Just some random news and stuff07/13/2006 02:38 PM
In which I seek a new car, muse about
women, talk about cat hair and other highly amusing topics
Since Marnie's death, the house hierarchy
has been in chaos. I hadn't realized that she had such a commanding
presence in the house, but she apparently did. The other cats spend
their days wandering around or following me, few disagreements are breaking
out, and there doesn't appear to be a "center" to the cat culture.
It's like the hub to the wheel disappeared with Marnie, and the other
cats aren't sure where they fit any more.
However, they are generating a truly
majestic amount of cat-hair. Both Fred and Anya are rather matted,
to the point where I think I may have to get the clipppers and cut the
mats out en masse. I sat up with Bert the other night digging out
the thick underfur he sheds, and got a volume of hair equal in size to
Bert himself. It took up half a trash can, and there's far more.
Gus needs to be brushed, as does Audrey, though I know she won't
sit still for it. Everyone else seems to be under control, at least
for the moment. The cat hair clogged up my Roomba Red last week to
where I had to take it apart to get the random lumps of fur out of its
jaws. It's better now, but it seems to fear the cat hair now and
won't pick it up as well.
I've been watching an eBay auction I
ran across the other day. I realized that I'm spending over $125
a week on gasoline, and after doing some math, I figured out that if I
managed to find my same car except with the TDI
engine, I could basically cut
my fuel cost in half, partly because the thing would get around 45mpg instead
of my Passat's barely-25, and because around here, diesel costs about fifteen
cents a gallon less. By my figuring, the savings could be as much
as sixty bucks a week, meaning that even if I overpaid for such a car,
I'd come out more than even within a year. I could sell my Passat
at a discount and not get too upset about it. I sorta overpaid for
it in the first place, but I needed a car last fall, so...
Anyway, the particular one I'm looking
at is edging just up over four thousand dollars -- its book value is around
$4500, but these are interesting times and the TDI cars are going for a
premium -- and it has several days left on the auction. I intend
to win it.
I've had some really interesting talks
the last couple of nights and mornings with Suzanne... she keeps surprising
me with her attitudes about many things, including sex. I guess I've
been too wary as a result of experience with too many women over the last
few years. No sense penalizing her for that. Anyway,
she has a very open way of talking about things, and I'm getting both used
to it and spoiled by it. I've been sending her links to various things
I find on the net in which I think she'd look good... her closet is a little
old and a little dowdy and she could easily stand to freshen it up. With
pretty minimal encouragement, she's mostly ditched what I call her "old-lady
brown" cheap nylons and invested in better-fitting, better-matched
ones. She's also been looking for dance shoes, so that maybe I can
resume dance classes again, knowing I really have a partner who'll be around
Yeah, it's like that. We've already
measured my house for her piano... did I mention that?