weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-20 10:47 am

D.O.P.-T.

(At the library again.) The summer trees are all in bloom - clouds of pink and white, with little birds flitting among them.
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2017-07-19 01:21 pm

D.O.P.-T.

I saw the mostly white cat again, so he/she hasn't moved after all. But the main consumer(s) of the catfood on the porch now seems to be one or more tabbies; I'm not sure whether the brown tabby and the silver tabby are the same cat, but one is apparently living under the bush by the front steps. So we may have a barn cat again.
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-19 01:19 pm

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

At the library again.

I'm pleased to glimpse that one of the local houses that sold recently has had the line of ratty sheltered parking spaces at the rear replaced with an actual backyard. Lawn and stuff.
weofodthignen: (völva)
2017-07-17 12:24 pm

D.O.P.-T.

At the library again. The verse will be unavoidably late; I have it written but getting it here would involve a zip drive and negotiating the library wifi with my laptop.
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-17 12:20 pm

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Very hot. We nonetheless went and purchased groceries, including canned food for the new (used) dog. The car's external thermometer said 96, the thing under the garage eave said 104. I managed to get to sleep. The nearest house for sale had a large icecream truck parked in front of it, I suspect to try to attract visitors to the open house.
weofodthignen: selfportrait holding bra and alien love doll (work)
2017-07-15 11:53 am

D.O.P.-T.

(At the library again.) The last box had been unpacked. It was a very busy night, but I managed to get all the Fleshlights on display where customers can see them. So at dawn I put a box out the back door ... badly startling a Himalayan cat who had been browsing the alleyway. I've seen him or her before, fleeing around the corner when I open the front door to check whether there is any traffic on El Camino. Regrettably, His or Her Floofy Highness cannot be lured into the store.
weofodthignen: selfportrait holding bra and alien love doll (work)
2017-07-14 10:30 am

D.O.P.-T.

At the library again. This week's merchandise delivery is now down to one box, but I truly don't know where whatever's in that box is going to go. I worked wonders fitting in what I unpacked last night and some of what had been left hopelessly lying around behind the counter. Customers ... buy stuff!
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-14 10:30 am

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Happy birthday [personal profile] ravan!!!
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-13 11:29 am

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

I hiked to the high-tech shoe store to replace my high-tech innersoles. I could see the hills, but there was a peculiar blue-grey haze in the air. Unable to receive e-mails, I probably chose the one bad air day in the week for the exertion. However, feet are now good for another year.
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-13 11:28 am

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

I'm getting a lot of depressing books read. Subjects have included:

* America's history of rotten elections
* American college athletes raping women and being indulged in the habit
* An expert in dogs trying to figure out how humans can reawaken their sense of smell (actually I read that one in bed; it's soporific)
* The AIDS battle, revisited by a different gay journalist
* The downfall of the Wehrmacht in 1943; I may abandon this one
* Oh, and one of the Frank Miller Sin City graphic novels
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-13 11:16 am

D.O.P.-T. (Monday)

Managed to get the verse posted by seizing the moment when we briefly had internet - and that was pretty much it. No internet since (and no chance to jump on at work). So I'm at the public library right now. I'll take a pic of the troll to mark the event.
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-10 06:20 am

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

Continued internet problems. It was hot, too.
weofodthignen: selfportrait holding bra and alien love doll (work)
2017-07-08 05:35 am

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

A customer told me the rival place near the Lawrence Expressway, a barnlike freestanding structure that for a while was painted pink (now back to cream) and that rebranded itself as a gay and bi cruising spot after the financial crash, had closed. I found no evidence of that, but I'm now told they are now closing at 2:00. Leaving us as the only all-night place.
weofodthignen: selfportrait holding bra and alien love doll (work)
2017-07-07 05:08 am

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Arrived at work in a light-weight t-shirt; a/c had been fixed. Not only that, we have a new mop bucket and a new music player (playing music while working is one of the Rules) that is so huge it has to live on top of the mini-fridge and is startlingly loud; after figuring out how to dial up the oldies station I have it on 7 rather than 11 and it was still loud enough that I can now tell the station now does interminable ads and other mumbling and laughing until midnight. The door alarm is still busy wearing out though; I had to fix it with sticky tape after a guy wandered in totally unannounced. And we've lost our weekday janitor. Word is he's to be replaced with two half-timers, so both the mornings and the evenings get covered.
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-06 01:31 pm

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

No internet all day; two minutes, and then one minute, shortly before I had to pack my lunch and head off to work; the housemate says there were maybe 5 more minutes later in the evening. And I arrived at work to find the a/c had died. I was in long sleeves based on an out-of-date weather forecast (not that the forecast is terribly reliable anyway) and on having fallen over on my way from the express bus stop one night last week and having a scary-looking scab on and below my left elbow that I wanted to spare the customers. Of course if I'd been e-mailed about the need to dress for the beach I wouldn't have received the e-mail anyway. There was a fan blasting the front of the store, but it was pretty hot.
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-06 01:23 pm

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

The internet was up and down bewilderingly, and the neighbor was into his second day of inexplicably having the concrete drilled out next to the fence outside my side window. At least the illegal fireworks didn't start up until an hour after sunset, giving the tabby cat that now appears to stake out the area under the front of the car a chance to scarf the evening's food offering.
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-04 11:33 am

In lieu of yesterday's D.O.P.-T. (and between internet outages)

At my suggestion, we patronize the MLK Jr. library in San Jose, which is both the central library for the San Jose city system and the college library for San Jose State University. It was apparently the first dual academic / non-academic library in the state, has an award-winning atrium building on a busy corner on the edge of the campus with stunning views from the upper floors down to the quad and pretty old buildings, including the polychrome Old Main that looks toy-like from above, has fun commissioned artworks all through including in the bathrooms, and houses a Beethoven collection as well as an MLK exhibit. A large number of homeless people hang out there all day but I've never seen any trouble arising. The kids' room has lots of Astérix and Tintin books in the original, and other foreign languages too, there's a good collection of international newspapers, and while the university itself isn't known for academics (more for experimental music and the Bulwer Lytton Contest), I have always had the impression we are among a large group of non-San Jose State people who read widely and eclectically. After all, while San Jose is laughably wrong to claim to be the capital of Silicon Valley, it is in the valley, and the Stanford University library charges an arm and a leg and an invasive identity check on local guest memberships and imposes a tight borrowing limit. In the past I've had my full allowance of 100 books out from the MLK Library, all from the research floors; in recent years I've been doing less on Wikipedia and of a less serious kind and my reading needs have shifted to stuff I can read between customers on slow nights at work as well as on the bus, so I have taken to borrowing a relatively large amount from the ground-floor browsing library (found while the housemate browses the new SF) and we've been going there only once every three weeks or less rather than the majority of weekends.

A few weeks ago, I noticed a link while renewing books online, and we both got e-mail notification, that San Jose State was to be merged into the unified catalog for the rest of the California State University system, OneSearch, and that would mean the university section of the library would require a separate catalog search and would be loaned out through that separate section. Eventually HTML e-mails started arriving—the housemate ignored them because she has to switch OSs to read those—about the due dates being changed on books we had out, from Saturday July 1 to Sunday July 2. Meanwhile the house internet has continued to be ... random. On Saturday I had to trundle on foot to the local library to renew my books, and while I was there used one of their free terminals to renew my San Jose books. The San Jose State ones were no longer listed, so I tried to create an account on OneSearch, but was told I already had one; it had slipped my mind that the explanatory link had said that those city system patrons who had books checked out from the university would have accounts created automatically.

On Sunday the internet was out until the housemate had left to play some perverted card game all day. I then set about trying to log into OneSearch to renew the books due that day, having belatedly noted a log-in button at the bottom of the e-mails and having received another stating that my books due that day were already overdue. I was particularly concerned because the small print on the OneSearch explanation page says that fines can only be paid online, and ... continuing flaky internet.My library log-in didn't work. In between internet outages, I searched for a way to contact someone about this and found the library blog post about the change filling up with panicky comments to the same effect; apparently no-one had received the promised e-mail with log-in info. I left another one, and also attempted to leave a message via the "ask a librarian" link. I also called the only library information number listed, but since it was Sunday they didn't open until 1:00. With the internet hassles, I'd been ready for bed by 10:30, but I waited up. (1:00 is supposed to be my bedtime on work days.)

Shortly after 1:00 I called the library and navigated through the phone tree. I reached a very nice San Jose librarian with an Indian (?) accent. With much repetition because of my deafness, she told me she would have to forward my call to the university side. It rang and then I got a message that all the librarians were busy and I should call back later, then hung up. Not having a number for the university side, I of course couldn't. So I called the same number and this time selected "your San Jose State University account" from the phone tree. It rang once and disconnected. I called the same number again and again tried to reach the San Jose side. This time I was placed interminably on hold. Eventually a very frazzled-sounding person picked up, who turned out to be the same lady. She forwarded my call again and this time, amazingly, a San Jose State librarian picked up. She told me that OneSearch uses different passwords and the formula for deriving my temporary password. She also very kindly renewed my books.

It took two tries between further internet outages and that fashionable modern programming where nothing clicks, but instead pretty patterns dance on the screen and if you are successful, something gauzily fades into view with no evident links but it's all very arty. But I managed to log into OneSearch and verify that the books had been renewed. I noted a message at the bottom of the screen that my membership had an expiration date of July 31, 2017. Then I went to bed.

Yesterday, since the housemate has a 4-day weekend for the July 4th holiday, we drove in to the library. There are new electronic information screens on the first floor, as well as new checkout machines that will probably break down even faster than the old ones did. Instead of the promised separate San Jose State checkout area, there was a desk with a harried-looking guy sitting behind it. We were referred there with our questions. Apparently checkout for the university library books will now be manual, a wonderful step forward for efficiency, but returns will continue to go in the same slot. When we asked about the account expiry issue, another guy sprang from behind the counter and ushered us over to terminals; apparently my hunch was right and we had to change those temporary passwords. We did so and are no longer expiring imminently. I'm afraid I gently mentioned that this transition has been badly mismanaged, and that I am sure there are lots and lots of the library's most active patrons affected by it. (I did not say that this is a violation of the charter under which the MLK Library was set up with city and grant funds, but the blog commenter is right, it is. It also appreciably curtails what's available from the interlibrary loan consortium, LinkPlus, for those who are members of libraries other than San Jose's.)

The one good thing? I happened to ask ... I now have two separate 100-book maximum allowances, one for the public library and the other for the university collection.
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-02 01:46 pm

D.O.P.-T.

In the absence of reliable internet I have mowed the front yard ruthlessly and most of the back yard - I left some of the purple flowers and clover there, but more will go after I get the green waste bin back empty. Great chunks that had been chopped off the cotoneaster were left at the back of the bed and I'm slowly clearing those out. Oh and the credit card reader went down at work. Happy happy joy joy.
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-02 01:43 pm

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

We went to Petco, where there are suddenly about one million kittens available for adoption from the Silicon Valley Humane Society in Milpitas. And two guinea pigs. And one white rabbit named Henry whom they had photographed as a hipster, in black oblong glasses. I didn't ask whether he eats off roof tiles and drinks out of a jamjar.

Edit: Harrison. I'd say he wasn't small, but about average size for a pet bunny.
weofodthignen: selfportrait with Rune the cat (Default)
2017-07-02 01:37 pm

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

Internet continues terrible. A chainlink fence has gone up at that corner lot on El Camino where there used to be Yule tree sales and a pumpkin patch and huge bouncy castles for Hallowe'en. It also encloses the shops, restaurant, and fast-food restaurant that are all to vanish under the hotel extension. There's a dead crow lying just inside the fence.