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 I have a general rule of thumb: the person who cancels on something with me is the person whose responsibility it is to reschedule.  If I have something come up that requires me to cancel on lunch with a friend, it's on me to propose a new date or time.  If someone cancels on me, I'm not going to chase them down for a new date.

This update brought to you buy two people canceling on me earlier this week, and one last week.  I'm disappointed they didn't reschedule, but I have to take that as a possible sign they aren't interested in spending time with me.  I will not be the douchebro who can't take hints.

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Apr. 8th, 2017 09:30 am
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I don't plan to delete my LJ (I paid for permanent status, dammit), but this will be the last post.  I don't plan to read it anymore, either (once I've taken care of a few things).

I'm on dreamwidth at kingrat.dreamwidth.org, have the personal blog at www.kingrat.us, at facebook.com/kingrat, twitter.com/kingrat, Google+ under my name, and even ello.

Well hello

Apr. 4th, 2017 11:31 am
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I guess I'll be posting here now instead of LiveJournal. Not that I post there much, but it's kinda nice for semi-protected musings when I don't want the attention of Facebook.

Unemployed

Mar. 24th, 2017 06:44 pm
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Turns out my insurance is cut off at midnight tonight, not the end of the month. In a way, that's a good thing.  Now I'll move my appointment scheduled for next week to the following week.  Where it will count against my deductible for my new insurance and not for the current insurance.

Next week is already full of things to do.
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A week off, but tomorrow I head to the home office for a week there.
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CNN has Jake Tapper discussing the Women's March with Michael Moore.
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I finally saw Captain America: Civil War this weekend.

It did something that I really enjoyed that doesn't happen all that often in super-hero movies. They used their super-powers in the fight scenes. So used to people just bashing each other around with lots of cuts.

Votes

Mar. 31st, 2016 01:05 am
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Clinton: 8,924,920
Sanders: 6,398,420
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I just finished scanning and filing my bills and correspondence and statements and whatnot from December and January.

I note this because I have historically been very bad at keeping up with this sort of thing, to my detriment.  At times, I've had half-decade old unopened mail and years-old paperwork that needed to be handled (not just filed).  It's an anxiety thing. I can't deal with it, so it got stuck in a box, thinking I'd be able to deal with it the next week.  But then the amount of stuff in the box and the length of time it had been in there made it even harder to deal with.

This is why I have had to deal with the IRS twice and the State of Idaho once.

I've been better in the last few years, but stuff still piled up.

Since moving to mostly paperless storage last year, 2 months is about the longest I've gone without filing.  And I've had nothing older than a couple of weeks that needed to be dealt with. Only one bill has been paid late, and that's just because I forgot to enter it into my bill pay.

It's only been one year, so I don't want to declare victory.  But I am feeling celebratory at finding a method to deal with one of my neuroses.
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Continuing his streak of having written nothing worthwhile since at least Pastwatch, Mazer In Prison is only worthwhile for laughing at Card's Gary Stu.

I know Adams probably thought it would help sell the antho, so I hope it worked.
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I'm really enjoying Master of None.

X-Files

Jan. 6th, 2016 10:34 pm
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Since X-Files is getting restarted later this month, I thought I would try to watch the original show. Prior to today, I think I've only watched one episode.  I've now watched the pilot and am nearly done with the second episode.

I don't think it's for me, but I'll give it a couple more episodes.

What's really getting me though is that I just finished watching the first two seasons of The Fall, also starring Gillian Anderson.  In that show, she's the ultra-competent detective.  In X-Files, her character comes off as a whiny subordinate to Duchovny's character.  Duchovny's character is no less whiny.  I much preferred The Fall's Gillian Anderson character.
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I'm mostly taking a break from posting to Facebook.  Don't hate it, and I'm still using it.  Just not posting.  Trying out some different ways of using it to see if they are better for my well-being.  Right now I'm mosting commenting only, and I did post a couple of Christmas messages.  I'm not even sure why I'm doing this or what I hope will happen.  I just know that I have been increasingly depressed lately over my relationships with people, and that's where a lot of my relationships happen. So if I'm going to change things, I need to change the 80%, not fiddle at the edges. Again, it's not Facebook itself so don't irritate me with anti-Facebook comments.  I get it, people hate Facebook. In this case, I mostly hate me.
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I view all the people who brag about wine-drinking and whiskey drinking like the rest of you view potheads who brag about their fat blunts.  I really am all for imbibing when you want to have fun, even overdoing it a lot.  But bragging about the getting fucked up part, rather than the fun and/or stupid things you do, seems inane to me.  Intoxicants are the tool, not the goal.
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Seriously, Madison Wisconsin, you aren't a big enough city to name two different hospitals "General Hospital".
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The first image is a screenshot from The Fighting Lady at 6:55.  The subject at that moment is the maintenance and operation of the ship's gun.  My grandfather was the Assistant Gunnery Officer.  The photo below is from his file and is date a year or two earlier.  I think there's a resemblance between him and the man in the middle of the screen shot.  They both have the chin dimple.  However, neither image is clear enough for me to be sure.
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Last summer my aunt requested the military file for my grandfather.  It finally came through last month.  I scanned all 600+ pages a couple weeks ago and am now going through it.  It's mostly pretty boring. Lots of medical reports and service evaluations.

However, buried in it are some gems.  For instance, his 1944 fitness report lists the naval operations he participated it.  The first one listed was simply "Truk Islands, 16-17 Feb. 1944".  Looking that up, it was Operation Hailstorm, a major operation to attack what was termed "the Japanese Pearl Harbor" although the Japanese were in the process of evacuating it when we attacked.

The Wikipedia rabbit hole leads me to the Navy documentary The Fighting Lady, which was about the U.S.S. Yorktown leading up to that attack. That was the carrier on which my grandfather served. Time to review it in detail to see if George Weiss shows up anywhere in the footage.  He was an Assistant Gunnery Officer and and Supervisory Deck Watch during this period.


If the embed doesn't work, The Fighting Lady can be found at Archive.org.
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I've never been big on Christmas, and after Matt died Christmas day 2001, the holiday has been especially tough.

Yesterday I put up a Christmas tree.

Pulled out my box of ornaments.  Every year from when I was little my grandparents gave each kid in our family an ornament.  These were usually from their trips abroad, but early ornaments were handmade. Since 2001, I've mostly not opened these.  Since my grandparents died in 2010, I've kept these unopened packages in a box.

After putting up the tree, I started pulling out the ornaments.  About 5 minutes into getting them out, I just couldn't.  Sat down on the couch and cried.  Kim was here helping decorate the tree.  She was futzing with the lights.  They had to be just so.  She was behind the tree grousing about something-or-the-other with the lights, and after about 90 seconds realized something was wrong and came over and petted me.

Later we watched A Very Murray Christmas.
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I pretty much haven't done any work on genealogy since March.  That's about to change.

Paris

Nov. 15th, 2015 07:49 pm
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I have nothing worthwhile to say about Paris or ISIS.  I write this here mostly in case someone thinks they know what I think or can guess based on previous things I've written or said. 

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