Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Humbucker (Daily Photo 1.24.11)

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Since I finally seem to be getting over the flu and actually feel well enough to leave the house, I treated myself to a couple of new sets of guitar strings.

I still sound shit.

Bunny on a string (Daily Photo 1.23.11)

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This is Bunny On A String. It's one of those dangly cat toys, a lot like any other cat toy. For some reason, the cats can't get enough of it. They seem to understand it's a toy -- because when we're not playing BOAS, they stare at it and meow at us, as in, "Hey -- make it do that thing again."

They haven't enjoyed a toy this much since the laser pointer, which by the way I eventually came to realize is mental cruelty because a cat won't ever achieve satisfaction by catching the dot and they don't have the capacity to understand what laser light is, so you're basically just teasing them mercilessly without any hope of relief, lording your intellect over them by taunting them with a perpetually unwinnable game, causing incurable stress and alienation and doom.

Stairs (Daily Photo 1.22.11)

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With the flu, my lung capacity dropped way down. Moving around for more than a few minutes was exhausting, and I'd recover by bending over and coughing for a while.

In bed (Daily Photo 1.21.11)

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After nearly feeling almost slightly better there for a minute, I got worse.

Honeybear (Daily Photo 1.20.11)

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Yet more hot beverages.

Have a cuppa tea (Daily Photo 1.19.11)

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Spending most of what little time I can bear to be upright drinking hot beverages.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ice globules (Daily Photo 1.18.11)

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Was going to call this "frozen balls in a bush," but I don't want to give off the wrong idea.

Still sick (Daily Photo 1.17.11)

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Still recovering from stomach flu, except now Nik has it also. The dogs have been confused but doing what they can to help, which is mostly hanging out and hogging our blankets.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Stomach flu (Daily Photo 1.16.11)

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Got hit last night with a nasty bout of stomach flu. For the first time in years, I threw up -- a total of eight times. You haven't really hit bottom until you've vomited sushi out of your nose.

Still feeling pretty awful. Stanley's been doing what he can to help.

Fallen icicle (Daily 1.15.11)

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That's what this is.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tree in snow (Daily Photo 1.14.11)

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Cold out there.

Quartet of umbrellas (Daily Photo 1.13.11)

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Cleaning out a closet, I found we own 4 umbrellas. Four. Only two people live here.

We didn't look in that closet much before this.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gutter (Daily Photo 1.12.11)

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Spent much of the day shoveling.

Not the gutters, obviously. The ground.

I didn't take a picture of the ground because it was pretty much all white. That wouldn't be very interesting.

Not that this is, either.

I'm going now.

Sun salutation (Daily Photo 1.11.11)

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Doga? Or just lazy?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Invisible cat (Daily Photo 1.10.11)

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Big plans at IKEA (Daily Photo 1.9.11)

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We stopped by IKEA. We've got plans to get a few more pieces of furniture -- or rather, Nik has the plans. I can only hope to understand them one day. Halfway through our visit, I said, "You know what we could do, in addition to getting a new chair, we should get a new slipcover for the couch so it matches better." Like it was an exciting new idea. She said, "Of course. That's why we're here, remember?"

Click here: Nik took a shot of me trying to figure things out, and posted it to her blog. I look like I just stepped on a rake.

Evening snowfall (Daily Photo 1.8.11)

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Just as the last batch of snow was turning to a filthy crust, a whole new batch fell during the afternoon into the evening.   

It makes everything look a lot prettier -- even the neighbor's dilapidated garage with the holes in the roof.

Sauces (Daily Photo 1.7.11)

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Nik & I went shopping on Thayer Street in Providence for some running gear. On our way to the store, we were bewitched by the scent of curry and warm basmati rice from some Indian restaurant and were carried along inside, both of us hovering 6 inches off the ground like in a cartoon. I don't even remember the name of the restaurant or what I ate, except that it had lamb in it and I ate the entire thing in about 4 and a half minutes.

I was unsure what to do with these sauces pictured. As you may already know, sauces that arrive at my table frequently leave me stumped.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Walk (Daily Photo 1.6.11)

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On my way driving home from work, I met Nik & the dogs heading out for a walk. As soon as they saw me, they immediately wanted to get into the car and drive home too. They'd only walked about 0.3 miles. It doesn't matter so much to them -- dogs don't have a comprehension of time the way we do. It's all the same.

Speaking of time passage, I just realized two days ago marked the official one year anniversary of this Daily Photo thing. And speaking of not having a comprehension of time, it doesn't seem like it's been a year. It's gone pretty well so far, I think. I haven't missed a day, and some of the photos aren't too dull. I'll keep going and see where it ends up.

Watchdogs (Daily Photo 1.5.11)

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They're cute but deadly.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I'm a member of A Certain Special Secret Automotive Assistance Exclusive Membership Program (Daily Photo 1.4.11)

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Had my car fixed, because as you know it shit the bed recently. I enjoy that phrase: "shit the bed." It conveys not only the idea that some fundamental process broke down, but the car was embarrassed by it.

So anyway, the car was stranded about an hour from my house in the office parking lot. Luckily, I happen to be a member of A Certain Secret Society For People Who Need Automobile Assistance. It's called AAA -- you've probably heard famous people mention it and wondered what it was. That's right: I'm one of them. It's pretty exclusive. You think just anybody can call up a 1-800 number and say, "I'm stuck in such-and-such-a-place, come get me"? Uh-uh, my friend. They hang up on your ass. But people like me, they say, "Yessir, right away sir," and within two hours or so my Special Membership Friends are on their way over with a tow truck.  Oh yes -- a tow truck. I don't even have to push my car to the mechanic like the rest of you people. They take it there for me. Perks!

Like I say, this treatment is strictly a members-only type deal, and to be a member that takes money. Gotta be flash with the cash, my friend. But once you're in, you're connected.  It's special this and special that. I don't know how the rest of you do it --  but my car gets stuck somewhere, I pick up a phone, boom -- it's taken care of. I know people.

White-glove car service is just the frosting on this cake. I have insider connections that can save me 10 dollars American on a 4-pack of movie tickets to Showcase Cinemas. I'm talking matinees, evening shows, Fridays, Saturdays, first weekends, the latest blockbusters -- covered. I've been at hotels across these United States where, when I check in, they ask with a kind of sly look if I'm in any Special Exclusive Membership Programs, and when I flash the card (they give you a card, by the way, I totally have a card that I carry around with me at all times) just like that they knock 10% off the bill. Just like that. You'd think I was some kind of big-shot, and you'd be correct, and also there's discounted appetizers and even entrees at select restaurants.

I don't know if I could get you in. It's kind of a big deal, and I know they like to keep it tight. I'd have to ask.

But if you need to be hooked up with a TripTik, let me know and I'll call in a few favors.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Bunnyrabbit (Daily Photo 1.3.11)

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Nik & I paid the bunnyrabbits and guinea pigs a visit while buying dog food. We'd both like to have multiple of each running around the house for the purpose of frolicking merrily and spreading cuteness and fluff hither and yon, except for a few hurdles difficult if not impossible to overcome: (1) bunnyrabbits like to chew electrical wires and kill themselves, and with two technophiles living here who will use at any given time three laptops and two cameras and two external drives and TVs and space heaters and lamps, there are vipers' nests of important and (to a bunnyrabbit) potentially fatal electrical wires strewn about the floor; (2) the dogs would eat them. So instead we say hello and leave them in the safer hands of the pet store where they still don't get to frolic merrily but at least survive.

"I'd call that one Hal," Nik said about a cowlicked brown and white guinea pig. Then, looking at the other animals, she said, "I'd call all of them Hal."

She's doing Daily Photo entries, too, by the way. See them on her blog here.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

New year, new notebook (Daily Photo 1.2.11)

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New Moleskine, 365-day calendar version.

2011 (Daily Photo 1.1.11)

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I'm closing in on one full year of the Daily Photo thing. A couple of habits I've noticed: (1) It seems like I take pictures of things or places more often than pictures of people, and straightforward pictures of people very rarely. I don't know why. (2) I decided early on to post pictures of myself here rarely. I know why: I'm an uninteresting subject. So I thought on New Year's Day I should take a straightforward picture of a person -- myself, mainly to have a record of what I looked like. Now let's not do this again until 1.1.12.

First Night (Daily Photo 12.31.10)

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Exactly 10 years ago, Nik & I went to First Night Boston, and somewhere on Boylston Street around Hereford or Gloucester I gave her an engagement ring. This year, I luckily got New Year's Eve off from work, so we went to First Night again. 

We saw a Shakespeare-themed concert (good), two stand-up comics (good), a few minutes of improv (terrible), and a short opera by Antonio Salieri (we both still don't like opera).  And as with any special occasion, there was sushi. Nik washed down the raw fish with a peppermint mojito -- an interesting mix of flavors.

We also spent some time getting amused by drunks.

Happy new year to you.
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