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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

O swear not by the moon, th'inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb...

Well, I certainly wasn't thinking. That will teach me to let my sky-watching slide. The moon is in first quarter tonight, meaning that it is D-shaped and waxing. I don't know what I was thinking some days ago when I looked at it. The shape says it all, every month, D - O - C, first quarter, full, last quarter. The yard's not bad for star watching, although the light polution in Livermore is a little higher than it was in Lodi and the available sky is a bit restricted by the tree and the house. Perhaps on the weekend I may drag my sleeping bag down the street to the park and see if the watching is any better there. Of course, people walk their dogs there, so I'm feeling kind of circumspect about that idea.

I did have company this evening. A neighbor joined me on the back step. It's a small black cat which the children befriended when last they were the weekend before last. They fed her some of my ham on a good saucer. I'd rather they hadn't used the people-plates, but they are cat nuts. Not that I blame them, of course, for that. I had a couple of cats, as a boy. It looks like I may end up with one again, if I'm not careful. The cat has taken to hanging around here. It doesn't have a collar of any kind. Heh, it's a friendly critter, but somewhat reserved and cautious. I sat on the step and pulled some cat magic on it. Heh heh. The STBX and I are the kind of people who know how to get a cat's attention and intrigue it into coming over and checking us out. This one gave me a friendly nudge and made an orbit of me and then proceded to finish circumnavigating the yard. I wonder if it belongs to anybody.

My eye allergy is flaring up again. Something must be blooming pretty hard. Both of them are itchy and no doubt red. I've been having attacks for the past couple of days. When it gets bad, my eyeballs swell and get gross and red and yucky and the eyelids swell shut. Fortunately, it doesn't usually get that bad. I think I'm going to try to turn in now. Er...oops, Y!M message for me. Maybe I shall indulge my insomnia a little longer...

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Maybe I shall indulge my insomnia a little longer...
You say that like it's a bad thing.

I was never a pet person until I started dating my girlfriend. I had "tolerated" other girlfriends' pets, but it wasn't until we moved in together that I had to deal with a pet (other than toilet bait goldfish). She had a cat when we started going out... and that was the beginning of the end. The little bugger grew on me. Now we have two. And, it's funny: One will follow her around, the other sticks close to me.

No, it's not a bad thing. I'd rather be an insomniac with something to do than an insomniac staring at the ceiling.

As for cats, yeah, they're just like people in certain regards. Some of them are quite gregarious and hang around with everybody who interests them. Others have one or two friends with whom they like to hang particularly.

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