I am about to experience a major life event. I considered telling you all last month, for a 10th Anniversary blog post, but I decided to wait. With a few old guard wikians resurfacing of late, the time now feels right. Rhonda has known for some time.
At about the same time as this year's seniors are graduating from school, I will be "graduating" from the workforce. In other words, I am retiring after the first week of June.
I originally planned to hang up the proverbial green eyeshades (I make my living as an accountant) at the end of May, but I extended it a week for a couple of reasons. First, it gets me employer-subsidized health insurance for another month. Second, my last pay period will officially end on Saturday, 6 June (although my l…
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We had hail the size of golf balls yesterday. (Baseball-sized hail was reported two or three miles northeast of us.) So, yeah, there are going to be a lot of insurance claims for new roofs, windows, etc. I don't know yet if our roof will need replacing, but our gutters and downspouts got pounded. This is why wind and hail hazards account for a third of our homeowner's insurance premium here in the Denver area. The Front Range corridor, which includes most of Colorado's biggest cities, gets more hail than anywhere else in the U.S.
One of our cars (the one without comprehensive coverage, of course) sustained significant damage including about 20 dimples on the upper surfaces, a cracked windshield, and a dislodged sideview mirror. A nearby sho…Read more >
My father passed away Thursday, ironically on Jay’s 50th birthday. He was 91. He is survived by his wife (currently 81), four grown children and four teenage grandchildren.
As I believe I’ve mentioned before, he had been in memory care (i.e. living in a facility for dementia patients) for the last two or three years. He was suffering from vascular dementia, which means (as the name suggests) his brain wasn’t getting enough oxygen. His short term memory was shot, and he had large gaps in his episodic long term memory—he once said, “I’ve lost entire sections of my life”, although he could still recognize people he knew.
He entered hospice care last spring after a bout of pneumonia caused by aspirated food (i.e. food getting into his lungs beca…Read more >
For those of you who still read or care about LTDI, I would like your opinions on something I have planned for the eating challenge. In keeping with the “battle of the sexes” theme, the teams will be waited on by attractive interns in objectifying costumes. The girls' waiter will be Alejandro, dressed as a Chippendales dancer. The boys’ waitress will be dressed as a Playboy bunny.
The question is, who should be the bunny? I was going to (and still might) take the opportunity to add The Ridonculous Race’s Kelly to the intern corps, because her top-heavy body type makes for a good bunny. (She would also be some 20 years younger than her canon counterpart, since most of the interns are college age.) Kelly would be the second Ridonculous Racer t…Read more >
After making almost no progress in four months, a couple of days ago I finally found my long-missing motivation to finish LTDI’s horribly-overdue 22nd Night chapter. The odds are probably still against my getting it posted this weekend, but I’ve written 2300 words in the last two days, covering parts of the moose rodeo riding and the moose polo game. (In my version of the moose rodeo riding, everyone rides, not just one camper per team.)
Despite this extended procrastination/writer's block/whatever it was, LTDI reached a major milestone a few days ago: 100 Favoriters on fanfiction.net. This ranks LTDI #66 in the fandom with the M-rated stories included, or #56 without. It has 96 Followers, ranking it #33 or #39, depending on whether M-rated …Read more >