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Not A Good Week

This has been a truly terrible week.

Work has just been about as stressful as it’s ever been. I haven’t had a real, full day off in I don’t know how long. This week the mask mandate went into effect for everyone coming into a store. People are just stupid and evil, wearing a mask is not the worst thing that’s ever been asked of you.

It’s like in the last few weeks a switch has been thrown and work expects everything to be back to normal. I don’t like to talk about my job online to be honest, but let’s just say this week has me so close to the breaking point.

Personally this week has been just as bad. Money wise I ended up having to spend a lot more than I was expecting. I had the money but I wasn’t expecting to have to spend that much.

I don’t know if I’ve ever been this close to just breaking before. It’s been rough.

Then today someone from the warehouse calls me and tells me the cat is hurt.

Many of you that read my page may remember that we’d adopted two cats that had no home and they lived in the boatyard. It was originally a momma cat and after she had her babies we ended up with her and her son. Someone took the momma cat recently, he wanted to give her a home, and while I miss her I couldn’t begrudge her a good home. The baby boy cat was still there.

I pay for the cat’s food and anything else that needs spending. My District Manger said I should use my company credit card to buy the food, but I don’t want to go there. I wouldn’t feel right spending the company’s money. I’m ok with buying food for him.

So I go back to the warehouse and out to the boatyard and the poor cat is laying on a book while someone pets him. He’s got a huge tear in his leg and it’s oozing.

I can’t afford a huge vet bill. With help of some people in the store I manage to track down a woman that takes care of stray cats, she runs her own private vet service for free. So we get the cat in a carrier and I drive him over there. She looks at him and says that she thinks he’ll be ok. She’s going to clean the wound, fill him with some antibiotics and monitor him for the next week or so. When he’s better she’ll call me to come pick him up.

I have to tell you that at that point, when I went back there and saw that cat and was worried that it might be worse. All I could think was that if this cat dies, after this week, I will just break, I won’t be able to take it.

So in the end, after such a terrible week, I can at least look at some good news. The cat should be fine.

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Ayla the trade

I just sent the final pages to the printer for the trade of Ayla Speaker for the Dead. I don’t even want to think how long it’s taken to get this story done, all I want to think about now is that it is done. All four issues, completing the first storyline is done and at the printer.

And with such an amazing, wonderful cover. Javi Laparra, the artist for the series, has created some amazing covers for the series, but I think with the cover for the trade he’s outdone himself.

I may have a longer blog post later about the long gestation and creation of Ayla, but for now it’s late and I think it’s time to put more than just this book to bed.

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Missing

I was doing so good too. Posting every day, but I’ve been missing for a little more than a month. But this time I can honestly say it wasn’t my fault. There was some type of bug and I couldn’t open this site. I’m not much of a computer person, so I had to go to the hosting site and they’ve got it fixed now, so hopefully I’ll be posting here again on a regular basis.

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Ayla

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Something Cool Today

100 greatest hits. Just turn this on and go about your business, it’ll give you something to listen to for over three hours.

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Heard Today (and other days)

Me: “Do you need help?”

Customer: “No, I’m just browsing.”

Every day while everyone is supposed to be staying at home.

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THE WEST WING

In today’s entertainment world nothing is gone forever. Besides taking an old movie or tv show and remaking it completely, lately there has been the idea of bringing back an old show with the original cast, set years later. Will & Grace, Rosanne, Mad About You and more that I’m sure that I’m missing. Which I think if done right is actually a pretty good idea. I’d much rather see a show that continues the original than a re-boot with new actors playing the old characters. There seem to be some new thoughts going into taking an old show and letting us see what happened to the cast years later.

Of all the shows, I think West Wing would be really easy to do this. It would probably be pretty much all new characters, but the history of the original show would be part of the history of the new show. I’ve read rumors that such a thing might be in play, but so far I haven’t read anything offering concrete information.

For me The West Wing is one of the best shows on television. Every few years I watch it in its entirety. So far I haven’t gotten tired of it. I think even more so in these times of having an idiot for a President and demeaning the office and our country it’s nice to look back and imagine what a world would be like with a President Bartlet.

What got me thinking more about the show lately is that I ran across a podcast called The West Wing Weekly. The podcast is hosted by
HRISHIKESH HIRWAY and JOSHUA MALINA who played Will Bailey on the show. They started at episode one and on each podcast they talk about the show. They have a lot of guests on the podcast, many from the show, actors and directors and other behind the scene members of the show. It’s a fun podcast to listen to and has me thinking about the show again.

Check it out here: The West Wing Weekly

Still I wonder if a show like the West Wing could survive today. When politics has become such a blood sport and the level of discourse has become so vile and terrible, does a show that tried to be hopeful and show the majority of our public servants as meaning good stand a chance? If it aired today, would it have to be as evil and mean as politics are now.

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LIZARDS

One of the last things I talked about before I took my break was the return of LIZARDS as a new comic book. The first five issues were mostly reprints from the early days, with a few new stories added in. But this issue, Number six, is the first all brand new work in more than a decade. The art is by Roman Gubskii and combines his wonderful talent without ignoring Ron Wilber’s original look. This is the first of a multi-part story-line that departs from the shorter stories that have made up the first five issues. I’m not abandoning the shorter format, I plan to continue stories with whatever amount of pages best fit the work, but I also want to expand out with some longer work and show more of the world the characters inhabit. I’m hoping the next issue will be out before too long.

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President Obama Speaks

Anyone that follows my Facebook page knows I post a lot of political posts. I’m not going to stop. Too many of the posts are so negative, because we are in a situation that is so negative. But I want to post something positive. I want to post when we had a President that could speak in complete sentences and had an IQ higher than a turnip. So I think I’m going to post random speeches from President Obama. This one is the speech that brought him to the national stage and set the stage for him to move forward.

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