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May 28th, 2019


09:46 pm - A Lesson I'm Still Learning.
You only get out of life what you put into it. If you want more, you must look for ways to give more. There's a prayer in A Course in Miracles that states

Where would you have me go?
What would you have me do?
What would you have me say, and to whom?


And, as my mom would say "Simple, but not easy." At least over the past few days, I've been trying to focus more on what I can give in any moment rather than what I can get out of it. Because let's face it. Nobody gets what they want all the time. So you can't control that. But you can control what you give, or don't give.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

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08:28 pm - So yeah.
I did finally get those three years of tax returns amended and printed out today. All that's left to do is for the mate to sign and date them, shove a check for $227 to the state for 2018 into one(????), and send them off. I skipped sending the state 2016 and 2017 since as far as they're concerned, nothing changed.

In other news, our truck will be in the shop an extra day, so tomorrow is officially the day we get it back, and load 'er up, for heading out on Thursday. The mate and I have been running through the getting the truck ready list, and a good portion of it is either done, or a good way through the process of finishing up. What's left doesn't take all that long. Bedding and rugs will be ready by tomorrow morning. The rugs are simply drying right now. I rinsed out the cooler, and that's all that was really necessary.

Speaking of the truck, we put her in for a buttload of work this time, and got some good news about it.

  • Shocks, replaced as necessary.

  • Front differential replaced. AUGH, but necessary.

  • Leveling valve was faulty, so replaced. That little bastard probably contributed mightily to a lot of other parts failing, since we were riding on deflated airbags.

  • Cabin fan, replaced it looks like.

  • Drive lines, replaced. They did have over 1,000,000 miles on them after all.

  • Turns out the rubber gasket on the carrier bearing had shifted, so it didn't need to be replaced, just put back. So yay.


I'm sure the bills still gonna be quite spendy. Seems like the front differential alone was about $6000 last time. Now for what I need to do to it when we get it back.

  • Replace the fog lights with LED lamps.

  • Replace the drivers side headlight cup. The adjusting threading broke when someone backed into it a couple of Thanksgivings ago. Not to mention that ugly scratch.

  • Of course, clean the Fleet Air Filter and put back.

  • If possible, fill in the chip on the passenger's windshield.

  • There was more to do, but the parts won't arrive until after we leave, so they'll have to wait till next time.


Next time

  • Spiral wrap the air and pigtail electrical line to prevent rubbing. Right now it's all wire tied together, which will work for now, but looks kind ugly.

  • Replace the low beams with LED bulbs. If they work well, order the high beams and replace those too.

Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

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May 10th, 2019


03:13 pm - Oh Joy. Here comes 1040X for three different years now.
It seems I declared income on Schedule C wrong for the past three years. So it'll be time to break out Turbotax for those years(2016, 2017, 2018), and go to forms, to fill out a 1040X. I needed to split the Sched C income between the mate and myself, as well as fill out separate Sched SE's for both of us. Our Social Security income is screwed up because of this. So I need to fix it, and fix it fast.
Current Location: Biggs Junction, OR
Current Mood: busybusy
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May 1st, 2019


05:36 am - An entire month of bare metal
Well, yikes. It's been a month already since my last update? Too long, my friends, too long. Anyway, I'm sitting here at the shop since I discovered last night the truck broke a leaf spring on the front suspension. I've already emailed dispatch letting them know of our delay, since it won't be for about another four hours till they can get us in.

Hoo boy. And not only that, when we get home it looks like we're gonna need about the entire drive train replaced...again! I think it's the main drive line eating the surrounding parts, and we've already replaced just about everything surrounding it, including the front differential, which is leaking and slowly tearing itself apart once more. I tried calling the shop at home yesterday, but got no answer, so I'll try again today.

I'm still interested in trying to get FreeBSD installed as a viable desktop system. I'm considering using the KDE desktop, since some of GNOME's tools don't seem to work quite as advertised. And I'm still working on finding a good telnet client. I might try Tinyfugue, if I have to compile something.
Current Location: Lincoln, NE
Current Mood: busybusy

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April 1st, 2019


02:39 pm - Going bare metal install with FreeBSD
So, I'm trying once again to get a working desktop version of FreeBSD installed. There's several additional steps to consider, and one absolutely must be comfortable with only a command line interface, no GUI here, at least not at first. I've decided on GNOME for the GUI after installing Xorg, since I'm a bit more familiar with it, and Ubuntu's officially retreated from Unity and made GNOME the default desktop for 18.04. Afterwards I still installed Unity and Lightdm for a relatively seamless user experience, but still I suppose at some point we'll still be forced to use GNOME and support for Unity will go away.

One big hurdle I just overcame today was getting the wireless up and running on this old HP Elitebook. wpa_supplicant.conf was being a real bear for some reason, and the network entries have to be in there just...so. But I finally did get in configured.

Also one other hurdle is that this laptop has a pushbutton to toggle the wireless on and off. For a long time the light on it was yellow, meaning even with the ethernet cable unplugged, it wasn't working. Seems like an ifconfig wlan0 up did the trick? Hard to tell. But after enough futzing, I did get it to connect to the phone's hotspot(which is gonna be BIG soon), get an IP address from DHCP, and be able to surf from there.

Other smaller hurdles remain. Octopkg, the package manager for GNOME isn't working correctly, so I'm forced to use pkg after installing sudo and configuring it for everyone in the sudo group to work. Yay. Sound for some reason isn't working either. Seems like it just needs a way to be brought up, and I don't know how.

One nice point is that when I installed LibreOffice, it automatically added in Base, so I didn't have to install that additionally. There's still more to go, and I haven't really started using it AS a desktop machine, rather than something to experiment on, but it's coming along to that point. Maybe I'll buy a bigger notebook hard drive and make it dual boot between Ubuntu and FreeBSD for a while. Who knows.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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March 30th, 2019


11:15 am - And while I'm packing
It must be turning over the half century mark. My music listening tastes have started going towards Norse, or at least groups trying to recapture that particular spirit, such as Heilung, Skald, Wardruna, and more.

Wish I could say more, but I've still got a truck to pack up, and better get to it.

Well, though as it turns out we may not leave until Tuesday, so that eases off some pressure. We really won't know till Monday when we get in contact with our dedicated dispatcher and see what works best for them. But in the meantime it never hurts to get as much packed as possible, of which there's still plenty to do that way.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

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09:20 am - And now time to pick it up and shove it in.
Meaning it's time to pack up the truck and get ready to head on out tomorrow. I keep a list on kanbanflow of what to do, and some of it needs editing, but that's just how it goes.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

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March 21st, 2019


01:43 pm - So, it's done.
I completed version 1.0 of the Samhain ritual yesterday. Talk about draining. Now I'm not gonna share it right away. It'll probably undergo a couple of revisions before I feel it's sharable. But at least it's done, and only three months later than planned. It was also emotionally draining to write.

And...I'm on my way home after this unloading. I've been gone for about five weeks. Whew. That's enough.
Current Location: Pasco, WA
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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March 2nd, 2019


12:03 pm - Oh Lord, stuck in old Lodi again?
I see my last entry was made from Ontario, OR. And here I am now about 55 miles away in Boise, ID. Well, to be honest I have been kind of stuck in the Pacific NW, trying to get OUT.

Business-wise, we lost money in February, and it was as bad as 2016. Thankfully we did have reserves because sooner or later you will have months like this. March so far is shaping up to be much better, even if my next load doesn't pick up till Tuesday 3/5.

It's funny. I did get that last trailer inspected at the Boise TA. Now here I am again at the Boise TA, in line to get this trailer inspected as well. It's not as bad as the last one. It's less than a month behind schedule.

So today's lesson in A Course In Miracles really struck home, since I used it in conjunction with drawing runes. I got the bag back out, which you know I should do more often. This morning I drew Fehu, though for meditation I searched around and took out Sowelu, which more than any of the others seems to be my personal rune.

The lesson for today is "I am the Light of the World", and Sowelu indeed tells about that divine light. To draw it from its source and then send it out into the world. Although that does bring up an odd question. If this world of the senses is really naught but illusion, then why bother sending light out into it? Now though I'm starting to believe it's not so much for the outer world that this benefits, but the inner one.
Current Location: Boise, ID
Current Mood: blissful
Current Music: The Sweet - "Love Is Like Oxygen"

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February 14th, 2019


08:04 pm - Happy V Day!
And for that day, as something special I ran the truck over about 30 miles of ice. I finally made it out of the Portland area, which I had sat in for three days due to chain laws and accidents on i84 both Tuesday and Wednesday. Which reminds me. I need to start looking for loads outta here picking up around Saturday or so. Tomorrow I deliver, and then do a buncha other stuff.

  • Get this trailer in for an overdue inspection.

  • Hopefully pick up a hood mirror mount at a nearby Rush Truck Centers.

  • Get the truck washed.

  • Groceries.

  • Maybe see if there's somewhere nearby I can grab a couple of hard drive enclosures too.

Current Location: Ontario, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

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February 9th, 2019


10:54 pm - All in all
A fairly accomplished time at home. Just about everything on the business list got done. Really, even the forms for converting our business from a simple partnership to an LLC are ready to be mailed off, along with a $100 payment. And since we need to renew come late March anyway...bam, perfect timing that way.

For the home front, got the faucet and the stove burner fixed/replaced.

Now the snow's settled in, and getting out of her tomorrow could prove an adventure, but after crawling through WY in the wind over potentially icy roads, no biggie there now. Jeez.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: typing fingers

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February 7th, 2019


11:35 pm - I've got your fricking tax cut right here!
Okay. More or less the final numbers have been entered into Turbotax. I went back through, corrected mistakes, updated figures...and now we owe $2765 to the feds. That's not the part that cheeses me off though.

Turbotax 2018 has a lovely little two year comparison report it's showing me right now, including total income, deductions, taxable income, and taxes owed. Now from 2017 to 2018 our taxable income basically doubled, which is a good thing, because it means we made more money, although business-wise our revenue really only went up by 50 percent, so that's suspicious right there.

Now the real kicker. The federal taxes we owed TRIPLED from the previous year. Yeah, nice cut there guys! More like a kick in the nuts. We can still claim per diem, but now it's a deduction from income, not from taxes owed which is a huge difference.

Thank the gods we're not company drivers, for they lost that deduction altogether, for a REAL kick in the shorts, even with the increase in the standard deduction.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: angryangry

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08:57 pm - Slogging along
I closed out January today at least. So that's something. In fact on the business end pretty much everything is done, except actually setting up the LLC. I found Publication 3402, which states that an LLC can be taxed as a simple partnership, which is what we're doing now. Though if I send in uh, form uhhhh...what's that number again? Yeah. Form 2553 the LLC will then be taxed the same as an S corporation. Still I think for tax purposes we should eventually wind up with a full on S corp. I'm thinking of visiting the local chamber of commerce to investigate this further.

But tomorrow looks more like more work on the home front, specifically the dripping sink. We're probably best off just replacing the damn thing, but man they left NO room to work underneath. It's almost like I'd have to take the whole flipping sink out just to replace that faucet. URK.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: nervousnervous

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February 6th, 2019


12:14 pm - One way to find out.
This whole Trump tax bill has me curious about whether I actually fared better or worse. So this idea hit me. Plug 2017's numbers into 2018 Turbotax and see what happens. My suspicion is I'd wind up owing more since Per Diem no longer counts as a deduction. But let's wait for the final verdict on that one. I mean, I still have all those numbers, and it's not too hard to plug them right back in.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy
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11:59 am - Further Progress
Okay, I figured out to set up an LLC within Oregon, we'd just need to send in two forms, one to dissolve the DBA that we're currently doing business under, and one to file for the new LLC. However I need to figure out tax filings, schedules, and whatnot for an LLC before I go and sign up. I figure irs.gov would be the place to find such info, and if not, then oregon.gov. I doubt it's that much more complicated, since we have no employees at this time.

Also I've booked the first load, and called about a second, which I'm sort of nervous about since the first load delivers to ID, which isn't a bustling hub of outgoing freight, so any load going out of there is pretty much a good load. I might try calling them again in about an hour if I get no answer to the voicemail I left.

Also in the meantime, I'm starting to enter final figures into the taxes. I updated the revenue figure, which took us from a $197 refund to owning nearly $1200. But I'm not done yet, so I'm expecting that figure to go lower. We did have more than that put back in the tax fund, so if we do wind up owing, we shouldn't have to dip into anything else.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

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February 4th, 2019


01:48 pm - That's one piece down.
I went back through Profit Gauges and found some discrepancies.

  • Two settlements hadn't even been entered. So I got them in.

  • Reimbursements had to be accounted for as such. Landstar lists them as refunds.

  • Things deducted out of the income section needed to be accounted for as such. So I updated those when needed.


After all that updating, Our 1099-MISC and Profit Gauges agree to the penny. So THAT much is good. Now I just have to get the updated figures into Turbotax.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

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February 3rd, 2019


09:29 pm - And this is not to mention the household items.
Household tasks.

  • Repair or replace the kitchen faucet. This is tricky since I've looked underneath, and there's not much clearance.

  • Replace one burner on the kitchen electric stove.

  • Order some LED replacement bulbs for the bathroom light. The halogen 100W ones burn out faster then you can blink your eye.

  • The agitator to the washing machine isn't working. Fix that as well.

  • Have the sewer outlet from the house rerouted since it got clogged by roots last year. Estimated cost of movement is $3000.


So, yeah.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: overworked

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February 2nd, 2019


03:55 pm - New year, new...stuff
Well after nearly a two month hiatus again, our faithful(*snort*) dragon is back at it once again. Most of it's been taken up by solo driving across country of course. Though lucky for me, I seemed to dodge the snow that gripped most of the country, and got home right just before the record cold swept through the upper Midwest US. I had to mush through some heavy winds in WY(40+mph gusts), or else I would have sat the whole weekend waiting on 60mph winds to die down sometime last Monday 1/28, the day I delivered my last load before going home. Neat. Never actually delivered to an oil refinery before, so you can imagine the security measures put in place to avoid a big BOOM.

Today I got to involve myself in set creation for a play that my mate will have a singing/dancing part in, "The Addams Family" musical. So it'll be an extra measure of satisfaction knowing part of that set I had a hand in creating.

Now that I'm home, there's some firsts to take care of this week.

  • Close out January. The bank statement won't be in till Monday I'm guessing, so that's the earliest I can take care of that.

  • Call the Oregon Secretary of State's office, because we need to change our operation from a simple partnership to an official LLC, and from there convert it to an S corporation for tax savings purposes. The LLC part probably isn't that hard I would bet, since we already have our DBA and our Tax ID number. It's just a matter of conversion, or at least I hope the conversion is simple.

  • Call up Landstar, and dispute the amount they put down on our 1099-MISC. So far, adding up all my settlements together totals about $6000 less than what they put down. So I'm not sure where the discrepancy is coming from. It's not reimbursements. We don't have any.

  • Of course, start booking loads for when I got back out again, starting sometime most likely 2-11, and finishing towards the end of March.


My mate doesn't want me running across WY again at this time of year. I could run regional, but I'd wind up making a lot less if I did. And frankly, I only did so twice last time out. Once going out. Once coming back, which is what I'd do again.

So how are all of you out there? Doing well I hope.

Oh! And a bit of interesting sports news. I've started listening to the Flyers again, just in time for them to start a seven game win streak.

Maybe I'm a jinx for one team, and good luck for another? Weird.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: The sound of two hands typing.

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December 11th, 2018


03:59 pm - In which our hero achieves the nerd award successfully create a network bridge in Ubuntu.
So yeah. On 12/5 Frontier came over and upgraded our internet service from 15/5M to...whatever it is now. Hang on. Huh. It hasn't been updated on their site yet. Ah well.

The upshot of this little bugaboo is that the internet router is physically located on the other side of the house. This room has(or had, more on that in a moment), two desktops with NO wifi capability. And I doubt I could run less than a 100ft CAT5 cable from one end of the house to the other. So what to do?

First attempt was to try and reconfigure the old router into a repeater, which after searching around and finally getting to log into its control panel, I found I had no option for. Boo! So it's now a fancy paperweight. In fact I have two of them now, though I could keep this one around in case the other one fails. In fact, I should log into it as well and change the network name and password. It's way too klunky to remember at all.

So...aha! I have this old C-Crane wifi antenna, which I plugged into a USB port on the print server. In fact, theonly remaining port. Oy. I knew Ubuntu would recognize it, since I used it that way before. Brought it up, and BAM! Recognized instantly and was able to log on to the wifi router. Good, so I got one desktop going. Now the other one. Which meant setting up the ethernet port as a bridge.

Ubuntu does have a way to do this under Editing connections. This is the order I did it in.

  1. Open edit connections by left clicking on the network icon, and clicking on Edit connections.

  2. Once that little window is up, click on the ethernet connection, and delete it. Here it's clicking on the minus sign in the lower left corner, and confirming that's what needs to be done.

  3. Right next to it, click the plus sign, which is to add a new connection.

  4. From the pop up window, select Bridge then click create.

  5. When editing the bridge comes up, Click on ADD for bridged connections, then Ethernet for type.

  6. On the Device drop down list, select the ethernet interface to use. It will have both the name and MAC address listed. Click Save.

  7. select the IPV4 Settings tab, and select "Shared to other computers" for Method. This is an important detail that's NOT documented anywhere I saw. Again, click Save.

  8. Now it should be set up.


So that was fun. Now it's back to getting that media box ready to go. I have a DVD drive and a wireless card ready for it, but haven't installed them yet. That's the next step.

In other news, there's still plenty else to do.

  • Work on this year's Xmas card. That's tomorrow.

  • Close out November.

  • Finish epoxying Isis back together. All she needs are the small pieces I found. That will mean the end of ALL epoxying till something else gets broken.

  • Updating, installing, yadda yadda yadda.

  • Finish up laundry for truck.

  • Pack truck, yadda yadda yadda


I'm hoping to be back on the road by this weekend, with the kitties in the truck this time.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

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November 21st, 2018


12:26 pm - Short and Sweet
Welcome back gelasia!
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: elated
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12:22 pm - Thanksgiving Prep
This activity always seems like a fight to the finish with me. I'm busy looking up a chocolate espresso cheesecake recipe, and of course the one I always used isn't showing!

Then...hooray! I made a wild guess and went directly to a site I seem to gravitate towards, Epicurious. Yes, I'm still old school and typed that link out by hand, html tags included. Even so, there's STILL so much prepwork to get accomplished, even if the house is already almost completely cleaned, save for the bathroom off the dining room...WHICH...

We had put this bathroom out of service due to leakages, but since root had been cleared out of the main outlet leading from the house, all seems to be well now? We're gonna give it a test. My suspicion is the wax seals on both toilets have probably broken, and need fixing that way. The plumber who cleared out the roots says part of the sewer line leading from our house needs to be rerouted away from those roots. I don't know when we'll do that, probably before the twelve months he said this cleaning job would hold out ends.

But in the meantime:

  • Vacuum the truck and get it to the repair shop. While we're there, pay the bill from the last time as they never gave us an invoice.

  • Epoxy the figures that still need it. This is a holdover from the last time I was home.

  • Repair the bathroom light fixture that's gone out. Another holdover.

  • Get to BiMart and investigate large Thanksgiving tables. I seem to have commandeered the one we normally use for music projects.


In other news, I won another i5 desktop from Shopgoodwill. Thing of it is it's missing the side cover. I did fine a replacement...for $230, which is more than what I paid for it AND everything else I needed to get it going (new video card and hard drive). It's also missing the DVD drive, but I'll look for one of those at the local Goodwill, and if it's not there, no biggie. I usually use memory sticks now for installation of various OSes and such anyway. It makes the job go a LOT quicker.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Current Music: Fist banging Mania!

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November 1st, 2018


10:31 pm - The Dual Boot Wonder
With tax season coming up, it's getting imperative that I have one laptop capable of running Windows(yuck), since Turbotax comes only in Winduhs/Mac flavors.

I did see the IRS now has fillable PDF tax forms, which I could do with any OS, but with running my own business and all that, I'm just lazy and will go with Turbotax again this year, which means I need a laptop running Windows since I travel round the country.

I've been pursuing several strategies, so far without success. I wanted to get really sneaky and install Winduhs on a removable USB drive, for a laptop whose default OS would be Ubuntu. Tried that, but nope. Winduhs dun like that. So I have a few remaining options.

  1. Try and cram both Windows and Ubuntu onto the same hard drive. Since the max capacity I've seen is 1tb for laptop drives...that makes me a little nervous as far as storage goes.

  2. Wait and buy a 512gb PCIe SSD drive which would go into the new i5, THEN migrate or install Winduhs clean onto that, leaving the 1tb drive free for Ubuntu. I wouldn't need much capacity for Winduhs to run, since I'm storing all relevant user data onto an external drive anyway. One drawback is the cheapest drive of this kind I've seen is $175, spendy for a laptop I got new for $449. The second drawback is the new laptop has NO removable panels to get at the hard drive, RAM, or anything! You have to unscrew the entire bottom panel, which also means taking off the two rubber strips used as feet to get at the screws underneath, and in the process most likely destroying them.

  3. On a lark, I took a peek into the Toshiba P875, and lo and behold, a bay for a 2nd hard drive! I can leave Ubuntu alone on the drive in there now, and install Winduhs onto the 2nd one. Now Winduhs' boot manager may blow out GRUB and leave me having to repair it to get a fully functioning dual boot system, but it's a small price to pay. I just need a hard drive caddy, which looks to cost about $20, and I have three unused laptop drives just sitting round, waiting to be used, so no cost to me there.


Obviously, I'm the most excited about Option 3. It's low cost and leaves Ubuntu fully in charge of a 1tb drive. I won't actually be able to install the 2nd drive till I get back for Thanksgiving as the caddy won't get to my house till after I leave back on the road, but I can wait. I've managed a good long time on Ubuntu alone, I can wait a few weeks longer, and tax time isn't for a couple more months anyway.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: geekygeeky

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October 28th, 2018


07:42 pm - In which our hero is forced into a physical and spiritual cleansing.
So. We got back from being on the road Friday afternoon.

To a burglarized house!



Seems that what was mainly taken was my mate's jewelry, and several small stashes of coins for various purposes.

They took the board that had the fifty state quarters we had started all the way back in 1999. Can you believe that? A whole $12.50. The small stash of bicentennial quarters(1976), and a two dollar bill, gone. Even the coins we were saving up to buy a Djehuty(Thoth) statue, gone. A bit of irony is involved in that one, but I'll tell you later.

What's kinda odd is that the twelve small fairy statuettes I had representing the twelve signs of the zodiac had been moved. They took a peek at the mixing board underneath the case they had been sitting on, but the board's still there, and all twelve fairies are still intact. Not even a paintchip far as I can tell. I'm just glad I kept my personal fund in the truck, because that had more cash than all the cash that was taken combined.

So of course as soon as we discovered this we contacted McMinnville's finest, who dispatched an officer to our door. So now what we need to do is tally up a list of what was stolen, and if we can add any photographs or other evidence we can dig up of ownership. They took a silverware set, which is also kind of amusing because it was stainless steel, and not worth much.

I think what pisses me off the most is we also lost a honking huge amber necklace she bought back around 2005 for $800. Oddly, we lost no music equipment. All instruments, cords, amps, PA's and everything else is still here. Nice that way.

So...the cleanup. I took most of today to clear out the computer room. I find it funny they had packed up the three laptops slated for Freegeek, none of which work and then left them there. I recycled a fuckton of paper. I think our can out on the side holds about 45 gallons or so, and it's almost filled now. So many boxes, old bills, old statements and everything to go. Poof. Some stuff of course will go to shredding, since the info upon it is still relevant and sensitive. But that was only a small cardboard box full. The room still needs to be smudged, but after that I'm done.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: Switchblade Symphony - "Wallflower"
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October 6th, 2018


06:14 pm - And the Grand Finale, Day Ten.
For this, I wound up drawing two cards actually, and I'll explain why later on.

The first card I drew was the Nine of Bats(swords). This card is drawn again similar to the Rider-Waite version, where there's a female figure sitting up in bed, her face covered by her hands. She may be weeping into them. But in this deck the cat seems to be sitting on her lap, one paw raised as if to comfort, while nine bats fly around the room above her.

Some liken this card to the Sephiroth of Binah, where the concept of structure is introduced, as one of the symbols of Binah is a woman sitting on a throne with her face in her hands and weeping, as she knows the consequences.

One could go with the obvious and say this is a card of sorrow and of reflection, where it becomes plain the mistakes one made in life, as well as the alternative outcomes of "what if I did X instead". But you can't really go back and 'fix' the past, or can you? In a way, The entity Seth says you can, that the past isn't really as fixed as we would lead ourselves to believe, and we don't always remember the best or most relevant bits, and other bits come into focus based on our moods.

Then again, having nine bats flying around in your room would make most unhappy, wouldn't it?

So. I didn't really want to finish all this card drawing on a note like that, and so I drew one more, and got The Emperor. That looked like a good one to finish it up! It's Frankenstein's Monster sitting on the throne with the symbol of Jupiter carved into it, with the ankh-like scepter and all a brain sitting in a flask and all.

The Emperor is a card of taking what you've gotten and weeding through it, removing what doesn't work, pruning away so that the fecundity of the Empress before him can grow with purpose and direction. Of course, there's also the danger of the subject devolving into egomania, which leads to the next Major Arcana card, the Hierophant, who gives the spiritual impetus for the pruning work.
Current Location: Laramie, WY
Current Mood: busybusy

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October 5th, 2018


02:17 pm - Day Nine
And on this day, another major trump was born. I drew The Hanged Man. This one is drawn quite similar to the Rider-Waite version, with the main figure suspended by a rope tied round one ankle, leaving him to dangle upside down. However here the figure is a scarecrow, which is fitting.

In either case, It speaks of delays, perhaps long ones, but not of a nervous or anxious nature. Sometimes delays are even necessary in the bigger process of things.
Current Location: Tacoma, WA
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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October 4th, 2018


03:26 pm - Day Eight
And now for something completely different. For today I drew the ten of Bats(swords). This depicts a prone and likely sleeping redheaded woman with ten bats hovering above her. This is somewhat of a departure from the Rider-Waite deck. In that one, a face down figure is pierced by the ten swords. Since bats don't really pierce that I know of, they had to come up with something different.

What's interesting to note is that the suit of swords typically refers to thought processes or mental conditions. But in the Halloween deck, one is tempted to say the woman has gone beyond mere ordinary thought, with sleep considered an altered state, or perhaps she's in a trance of some kind.

I would say here it depicts a mental breakthrough, and achievement of a higher state of mind if you will.
Current Location: The Dalles, OR
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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October 3rd, 2018


12:31 pm - Day Seven
Well this is interesting! For today I once again drew the Lovers. So that's two cards that have shown up twice now. I don't think there's enough days left for them all to show up twice though.

And in other news, it seems the wind tunnel through WY is picking up again for the season. We're stopped in Cheyenne with a light trailer due to high winds across the plateau between Cheyenne and Laramie. If we could get to Laramie, US287W would get us around and the wind speeds there seem manageable.

It also looks like we'll be staying on this dedicated account till near the end of this month at least. The other account seems to have freight only one way, from Atlanta to Kent, WA. So we'd have to find our own way back. Now if we had that part figured out already, no problem. But we don't, and we have a feeling for all the trouble of setting it up it'd be a wash at the end of it all. So...yeah.

And now our APU is acting up once more. It's probably that connection that's come loose again. Oy.
Current Location: Cheyenne, WY
Current Mood: surprisedsurprised

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October 2nd, 2018


03:11 pm - And three codes for three things to give up.
In order, sugar, dairy, and gluten. I drew one card for each, again the Halloween Tarot.

Sugar. The King of Pumpkins(pentacles). That's a pretty strong card saying to strongly consider it.

Dairy. The Moon(XVIII)! Of the three, this seemed the strongest, and so initial efforts should focus on that. More on this later.

Gluten. The Eight of Ghosts(cups). Funny how this card keeps coming up. Though of the three it seems the weakest. I might have to concentrate on that last.

I've always suspected I have at least a dairy intolerance, as cheap yogurt makes my throat swell up and feel like I'm catching a cold. Higher quality yogurt doesn't, but...as they say I should try going without for thirty days, reintroduce and try to note any effects.
Current Location: Higginsville, MO
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Golden Earring - The Twilight Zone

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02:25 pm - Day Six, the pace picks up.
Indeed it has. For today I drew Judgement.

The main figure of this card is a somewhat Nosferatu-like vampire, summoning a man, woman, and child up from their graves. Upon two of the gravestones are written "Awaken Sleeper" and "Rise".

I vaguely remembered writing a poem about this card, as Judgement is on the living as well as the dead. As in what you do in life affects your afterlife. I mean, I can already feel this thing is affecting my own life in ways I can even measure yet, and may not until it's done and performed.
Current Location: Boonville, MO
Current Mood: amazed
Current Music: Genesis - Cul de Sac

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October 1st, 2018


02:19 pm - Two for one, and it gets better!
I did draw a card yesterday, though I did not have the chance to post about it.

Yesterday I drew The Lovers. Now in the Halloween Tarot this card, in fact this whole deck can be on the whimsical side. But here the card depicts a woman sitting up in her bed, reading through what look like love letters. However Dracula, or at least some vampire is shown coming in through the window. She sees him, and her expression seems...simply calm. She seems neither happy nor afraid to see him, maybe even slightly annoyed, as if he were interrupting. Perhaps there is some sort of attraction between them, though he seems to show it more. It might even allude to one of those forbidden loves, socially frowned upon.

Hmmmm, as I typed this, Nebt-Het popped into my mind. She too is quite attractive, even with the knowledge that such an attraction will lead you to your doom. Still, she is a beloved of mine.

And today's card, The Magician! So that makes two major trumps in a row as well. The magician in this deck looks somewhat like Gomez Addams, though dressed more in stage magician's garb of coat and tails, vest and such. He's pulling a white rabbit out of a hat with the symbols of the four minor suits (bats, ghosts, pumpkins, and imps) staged around him. It talks about being able to use the powers of all the suits to one's own advantage towards their goal.

So today also marks the halfway point. Five cards drawn, five to go.
Current Location: Fairburn, GA
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
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