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Archive for October, 2008


   Oct 29

Catnip

This morning, I discovered that there are worse ways of being woken up than the alarm clock, the phone, or the eternally barking neighborhood dogs. June bit my toe! Really hard! And despite being swathed under blankets, it was both painful and surprising. Really. Biting the toe that feeds you. I hasten to add that […]

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   Oct 24

Catspat

It’s been in the 80s over the past few days, which both the kittens and I find a little on the toasty side. My sister thinks it’s the “last hurrah” before winter sets in, but the forecast says otherwise for now. To be fair, winter is harsher where she and my brother live (colder, with […]

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   Oct 23

Political Pumpkin

The kittens wanted a pumpkin this year (last year, they were too young), so I duly got them a nice organic one, kitten-sized. Once I got it home, I couldn’t decide what to carve into it. At first, I thought I’d carve a couple of cats into it. I even did a drawing: Which is […]

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   Oct 22

Seen & Heard

Seen today: a chicken, or possibly a rooster, sitting in a palm tree. Heard last night: a couple arguing as they walked down the sidewalk. Then an audible slap and a woman’s tears. I hesitated, then went out to see if she was all right. I found her sitting on my neighbor’s front lawn, weeping. […]

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   Oct 18

Catbox

There are few things the kittens enjoy more than a good box. Every time there’s an empty one, or one with things in it but the flaps open, they’re there. Nearly a year after moving, the house is pretty much box-free. The kittens loved sitting up high on the box towers, which may explain why […]

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   Oct 16

Phoning It In

I had jury duty on Wednesday. It was so much easier than it was in San Francisco. Here I just called on Tuesday night, was informed that they wouldn’t require my presence at 8:30 am (who doesn’t love to hear that?), but I should call between 11 and noon. So I did, and they still […]

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   Oct 11

Today’s Mail

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   Oct 11

Goodbye to all that

Here I am in traffic on the 405 on Wednesday afternoon. There’s no driving like SoCal driving: everyone’s either cutting across five lanes without signaling at 85 mph or you’re sitting there like it’s a parking lot. Imagine my relief when I finally dropped the silver Impala off at Hertz. After going through security and […]

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   Oct 08

Economizing

My cheapness won out over my laziness last night. This may be as unprecedented as the turmoil in the global markets. After perusing the room service menu and discovering that the cheapest bottle of wine was $46 a bottle (or $12 a glass), I ventured out of the fancy hotel (I may have forgotten how […]

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   Oct 07

Pasadena Pastime

Well, here I am, enjoying Frette linens and Bulgari bath goodies. It’s called working. I’m attending a conference at a historic hotel, the Langham, in Pasadena. Built in 1907 and formerly the Ritz-Carlton, it sits grandly beneath the San Gabriel Mountains. It also has the best room service coffee I’ve ever had. It almost made […]

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   Oct 05

Autumn Showers

The good news: Kathleen’s flight was early; she had practically half a plane to herself; she’s making me an unbearably exquisite scarf of delicate red yarn which looks like lace; she was fine with the vise grip shower thing. The bad news: the landlords did get in touch with their favored plumber, and he set […]

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