Monthly Archives: September 2009

The Funeral Fiesta

I’m kind of surprised by how upset I am over losing the original of this post. I had a hard time putting it back together. And it’s not as good as the original. Also, since I had internet problems when I was up there last week, I got out...

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Arrgh!

I was nearly finished with a post about Rose’s service, when the internet stopped working. It refused to save my changes, so now I have to try and restore the post to its former glory. You know how it is – it’s never as good on the second try....

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Big River, Little River

Today I’m coming to you from Moodys, where there is WiFi access in Mendocino. Megan is walking Schatzi on the headlands, so I have a little time today. This is the post I wrote on Tuesday, which got preempted by the quickie house post yesterday. A girl has her...

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The Quickie House Post

I’m coming to you from the Company Store in Fort Bragg (the big town, where they keep the DMV, Safeway, etc.). I only have a couple of minutes because Megan will be back any second and we’re due to go and see the puppies. I have a post about...

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The Philosophic Barbecue

Schatzi lounges precariously on the back porch* The Doc kindly upgraded my WordPress while I was busy fleeing from the city and doing important things like having a barbecue at my brother’s place to celebrate our brother-in-law’s birthday. When the sun had made its final farewell bow, a single...

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Coming and Going

I’m coming to you from my new house, where I am checking my email (there’s wireless internet here!) and doing some work of my own while work goes on around me. My new landlords and their posse have been working hard on the house. It still looks like a...

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The Great Escape

Well, the blistering heat is making a return engagement. It’s like a Barbra Streisand farewell tour. How can we miss you when you won’t go away? This sequel is bigger and badder than ever. It’s supposed to be over 90 from Sunday through Thursday, which is positively inhuman(e) as...

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Champagne Commute

So I ended up taking BART in to the city after all. The mysteries of the new Bay Bridge will have to wait for another occasion. On the train into the City, a clutch of cops collapsed into the seats around me, complaining about how much their feet hurt....

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A Peek Inside

Some people – mostly of the boy persuasion – think that we girls carry around lots and lots of totally unnecessary things and stuff in our handbags. Of course, they also think that we have a totally unnecessary number of handbags. Also shoes. At a staff meeting in a...

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Changing Chores

Yesterday was almost entirely occupied with moving-related tasks. I cleaned out the freezer, feeding the mysterious, the aged, and the unrecognizable items to my enormous green bin, increasing my plastic dish supply by about 200%. Most of the plastic dishes hail from the fabulous Dhaba and always-reliable Swiss Chalet*,...

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Wake Up Call

Well, this is getting to be a bad habit. This morning, I was eating a bagel and watching “Bewitched” before getting down to work. One of my landlords suddenly appeared in the doorway, as if Samantha (or one of her mischievous relatives) had twitched her there. I had a...

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Precipitate

I slept in until 10:00 yesterday! And when I finally woke up, it was raining. Ever so lightly, but rain nonetheless. I posted about my excitement on Facebook, and everyone seemed to think I’m a big fan of the precipitation. It wasn’t the rain per se that had me...

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Whethermen

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no job has less accountability than that of weatherman (weatherperson?). If the predicted snow fails to fall, or the sky is resolutely sunny rather than partly cloudy, s/he doesn’t get fired. Angry mobs don’t descend on the station waving pitchforks and demanding...

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Happy Anniversary

A dear couple I know are celebrating their forty-ninth anniversary today. This remarkable occasion – and the discovery of my mother’s parents’ wedding announcement the other day – reminded me that both sets of my grandparents were married for more than half a century, and that they were devoted...

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Oakland Sunset

Taken from my front porch yesterday evening. I’ll be trading power lines for redwoods soon enough. And freeway traffic for the wind in the trees. And if there’s a siren…it will be my brother.

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Labor Day, Recycling Day

Audrey supervises Well, I spent my Labor Day laboring. I went through my boxes of books yet again and ruthlessly culled the herd. I emptied no fewer than eight boxes, though there are still plenty left. Now I just have to decide what to do with the rejects. The...

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Necessities

Chanel’s new rain boots. Clearly a necessity for a girl just starting out on country life. A mere $350! I wonder if there’s a matching umbrella. Come to think of it, no-one up there seems to use an umbrella. They just wear hats or put up their hoodies. When...

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Flyering

Clearly, it’s been a while since I’ve been to the city.  The BART fare to my office has gone up 40 cents, though it’s not notably faster or more fun.  It is, however, more crowded, since the Bay Bridge is closed for the next week for a complicated maneuver...

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Emily Post-It

Well, a sign has appeared next door, but it says “For Rent” rather than “For Sale”. If/when there are flyers in the little box, I’ll let you in on how much rent they’re asking for the former Casa di Yappers. Enquiring minds want to know. I felt kind of...

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Crazy Cat

Hmm, what else can I do to drive the Girl crazy? Audrey can find trouble in the most unexpected places. I had a lampshade on a table, awaiting my brother-in-law’s repair of the matching lamp. Audrey decided to investigate, peering inside, then pushing her head further and further in,...

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