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And I survived New York Comic Con

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I'd love to do three days, but figure it might kill me ;) Did both Friday and Saturday at New York Comic Con (#NYCC) and it was a blast. However, getting up at 5:00am each day, to pick up friend, then go to train station and not getting home till 10:00pm was tiring. However, it's now  physically impossible to do the convention in one day. It's just too big! So, the first day I did the dealer's room, plus the "Elementary" panel, where they showed the first episode of the new season, which culminated with Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, a new cast member and production person (name is blanking!) all talking, then doing a Q&A until the stupid microphone died. Bummer. but the production person finished answering the question by gesturing wildly as he answered the question. It was funny.

The dealers room was just enormous. I took a bunch of photos of things I wanted, and things I wanted to go back and get, which I did: some soap brains, some t-shirts, fridge magnets but overall, not a lot, as my budget was limited. I saw a gorgeous Godzilla model, chained to its podium (darn) which glowed orange. I don't even want to know how much that sucker cost. Godzillas seem to go up in price all the time. I also went to the autographing area, just to look - too pricey for my tastes, and then over to Artists Alley, which had the emptiest bathrooms I saw (some just had lines that never seemed to end).

The costumes ranged from so-so to simply incredible. My favorites were the robot made out of a styrofoam coolers. Very imaginative and whoever was inside took their role to heart and had skillful robot moves. There was a Batman with a wingspan that just spread out forever, a David Tennant doppelganger. I swear, it was him. I do. My friend and i joked that if I followed him around trying to figure out if it was HIM I'd be booted from the con for harrassment ;) But wow, yeah, he looked like the real deal. Meanwhile, George Clooney showed up - on Thursday, when I was theren't. Didn't see the "Walking Dead" folk, but this year the con emptied the IGN theater after each panel, so if you wanted to attend a panel, you went to the cattle pen, er, big hall where everybody queues up to get into the con, get a wristband, then go off and enjoy the con. I'm sure some WD fen opted to sit on the concrete from 10am to 3:30pm to get that front row seat ;)  I remember one costume, some guy with a shield on his arm, and apparently everytime he went to gesture at someone, he'd raised the shield. I nearly got nailed but scooted around and I heard his friend say "You're gonna kill someone doing that!" or words to that effect. I dodged shields, feathered wings and other cosplay bits and pieces all day long.

And here is my collection (600+ pictures) in two albums. Enjoy! https://www.flickr.com/photos/10668630@N06/sets/

Blood moon

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It never seems to fail that whenever a neat astrological occurrence happens, it's cloudy. Yup, rain last night (but no t-storms as predicted) and this morning was nicely warm, but, sigh, cloudy. Looking at all the pictures online just isn't the same. So, I can predict rain far into the future, as this always seems to happen.

Hoping for decent weather this weekend as I did score tickets for New York Comic Con. Not looking for anything in particular - just like to wander the venue and buy things I sure don't need but want ;) And it never fails that Person of Interest panels happen on Sunday, the day I could not get a ticket for due to NYCC's horrid online ticket buying system (don't get me started on that). And a Sleepy Hollow panel, too. Double darn!

The new TV season

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Wow, the new tv season is upon us and while I enjoy some of the shows, nothing has clicked fannishly like Stargate Atlantis. Drat.

Let's see, thumbs up for The Last Ship, which finished its run last month and will resurface next year. Good stuff. The Strain just ended and I'm enjoying it although sometimes the lead character can be a jerk. Was fun to notice the rat exterminator had been a Gou'ald on Stargate SG-1. I'm back to watching Sleepy Hollow (good stuff)!, Scorpion (which I watched later - not fannishly but predicatable fun). I let NCIS and the New Orleans spinoff air till Person of Interest, which despite all that happened last season, is still a load of fun. Won't spoil the fun on the first episode, but watching Shaw in her new job was hysterical. I catch ABC's Forever the next day on cable rewind - I mean, Ioan Gruffold. I swear he's got a painting in the attic as he doesn't seem to have aged much! Annoyed that CBS has ruined Thursdays till Halloween, when I catch up with Elementary again. Otherwise, nothing much. I've watched Z Nation on and off and while it's not a must-watch show, it is probably the only zombie show with a decent sense of humor. Walking Dead got so grim I gave up on it. My other boss spends time calculating when he can retire (which I think he'll do as soon as he can score Social Security).

Otherwise, job just plods along, with doing more work and not getting paid more, which is why I bought lotto tickets last week in vain hope I can give up the rat race. If only.... and, let's see, finally got the Hurricane Sandy tree debris cleaned up, so the yard looks a LOT better. Now if I could get $10K to clear and chop other trees. Took a few dozen wheelbarrows of pine chips and put around the shed out back. Evicted wasps from several places. Tenacious critters.

Starting to clean house. Really have to get rid of stuff so I don't end up on Hoarders ;) No, not that bad but we're still going through my mother's stuff. She was a packrat. And I think it's hereditary :)

I know I had more to post, but Sleepy Hollow is starting ....

Surfacing from the suffering of suburbia

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Ah, Spring came, and then Summer, and now the weeds have taken over everything. I finally broke down and got a weedwacker (aka oh um, forgot the other name for it). Only real decision was gas vs. battery. I went with battery as well, mixing gas, all that noise. Not for me. I LOVE it! I whacked up a ton of weeds, and of course, being in shorts and tank top (bad idea) got spots of poison ivy or something all over me, but then again, saved days of work.

Then the lawnmower died. It was slogging along okay until I went around side of weedy hurricane-Sandy-debris that has still not been cleaned up and mowed over a truck part. Mower slammed to halt and died. Attempted repair. Thing shuddered so much we figured, time to get new one, so several hundred dollars (gah!) later, I can mow lawn again. I need to win lotto so I can hire someone to mow lawn, preferably Thor from the movies,and I'll let Loki handle the poison ivy patch ;)

I can't believe Stargate Atlantis hit its ten year mark while I'm also scraping up the gravel driveway into a wheelbarrow (got washed away during drenching torrential storms).  I'd love to see an SGA movie, but then again, too many movies done that far out don't work out too well.

Been to a few library booksales and now have completed my collection of C. .J. Box books. Somehow, I can see Joe Flanigan Joe Pickett. Would love to see those books become movies or a TV series, if done faithfully to the books. Started read the Tim Dorsey serial killer comedies (yes, a humorous series of books about a whacky killer in Florida). The audiobook was a scream. Also have read a few of Deon Meyer's books about an alcoholic policeman in South Africa. Very different and I'll see what else the library has.

TV-wise, we're now in the dearth of summer reruns, reality shows, and the horror of new shows starting and me not knowing. I miss the days of shows started in September. Period. But I've actually started and stuck with The Lost Ship (er, think that's the title, on TNT, er, USA, oh darn, with the guy from Grey's Anatomy, a show I never watched). It's pretty decent. And then i segue into the new FX series The Strain, about a virulent plague and nasty vampires (not of those teen angst vampires, of which I am burned out on and I never even watched 'em). So far it's pretty good and it's actually made me watch TV at 10:00pm. Only other shows I'll stay up for are Longmire on A&E and Person of Interest on CBS (the latter is in repeats though). I'm still checking out Under the Dome as I can catch it on cable rewind.

Still without pet, although I go down periodically to the local cat shelter and get my cat fix (including the occasional scratch and lots of cat fur). One day...

Oh yes, conventions. Did MediaWest*Con,which i go to for the fans, not the fandoms, although did have fun talking Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock, which was on my door decoration, which I discovered once I got home that I forgot to take photos of it! *headdesk*

Tried to get a three day ticket to New York Comic Con. What a nightmare! The website crashed, I got locked out of 3 day tickets, had the Saturday tickets in my cart and then, POOF! server error. I lost 'em. Had to settle for Friday. Don't know if I'll go through their hellish queue of getting tickets next year. They really need to limit it to two tickets per person, with names attached to each. Scalpers had over 700 tickets on eBay/Stubhub within an hour of the sale opening up. gah!

And that's about it for. Thinking about getting a tablet though, to of course websurf, answer email, but also to read books and listen to audiobooks. Any suggestions??.

Wow, Stargate gets the reboot

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Yup, it's finally happening.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mgm-warner-bros-launching-stargate-708044 reports that Roland Emmerich, who directed and co-wrote the original film with Dean Devlin, will direct and Devlin will produce.

I get the feeling the reboot will be totally recast, skew younger. I'd love to see the SG-1/Atlantis folk in it, but am not holding out any hope....

But one can dream of cameos...

Cold, cold, cold

Brain
I can't wait for Spring. Not the day that Spring begins, but for when all the snow is gone, when it's warm enough to sit outside in shorts in the nice sun and spend hours reading a book and just relaxing.

The snow that came eons ago (at least it seems that way) is still outside. At least a foot across the entire yard and right now it's still hard enough I can walk across the top without cracking it. It's supposed it hit 46 F this weekend, so if it melts, that would be nice. The big snowpile with snow marker eyes (in the previous post) is STILL there. It shrunk down a few inches but alas, I think it will be there until May at this rate!

Saw that SyFy's Being Human got the axe, but at least they're supposed to wrap it up. Seems Fox Almost Human is on the fence. Not sure about SyFy's Helix, which I am enjoying, Person of Interest is still fun. Miss Sherlock on PBS. What with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman being so busy, I hope the next series comes out before I'm dead ;) Still enjoy Elementary too but wish I had more Benedict Sherlock...

So behind on fanfic but hope to catch up at MediaWest*Con, which is about three months away. Meanwhile, caught up with the Pendergast book series by Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child. Keep thinking William Fichtner would be perfect as that FBI agent who is drawn toward supernatural type cases. Forgot to reserve the book at the library, so now must wait until whoever got the latest CJ Box book, Stone Cold, till I get my paws on it. Was hoping they'd get an audiobook but it's not in the library's catalog. Ah, to win Lotto so I can just buy all this stuff!
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Alas, the craft store Michael's opened up nearby a while ago, and I keep getting coupons, so I keep buying little things. Anyway, I needed something to cover the wall in the bathroom. As the tiles were green, and the tub curtains were definitely tropical, I found these sheets of shell photos in the HUGE row of different colored/style papers. I took four and put them in a frame and it turned out pretty good. Only about a dollar for all four papers (on sale) and the frame was in the attic, so, cheap!




And then, the Nor'easter came in (to radically change topics). Gah, I'm soooo tired of the cold, of shoveling snow, of chiseling ice out of the gutter to prevent ice damns (yeah, damned dams). Don't even get me started on the heating bill. I could have flown to Hawaii for what I'm paying *cries*. Today I couldn't even get to work due to snow, sleet, and geez, the road wasn't even plowed and my little Civic just doesn't do snow well when it's that high. We ended up with a lot of snow. I made a snowman... sorta...



The shining eyes are snow markers. They're not even in all the way to the ground, so you can sorta figure out the size. It's a BIG pile of snow. I drew a happy face in it. And we have perhaps six more inches tonight, and another 1-3 on Saturday. ARGH!!!!
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I saw this ad before the Super Bowl, but it was neat to see it on TV. It's like a miniature 30 second bad SyFy movie that was actually fun to watch. Doberhuahua. I want a stuffed toy one! I love this ad!



And the snowstorm that started last night but finished this a.m. sucked. The snow was like creme brulee... crunchy on top, soft underneath, due to snow first, then sleet, then cold. However, as the hours wore on, the snow was more like slushy concrete as it packed down from the rain, although the top was still crusty so I had to break it with the shovel. Road wasn't plowed till mid-afternoon so didn't get to work. I'd rather have been at work than shoveling shoveling...

And more snow comes on the weekend. I want to be in Tahiti....

Benedict Sherlock

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This PBS video was a hoot. I'm still thinking over the last Sherlock Holmes of the season - sure did NOT expect half of what happened to happen. Yikes!

Meanwhile, just a fun video with Benedict Cumberbatch.



I was in the wrong age bracket for Sesame Street, but probably would have watched had Benedict been on it ;)

And the TV season thus far...

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Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock won't air on PBS till this coming Sunday so I'm sticking my fingers in my ears. No spoilers. LALALALALALLAA!

There's still nothing that grabs me fannishly like Stargate Atlantis did, although Sherlock comes close. I do watch CBS's Elementary and it's good and entertaining. Big Bang Theory is still the only comedy I watch - love all the sci-fi in-jokes. Why couldn't they have had something like that when I was a kid?

Let' see, what else?

I watch Almost Human - it's the only decent cop-buddy show on the air. It's pretty simple at times, but I do like the characters. Now Sleepy Hollow... yeah, I could listen to Tom Mison read the phonebook. He's great as Ichabod and thus far, they're doing excellent with Ichabod's view of present day America (why do you not drink the water from the lake? uh yeah, sure, parasites, pollution, you name it!) ;) Being Human has returned but it's against Sleepy Hollow, so I watch that show until it goes into repeats and will hopefully catch Being Human (which amazingly follows Almost Human, so surely we must get another show with Human in the title and a "C" word in front) in repeats on cable rewind.

Still watch NCIS, but since it repeats left and right, it's not must-see TV. I watchted the first Intelligence on CBS, tried the first couple minutes of next episode, then bailed. Nah. I definitely stay up to watch Person of Interest, which has major cast changes with the death of one character, with Reese trying to just leave it all behind (which may get some resolution in tonight's Reese-on-a-plane episode). I can't think of anything I really watch on Wednesday nights anymore, unless it's PBS or cable. Oh, I got hooked on the French series, um, American title The Returned, I think, about dead people who suddenly started showing up in a town next to a dam. They're not zombies, per se, they just show up as if nothing happened and have no memories of dying. Everybody is of course creeped out. All subtitled, slow in comparison to US stuff, but loved the music, and it was intriguing.

I watch the pilot for Helix on SyFy and do like it. Don't know if I'll ever think of the song Do you know the way to San Jose? in the same vein ever again. I'll stick with it, I think, because I'm a sucker for lethal virus stuff, although it made me think of a hybrid between the movies Outbreak and World War Z, the latter which I just saw on DVD and when the heroes went to the WHO (World Health Organization) who was one of the doctors at WHO but Doctor Who, the new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi. Neat. Of course I sit there watching Helix with quibbles such as why does a facility in the Arctic have such big wide corridors and how the hell do they heat it and does everybody have huge air ducts like they had in the Seaview?

Otherwise, we had snow, we had ice, we had the 'polar vortex' and temps went below zero Fahrenheit and the car door froze shut on one car and the garage door froze shut and I had to get out the hair dryers to thaw the frigging wheel things on the rail (yes, those technical terms). Wind chill was below zero while shoveling so I had to leave glasses inside, shovel albeit a bit fuzzily, so I could wear a N95 mask on my face to I didn't freeze off my nose and lips. Yeah, THAT cold. I had to shovel the driveway, and then when I finally get to the end, the road isn't plowed, so had to wait for them to go by as yeah, I went to work.

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Deck the halls with bound-up Daleks!

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Christmas is coming and I've put up the tree (tiny thing) and there was spare stuff left over, so it was time to torment the Dalek as well. Wouldn't be Christmas without antlers on a creature bent on destroying the universe, or something like that ;)

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Halloween

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What was totally great about Halloween was NO major storm that knocked power out for a whole week, no new trees in yard (not that I've cleaned up last year's and of course, now it's all under snow, gah - really gotta clean it up).


My front porch decorations: another crime scene (I'm gonna use that tape till I die), panicked eggs, scared pumpkins and a deer skull (not in his picture).

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New York Comic Con, a mini-review

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And I’m so far behind on LJ it ain’t funny.

New York Comic-Con

Well, it didn’t go as planned. For years, I’ve simply picked up the tickets for the Saturday for #NYCC at local comic shops. This year, well, I called and they sold out about ten minutes after they opened, which left me and my friend going ‘uh…’ So I looked at what was left – Friday or Sunday. Sunday is kids day and that made me go “eeuuuu”. No offense to children, but hundreds of them all over the place ‘wanting’ stuff might drive me nuts, so I ordered Friday tickets. This must have been pre-ordained cuz when the schedule came out, I found out that David Hewlett (@dhewlett) had a panel that night and only that night. It was meant to be.

Almost.

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Person of Interest at Paleyfest tonight

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The following photos I screencapped off the Paley Center #Paleyfest livestream of the Person of Interest cast on October 23, 2013 in NYC. Wish I could have gone, but alas, work. Grrr. Anyway, enjoy!

Hmm, I guess I'm gonna need a Person of Interest LJ icon. Any suggestions where to find one? Thanks!




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McKay-this is cool
We missed out on NYCC tickets for Saturday, the first time EVER, because we always got them at a local comic book shop and they sold out in ten minutes, while I was stuck at work, so I ordered Friday tickets. Then today the schedule was announced. It was like it was meant to be!

http://nycc13.mapyourshow.com/5_0/sessions/sessiondetails.cfm?ScheduledSessionID=18A8CAC1

State of Syn with David Hewlett

Date: Friday, October 11
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: 1A08

Speakers: Alan Kistler, David Hewlett, Jed Weintrob

Description:
Join all-star cast member David Hewlett along with the show Director and Producer as they discuss STATE OF SYN, the world's first 3D-enabled science fiction motion novel. The newest digital series from Smokebomb Entertainment combines live-action photography with animated hyper-real backgrounds and a companion mobile game for iOS and Android. Explore the creative process of this transmedia experience and share the first two episodes of the show in a New York Comic Con exclusive world premiere.

The state of TV

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Alas, it's not great. Gone are the golden days of Stargate, although every once in a while SyFy will show a marathon, but always when I'm at work or it's against something worth watching.

I can't say I'm watching anything 'fannish' these days. I'm still attached to Stargate Atlantis although am woefully behind on fanfic due to realty (house and job stuff and well, warmer weather and being outside fighting a losing battle against weeds and vines). So, let's see, I like Bob's Burgers on Fox on Sunday  nights. Totally bizarre dysfunctional family in a cartoon. I started watching Crossing Lines on NBC as William Fichtner starts in it so of course, it's pre-empted for sports now, which means I'll listen to Hearts of Space on NPR instead. I started watching The Killing on AMC, but fell an episode behind, so am now recording them and will just do a marathon instead. I fell soooo woefully behind on The Walking Dead that at this rate I'll just wait till the library (hopefully) gets the show on DVD.

Mondays I watch The Glades on A&E. It's a popcorn show as the lead is fun to watch and the plots are simple. I'd have to say Longmire, which follows on A&E, is a favorite. Definitely not fannish but I like all the characters, and it doesn't hurt that it has Lou Diamond Phillips in it. I try to catch NCIS on Tuesdays, but since the show seems to always be on somewhere (along with the Law & Order shows), if I miss it, no big deal. Last thing I really paid attention to on Wednesdays was the Dragons of Berk, now on hiatus. Thursdays actually got a little cluttered. Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, Elementary, but oh wait, CBS moved POI to Tuesdays at 10pm. Gah! I loved the Thursday lineup. So right now it's all repeats, and I accidentally tripped over Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock on PBS, so now I can catch up! And the library has the show on DVD, so I'll watch season 2 until season 1 is returned to the library. I see why the show is addictive.

I must admit that if nothng else were on, I'd watch the schlock movie on SyFy. I did watch Sharknado, and it was, yes, bad. I spent most of the movie wondering why Ian Ziering's face was lighter in tone than the rest of his body, which seemed odd for a surfer. And hoping Tara Reid's whiny ex-wife would get devoured. Just when you think movies can't get worse they make stuff like this. Of course if any of the Stargate Altantis actors (or SG-1) appear in these dreckly flicks, I will watch.

Fridays I'm behind on Continuum, which means I'll  have to catch up on the SyFy online, or repeats, or try the cable OnDemand and hope they have it. Every time I turn on Hawaii Five-0 I swear it's the same episode I always see!

And then there's Doctor Who.

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Turkeys, trees and coyotes

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Under the "wow, finally got something done" category, we got some of the damaged pine tree from Hurricane Sandy chopped up (see post at http://wraithfodder.livejournal.com/493940.html for the 'before' photos). Here is what part of yard looks like now!


The stack of logs in the middle is the remains of the pine tree trunk that was splayed out in the yard all winter long. At right is the smaller stack of the remains of the poor dogwood tree. It took me about 10-15 minutes, but I was able to dig out a branch (about 6 feet long), half of which was driven straight into the ground. I found several branches like that, most small but the big one took more time to remove. The tree, alas, remains, as done the big scattered pile of BIG pieces of chopped pine (seen more to the left, between the brown stack of dead pine needle branches and the stacked pile of logs).

But then again, the big logs now serve a purpose. Continue reading!

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I think I blew most of my budget on food. It's easy to do when you eat out, even when you get a free continental breakfast!

However, a group of us did go see Star Trek: Into Darkness, and I can see why fans are so enamored of Benedict Cumberbatch. He was fantastic as the bad guy, whose name I will not post for the 2% of fans who have yet to see the film and don't want spoilers. However, it's obvious J.J. Abrams has taken over as yes, someone DIES. Darn. And they're doing a spin/retelling of Star Trek the classic series. I liked the film, but would like more characterization over action, although the action scenes were good, and pay attention to small details, as they crop up in critical moments later on ;)

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Yup, another Mediawest*Con has come and gone and for the first time in a long time, Elvis went to the con. Since our third roomie roomed with two of her friends, Elvis shared the bed with me, at least for two nights, until I realized he was always deflated in the a.m, so I booted him and brought in the snake instead. Not to mention, the mockingly sarcastic comments from friends of "she's giving him another blowjob" accompanied all my rescuciation efforts on poor Elvis.

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This and that ...

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I haven't been to LJ in a while to post, so of course LJ is totally different in how you post. Hopefully better.

Almost done with another nasty case of poison ivy. Weeded part of the front yard - wore gloves, long shirts (two!), jeans, boots and of course, got it all over lower arms and hand, and part of face. Yech. Still have bits of it but at least I can sleep. And while cleaning out around a stone wall, found a gun! The barrel was sticking out of the wall and it's a Luger, decades old as it was one of our toys as a kid. Solid metal fake guns back in ye olden days. Totally harmless unless you drop it on a toe... ;)

Meanwhile, trying to killl weeds, etc. before Spring really gets into gear and everything starts turning green. Lots of damage from hurricanes Irene and Sandy - mostly huge trees that came down in field that will need to be dealt with eventually and of course, will have to pay (through the nose) to have someone take the tree off the front yard. Can't leave it there forever and mutant termites from outer space did not stop by to eat it. Darn.

And, I'm looking for an MP3 player for when I go to MediaWest. I want to play music and audiobooks. Any suggestions? My library has Overdrive for audiobooks. Gotta admit, I am looking for inexpensive as eventually I'd like to get a tablet so don't want to put everything into a player. SanDisk is one player I've seen mentioned.

Fannishly...winding up Being Human on SyFy. I like the show but am not into the fandom. I guess Person of Interest and Elementary are the shows I really like to watch. I remember to watch Touch but fell out with Following as it was against Being Human, and I'm sorta buned out on serial killer shows. I'll probably take a look at Defiance. SyFy's Saturday movies seem to get worse and worse and 9 times out of 10, I fall alseep before the movie is ended! ;) I'll watch them for Stargate Atlantis actors but that's about it. Ah, sigh, wish Stargate Atlantis was still on and running.  I ordered the last of the paperbacks so can now (when it arrives) read the last three all in a row.
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First, way way back in 2008, Wes Craven made a film in my area. I wrote up an insane post on it at http://wraithfodder.livejournal.com/276274.html ince I perused the area before the film crew totally left. Now to the present... I was wondering what was on SyFy tonight and *flails arms* OMG, it's that movie! It looks like your typical 'virtually all the teenagers will die by hands of demented killer' type movie, but I'm only going to watch it to see if I recognize where they film a scene. Not like there's anything else on tonight. It was called "25/8" in the beginning and is now "My Soul to Take." Oh yup, typical horror movie fare.

Meanwhile, saw that Corin Nemec got to twitter on January 31st to make a quick post:

[Corin Nemec@imcorinnemecThanks for the kind thoughts and words, I really appreciate them all. I won't be on again for awhile, long road ahead... .]

Oddly enough, I haven't seen anything on SyFy's site about this accident. Sheesh.

And it's FREEZING outside. Gak, I want Spring!

Cripes, those SyFy movies are dangerous

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It seems most Stargate actors are off doing wretched SyFy movies in out-of-the-way (aka cheap) locations, and now one of them was badly injured in the process.

Corin Nemec was in a boat crash in Belize, and broke his femur in three places (!)and lost a lot of blood. Luckily, he survived. Others, including the lead actor, were injured. No mention of names. Full details at http://7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=24537.

Gads, think it's time to bring all these flicks back to filming in the States/Canada where there are stricter laws and regulations...

Hope Corin recovers; a break that bad could leave a permanent injury.

And this is the car...

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That caused me to get rear-ended. I still don't know what happened - there were no skid marks that any of us could see. Anyway, this hybrid slammed fast and hard into an SUV, which was then propelled into the rear of my car. All in all, I was the luckiest. The hybrid is toast, and honestly, with the front and rear damage to the SUV, they might total it. I still have to deal with insurance and auto body shops to determine the extent of damage to my Civic. Wreckage from the hybrid was scattered across both lanes and into people's yards and driveways.

R.I.P, Ian

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My little Ian is gone :(

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Newtown

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Six large penguins, twenty small penguins...

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A Dalek Christmas

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The real reason why Daleks hate humans. Must be the humiliation factor of being dressed up in globes and antlers for Christmas....

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Hurricane Sandy clean-up

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It's never-ending. Have four garbage bags (32 gallon) full of pine cones gathered off the lawn. Maybe I can donate them for crafts...

Meanwhile, before and after photos. Look at bottom left for the wheelbarrow, which gives you an idea of the size and scope of the mess.


Notice the humongus pile of branches. That was half the tree; also, there is, er, was, a dogwood tree under there as well.


And now you can see a pile behind the wheelbarrow - all the branches I sawed off. Amazing what you can do with a bowsaw and a little saw and a machete. Although a chainsaw would be nice...

Gotta price out getting all the green branches chipped up and the skeleton of tree chopped up. The big part still has to be taken down as it's been compromised. Ah sigh, stupid pine. Can't do squat with the wood.

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And I survived Hurricane Sandy!

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Although somewhere along the way, it got named "Superstorm" Sandy. Tough to tell when, as I had no power for six days. The storm came in on Monday and we lost power probably just about the time I was standing the garage, watching the row of 50-60' tall white plines (hate white pines, hate 'em) wavering back and forth violently and hoping they would NOT fall and hit the house, the car or me. Then the wind died down. Phew. An enormous gust roared in and KER-RACK! the huge pine at the end of the driveway snapped in half, and oh yeah, there went power. Luckily, the next day a neighbor came by and wondered if I need help and came back with chainsaw and cut out a portion so I could get car out. I did manage to get to work on Wednesday, drawn more by power and heat than the desire to work ;) Everything was covered in pine needles, the car, the house, the gutters, the entire yard. I still have to clean up the front yard.

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Yes, VIrginia, there is a driveway underneath the wreakage...

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Freedom!

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But, we got a nifty blue sky out of it.

So, no power, no heat (that was the worst), no internet as a big tree in neighbor's yard uprooted and took out all the power/cable lines. LOTS of trees uprooted. Fortunately for all the falling trees, no one's house nearby got nailed, but there's a ton of useless wood (pine isn't good for much) in big piles in yards.  But we had water, our Y2K candles (they will outlive us, I'm sure), pizzza and I kept the cat warm by going to work and microwaving his Snuggle Safe pad each day so he'd be warm at night.

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Halloween!

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Only a few days late, because Halloween (again) got delayed due to a storm, this time Hurricane Sandy, then followed a week later by a nor'easter which dumped 4-5" of heavy snow, which fortunately didn't do much more damage to the yard than the hurricane did (see next post for that).

Anyway, it was cold outside, snow, wreckage from hurricane, but I did a quick setup of last year's cobwebs (save those - they look even better a year later with last year's leaves and dead bugs stuck in 'em!) ;) , the pumpkins (both of which were savaged, gutted and hollowed out a day before by a hungry raccoon), and the skeleton, which was dressed up as a utilities worker this year. Had about 20 folk show up, which considering the cold, the delay, etc., was okay. Am foisting rest of candy off on co-workers. This year I was smart. I bought candy that I did not like, because last year I ate most of the leftovers (not good).

Anyway, here's one of the decorations:

Halloween pumpkin 2012

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Squirrel during Hurricane Sandy

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Here's a video of my fat squirrel, stuffing its face on the bird feeder which I decided to fill cuz nobody's getting anything for the next two days. Shot this around 8:00 a.m., October 29th as Hurricane Sandy starts ramping up at noon.

Waiting for Frankenstorm...

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Sitting here waiting for Frankenstorm to arrive and hope he/she/it doesn't do too much damage. I do expect prolonged power outage just like last year at this time. Beginning to think Halloween is cursed... Not so much worried about rain or flooding, but the winds, and the trees, and hoping nothing falls into the house or squashes my car.

Got water, matches, candles, batteries, flashlights, Triscuit, cat food for the poor cat, who seems to do not much else but sleep these days :( Got enough lactated ringers to hopefully weather the storm. At least that doesn't require heating but... he's liking it less and less each time, so I fear at some point we'll just have to stop and that will be the beginning of the end for him. Hopefully power gets back on, or we get the generator up enough that I can warm up his little bed thing so he can stay warm.

Meanwhile, due to copious amounts of spammy comments clogging my email box, I caved and now only registered LJ users can make comments. Hated doing that, but I see one more Ugg spam arrive, I'll scream.

So if the storm (Hurricane Sally, or Superstorm Sally, whatever) hits, I'll be offline for a while. I hope to get back online eventually via Twitter (aka Wraithfodder there as well) just to let people know I didn't get blown away with the flying monkeys ;)

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More New York Comic Con

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I took a lot of photos, but mostly of the wares on sale and then costumes. I realized that Flickr is full of costume photos and if you go to http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi (aka Google, then Images) and search for New  York Comic Con 2012 or NY Comic Con 2012, you will find a LOT of photos.  Here's a big selection of the costumes - http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/10/new_york_comic_2.html.

Here are some of mine.


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I made it to New York Comic Con for Saturday, which of course, was the most jam-packed day of the weekend (at least I'm sure - read that 106,000 fans attended and I'm sure most were there Saturday!). My friend Dawn and I went in very early - had to wake up at 4 a.m., then drive to her place, pick her up and we caught a 6ish train into NYC. There was that side trip to Dunkin Donuts of course as I needed caffeine and sugar to keep me awake. Fortunately NYCC supplies a shuttle bus between Grand Central and Jacob Javitts Center. One year it was obvious - ads on the side. This year, alas, just a piece of paper in window signifying it was the shuttle bus. Once we got there, we had to go to the blue entrance, where the press, exhibitors and any handicapped folk went. Since Dawn was using a walker, she qualifed and I was her helper. I noticed several chilly anime fans on the way to that door. Chilly not in attitude, but in they looked half-frozen as this was the coldest day of the Fall and some anime outfits are, um, skimpy. So we were hanging around with several dozen other fans, while the horrendous throngs of fans were at the other door, and there were probably lots of freezing zombies as The Walking Dead is a very popular fandom.

My goals at the con were to see the Person of Interest panel, get to the Person of Interest signing, see part of the Haven panel as I had to leave it early to get to the POI signing, and hopefully buy something in the massive dealers room. I didn't see the germ keychains I got last year, so will check online as I wanted a MRSA one. Worrywoos weren't selling at the con this year, but they're online. Didn't see any Godzillas that screamed BUY ME! but did get a great t-shirt of an adult teaching a trio of little Daleks how to exterminate humans. Adorable! I saw lots of Doctor Who stuff but didn't need it and as often happens at cons, it's a tad bit overpriced as well.

At 10 a.m., I went to the IGN theater., which holds a LOT -for the Haven panel. It was half full, and at least 1/3 was there for the 5pm Walking Dead panel. The con doesn't empty rooms between sessions. Sigh.  I stayed about 30-45 minutes and the cast was entertaining. Emily Rose (@EmilyRoseLA), Eric Balfour (@ERICBALFOUR) and Lucas Bryant (not on Twitter) were there, and the chemistry definitely shone. Another new cast member was there - a former wrestler - and my brain has forgotten his name. They talked spoilers and episodes I haven't seen, but fortunately I have forgotten then. I have to catch up.




Haven booth in main dealer's room, before the hordes descended.


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Cat: Part 5 - My cat the sheep

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Well, last week the little fella got sick; started with some inappropriate peeing on the bed (all that stuff in part #4). Well, he ended up at the vet again, but at least I got him back at the end of the day. He was dehydrated. SubQs are now every two days, and probably, forever. However, his kidney levels were better, but he had a urinary tract infection (now pretty much fixed with liquid antibiotics). However, he had one retina half-detached (it can happen with high BP with renal failure). But he's never exhibited high BP. He went back today for a checkup (he's seen the vet more this year than I've seen doctors). His retina has partially reattached, and there is the chance it could rectify itself. Otherwise, he's doing fine.

As for the sheep comment, when he came back from the vet, he'd been subQed twice, so was ... puffy. He reminded me of sheep from animated/stop motion cartoons, as seen below:



He was sorta like a plush toy for a while. When we give him subQs, he gets a puffy hump between the shoulders (you injected in the area where mom cats grab the kittens).

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Upcoming Hawaii Five-O

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Now why, WHY could they have not done an episode of Stargate Atlantis with this plot?? Or something akin to it, with ravenous alien squids trying to eat them, or mutant seagulls hovering overhead. Anyway, H50 fans may be happy :)

CHEAT TWEET: #H50 fans, quick question, with Danno and McG lost at sea, what is the boat-equivalent of a car-gument? 10/8 10PM ET/PT http://bit.ly/RY0hBo

“Lana I Ka Moana*” – McGarrett and Danny’s relaxing day at sea takes a deadly turn when their boat is hijacked and they are left to die in the middle of the ocean, on HAWAII FIVE-0, Monday, Oct. 8 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. \

(*Lana I Ka Moana is Hawaiian for “Adrift”)

Cat: Part 4 + New TV Season

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I awoke to the sound of streaming cat, aka, he peed on the bed, well, his part of the bed, which is protected by the bed pads. I didn't yell at him, since, well, he'd had subQ the evening before but did go "nnonononononononono" and grabbed kleenex and stuck it on the blanket so it wouldn't soak all the way through. Needless to say, I started the day with washing the blanket. What annoys me is I have a kitty litter box in the room, which he refuses to use, so I just put it down next to the other one, and now he uses it. *headdesk*.  I also boiled him up an organic chicken to make chicken broth. Alas, the fat from dark meat seemed to have infused in the dark meat and he had some runs. Ack. So, it's back to frozen white chicken and we'll eat the rest. No loss.

Amazing how he'll let us stick him with needle but pills, forget it. Shall try again tomorrow.

The Emmys used to be better, I swear. I haven't watched one all the way through in ages. Just tape it and speed search for any good stuff, if any. Otherwise, went to a dog show, even though I don't have a dog, but did meet some Shelties, so that was fun, and got so many free food samples I'll donate them to the food bank (dogs have to eat too). Got some cat food and will check to see if it something the evil little creature can eat.

Otherwise, waxed floors, did wash, mowed the lawn again as since the back go to a foot high *hangs head in shame* it didn't cut properly. Also saw mom deer and two teen does. No sign of Three, my 3-legged deer. Hope she's still around.

TV-wise, with new season starting. Tried out Revolutions. Think it would be better without the teenagers. I'll try another episode. Shame they killed off my favorite character in the first episode! Of course, season openers of NCIS and Person of Interest are my priorities. I watched Haven but fell asleep then woke up to repeat but felll asleep again. Long week. I'lll catch up later.

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Cat: Part 3 (grumble grumble)

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Well, the evil pilling is about over, but... we did the SubQ Saturday evening, and what did I wake up to at 2 a.m.? Wet bed! ARgh! This is the 2nd time he's done it after the subQ (but he didn't do the first time), so I'll talk to the vet. I hate to think the little guy is getting incontinent after the SubQs... in the meantime, I have these bed pads (from when my grandmother was alive) and am putting them up his part of the bed as I don't want to have to wash the entire bed if it happens again...

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Ah, sigh, Adderly is gone

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Read my mail today to find out that Winston Rekert, who played ADDDERLY back in the 80s, passed away from cancer yesterday. I hadn't known he was ill. I adored Adderly, stayed up till 1:10 a.m. when it aired on CBS, until it was unceremoniousy booted for the lousy Pat Sajak show. The show never had a big fandom, but we were there, and there some zines, and I taped them all and still have them on VHS tape.

Ah, sigh :(




More details at:
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/Neon+Rider+star+Winston+Rekert+dies+cancer/7246160/story.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Apparently he was working as of last month, up in Vancouver, as he did a guest show on the new Primeval series (detials at http://yvrshoots.com/2012/06/primevals-andrew-lee-potts-guest-stars-on-the-upcoming-primevalnewworld-series-premiere.html)

The cat: part 2

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First off thanks to everyone who commented in the previous post. It's much appreciated!!

Part 2: during one pilling session, he fought like a wildcat, then, because his back was to my chest, he slammed his head up and smacked me in the face, drawing blood with one fang. Fortunately it was just one single hole. I make it a point to wear my glasses so I don't lose an eye!

So, pilling is, er, difficult...We're grinding up the pill and injecting it with water into mouth. Still a nasty process, but less chance of being bitten again.

The subQ, however, is placing cat on ironing board, grabbing skin, sticking needle in (he made a brief noise and attempted to bolt but then settled down).

I must admit Iet my brother the former EMT do the honors of jabbing it, although I am going to have to do it.

Odd that stabbing cat with needle is easy, but prying open the mini Jaws from hell is difficult. Aieee...

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The cat

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Alas, the poor kitty, now age 16, started showing some bad behavior around the kitty litter box (and rugs!) so of course this happens on a holiday weekend, and we took him to the vet as soon as they were re-open. Alas, it was as I feared. His kidneys aren't doing well :( His BUN level was 48, when it should be no more than 36, and his WBC (white blood cell count) was up to 22.68, pretty high. He also has some pancreatitis. He spent two days at the vet, on an IV to flush his system plus now he's on Baytril, Pepcid, senior cat vitamins, and oh yes, the Lactated Ringer's drip which we must administer as a SubQ injection/whatever, twice a week, I suspect, for as long as he lets us do it, or rest of his life. The vet said he could, if he does well, last for a few more years, or.... we'll know in a month when he goes back to rerun the numbers.



Here's the little guy at the vet, with the IV things in his arm. Not a happy camper. He's lost a bit of weight over the last half year, which we thought was due to being a picky eater and well, just being an older cat. We hope to get some weight back on him. We can give him cream cheese, to help with the pilling, which was sheer hell the first couple days. He bit me. We think we have now perfected the 'burrito cat' roll: swaddle him up in the big thick blanket, wrap twice, pin to chest, quickly (that was the secret) pop open mouth without shedding my blood, and have pill tossed in, then clamp mouth shut. Afterwards, I gave him some cream cheese to make him happy.


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Tomatoes and skies and pies, oh my!

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A few photos...



I made another cherry pie. Crust around edges, not so neat, but hey, look at the squirrel motif!



The only tomato plant that has survived. It's indoors. It's never going to see the outdoors again. The other plants are at the mercy of the mercilous chipmunks...grrr...



The sunset last night. It's vivid, eh? Probably because I used the 'vivid color' setting on the camera. Otherwise, it was nice, but not this radioactively colorful ;)

Book sales!

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I've been to three library book sales in as many weeks. Curse these libraries, holding them so close together!  And foolishly, I got there early (like an hour early) to secure a spot in the front, sorta. See the dealers show up the day (or days) before and mark their spot. There's one dealer who hires teenagers to grab stuff for him. Blech. A lot of dealers are perfectly fine, but there are a few who give them a bad name: the 'scoopers' - who come and literally wipe a whole section of a table into a box to sort out later, the ones that step on your feet, and of course, those with the accursed scanners. Most have 'em but most are polite enough NOT to grab and scan, then toss the book into a mess atop other books.Grrr.

Anyway, I'm trying to complete a collection of C.J. Box books about a game warden in Wyoming. However, I only go for paperbacks as hardbacks take up too much space. Have almost all the Robin Cook novels that I'm seeking, and only need one or two more of the Barbara Kingsolver books. I read TheBean Tree and its predecessor, and they're enjoyable reads.Otherwise, I'm searching for fiction books on plagues, end of the world (found 2012) and sci-fi books that are 1) not part of a multi-length series, 2) based on a videogame!), or 3) Star Trek or Star Wars. Lots of the latter categories end up in book sales. I did find a cool Reader's Digest book on road trips. I may never do those trips, but I can read about 'em. Also got the Complete Survival Manual by National Geographic, so, now when I'm stranded in the Arctic, I'll know what to do ;) Audiobooks are next to impossible to find, at least the ones I'm looking for, basically ones narrated by Joe Barrett, who has a fantastic voice. I noticed at the sales that the dealers were like locusts over the Manga section. The animal sections has tons of Marley and Me and Dewey the Library Cat books. Twlight has now replaced Harry Potter in the kid's section.

My survival at book sales is to bring just one grocery bag. I'll load it up, but nothing past that. I still have about four bags to read and they're making this tower in my room....

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Evolution of a cherry pie

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Well, I bought cherries, and I still can't eat them. Allergic to them now, if they're raw. However, if they're baked into a pie....



These are the now pitted cherries, mixed up with sugar and stuff, before I baked it.



Um, did some taste-testing. Had to make sure it was done, right?

And then there were a bunch of cherry pits. Did a quick google, then put them out on the patio, for the ravenous rodents...



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Or when you need to stay awake ;) 

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OMG, Killer Bug!

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I was coming back from shopping. I bought a little pot of miniature sunflowers (which will spend a lot of time in the kitchen so the squirrels/chipmunks/etc./etc./etc. don't devour it) and was coming up the driveway when suddenly - eek!  the creature bounded onto the dashboard and began beating its arms against the windshield, trying to get out. So I stopped the car and got my camera out.


Cute little fellow!


Then he went to side window. "Let me out!" I could imagine him/her screaming.


Once outside, it was happy. Very happy. It didn't seem to mind me at all. Was fascinated by the camera - kept crawling all over it. I released it on a tree full of leaves where it rapidly just vanished amongst the greenery.



Oh, and here's one sunflower bloom.

And then, I was in the garden weeding (never-ending job) when suddenly, a flurry of sounds like something beating against a bush. Then a young hawk flew off. Think it got a chipmunk, of which we have.... too many. Didn't see any bird feathers (usually a few or more left in an attack) so.... bye bye chippie...

Oh, and saw a doe and a young buck in yard yesterday morning. Beautiful...


In fact, here's a picture of a deer (they all sorta look alike to me, except my 3-legged deer, who I saw last week).


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