April 8th, 2010

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Our internet is working now, but Verizon called and said their test of the line shows something wrong, so they're sending a technician out. He'll arrive sometime between 8 and 5. This is why we got rid of the cable. That's fine, Verizon, I have to go to the grocery store and the pharmacy, but I'll just sit here waiting on your convenience. Maybe this time a miracle will happen and you'll fix the thing that's caused our intermittent connection problems for well over a year.

One problem is that the techs who fix the phone lines and Verizon Online are two separate outfits, and Verizon Online doesn't see any reason to listen to anything the techs say or treat them any better than they treat the customers.

Also, Harry, our twenty year old cat who has kidney disease and arthritis, has been getting steadily worse. I've basically been giving him hospice care, but despite the pain medication I can tell he feels pretty bad. He's still eating, drinking, etc, but he's also doing things like walking a circuit of the house for a good part of the night. Often this circuit includes walking over me, knocking things off the dresser, and randomly deciding to try to kill one of the other cats, which can keep me awake most of the night. At his best, Harry was twenty pounds of pure muscle, and even with his weight loss he's still very strong and very fast. On the day he was diagnosed with kidney disease, I had dropped him off at the vet's for the day, and came back in the afternoon to find out he had been let out of his carrier at one point and they couldn't get him back in. He had seized control of one of the vet's two consulting rooms and was sitting in a corner of it, with a circle of chairs around him marking the minimum safe distance to approach. (When he was younger, one of his vets found out the hard way that Harry could force open a feral cat grabber.)

Anyway, it is somewhat easier with an animal that's dying after a long comfortable life. Our dog Spike died of cancer when he was barely middle-aged, and that was much harder to accept. It's still stressful, but I've had Harry since he was a kitten and at least he's had a good long run.

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threeringedmoon posted: A visualization of the scientific evidence for various health supplements

And here's a virtual tour of the steampunk house.