Sep. 9th, 2017

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Last night, I was making a frozen pizza when the downstairs smoke alarm went off. It was a really obnoxious noise, of course, and I ran around finding a broom to shut the thing off. Well, apparently it traumatized Mimi because she refused to go downstairs after that, even when I fed her. Well, she's a fairly young cat (5) and must have really keen hearing, so I bet that it was painful to her. Harlee, on the other hand, slept though the whole thing. She's old (16), so maybe she's lost some hearing. She can hear though because she'll come when called. Anyway, I wish that there was a way to preemptively shut the smoke alarm off. By the way, the pizza was good.

I'm reading a really good book about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It's called The Age of Cryptocurrency by Vigna and Casey. They're a couple of Wall Street Journal reporters, so they aren't some wild-eyed anarchists. Cryptocurrency has some societal ramifications that I hadn't thought of. The intro has a story about a young woman in Afghanistan who was blogging for a film site. The people running the project couldn't pay the women directly because only men can have bank accounts in Afghanistan. (Assholes.) So they paid them in bitcoin, and set up a site where they could exchange bitcoins for Amazon gift cards. The young woman bought herself a laptop, and it was a revelation to her. I highly recommend the book.

I've been having fun looking at items for my drop-ship cat supplies store. The person who wrote the book about it said to pick something that you're really into because it will keep you motivated. I won't pick any toys with small bells, however, because I don't want to be responsible for someone's cat choking on one. There is something with bristles that cats can rub against to self-groom. People seem to be interested in it, but I'm not sure if it's safe or not. I might order one to look it over.

I decided to stay home today and catch up on some stuff. I actually have an urge to clean, so I don't want to waste it! If I get myself together early enough, I have a weight bench/slant board that I tried to sell, but no one was interested. I need to haul the thing over to the thrift shop and get it out of my living room.
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The New York Times showed a drone flight over Miami Beach. It looks like a scene from the film On the Beach--no people.

Apparently the caretakers for the Hemingway House in Key West didn't evacuate. They brought the cats inside and are riding it out. I hope that they don't get cut off. There are a LOT of bridges between Key West and mainland Florida. (Great drive, by the way.)

The hurricane is going up the west coast of Florida, including the area (Tampa Bay area, Clearwater) where I'm considering retiring. Good thing that I'm not going to retire any time soon.

Good luck Florida.

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Sep. 9th, 2017 10:52 pm
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Now Mom's collapsing. She went to sleep after we talked last night, woke up, went back to sleep, woke up, went back to sleep, and took a nap in the afternoon. She said that she didn't even do laundry yet. I'm glad that she's getting some rest. She hopes to pick up her daily life again tomorrow.

Zara cracked me up earlier. I was eating a corn dog, and she came over and stood on her hind legs with her front paws on my lap. I thought, "How cute. She wants to be near mommy." Then I finished my corn dog, and she promptly went away. All right then :) I dont know why she likes corn dogs. She's usually into chicken, and less into other foods.

I can't stop yawning. I think that I'll go to bed early and get up early. I want to dye my hair before going to work. I also want to clean the bathroom.

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