The Blue Cow Boogie

…rock that boogie, boys

Well, today started off just wonderfully. Got up early to get my car over to the dealer’s service center by 7 am, walked home (it’s only just over a mile), ate my brekky and then…got the call that confirmed that my suspicions about the radiator were true. The radiator was cracked, leaking and had to be replaced…for $500! Along with the several months late maintenance, the final total was $786 big ones! Still, considering that Grace and I have put 102,600 miles on the car in just over 5 years, this is the first major repair it has needed. And, happily, it comes just after we had cleaned up our financial house, so it’s ok.

By the way, if you own a Honda CRV, be aware that if you need to replace the tiny fuckin’ clock in the dashboard, it will cost you $240 installed (I declined it and will buy a $1.00 stick on model at Target). Even better, if your CD player/radio craps out, the want $820 fuckin’ bucks to install a new Honda approved one! I declined that, too and shall instead get one from Best Buy…INSTALLED…for under $200. And I might get Sirius or XM radio, too. And it’ll STILL cost me a helluva lot less than EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY bucks!

By the way, the service department manager was as flabbergasted as I was by those prices.

In other news, I’m getting tired of processing and freezing squash, so tomorrow, the zucchini plants meet their fate. As for the tomatoes…those get another couple of weeks, then they’re outta here.

I’m putting off the spinach planting until tomorrow. Today was all about the car (which was fully repaired and ready to go by 1:00) and tonight is all about watching Alton Brown break his clavicle, then watching Spider-Man 2…all accompanied by a cold brew or three.


About this character:  This is another denizen of the San Francisco Edge. In fact, he pretty much IS the San Francisco Edge…and maybe San Francisco itself

#11: His Imperial Highness,  Joshua Norton I 

The Big Man in The City By The BayTall, distinguished looking Caucasian man, looks about 45, 6’4″ tall, 200 pounds, well built, medium length dark hair, golden colored eyes, usually wears a well tailored black suit

When most people die, they stay dead. Legends, on the other hand, never die. In the case of Joshua Norton, this proved to be truer than anyone might imagine. It was during his much publicized and much attended funeral that the spirit of our only emperor found that it could not proceed on into the Great Hearafter. No, over the course of the next few days days it instead began getting more and more solid, until Joshua was once again fully flesh and blood. Of course, he wasn’t flesh and blood like we are, but the soul of the city made human.

The first thing Joshua realized was that he didn’t look exactly as he had at the time of his death. He was younger, fitter and much better looking. The next thing he realized was that there was another San Francisco overlaying the one most people could see and interact with. There were homes, shops and even an Imperial Palace. The population of this other city was only a couple of hundred people, but that would change.

Over the decades, the spirits of many native San Franciscans have been reborn into the San Francisco Edge, including a big surge in population after the 1906 earthquake and fire. Most of them live only in the Edge, but a few, like his Imperial Highness, can walk in both worlds. There are even some people not of the Edge who can enter and interact with it. Even some non-San Franciscans. Even some non-Californians! Emperor Norton tolerates this at his pleasure, but once in awhile he is forced to banish someone. Often, this is for calling The City by that foulest of epithets, “Frisco”.

In his spare time, Emperor Norton enjoys the symphony, walking around the city, Giants games, eating various ethnic foods, buying candy to hand out to children and giving the poor & homeless a helping hand.


Immortal (4 dice) As long as San Francisco exists, so will His Highness. (Eternally young)

Edgewise (4 dice) He can enter and leave the Edge at will, find any place in it and even invite or banish people (prominent Y shaped scars on both thumbs)

Charming (3 dice) As befits an emperor and the spirit of San Francisco, he is totally charming and easy to like. (has a totally winning smile)


Spirit of the City  (3 dice)  Being tied to the city has its downside. When the city hurts, so does he. Earthquakes are especially painful. (looks ill when there are large fires or other disasters)



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