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Monday, July 30, 2007

Follow Up To Saturday Night

The Cleveland Plain Dealer had a frontpage story today about the new food fee at the Mayfield and other drive-ins.
Approaching The Ticket Booth

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sunday Morning

Lindy came in a few minutes ago.

Betsy and I went to the drive-in last night. $16 for the two of us (to be fair this is per vehicle, so any number could come in at that price) and then a $5 outside food fee. Yikes! But at $21 for two movies it still comes out to $5.25 per ticket. We saw "The Simpsons Movie" and "Live Free or Die Hard". A fun summer movie combination.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Saturday Morning

So here we are on Saturday with nothing much going on. It does seem to be a day for contact with old friends. One called briefly last night, and I got an e-mail from another today.

Today I found out about a new "Star Trek " movie

Work has been a pain in the butt. Wednesday AM I was covering for 5 nurses sort of, 6 if you count my boss. By afternoon it was just four again.

Lindy went out on Wednesday and hasn't come back yet. It rained a lot both Wednesday and Thursday.

The Three Stooges Film Fest and Pie Fight Betsy found was called due to weather(We had the makings for five pies ;-( ), so we went to see "Ratatouille" Lots of fun, on many levels, and I thought the animation was fantastic.

Yesterday on impulse again we went to see "Shrek the Third" at the cheap seats. Not as good as the original but fun and follows the story well enough.

Today while noodling on the computer I looked up an old song( a round actually ) that I remembered M. Loveless singing on "The Wild,Wild West" back in the '60s. Every so often it pops into my head. I remembered the words wrong but here they are from the net. Oddly enough there is no "Shemora" listed as a place on the net.

"Young rider, apple-cheeked one, come whither riding?. On her steed so proud and prancing, come whither riding?, no matter where I ride, Slavic mountains at my side, to Shemora, to Shemora."

A group called Libana has a reording of this.

So a quiet, interesting morning so far.

Oh, last Sunday I was off in my timing on the dance fest so we missed 30 min or so of the jazz dance, but we did see the Indian dance and Swing dance, and Betsy got to participate in some dance lessons of both. Me without my camera.

And Tuesday I finished the book.

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Thursday was a good day in that I caught up with some of my notes, finishing all for that day. We also had some much needed rain.Then we ran a couple of errands, got my meds filled and Betsy dropped me off at the free Clear Fork concert and she went on to swim exercise. The concert was held inside due to the rain(though it had ended by then) and was in the cafeteria rather than the auditorium because it was "family night", so there was a interesting mix of toddlers playing, slightly older kids doing hula-hoops, folk music and young and old folks listening to the music. Some of the toddlers even danced a bit. Afterwards I watched a great, if chilly, sunset till Betsy came to get me.
Friday was a mess! I was four nurses: 1) myself 2) MM, who left the last of March and has not been replaced. 3) KS who left last Friday and 4) LH who called off and who i had agreed to cover.
I saw 12 patients all told, talked to another on the phone for a good 30 to 40 min, filled a med box for a CM to take to a client and other assorted stuff-as usual. Of the 12 , 4 were injections, the rest mostly samples, with a couple of med boxes. Four of the sample folks had last names starting with "K". The first I took no notice, but by the third I had and the fourth had me wondering if like in Sesame Street, my day was being brought to me by the letter "K".
The was also a woman in the men's room. As I went to enter she was just turning from the sink to come out. It's hard to say who was more surprised but I pointed to the sign on the door and said, rather obviously, "This is the men's room." She replied something like "Oh my" or "Oh dear" and departed quickly out the side door of the building.She's lucky a few of the male patients I know hadn't come in while she was using the facilities.
Also during the day I found out that Hillary, one of my co-workers, moonlightes at Border's and was going to be working the 2100 to 0200 shift.
Part of the plan for Friday had been for me to obtain my bracelet for "The Book" at Border's during lunch. We had driven by at about 0900 but there was a line of about 15 or so already waiting, some in folding chairs so lunch it was to be, except I never got away. We stopped by on the way home at about 1800 and signed in and picked up a bracelet. Then to home to get into costume, which Betsy did rather well, though I drew a couple of compliments and quite a few looks from small folk.
What book? Why costumes? Potter mania of course. We had number "168" and we stayed through the party from 2100 till about 0100. Saw Hillary twice, as she was one of the barristas and I went to the coffee shop twice. Wish I had bought coffee. Betsy and I were zonked when we got home. And John had let himself out again. But he came right in and we were in bed before 0145.
Yesterday we both slept late, and then I started reading. I was at over 200 pages when we left to do a couple more errand, and go to the Irish Cultural Festival. I had to make a pit stop along the way,and thought of Garfield Park. I didn't realize how late it was(1900) till we got to the Nature Center and found it closed. But the porta-potties on the hilltop were there, and nature was served. Then I thought to be clever and try a shortcut. We ended up meandering along Broadway, took a wrong turn and found Mill Creek Reservation , which seems to be part of the Garfield Park, and the Mill Creek Falls History Center-which was closed, which has a waterfall neither of us knew of. In the heart of Cleveland. Neat! Mill Creek After stopping for pictures we went on the fairgrounds, getting there about 2000. It was a beautiful night but we were tired and we stayed only till about 2300. We'd have stayed longer but the last group was painfully loud when they began(people were getting up and running- I am not exaggerating here) and even when the sound had been adjusted were not that good. Before them we had seen the last few minutes of "Cherish the Ladies" a very good group, and John Mc Dermott, who was terrific.Home by 2340 but up till 0200 working on Betsy's camp photos and reading "the book". Up to page 324 this morning.
In a little while we will be off to a dance performance, with jazz, swing and Indian dance groups each taking a turn. A freebie up at the middle school again.

Thursday, July 19, 2007


Lindy came in this morning, after being gone since 7/16.

Monday I saw my doctor and was admonished for not taking my meds for a couple of months. True enough and the lab results show big, bad changes.

I saw the movie "Fracture" WOW! Think of the best "Law and Order" you ever saw and multiply it by 15 or so. Very well acted and ploted. Ok I saw the "how" early on, but the interplay between the two characters was fantastic.

Tuesday Betsy had an abbreviated Toastmasters meeting, then we went to see a preview of the movie "Rescue Dawn" Another WOW! Based on the true story of P.O.W. Dieter Dengler
This is one intense movie!

When we got home we had a mama and two young raccoons in the kitchen.

Wednesday another preview, a comedy this time but one with wit and depth. "Charlie Bartlett"
This movie is funny, but makes you think a bit along the way.

Spencer is going to be doing a Swiss installation on a glacier for Greenpeace and it has knocked their server offline!

Sunday, July 15, 2007


Let's go back a month. June 15th. Betsy was in Hamilton OH, having gone down on Thursday by bus, Betsy and I getting up very early to get her to the station.. Our bankruptcy also became "final" that day. Her plan was to be there till Monday and take the bus back, spending Father's Day with her family. I had no plans as such, but I did wear my "Father of Small Beasts" button to work. On Sunday morning Betsy called to say her father was ill and had to go to the ER. As things worked out he was admitted for what turned out to an infectious arthritis of his knee that had been replaced. Betsy spent a week there at home taking care of her mom, while he recovered. During that week, I worked and really did little else but read. On Tuesday the 19th I did see a preview of a fantastically funny movie. thanks to Betsy's movie club. It was "Death At A Funeral" due out in August. On Sunday I "won" tickets from "Uncle Fred's Visiting The Folks" on WJCU, to a concert for the next Tuesday, the 26th. Lindy came back that week,the evening of the 21st. Betsy came home on the 24th and we were in a pretty happy mood. Betsy went back to work on Monday, as did I. Betsy went to her swimming/exercise on Monday evening. On Tuesday she went to Toastmasters, and then we went to Cain Park, the Alma Theater for the concert by "Kassaba" a percussion jazz quartet that was very good. Wednesday we went to CiCi's for pizza-a trip to Streetsboro. Thursday the 28th we split up, Betsy going for her swim/exercise again and I went to the University Heights lawn concert featuring the Joe DeJarnette Quintet, a jazz band. Betsy was a bit late in picking me up, having lost her way a bit, but all was well. Friday the 29 th of June we went to the "Dive-In" put on by the Cleveland Metroparks. Betsy swam, I floated, we had a good time watching "Over The Hedge " again, and seeing a wonderful sunset and watching the moon rise. It was cold getting out of the water!. I got a bit lost on the way home, and we came in a little after 12 MN. The boys were out, as was Tippy and Thorissa. Johnny came in, Diffy ran and hid. We went to bed. Sometime that night/morning Diffy was hit and killed. We found him that afternoon. The next few days we were a mess. Adding to our distress was our new heath insurance kicking in on the 1st. Betsy and I are after 21 years Kaiser again. ( A bit of minor bitching- in the last three months-April, May and June- my company moved a couple of blocks, changed it's name and changed our insurance. I could have gotten a new job done all that and might have a bit of a raise.) The 4th of July we spent quietly, Betsy packing for camp. Thursday, the 5th I drove Betsy to camp after work. I did nothing but read and stay in over the weekend. It was too hot and I was too depressed. Johnny has been extra lonely and needy since, and spent most of Saturday in with me. I went out to camp on Sunday the 8th and picked up Betsy. We went for a brief look at the Mesopotamia Ox Roast, Antique and Flea Market after we left camp. But it was too hot to enjoy much, and while I did have an excellent roast beef sandwich and spilled some iced tea we spent only a bit over an hour there. It was interesting to see the Amish, the bikers, the farmers and others all drifting among the tents, looking at the goods laid out. Also on the way out to camp I had heard a song I had never heard before, called "The Mesopotamians" by They Might Be Giants a group named after one of my favorite movies. A bit of synchronicity there.
That Monday Betsy went to exercise. Tuesday was Toastmasters again. Wednesday we had some storms and rain and after it was beautiful We went down to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for a free concert by "Pitch the Peat" an Irish folk band. The weather was perfect.
Thursday we went to a ParkWorks Event, a "Movie on Mall " in downtown Cleveland. It was "Talladega Nights" and Betsy and I gave it a one star, though we did get a couple of laughs and the weather again was perfect. The ParkWorks folks even provided free popcorn, pop and candy. A nice view of the lake to our West, and the city on three sides, looming and lit as the night darkened. A very nice night.
Friday the Thirteenth was mostly Ok except for me and keys. I left my office key at home, and at then end of the day left my car keys in my desk-in my then locked again office. Rob was nice enough to take me to Betsy and then back to our parking lot here we used Betsy's
keys to drive to Chipoltle where we ate on the patio and then went home. Yesterday we had a few plans , but lost them in a muddle of fuzzy moods, eating too late, and a headache. But we salvaged the day with a late night trip to the movies where we saw "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". We liked it, Betsy more than I, I think, but then she is the bigger fan of Harry Potter. And so here we are. Betsy was late for church in that she couldn't find her keys. I'd had them last night but they fell out of my pocket, so she went to swim early instead of after. I have read a bit of the paper,and now I'm up to date on the blog. We have two new preview tickets form the club, and i have one free ticket to a movie from the Regal Crown Club, of Regal Cinemas,which I got last night .
And I just found today is National Ice Cream Day.
And Todd has a concert later today.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

A Happy Cat Story

This one has a happy ending.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Old, Tired Sick And Depressed

Good to know I'm not alone in being old and depressed.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven
2 A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up.
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance.
5 A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing.
6 A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a time to speak.
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace.
9 What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?
10 I have seen the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.
11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one's lifetime;
13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor, it is the gift of God.
14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.
15 That which is has been already, and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by.