March 17th, 2017


There were way fewer people than normal at the gym today. The parking garage was half empty and the pool was very empty. Did I miss a memo? Everyone take St. Patrick's Day off? Weird.

Another condo on this hall went for sale today. People are grabbing the money and running for sure. I don't know the sellers. They only bought it last year. Assuming, like the other recent sales, they will sell it quickly and for more than asking, they will have turned a sweet little profit. Bought it for $475,000 12 months ago. Listed today for $515,000. It's on the same side of the building as mine so same features - bath and a half - only they've turned the half bath into a 3/4ths by adding a shower. I need to see how they did that. Fortunately, there's an open house today at 11. I'll be walking 2 doors down to check this out.

Someone needs to do some laundry soon. Ok, I just put in the first of two loads that will do it. I'll be so glad when this washing machine/dryer dies and I can replace it. It's front loader and the door never shuts right and it does not use up soap like it should and it's just a major PIA. I want the old el cheapo GE washer/dryer stacker combo (which isn't exactly cheap but is way cheaper than this set was).

I deleted a bunch of stuff off my TiVo last night. Series that I kinda didn't hate and might want to watch someday. I'm watching less TV these days and soon and have decided to stick to things I like and venture out to streaming stuff if regular TV doesn't have good stuff. Life is too short to waste it watching mediocre.

Ditto podcasts and books. If I stay organized, I waste less time (or rather have more time to waste) and enjoy everything more.

Off now to the sewing machine. There are dolls that need to be made.


We only lived in Kansas City until I was 5 and a half. We moved at Christmas of 1955. So I don't have a giant pile of memories but I do have a few.

I remember when the host of my favorite TV show had a collapsed on the air (everything on TV was live then) and switched the picture to words and I couldn't read and my mother was busy with my siblings and wouldn't come in the living room to read the words to me. I started learning to read that day.

I remember Daddy taking me out one Saturday to buy me a watch and then teaching me how to tell time. It was a Timex. Now that I could read and tell time, there was no stopping me.

I wanted sandals and Mom said I couldn't have any. So I thought about it and thought about it and got some cardboard and some fabric and made my own. I was 5 so there were some design and construction issues but I took them to Daddy and he helped me get them so that I could at least wear them in the house. I could now read and tell time and make shoes. Step aside for amazingness.

It's funny that I have such memories of doing stuff with Daddy. My sister would tell you that he was an absent father in every way - physically as well as emotionally. I don't think my brother has a lot of memories of playing with Daddy when he was little but I sure do. He was often out of town but when he was home, he was always ready to rock and roll me with me.

Funnily enough, one of the few photos I have of this time is one of Daddy playing with the two of them in the living room of that house in Kansas City.

To Be Continued

The rest of Friday

I went down the hall to the open house to check it out and then did a little internet research and discovered that the people selling the unit have made only one change since they bought it a year ago. They painted the extra bedroom and really horrible green - kind of a neon kelly-ish blue green (and I pretty much love all greens but this is butt ugly). The carpet is filthy. And the add on cabinetry doors are all crooked.

The owners before them built out the extra bedroom and bathroom into the hallway which made room for the shower in the half bath. The kitchen appliances are 25 years old. And the place is smaller than mine by about 100 sq.ft. $515,000. This will be interesting to watch.

I also ran into my neighbor, Hunter, who I haven't seen in a long time. He said he was just out of the hospital where they removed his liver and small intestines and part of his bowel and part of his diaphragm. And, he said, all of the cancer. "At least I don't have to do chemotherapy." I'm guessing he was exaggerating for dramatic effect. But I'm also guessing he'll be doubling down on the pot now. He's one weird duck.

I took a nap for an hour and dreamed that I slept for 2 hours.

Thankgod for having to pay such a high income tax bill this year. It totally saved me for even considering a deal that I am pretty sure I otherwise would have, unwisely, bought today. There's a Kickstarter campaign for a new swim gadget. It's a kind of smart music player for swimming that loads from your phone and runs on Android.

It would enable me to load all kinds of music without having to purchase it first, and control podcasts and books. I backed it when it first went up. But now they have added a new thing - give them $5K and they will, right now, give you one of the working prototypes to use/test/own and when the product is finished, you'll get the new one. I'm so tempted. The people behind the project are from Oregon and I've dealt with them many times. I even backed their last Kickstarter for earbuds I now use every day.

If I was not staring down the barrel of a $4,700 tax bill due next month, I seriously think I'd bite. It would be so cool to get a prototype and to be part of the build process on a product I really want so much and would use every day. $5k is just too big a bite and it's just as well.

I'm backing a batch of chex mix and the perfume of it has now filled the house deliciously.

And I made two dolls.