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Montecristo Captain Quixote


The World Line of the Horizon Star

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world

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Montecristo Captain Quixote

Let me tell you of the days of high adventure...

Libertarian Austrian Economist Gene Callahan thinks Canada was accidentally left off the Axis of Evil, and thinks that oversight should be remedied. Geeze, what were the Neo-cons thinking? How could they overlook a rogue nation like Canada when they were picking enemies. It's so convenient too, think how short the supply lines would be if we invaded!

Just this evening I finally unplugged my Itty Bitty Book Light and took it down from where it was hanging on the headboard. Geeze. Think man, if you want to read, you turn on the room light now. Who am I going to disturb? I'm slow.

I sorted out a whole mess of stuff all over the house. I've got to start packing up all the stuff that I don't need every day so that I can save some hassle when it's finally time to move it. With a lot of luck, I can be gone by the end of January. Actually, even though the house-hunting is going slowly, I am kind of excited by the prospect. There's nothing like being fifteen short minutes from work again, after five years of ninety minute commutes, each way. I posted a question about why Martinez was so affordable on the sfbayarea community (and found out that Martinez was a toxic waste dump) and bellacrow kindly informed me that there were actually affordable rental houses right in Alameda! Hey! There's a surprise. That might actually be nice! I'd be right on the Bay and not ten or fifteen minutes from work. What will I do with the extra time? Perhaps I can start hanging out in San Francisco! Since moving to California in 1996, I've only been there three times, even though I work right across the Bay in Alameda. Perhaps that can change now. Hmmm, I wonder what kinds of interesting things there are to do over there. I guess if I get a house in Alameda, I will aim to find out. I feel really good about this.

Well, I feel like I've accomplished a bunch today, even though I didn't get to check out any houses this weekend. I think I'm going to have to take some vacation days from work to go looking. It is to be hoped that I will be able to get myself together a list of propects this week. Nevertheless, I did accomplish some things:

  • Returned some movies to Blockbuster. "Six Feet Under: the First Season", disks three and four, and "Tomb Raider II" (eh, all right, so it's dumb)
  • Cleaned my watchband. This thing is stainless steel and it gets kind of cruddy between the links.
  • Cleaned all the construction debris out of the shower and gave it a test run. Oh YES!
  • Got a second sewing kit for fixing buttons and the like. I bought one last week and now I can't find the damned thing anywhere! I hate losing stuff.
  • Took a bunch of insurance papers and reference books for the girls to the ex's appartment in Sacramento. Why the heck does Jackie's "YM" magazine come to the house when I told those people specifically to ship it to the Sacramento address? These people are not the genii of the publishing world.
  • Went to the grocery and restocked a crapload of stuff. I hadn't been since Christmas. I bought a pair of new skillets (10" and 12" Revereware) as the ones the ex left me were losing their Teflon coating!
  • Sorted a whole bunch of junk out in my bedroom. Ah, it is looking less and less like a war zone in an accounting firm every day.
For those of my friends who are still curious...

Here it is, without further embellishment, My Grocery List!

  • 1 box Bigelow Peppermint Tea (good for nausea)
  • 1 box Bigelow Chamomile Tea (sometimes good for insomnia)
  • new mop head
  • 1 box Ritz Crackers
  • Smuckers Strawberry Preserves
  • Philadelphia whipped Cream Cheese
  • 1 pkg Thomas's Bagels
  • 3 12-can-packs of Diet, Caffeine-free Coka-Cola
  • Skippy Crunchy Roasted Honey Nut Peanut Butter
  • 1 box Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn
  • Bar-S Sliced Deli Ham (2 lbs)
  • Old Spice Red-Zone Anti-perspirant
  • 1 box Triscuits
  • 6 Assorted color Scrubbing Sponges
  • 2 pkgs Alpine Lace Swiss Cheese slices
  • Oxy-Clean Spot and Stain Remover
  • Shout Wipes
  • Pack of 25 sewing needles
  • 1 bag Washington Red Delicious apples
  • 2 Mangoes
  • 7 assorted Budget Gourmet (Grommet) frozen single-serving meals
  • 10" Revereware skillet
  • 12" Revereware skillet
  • 1 Bottle Dishwashing liquid
  • 1 pkg 60W decorative lightbulbs for the garage light and porch light
  • 1 bottle Pert shampoo for fine or oily hair. (Yeah, it's fine and oily, but I still got it!)
  • 1 box Dole California seedless rasins
  • 1 bottle Pace Medium hot salsa
  • 32-load bottle of Sun Free Laundry Detergent
  • 1 bottle Old Spice Aftershave
  • 1 carton 18 Large Grade AA eggs
  • 1 6-pack of Tic-Tac breath mints wintergreen flavor
  • 1 tube of Binaca breath spray

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1 bottle Old Spice Aftershave

The Queer Eye people would have your *head* over that one... ;-)

Hey! Don't be cuttin' on my Old Spice, Man! Gay guys don't wait for their man to come home from the sea; they go with 'em! What would a gay guy know about the awesome power that Old Spice holds over the fairer sex?

Actually, if you ever want to see five gay guys run like grayhounds with their tails on fire, all the while screaming, "Anathema! Anathema!" then invite the guys from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" over to my place. Heh!

Not a metrosexual, but I play one on TV!

That's pretty much how I imagine myself. Only, unlike you, I'm not a meterosexual *at all*. ;-)

Yeah, well, I blame television. I'm working on a cure.

You're missing lox for your bagels and cream cheese! You'd never survive on the East Coast, my friend.

Fish? Bleah! Butter, Cream Cheese and Strawberry preserves! The alternative is toasted onion bagels with burgers, onions, and sauteed mushrooms! Sluuurrrrppp!

Old spice, and all sorts of breath perfume too, eh?

Somebody is planning on getting lucky!

Old spice is sooo retro. Very dapper fashion statement...

PS: By "retro" I mean I imagine that's what my Father's-Father's-Father wore. I've only smelled it like a dozen times.

Hmmm, planning to get lucky. There's an interesting oxymoron. Actually, I am planning to be busy house-hunting over here in the Bay Area. The only kind of lucky I'm going to get in the near future is finding an affordable and livable house that I like...unless you could by some miracle, scrape together some free time in your unrelentingly busy schedule to catch a movie with me. ; ) As a matter of fact, "The Butterfly Effect" sounds really intriguing!

As for the breath stuff, well, I hate going out and eating spicy stuff (which I love) and then being fearful of bowling someone over with my fragrant conversation. As for the Tic-Tacs, well, I confess to an addiction to wintergreen, which I have had all my life.

Ah, the things one can discover from feedback when publishing something innocuous like a grocery list? My anti-perspirant and aftershave are "dapper" and "retro"? *sigh* Is it still "Hip to be Square"? Why does everyone I know pick on Old Spice? Somebody besides me must be buying it, because the stores keep on stocking it! Ugh. I like Old Spice because it smells "clean." I have tried other stuff, on occasion and recommendation before (Hero, Drakkar Noir (sp?) et. al.) but I always went back to the Old Spice because it's familiar, smells okay, and sells in the grocery store (yeah, I know, strikes one, two, and three against it). Now I feel like one of the geezers in the plaid golf pants.

Okay, I suppose they call it "Old" Spice for a reason. So tell me, Fashion Goddess, what kind of stinkum is not retro, in your opinion?

Actually, Old Spice doesn't smell all that bad. So yeah. It's all good. So long as it's not attrocious(damn, I need to learn to spell) and you aren't doused in it(something that makes even good stuff aweful) you're fine.

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