Archive for July, 2016

Non-24 hour bug

Posted on Sunday, July 31st, 2016 at 11:51 pm

The fever lasted after the 24 hours in a couple of relapses.  Seems longer than 60 hours.  I’m ready to start eating again.

24 hour bug

Posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Just got done with a particularly nasty 24 hour bug.  Everything hurt, muscles, nerves, head, plus dizziness and nausea.  About the only thing spared was my respiratory tract.  Fever hung between 101° and 102°F for most of the time.  Lost 10 pounds of fluid.

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Now to get cleaned up and back on with my life, which is already in progress.

Two years prior

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Me at Liberty Lunch in 1978.  Photo by Dan Hendricks.

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scans and cameras

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2016 at 11:34 pm

Been giving the new 35 mm film scanner its first heavy assignment.  Some of the film has damaged emulsion, not real bad, but a Photoshop retouching nightmare.  Not all are bad and some will have quality image alternatives.  But it adds up to extra time.

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Anyway, I found the original 4X5 copy negative of the Ratchett and Rose photogram, and I shot it with the Nikon at 14Mp, then subjected it to all sorts of Photoshop, and it came out rather well.  Not quite the original, being digital, but good enough for printing.

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And I fond a few photos of me in my late 20’s up to 30.  This one was taken by Jeanne Baxter at 29, upon a return trip to visit Austin.  This was the look that won me second place in a Halloween contest for “coming as myself and having no one recognize me”.

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Esther’s

Posted on Sunday, July 24th, 2016 at 2:53 am

Been going through the proofs from Esther’s.  Songs and memories emerging from every corner of the brain.  I have everything set up for the scanning, the proof and negative boxes with quick and easy access.  New compressed air and cleaning brushes.  I’m just about ready to roll, four images to go, the ones that I knew would take the most work finding.

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Did a major meat conversion this morning, from frozen raw, to frozen delicious.  Pork loins were $1/lb, so I thawed and marinaded the frozen one and froze the new one.  I’m working on the last section of cooked pork loin, so it was a timely endeavor.  The early morning aromas confuse the neighbors.  I have a pretty good selection of cooked stuff in the freezer now, easy on the summer diet.  I also thawed out a tub of strawberry puree.  After all, it is the middle of summer, and there is no pie, danish, cheesecake or other delights.

BBSCCIC

Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at 5:39 am

Blue Bell Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream exists no longer.  It died this morning in the very wee hours.  Will Blue Bell resurrect it?

Summertime

Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016 at 9:51 am

Summertime lulls have arrived, cooking late at night, holing up during the day, and sleeping a lot.  Inspiration and ambition is hard to find.  It’s just so much easier to let time pass when the weather gets warm and muggy.

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Focus is on not spending money.  The last two months have been expensive, spending most of what came in.  The good news is that I’ve gotten everything I need for now.  And I still have ample money in the bank.  But I need to clamp down if I’m going to get a new MacBook Pro any time soon.

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Things are okay.  Can’t complain.  Just can’t get excited much.

Off to Bryan

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Heading to Music School today.  My fingers and voice have been sorely neglected the last six weeks.  Tonight will reveal just how badly the neglect has set in.

Relieved

Posted on Sunday, July 10th, 2016 at 3:54 pm

I am relieved from kitten duty.  I think Myka misses her, as strange a twist as that may be, considering all the hissing.  Or maybe it’s just disbelief that the kitten is truly gone.

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Time will tell if she’s wrong.

Teh Kitteh

Posted on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 9:43 am

Here she is, very affectionate.

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Kitten duty

Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at 10:34 pm

I got volunteered for kitten duty again.  This one is a solid black female, adorable and very affectionate.  She had an infected eye and a mild cough.  She has responded well to treatment, and the eye is now clean and the cough all but gone.  I am ceasing the eye drops, as they are a major hassle.  The oral antibiotic she is lapping down like a kid with ice cream.

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Myka has not been amused, as I figured, turning into grumpy, hissy cat.  Before, she didn’t want in my air conditioned office, now she stays in it, unless I kick her out for being a grumpy cat.  All of her stuff (food, water, catbox) is in the front room, well away from the kitten in the kitchen.

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All of this has shot my schedule to pieces.

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The scanner works wonderfully, much better than the previous one.

Settling in

Posted on Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Been back for five days, and I’m starting to get back in the groove.  Long holiday weekend is midway through, so I’m still taking it easy.  But I am feeling more recovered from the trips and chores.

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The scanner still hasn’t been shipped so I guess it will be at least a week before it’s on the road here.  I appreciate the low price, but service could be better.  I’ll need to make another run to storage for a poster and the image of the Ratchett photogram.  Those are still sitting in the D shed in the art box.

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July is kicking off with its usual warmth in the upper 90’s.  I wish the dew point would drop some more.