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I thought I would finish today but found more boxes to sort. Today most stuff was throw away or securely shred.

The artwork will take a couple of trips but then I should be done.

my office

Aug. 11th, 2014 09:14 pm
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The toys are sorted and packed and home. All paper has been dealt with and sorted as to recycle or shred before recycling. All books have been sorted most are staying and a few are coming home.

There are some things going to Goodwill but I do one last sweep (!!) of desktop tomorrow.

All the artwork will come home tomorrow.


Aug. 11th, 2014 11:03 am
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I was awakened by the sound of my neighbor weed whacking his lawn. He does not own a lawn mower. Now it is joined by the sound of my lawn guy doing my lawn. It must have been declared "shorten your grass day".

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I am currently playing fetch with Fiona. She dug out one of her spring toys and I am the monkey with the arm. Mainly Clown cats (or at least my Maine Coons) think that fetch is the best game. Eoin used to catch projectiles out of the air. Fi just chases her spring.

Cami and I went to see The Hundred Foot Journey today. Excellent movie!

I've been meaning to comment on the urban farmer a few blocks over. He started with chickens and then added bees. His hives are on the roof of the one story house extension. We drove by sometime last week and noticed he had goats. I went looking and it seems that his goats no longer reside at his house. (They were dwarf Nigerian goats FWIIW.) He and others are working to make them legal but at the moment they are not so they had to move.

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Cami has been helping me sort through the mess that was my office. I have filled four large recycle bins!!! Sorted books and toys. It looks like I'm about two days from done. I will finish at the beginning of next week. I cannot take the dust.

right now

Aug. 4th, 2014 10:35 pm
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I'm watching tv with two cats. They are snuggled with me and snoring, loudly!

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After over 30 years of collecting stuff I need to clean out my office at school as it is no longer mine after August 18th. It needs be be sorted into take home, recycle paper, "recycle paper must shred" and junk. It was amazing how much of the paper because "hurrah I don't have to deal with this shit any more -- recycle.

The books I don't want are staying as I have no room or use for them at home. The Chair recommended I just leave them to the program as most are software or reference books. So they are staying and I'll take home just a banker's box full.

Four plastic tubs full of toys and mementos came home today. A shopping bag full of "shred this paper" dealt with. A giant recycle bin full of paper. And then my back gave up for the day and I came home.

Many drawers in file cabinets to deal with tomorrow. Most some version of recycle.

I have to get the artwork out tomorrow and then we'll see what it looks like. The stuff is still sitting in my car at the moment because thunderstorms moved through and it is pouring too hard to get the stuff in.

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There is an railroad overpass near the Zoo in Lansing that is infamous. If you rent a truck in the city they will point to pictures and make you sign a waiver about this overpass. It has a 13' clearance. It has fancy equipment and big flashing worded signs that tell you if you vehicle is too tall for the overpass. They flash a warning and tell you to stop!

Today the overpass ate another truck. We were heading for lunch before going to see Guardians of the Galaxy. As we headed down Pennsylvania there was the truck, stuck and looking somewhat crumpled.

Oops. This happens about once a year or so. Picture compliments of

"G of the G" was as fun as advertised. Stick around for the credit cookie. If you are on the older side it may make a bit more sense.


Jul. 30th, 2014 01:37 am
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Fiona demonstrated a new talent tonight. I gave her a new toy spring. She hockey pucked it under the dishwasher and the sat there for a minute in frustration. I went to get the yard stick but she flattened herself into a cat rug and went in. She played with it for a bit with a concerned Ash chortling in front of the dish washer. (There is an enclosed dead space next to dishwasher.)

Scrabble, scrabble, scrabble. And Fi went racing across the kitchen in pursuit of the spring.

The two of them just brought me the spring and wanted me to throw it. I did and they were off!

home again

Jul. 21st, 2014 11:25 pm
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We came home today from Detroit by way of Canada. We needed dim sum so went to Windsor for brunch.

I made it home to two very pissed off cats. I have been forgiven by Ash but Fi is still being a bit weird.

the hotel

Jul. 20th, 2014 08:51 pm
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The RenCenter is, I believe, the most user unfriendly place I have every been in. It is striking in the space it describes but as some one in a wheelchair navigating this place it is a nightmare. I assumed that others could deal with the space better but from all the comments, jokes and tweets, this is not the case. "How do you find ... ?" was the most common comment heard.

People who cannot use escalators or stairs must find the one hidden elevator in the entire place that accesses certain floors. You must understand that different elevators access different floors and you have to go on a hunt to find the right one. The signs are little help.

Spaceship anyone? I was fascinated by the trees in pods.


Jul. 19th, 2014 08:56 pm
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It was fun but many of the folks in their hall costumes were as good.


Jul. 19th, 2014 02:32 pm
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Went to a Jim Hines reading this morning. I was slow with the camera so I missed him doing poses. Poses were offered to entice viewers. He wanted more attendees than Scalzi.

day 3

Jul. 19th, 2014 09:35 am
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Up early and have already breakfasted. This will be a long and busy day ending in the masquerade. I have my costume do you?

We have almost figured out how to navigate around a hotel that has different banks of elevators for this and that. Concentric rings with floors that only connect by escalator or stairs except for the hidden handicapper accessible elevator that is "oops turned off right now!".

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We spent the morning at the Detroit Institute of the Arts because it is still here. The Republicans were not able to loot the art and destroy the Diego Rivera murals. There were enough sensible Repubs and Dems to vote to take the millions guaranteed by the car companies and millionaires. This counts as a big WIN in my book.

Other things of interest...

Went to some panels this afternoon and then the Opening Ceremony. Jim Hines had a nice hat.

After that we did not head to the Con Suite for the party but instead headed to dinner.

The view from our table...


Jul. 16th, 2014 10:26 pm
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The view from my hotel room. A casino in Winsor, ONT, Canada.


Jul. 16th, 2014 08:44 pm
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Registered, looked at the program and now we are contemplating where to have dinner.


Jul. 15th, 2014 10:05 pm
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Got my costume done and am mostly packed. I'm going to head down to Detroit for DetCon1 tomorrow. I might spend some time at the Detroit Institute of the Arts tomorrow as the Con starts on Thursday.

I will miss the expected traffic hell that will be Biden speaking at Netroots Nation which is going on at Cobo Hall at the same time as NASFiC is happening at the Ren Center.


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