Caturday, with lots of kittens

Jul. 19th, 2017 02:45 pm
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Lots of kittens in the Kitten Room today! Four black ones and a tabby with white! Two of the black kittens, Fox and Jag, were playing like crazy, and batting at me as I was trying to fill out the form on their cage.


Sunshine was allowed out of her cage and wanted to get out of the room as well. A new cat is named Freud (above), and he is indeed a joy. He was very friendly with both Virginia and me.

Cat cushion

Ce n'est pas un chat. I kept looking at that cushion and thinking it was a sleeping cat, or maybe a tribble.

Two weeks ago, I talked to Virginia about getting scratched by cats, and Ladyslipper immediately scratched her. Last week I said I hadn't been scratched myself yet at the shelter, and this week Ladyslipper put an end to that record as I was cleaning a shelf next to her. I'd better be careful not to give her any more ideas.

Joni Mitchell was adopted. I hope her temperament is better in a home where she isn't surrounded by lots of other cats in close quarters.

First the bad news…

Jul. 14th, 2017 11:26 pm
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It looks like the "leader" of the "free" world has been in the pocket of the Russian mafia for quite some time.

Now, the good news. I received mail today from my lender. The RM has been approved by the underwriter. There are a few details I should iron out on Monday. Including setting up an appointment for the closing.

Looking at my current financial situation, and adding up what I will save (mortgage payments & etc.) plus the SS check, my effective income will be just slightly more than doubled. That does not count the available cash, which I could take out as income, or see as an emergency fund that I can leave alone, accumulating interest.

And there's no reason I couldn't go back to work (if I want to), or make money from other sources.

I do expect my medical costs to go up on January 1, because I'll probably opt for insurance that doesn't have a gigantic deductible, partially funded by my retirement. That will probably last 3 years, until I'm eligible for Medicare, assuming the gop doesn't destroy the government completely. I plan to carefully use this money to (a) increase my enjoyment of life, (b) free my time by hiring people to do things like lawn care, and (c) to make more money. Because I have an MBA now.

Approximately 5 weeks to all of this happening.

It's kind of overwhelming.

Galaxy on the Internet Archive

Jul. 14th, 2017 07:27 pm
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Loads of issues of Galaxy magazine are now available for free viewing on the Internet Archive. The first thing I found when browsing through was Ray Bradbury's "The Fireman."

Last night at Streetcar 209

Jul. 14th, 2017 09:21 am
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We decided at the last minute to do that open mic last night. 3 songs, all on the 12 string ...

The Well Stone
Spinning Skies & Mirrors

A nice, solid set.

The highlight was two young women, each doing a separate set. One was 12, one was 13, and they were amazing. Killer voices, decent guitar chops, and both just natural performers. Utterly compelling. Then one of their Dads came on and tossed out some acoustic punk. One of the highlights of my year. We need to go back more often.

SoundCloud alert

Jul. 13th, 2017 04:55 pm
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SoundCloud may be on the verge of collapse. Make sure you have copies of any files you've uploaded there, so you don't get caught by surprise.

Caturday: Come to the Sunshine

Jul. 12th, 2017 04:16 pm
madfilkentist: The Catmobile at Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (Catmobile)
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Sorry I'm later than usual posting this today. I had a root canal this afternoon. Then I stopped at Memories in Kingston for ice cream (mandatory post-dental work therapy). Then a cat ran across the road right in front of my car. I slammed on the brake and there was no bump, but it was frighteningly close.

But anyway, cat shelter. Sunshine is still there. So is Joni Mitchell. They make practically a cliché, some might say a racist one: The sweet, friendly white cat and the nasty black one. Joni was sitting on top of Sunshine's cage most of the time. While Virginia was taking care of Sunshine's cage, Joni took a swipe at her and scratched her forehead. Yes, two scratches in two weeks. Virginia put an inverted, empty litter box over Joni so she could finish; Joni seemed quite happy with the arrangement. It came crashing down to the floor about half an hour later.

There was a somewhat feral kitten named Donovan. He's already signed up for adoption. I think he'll come around once he's in a good home.

Cyan is still there. A very nice cat, but has special dietary needs. I'm sure he'll be adopted. Bongo is still there too. I really like him. Both of those cats are huge.

Kyoshi escaped while we were cleaning her cage and hid under it. We needed some staff assistance to get her out and back into her cage.

There was a cat that appeared to have front thumbs in the main room. Cue "Cats with Thumbs" (ttto "Cows with Guns").
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I typed most of this on the computer in two sessions and the post button never posted it, for some reason. Then I added to it and still no go. So now I'm on my phone and this will be in 3 parts.


I got the results back from my appraisal this morning, and also got a call from my reverse mortgage lender.

My appraisal came up 50K higher than the initial estimate. $530K. The numbers I got before were based on $480. I'd guessed my value at $500K. Looks like I was closer. $530K pretty much matches the figure in Zillow. Which went up $60K this week. The comps didn't include the 2 recent $700K sales down the block. But I don't want to argue with them or contest it, because that number pleases me and I'd hate for them to find a reason to go lower, which can happen.

I'll get the revised figures on all of this, he said, by Monday of next week. There are no major impediments. The appraiser noticed some areas around the house that need the attention of a painter. He said that will not hold up closing, but it has to be done within 6 months after. I'm guessing they deduct something in advance for those repairs.

I can do the closing as early as my birthday, the 17th of August, and then it's 3 days before I can access the money. So I won't be able to go to Helsinki for the Worldcon, which is just before that. But I WILL be able to go to Worldcon in San Jose, Ireland, and New Zealand. I plan to set aside a bunch of money over the next 3 years for the NZ trip and spend 2-4 weeks over there, maybe also get to Fiji, or Australia again. Probably stop in Hawaii. It will be a great way to celebrate my 65th.

For right now, I need to move forward on my health plans. Diet. Exercise. All that stuff.


Today, I got a call to do a consumer taste test for chicken broth. Wednesday next week. One hour. $60.

In the mail, I got an invite to open an account at a new bank for $200. They do require the account to stay open for 6 months, but - get this - it can be done without changing my direct deposit, there's no minimum balance or account fees, except for a $10 fee after one year for keeping their debit card (FAT CHANCE), and as an alternative to DD one can charge $500 in 30 days on the debit card in at least 10 separate transactions. So all I need to do is use it to pay some bills and groceries and restaurants, and that should be easy enough.


Got a call from my insurance agent in late afternoon. The reverse mortgage lender called to tell them I need to insure my house for more money. I was somewhat shocked the lender didn't tell me about that first, but I said OK because to do otherwise would hold things up.

Looked at Zillow again today. Remember I said my zestimate went up $58k in one day? Well, today it went down 64k. The market is NOT that volatile. I think Zillow is not particularly reliable.

In other news, I entered a ukulele playing contest at the Denver County Fair. That's on the 22nd.

Oh, and it's now pretty well documented that members of the Trump family engaged in treasonous activity.


At Ange & Dave's this weekend

Jul. 10th, 2017 09:08 am
ericcoleman: Cheshire Moon (Cheshire Moon)
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We premiered a new song at the end of the show. You can hear it and a lot of other new songs by supporting our Patreon page!

Set 1
Circus Of Dreams
Stream of Consciousness
Tea & Fireflies
Hamlin’s Bow
Well Stone
Ghost Train

Set 2
Alice In Zombieland
Callenwood Pt 1
Hot McGonagall
A Song About Fog
Loki Loves You
Snow White Red Road
Spinning Skies & Mirrors
Nighty Knights
Solstice (brand new)
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Some good news this morning. According to Zillow, my house value jumped up $58k since yesterday. I know why. Two properties a block to the south recently went up for sale, both sold within a week of listing, and both were in the 700k range. One last sold in 2013 for 495k. Differences: that block is a designated historic block with a plaque. My block, not so much. One was designed & built by the same guy who built the Molly Brown house, which is now a museum.

Still, I hope that impacts my appraisal.

I got an unexpected UPS package, opened it, and it was the shirt I ordered at FKO in April. I expected it to take some time - the person had a broken arm, and the shirt was in fabric form when ordered. I recall saying, "heal, make it when you're ready, no rush, and when I get it, it will be a nice surprise."

It was a surprise, it's perfect, and I'm very happy.

I've been trying to keep up the momentum of all the yardwork and housecleaning done for the concert & the appraisal. Got a banker's box (or more) of papers organized and filed yesterday. Went to use a coupon for a free haircut at a fancy salon. Was happy that I got some cash before going so I could at least tip. I checked their prices online afterwards. Men's haircut $35.00. Wow! That's a lot more than sort-of-ok clips. But they spent a lot more time and did more stuff. Beautiful place. I really want to go back. And perhaps after the reverse mortgage, I'll be able to afford it.

Brought along the new shirt and went from there to the Lil' Rev concert. Rev did a beautiful song on dulcimer (a new instrument for him in the past 2 years) that made everyone cry. I've always liked him, but he just keeps getting better. More musical accomplishments. And - well just everything. He's really great.

Got nice compliments on shirt. Planning to wear it to do my first of my daily youtube videos at some point in the next 2-3 days.

Nothing scheduled this week but a Wednesday concert in a park, and the monthly uke club meeting on Saturday. Should have time to get a lot of work done.

New Castle

Jul. 8th, 2017 04:30 pm
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Today I headed up to New Castle, NH. I really wanted to get some pictures of Fort Constitution, which was the site of the first successful raid of the American Revolution (even before Lexington and Concord). Unfortunately, a camera smudge ruined those pictures. But I did get one good picture, of Wentworth by the Sea seen across the water.
New Castle, NH
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