Archive for October, 2010


Posted in general weirdness, writing class on October 30, 2010 by Nada

I broke my new vacuum, not seriously – just the chord retractor. I was going to live with it, but the Big Guy wanted to take it back to the vacuum store because it’s under warranty. We took it back today and Roger, the vacuum repair guy said, “Oh my. This is the first one of these that has come back.” And yes, I did jerk the chord on the new one, but in my defense, I am not freakishly strong. I think a new vacuum should withstand a certain amount of what I will call willful treatment.

In other news, I found a bullshit generator. I’ve been using it a lot for correspondences. I just made this bullshit phrase with it – “aggregate transparent technologies” and this one – “innovate frictionless web-readiness.” If you work in an office, this thing is a necessity.

And still more news, I’m enrolled in an advanced fiction writing class, which means nothing. Apparently, anyone can say they write advanced fiction these days and go to that class. Case in point. Anyhoo, the story I’m currently working on uses a steam plant as a backdrop. And yes, I do have a specific steam plant in mind that I used to live near. Shockingly, I discovered on the internet part of it (exactly half) blew up in August of this year. I don’t understand how a steam plant blows up. It’s not like a Chevron refinery. I do remember this tale my Great Uncle used to recant where one of the family cooks stuffed a match in the release value of a pressure cooker, and the cooker blew like a rocket up through the kitchen ceiling into the second story. Then, when it ran out of steam (literally) it came back through the hole it had bored in ceiling. Wonder if something similar happened at the steam plant. The news report said no one of the 400 workers was injured. How is that possible if you blow half the plant? You should be blowing people out side windows. Also, the smoke was black. Somehow I think the coal burning portion of the operation got ignited. Of course, I couldn’t find any follow up about the mess. And when I called my cousin, the plant was too far out for her to know any gossip about. I get the feeling it was one of these deals like, “Umm, the plant blew. Nevermind about it. We’re fine.” The other mysterious fact was there was no loss of power for the area. The plant was supposed to be providing all kinds of power. Weird. If I lived in the area, I’d drive over there this afternoon and eyeball the plant myself just for my own satisfaction. I’d also talk to some locals. They’d know what went on. In fact, they were probably involved in what went on. In fact, they probably stuck a match somewhere it wasn’t supposed to be.


Bad Memory and Yet, Not

Posted in general weirdness, gross, health, holy crap on October 26, 2010 by Nada

When I went for my physical, I got this envelope from my physician again this year that says Hemoccult SENSA. What you are supposed to do (literally) is send a sample of your poo from 3 different days through the U.S mail in that envelope back to your doctor’s office. I got the same Hemoccult SENSA envelope last year too. My physican asked me this year if I remembered doing (literally) the test last year. I lied and said, “no” because I kept it in my purse for about 5 months, and then finally threw it out, out of disgust. There is something so wrong about sending poo in the mail. I don’t care what it’s for. It should be on that list at the post office of things that can’t be mailed – right along there with butane lighters and fireworks. NO POO.

Anyway, I was looking in my purse for a book and saw that poo mailer again. My physical was 3 weeks ago. I didn’t do the test last year, and I should do (literally) it this year. I need more time. The poo mailer is wearing on my brain in a serious fashion. I should be a responsible adult, mature and yet, that really doesn’t fit the bill.

Also, while I was digging around in my purse I saw this credit card thing in a plastic case. It was my new disability transit card. I had totally forgotten about it. The old card expires this month. I need to start using the new one. My memory is annoying.

The only saving grace to the whole thing is that it seems everyone, including my physician, knows my memory is shot. And if I don’t want to send poo in the mail, I can lie and tell him I forgot. Somehow it doesn’t seem right and yet, I think I will do (literally) it anyway.

Big Un

Posted in food, Oakland on October 23, 2010 by Nada

Here’s the big fatty pumpkin at my grocery. Every year they have a contest to guess the weight. Person guessing closest to the actual weight gets a $50 gift certificate. The big fatty was outside the front door the first day. I came back the second day and it was inside. I had a vision of a tiny army moving the monster. It was probably just the forklift. It’s a big un.

NY Governor Debate

Posted in political, politics on October 19, 2010 by Nada


Posted in Oakland, weather on October 18, 2010 by Nada

It rained yesterday here. That’s big news. Rain, like in winter rain, cold and permeating. The house is up for sale, and we had an open house yesterday with a huge turnout. Today is the realtor’s open. I’m baby sitting the dogs and watching people come and go. It’s been a good house. It’s still a good house. I’d just like it to be someone else’s house. I’d like to move across town, actually out of town, into South San Francisco.

Little Dog Down

Posted in animal on October 16, 2010 by Nada

A couple of days ago, the little dog yelped for what appeared to be no reason. I thought she had bit her tongue. Then, yesterday, her face swelled under her eye. I called the Big Guy to come home from work, and we whisked her off to the vets who gave us some antibiotics and a wait-and-see-if-that-helps diagnosis. I was pretty sure she had an abscessed tooth. Long story short, she had 4 teeth pulled at the vets today, but only after she stayed up all last night all panting and pacing. I know. I was up with the imp trying to console her. There was no consoling her. The vet says she is resting comfortably. We can pick her up tomorrow. Little Dog cheats death (or the dentist) again. YAH! She’s 16 this year. The vet also said she is hypothyroid, and will have to take a little thyroid pill from now on. Odd. That’s what my vet, I mean physician, just told me last Wednesday. Little Dog is a copy cat. The house is lonely without her tonight, except the Big Dog seems utterly delighted to have the place to herself. The brat.


Posted in food, Oakland, weather on October 12, 2010 by Nada

It was 95 degrees here today. For some reason, the redwood in the back yard ejected a bushel basket of dead needles into my yard. The dead redwood needles are sharp and pointed and more than once, the Little Dog went gimpy because of a stab in her hind leg paw. The Big Guy raked up the mess when he came home. Me? I’m living on chocolate mint ice cream from Farmer Joe’s. It’ll be that way until the heat wave passes.