Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
holden is recovering like a champ. here he's posing with his new bird feeder that his wonderful great-grandmother (he calls her "Drezza") sent this week. it has a black lab under an umbrella with a bird on its head. i haven't gotten bird seed or a wire to hang it from yet, so it is hanging in the kitchen for now.
Friday, August 29, 2008
my deductive reasoning says there's something down at our servers in LA
i sent them a couple emails that probably didn't go through, and i sent a message through the contact form on their site so i am sure they know there's a problem
it's so strange to be at a computer and able to see every webpage (other than those 4) and not be able to retrieve emails. i am sure there have been messages sent to me in the last day, but whatever could they be?
i hope they are all being queued someplace so i can get them later
and i hope it is sooner than later
how did i survive before cyberspace?
Thursday, August 28, 2008
jill has a kid's hair salon in durham called peek-a-do! - check it out.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
at this time tomorrow, holden should be back to his lithe slinky cheetah-chest self. please cross your paws for him.
thanks for all the paw crossing - holden made it through! they're going to keep him overnight because a few of the bigger tumors were attached (she used the word "fingers") to his muscles and he's extra sore and on an IV painkiller until tomorrow morning when i can pick him up.
has a gray handlebar mustache
waxed up to points curving under
he looks jolly but he's not
maybe he's sick of people asking
about it (i didn't)
or not asking about it
or expecting him to be jolly
because of his facial hair
Monday, August 25, 2008
1. at my checkup in june i had a brand new hygienist, it was her first day
2. she used the new 'diagnodent' laser machine to test teeth for cavities before she cleaned my teeth
3. you're supposed to use it AFTER cleaning the teeth
4. i have never had pain or sensitivity in any of my teeth at all, but they diagnosed me as having SIX cavities
5. i had the top 3 drilled and filled last week
6. they filled it with plastic containing BPA - the cancerous ingredient in baby bottles and water bottles and that whole mess
7. afterwards i asked how long they should last - like 15 or 20 years? and the hygienist laughed & said no only about 5 years
8. they charged me close to $1000 for all this
9. there's icy hot deep nerve pain every time i chew on the left side
i'm fairly furious about a lot of this, and i have cancelled my october appointment to get the bottom three 'cavities' filled. they want me to let them drill holes into my unpainful/unsensitive teeth, fill them with cancerous/dementia-causing plastic, charge me a thousand bucks, and get me to come back and re-fill them in some goddamn emergency situation when they fall out in the next five years for another $300 a tooth? are you fucking kidding?
my dentist is going to check it out today but i may need a root canal now in the painful tooth, this is all so ridiculous.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
note the set sign } "bottom three groups amount to 60% of taxpayers".
look who gets the biggest cut from each. this is stark
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
kickball in asheville is a lot different from kickball in san diego. it is much more laid back, there are no set teams, 2 new captains pick boy girl boy girl from whoever shows up every time. there are babies on the field. there are no uniforms or cleats or refs. it is absolutely just as much fun.
i tried to spread the catching technique of 'the tuckoop' yesterday. when a pop fly is coming, get in a tuck/scoop position, and finish with 'squeeze the pillow.' there's no reason to fear the big red ball!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
going to get holden a blood test to make sure he's clear to have surgery next week. i finally got a tax refund yesterday and have money and his tumors are getting really big. he has about 8 now, two are as big as if his testicles regrew on his chest, and one is the size of a big mac. the other 5 are small like grape or cherry tomatoes.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
when stepping outside
to see if the dark sky
might get darker
and wash us all with rain
and soak us all with rain
or if again today
these stone gray puffed castles
will glide march overhead
with slightest far off rumbles
refusing still to cry
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
"The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that two nurses would be on duty night and day "in constant watch over the dancers" and that doctors would examine the dancers "frequently." Besides this William Raths, director of a Bellingham physical culture school, would "direct a corps of trainers and rubbers” (Seattle P-I, July 21, 1928)."
"By August 11, it was over. The couple that finished first won $1000 prize money. On August 22, 1928, however, the Armory marathon was on page one again. Gladys Lenz, the dancer whose partner had punched her when he went "squirrelly," had attempted suicide."
all this and so much more, including contestants demanding new phonograph records, hysterical giggling, and an Oriental Garden in a crenelated fortress can be found here:
HistoryLink.org - The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History - Essay - "Dance Marathon closes in Seattle after 19 days on August 11, 1928."
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
U.S. Geological Survey
Streamflow in the French Broad River at Asheville has reached the lowest level since 1895, when the U.S. Geological Survey first began making measurements at the site. On Sunday, the streamflow was about 121 million gallons per day (Mgd), or 188 cubic feet per second.
Previously, the lowest flow at the site occurred in 2002 when the flow was 139 Mgd.
Before 2002, streamflow in the French Broad River at Asheville had not been below 155 Mgd since 1925.
Last year, when much of North Carolina was in exceptional drought, the lowest flow in the French Broad was 199 Mgd.
Most of southwest North Carolina (18 counties) remains in an exceptional drought and virtually all of western North Carolina is in extreme (15 counties) or severe (8 counties) drought as the state moves into the driest time of the year. (See http://www.ncdrought.org for the latest North Carolina drought conditions.)
Monthly average streamflows were at all-time record lows for the months of June and July at more than half of the USGS long-term streamflow gages in western North Carolina. For example, in the French Broad River at Asheville, the July 2008 flow was 20 percent lower than the previous lowest July average flow in 1986.
Minimum record streamflows also are being recorded in the Yadkin, Catawba and Broad River basins of North Carolina. With a few exceptions, streamflows throughout much of the rest of the state remain at about half, or less, of normal conditions for this time of year
Ground-water levels in western North Carolina are about 2 to 5 feet below normal for this time of year, although no record minimum levels have been recorded. The number of ground-water monitoring wells across the state is relatively small, and records only extend back about 30 years at a few sites.
A monthly summary of conditions at unregulated streamflow sites and ground-water monitoring sites is available at http://nc.water.usgs.gov/monthly/index.html and all North Carolina USGS streamflow and ground-water data are available at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nc/nwis/nwis.
i may be overreacting, but things are dry as hell around here. i took nacho for a hike yesterday on some trails about 20 minutes away and the water he jumped in that used to be a creek and swimming holes was basically standing water and he smelled like ass.
thanks ashevegas for calling my attention to this article.
today is the day i go for my first dental fillings. their fancy new machine found some cavities back in june and then holden needed major surgery so i put off having them filled til today. i've been flossing twice a day for the past two months and i'm hoping the cavities are gone and they will tell me to go home. not very likely.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
the southeast is in a drought.
where i am it is higher than extreme - it is exceptional.
i moved here from southern california because i missed rain. i felt guilty every time i turned on the faucet knowing that they dammed the colorado river to get water to san diego, a desert, and that's not right.
the past couple weeks ive really started to notice all the lawns in asheville are brown like hay.
there's nothing i can do about it but move.
i don't have to live here - my job is on the internet and i can live anywhere with electricity.
i love it here and i love all the people i've met.
i feel guilty about sucking water out of an overtaxed system.
i absolutely would not have moved here had i known about this drought.
i'm thinking of vermont. i'm thinking of colorado. i'm thinking of oregon.
is that crazy?
i hate feeling guilty, and every time i use water that's just how i feel.
the rivers are way down, the lakes are way down, trees and bushes are dying of thirst, this is no good.