Print Story The trouble with kittens is that
By georgeha (Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 12:17:54 PM EST) cats, swimming, wine tasting, naff (all tags)
they're Brummie naffs.

Plus, First Win!, wining and thrifting on the Keuka Wine Trail, curriculum night, possible bachelor night, chaperone training, a half movie review of Things we lost in the fire, Raider of Gor, The Man with the Golden Touch, and less.

Poll: Favorite Bond?

Gosh, two weekends since I've last bored everyone. I'd like to say I've had such an interesting exciting few weeks that I've had no time to blog, but I can't.

A couple of weekends ago we started temporarily kitten sitting, the owner's landlord does not want them to have a cat, and he was coming over to fix stuff real soon now, so the kitten is hiding out in our house. We don't have an ETA when she can return, so for the foreseeable future, we have a rambunctious kitten in the house. The boy cat likes her, the female cat hates her, the dog is somewhat intrigued. The kitten needs to learn not to jump on people when they sleep, until then she gets kicked out of the bedroom.

That same weekend I overdid shoveling mulch at the Collective Gardens, and was sore for a long time after. I'm old. Good thing it was a low key weekend, with fourteen year old off camping with the Girl Scouts.

Curriculum night

Earlier that week was curriculum night, I met fourteen year old's teachers, those who had things to say about her said great things, in theater tech she's doing A+ work and is at the head of the class, as well as the only girl, and she's doing very well in math. I even socialized a bit with other parents (newspaper_dad, sa_dad, sa_mom, some others), some of whom I've known for ten years. Time flies.

A good weekend

The next weekend was good, my parents took the girls, along with one friend each, camping. We had most of a weekend alone.

Saturday we went to three garage sales, three thrift stores, one church rummage sale and two wineries on Keuka Lake. The sales in Canadaigua (rummage and two thrifts) were bad, I expected the church sale to be awful, but we had hopes the thrifts would be good. The vineyards made up for it. First up was Stever Hill Vineyards, a small place sitting on the side of a hill, the tasting room was a converted barn, and they had the kids helping carry out bottles. Next up was Hunt Country Vineyards, just over the hill. They were much bigger and fancier, and were having a harvest fest with locally sourced food. It was a real good time, we preferred the wines at Stevers, but both were good.

That's not all the crazy happenings though. The next day, I took $13 worth of bottles back, can you feel the excitement?

First win!

Fourteen year old's swim team finally won a meet. It was against the other prestigious public city high school, one of their teammates used to go to SOTA and was the captain of fourteen year old's team last year until she transferred to get into the IB problem, another team mate transferred from SOTA to get into the IB program and was asked to be on the team because she can swim. Surprisingly, our oldest didn't talk much to her friends from the other school, one of whom she's known since fourth grade. Anyhow, a win is a win. They're 1-2, a big change from last year's many-0.

Speaking of friends, fourteen year old is concerned about a friend who watches Netflix until ten at night, and stays up until 2:00 doing homework. She could be depressed, she could be burned out (her parents overschedule her), she could be really missing her friend her transferred, who knows. It doesn't sound healthy.

But not a second win

It was closer than the 102-55 score indicated

I made a meet yesterday, and it was closer than the 102-55 score indicates. The other team had a diver, she wasn't very good, but she was the only one diving, so she got points for her team. Our team won a long race, the other team took second, and after a while, third. Because it was a six lane pool, they got more points for taking second and third then our team got for winning. Weird. Also weird, the pool was in the elementary school, not the high school next door.

It was an Eastern, outer suburb school. Most of my co-workers live in the eastern burbs, it was unsurprising to see a few familiar names on the bulletin boards. Anyhow, I wasn't totally sure how to get home, other than following the setting sun, but we (fourteen year old, newspaper_girl and I), followed the bus until I got to place I recognized.

Good volunteers don't lose students

I went through the chaperone/volunteer orientation one night for the charter elementary school, I don't want to do an overnight (though tracing the Gennesee from its source to its mouth would be neat) but I can probably fit in a few field studies. I talked with fourteen year old's favorite teacher at the school, filling him in on what she's been doing. Two dads from nine year old's class were there, one was the dad of the new girl, so it was nice to meet him.

Bachelor night, maybe

There might be a bachelor night coming up. My father in law drove up from Palm Springs, an old man in a Cadillac driving cross country, he's here until Thanksgiving, or Christmas. My wife and the kids may go see him this weekend, one plan is to go to Buffalo Sunday night, and spend Monday there, so she can also see her mom. Who knows, with that free time I may even find a Bond movie.

Weekend plans

On tap for the weekend, art class for nine year old, maybe a Lego robotics thing for her too. There's also Guinness chilling in the fridge to have with leftover corned beef and cabbage, I need it. There might even be a bachelor night. On to media reviews.

Things We Lost in the Fire was a movie we say half of, it got late, it didn't grab us enough to finish it, but if you like Halle Berry, you might like it.

In Raiders of Gor, Tarl Cabot is boating through some marshes to get to the evil Port Kar, and he gets captured by marsh people. Rather than dying in a suicidal fight, he submits, becomes enslaved and taunted by women. Then the marsh people get raided by Port Kar slaves, only Tarl and his Mistress get away, whereupon he enslaves her. They stalk the raiders, kill enough of them to make them flee, and free the marsh people, except for the taunting women which Tarl enslaves. Aside from all the usual Gorean slavery, it was interesting in how Tarl becomes a sea going power, and helps Port Kar in it's fight against two other powers, even though he gets enslaved, and then enslaves another taunting woman during the power struggle.

The Man With the Golden Touch: How The Bond Films Conquered the World, is a book about the James Bond films. I stopped watching Bond in the 90's, I recall bits of Octopussy but I don't know if I watched the whole thing, so half the book is about films that I haven't seen. Still, it was good, if awful Englishy, with adjectives like naff and Brummie thrown about the pages. It touches on Bond, the books and the movies, and competitors, including a fave, The Avengers , as well as the Bourne movies, Austin Power movies, the Mission Impossible movies, English culture and society, Maggie Thatcher, all sorts of stuff. I didn't realize what a complex undertaking a Bond film was, and how important the sets, titles and sound track were, there's much more than whoever is playing Bond.

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The trouble with kittens is that | 19 comments (19 topical, 0 hidden)
Gor by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 01:26:04 PM EST
I read those books with I was 15 or so and I must say that if they had the covers Amazon is showing my mother never would have permitted it!
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Yeah, the Frazetta covers by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 01:30:23 PM EST
though I'm not sure if he did them, but they look like his style, are bad, the Raiders one just shows a galley with a ram.

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WTF? by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 02:17:10 PM EST
All of our pools used 6 lanes, George. 2-3-4 wins the meet every time. Swimming's where I learned the value of "Good enough."

Also, your team's coach couldn't find anyone eligible to dive? Gross mismanagement of resources. Sounds like I need to take over the programme.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

The scoring is different for 5 lane pools by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 02:22:27 PM EST
according to fourteen year old, and their pool is a five lane pool, you know, 50 year old city school.

They have a diver, but she only knows five dives, and she needs to do six. I don't know why a cannonball, or belly flop won't work.

Their team is small, even combining two schools, it's hard to get enough city students to field a team.

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They require an Inward? by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 02:40:03 PM EST
Too dangerous for the kiddies, IME.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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You're acting like fourteen year old by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 02:42:33 PM EST
asking me for help on Latin II. Way beyond my level of understanding.

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Yes they do by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #20 Fri Oct 15, 2010 at 07:19:47 AM EST
I asked fourteen year old. Maybe that's too dangerous for you Left Coasters.

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the problem with kittens by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 02:41:32 PM EST
is they are cats.  blech.

I'm becoming more of a cat person these days by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 02:44:50 PM EST
since they mostly take care of themselves, unlike our neurotic, aging, expensive thirteen year old dog, who would be happy to have me wait on him all day.

Plus, I haven't cleaned a litter box in nine years.

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in my experience by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 02:46:20 PM EST
cats are disgusting, filthy creatures.

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Yeah, certainly by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 02:53:20 PM EST
but dogs are, too, and I'm the one in charge of depooping the yard.

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dogs are gross like kids by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 03:15:19 PM EST
except kids can't lick their own butts.  that's a gross i can deal with better than cats.

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the slavery B&D stuff comes by georgeha (4.00 / 0) #13 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 03:57:30 PM EST
in the next book, and forever after. I'm finding it entertaining sword and sandal type stuff.

I ave news for ya. by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #14 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 06:55:24 PM EST
I think you've become a cat owner.

Been, we already have two by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 07:02:53 PM EST
and my wife has always had a cat, or two.

The owner does want the kitten back, once her life settles down.

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My favorite Bond is Lazenby by lm (2.00 / 0) #16 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 08:49:08 PM EST
He was the On Her Majesty's Secret Service Bond, right? I think his Bond had more character development than any Bond up until Craig. But I'm not yet convinced that the character Craig is playing is Bond.

I think in a Holiary, I once confused Lazenby with Timothy Dalton. Dalton was superb in Lion in Winter. But Lazenby was the better Bond by far.

The sound tracks, of course, were very important. As a kid I used to own a number of them.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Yeap, the Alpine one by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #17 Fri Oct 08, 2010 at 09:23:06 PM EST
according to the book, I've only seen bits and pieces of OHMSS.

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Poll missing multiselect? by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #18 Sat Oct 09, 2010 at 04:08:34 AM EST
There are (at least) 2 more Bonds - Bob Holness (Moonraker) and Barry Nelson (Casino Royale)

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
I tried to select the high points by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #19 Sat Oct 09, 2010 at 09:34:55 AM EST

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