Well, I’ve called my biological mother (answering machine), my stepmother (no answer), my ex-partner’s mother (answering machine) and my ex-mother-in-law (answering machine). Very thorough, if ineffective. I’ll email ’em.
Spent much of the day taking digital pictures of various old stuff – little porcelain animals, interesting knick knacks, toys, 20-40 year old Mad magazines, etc. – from various closets in my family’s former and soon to be former homes. I’ll be going hogwild on eBay this week and hope to rake in a bundle of cash to ease the hassle of my grandparents’ move from the central valley to the north coast.
The picture-taking was courtesy of Jeff Anderson’s loan of a digital camera. Thanks, Jeff! Now that I think of it, I may spend the first chunk of cash from all these sales on getting a digital camera of my own. It sure would come in handy as these are by far not the last things which we need to sell on eBay.
I’ve had a very good weekend. Edmond & I read and watched tv Friday night after work. He tapes various shows during the week so we saw Voyager (eh, ok) and a really great episode of Deep Space Nine – there are some excellent performers on that show and the characters and scripting are wonderful. Also caught a bit of Home Movies (or something like that), another animated show a bit in the style of Dr. Katz on Comedy Central – very peculiar, but quite funny. At some point this weekend we also saw Family Guy (or That Family Guy or something similar) which didn’t really grab me at all and King of the Hill which does for trailer trash what Garrison Keillior did for Lutherans. Oh and I think it was Friday night that we had dinner out on Edmond’s balcony or patio or whatever you want to call it. (“I used to have a deck, then I started going out with her and now I have a veranda.”) We used some of the fresh herbs I planted in the pasta sauce. It was very nice out there, but still too chilly. We’re both looking forward to eating out there more once the weather gets hot.
I could find links for all the above, but my computer is being very cranky. Netscape has been a bit flaky ever since I installed the “new version” when I got my DSL line and ISP service through PacBell. As near as I can tell the only thing special about it is that the logo in the corner changed from the Netscape logo to the PacBell logo. Not worth a huge download even at DSL speeds. (Actually, considering the lousy throughput I’m getting tonight, I think PacBell DSL wasn’t worth it).
Yesterday Edmond and I were very relaxed yet also strangely productive. After a nice breakfast, we cleaned our respective apartments. He actually mopped & dusted & vacuumed. I just picked up and put things away and took out trash & recycling. Edmond is a tidier person than I. Then we went erranding. We sold books at Bookbuyers, dropped off donations at Goodwill, bought a summer-weight comforter, dropped off the winter-weight comforter at the drycleaner’s, bought groceries & stamps, ate a late lunch in the park and dropped off the unsold books with the Friends of the Library. Wow. And then we went around for the rest of the evening feeling great because we’d gotten so much off our to-do lists. A wonderful feeling.
Today was very different from last Sunday, instead of feeling a step behind, we both felt relaxed and happy. After a lazy morning, Edmond went off to the gym and thence to work where he planned to putter around with some code, just a little stock ticker application he’s doing for fun. I took pictures of stuff. I took a lot of pictures of stuff. Tomorrow night I’ll have to get them ready for eBay posting. I’ll probably be writing eBay item descriptions all week! I’ve also made more progress wading through the records from my parents’ collection. I have quite a lot I don’t want to keep, so I’ll probably try to sell them at Rasputin’s. I find they have the best used CDs, so I’ll just go get trade credit and turn these into some music I do want. Oh and I made some soup stock.
And I updated my web journal.
Not a bad weekend at all.
Shaking out the mailbag for some loose links I’ve meant to mention.
David Weinberger has a great piece in his Journal of the Hyperlinked Organization (JOHO) called “THE LONGING: The Web and the Return of Voice“.
Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency is really quite difficult to describe, but the writing is excellent.
Well, I’m getting Out of Memory errors, so I’m going to call it a night. That’s the problem with running Windows, you have to reinstall the whole damn operating system every 6 months or things start acting goofy. Time to build a Linux machine.