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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

And Jet, I thought that the major was a little lady suffragette

It's been a really fine day, but not for any particular reason, although I'm tempted to attribute a lot of my good vibe to the weather. The last two days have been in the 70's F and sunny. I wanted to go for a walk today. The guys and I were not meeting at Pete's Coffee and it's been awhile since I've been doing my noon walking. Unfortunately, I had to drive over to Oakland to do some banking, so that shut down that idea. Ah well, it was good to drive with the windows down. Some of my Canadian friends have been complaining that they haven't felt the bitter bite of Jack Frost hard enough this year. Pffft! You won't hear me saying that. I love California. This is my kind of weather.

It was still warm and clear when I drove home this evening. I still had the car windows open. There was something in the air tonight. I have no idea what it was, but it smelled fantastic. There are several trees blooming here. I kept sniffing to catch traces of whatever it was all the way home. It's a beautiful night. There's a half-moon in the sky. If it keeps staying warm like this, I may have to roll out the air mattress and my telescope and do some stargazing. I haven't done that in awhile, either. I only got a few nights of that in last summer.

On the drive home tonight, I heard David Bowie: "Suffragette City" on KFOG and in a fit of free-association, I wanted to hear Paul McCartney and Wings: "Jet". I couldn't wait to get home to play it. Sitting here thinking about Jet, I observed that, if you think about it, Cheap Trick: "Surrender" sounds like it could be about the same group of people.

Shannon's coming to visit this weekend. Jackie's not going to make it this weekend -- it's her boyfriend's birthday. She's been "going with" this guy for the past couple of months so far. I'm not sure what I make of this development. I guess the kid seems okay -- perhaps a bit geeky -- but then I never had a leg to stand on in that department. At least he's her age, and seems to have his head on reasonably straight. I spoke with Shannon on the phone and she explained why Jackie was going to be a no-show. Shannon: "It will be good to get away from Jackie while she's around her boyfriend. It's disgusting: she follows him around like a lovesick puppy. It is sweet, but it's getting so bad I'm going to start getting cavities if they keep it up." Hmmph. You'll get your turn, kid.

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In reverse order . . .

Geeks trivially make the best boyfriends. There is all kinds of documentation on this--very little of it scientific, but a lot nevertheless.

The weather's been great around here too. I almost felt silly wearing my fleece jacket out this morning, but it was nice when I got out of class at eight tonight. I don't envy my mom--she's back east this week.

Re: In reverse order . . .

I hardly ever wear any kind of coat or jacket. Occasionally, when I was doing noon-time walks, I would grab a Polarfleece pullover if the temperature were below 55° F.

Heh, heh, annecdotal evidence? Jackie seems to be happy with him. It is good to see her make reasonably sane choices about the people with whom she chooses to associate.

Re: In reverse order . . .

Phil's like that about coats; I'm a sissy.

I don't look forward to being in the position, as I'm sure I someday will, of having one of my children interested in someone whom I dislike. I hope I deal with it well; I think I can.

Ever see Clueless? Where her dad looks her date up and down and says "Have her home by a quarter to eleven or else. I have a .45 and a shovel and I don't think anybody would miss you"?

I am so going to use that line if ever I have a daughter(s)...

Hmm, scare away all of the shy, kind, and smart ones and see what you're left with... Heh. Someone with whom I worked at a summer vacation job long ago once gave a similar schpiel to his daughter's date. He was de-nutting hogs at the time. I was wondering if this guy had yet scared away all of his daughters dates to the point where the only people left who would go out with her were badasses, meaner and tougher than himself. Something to consider. Heh heh.

Our children are 20, 17 and 15, and to the best of my knowledge, not doing anything in the way of dating yet. I'm not encouraging them to do so. :-)

I'm not encouraging mine, either, not that she needed it. My daughters' mother had "an active social life" at 15. I'm hoping that I (and possibly their sadder-but-wiser mother as well) can help them keep their heads on straight.

i love your free association of songs...
truly inspiring

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