Saturday, January 09, 2010

Gold and Silver

Gold is up $10, at $1135 an ounce. Silver is up a fraction, at 18.37 an ounce. Grr.

Saturday Poetry




Phillip Ayres, 1638 - 1712

An Ode of Anacreon


My hairs are hoary, wrinkled is my Face,
I lose my strength, and all my manly grace
My eyes grow dim, my teeth are broke or gone,
And the best part of all my life is done;

I'm drown'd in cares, and often sigh and weep;
My spirits fail me, broken is my sleep
Thoughts of the gaping grave distract my head;
For in its paths, 'wake or asleep, we tread;

None can from it by art their feet restrain
Nor back, tho' wide its gates, can come again.
Then since these ills attend the life of man,
Let's make their burden easy as we can.

Cares are no cares, but whilst on them we think,
To clear our minds of such dull thoughts, let's drink.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

LosCon 2010 Idea

I'm kicking around the idea of a Rotsler Memorial Lecture for Men. Failing that, a room party theme of "alt.talk.RotslerForMen". Hmm...

Badge ribbon tags "Smart Woman" or "Brainy Babe". Would have to stay over Friday, Saturday or both nights.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

I Want to Write

A story about a catastrophe in the greater San Fernando valley.

So.

A small (tiny) asteroid or a large meteorite smacks one of the north faces of the valley. Depending on where it hits, there might be flood or fire, definitely earthquake. Hmm--so building / infrastructure damage. Communication?

It will intefere with traffic (freeway damage? destruction?), tie up the 5 / 210 / 405 consolidation.

LAPD, LASO, CHP--California National Guard? Governor (not Arnold!) declares disaster after touring the area (by helicopter? Humvee?), then governor vanishes from story. Mayor attempts to seize spotlight--worthless promises, touring the area, muscling in.

Militia rises, asserts itself--local emergency response clubs...Hmm...Some become leaders, some become food agents, some lead the way out of the area...Hmm.

So. "The Great San Fernando Valley Disaster"? Maybe.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Gold and Silver

Gold is only $1096 and silver is just under $17.

An ounce.

Hmph.

Saturday Poetry




Ogden Nash
1902 - 1971

The Romantic Age

This one is entering her teens,
Ripe for sentimental scenes,
Has picked a gangling unripe male,
Sees herself in a bridal veil,
Presses lips and tosses head,
Declares she's not too young to wed,
Informs you pertly you forget
Romeo and Juliet.

Do not argue, do not shout;
Remind her how that one turned out.

From A Tribute to the Poet, Ogden Nash

Friday, January 01, 2010

First of the Year

Happy New Year, everyone!

Anyone? Well, me.

Woke up in the night from not just a scary dream, but an evil one--someone who was not normal mentally / emotionally was pursuing me with a knife. Ick.

Was in the bathroom before my shower, reached down to scratch my ankle and pulled my shoulderblade. Sharp, shooting pain--ow.

Read some more of "Blink", really enjoying it.

Doing laundry, going out soon to get margarine.

Need to find a job. Okay.

Good enough for now.