July Ramblings

    The Walkathon went okay. 3 years in a row now, the marshals get the same color t-shirt (green). Only difference is the date on it. They get a special from someone? Went well, had my usual good time. Just had to go back to Lynn, eat, grab a bit of sleep, and then head back to work in Boston, to be there by 11pm to start my shift.

    Paranormal Expo–turnout was smaller than we hoped, but our co-hosts want to do it again in 2015, around Halloween. Figure the people heading for Salem might want to stop by.

    Memorial Day service was short but decent. I led the Pledge of Allegiance. Glad I remembered it; I thought I’d flub it.

    Summer school–shutting down English until the fall but continuing algebra, because once I get rolling on figuring things out, I don’t like to stop. Got to get in knot practice on a weekend.

    MMA (as in definite mixed, with boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and kenpo)–continuing my practice. Doug tells me the boxing drills are to work on strengthening my shoulder. Need to start learning foot movements; should start with shadow boxing to work on it. Want to learn 1 or 2 more punches, just to mix it up.

    Still no idea of when Doug will think I’ve proven my dedication enough to have earned my white belt. Just to get permission to start learning?

    Still no learner’s permit. Need $ to apply, and it’s short; had to hit the savings to get $ for utilities and to eat at work.

    Okay, waiting for AoS to start Season 2. Thoughts on the S1 finale? Funny, fast, action-filled, and I’m still pissed at Fury. Yes, it was nice of him to name Coulson ‘Director’ and to give him the just-about-impossible job of rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D., but look what he did! Phil told him never to use the T.A.H.I.T.I. drug and procedure on anyone ever again. Since Phil didn’t resign, Nick must’ve assured him that he wouldn’t do it. Fury lies!!!! He did it to Phil, and then made him forget about it and everything to do with the project, including his being the project director. Now we know why Phil said “Please let me die!” Yes, the pain, the torment was excruciating, but Phil knew about the side effects, the mental deterioration, and he wanted no part of that. Rather die sane than live crazy. Doesn’t look like he gets his wish. Explains why Phil was given his own plane, so Melinda May could watch him for ill effects, and no one but his team would be harmed if things went south.

Ex-agent Hill, ex-deputy director, why didn’t she succeed Fury? Isn’t that the way it usually goes? Fury said Coulson was the only person he trusted with the rebuild. Does he know that Hill betrayed his and Coulson’s trust by giving up Providence Base and Coulson’s team to the US military (on Canadian soil, yet, where they don’t have jurisdiction)? Only reason she helped Phil is because she was embarrassed to learn someone she vetted was a traitor. Who does Fury trust? Coulson without a doubt (Just what is the link between these 2? Got to be more than mentor and protégé. What was it about Coulson that had Fury recruit him right out of high school? So, no college or military training?), May because she’s got Phil’s back (Okay, what’s their history?), Steve Rogers because he’s the captain and Phil’s hero, maybe Romanov?

Moving on!


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May ramblings

    Wow! I haven’t been here since January? Self, no excuses! *hangs head*  Okay, what’s happening? Today, there’s the 46th annual Project Bread Walk for Hunger here in Boston. I’ll be a stationary marshal again after I get out of work. The warm time of year doesn’t come until we do the Walk.

    Later on this month, like on the 17th, the Friends of High Rock Reservation are co-hosting the Sin City Paranormal Expo in Lynn. Come on, come all! It’s to benefit the Stone Cottage, a historic landmark we hope to save. The week after, the Saturday before Memorial Day, we have the Memorial Day service in High Rock Park. Busy month.

    Personally, school has been slow this semester, with not a whole lot accomplished. A lazy semester, not good. I’ll try to make up for it in English and math this summer, the other academics this fall. Get as much done in the remaining month and a half until the semester ends.  

    Training in boxing (doing drills on the Y’s heavy bag, just jabs so far), reviewing my kenpo (think I’ve got the yellow belt forms and techniques down right now. God, it’s been so long!), and working on the 2 Brazilian jiu jitsu (bjj) techniques friend Doug Judge (says he’s a brown belt in bjj) gave me, all to earn the right to wear the white belt and call myself a student of bjj. I also have to look over a certain fight video and find some techniques to talk about.

    Somewhere along the way this month, I’ve got to get my learner’s permit, so friend Tony Rojas can teach me to drive.  And I’m going nuts wondering what shocks “Agents of Shield” is going to show us in the last 2 episodes this season. Fury’s got some explaining to do! Yes, I’m a fan of Clark Gregg; I’m even watching the playoffs of Entertainment League basketball (final is today) because he plays for the New York team. Is there anything he can’t do? *head shaking*

    Busy month! 


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New year

Calender, not school. Time to resolve, and stick to it, lose the weight by ramping up the exercise (in house if we get these ____________ noreasters, keeping me out of the gym) and eating clean, as in no junk.Do it and lose it! How (“Cause we can resist anything but temptation! :D)? Think of your hero/ role model, fix on him/her. What would s/he do? Now, do it.

Lots of papers to write this semester. Figure on Fenway in April or May for the outsider field trip.

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catching up and not

November now. School’s well in, but  I feel like I’ve accomplished little. Going to need to rethink my classes. Maybe 1 science class a week, done twice. Bio in 1 week, physics the next week, and then chem the next, and back to bio in week 4; alternate weeks with g&c and lit, and hist/geog.

              M       T    W    TH   F

sci         x                        x

math                x                   x

fr         x                         x

eng                        x

soc                 x              x

Also ramp up the PT and diet (NOT food choices!). MoS at least once a month; use the membership (it costed enough). Reminder–possum paper due the end of the semester.

Be seeing the Floridians soon. Bliz’ll be ticked, but she’ll be okay. Lots of toys to take it out on.

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That’s what you are when you wander about after eating. Had time to kill before the show, so I thought I’d go see my old stomping grounds, what used to be Verizon’s local headquarters. It’s changed, complete with not-necessarily-visitor-friendly security guards, unlike us when we had tourists visiting all the time. No more historical mural, either, 3 years after the fact.  Wandering streets I used to travel every day, getting lost, seeing new sight, and finally finding my way back. One hour to show time.

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At the park

A fine fall Tuesday, if today was fall. 60s for highs, with the usual average supposed to be around 72; not today. Like the summer (dog days at he end of June into July, cool days in mid-August), it’s 6 weeks early. New England’s infamous wait-a-minute weather is definitely working overtime. I’m relaxing in Boston’s Public Garden, vegging by the pond, watching the geese and ducks, the 2 swans (Castor and Pollux?), and the ferocious Boston squirrels, and enjoying the last rays of sunlight. After some food, it’s on to the theater to see “Potted Potter.”

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and here we go!

School started Tuesday, so we’re back to normal. Lots of internet research and activities to do for classes. I’ll have to bring my computer to the library. Now, I just have to remember how to log on to their printer.

Weather forecast says good for Tuesday, so I’ll figure on Georges Island for then. If it goes south, I’ll go to the MoS. Monday will be busy; it’s my biggest school day with 3 classes, Chemistry, french, and grammar and composition. Finally feeling like things are back to normal, or what passes for it.

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