December 26th, 2006

20111112, Marilee

CatGenie Progress 3

Well, the problem was a partial clog. I had tapped the hose, pulled it all the way out, tapped that, and then decided I was going to have to move it a bit to do the faucet into end of hose thing. The base isn't designed to be lifted and it slipped from my fingers and fell about a half-inch and that knocked the clog loose and the water came rushing out. The partial clog turned out to be wet dust bunnies. They blew up when Mark moved the laundry center back and I didn't see any in the bowl when I put the granules in, but they must have landed there.

While I was working on it yesterday, Shiva kept coming to the doorway and MROWRing at me. When I ran it and then he heard it stop, he was right in there using it. He came back out to me at the computer and said a soft mruf. So today, I waited until he'd used it before I ran it. No signs of the other cats using it.
20111112, Marilee

Wheelers by Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen

The first third or so of this book is mostly infodumps, mostly on things I already know about. It sets up the main characters: Prudence Odingo, Moses Odingo, and Bright Halfholder. The Odingos, aunt and nephew, are from Earth; Halfholder is a Jovian blimp. The blimps have diverted a comet that was going to hit them to hit Poisonblue (Earth) because they know no intelligent life can live there, there's too much oxygen and it's too warm. The story is about how humans and blimps work together to try to get the comet to miss Earth. Moses has a rapport with animals and at one point, they have people call him "Speaker-to-Animals." There's some puns in the text, too.

What should have been shorter, more of an epilogue, is how our heroes set off to other galaxies to tell them what was found out while dealing with the comet. We must save the rest of the universe!

I have what I believe to be the sequel, Heaven and I suppose I'll read it anyway, but I don't think I'll buy more from these guys.
20111112, Marilee


My upstairs neighbor has a local grandson, a teen, and a non-local grandson, an adult*. The adult used to be a Marine drill sergeant, but his vocal cords were damaged and he can only whisper. The both of them picked him up to take him to dinner yesterday (the older carefully holding an umbrella over his head and assisting him into the car), shampooed his carpet this morning, and now are back bringing Burger King for dinner. I stepped to the door to thank them for being so nice to him. The adult grandson said "He deserves it" and he does.

*Luke and his wife reared the older grandson because his mother died when he was young.