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Sunday, May 1st, 2016
6:14 pm - Favorite Line from Definitely, Maybe (2008)

00:52:37 "And 'syntax' isn't what Nevada brothels pay the IRS."


  • Time - Phrase

  • 00:52:30 (Summer Hartley, played by Rachel Weisz) I'm writing these really dumb items for New York Magazine.


  • 00:52:35 (Summer Hartley) Waiting for my big break.


  • 00:52:37 (Professor Hampton Roth, played by Kevin Kline) "And 'syntax' isn't what Nevada brothels pay the IRS."


  • 00:52:43 (Summer Hartley)  I'm gonna go listen to the Professor.
                   (Will Hayes played by Ryan Reynolds) Sure.


  • 00:52:45  (Will Hayes) Nice glasses.




current mood: amused (LOL, actually)

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
5:57 pm - NCIS Gibb's Rules
#1.  Never let suspects stay together.
°°°°°°°Gibbs (to Kate): "Rule number one: Never let suspects stay together."
°°°°°°°°°(Season 1, Episode 1 Yankee White)
#1.  Never screw (over) your partner.
°°°°°°°Gibbs: "Number one supersedes all of the others."
°°°°°°°Jenny: "Never screw your partner?"
°°°°°°°Gibbs: "Never screw OVER your partner."
°°°°°°°°°(Season 4, Episode 14 Blowback)
°°°°°°°McGee tells Probie Dorneget about Gibbs Rules.
°°°°°°°°°(Season 9, Episode 17 Need to Know)
#2.  Always wear gloves at a crime scene.
°°°°°°°Gibbs (to Kate): "Rule number two: Always wear gloves at a crime scene."
°°°°°°°°°(Season 1, Episode 1 Yankee White)
#3.  Don't believe what you're told.  Double check.
°°°°°°°Gibbs: "Rule number three: Don't believe what you're told, double check."
°°°°°°°Kate: "Should I write these rules in my Palm Pilot or crochet them on pillows?"
°°°°°°°°°(Season 1, Episode 1 Deception)
#3. Never be unreachable.
°°°°°°°Ziva (after trying to reach McGee): "Rule number three..."
°°°°°°°Tony: "Never be unreachable."
°°°°°°°°°(Season 3, Episode 13 Yankee White)
#4.  If you have a secret, the best thing is to keep it to yourself.  The second-best is to tell one other person if you must.  There is no third best.
°°°°°°°Jenny: "It's your fault you know."
°°°°°°°Gibbs: "For what, leaving or coming back?"
°°°°°°°Jenny: "For teaching me your rules.  Best way to keep a secret, keep it to yourself.  Second best, tell one other person if you must.  There is no°third best. (walking away)  That's rule number four, isn't it?"
°°°°°°°°°(Season 4, Episode 14 Blowback)
#5.  You don't waste good.
°°°°°°°°°(Season 8, Episode 22 Baltimore)
°°°°°°°°°(Season 9, Episode 1 Nature of the Beast)
#6.  Never say you're sorry.  It's a sign of weakness.
°°°°°°°Gibbs (to Kate): "Never say you're sorry. (laughing) You don't have to crochet that one."
°°°°°°°Tony (to Gibbs): I broke rule #6.  Never say you're sorry.
°°°°°°°Gibbs: It was covered by rule #18.
°°°°°°°°°(Season 1, Episode 1 Yankee White)
#11.  When the job is done, walk away.
°°°°°°°°°(Season 11, Episode 14, Monsters and Men. 18:07-18:01 remaining)
# 39.  No such thing as a coincidence.
°°°°°°°°°(Season 11, Episoed 14, Dressed to Kill 3:27) (Season 9, Episode 1 Nature of the Beast)
#70  Keep digging until you hit bottom.
°°°°°°°°°(Season 12, Episoed 5, The San Dominick) 

current mood: tickled

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Thursday, April 21st, 2016
10:00 pm - Dead in Car Mystery

12:15 Mailbox.  I take out the mail, then add my netflicks and put the flag up.  This happens like clockwork, six days a week, since 1976, when I bought the farm.  Sometimes, I drive back up the hill, then think, "Did I put the flag up?" Which inevitably leads to me driving back down the driveway and checking.  Mixed bag results insure that I keep checking if I did not "watch" myself lift the flag.

Some days, I pull forward to get away from the mailbox, then reverse past the end of the drive, turn in and drive on up to put the car in the garage.  But I've learned that day after day of that, without ever letting the thing rev up over 2000 on the dial is bad.  After having to replace the battery, every second day or so, I tootle off up the hill, turn into the driveway for the Sunny Slope Church, pull around on the gravel road past the stop sign far enough out to actually be able to see around the road sign before making my complete stop and pulling out.

Enough times to make me extra cautious, this normally deserted corner has had someone approaching above the speed limit so that I've at least gotten scared that I might get hit.

This time, as soon as I crest the hill, I see a car with the driver sitting still looking down at his/her lap, front just inches off the paving,   I focus on the unmoving driver.  As my car passes the intersection to reach the church drive, I turn my head to keep the driver in sight.

No movement.  I circle the trees and grass in front of the church, pass the bench under the biggest oak, pause long enough to look to be sure nobody is hiding their approach to the corner behind the leafy bushes that keep the road out of sight to the east, then pull up beside the stopped car.

The driver still has not moved.  Most people will at least look up if a car circles their vehicle and drives up beside them on an otherwise isolated road.  Not this person, however.  I scribble the license plate number on the Lockridge flier along the top of the free paper I'd laid in the passenger's seat: CCR 059.

Carefully, I note the driver's deets: reddish, curly hair, shoulder lenght, 40-50's?  I know I'm bad with ages.  I assume female, but it is not a sure thing from that view.   Finding my first dead human body not half a mile from my home has not made it onto my bucket list.

I roll the passenge's window down and call out.  She looks up.  "I couldn't tell if you were hurt, or not."  I'm thinking about Pete, who used to live a few miles west of this spot.  He got out of his dump truck nearly to his house, meeting someone heading east.  He collapsed and died, right there.  He could have been hit and killed, but that's not what happened.  Unless this unknown lady is really a local I happen to never have run into (although arriving in the area in '76, I know most of the locals who have not just moved in...) she would not know why stopped vehicle on that particular road might make one jump to an ominous conclusion.

"I'm just checking my phone messages," lifing her hand so I can see it.

I suggest she pull into the Sunny Slope Church driveway, assuring her that it will not be in use until Sunday morning or Wednesday evening.

As I pulled onto the paving and headed toward the hill leading home, I saw in my side mirror that she did.



current mood: eerie

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
5:00 pm - Wednesday Weight/Weather
Wednesday 4/13/16 8:35 weight 224.42#, 223.22#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°70.3°/48.2° sunny
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°11:50 weight 223.42#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°73.0°/64.9° sunny

current mood: calm

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Monday, April 18th, 2016
12:14 pm - Interrupted
As I was getting the mail out of my box, I spotted two of the protected turkey vultures flopping around with something on the ground right in front of the machine shed.  Fearing it was one of the cats, I swung into the driveway blocked by two swinging gates with a log chain secruing them in the middle.  Frantically, I beeped my horn.

Oops!  Cloitis interruptus - one grounded female, one mounted male, one objecting would be suitor... 

current mood: Mirthful

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Friday, April 15th, 2016
4:23 pm - Friday Weight/Weather
Friday 4/15/16 12:15 weight 224.82# °°°°°°°°°°°°°°72.3°/64.6° sunny
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°9:20 weight 224.02# °°°°°°°°°°°°°°75.4°/75.2° sunny

current mood: content

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Thursday, April 14th, 2016
5:05 pm - Thursday Weight/Weather
Thursday 4/14/16 1:05 weight 224.82#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°74.3°/73.6° sunny
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°2:30 weight 224.62#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°74.5°/75.6° sunny

current mood: calm

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
6:42 pm - Tuesday Weight/Weather
Tuesday 4/12/16 9:00 weight 224.62#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°back 77.0°/37.7°, dining room, 69.6°/38.8° sunny
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°(u) 10:00°°°°°°°°°224.62#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°back 75.9°,°°°°°°°°dining room, 71.2°/45.5° sunny
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°(b) 11:00°°°°°°°°°224.42#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°dining room, 72.3°/49.8° sunny
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°(b°° 2:00°°°°°°°°°223.02#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°dining room, 73.6°/60.3° sunny

current mood: serene

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Monday, April 11th, 2016
7:09 pm - Monday Weight/Weather
Monday 4/11/16 3:20 weight 224.82#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°70.7°/54.0° sunny

current mood: serene

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Friday, April 8th, 2016
6:14 pm - Friday Weight/Weather
Friday
°°°°4/8/16 11:15 weight 225.82#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°dining room/front porch°70.0°/46.6° partly cloudy

current mood: serene

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Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
1:16 pm - Hitting Close to Home
So, on the 6th, I went to town, the grocery store, a gas station, to pay my plumbing bill and to pick up cat food at the vet's.  I ate lunch with the meat manager as his worker made up10 packages of 96% lean hamburger.  After telling me that the guy I had trouble with last year was one of his son's friends, he told me of a recent wreck in which one was killed and one paralized for life. He went on about him spending life in a wheel chair. The one paralized, BS...

I told him I wished BS no ill will, but I needed a farmer to farm, not leave part of the hay crop baled, but still out in the field on Oct. 8th of the NEXT YEAR while he refused to relinquish control of the property, telling him about the rumor that if anyone else did my hay, BS could legally swoop in and scoop up all the newly baled crop and cart it off legally...  (I didn't add in the bit about the two guys showing up to deal with BS on my property, at least one armed - while the other sat in the truck, stratigically parked so as to block in both sides of my garage.)

His version of the accident: they were alone, a one car accident, the car rolled repeatedly...  The sub-text: On another night, his son might have also been in the car with them.

Next, I gassed up across the street, where the WOMEN involved in the crash were under doctor's care in Des Moines.  (In this version, too, one was dead, but again unnamed.)

While paying for my furnace cleaning and new filters, I saw a card for the funeral of a 30 year old Seymour man, CM, one of my former students.  The clerk told me her version.  Two cars, one fatality, four with severe injuries requiring hospitalization, two female.  That was somewhat modified at the vet clinic, with a date added.

Very, very sad.  

current mood: horrified

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
6:37 pm - Tuesday Weight/Weather
Tuesday 4/5/16 11:15 weight 222.82#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°70.2°/47.1° overcast

current mood: calm

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Monday, April 4th, 2016
7:17 pm - Monday Weight/Weather
Monday 4/4/16 9:20 weight 222.02#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°72.1°/46.6 sunny

current mood: calm

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Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
7:24 pm - Sunday Weight/Weather
Sunday 4/3/16 9:00 weight 224.02, 223.22#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°70.2°/52.0° sunny

current mood: calm

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Saturday, April 2nd, 2016
6:48 pm - Saturday Weight/Weather
Saturday 4/2/16 8:35 weight 223.62#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°70.0°/49.1° sunny. windy
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°12:25 (b)weight 223.02#°°°

current mood: calm

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Thursday, March 31st, 2016
5:29 pm - Thursday Weight/Weather
Thursday 3/31/16 7:50 weight 222.62#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°71.8°/49.5° overcast
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°10:15 (b) weight 222.42#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°70.1°/42.6° sunny

current mood: calm

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Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
4:50 pm - Wednesday Weight/Weather
Wednesday 3/30/16 7:50 weight 224.22#, 223.22#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°70.3°/54.0° overcast
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°grapefruit half
°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°9:15 (b) 223.82#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°71.1°/57.0° overcast

current mood: serene

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
6:34 pm - Tuesday Weight/Weather
Tuesday 3/29/16 8:25 weight 222.62#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°70.2°/46.6° sunny

current mood: calm

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Monday, March 28th, 2016
7:14 pm - Monday Weight/Weather
Monday 3/28/16 10:30 weight 222.62#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°70.7°/48.2° sunny

current mood: serene

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Sunday, March 27th, 2016
7:24 pm - Sunday Weight/Weather
Sunday 3/27/16 12:10 weight 223.02#°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°70.2°/43.1° overcast
°°°°°frfrosted overnight; buds out on both apple and peach trees

current mood: calm

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