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February 10th, 2011

06:40 pm: The New Machine

I watched TV and tapes and then read the paper. I got to bed to read about 3:00am and kept going to sleep so I gave up about 3:30am. Someone pounded on the door about noon and I managed to get glasses, slippers, and a fastened robe on down the hall while he was still there with the new machine. I left it on the end table and went back to bed until 2:30pm.

When I came out to feed the cats, I moved the box to the floor in front of the recliner and was amazed. Remember how I wanted to buy another one like my dead one because of the programming but it got so many bad reviews and stars? And this brand/model had good reviews and stars? Well, the picture on the top was exactly like the old one. When I opened the box, it was just like the old one. I just pulled the cables, brought the old machine out and put the new one in, and plugged the cables back in. Amazing. The only problem is that the remote didn't access the TV like the old, exactly same, remote did. The manual lists those controls as working on a JVC TV, so although I spent four hours trying to program it (using the old manual), I gave up. I read email and posted that sentence.

The local football team is the Redskins and it's owned by Dan Snyder. A local alternative paper, The City Paper, had an article about him in November. It covered some of the bad things he'd done, like having trees removed from next to the river. They were legally supposed to stay. The cover had a picture of Snyder with scribbled horns and beard. Well, he just sued the author and paper because he said the article had lies (and the picture was against him being Jewish, when it was really a devil). For example, he kept saying that the article talked about his wife (NFL breast cancer speaker) and her breast cancer and that she did the advertising poorly. There's nothing about breast cancer in the article. Her name was there. The man is truly weird -- particularly because there's been many suits against him to change the name of the football team for racism. He's clearly not very lucid

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06:46 pm: Angelmass by Timothy Zahn

I've read much newer books of his and liked those a lot better. The first third was all set-up: This one has one evil group wanting to take over a more pleasant group that wears "angels" -- things that come from a black hole called Angelmass -- that makes them nice. The bad group puts in a "spy" who is actually a scientist and ends up finding out what's happening wrong with Angelmass. He meets a stowaway early and they meet again and work together. They try to throw Angelmass out into space, but a giant ship from the bad group lands there and is killed. That will keep the bad group from coming. The last few pages wound up what had happened.

I kept thinking of The Eight Deadly Words but finished it. Maybe it's bad just because it was published in 2001.

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06:56 pm: A Bit of Snow

After I put in the one-sentence post last night, I watched TV and then tapes and read the paper. I barely got to bed to read before 2am and read until 5:30am when I came out to get the paper and saw the dusting of snow. The rheumatology nurse called me at 12:40pm to ask if I had all of the neurologist's things scheduled and I told her I only had the neuropsych test. I'll have to get the other two tomorrow. I went back to sleep and got up at 1:30pm.

The snow was all gone and after I finished the normal getting up routine, I booted up the computer and emailed JVC about the remote. I also had email from Kaiser which was from my primary doctor's clinical aide -- she was passing on a note for me to move up to three atenolol a day and get a BP check in one week instead of two. I'll have to call her tomorrow to reschedule that. I've spent a lot of time catching up on two days and have a really interesting dessert for you to see.

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