December 23, 2015
UPS finally delivered my garbage can, so that's now decorating my kitchen. I also ordered the second BD of the Strike the Blood OVA.
I specified Fedex Overnight, which means it should have arrived this morning. But the online tracking site says that it arrived in Memphis about an hour ago. They are still saying it's due to be delivered today, but I don't see how that can happen.
I am making allowances. For UPS and Fedex this is hell week, the worst week of the year, and I understand that it's a problem. But...
A rip of this BD showed up online this morning and I've already downloaded it. I paid a premium price for the BD and the shipping, to get it as fast as I possibly could legitimately, but I still got a bootleg sooner. I guess that means something, but I'm not totally sure what.
In the mean time I've been sitting here rewatching Yozakura Quartet. It's really a very charming show; I like it. What is coolest about it is how comfortable everyone in the town is with each other. Sakura Newtown has a large percentage of people who are not human. But they all mix together and it isn't considered remarkable by anyone. Humans and Youkai are friends and hang out together, and sometimes humans get into trouble and youkai use remarkable powers to help. So someone like Kotoha, who has what amounts to a super power, can use her abilities in public and no one is afraid of her. It's widely known that she has those powers and everyone is cool with it.
I just noticed that there's a huge jump in the story between episodes 8 and 9. The OP of episode 9 is a reprise of the stuff that they left out:I'm going to go look at the manga now and catch up.
UPDATE: Online tracking says the package just left Memphis, and they say I get it tomorrow. I believe that; it'll reach Portland this evening, and go to Lake Oswego before the trucks load for tomorrow's delivery -- if everything goes well. One time, at least, one of my BD packages spent a night at the Portland sorting center because they didn't notice it was supposed to be expedited. And of course, if they don't manage to deliver it tomorrow then it'll be next Monday.
UPDATE Thursday 0830: The tracking site says it's scheduled for delivery in the next two hours. It also says the package was at Lake Oswego (the local truck barn) at 0800. Did it make it onto a truck in time for delivery? My bet is "no", but we'll soon find out.
UPDATE 0930: The UPS computer seems to be horrifically backlogged. Just now I checked again and it has an 0800 entry indicating that the package is out for delivery. So I will get it today, though perhaps not before 1030.
UPDATE 1015: And it was just delivered.
December 09, 2015
...a reindeer in a red string bikini!
December 07, 2015
We got an inch and a half of rain over about 18 hours last night and this morning, and the creek responded about as you'd expect.
That's how it looked at 11:30.
And that was 4:00, after the flooding passed.
December 05, 2015
Ah, I've missed this. Oregon winter; gotta love it!
Not everyone can cope with the fact that we can go for weeks without ever seeing the sun. When I worked at Tektronix back in the 70's, sometimes we'd hire people from the East Coast who would leave after one winter, because the weather drove them crazy.
But, of course, I grew up with this so it doesn't bother me at all.
UPDATE: It's said around here that there are only two seasons in Oregon: Winter, and August.
November 11, 2015
For whatever it's worth, today is the third anniversary of my stroke.
It could have been worse. If the chunk of whatever had zigged instead of zagged, it might have killed me, or rendered me an idiot. (More of an idiot than I already am.)
Instead it left me partially paralyzed on my left side but had no direct effect on my mind. Rehab got most of that back, so, like I said it could have been worse.
October 31, 2015
I stocked up on candy again this year, but I don't know why I bothered. I have never gotten more than one group of kids any previous year, and last year I didn't get any. The weather forecast is "heavy rain" today and tonight, and I bet I don't get anyone this time, either.
UPDATE: 2PM and it is pouring out. I'm sure I won't get anyone.
October 30, 2015
The primary server for Tokyotosho.info is in Ukraine and it's down. But the site status hasn't been updated to tell us why.
(It's kind of painful, because it is my usual way of finding new torrents. So I'm using Nyaatorrents directly.)
October 23, 2015
Hurricane Patricia is cat-5 and just made landfall in Mexico. And the long range computer models have it heading right for Duckburg Duckford. Usually they hook to the east, but this one is predicted (as much as one can predict weather a couple of weeks ahead, which ain't much) to go pretty straight.
Apparently God wants to punish the Cub fans. (Even more than they've already been punished.)
Texas will get pasted, too. (I'm not sure what they've done recently to deserve it, though.)
UPDATE: I just realized: it's going to dump lots and lots and lots of water into the Mississippi, directly or indirectly. I wonder whether New Orleans is going to survive it?
UPDATE: Wonderduck just reminded me that this weekend was supposed to be the US Grand Prix, in Austin. It's already doing cats and dogs and ducks in Austin, and a couple of the practice sessions were cancelled as a result -- and it's only going to get worse. If the storm proceeds as it has been, it'll be over Texas on Sunday and there will be torrential rains all day.
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