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By ana (Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 08:46:56 AM EST) traffic, family, bulleted lists, critters (all tags)
11 days' retrospective


So, what's up lately?

Not much, really. Came home from San Francisco, and a conference where I alternated between unable to stay awake and hypercaffienated. My keel's been more even since I got home, can sleep in my own bed, next to my partner.

With, every morning about 5:30 or six, a crying dog in the next bedroom. Got to teach that puppy to tell time. He's much better than before I went away, though, and rarely cries at bedtime.

I've actually accomplished a fair amount in the past couple weeks.

  • sent in my choices for the Toasted Cheese "Three Cheers and a Tiger" contest
  • updated the Coro website.
  • Figured out that the quota error I was getting trying to upload the previous item was due to 5700 spam messages. I hope I fixed that.
  • Speaking of, on aphrael's recommendation I iTunesed the new Sting album, Songs from the Labyrinth, which is music of John Dowling, fl. 1590, for lute and voice. And now I can't seem to burn it to a CD my car's stereo will read.
  • Got my contribution to the Family Letter together and mailed.
  • Played some with [choral] music. I miss having time to play with my own music. But hey, the dog howls when somebody tries to sing.
  • Filled in a questionnaire about music at the church, put out by the search committee, who are looking to replace the choirmaster/organist of 30 years.
  • Useful telecon on Monday (!?)
  • Non-confrontational outside advice board meeting on Tuesday (!!?!)
  • Meeting usually across town (wasting an hour in travel) was actually here this time.
The Family Letter is actually a neat institution. My grandfather had 10 siblings; my mother had 31 first cousins. To keep this immense extended family together, the matriarch started this round-robin letter among her children as they left the nest, in the 19-teens and 20s. It's still going around, now with 2 or 3 more generations contributing. It takes about 10 months for each round; people stick in pictures, programs from weddings and funerals and ordinations and christenings, and a letter (removing their previous contribution). I've inherited the address list maintenance, since my mom's computer had a hard disk crash last fall, and she's getting on in years anyway. She's inordinately fond of spreadsheets, but then she trained as an accountant.

One of the four crossings in Cambridge over the commuter rail line is an elderly bridge, which is being replaced. That's nice, as far as it goes, but they're going to have it closed for two years. I can't imagine how, in good faith, it can take two years to build a 2-lane bridge that's about 30 feet long. I'm guessing somebody important lives there, and doesn't like the traffic. Meanwhile, traffic elsewhere in Cambridge sucks, big time.

And now it's my turn to stay home and entertain the puppy. There's a conference in town that toxicfur is going to, starting this afternoon and running through Tuesday morning. At least she'll be home at night.

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Why is the dog crying? by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 09:07:52 AM EST
Is it seperation anxiety of some sort? It sucks if the poor thing is so traumatized that that's what's going on.

On another topic: my review of the sting album is here. I'm glad you are enjoying it! :)
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I think... by ana (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 09:21:16 AM EST
it's his way of commenting on things in his life that he's not entirely pleased with. If he is pleased, he wiggles all over and barks.

I think he wants to get up at 5:30 or whenever he wakes up. I think he wants a life with no cats in it. They get along ok, these days, as long as he doesn't have to approach a cat. If his ball goes into cat country, he cries. If he wants his ears skritched and you're not paying attention, he cries. Or butts you with his remarkably hard head. This dog could compete well in goat head-butting games.

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Better than vomiting when he doesnt get his way by cam (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 09:26:53 AM EST
which is what one of our cats will do. Stares you right in the eye as vomits too, just to make sure you get the message.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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such a critter by ana (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 09:35:38 AM EST
would not be a good match for this owner.

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My wife is convinced that if that cat was given by cam (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 11:00:34 AM EST
the power of speech the first words out of his mouth would be "f**k you".

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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I think by ana (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 11:09:24 AM EST
for one of ours, it'd be "*now* what??"

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"don't look at me when i'm shitting" by fleece (4.00 / 1) #12 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 03:08:14 PM EST


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Skritch me... by ana (2.00 / 0) #13 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 03:11:09 PM EST
I'm cute.

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"my bum feels overly tight sometimes" by fleece (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 06:43:04 PM EST


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2 years for a bridge ? by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 09:33:33 AM EST
From the same city that brought you the boondoggle called the big dig ? I'm amazed that you're surprised.

Different city by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 09:51:01 AM EST
and the big dig was done by the state, not the city.
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Does Sting do "Magic Dance?" by Christopher Robin was Murdered (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 10:10:34 AM EST
That's my favorite song from Labyrinth, but I can't imagine anybody but Bowie making it work.

uh... by ana (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 10:15:01 AM EST
John Dowling, 1590. Not David Bowie, 200x.

Regular, or decaf abomination? --Kellnerin

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'scuse... by ana (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 10:23:05 AM EST
John Dowland.

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2 damn years? Gah by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #15 Sat Oct 21, 2006 at 09:06:13 AM EST
I heard a clip of the Sting Lute stuff on NPR.  Sounds decent.

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