September 03, 2013



That's the top of the can of soup I had for lunch today. Am I supposed to be enthused because Campbells is "the official soup and chili sponsor of the NFL"? Even if I watched football, why would that matter to me? Do they think people will decide to eat more soup because of it?

I don't understand why the Campbell Soup company wasted its money this way.

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August 15, 2013

August in the Willamette Valley

It's raining.

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August 11, 2013

Feeble old man

I decided to grow the rest of my beard out. This is the first time I've done it.


I decided that if I'm condemned to becoming a feeble old man, I may as well look the part. And it's nice to not have to shave.

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August 07, 2013

Amber alert

My phone just made a strange sound, that I've only heard once before. It's an Amber Alert, and we had one in January.

That time, a kid got kidnapped in The Dalles, which is about 80 miles from here, straight down I-84. So that one was reasonable.

This one was Alturas, CA, which Google Earth says is 300 miles from me as the crow flies, and not connected by any major highway. By road it's more like 450 miles. They must have sent that one to the entire west coast. I wonder if San Diego and Seattle received it? Denver?

UPDATE: It's a good system; I don't disagree with it. In January they found the guy within about two hours and they got the kid back safe. I hope that's the case this time, too.

But they seem to have cast their net rather widely this time. Alturas is at least a 14 hour drive from here.

UPDATE: OK, it wasn't quite so wide a net.

Oregon State Police received word this afternoon that a homicide suspect from the San Diego area accused of kidnapping his victims' two children might have entered Southern Oregon.

A witness called OSP at around 2 p.m. after allegedly spotting a blue 2013 Nissan Versa believed to be driven by James Lee DiMaggio, 40, who is the primary suspect in the murder of Christina Anderson, 44, of Lakeside, Calif.

OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings said troopers and sheriff's deputies from Southern Oregon rushed to several highways and roads at the Oregon/California border after DiMaggio's car was supposedly spotted along Highway 395 near Alturas, Calif. The car was seen heading north toward Oregon, Hastings said.

"There is a possibility that it could have entered Nevada, too," Hastings said. "We are taking this very seriously because there are two kidnapped children involved."

The children are identified as Hannah Anderson, 16, and Ethan Anderson, 8.

Hastings is asking drivers in Southern Oregon to keep an eye out for a vehicle matching the description of DiMaggio's Nissan.

The suspect's car has California license plates 6WCU986.

Anderson's body was found Sunday in the ruins of a burnt house in east San Diego County, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The two children could have been kidnapped the previous evening,officials said.

An AMBER Alert was sent via text message to cellphones throughout the country. The case represented the first time such an alert was disseminated through cellphone messages, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Southern California police believe DiMaggio might be heading to Canada to evade capture.

If anyone sees the suspect vehicle in Oregon, please call 911 or Oregon State Police at 1-866-5AMBER5.

UPDATE: US 395 is the route you'd use if you wanted to head for Canada and didn't want to use I-5. It goes north through Eastern Oregon, on the east side of the Cascades.

The good news (for everyone except the kidnappers) is that if the Oregon State Police got the alert early enough, there are places they can set up to intercept everything on that highway. Our friendly murderer won't get past 'em.

UPDATE: So it was Oregon and Washington, which seems reasonable. And I saw a news report that said it was possible that the boy had also been murdered. Let's hope not.

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July 30, 2013

Breakfast of Champions


I love hash brown potatoes, with breakfast. But it takes about half an hour to prepare them right, and you can't really do a small amount. Recently I figured out a solution: cook an entire bag of hashbrowns (a pound (UPDATE: Actually, almost 2 pounds)) all at once and put them in a plastic box in the frig. Then, when I want to make breakfast, take a small amount out and heat it in the microwave.

They sure go well with my morning scrambled eggs (which I don't have every day) and cinnamon rolls (for three days after I get a grocery delivery; after that it's toast and jam).

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July 11, 2013

Contributing to the economy

It's been a long time since I put in an order to Bob. But I just put one in. Mostly guilt buys, as usual these days, but one new thing.

My desk mascot for about the last three years has been Eris the catgirl, and it's time for a change. So I just ordered a figurine of Rias Gremory. (Everyone needs a gorgeous red-headed demon, don't they?)

Anyway, everything should arrive next week some time.

UPDATE: CDJapan has a Rias statuette available for preorder which is seriously NSFW. Yeesh!

UPDATE: And as we have come to expect from Bob, it shipped today (next business day, since I put in my order last night). I'll get it on Monday.

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July 05, 2013



This stuff is really tasty. Safeway included a free bottle of it with my delivery a couple of weeks ago, and I ordered 4 bottles of it in the Tuesday delivery and they gave me another free one.

But I was a little afraid of it the first time. I stopped drinking milk entirely about ten years ago, until I tried it once again maybe a year ago -- and for several days it gave me the most awful gas. I could barely stand to be around myself. I guess I'm lactose intolerant now. So I was afraid the milk in this might do the same, but it didn't. I guess there isn't very much in it. (Or my liver has gotten back in gear and is producing lactase again.)

I was also afraid of the caffeine content. The first time I only drank about a third of the bottle, because it tasted like a quadruple espresso and I feared it would buzz me. It doesn't say anywhere on the bottle how much caffeine is in it.

Well, I now drink entire bottles of it, and I can't hardly feel any buzz at all. I think this has about as much caffeine as Coke, which is to say "not very damned much". (A can of Coke has 34 mg.)

But it does really taste good when cold, so it's a pleasant treat in the afternoon. I think I'll order a lot more of it next time.

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July 04, 2013

Speaking of loud noises...

There haven't been any around here at all yet. Usually there's a fair amount of fireworks let loose in the couple of days before July 4, and on the 4th itself the noise usually starts around 6PM.

But as I write this it's 8 and I haven't heard a single pop, boom, whistle or snap. I wonder why?

Ha! I just heard one! My faith in my neighbors is restored.

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June 30, 2013

Safeway -- good service!

Safeway just called me about my two orders, because in fact they weren't going to have any block ice for the first delivery (Monday). I told them to give me bags of loose ice instead, which will serve nearly as well.

It was nice of them, very, to call me and let me change the order.

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June 28, 2013

Not an ice day

Today would have been an ice day except that I can't do that anymore. Last week I did walk all the way to the Fred Meyer's pharmacy and back, but that meant carrying a bag with my left hand, leaving my right hand free for my cane.

I can't push my shopping cart, with both hands, even if it's empty, at least not that kind of distance. It would be even worse if it was carrying 80 or 100 pounds of ice. Not in the cards.

So I've got all my windows open, and a fan blowing in at my deck door. My computer table is in what the designers here thought would be a dining room, and there's an overhead fan, which is running.

And so, like an idiot, I'm cooking a hot lunch in my oven.

Oddly enough, Accuweather (on my phone) doesn't agree with the US Weather Bureau about how hot it's going to be. Accuweather says we'll hit 100 next Monday (moan). All their predictions are 5-10 degrees warmer than US Weather Bureau.

Which is weird; I thought they got their predictions from the US Weather Bureau.

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