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After a solid nights sleep in my own bed, it's good to wake up and enjoy coffee and toast with marmalade. Getting away for a week was good but it's better to be home.

Finally had a mid-west rite of passage. 

So, this happened: stopped to see a dear friend on the long drive home yesterday. We were driving to a restaurant and I hit a good sized deer with my rental car. Friend and I are OK. Deer was hit broadside and rolled 3 times, then got up and ran off. Car was damaged but drivable, but significant damage to front bumper, lights and hood.

here blizzard blizzard blizzard 

First the snow storm then lake effect snow until sunset tonight. Heaviest snow is probably north and east of me, but still expecting around 8" (20cm) locally. Was observing near white-out conditions before sunset yesterday. This is crazy early for this sort of storm.

It's the twitching hour - when it IT folks pause their computing systems because the databases can't elegantly handle daylight savings fallback.
I'm up because it's a good time to rebuild queues because nothing important is happening. Once everything is back up, I can resume sleeping.

out at a concert tonight 

Wonderful concert. And a silly song example that makes think of an ex from a dozen years ago.

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out at a concert tonight 

Seeing an old folk rock god tonight.

physical annoyance 

I have tinnitus and it seems exceptionally loud today. This constant, high pitched drone. Even the stop your tinnitus trick isn’t working today.

funding request for cat ER visit - please boost 

Friends of mine’s house caught fire Sunday, and their cat, Mika was trapped inside and suffered lung damage. She’s in the Vet ER being treated, but it’s very expensive. There’s a go fund me set up:

So Ginger Baker died a week ago. For context, I recommend watching “Beware of Mr. Baker” on YouTube. I just rewatched it tonight. I was lucky to catch him on his last tour in 2014 where he played nothing but jazz. He even admonished the audience, threatening violence to anyone requesting anything from Cream. Needless to say, he was an amazing drummer who lived fully and was a force of nature. A very flawed human, but still one of the best drummers of the 20th century.

I rewatched “Swimming to Cambodia”, the Jonathan Demme film of the late Spaulding Gray performing his monologue about working on the film “The Killing Fields”. It had been decades since I had last seen it. Still a gut punch, still brilliant. Still relevant, maybe even more so in these troubled times.

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Feeling a bit off today. Oh, right, had a flu shot yesterday.

Today’s major accomplishment was getting an airline ticket booked for a dear friend who’s uncle died on Saturday. I don’t get to play travel agent as much these days, but it’s good to see I still have the chops, and even better to help a friend who’s already over stressed.

Not the worst movie. Very schlocky. Purposely trying to be a bad movie, which never is a good thing. Much prefer flawed honest attempts - they’re much more interesting. Lots of homages to Shaw Brothers movies. Distracted by the occasional film editing artifacts.

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Watching VelociPastor at the weekly bad movie event. Interesting gimmick and surely not to worst we’ve seen.

Coffee and injury. 

Failed my technology roll with an unfamiliar French press-like coffee maker this morning. Scalded my hand, with coffee and grounds all over that section of the kitchen. Spent the last hour cleaning up the mess. Hand has no visible burn, but the nerve endings are giving me that judgy "we know what you did!". Should find some aloe...

On the other hand, it was decaf, so no great loss.

bad puns. But seriously, if I adopt a blue eyed cat, I’m naming it that. 

Behold, it is Meowd’ib, the Kwisatz Cat-erach!

A few pictures from my recent hiking trip on one of the islands in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Was out for three nights. Days were glorious, mosquitoes were thick.

So, I go off hiking somewhere kinda remote for four days, and it was a wonderful vacation, but getting caught up on the news, and seriously, WTF.

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i used to be really into having the newest computer gadget. now i use refurbished hardware. it's so much cheaper. it lasts. it reduces landfill waste. it's great, and i don't really feel like i am missing out on much tech-wise.

here are some tips if you need tech stuff but don't want to spend a lot of money, support horrible companies, and such (1/n)
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