I’m Back


First off, Grace and I want to thank all of you who offered your condolences on Roscoe’s death. Things have been pretty rough for us, but they will get better.

Secondly, to everyone who thinks “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” was one of the best in the series: You have obviously lost your fucking minds. The best thing I can say about it is that it was better than Episode 1 (barely) and with the series now finished we will hopefully be spared seeing any more of George Lucas in the director’s chair.

Thirdly, I predict that in about 5-7 years, Lucas will announce that a new trilogy will start filming. We shall see how accurate my prediction is.

R. I. P. Roscoe Tiberius Cross (1989-2005)

…our boy

After several months of battling both a heart murmur and Cushing’s Syndrome, our sweet boy’s health took a sharp turn for the worse. This morning, at 9:45 AM, Roscoe was put to sleep by his vet.

Roscoe was about 10 when we adopted him and was an old set in his ways fart. He was also full of love and made us laugh. He was a friendly guy, unless you were a cat. Even then, he’d mostly just give a woof or two, then walk on.

He was a very good boy and we miss him terribly.

Edit from November 23. 2014: It is over a 9.5 years since Roscoe died and it still hurts me to read his obit up there. I miss you, old buddy.

She’s Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good

…and I’ve got it good and it ain’t bad.

Doc Update #278

1: Few things mark the difference between myself and my younger geek chums as vividly as the fact that I will have no problem waiting another week or so to go see the new Star Wars flick. Ya see, most of them were pre-teens or teens when Star Wars came out. It’s part of their whole growing up thing. I saw Star Wars when I was 23 and coming out of a terrible marriage (to say nothing of having thrown off the shackles of the U.S. Navy a few months earlier). For me, Star Wars was a great movie…for them, it was a life altering experience. On the other hand, I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing Batman Beyond as soon as it hits the theaters. And I WILL be at the first showing of Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

2: It has been warm and rainy here and my garden is going completely apeshit. Beautiful, but apeshit. I’ve got tons of coreopsis showing off their yellow splendor…half a dozen shades of blue and purple in my various varieties of lavender…red and white little blossoms all over my several autumn sages…pinks, reds, whites and combinations thereof in my dianthus…and everything from reddish brown to white in my gazanias. Soon, there will come hordes of bees and butterflies and hummingbirds.

3: I am slowly adapting to my greatly reduced caffeine and chile intake. I have somewhat less get up and go, but my stomach pains are gone. The worst thing is that my gastrointestinal system seems to be trying to alter the speed with which it processes food. This is not a great deal of fun and I’m hoping it doesn’t last too much longer.

4: Related to the above bit, I have so far showed more discipline about no soda/tea/spicy food than I would have thought possible. One week down and one week to go and I’ll start back with the spicy food. Another couple weeks and I’ll allow myself TWO human sized cups of tea a day. Soda, I have decided, is gone from my presence for good…much as I quite using sugar in most things about 35 years ago.

5: Since Grace and I will not be getting our usual long summer vacation, we are considering going to GenCon SoCal this year. It’s pretty cheap for us to do and we can drive down to Los Angeles pretty easily. Still, there is a possibility we might not go and instead save our money for a vacation in early 2006 or a REALLY good vacation trip to Origins in mid-2006. We shall see how things go in the next few months.

The Pod People Go To Paris

…see ya later, pod people!

Well, it would seem that I spoke too soon about feeling better, at least gastrointestinally. My stomach was still hurting on Thursday and so i went to urgent care. The doctor there poked and prodded me and asked a bunch of questions. The result? My many years of drinking in excess of a gallon and a half of tea and soda every day, when added to my love of spicy foods, had caused rebellion in my middle aged belly. The doctor laid it out to me that I need to majorly reduce my soda & tea intake. ARRRRGGGHHH!!!

So, here I am, taking a Nexiumlike pill (Aciphex) every morning and drinking no soda at all. Tea? I drink ONE 12 ounce cup in the morning that is (by my previous standards) pretty fuckin’ weak. And I’m laying off the Tabasco sauce and such until my once upon a time cast iron stomach can get back in fighting shape. SIGH!


A film/video meme…ok, here goes…

1) Total number of films I own on DVD/video:

On DVD: 1 (something Grace bought when we got the DVD player…which is not hooked up yet due to incompatibility with our old cheapass TV.

On VHS tape: Hmmm…maybe 200, mostly stuff Grace taped years ago before I met her.

2) Last film bought: Whatever that DVD is that Grace bought. Haven’t bought a VHS tape in many years

3) Last film that I watched: Robots, in the theater

4) Five films that I watch a lot or that mean a lot to me, in no particular order:

King Kong (1933 version) Because it it just so damn good.

Jurassic Park Because it has DINOSAURS!

Raiders of the Lost Ark Because it made me feel like a kid again, watching old serials on Saturday morning tv.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Hey, it’s all one big story) Because it is just so fucking cool and I get lost in it.

El Dorado Duke Wayne…Robert Mitchum…James Caan…western…’nuff said.

5) Pick on five people. Tag five people and have them put this on their journal.

No, I don’t think I will

The Cat In The Hat Goes Postal

…and he did it in rhyme the whole bloody time:)

Dinner tonight at Chez Cross (Doc & Grace version): Homemade pesto sauce with mizithra cheese and italian sausage served on angel hair pasta.

Dinner tonight at Chez Cross (Roscoe version): Tomato and spinach rotini served with southwestern spiced fried chicken livers and chili gravy.

I stayed home from work today. Yesterday I had both a miserable headache AND an upset stomach all day. Today was a healing day. I rested, relaxed, did a bit of shopping. And then cooked the above dinners.

I’m feeling better tonight.

Episode 7: The 10 Blue Budgies Strike Back

…long ago, in an aviary far far away…

Doc Update #4,000,000

On Saturday, Grace and Roscoe and I went to the Whole Earth Festival in Davis. We always enjoy walking around and looking at the various arts and crafts and tie dyed clothing that folks have for sale, as well as checking out the alternative energy exhibits and listening to the many kinds of music being played live on the stages. This was the first time we had taken Roscoe and the poor old fella hardly knew what to sniff first. By the time we left around noon, he had walked more than he usually does in a week. He was a snoozin’ hound for the rest of the day.

After returning home, I got in a bit of gardening before the rain hit. Deprived of my horticultural fix, I came inside and pretty much just vegged.

Sunday saw even more rain so, after a trip to buy some tea, (Assam, Ceylon and Darjeeling) I finished clearing space in the Library/Game Repository so I could begin the Paid Writing Job. Unfortunately, by the time I moved 500,000 boxes of books/games/other shit, I was too pooped to write.

I made a Docburger Mothers Day dinner for My Sweet Little Flowering Quince Of Passion. She was suitably impressed.

Today, after work and dinner, I plunged back into the pro writing thing after a fairly long hiatus. Knocked out only 600 words, but hell, that’s more than one fortieth of the whole job. I figure I’ll ramp up my writing speed over the next couple of days and kick the whole thing out by mid June.

I cooked a big pot of diced beef heart, pasta and brown gravy for Roscoe. He loved it, which is good because he’ll be eating it for the rest of the week.

It rained like a motherfucker today. And hailed! Thunderstorms everywhere! Gotta love this whacked out Spring weather.

Never Give A Chipmunk Beer

Cos the little bastards get mean.

It’s raining. It does that this time of year. A bit of rain, a bunch of sun, etc, etc. By the end of the month, plant growth is insane and gardens are looking incredible. Then, in another month, the summer heat bitchslaps everything back to a more conservative rate of growth…except for those plants it just plain fries.

Hopefully the rain will let up by Saturday and I’ll be harvesting spinach, weeding the garden, trimming the shrubs and other gardener type stuff.

That is, after Grace and I (and maybe Roscoe) go to the Whole Earth Festival in Davis:)

Grow, My Green Children, Grow!


Doc Update #2,958

1: Spent the weekend finally putting my veggie garden in. It looks great. Planted some marigolds in amongst the veggies so as to control nematodes.

2: Blanched and froze about 7 pounds of spinach. There will be many more pounds of spinach to freeze or eat fresh before the season is up.

3: Weeded, weeded, weeded!

4: Finally got the documents I needed to really begin my Big Writing Project.

5: Watched “Marvel Presents: Man Thing” on the SciFi Channel. It sucked ass.

6: Helped My Sweet Little Albino Dolphin Of Cuteness get our debts one step closer to being under control. Soon, the credit cards will be a thing of the past.

7: Planted many dianthus (AKA Sweet Williams, Clove Pinks), one of my fave flowers.

8: Managed not to faint when Grace did one of those perplexing about faces that wives do and told me yes, I CAN sculpt some giant tentacles and eyeballs and an obelisk for the garden. Too cool!