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So Many, So Many

News. Never a good idea. I just heard from my sister that Skip, our half-brother from my father's first marriage (all of which I found out about when I was 25) died last November. Born before the war, he must have been at least 80. He'd lost his wife a couple years ago, so I'm not astonished, but it's still sad.

Couple months ago we lost our last uncle -- Whit, my mother's older sister's widower -- to the virus. No one but my mother now left from that generation. I'm running out of relatives.
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Clang, Clang, Clang Went The Trolley

27 October 2020

Bang, bang, bang went the van.

Had another accident. I was trying to get out of the left lane, and someone in a van (who must have been in my blind spot, though I’d have sworn there was no-one there) hit me as he tried to get past me. Messed up that end of the bumper, and the fender too.

Just dropped the car off at a body shop. Dealt with the insurance, already got the check. (Five hundred less than their estimate – deductible. Car rental (Enterprise) delivered a rental vehicle to the shop. It’s part of the creeping future.

When we bought the ’16 Hyundai, I was surprised to find that there was no trunk keyhole. You have to hold down a button on your fob to open it – or, apparently, sit or move or think of something, as the trunk opens a lot by itself. Well, this car doesn’t even have an ignition lock. You just keep the fob in your pocket, and push a button on the dash. The shift lever is a dial. And whenever I stop, so does the engine. Might be a hybrid?

In any case, as usual, whenever I start to get a handle on the future, they move it on me. I’ve been reading about the future for nearly 60 years – and no one thought it would be this damn annoying.
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All In All, You Were All Just Bricks In The Wall

Damn. It doesn't look as though The Great Trumpkin will die of the virus. It would have been so fitting. And It would have solved so many problems.

So many people wanted him dead, Facebook and Twitter posted rules that you couldn't wish for his death. I don't have an account on any of these platform. But Iso wanted him dead.
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A Gaze Blank And Pitiless As The Sun

10 August 2020

Not to say that it’s been hot – but the other day we had medical appointments. They were very early, so I got Dunkies (that is to say, takeaway coffee) on the way down. What with one thing and another, we got back to the car something like two hours later. I checked the coffee – and it was still drinkably hot.

Ah, well. This place had good AC, and it’s only three months until the blasting heat begins to back off just a little.
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The Professor Has Had A Lot Of Rum

I used to know a nurse. She said once that if she knew the missiles were on their way,she would go stand on the roof of her building and wait to die. She could not stand the idea of trying to work the flood of shattered, dying patients.

Now that I live in Quincy, and the shipyard is long dead, I might survive the initial impacts. I'm not sure how I feel about that.
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The Professor Is Tenting On The Old Camp Ground

3 June 2020

I have excellent news.

Spangler is shipping.


You may remember that a couple years ago, to the horror of all right-thinking people, NECCO (New England Confectionery Company) abruptly closed and was sold off piecemeal. An absolute bidding frenzy was set off as people tried to acquire the dwindling supply of NECCO wafers, which date back to the 1840s, were popular during the Civil War (hence my title), and are fairly obviously the world’s best candy – possibly if you leave out Turkish Delight. (One lady called a wholesaler and offered to swap her car for their supply. They passed.)

I got my hands on several bags of the small rolls, enough to fill a biscuit tin and over, but that was it. As far as I knew, I would have to make maybe a hundred miniature rolls last thirty or forty years.

But in the business section of this morning’s paper was a small article. Spangler, the people who make Circus Peanuts, had bought the rights (and, I assume, the equipment) for NECCO wafers. It’s taken them a couple of years to set up the line, but they’re in production and they’re shipping.

They’ve even been smart enough not to mess with them. There are still cinnamon and clove wafers. I am so happy.
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The Professor Got Some Groceries, Some Peanut Butter, Should Last A Couple Of Days

31 May 2020

So. COVID, COVID, COVID. LiveJournal in a time of plague. Frankly, I haven’t been writing anything because first I’d have to explain to the future about this entire pandemic.

However, we’re still talking about the 1918 pandemic, so I’m going to assume memory.

Per my title, I’ve been singing Life During Wartime under my breath since this started. I also note that shopping has become very Soviet – you stand in line for a while, and when you get into the store you check to see what they actually have. Though slowly some supplies are coming back – yesterday there were still no canned vegetables or cooking oil, but they did have a little TP.

None of us have killed any of the other, even after being in the apartment for, what, two months now. This is good. Let us hope that this is stable.

In any case, off to do laundry. Still here. Still breathing. Keep well.
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Rage, Rage Against The Dying Of The Light

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin.

I did in fact woke from troubled dreams this morning. All that I remember is the dream I was having as I woke. I was talking to my father, who died when I was 30. You've been gone thirty-five years, I was explaining. We're the same age now.

We're the same age now.
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The Professor Is Not Ready To Use the Term "Hoarder" In Any Way

I just counted, and I have currently 151 shirts.

A few are well-worn, and there are a few frayed collars, but all of them are wearable and fit. Most of them fit...

If nothing else, I'm a fool for a bargain. And did you know that rich people send good quality shirts to Goodwill just because they tore one elbow out? That's where I get most of my Brooks Brothers, and for $5 apiece.

I guess it's lucky the Basement is not with us anymore.

151. I have to go and think about my life. Also, most of them need ironing, and I'd best get started.