it right away.
So that's the news from Lake Woebegone and I think I'll scout up a piece of Bebop- a -Rebop Rhubarb Pie now.

"Truth, Justice and All That Stuff"


Yeah, with "W" in charge , the "American Way" just ain't what it used to be.