I get to imprison Miss Awesome in her cat carrier in a little bit… Amethyst thinks she might have some kind of kitty cat urinary tract malady and I’m not certain that she doesn’t (how could I be?) so the Awesome is going off to the vet in the morning. We have to keep her away from the litter box so she might have a full bladder when she gets there, and also keep her from urinating somewhere else in the house, so into the box she goes. Fortunately, she doesn’t hate the Awesome Box. I put it on the living room floor and she walked right in, and was in it again a few minutes ago when she followed me upstairs just because following me around is the Autumn thing to do.
My great hope is that she’s okay, or soon will be. I’m insanely attached to my Awesome. She’s not showing any signs of discomfort that I can see, but as with human children there’s medical attention provided where there’s a question and there is a question. I’m going to feel like a real turd when I close that door on her carrier — but if she doesn’t whine and bitch so much that I can’t sleep I’ll have her, inside her Awesome Box, on the bed with me until Amethyst takes her away in the morning.
It looks like winter has come to Dinkytown. We’ve only had two snowstorms so far but there are more in the forecast. Yay! I like summertime just fine, but I like wintertime, too.
If you ever get the chance to buy Falken tires, don’t. I put a set on my truck about 24,000 miles ago, it cost me $700 to drive away with them, and they were junk before they came off on Friday. $700 for 24,000 miles is a steal — for the tire dealer. There are now four new Michelins on there. The tires we just bought are said to last 70,000 miles and if they do they’ll be on the truck for ten years or more unless we drive a lot more than we have since buying the thing.
The saga of the bluetooth car kit ended with a nicely functional warranty replacement being installed and working great. Kudos to AAMP Of America for that, even if they did make me jump through hoops like a trained dog to get it.
I’ve mentioned a client I’ve got who’s presented me with just one damned crisis after another since coming on board in May… As soon as that account is squared that client is getting drop kicked over the fence to become someone else’s problem. The CEO isn’t, strictly speaking, an asshole client, as he’s not hostile, but he’s got crisis after crisis and I’ve come to hate hearing from him because of it. For the big crisis back in August I believed that the only way to get paid was to offer him a pretty deep discount, and even with it he said to me, “I just don’t have that kind of money lying around”. What, it’s rightly my problem that his business isn’t self-sustaining? I ended up accepting his offer of an installment payment plan but didn’t like doing it, and just before his last installment came along he racked up another grand in charges that I’m wondering if I’ll see before hassling him about it. As far as I’m concerned it’s not my problem if his business fails if he doesn’t owe me anything when it happens. I put the time in as soon as he asked for it, and if he can’t pay me as soon as I ask for that, fuck him. Unreciprocated loyalty is always misplaced.
Oh, yeah, speaking of unreciprocated loyalty, it was Veterans Day yesterday. I read a blog earlier in which the author stated that whether a given conflict is right or wrong Veterans Day is not the day to talk about it, is instead the day to honor those who’ve served. So much for the Nuremberg Trials, Geneva Convention, and (not so common) human decency. Anyone who wants to be pissed off about my saying so better have a DD-214 and an unqualified honorable discharge with his or her name on it — I do. It ain’t about whether or not you served, but about who and what you served, that makes it worthy of celebration. Otherwise we might as well call it William Calley, Jr. Day.
Time for me to put Miss Awesome in the Awesome Box and feel like a turd for doing it. Be well, friends and neighbors!