Thursday, March 20, 2014

Remembering to journal.

Writing a journal is an interesting concept. It provides a
relief and can be a concrete way of  'getting it all down'
on paper.  Yes there's stuff that you don't talk about in a
public journal like this one.  Hey, there's stuff I don't
talk about anywhere.  That's why the release from blogging
is so rewarding. Here I go again without a topic. 

What are useful topics for me to discuss, food, my pets,
the vehicle, my bicycle.

I cooked a 9 pound pork shoulder last night in the oven
from 7:45 pm till 1:45 am. At 275 degrees. I used Honey
Mustard BBQ sauce on it and added some Sriracha to that
for a bit of bite. Sriracha is an Indian condiment, it's a
medley of garlic and red chilis. The only problem with this
is I tend to eat my way around the roast. Just eating up the
sweet parts and leaving the bland stuff for later. I also noted
that it's much better heated.  Right now I'm having a bowl of
instant mashed potatoes with salt and hand cracked pepper,
but I'm all out of butter so it's not perfect. I think in a few
minutes I'm going to have a fried egg sandwich. That'll
be very tasty, I have American cheese and mayo.

Birdy bird my Cockatiel died the day after they cooked the
apartment.  I took him out in his cage but i guess i brought
him back too soon.  Yeah the place was like a sauna and
I still didn't think he would be so sensitive.  I feel pretty
bad about losing him. He had been a boon companion.
For the better part of 10 years.  Pesto is a good girl too.
She doesn't beg much and just eats about anything I give
her so long as it's 'cat food'.  I tried giving her canned
food for a while, and gourmet cat food at that, to the tune
of $ 1.00 a day.  I'm sorry that was just too rich for my
blood, I went back to good old Purina kibble.  She's okay.
She doesn't howl like the old kitty did, I just thought that
the old kitty was in heat when she howled like that.

My Bike needs the rack put on the back.  I lost the screws.
That's a shame, cause the rack is useful. I'll look around
tomorrow and see if i can find the screws. I put them in an
Altoids tin box. I have the nicest seat on the bike.  It's a
gel padded jobber and it's very comfortable.  I just have
to carry an extra chain so that the seat doesn't get ripped.
It has a quick release on the seat post and can be removed
quite easily.  Maybe next Saturday I'll get the work done
on the bicycle.

Well, off the top of my head that's all i can come up with
tonight, so I'll sign off now.  Good night!

 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Meatball Sub

Well, it's almost been six months without bedbugs.
The bedbug guy from 'the hitmen' eradication team
will be here this afternoon, but i hope it's soon
because i want to go get a pizza at Papa Murphy.
Pesto is really plump, I wonder if she has diabetes
or a thyroid disorder.  She's so darn large and she
sleeps all the time.  It's funny, the sun is going in and
out behind clouds today.  I can feel the radiation on
my face when the sun is out from behind the clouds
and then a nice cool feeling as it ducks back behind
the clouds. I wish it would stay behind the clouds
all the time.

Had a meatball on dutch crunch, with provalone
and peppers and onions.  That is my favorite
sandwich, I currently like it even better than pastrami.
The meatball is very mild and soothes the stomach.
The meatball sauce is very moist and flavorful.
Don't get me wrong, I still like a Pastrami on light
rye.  But anyway there are probably a hundred
different sandwiches that are very tasty.

I started Javascript at Codeacademy.  I'm currently
stuck on lesson 13.  I have to write a program that
well, let's see...  Program that picks from 3 different
states. I can't remember what they are right now but
it's complex enough that I'm really scratching my
head over it.  Maybe I should go back to Python
another programming language. Which is slightly
more forgiving.

Wow, It's sweltering in here.  I wish the sun would
just go behind the clouds and stay there, I don't need
to be warm right now.  Sheesh...

Given some thought into getting a new rat.  I still
have not picked out a bird yet.  I did find some
arrows at Walmart.  I think i'll buy 6 arrows and
three broadheads and three target points.

Anyway going to go sweat in shame here, see ya.

-marcus

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thinking about turtles

Today I was thinking about turtles.  They are cool.
we had a pair of turtles when we lived in Campbell
Ca.  Seems that the guy at the pet store was a newbie.
He sold us some soft shelled turtles that were more
expensive than the box turtles we were supposed to
get.  They, called and we took them back to the guy.
We didn't get the box turtles after all.  They were
living in our bathtub so you know that wasn't going
to last.

I want to bake a Papa Murphy's pie one of these days.
Papa Murphy is take out pizza, where you get the
pie with all raw stuff, and bake it at home, they weigh
close to 5 pounds for a combination. They are BIG!!!
The only problem with this setup is getting the pie to
the apartment in one piece, being 5 LBS they are a
little on the floppy side.  The store I'm thinking about
is near the College on Mendicino. 

I picked up a new set of headphones with a boom mic
and a web cam.  To the tune of around $ 35.00 This
will surely help me make Video calls to family and
friends.  I don't know how else to describe them.
The cans (headphones) are comfortable, they fit fine.
The camera is a wee little thing, but it takes
exceptional video.  Who knows maybe some day
I'll be seeing you on Google Chat or Skype. 

Pesto is a heavy kitty, I was showing her off to Scott
in video conferencing last night, Scott gave me a walk
around tour of his flat.  She was resting on the arm of
my couch right behind my head. He said introduce me
to this kitty of yours, and i plucked her off the couch
and held her up to the camera and she wanted to get
down.  She comes up on the bed at night and purrs
her little heart out, but she hates to be picked up and
held.  I think it's mostly because of her weight.  She,
tolerates petting and brushing and like I said her little
motor really starts revving when she gets brushed or
any kind of attention.

Scott, was conducting the tour of his flat with his
iPhone, that was pretty cool.  Lets all hope that he
gets rehired by J.C. Penny, as a full time employee
this time, we can hope and pray for this.

Theresa, called a week ago, I'll have to give her a call.
I wonder if she has Skype or Google + hangouts.
Well that's about the sum and total of my free writing
stamina for today.  So, now a proofread and a publish.
And another post will be finished.

-marcus

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

.22 ruger airgun

Yes, I know I get it, you need to write every day.

I will try hard to write more as days go by.  Facebook
is great, everybody is so nice. I'm going to be doing the
Skype thing.  I think that once my dad has his Skype
set up we can talk for less on the Skype line.

I just recently installed Skype and had a lot of problems.
Then I checked in the 'unused desktop icons' folder and
found that I already have Skype installed.  I tried a few
contacts and there was no connection. Don't know
what's going on with that, but I'll try some more later.
Seems to me like it kept stalling at the 50% mark.  I think
it's $ 3.75 for a month and $ 20.00 for a year.  I just
wonder if they would take a traveler's check or a money
order.  Sure hope so.

I picked up taco shells, a quart and a half of double
fudge brownie ice cream, ground meat, grated cheese,
romaine lettuce, a turkey breast, a rack of ribs, some
cat food and some kitty litter.  That was all at Target.
Of course the reason i was at Target was because I
wanted to pick up a bread making machine. They
didn't have them or they were all sold out.  I'll call
back and talk to customer service about a rain check.
The ribs are pretty much thawed.  I'm thinking about
just putting them in the oven at 200 degrees for like
5 hours.  They should be done by then.  Not much
meat on these pork baby back ribs anyway.  I ate the
whole quart and a half of double fudge brownie ice
cream.  A quart of milk, 3 tacos with romaine and
grated cheddar and jack.  Then I jumped in a hot shower
and soaked until I felt like a wet noodle.  That left me
dripping with perspiration.  Which strangely enough
feels real refreshing.

I misplaced the screws to screw the bike rack onto
the back of the bike.  I want that so that I can hang
paniers on the there.  So far the bike only has 2 speeds
slow and slower.  It's okay, I'll get around to getting it
fixed sooner or later.  Was going to pick up a Ruger
.22 cal Airgun but there's no place to shoot it. So I
might skip that.  It's not like they are going to stop
selling air guns.

Pesto is obese, I can't believe that didn't trigger the
spell checker, 'obese' apparently that is the correct
spelling.  Nice that there's a spelling checker built into
this blogger.

Well the blog started quickly, and now it will come to
a rest as quickly as it got started.  Look for more in the
future.  I'm all in on this Blogging adventure.  Hope that
something comes of it.  Toodles TTFN

-marcus

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Okay, my tummy is slushing around like a half full
tank of gas.  I picked up a terrible stomach flu.  I was
incapacitated for about 15 hours.  And it was BAD.
Seems like every time I went horizontal i wanted
to leak and there was no time to spare in getting
to the water closet. 

I keep looking at my empty bird cage and thinking
i need to get another bird.  I'm thinking that i'll get
the typical budgie, (parakeet). Or maybe a pair.

The diabetes is slowly taking hold, i have frequent
urination and blurry vision. 

I took the car to the shop and i paid $ 150.00 for a
tune up.  The result is that the car is worse now than
it was before it went in.  I replaced parts, plugs and
rotor, and cap, and wires...  No improvement at all.
I was really looking forward to some improvement.

Well, Friday was supposed to be the CW (Morse -
Code) class and i missed it cause i was sick in bed.
Now I just have to ask myself, do I really want to
commit to 2 hours a week and a drive up to Airport
Blvd.  Of course I looked up the place on a map, 
and there will be friendly faces there for sure. Ha ha. 

The problem with warming the car up for 15 minutes
in the morning and 5 minutes an hour later is that it
burns up a lot of gas.  I'm going thru 2 gallons to
warm up the car.  It's kinda disgusting.  I have
thought about selling the car back to the state of CA.
and starting over.  I heard there's a deal, cash for
clunkers.  $ 1,500 for a running car.  That's not far off
from what i would like to get for it if i were to sell it.
I get so many compliments on it, you wouldn't believe.
I was thinking that i could probably ask $ 2,500 for
it.  That may or may not be a pipe dream.

Since I've taken up the pipe i only seem to smoke
my tobacco every 3 or 4 days or so.  I would like
a nicer pipe, a clay pipe maybe, or one with a bend
in it like Sherlock Holmes uses.  My $ 10.00 special
is pretty hokey.  Well time to edit and surf off to
somewhere else.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I lost Vicki in mid October and a short while after
I lost my Cockatiel. Had the Cockatiel for a while, over
10 years.   I guess Vicki and Myself were going together
about 4 years.  She came to visit me when I was in the
hospital. So, kind.  She took care of my cat "Pesto"

Things are getting out of hand again.  I don't have
Vicki to help me. There's so much going on.  I'll be
Frank with you, No I'm Marc not Frank.  Well, anyway. 
When tying your shoes is the low-point of the day. 
You would think I might get the hint and make an effort
to curb my hunger.

Now even with diabetes I can get to feeling pretty
awe-full!  I don't want to use subcutaneous insulin just
because of the fact that syringes are icky and should
stay at the doctors office, or the hospital.

Hey, I saw the doctor Friday. He gave me a flu shot,
and I still have blood samples to do, I just can't seem
to fast for 12 hours. Back in the hospital they were
denying me food cause well, Appendicitis, you know. 
No food, this regimen went on for days, finally they
were moistening my lips from a cool rag, eventually a
little ice water.  Then bullion and tea, but the bullion
was terrible and I relished the tea.

I picked up a book at Barnes n' Noble.  Trying to
get educated in this world is a costly enterprise.  I
read for hours and hours every day, I read about
tinkering and puttering around. Lately I've been
trying to teach myself JavaScript. This book i got
today is called, "JavaScript: The Good Parts" by
Douglas Crockford. Published by O'Reilly!  What
really has me stumped right now is if/else and
functions.  These are like the foundation of
understanding that the rest of the pieces balance
on. So, I want to drill if/else and functions until I
get it, then I'm going to push harder.

Oh YEAH!!!

Merry Merry People, May your special someone meet
you under the mistletoe.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Greetings from the edge.


Greetings from the edge... Santa Rosa,
that is.

You haven't missed much.  Big turnover
in the building lately, lots of people
coming and going.

I still haven't got the 2nd bird, I still haven't
had the Bicycle repaired.  I still haven't
finished my coding tutorial.

I'm a joke, I never finish what I start, thank
goodness for Amateur Radio, I would have
no contact with the outside world without
it.  That's a whole lot of "I"s...

Vicki is still helping her mom and I miss
her a lot. I like following John H's blog
now there's a character for ya. He's out
mucking up the trails in the deepest part
of winter. Kinda look up to him, he's great.

Well, I have to run to the john, so hang in
there readers, and we'll see about getting
a little more content on these pages.
Until then, shalom.

-marcus