Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gimme eat

Mentioned before that Billy Bob is almost completely deef, but don't think I mentioned that there is one significant exception.

Shupper dime!

When it gets to be, say, five p.m. (too early for him to eat, else he'll be barking the whole house awake about five a.m.), he can be completely passed out, and yet no matter how quietly I try to tread the stairs (using the technique of stepping close to the risers to avoid creaks I learned at age 19 from my first reading of Nancy Dr--er, the Hardy Boys), there he is, right behind me, then in front of me, then turning wild circles at the bottom of the stairs, then barking madly over his food dish.

One of my grandmothers was like that. Towards the end.

Update: Bet that's the longest sentence I ever wrote. Alleged D-blog readers will probably not know which sentence I mean.

Update II: Should explain the "shupper dime" ref, since no one sane will bother to hunt it up in the Heinlein excerpts. But I ain't gonna.

Update III: JWP, how's your ol' lumpy pup?

Update IV: That "Towards the end" is a lie. Grandma was always like that. And she had big nasty teeth.

Monday, February 20, 2012


Just heard that the national average gas price is $3.56 or somewhere around there. Here (that is, at the Safeway on the corner), it's $3.01 (at least it was yesterday); including the three-cent-a-gallon break for having a Safeway card: $2.98. Big diff. But a temporary aberration, you can be sure.

Update (24 Feb): Still $2.98, tho it went up to $3.00 and down to $2.97 in between. National average today, according to KOA: $3.65.

Update II (28 Feb): $3.05.

Update III (6 March): $3.15

Update IV (10 March): $3.16.

Update V (13 March): still $3.16. Heard on KOA that Denver has the cheapest gas in the whole USA. Will not attempt to verify.

Update VI (16 March): still $3.16. Honestly, what the fuck is going on? My opinion: George W. Bush, out of office for three years but still a secret force for oil-rape and American hegemony, has invaded yet another oil-rich country (no, I don't know which one) all by himself (yeeeeeeehahhhhhhh!) only to enrich the coffers of Halliburpen. Because Denver's a cowtown, and GWB likes cowtowns, we don't have to pay for it.

Inexorable. Logic.

Update VII (18 March): $3.44. Yikes. Up almost 30 cents in two days. Damn you Booooooosh!

Update VIII (22 March): $3.58. Told you we'd catch up.

Update IX (28 March): $3.63.

Update X (6 April): $3.70.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Okay, this is weird spam

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Allow me to interrupt. "Please follow this link" has no link. There is no company mentioned by name, nor any product. Then there is this:

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Are those random words from Tolstoy or something?