Sunday, October 28, 2012
Oh what a beautiful fall week! Record highs, beautiful sunshine.... but now we prepare for a drastic change in weather....
Just in time for Halloween. It's exciting. Now instead of the endless election horse race stories, we get treated to something new.... endless storm track speculation and hype! Complete with colorful maps with loopy colors going all over it in a swatch of thousands of miles. Obligatory storm supply prep stories...(get your milk batteries generator canned goods water...CAT FOOD,) This is GREAT. It gives the media's 24 hour news beast something to feast on other than that chucklehead Donald Trump. Or it gives Fox News something to do besides endless Libya scandal mongering. (Colbert will explain it to you if you don't have a crazy uncle who watches Fox news all day who is drooling on himself over this.Just follow the link. It's funny. it is also a good primer on how to make your own scandal should you ever need to.)
Until the power goes out. Then...no internet....no FRIDGE. Back to books and candlelight. Hmmm. And warm beer.
A shout out to Bruce Springsteen in Pittsburgh last night for an Obama rally. Screw the haters out there. They can have that other chucklehead, Ted Nugent.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
It's a golden autumn day...the leaves have been beautiful this week, but are starting to fall off rapidly now. I took a picture of the gingko tree outback, it's still pretty green. It's a strange tree in that one day all the leaves will fall off at one time and that will be it. Okay maybe not all in one day...but usually in two days. You could do a lottery with it. Pick a day. See if you come close.
Living in a Swing State means that you can't watch TV without your blood pressure going up because of all the war commercials. The War on Coal, The War on Women, The War on the Catholic Church, etc. You don't really hear much about the REAL war though. Go Figure. I'm sick of the hyperbole. Let's just get this over with. But then it's onto The War On Christmas season... Santa versus Jesus. Maybe they could debate.
It would be better than anything on TV right now. I'm still watching Pawn Stars and Jeopardy. And one episode of Honey Boo Boo just to find out what it was. Now I know.
Van Morrison came out with a new CD this month. It sucks. I got a free one from a friend who said it sucked. Now I have nothing new musically to look forward to.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
A nice fall Sunday morning. Temps in the 50s, going to 70, rain...later. Time enough to spend outside cleaning up the flower beds, and putting away my little yard toys. The wind chime collection along the garage roof overhang came down yesterday. And I pulled out the giant balsam, thankfully the seeds were ripe enough to harvest. Wait till next year!
Yesterday I went to the Friends of the Library indoor yard sale. My first job was at that library when I was just 14 years old. They paid me $2.35 an hour, because you only qualified for minimum wage if you were 18. I didn't care. It was A JOB. I remember my dad looking at me and saying, do you really want to do this? You will be working for the rest of your life. Why not wait a bit?
The job meant freedom. Being away from the house. Among people. Access to the newest books! New friends! I fell in love with libraries from that day on. Later in college I spent 4 more years working in libraries.
I looked around the lecture room with tables of yard sale items and spotted a blender like the one I had in college for two bucks. A green Osterizer. Maybe since I was thinking of college, I bought it. I don't have a blender.
I want to write more but I can't for now. The incessant buzz of a train vaccuum is blaring from the train yard down the valley. I have to figure out who to complain to about this because it is an everyday thing now. No peace this morning.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
I like October a lot. The ritual of cleaning out the garden, taking pictures of the colorful trees, pulling out sweaters from the closets.... decorating for Halloween....
I don't go overboard like some people, I just put a few subtle things around, like this skull in my rock garden, a few pumpkin heads and decorations and a few novelties on Coco's porch, but it's fun. A shame we don't get many Halloweeners anymore. Kids go to the better neighborhoods, plus there aren't many kids around here anyway. I buy candy just in case. But I end up eating it.
Another ritual I like is digging up old horror movies and watching them. Right now I'm watching Vincent Price's Diary of a Madman. I like the old movies better than the new slasher and violent type movies. House on Haunted Hill, House of Wax, Dr. Phibes...Vincent Price is great. My all time favorite horror movie is still Night of the Living Dead, made in Pittsburgh."They're comin' to get you, Barbraaaaa...."