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Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2005 - 9:20 p.m.

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Boarding Puppies and Christmas Trees

well dammitall anyways.

I was going to go to the gym now but I feel zotted. I don't know that it will help me fight my cold if I go to the gym. I will not fight the stress and pudginess if I don't go, but if it knocks me out for a week it won't help either. I think I'll have a nap and then work. I will go to the gym on Thursday. Dang. this is not such a good start at discipline.

However, my not-so-on-the-ball drawing skills of the past three days or so seem to have returned. Why is it sometimes that I can't draw worth a damn and other times it just flows off my pencil with ease and joy. Who knows.

I now have a boarder.

It is lovely to be able to return favours granted... I am boarding the doggy whose parents took care of mine while I was in San Fran. However the circumstances are less delightful. The last time I took care of him it was so that they could travel to Spain, and before that Costa Rica. Now however, the doggy's human mommy is in hospital with abdominal pain, and they are not finding what is wrong.

So he has come over to stay on a moment's notice, while his human daddy stays in the hospital with his girlfriend.

I am really glad I can help out, but I hope she gets well soon.

Well, the South Korea work is coming along despite myself. I am just horrid lately at applying myself. I am sure I'll get back in the flow of things soon. I have also been calling around to find someone else here who would like to work for them. They have another series of books that needs starting within the month that I just don't have time for. I hope some of my contacts will be interested.

I have managed to take down the Christmas tree. The problem with taking it down in April is that all the ornaments are dusty. Dang. I threw them all in a box last night at 4:30 am... I could see this opportunity to dispose of the tree so I jumped on it. I noticed while walking the dog that all the back alleys were cleaned up (did I miss some citizen's army I should have joined? oops!), and there were plastic garbage bags all lined up, and all the junk in piles, waiting to be hauled away. And today was garbage day in the morning. Someone had put out a sofa on the front sidewalk.

So I presumed to throw the xmas tree onto the sofa. And this morning, all had mysteriously vanished. Good move on my part. hehe.

I did manage to pick up a great pair of xcountry skis, some wood flooring and glass pieces both good for shelves, and a rubbermaid kitchen stool that will serve in the backyard, so I don't have to get my own similar kitchen stool all mucky. I have to stop dragging home xcountry skis though. I think I have three or four pairs already in the basement.

I also tried the French Vanilla hookah tobacco. It was a disappointment, in that it really didn't taste like much of anything. I should just put it out as potpourri I guess, since it really smells like vanilla till I burn it. It wasn't bad, just nondescript. Also it was honey based instead of molasses based. The store people said it was nicer, but I didn't notice much difference, and may even prefer the molasses tobacco I am already familiar with.

Another night, if this cold goes away, I shall try the mint chocolate chip and the apricot hookah tobacco I also bought in San Fran. I got a new rubber (vs traditional whatever they use) hookah hose as well, and it works like a charm.

OK, nap time so I can walk the doggies in a half hour or so.

Dang spring colds!

ps, what about that new pope eh? That's another entry. Some ass said "now that he is chosen by God, what do humans have to say?". Dang, he was elected by a bunch of humans who debate over it. They don't sit there waiting for divine revelation to strike them, or look in the bowels of a sheep to see God's will... so I don't see how their human voting is any different from other humans expressing an opinion of it all. Sheesh.

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