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Curried Goat in a paper cup
This particular Senator has actually helped people from my particular agency and office before, so I have some hope I might carry some weight. I'm heavily redacting to remove identifying information, but all that matters is the gist:

Dear [Republican Senator] -

I work for [government entity]. We have a great team ... who have remained positive during this shutdown and have reached out to help each other whenever possible. With this snowstorm on the way, which looks as though it could make it extremely difficult to get to ... for my job, I'm planning to take a hotel room for two nights so that I won't let my team down. I'm lucky that my husband gets decently paid at his job so that I can do this. I know many of my coworkers are not so lucky as to be able to pay for a hotel room to report to a job which isn't paying them.

I'm quite unhappy that the Senate hasn't produced or voted upon any bill to resolve this impasse. Anyone who is essential should really never have been put in this situation of not getting paid. I can't believe there is any topic or disagreement that should ever be important enough that the government should be shut down.

I feel confident that you can build that coalition for the two-thirds vote that you need in the House and Senate and find a way around this. Not for me, but for all your constituents who need to be able to afford to get to their job.

--[me]

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09 January 2019 @ 08:27 pm
Camwyn's been working on "Life Lessons From Supervillians".

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04 January 2019 @ 11:12 am
I'm not sure I'm going to count books, anymore, because that brings up the question of whether short stories should 'count'. And we count whole Asimov's magazines, and that's just a bunch of short stories, and I think short stories I read should somehow be remembered, but... I don't know. I think I just won't keep a count.

"The Charwoman's Shadow" - Lord Dunsany
I was amazed at how enthralling I found this book, this time around. I tried to read it once before and somehow couldn't get into it - the language felt to archaic and stilted, and somehow this made me feel less invested in the characters. This time around I must just have been ready for it. The language was dense, yes, and a lot was packed into each sentence. I couldn't just skim it. Now I've decided that the language is not archaic - it's gorgeous and lush and funny.
"And all the while as he walked on the darkening hill-side doubts asked him questions and despair hinted replies, which might neither of them ever spoken at all if he had thought to bring some food with him in a satchel."

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29 December 2018 @ 05:05 pm
62) Azimov's Science Fiction magazine, November / December 2018

There was a lot I wasn't into, in this issue, but there was one story that was only two pages long - "What I Am" by William Ledbetter - which I loved. It's from the point of view of a sentient sweater which is re-purposed by it's young boy into an octopus-like diving robot. But its programming at the core is still basically that of a sweater, and it continues to do its best to give comfort. It ends very sweetly.

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28 December 2018 @ 09:00 am
The forecast is for it to be warmer, today, up to 40F, with snow and rain. Right now it's snow, coming down thick and fast. I sprinkled about 40 pounds of calcium chloride on the ice in our driveway, yesterday (and no, I'm not joking - I ran out and went out for another 50 pound bag and used most of that second bag as well) so I'm hoping that it might not be too bad under the snow. I'd hate for the guy who's been plowing to get stuck, especially since he's been doing it for free. I've sent him a $100 Home Depot gift certificate in a Christmas card, but that went out yesterday, so he hasn't seen it, yet. I had ought to go scrape the end of the driveway. I had also better get myself some food and water, as I've been awake for nearly 2 hours and haven't eaten. I wrote in my paper journal a bit, though, so it's not all bad.

Went out for lunch with Elven Girl, yesterday. We went to a place called Mother India, which was quite good. Buffet was $15, which seems a little steep, but everything tasted amazing. (I think my body might be having a delayed reaction to all the lentils I ate, though, seduced by how good they made them taste.)

And the restaurant is happily enough right across from a book/gift store, Silent City, run by someone EG knows - I think they're in roller derby together. The store features a lot of art and jewelry made by local people, including a couple of other roller derby team members (But I don't think their work is there only because they're on team - it's beautiful stuff. I was SO tempted by a wood-cut of a raven.) and some gorgeous gift cards 'assembled' by rural people from Maine who are so sick with AIDS/HIV that they can't work. I wanted ALL of those. But then I know I would hoard them and not send them out.

I say 'happily enough' because I suggested the restaurant not knowing the store was right there. It's a terrible location, though - it has only a tiny sign and you have to go down into a basement that smells of mildew. They'll be moving soon, they say. I hope the new location is more visible.

So that was a good time. EG is going a bit stir crazy with the government shut down - she has a job which has put her on furlough, so she doesn't get paid while the shutdown is ongoing (well, neither do I, but I have to work). She has roller derby and power lifting and she crochets and makes rugs, and now she's bored enough she's thinking about repainting her cellar stairs - this is a woman who doesn't like too much free time. Whereas me, I'd be like, delighted to stay home.

Well, I've just had a couple of phone calls regarding our windows that we ordered. They need to deliver them and there's a huge snow bank in front of the barn door that they would need to go in. Old snow, melted and refrozen several times. This is going to be fun. Why won't Eor let me get a flamethrower?

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20 December 2018 @ 02:58 pm
61) Asimov's Science Fiction, July/August 2018

I had incorrectly thought that I had finished this, but when I picked it up again realized I'd stopped partway through a story and forgotten about it. It was actually a very good issue, all in all. This was the one which redeemed Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Allen M. Steele in my eyes. I have never before liked a story by either of them, but this issue saw breakthroughs on that front in "Lieutenant Tightass" (Rusch) and "Starship Mountain" (Steele). Steele's unemotional and stilted style works well with noir.

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15 December 2018 @ 12:36 pm
Every time my screensaver comes one when I'm reading a fic it seems I get the same picture. It's supposed to be random, but the first one it always seems to choose 'randomly' is my great grandfather, an aged man, pitching hay. I wonder if it's his ghost telling me I should quit reading fic and get to work!

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14 December 2018 @ 09:59 am
59) "The Book of Ruth" - Jane Hamilton a link to the amazon reviews
This is the story of a miserable life begat by a miserable life. In the end I got the point of putting me, the reader, through all that misery. But I still wished she could have taken less time about it. Yes, there was some... hint of possibility of redemption at the end. I think it was unfair of publishers weekly to say that others seen by the main character are 'incompletely rendered.' Any time you choose to do a whole story from one viewpoint there's going to have to be incompleteness, because each of us only ever knows the inside of our own head, we can't know what goes on in other people's. And I think that's one of the points of this book. The main character gets hints of other people's complexity.

60) "The Chronicles of Clovis" - Saki
There's not enough Clovis in this. :)

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12 December 2018 @ 05:08 pm
I pull into my driveway thinking, "It's my Friday! I could have a drink!" and then read Dreamwidth for a while and decide, "Toast! I can have toast. Yes."

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08 December 2018 @ 04:40 pm
Not sure if I did something odd with my password or if I need to update Semagic, but it just gave me a 'connection closed.' Will try again, later. For now just noticed that I haven't updated for a few days and wanted to mention that Eor's improving all the time. We moved back to our upstairs bedroom two days ago. Nice to be back in our own bed, even if being downstairs was kind of fun. :) He'll start rehab next week, and intends to go back to work on Monday just for the morning meeting and say hello. They've been very accommodating, not asking him to set any deadlines of when he'll make it back, and letting him work from home as he's able. Did I mention his actual direct boss was there waiting at the hospital when Eor came out of the procedure? What a nice man.

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