June 3rd, 2008

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Voice Post: The Cleanening

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“I am going to work a short day. Starting in a bit.

I took most of today off to accommodate one thing that happened and one thing that was supposed to happen but didn’t. Jim owns and maintains my building, and worked on my sink (a simple fix; we’d been prepared for a worst-case scenario of “remove the kitchen sink”). The Salvation Army was supposed to call me to schedule the retrieval of my former car, but didn’t; but I had to stay offline (while my work needs to be done online) in case the SA did call.

So to be useful another way, I cleaned. I cleaned like a fiend. I’ve felt smothered by stuff (stuff, stuff, stuff…), and I needed to neaten my apartment. Stuff has been thrown out! Other stuff has been made neater! Things I didn’t need at-hand are now farther away, like in my storage unit in the basement. When I need them later, I’ll get them. This gives me room to vacuum, which was sorely needed (after dusting). At one point, I got onto my back on the floor, stretching out on a part of it that wasn’t available for stretching out on this morning.

Now, after regular work hours, I’m going to work for a bit. Gotta get paid.”

Transcribed by: chris_walsh

P.S. I wrote out this entry and then decided to record it instead. So if it sounds "read," that's why...
iAm iSaid

Gilded paperbacks? (A question about books)

Book publishing people, perhaps you know the answer to this. leonardpart6 had a question this weekend that I'd never thought to ask until he asked it:
I finally found a copy of Campbell Black's original novelization of Raiders. Got it from Half Price Books for the Indytastic price of a buck twenny-five. Nice. Better still, it's a second printing paperback from July 1981, complete with cheesy yellow edging on the pages. (What's the deal with that, by the way? It seems like every paperback from the 70s and 80s - and before? - has that crappy yellow around the outside. Were they hoping we'd think it was gold foil, like on them fancy hardback books? Was it a design issue? Inquiring minds want to know!)
iAm iSaid

Spooky Dusti, Birthday Dusti (something for elionwyr)

For today's birthday celebrant elionwyr, a.k.a. Dusti, a.k.a. Spooky:

The Woodland Ones
something resembling a story by Christopher Walsh

They have plans for you.

It sounds too sinister to say they're watching you. They're really watching out for you.

Word can get passed along in woods, in zoos, in animal hospitals: birds are willing to transmit the messages they're sending, and to translate them from Squirrel to Bird to Cat (though that exchange is a bit of a standoff, honestly, but they manage the maneuver, like soldiers throwing Frisbees from different sides of a demilitarized zone). Animals are chatty, after all. Even the quiet ones. They just send word differently. You do have to watch out for the quiet ones, after all...

And that word is "That elionwyr, she's an ally. She's good human. She deserves treating-well."

Yes, that is the word from the animal kingdom. VERY specific. They have their priorities.

And if anyone winds up being the first person ever carried hip-hip-hooray style by a forestful of cheering (in their own way) squirrels, it's going to be you.

Happy birthday, Spooky. Stay intense and hilarious.