One Unhappy Cat

Today was a stressful day for Loki, and for myself as well. Thanks to a snowstorm, Loki’s appointment with the vet was postponed to today. Loki does not travel well. Getting him into a carrier is not actually that hard. Sometimes he just walks in; today I had to give him a little push. It still wasn’t a lot of work; in fact, it may have been the easiest part of the stressful day.

Once I got him into the car, I had to listen to him meow the entire trip to the vet. And he has such a sad meow. I hate hearing that meow. At the vet he got his shots, a quick check up, a weigh in, and only hissed a few times. I was told that my cat is overweight… ok, I knew the vet, and I told him ahead of the visit that Loki was overweight, but the vet confirmed it.

I was also hoping to adopt a cat today, so we decided to see what would happen when Loki met this new cat. It did not go well. There was a lot more hissing, Loki tried to hide even more into the cat carrier, and the female cat almost ran away.

Now, all this may have been due to Loki’s stressful day, and I may try to bring the cat home another day, but it was not a good start. I am worried about bringing her here, and then having to return her. I do not like test runs with animals.

And I know me, I would hate to return her.

A Sad Day

Yesterday was a sad day for me. I opened up a bottle of Jersey red for the first time in a while, and it was a lot less work than usual. This is the first of the new release I have had to open. In fact, that is the reason that is was a sad day. Heritage has moved away from corks and into the screw caps for their wine bottles.

Now, there are reasons to move away from the corks, even the synthetic corks. I understand this. The screw caps are actually better for the wine. It will last longer than if bottled with the cork. Storing the bottle on its side (like one is supposed to) causes corked bottles to leak on occasion, which I learned working at a liquor store. This is less likely to happen with the screw top. However, the real reason that Heritage went to the screw top, it is cheaper for them. Corking bottles, even if you have the right equipment, can get expensive. With the corks, the wine is less likely to spoil and leak, potentially saving the owners some of their stock, which means more income and more profits.

But twisting off a cap is not the same as popping the cork. I only had one, and I already miss the cork.

But I guess what is better for the business will always triumph over the fun of the cork.

Three Thing Friday

1. Jeremy Clarkson – Ok, Jeremy Clarkson can come across as a dick. For those of you who don’t know, he is one of the three hosts of the good Top Gear. Not the Australian one, the original British one, the best one. Well, at the moment he is one of the hosts, he may not be much longer. Apparently he and a producer had a fight (an actual punches thrown fight) and the BBC suspended him.

Usually, I could not possibly care less about what happens to some host of a TV show, but as much as Clarkson does come across as a bastard, he does entertain me. So, yes, I do want him reinstated for purely selfish reasons. But really, when it comes to stars and our shows, isn’t it usually selfish? We want shows to stay on the air because we like them. We want characters killed off because we don’t like them. We like reality TV because we do like to see people we don’t like suffer. It never has anything to do with what is right or wrong.

Also, no one has actually told the full story. The other hosts are sticking up for Clarkson, BBC and the producers haven’t said a word other than that he has been suspended.

Oh, Bullocks.

2. Aches and Pains – So, apparently as I get older, I hurt more. I can’t even explain the pain away through working out. And yes, I am aware that it could take a day or two for the pains to hit, but this isn’t the same. The pain isn’t right.

Back pain.
Muscle pain.
Hip pain.
Damn I am old.

3. Politics – One of my issues at work, well, one of my many issues at work is that I do not play politics very well. If I do not like you, I will not go out of my way to be nice, even if you are my boss. If I don’t like you, I’ll just avoid you and only discuss work if I have to. Sadly, a lot of the time I do have to.

I also tend to not usually hold my tongue. I may not actually call you an ass, but I will be thinking it loudly. And I may actually use slightly nicer terms when referring to you. I will also no suck up. No job is worth kissing one’s ass.

No, nothing went down this workweek. However, when one complains that certain people who sign documents don’t have a clue as to what is going on, maybe you should make sure that I don’t have your boss’s signature and your wife’s signature on those same documents.

By Its Title

A few months ago I decided to add to my collection of presidential biographies by picking up a book titled “George H. W. Bush Character at the Core” by Curt Smith. And while the extreme right wing wackos will probably defend this book to their death, and the left wing wackos will probably ask why I would waste my time with a book about a right wing nut, I decided that I wanted to read a biography on Daddy Bush. Well, apparently not all biographies are about the person listed in the title. I am going to go through my list of complaints about this book, but please realize I am only on page 42.

  1. The first chapter covered Bush’s beginnings, through WWII and into the 1950’s. What? You mean that other than getting shot down this man did nothing exciting in WWII? It barely covered his youth! Ok, fine… maybe the book will get into more depth as the chapters go on.
  2. Chapter two starts with the word “I”. What the fuck? I don’t want to read a book about the author; I want to read a book about the president. What do I care that the writer grew up in NY? The second chapter covered the author, in way too much depth.
  3. Thus far, this book has covered Nixon, Ford, Pat Nixon, Bush, and Curt Smith (the terrible writer of this book). I understand covering some of the history, but this book reads more like a defense of every republican president since Dwight Eisenhower (oh yea, he was in it to), even those who don’t need it, like Nixon and Eisenhower.
  4. I’m not even sure this qualifies as a presidential biography, so I may have to buy another book after this.

I even checked the book sleeve to see if maybe the description would explain the difference in what I expected and what I got. It didn’t. This book lied. I have heard of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but even the title of this book lied. If I am lucky, a third of this book may be on the former president. I have this fear that the rest of it will be a defense of presidents who do not need defending. I couldn’t even wait to finish the book to write a review it disgusted me that much, and yet, I will finish it.

If any one wants to read a book on a president, do NOT read this book. It may still be a good book, but it is not a good biography on Bush.

Do not judge a book by its title.

Three Thing Friday

1. Bond, James Bond – After finishing X-files I was facing an issue of deciding what to watch next. I settled on watching all of the Bond movies in order, excluding the original Casino Royale. I am already up to the Roger Moore era, which means I already made it past the worst Bond movie ever made. Too bad I still have to get through the Dalton years.

When I started watching this, for some reason I got to thinking about Doctor Who, another British series that didn’t let an aging actor prevent the series from stopping. I have to get the British credit, they do keep me entertained.

And while I am thinking about it, you would that with all the hits to the head, Bond would have a concussion by now. Obviously I should not watch TV while trying to blog, my ADD seems to take over.

2. Random Memory – For some reason I have been thinking about a time from a few years ago. A friend of mine had to put her house on the market because she got a new job that “forced” her to move to the Bahamas. Well, the house didn’t sell quickly, so she asked some of her friends to keep an eye on the place.

One time, during the winter, I went to check on the house and I found that her pipes had frozen and broke. I spent a good portion of the night waiting on a plumber to come and fix them for her. At one point, while on the phone with her, she said “I cannot believe I am in the Bahamas worried about frozen pipes.” Well, of course I had to respond that I was freezing outside worried about frozen pipes that were not even mine. And I did get a place to stay for a trip to the Bahamas, so I should not complain.

All this snow much have reminded me about this…

3. Bond Villain – Having watched a good chunk of the early Bond films, I suddenly realized that I want to be a Bond villain. In almost every movie, the villain has an awesome pet. I’ve seen Alligators, Snakes, and Sharks. Lots of sharks actually, and none of them have freaking lasers attached to their heads.

Yes, I realize the down side would be that I would have to try and take over the world… plus I would probably die as well.

But come one! My own pet shark! That would be awesome.

Best Laid Plans

Earlier in the week I made an appointment to take Loki to the vet. I put a leave slip in for the full day. I had plans to get some important banking done. There was even the possibility of adopting a new cat (no idea how Loki is going to handle that).

But know, already the vet appointment has been cancelled. I am waiting for work to announce a delayed opening, which would end up costing me the full days leave even though everyone else gets some free time off.

So while I had a lot of plans for tomorrow. I planned on having a productive day. But now I will probably just end up shoveling snow and ice, waiting for the day to end.

Or maybe we will just get nothing but rain.

And to think, I actually like winter.

Better Care

This is not a blog about the Affordable Care Act or Obama Care; this is a blog about an appointment I made today. Thursday, Loki the cat, has an appointment with a doctor.

Granted this is the first time he is going to the vet in just over two years, but I scheduled him a check up, he is not currently sick. I haven’t gone to the doctor for just a checkup since before I was married. Possibly before I went to college.

No, I only go to the doctor when I feel sick. If I start feeling wrong I rush out to the nearest clinic and quickly see a doctor. Now, I will admit that this happens about once a year, so I do still get a check up once a year. But it’s not like I schedule an appointment. I don’t even have a primary care physician down here. I only go to the clinic, and only when I feel like I need to.

I take better care of my cat than I do myself, which is not saying much. Loki is getting old, he is overweight, and he needs his claws trimmed. But Loki is probably in better shape for his species than I am for mine…

Well, maybe not.

And yes, I know the Affordable Care act and Obama care is the same thing.

Three Thing Friday

1. Stubbornness – I have my own personal parking spot at work. Now, when I say that it is “my” spot, what I mean is that I am at work so early that I can basically pick what ever spot I want, and I always park in the same spot.

Well, last weekend we got hit we a pretty powerful snowstorm (cough cough), and the people plowing the base pushed the snow into my spot. It is still mostly clear, but there is a large pile of snow still there. And I will be damned if I will let some snow prevent me from parking in my spot. All week the MINI Cooper has still been in its place, even if it was on some odd angle. I don’t mean that I parked diagonally; I mean that some snow jacked up the back end of the MINI. Also, I have to really try to get into and out of that car.

Dang it, it is “my” spot!

2. Leonard Nimoy – Spock died today. I have a lot of fond memories of watching Star Trek with my family, mostly my father. While Spock was not my favorite character in the show, it was the show itself that was important to me. I remember watching him appear in Star Trek TNG, the original series, and all of those movies including the reboot.

This man was with Star Trek from the beginning in their pilot episode and has been in more movies than William Shatner (passing him by appearing in that brief moment in the most recent film).

The man will be missed more than the role.

Live long and prosper.

3. Iran – This week video and pictures were shown of the Iranian navy blowing up a wooden replica of an American Aircraft carrier. And it really did resemble one of our carriers, if the lighting was perfect and you squinted a little bit.

But it was impressive that they managed to blow up a wooden boat that wasn’t shooting back. That didn’t have it air cover. That didn’t have its escort ships with it. Still, it was a little impressed. Am I scared of the Iranian navy? Not really, and I am not insulted by what they did.

This was not a blow to our pride; this was a navy showing their people that their navy is not entirely inept. This was a country posturing during some negotiations. This is a plot for a bad comedy movie.

So, lets sit back, grab some popcorn, and watch a bad replica of a carrier being blown up by and poor navy. It is still better than the movie Battleship.

Another Assigned Duty

Today I was voluntold that I would be on the interview board to choose the next intern or interns our office would be getting this coming summer. This falls under the description of “other duties as assigned.” Am I happy I have to do this task? Not really. But there are some other tasks that I have seen assigned that are so much worse than this. Holiday party planner? No thanks. Collector for charity donations? I’ll pass.

So this, while not a fun task, will not be the worst assignment I could have had force upon me. But it did get me thinking. I have never been on an interviewing board, so this is going to be an experience. I have also never sat in front of a board, being asked the questions. They really could not have asked for a more inexperienced person to sit on this board.

Oh well… those poor souls have no idea what they are in for.

About Damn Time

I can finally say that I am no longer a homeowner or a taxpayer in the great state of New Jersey. After living in Maryland for just over four years while still owning a home in NJ, I am very happy that it is no longer my responsibility. I no longer have to worry about repairs. I no longer have to worry about someone renting the place. I no longer have to worry about taxes, bills, and payments.

And even my responsibilities were light, relatively speaking. I owned the house, but my parents were my landlords. If anything came up, they would rush out and take care of it for me. But still, the stress of owning the place was wearing on me, and I know it was wearing on my parents. Plus the money I owed on it added to the stress as well. And when I was pulling in some rent, it was never enough.

So while I will see the money from the sale, I will not see it for long, The money immediately goes back to my parents to help pay down the money I owe them.

There are a lot of memories in that house, both good and bad. Right now I can’t think of either because I am too happy that the darn place sold.

One more tie to NJ is gone. And I am not all that bothered by that. Actually, I am a little grateful.