Thu 17 Jul 15:22
When Bastille Day came on Monday, I saw parallels between the situation then and there and here and now. The nobles
were living off the rest of us with their privileges, dodging taxes, and sucking the life out of the economy. Meanwhile,
visions of 1980 have returned, perhaps to end Reganism at last. Our American- made mill called Bayside is expanding
fiercely as imports rise in price.
I finally obtained an appointment to clean out my left year -- two weeks from last night. The wax must be deep
in my ear.
Billy Wagner blew a save in the All-Star Game for the National League. Consequently, the tie lasted into the fifteenth
inning. Both sides were running out of pitchers. Unlike 1967, the last pitcher would have been David Wright, rather
than Tom Seaver!
Sun 20 Jul 10:15
It looks as though I be spending the weekend at home. Mom has pain below the knee; I suspect she had whacked her
knee again on the stairs. She doesn't wat to visit today, and it is quite hot (25º at 7 AM), that I think we'll wait
Mon 21 Jul 14:58
On the third try of a combination of carbamide peroxide and droplet washings, my left ear finally opened a week later.
I'm going to try it on my right ear at bathtime today. It's such a relief to hear out both ears!
Given my discovery of the latter version of "The Blob" in 1988, I finally heard the blob crawl up the wall of the clip,
"Bye Paul (Taylor)", played by Donovan Philip Leitch Jr, tall, dark, and handsome.
The DeMaios finally announced that they were going to enforced the front fence today. It took three weeks since
I sent out the contract. I've had no time to clear out the vegetation around the fence. My last major expence
should end this week.
Meanwhile, I sent out payment for "Communicaion Mastery" and for the Amazon version of Rosetta Stone's Irish 1,2,3, and
I just finished "When Smart People Fail". It's time to move along. "The Millionaire Next Door"
should be done as well. I will garner what I can, then dump the book. I simply have too many which are obsolete
and clutter my bookcases.
Tue 22 Jul 8:18
The DeMaios fixed the fence and the gate yesterday afternoon. I sent out what I hope to be the last major
payment of the year. Because they used the same hinges, it cost $575.
I was downstairs this morning on the internet with the Blob 1988, when I heard the spoon move in the cereal bowl on the
floor. I looked down to see an escaped hamster. I must have left the door open above the cage.
Block moves toward an end next week. However, my Rosetta Stone Irish won't be here until August. The key
will be compatability with Vista.
I finished "When Smart People Fail", so my next move is to practice it and move on. Also weeds need whacking and
vans need washing this week. My résumé needs a revision on the internet, and I will need.....
This day and date provokes memories of 1980 and 1986. In 1980, I went to te History Department to sign for my first
ever graduate teaching assistantship. All I had to do was wait six weeks until the term started, and, of course, finish
my bachelor degrees. In stark contrast, in 1986, I had just lost another job on layoff while holding a parttime one
on weekends. I jumped on an offer the evening before, and I started another disaster of a job at Wawa's for a pittance
in northeastern Philadelphia. The uplift from Vide France had faded into obscurity by then. Sketching and
writing were holding my sanity.
Words of the week:
ablution, welter, gimlet, grok, and kluge.
Abington Hospital wants a prescription for the video fluoroscopy. I will have to get one from Statesman.
Wed 23 Jul midafternoon
Thoughts of what I was doing on a Sunday at this date thirty years ago angers me. I was still experimenting with
redrawing scenes from Mad and Cracked Magazines and translating them into French and German. Little did I know that
a score later, technology would provide movies translated into other languages, particularly French and Spanish. From
Jaws II to Rosetta Stone, my Irish package comes tomorrow.
Thu 24 Jul 8:23
I made an appointment for 4 PM, which changes the day completely. Sometime today, my Rosetta Stone for Irish will
arrive. Someone must sign for it. Tonight I've abandoned Toastmasters until next month. Once Block is out
of the way on Monday, I can finally return for my plans for the offseason. Thre are only five months left.
Fri 25 Jul
My Rosetta Stone of Irish came just past 1 PM. I had just come upstairs from the internet. I had expected
the package soon, for I had seen the UPS truck near Wawa's when I drove home. Version 3 is compatable with Vista, but
it does not help with previous versions. I could not get the version on again, so I'll have to use the other computer
Mom did not want to go to the doctor, but I got here to go anyway. They suspect arthritis in the knee, so here
we go again with X-rays!
McCain's campaign continues to founder. Obama is travelling Europe to huge crowds. There were 200,000 in
Berlin yesterday. The polls don't change much, so I remain hopeful.
The three-game series with Philadelphia could have been a sweep. The bullpen lost the first game, blowing a 5-2
lead into the ninth.
I went food shopping yesterday, but I still must pick up pills at PathMark. Tonight we visit Tim, and I finally
whack weeds and wash vans.
Sun 27 Jul 13:40
We went to Frankford Torresdale after stopping at PathMark for pills. It took about a halfhour, which suggests
I should go there about an hour after they open the hospital.
I chopped much of the weeds, especially in my front garden. I clipped the dog before the rain. I also cleaned
out my right ear. The wax that fell out was astounding. It took several times to clean it out, but the bulb squirted
the water effectively.
The teaching company sent me another catalog. In there, I found disturbing statement on Friederich Nietzsche.
Supposedly he said that people are moral because they do not wish to be shunned. It suggests that hermits are immoral.
Thu 31 Jul 15:13
My class at Block ended on the internet at my seasonal desk with passing the test. Tuesday night we visited, and
that was all. Last night I waited nearly an hour for an examination of my ears. It was too late for me to take
the prescription to Cornwells Pharmacy and Lou's Produce. So, I am forced to go today, with groceries at PathMark thrown
The neighbor across the street informed me that on Tuesday, Mom was wandering the neighborhood and apparently was too
confused to get back home. It appears it will soon be time to change arrangements.