rickvs: (2012)
Dear J.J. Abrams:

I'd have paid extra if you'd called it "Fusion Glädjé".

That is all.
rickvs: (Screech)
Lavender hasn't shown up for about 36 hours, now. It's not like her, and I've already got posters up around the neighborhood. She hasn't been turned in at our local animal shelter, and the hope that she's just been shut inside the house of some local nine-year-old or another is getting thin. Crossed fingers would be appreciated.
rickvs: (Ouroboros)
Rachal's mother died at 12:05am, having not really been awake for the previous day or so. Under the circumstances, we're all pretty relieved. She was stubborn enough that I was feeling some trepidation she'd hang on by her fingernails for weeks.

Not sure when her mass will be held, but Rachal and I will, in all likelihood, return to Dallas for a few days before it occurs. I do know that she'll be cremated, and eventually interred at Fort Sam Houston, having beaten all of her older sisters to this finish line. Kathy had a competitive streak.
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I got through as the ninth caller, to be told that I had won $250 credit at a local steakhouse, plus tickets to see the Russian Ballet's presentation of "The Nutcracker". Then the call screener asked me to wait a moment, and before she took my name and contact info ...we were disconnected.

Occupational hazard. I'm sure she took the next caller as a matter of policy, but that didn't stop me from trying to get back through for nearly an hour. Growf.

Otherwise, my day was rather pleasant. We visited friends in Fort Worth, went geocaching ...and I found a tool bag in a culvert, for which I've been trying to track down the owner. If I can't, I'm now the proud owner of some middling expensive tools, most of which I have no use for.

All-in-all, an odd day, but better than most.
rickvs: (!cough)
Rachal's mother is improving, to some extent. We'll get the results of her MRI later today, but in the meanwhile:
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Rachal and I will be heading to Houston tomorrow. My mother-in-law has brain cancer, which has been progressing faster than predicted, and she has lost the ability to speak. (I will be finding out, as surreptitiously as I can, whether any alternative methods of communication have been tried).

I'll keep you folks posted.
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I was awakened after 2am by the kvetching of our cat, Paris.
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rickvs: (!cough)
No, that's not the name of a band. Yet.

My father-in-law was taken to the emergency room, and has now had two surgeries on his gallbladder. He should be coming home Thursday, but we'll see. He's less uncomfortable than he was, and is no longer in danger -- but his acid reflux is now giving him fits. So rather than being in crisis-road-trip mode, we're, uh, on vacation in Seguin.

I like being able to work remotely on the laptop, and will be mowing my in-laws' yard in about six hours.
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(This is also getting posted in alt.callahans -- I'm interested in similar instructional tales from other people).

So I can put warning signs at the various cliff edges I've nearly toodled off of, I offer the following story about the guy who threatened to kill me.
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Mar. 6th, 2003 04:57 am
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My wife, [livejournal.com profile] rachalvs, is making an unplanned visit, and I expect her in a few hours. One of her co-workers is attending a funeral in Ft. Worth, so Rachal is tagging along to keep her company, and to hook up with another temp agency here in Dallas.

*happy dance*
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Happy birthday to my sister, Kristy. Now if I can just get her on the phone :>

Old comics

Jan. 31st, 2003 04:41 am
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This weekend, I'll be going through my twenty-year old box of comics. These are the ones my mom told me she'd thrown away once when I was naughty as a child. I still don't think they include anything valuable (in a monetary sense), and they certainly haven't been well-taken-care-of regardless. I was somewhat amused when I hopped online to check the going price for my Star Trek collected book (Volume 4) ...and the only one I found on eBay was selling for less than the cover price. Well, *I* shall read through them again anyway, and probably give away those issues I don't wish to hang on to. (Some Fantastic Four, Mad, Archie's Gang and Wendy the Witch, if memory serves. And some Star Wars issues that I know aren't collectors' items).
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My mother-in-law just sent me news that the priest who married Rachal and I has died. I didn't know him as well as she did, but I liked what I knew of him, which can perhaps best be summed up by this, my favorite picture from my wedding:



Jan. 4th, 2003 12:13 pm
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I stayed up too late last night watching Ohio State beat Miami in the Fiesta Bowl ...which my parents were attending, being Buckeyes from long back.

Geez, what a boring game :>

Gotta give credit to both teams; they fought hard all the way through two overtimes. And it seemed that the Buckeye defense pulled their fat out of the fire the same way the Dallas Cowboys' defense used to when they were good.


Jan. 4th, 2003 11:31 am
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Short version: I spent my Christmas break in Idaho at my parents', and rather than give an itemization of my loot, I'll say that the best present I got was being able to see my family.

I also got to see _The Two Towers_, although my wife stayed in bed; she's still recovering from the pneumonia she contracted in November. I liked it, but not as much as the first movie -- and I couldn't justify the deviations from the book as well as I could those in _The Fellowship of the Ring_.

Anyway, my wife being sick meant that we spent a lot of time cuddling -- not a bad thing, and she still plans to move in here in the next month or so, woo-hoo!
rickvs: (Sad)
My mom's down to one cat, now. The tortoiseshell that I acquired when I was a teenager had been going downhill, lately -- wasn't eating, gone blind, skin and bones. Mom waited till the holidays to schedule her last vet appointment so that we could say goodbye.

Details follow )
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I attended the euthanization of one of my mother's cats on Monday (I'll post a plaque later). This is the third teenaged critter she's had put down in as many years, and it led to the following conversation with my wife, [livejournal.com profile] rachalvs:

Her: This cat doesn't appear to be in obvious pain. Why is she having it put to sleep again?

Me: Well, for every animal my mom sacrifices, she gets to live another couple of years.

Her: You're horrible!

Me: I told you she had a boxer dog named Susie when she was a kid, right? And we had another when I was a teenager. The one out in the living room is Susie Seventeen.

Her: ...

Me: And I'm Rick Five.

(For the record, I relayed this conversation to my mom later. She was also amused, or at least wryly appreciative that this is how I deal with things).
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Man, this is like coming up with a hundred punchlines, and letting the audience reconstruct the stories. But here goes...

Fifty the First )
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1. What's on your bedside table?
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Let me preface my answers by stating that I'm adopted, and know nothing about my biological parents. My responses pertain to what I know about the families of my Mom & Dad ...and my Dad's family hasn't been much into genealogy until recently.
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