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And I just deleted my Livejournal account. I have 60 days to go back if I want, but... Not likely. Their Anti-LGBT attitudes and rules, and the fact that Russia likely sucks whatever data it can out of the journals for their own use and analysis leave me little desire to return. I'll try to let people know where I've gone, one way or another.

I... LIVE!

Jul. 2nd, 2012 10:15 pm
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Yes, I'm still here. Yup, I'll still post. I've just been kinda less than enthusiastic with updating given all the stuff going on. Not necessarily bad stuff, mind you, just... Too much.

However, this is decent news. FINALLY the house is officially on the market and for sale! This is a GOOD thing, much as I really don't want to sell it. We also had the first showing today, which was from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. I have no idea what the result of it was, and I won't til the realtor notifies me. I quite doubt we'll get a sale that fast, but it would truly be cool if we did. :)
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I can't recall if I posted this at all here before, so I'll say it again just in case- Plague House is going to be sold, and I and all the people currently here will be moving on. There is a lot going on right now, some of which I'm not at liberty to discuss. But, of the stuff I CAN talk about, there is the progress on fixing the place up for sale.

Tomorrow, the bathroom will be done other than fiddly bits (cleaning, maybe new towel racks and such), as will the front room. We're just gonna remove the carpet there and clean the floor, as the wood is in good shape. The kitchen ceiling has been mudded, and will be sanded and likely primed tomorrow. So, there's a lot of progress!

Also, we talked to a realtor from ReMax yesterday. Looks like I should be able to get a decent price for the place, but unless I get the midrange to high amounts she provided as estimates I'll either have to short dad and my brother a bit on payback, or not pay off the whole credit card. However, no matter what things will be better than they are now.

The fix-up stuff that remains includes the new carpet in the back room and my bedroom, carpet in [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae's room, and removing the carpet from [livejournal.com profile] ataramos's room- that won't happen til people have moved out. Obviously, there'll still be a lot of cleaning to do, as well as disposing of all the crap I'm not taking with me. Oh- As suggested by the realtor, we're likely going to have to replace the furnace and central air- like as not it won't pass the city inspection, and replacing them will provide a better selling price. We'll be fixing the parking pad in back as well, but that's not nearly as much of an issue as the furnace and such.

Part of me is looking forward to all this being done, another part is terrified- this is a MAJOR change, and part of the price is effectively losing contact with several people I consider friends. Its also a terrible disruption to their lives as well, and I'm not happy about that, either- but it's really not much of a choice for me anymore.

In the end, I'll have the memories of the place, and a new home to call my own. here's hoping for relatively smooth sailing in the getting there.
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I can't say how glad I am that 2008 is OVER. Of all my 43 years I think this was the worst of the bunch. But, its done, so I'm looking forward to 2009 and positive things. There were good things last year, its just the bad kinda outweighed it.

A Few Good Things
Spaz and Lady
Friends who helped when I was hurting
Learning some new recipes
A new(er) car! (despite its problems!)
The house was painted

I won't go into the bad; those who know me know the worst of that. But here's hoping for better times. Tomorrow I'll be getting the party supplies, and more than likely my new La-Z-Boy; I'm kinda hoping that Slumberland turns out to have a New Year's Sale with a 2-for-1 deal. ;)

Friday, again, is the Holiday Party. People can start showing up at 5, although early isn't a big deal. There is a chance I might not be up if its before 3 tho! The food should be ready by 7, I hope- its a LOT of chicken! Several people, [livejournal.com profile] firecatmn, [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae, [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain and [livejournal.com profile] foeclan especially are helping out with party components- so it'll be as huge a feast as in previous years.

Be EXCELLENT To One Another, and PARTY ON, DUDES!!
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Whoa. The painting isn't done, but the front of the house is finished but for the trim, the new porch light and street numbers... And what a difference! It looks like a different house! Te remaining parts of the house will be finished tomorrow, and the trim will likely get done Friday. Woot!

I need to get a new light for the back porch-steps area and a new pair of spots for above the garage, but its coming along nicely. :)
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George Carlin was one of the comic greats of our time, and along with people like Richard Pryor led the way to a new kind of standup- not necessarily totally 'new' but something that became a touchstone to the times that they lived in, and the world of their time in general.

Now Carlin has passed, and thats a sad thing... But really, he would have died someday. And I really doubt he'd want people to mope about dwelling on the fact that he's gone. Here's something better to do- download his comedy, watch his shows on DVD or Comedy Central or HBO, listen to his CDs and hear what he had to say about our world and the people in it.

This, I think, is a better way to honor a man who spent his life making people smile- by being happy with what he's given us all: A good time.

Goodnight, Mr. Carlin. The stage is dark. Time to go home.


Mar. 6th, 2008 10:45 am
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With the turning of the year from 1991 to 1992 I decided that it was time for me to get a cat. At the time I was in an apartment, #16 at 409 University Ave. in Minneapolis living with Jim Felling. February was when I started looking, not that the search was long- Jim and I went to the Minnesota Humane Society in branch in Golden Valley, and started looking.

At first I looked at the solo-containers where they were keeping cats separated; this stopped when one of the cats I was looking at, which had been VERY friendly til that point went totally psychotic when a dog barked across the facility.

I briefly considered a kitten, but I knew I really couldn't deal with something that young and needful of attention, so I moved onto the cats that were being kept in the communal booths. My attention was drawn to a medium-sized orange tabby shorthair, who was friendly and very cute. At this point I wasn't sure if I was going to make a decision that day.

It was at about this time that I felt a weight on my shoulders and heard a tiny "Meep!" in my ear; I looked and there was a little grey face looking back at me! "Jim? I think I've found her..." I said, and thus Luna picked ME.

I talked to the clerk at the counter and she pulled the records; according to those, she was named 'Fluffy' and was three years old! She thought that was nuts, as did I. When I took her to the vet for her checkup and preparation to be spayed the vet ALSO agreed that there was NO way she was three. Her age at that time was estimated to be about six months, so I think she was born around September of 1991.

Luna has been my closest friend and companion ever since, being there through every triumph and tragedy that I've ever experienced in that time. She seemed to know when I needed her to be there, and I've tried to be there for her.

About a month or so ago Luna started becoming more vocal, spending more time in the bathroom begging for me to turn on the faucet for her to get a drink. This being an old habit of hers I didn't think as much about it as I probably should have. About a week and a half ago I started noticing that she was eating less as well.

On Monday of this week I took her to the vet, by this time I was scared and pretty much an emotional basket-case; I was told that she was definitely sick, and was down a full pound in weight. Given she's a small cat to start with, this was not a good sign.

The vet, Dr. French, told me that likely it was one of three things, or a combination; kidney disease, thyroid disease or in the worst case, cancer. She had me leave Luna there for testing and subcutaneous fluids to be administered, and my parents, who met me there to help with the financial side of things, drove me home as I was in no condition to do so.

Later that day, they (my parents) brought Luna home. She seemed to be perked up some, and did eat some turkey baby-food that they got for her; however, she was decidedly NOT happy, and spent the evening and Tuesday morning huddled by the heat-vent in the front room or in the bathroom, which is generally the warmest place in the house.

Wednesday morning came, and she DID eat, though I had to thin the cat food for her with warm water. I'd noticed that she was acting... Old. For lack of a better description. As the vet didn't call me by 11:30, I called her. She told me that Luna had two problems, asthma and kidney disease, and that when I'd brought her in she had been in kidney failure already. Her recommended course of action was subcutaneous fluids every other day for two weeks, then evaluate the progress.

Which brings us up to now. I'm at work, and I've been thinking it through, fighting to keep control of my emotions and not fall apart.

Luna is sick, and is 17 years old. She is not likely to improve, and the injections, delivered at the vet's office every other day are just going to make her miserable for that two week period, after which she may or may not be improved...

So here I am, and I have a decision to make.

I think I have already, but I don't want to admit it. I'm going to talk to [livejournal.com profile] ataramos in the morning, and at that time I'll decide.

The above was written at 01:50 AM on March 6, 2008.

Luna Heinsohn
Born September 1991, Died March 6, 2008 at 10:08 AM Central time.

I will live without you, but I will never forget you.



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