Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Waning Moon
Rainy and cold

The brook taunted us all day yesterday. It stayed level with the banks, inched a little bit into a few yards, dropped down a few feet, and came back up. People started moving their cars back into the parking lot and onto the streets, and the cops sent out another Reverse 9-1-1 call stating it was expected to get worse overnight and to keep the cars on higher ground.

I’ve got my car up at the train station (the highest point in town), with police permission (and the sign on the dash that I keep in the glovebox for these events). The cops also entered my plate info into the database — because of the bombings in Moscow and the heightened level of alert here in the NY area, that radiates out to the suburbs, they want to make sure no one thinks my car is a threat because it’s sitting at the station for a few days. The bomb-sniffing dogs will check it out regularly, just to make sure no one else notices it’s just sitting there and tries to take advantage of it.

This morning, the brook was about a foot lower than it was when I moved the car yesterday, but it’s rained for more than 24 hours and is supposed to rain all day today. The town that suffered badly three years ago is starting to have problems, so it’s only a matter of time before it hits us. And the tide’s coming in.

I hate the waiting. When something happens, you can respond, but when you’re just sitting around waiting. . .

Anyway, yesterday I figured out some more structural stuff for POWER OF WORDS. The positive part of writing the last scene of the book out of chronology is that now I have a definite target to which to aim. The negative is that a part of the creative brain now considers Book I done and is thinking about Book 2.

I was worried the power would go out, so I posted some additional exercises early — I’d rather the students got them early than having to scramble — and pushed to catch up on everything as quickly as possible. By the end of the day I’d caught up with what was posted to that point and posted a Plan B, in case we do lose power – in which case, as soon as things recede enough, I’ll pack the computer and head to Greenwich Library and set up shop there. The wireless is great. But, of course, I have to be able to GET there for it to work.

Water’s boiled and bottled, batteries ready, blankets stacked, car on high ground, tub filled with water, so we’re as prepared as we can be. I tweeted about preparations yesterday, and an actor friend texted back, “When the apocalypse comes, I want to be in YOUR compound.”

My morning routine was out of whack because of flood preparations, so it’s taking me awhile to settle. But I’ve got some work to do, and then I’ll hop on and off the workshop to respond to as much as I can for as long as I can.


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Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Rainy and mild

We dodged the flood bullet yesterday, but it doesn’t look as though we’ll be that lucky tomorrow. The brook held at the top of its banks, more a river than a brook, rushing, gray-green, filled with sludge, but not turning the neighborhood into a river — yet. However, we’re supposed to get rain again all night tonight and all day tomorrow.

I managed to get three loads of laundry done in the brand new laundry room before it began to get water-logged. I boiled and bottled about six gallons of water. We’ve got plenty of food and batteries. I moved the car around noon, when the brook rose four feet in an hour and a half — and it was still low tide. I’ll move the car back to the lot for the day, because it’s supposed to be dry-ish, and then move it up the hill for the weekend.

Yesterday was mostly about flood preparation. Finished up a couple of client projects, ran a few errands. I got some business correspondence done. UHaul got another Middle Finger award — this one as tall as the Chrysler Building, but I hope there’s a solution on the horizon. I’ve got more business correspondence to do today, and then, hopefully, all I have to concentrate on this weekend is the weather.

Lunch was great — slices of smoked salmon on ciabatta, using the rest of the homemade tartar sauce. For dinner, I made a turkey bolognese, using a recipe recommended by someone I met via Twitter. It was excellent. There are two versions of the sauce — one with white wine and cream, and one with red wine. I made the white wine version, and will make the red wine version next week.

I’m reading PRAGUE: A CULTURAL HISTORY. Wow. I basically knew NOTHING about Prague. We have a lot to pack in during eight days! It’s fascinating. It’s extraordinary how much of its history was shaped by writers, artists, etc., which I think is quite wonderful.

I got a bit of writing done this morning on the Matty book. I hope I can get more writing-focused this weekend. I have a feeling not much will get done over the next 2-3 weeks because of outside pressures, but then, although the entire summer is very booked and very busy, the writing will open up. Until a few things that are hanging over me are resolved, the writing’s not going to be what it needs to be. I’d like to resolve them in less than 3 weeks, but not all of it is in my control, and I’m not going to roll over and allow myself to be taken advantage of simply to get things moving faster.

Whenever I turn on the PC to pull stuff off the floppies and back them up, the McAfee tries to hijack the computer, demanding that I renew the McAfee software. Now, I don’t plug the old computer in to the internet. And there is no way IN HELL I would give McAfee another penny after the crap they pulled the last few months. I’d uninstall the program, but it won’t let me. Well, in a few months, I can just dump the whole unit and not worry about it anymore. But the gruntwork of the transfer is time consuming and annoying. Oh, well, gotta do it when you can’t pay someone else for the aggravation, right?

I’m glad I live on the third floor of this building. Saves me from having to build an ark.

Chad, I believe that one of the reasons groups are fighting change is that corporate profits are put ahead of lives. As a teenager, I temped in several insurance companies. At one in particular, the representatives were instructed to refuse EVERY claim without reading it the first time. If the person filing the claim challenged the refusal, then they were supposed to actually review the claim; but, since 75% of people who get a refusal never bother to dispute it, the company saved hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by not paying legitimate claims. And people who were too frightened or believed that they had no other recourse or were just overwhelmed by the paperwork had to pay out of pocket for care that was supposed to be covered.

Companies count on consumers being “too busy” to dispute/fight bad service, and every time a consumer allows something to go undsiputed, be it poor service in a store or a refusal of a legitimate claim, the consumer condones the company’s action and hurts all other consumers.

Back to work.