My encounter with a Ghost Cat.

The other night as I was headed upstairs to go to bed in the dark I happened to glance out the kitchen window where I saw a fluffy grey cat sitting bolt upright in the corner of my garage door staring back at me through the window. I was so surprised to see a cat just sitting there that I stopped and stared at it. We spent a few moments staring at each other as I was trying to determine if the cat was looking for help because it was below freezing outside and it seemed to be trying to shelter from the wind. I finally decided to go out there and see if it was in distress.

As I stepped out the side door of the house, the very next thought that popped into my head was: “And that’s how he was murdered by a ghost cat. All his wife found the next day was his slippers in front of the garage door and he was never seen again.” Which is, of course, nonsense, but I’ve seen enough horror movies in my time for my brain to jump right to that scenario. So it was a little startling when I rounded the corner of the house and there was no sign of a cat. At all.

I took a couple steps to look down the side of the garage and out of the corner of my eye I saw a cat shaped blur run down the neighbor’s driveway. So, he/she was fine. When I got back inside, Cuddles came out from behind the blinds of the doorwall. Turns out they had been having a cat-off and I interrupted them. My bad.

A few notes and random updates.

Just thought I should write a quick entry explaining what I am and am not up to at the moment. Especially considering that there was a flood of postings from Google+ that have suddenly stopped. The reason for that is that I have turned off that plugin for the moment as it was interacting oddly with the plugin I use to announce new posts on Twitter. It seems that every time the Google+Blog plugin updates an already imported entry (which it does to add in new comments from Google+) it triggers the new post announcement to be broadcast on Twitter. Not sure why as you can update a post in WP without the Twitter plugin rebroadcasting it, but that’s what it appears to be doing. So until I can either figure why it’s doing that, or I switch to a different Twitter plugin, I’ve shut it down for now.

The second thing I wanted to mention is that the 7th SEB Podcast is complete and awaiting the editing process. It was fun one to do, but the rhythm is a little off in this outing. George Wiman seems to think it was his inclusion that made things a little bumpy, but honestly I was having a very off day on Sunday with a brain that just wasn’t working quite right. First, I was almost an hour late to my own podcast because I got wrapped up in playing video games and lost track of the time. Then my brain just wasn’t working quite right and I struggled to come up with anything remotely interesting to say. Also, the end is a bit abrupt as George had another event to attend that evening that I didn’t know about (or, more likely, forgot about) that he had to leave for at which point I brought the whole thing to a close like a car hitting a brick wall. In short, if it’s not the best podcast we’ve ever done it’s only because I was flailing about like a brainless moron who’d been asked to host an intelligent discussion of topical issues, which is pretty much what happened.

Also, it’s not been edited yet as last night we went out and bought new smartphones as the wife’s old non-smartphone had recently met a nasty end and mine was on the verge of falling apart. Thus most of the evening was spent figuring out how to get them activated, transferring our old phone numbers over, charging them up, and just generally fiddling with them in an attempt to join the 21st century. So no editing of the podcast got done last night. Tonight isn’t looking much better as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was released today and I’ll probably be spending more time than I should playing that this evening.

I promise to have it edited and up by this weekend at the latest. Really.

That is, assuming nothing else comes along to catch my ADD addled atten… SQUIRREL!

Ruining a perfectly good four day weekend by going back to work.

It was nice to have four days off in a row without it being because I was unemployed, but now I have to go back to work because I didn’t win that 200+ million lottery last night. Of course I didn’t remember to buy a ticket either, but that’s OK as they decided to hold off on handing it out to anyone so I could buy a ticket and win it this Friday.

Other than that I spent most of my weekend doing the birthday thing. Then Monday I went back to visit the fine future dentists at the University of Michigan Dental School to deal with the missing filling on the lower left of my mouth. I still have one last wisdom tooth on that side to be dealt with so instead of putting in a permanent filling they put in a temp as it could end up being damaged when I have the wisdom removed, which they recommend doing soon. I’m going to get a couple of weeks of work in before making an appointment to do that seeing as I don’t get paid personal time off at all.

Yesterday was registration day for Courtney. She’s a high school senior this year so there were a couple of extra forms and fees to be taken care of during registration. She’s both excited and nervous about being a senior as the future becomes a lot more murky once you get that diploma, especially when you’re not entirely sure what you want to do for a living. It made for a good afternoon of father/daughter bonding.

Oh, and the in-laws had the bathtub ripped out on Monday and replaced with a new shower stall. The contractors repaired some water damage to the floor and walls which was part of the reason why the old tub needed to be yanked to begin with and then set up the new enclosure. The only problem is that we have to wait 72 hours before we can use the shower so the caulk and glue has a good chance to set. This means we won’t be able to take a shower until after 6PM tomorrow night. This isn’t a huge problem only because they also own a house across the street that one of my sisters-in-law will be moving into soon so we’ve been taking our showers over there. Still I’m sure it’s an odd sight for the neighbors.