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|Thursday, April 19th, 2018|
I checked the trees yesterday and we have plums! This is in addition to the peaches we noticed forming last week. The apricots are doing well. They're about super-ball sized now and starting to change color. My boss has an apricot in her yard and said that they should be ripe by June. No news yet on the apple trees although the Fuji flowered prolifically. Then again, so did the nectarine and we haven't seen any baby fruit yet either. In other gardening news I have at least started to prepare my vegetable beds. I hope to get some beets, lettuce, and radishes in the ground this weekend.
|Monday, April 16th, 2018|
|I've Got Maggots in my Scrotum
WTF?!? *lol* If anyone ever asks you what the last line in "The Book of Mormon" is...there's your answer! They were actually selling shorts with that written on them in the gift shop. Oh, and t-shirts that proudly proclaimed "Hasa Diga Eebowai" which everyone knows means "Fuck you, God." So, yes, Kitty and I went to the musical on Saturday and enjoyed it immensely. This was my second time seeing it and Kitty's first since she was in the hospital the first time it came to town. I must say that I enjoyed it just as much the 2nd time, if not more. It truly is one of those "must see" musicals. The theater was packed, which was great to see. Next week tickets go on sale for the 2019 season. We've decided to go ahead and get season tickets again. We both really enjoy going out to the theater. More on that in an upcoming post.
|Thursday, April 12th, 2018|
|Peeking Into Your Backyard
I mentioned in an earlier post that I have been walking around the neighborhood a lot more now that Mesa is gone. I have started to establish little routes that give me a good 1.5-2 mile circuit. One thing I have learned is that I am pretty much the odd person when it comes to livable yard space. I am shocked by the number of houses that have absolutely nothing done to the back yard. The houses in the area are only 30-40 years old, but the houses were still built in an era where there was space between them. This is opposed to the modern approach of filling the lot with as much house as possible. That was one reason why I did the extensive front yard remodel to connect it with the back yard. There is a tremendous amount of space that could be utilized! But as I said, I appear to be the exception, not the rule. It sometimes makes me wonder about the neighbors. There was one house that I noticed several years ago when I decided to walk to our local Mexican restaurant. I peered over the wall and saw that it was completely filled with junk. WTF?!? I thought this was supposed to be a nice neighborhood! I walked by again a few months ago, and this time the front yard was stacked with junk. A week later, however, there was a large dumpster where the junk pile had been. Perhaps a hoarder lived there. I have also found a couple of foreclosed properties as well. Oh well. At least all of my nearby neighbors give a damn and have at least attractive front yards.
EDIT: OMG! I just went to find a Google Map image of the hoarder house. I had no idea that they had 2 old toilets as sort of a gateway onto their back deck!
|Monday, April 9th, 2018|
|Another Tree Entry
Temps finally hit 80 this weekend and the trees responded. The apple trees finally bloomed on Saturday. I suspected the Honeycrsip would produce fruit since there were a couple of small apples on it when I bought it last year. They did not survive the transplant. The fig tree also sprang to life and now has a couple of leaves. I am keeping an eye on the apricot. There are about a half dozen marble-sized green fuzzy balls that I hope will mature into fruit. All of the other trees and shrubs that I planted last year are showing signs of life. We bought some seeds this weekend and I hope to plant some cold-weather veggies next weekend in my new garden plot. I had wanted to do it yesterday, but the weather was absolute shite with high winds all day. Ah, Spring in NM!
|Friday, April 6th, 2018|
Last night Kitty and I were watching TV when someone rang our bell. It was the neighbor. He informed us that there was a rat on the side of our house. WTF?!? We went to check it out and, yes, there was a rodent hanging from our wall. It was too big to be a field mouse and it didn't look like a kangaroo rat. The neighbor offered to dispatch it with a pellet gun, but I decided to let our cats have a little fun. One of the cats had probably found it in the first place and then got bored. So we called all 3 cats over. Fling followed it around as it tried to escape. She got bored and started cleaning herself. The mouse then ran and hid 2" below Diva. She didn't have a clue. Finally Yoink spotted it and gave chase. Perhaps you have seen the viral video that has been going around Facebook recently of a cat softly bopping a bird on the head. Yeah. Yoink did that. I should have had my camera with me. He could have been the new Keyboard Cat. Then in typical cat fashion...he walked away. That was it. I picked up the rodent by the tail and carried him to the gate. I sent him up the mesa with my well wishes.
|Wednesday, April 4th, 2018|
|To Tree Or Not To Tree
3 posts in one!
1) I thought my plum tree was going right to leaf without flowering. Wrong! I noticed it was covered in little white flowers yesterday. Yay! I had also written last week that I wasn't sure if the apple trees would also not flower. It looks like it will leaf out and then flower as opposed to the peach, nectarine, and apricot which flower first. Stay tuned!
2) I finally watched "Hamlet" last night. That means that I have now watched every Oscar-winning Best Picture except for this year's winner. Yay! I am a geek!
3) And finally, this is the anniversary of MLK's death 50 years ago. Here is a clip from his most inspirational speech.
|Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018|
Several months ago Kitty got a subscription to the Wall Street Journal for something she was doing with a class she was taking. She got it for the online version but I started reading the print version which was delivered to our door. I must say that I truly enjoy print medium. I had thought about subscribing to our local paper, but it is mostly an ad-delivery system with very thin news resources. I was finding the world reporting of the Journal highly informative. Yes, I know it has a right-wing bias with the owner being that piece of shit Murdoch, but then again it's good to hear the "other side" of the story. I have always been a fiscal conservative, so I find that bias pretty much in line with my thinking. Even THEY think Trump is an idiot when it comes to his fiscal policy. Some of the commentary is laughably from the far/alt Right side. The other day there was an op-ed piece by Karl Rove, the master of evil from the Bush Administration. Peggy Noonan also had a wonderful piece about how we are such a violent society because we allow abortion. But I'm sure I would be rolling my eyes just as much if I subscribed to the New York Times and read about how Hip-hop culture is making the world a better place (I just made that up). I told Kitty that I just feel so much more informed about the state of the world now that I have a real news source. Last year when we visited Europe I felt ashamed that I knew so few of the world's leaders. Now I know more about Xi, May, Macron, Abe, Merkel, etc. When I watch the evening news I start yelling "That's not news!" at the screen because most of the time is wasted on stories about autistic children, veterans, and puppies. War in Yemen? What war? And where is Yemen? And of course the Journal has lots of news about our economy. I know many of my friends have no idea about the mysteries of Wall Street. The key is to make it not be a mystery. Perhaps the best advice is "be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful." Know more about driverless cars besides one just killed a person. Are you ready for 5G? Will Amazon really put all brink-and-mortar stores out of business? I'm just soaking up all of this info that is still available in print. I have thought about getting a subscription to The New York Times or the Washington Post to balance things out, but that would double my news input which would almost fill up an entire day! I try to get the same amount of info online, but then I read about the average millennial spending 10 seconds reading a story and they cater to that. It just can't be done! Cnn is horrible for news just as MSN Money is crap for in-depth financial stories. Like that TV commercial says, "Oh no! I'm becoming my parents!"
|Monday, April 2nd, 2018|
It was a nice one this year. Our friend asked me if I would once again be the bunny for their church's egg hunt. I was fine until my headstrap fell in front of my eyes and completely blinded me. Oh noez! Wardrobe malfunction! And then I discovered a piece of velcro that held my neckpiece closed had failed. But I had fun with the kiddos. We then did some last minute shopping since we invited the friend over to our place for dinner. I had bought a Big Ass Ham since it was on sale. Oy! Kosher ham! So I thought we would share our bounty. We also invited scritchwuff
over since we hadn't seen him in a couple of weeks. It was a nice spread. Kitty made green bean casserole and I made scalloped potatoes. It was nice enough that we ate out on the patio. And now we have a nice bunch of leftovers to get us through the week as well as a nice ham bone which will soon go into a crockpot of red beans and rice.
|Sunday, April 1st, 2018|
I spent an hour or so weeding the front yard around the new fruit trees. The only tree that hasn't done anything yet is the fig. I'm assuming it will need warmer temps. The other 6 trees had all started to leaf out including the apples and cherry. They didn't bloom, so it looks like no fruit from those this year (unless the apples flower after they leaf). At first I said that the apricot had peaked in terms of flowering. Then I said it was only half done. Now I'll go back and say that it had peaked when I first said. I gave up hope for fruit since the flowers only lasted for just over a week, but then Kitty noticed little fuzzy green balls forming on a few branches. Baby apricots! We'll see if they survive. Right now the nectarine is in full bloom. It has gorgeous pink flowers. I'll be carefully scanning the peach tree to see if it had a successful pollination.
|Friday, March 30th, 2018|
Welcome to the non-holiday holiday. I have never understood how Good Friday was NOT made a holiday. Yeah yeah. I know it's basically a religious holiday, but then again, so is Christmas. If they tried to pass a law to make it a holiday, they could call it "Spring Festival" or something non-religious. Of course then the Christians would complain because you're diminishing the most holiest of days for them. But why not just go ahead and make today a holiday? Lots of people take off. Wall Street is closed today (all of the Jews are getting ready for Passover). Today is a huge deal here in NM. Thousands of people make pilgrimages to sacred sites all over the state. Just give us the damn day off! I'll celebrate the Pagan way with eggs, candy, and maybe a bunny suit. *grin*
|Monday, March 26th, 2018|
|What the Bear is Watching
I like to make posts like this every so often as a little pop culture milepost. I bet if I went back to all of my similar posts over the past 15 years I'd read about how awesome "Lost" was or how I did old skool binge watching of "The Sopranos" and "Battlestar Galactica" by getting the dvd's from Netflix. So what have I been binging lately?
"Animals" - HBO - A show about anthropomorphic animals in New York City. The animation is crap, but some of the story lines are kinda cute. It's kinda sad to say that just after 2 seasons it has already jumped the shark.
"Portlandia" - IFC - When this show first came out I really loved it. It was fresh. It had hip cool celebrity cameos. And it was all just wonderfully bizarre. Then it became a victim of its own success. It jumped the shark a couple of seasons ago but managed to pull itself back up to end on a high note. Even they knew that it was time to pull the plug.
"The Crown" - Netflix - We kept hearing about this series about queen Elizabeth II and so we gave it a try. It was interesting but we set it aside for a few weeks. We came back to it and pushed through to the E2. The hook was set. We the binged the season and the follow up. Can't wait for S3!
"Black Mirror" - Netflix - We gave the series a shot and only made it in one episode. A few weeks later I decided to give it another shot. I pushed on to E2 and started to see something. By the time I got to E3 I realized that it was a modern-day "Twilight Zone" where the overall plots were driven by human emotions and interactions, but there was a twinge of sci-fi using technology that doesn't exist today, but easily could in 10-20 years. As an example, everyone's status is determined by rankings you get from other people. The goal is to become a 5-star person which means you're super awesome! Probably my new favorite show.
"The Chi" - Showtime - Life on the west side of Chicago. It's supposed to be the South Side, but I recognized the filming locations and know it's more West Side (near the "Patron House" which Albear will understand) I just thought it had good character development. They're saying it is such a true and accurate portrayal of the lives of urban black folk. If that's true, it's nothing to celebrate. It just shows that the "culture" revolves around drugs, killing, and baby daddies. I guess it's good to know how the other half lives...from a distance.
"Homeland" - Showtime - I have been watching this show since the beginning. It jumped the shark after S3, but pulled itself back up in the following seasons. This season deals with fake news and Russian meddling. Hmmm. A bit too close to home. They actually started this plotline in the previous season prior to the 2016 elections. They were going to tone it down because they thought the plot was just too preposterous. Ooops! Life imitating art?
Of course there are our other staples such as "Real Time with Bill Maher" and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver."
|Friday, March 23rd, 2018|
|A Trip to the Hospital
For the first time in my 53 years, I was admitted to the hospital yesterday. No worries. It was just for an outpatient procedure. Everything is fine. There comes a time in every man's life when he has to have something shoved up his butt (and I'm not talking about a furry con). So here's the story about my trip to the doctor.( Collapse )
|Tuesday, March 20th, 2018|
So the news is buzzing that a pedestrian was killed by a self-driving car. Oh noez! It's the death of an industry that hasn't even happened yet! Did anybody ask the simple question, "How many people are hit and killed by cars (non self-driving) on a daily basis?" Oh hell no! Don't try to lessen my outrage with facts!
And this may sound strange, but I'm actually agreeing with Trump on North Korea. Oh noez! We have to do this and this and this before we can ever DISCUSS having a meeting! Oh, you mean do exactly what we have been doing for the past 40 years with absolutely no results? Yes, I cringe every time the orange beast opens his mouth, but maybe there is something there. From what I have read, however, all any world leader has to do is read "Art of the Deal" and they have the playbook from which they can manipulate him.
|Monday, March 19th, 2018|
|A Slight Correction
On Friday I posted that the nectarine tree had blossomed. I will now retract that. It looked like some buds were right on the bursting point. I was wrong. Today should be the day when I can declare that it has officially blossomed. So it's just under a week after the peach tree. I also said that the apricot had pretty much fully blossomed. The closer I looked the more that I saw that it was probably only half blossomed. That's good! More flowers yet to come! It's already quite beautiful. Perhaps the weather will have set things back a few days. It was absolute shit yesterday with winds hitting 60 MPH at the airport. I had to retrieve the garbage cans from the street as they had blown down the driveway. It was a good day to just stay inside and recover from our St Patty's Day party on Saturday. It must have been a good party. I don't remember half of it.
|Friday, March 16th, 2018|
The next fruit tree to flower is the peach. It was followed a day later by the nectarine. There are still very few flowers, but the buds have started to burst. The apricot is almost fully bloomed now. My only concern is that I haven't seen any pollinators yet i.e. bees. There is a bush down the block with purple flowers and it's buzzin'. Nothing for my trees. I also found it interesting that the cherry blossoms are supposedly reaching their peak in DC. Mine is barely budding. I guess being 5000' higher is more important than being 2 degrees further south in latitude.
|Monday, March 12th, 2018|
|One Singular Senstation
Saturday was another date night for Kitty and me. It started with dinner at a new local brewpub that just opened. It was just "meh." Hopefully they'll improve as time goes on. I am convinced, however, that every new brewpub is trying their best to make every beer they brew taste like ass. Back in the early 90's, the first "golden age of microbrew", the goal was to create beers that didn't taste like Bud or Miller. That's a pretty low bar to get over. But now everyone is going for odd flavors. I guess sour beers are the new thing. Why?!? We're already in a race to make the bitterest beer, so now it's sour?!? Who thought that was a good idea?!? Stupid millennials. *lol* After dinner it was off to see "A Chorus Line," yet another musical in the Broadway series we got this season. I had only seen the movie version done way back when. We both really loved it. Sunday was the antithesis of Saturday. We were both groggy from the time change and the weather turned cold and rainy. At least we could get caught up on our movies. Over the weekend we watched "Blade Runner:2049" (meh) and "The Square," a Best Foreign-Language nominee. I'm STILL trying to understand European film making.
|Friday, March 9th, 2018|
Another natural history post! Now that I have fruit trees, I have another possible climate-change barometer. Hopefully I'll be able to go back to these posts 10-20 years from now to see if there is any noticeable shift in seasons. So the winner of the first-tree-to-flower is the apricot tree. I noticed buds ready to burst over the weekend and the first flowers appeared on Wednesday. The other trees are developing buds except for the fig. I suppose the fig needs warmer weather. The early blooming of the apricot makes sense from what people have told me. It seems that they are a very "feast or famine" fruit tree. With such an early flowering date, it opens itself up to a greater likelihood of late-season freezes. I think last year was fairly mild so there was an abundance of apricots. I have my claws crossed that this year will be similar. Stay tuned for more fruity posts!
|Wednesday, March 7th, 2018|
|Start The Countdown Clock
Old Bear is getting old! I have been wanting to make this post for some time now. Since 2016, actually. August 2016 marked my 25th anniversary for my time in the gubbment. I had assumed that I would be eligible for retirement sometime around the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022. I then found out that because some of my early days were temporary appointments where I didn't contribute to a retirement plan, that time doesn't count towards retirement. I could have "bought back" that time, but that program ended at 1988. A lot of my time would have been 1989 and 1990. D'oh! I was able to buy back a month from 1988. Whoopie. So now I just consider March of 1993 to be my official start date. That means I now have 25 years under my retirement belt. That means that I now have 5 more years to get to my 30. But wouldn't I want to work more? Oh, hell no! I saved like a mofo for those 25 years. I'm still saving a shitload today. If I can get 5 more years of the stock market doing what its doing, I'll double my retirement account. Could I live comfortably on that? Oh hells yeah.
People tend to obsess over how much money they have. What they should really be focusing on is how much does it take to live comfortably. People also think they are going to live to 100. You have to ask yourself if you really want that. Young people don't think about the lifestyle of the elderly. When you get older you then get to see what it means to live in the 80's and 90's when you see how your parents and grandparents live. Here I am in my 50's and the aches and pains are creeping in. What will it be like when I'm 75? Hopefully I'll still be walking miles every day. So why not enjoy life while you still can. So the countdown clock has been started. Hopefully I'll be posting on March 1, 2023 that my last day working will be sometime later that month.
|Monday, March 5th, 2018|
|The Oscar Post
Well, we watched The Oscars. It was very "meh" this year. The comedy was pretty good. Jimmy Kimmel offered a free jet ski to whoever gave the shortest acceptance speech. To show how out of touch some of the "Hollywood elite" were, some had no idea what a jet ski was. Of course there was lots of pandering towards women. I gave the TV a confused puppy look because an underlying message seemed to be that women have not enjoyed movies over the past 90 years because there have been almost no female directors, cinematographers, or producers. While I agree that getting a viewpoint from a woman's perspective could/would make a good film, it's not necessarily so. Should they be given the chance? Oh, absolutely. I just wish we would get past this whole thing of "There needs to be more *insert group here* in *insert profession here*" Oh well. Lots of people were climbing on their soapbox last night. This is mine.
I was especially disappointed that the 3 short-subject films that I have posted about here went to what I thought were some of the weakest candidates. I couldn't believe that the Kobe Bryant animated film won. I guess people just wanted to see him win an Oscar. At least a good full-length documentary won. And as predicted, "Coco" won best animated feature.
|Friday, March 2nd, 2018|
|Another Oscar Post
I know. I promised I wouldn't post about the Oscars until after the show this Sunday, but I read an interesting article in the "WSJ" yesterday that proved I wasn't all that crazy. Every year I try to see all of the nominations. ALL of the nominations. But it could take a year before I get that accomplished. There is a group of folks out there who try to see all of the nominations before the show. With DVD's and online streaming it has become a lot easier. I had to laugh, however, when the most sought-after movie this year was the animated short "Negative Space." We saw it with all of the other short-subject animation nominees, but it is apparently nowhere to be found outside of France. So people have been spoofing their IP address to a French one so they could watch it online. BTW, I re-checked my list of "Best Picture" winners and I am down to 1 movie not seen; "Hamlet." And I just saw that it was finally available on Netflix. So now my new obsession will be to watch all of the Best Picture NOMINEES over the past 90 years. The article said that one of the fanboys had already done that, all 400+ of them. I probably have a pretty good start.
Speaking of Oscar-nominated films, we watched "Jackie" the other day which was up for a Best Actress award last year. It was another example of an actress giving a good performance in a dog of a movie. The other one that quickly comes to mind is Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady."
Last night we watched "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" which isn't up for anything, but the plot sounded interesting. It's a biopic of the psychologist who came up with Wonder Woman in the 30's as a way to make money. He was a bigamist who had a manage a trois
relationship. They showed clips of some of the "questionable" art that got him in trouble with censors. Sure, he liked powerful women, but he also definitely had a thing for bondage. I guess you have to show a lot of women in chains if you want to then show them breaking free of them. He was also the inventor of the lie detector hence the magic lasso that makes you tell the truth. Oh, and I also caught a glimpse of one of the covers that got me a little...excited.
It looks like perhaps Dr Marston was as big a furfag as me!