When I was a kid, one of the MANY MANY cool things my folks did (4 eyed fish… lizards…. growing cacti whose flowers smelled like rotting meat …. the time they freaked out the survey gal at the door by saying the Addams family were the most functional family on TV … letting me watch Laugh-In … building a geodesic dome in the back yard in an evening …. painting a stick man on the side of the house …. signing absence notes to the school M. Mouse….. raising me atheist …. playing Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the Moody Blues as well as Oscar Brand, Bob Newhart, Spike Jones and Shelley Berman and opera and light classical music and having silent movie nights in the basement so I was exposed to Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin and the Keystone Kops when I was very little and helpless…. yeah, you wonder how I turned out the way ah did?) was paint this stuff on the windows in the bathroom so they didn’t have to hang curtains and the light still came through.
Pics I took yesterday. ScaryClown took me to lunch and we admired the amanita together. The other pic is the view from my window, which I am about to lose because my beautiful company is moving me again for reasons I would LOVE to publicly limn, but will maintain a discreet silence on.
Flu shot today, gotta wear short sleeves.
Eddie and Gizmo celebrated his return by running up and down the hallway in an attempt to mimic the percussive qualities of army boots on wooden floors.
No matter how hard I try, I can’t stop with the ghetto slang. I know there are many things that are seriously wrong with me…that seems to be pretty minor, all things considered.
That goshdarned full moon, which was fan-dancing with the clouds when I was standing on the ‘train platform last night! I went to Brentwood Mall under its malign influence and bought matching earrings, bag, shoes and hairband (?!) and then bought, yeesh, makeup and got taught, in a very luxurious and unhurried way, how to apply it. I’d say something about lipstick on a pig at this point, but I suspect nautilus3 is rather sensitive on that subject, for two reasons; one, the pig is her totem animal and she’s not one for mocking them, and two, when she was a high powered executive with 600 full time equivalents reporting to her (didn’t know that, eh, thought she was just a nice old lady, did ya?) lipstick was the only makeup she wore. I wish I’d stayed and gotten my toes done but I’ll see if I can do that tonight.
mOm and pOp told OnSpec to send me a free copy of the their mag, and for bedtime reading (I hardly ever read a book these days, such is the pull of one phosphor dot screen or another) I read halfway through it. Apart from thinking that the writing style of all the contributors remarkably similar, I really enjoyed it, and I think I will subscribe. When you pick up a mag and DON’T think at any point, why’n’earth did they publish this, that’s a good sign. I even liked the poetry, which is either a sign of necrosis of the brain or quality, you pick.
Off to a party tonight (thus the matching shoes, bag, earrings, hairband), and I will look fabulous in my outfit. I even depilated, which is either a sign of the apocalypse or that I’ll be exposing more of my surface area than is normally the case, you pick. Daughter Katie’s supposed to turn up and fix my hair, but after a lot of fussing around last night (Jeff would have been harrumphing had he been here, I was in the facility so long) I think I can do it myself if she bails. At least she’s okay. I grouse, but I worry ’bout that kid. She’s moving back in with her pop and Keith and I for one am thrilled.
Tomorrow, I go shopping at Famous Foods in the AM and then ScaryClown comes over in the PM and we’ll have a documentary fest and I think I’ll cook up some yummy food. He has to leave early (after supper) because he’s due to get up at hours ungodly on Sunday to get to the airport to fly to Providence, where he intends at some point to climb in a taxi or round up a sympathetic coworker (it’s a biz trip) and get driven out to HP Lovecraft’s grave.
This, like everything else in my mind, dovetails neatly with other family news; the parental units have commissioned a metal sculpture of one of the Old Ones. It is disguised as a cephalopod, but those in the know will be aware that it is actually (dah dah duhhn!) something otherworldly.
I am planning on taking ScaryClown to Gadget House at some point and asking my parents to adopt him as a grandson, or possibly a nephew. The idea of going on a road trip with ScaryClown alternately makes me blanch, giggle and furrow my brow.
Then, Sunday, my 50th birthday. It simply wouldn’t BE my birthday if I wasn’t importing guests, so Dr Filk has, with my warm thanks, agreed to come across the pond – Lady Miss Banjola, who will likely also attend, is requiring his presence for further practice, rehearsal, and scoffing, teasing and saying, You’re Fired repeatedly. All perfectly standard. It should be a small and convivial crewe. (Also with any luck Darwin the Alert and Lexi the Not-So-Alert-as-Darwin will attend.) I’m gonna have an acoustic bass in my living room. Let joy be unrefined! Oh, yes, there will be filk.
I just opened a card from my folks, which reads “Thank you for the special gift of being our daughter. Happy half century!” Gosh, (scuffs toes) couldn’t have done it without yuz. PS thanks for the terabyte drive pOp. Jeff and I are considering what uses to put it to…..