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Day 20: This month, in great detail
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What does "this month" mean?  The last 30 days?  The period since the 1st?  I'll compromise by starting with 31 October, just after my "this week" posting -- tho that amounts to only another week.

My journal:

Sunday 31 October 2010

Sleep:  Dozed before lights out; awake several times; up to piss & shit.
Bkfst:  Omelet.
Trips (purchases):  Central Sq.:  Enormous Room for group hug & Hallowe'en ball.  (Strap on canvas bag broke when I got there; mended it with a safety pin.)  A sparse crowd, but there were a couple of pleasant bearpiles to watch.  A fair number in costume.  (2 beers.)  As usual, no-one even looked at me.
Calls:  From ***.  Long chat.  He'll invite me to his place sometime this week.
  To ***:  He's not going to the hug after all.
Reading:  NYRev.  So Wilde was a classical scholar!  One wonders what he & Housman might have had to say about each other.  Not much in a scholarly way, it seems; and they never met.
  CSM [ChriSci Monster].
Listening:  Tom Dekker.  Emery, computer songs.
Dinner:  Chili, beer, cheesecake.

Monday 1 November 2010

Sleep:  Sound.  Up twice to piss.
Toilet:  Shower; shampoo.
Dream:  Anxious about finding the person to get a ride home from a meeting; but he found me.
Orgasms:  m o 24.
Bkfst:  Pancakes.
House:  Changed poster to Crumb ["A Short History of America]; couldn't use new sticks on either top or bottom.
  Found Ag thermal compound to try on Amphony  [cordless headphones], but couldn't find the instructions that came with it.  Probably they were on the back of the package, which I threw out.  Looked up the matter on the Web; the stuff is not meant for my purpose (improving the reliability of a connector), but for improving the thermal conduction between components & heat sinks, so the relevance of the instructions is dubious in any case.  Cleaned the offending male & female power plugs with 91% isopropyl alcohol.
Calls:  To Cox-Weston: appointment for tooth cleaning.  I somehow missed the June one, and it shows.  I noticed this a couple of weeks ago, but kept putting off calling.
Reading:  CSM.
Listening:  Emery.
  Feynman.  So lucky!  But he made something out of his luck.
Dinner:  Haddock, peas, kasha, wine, cheesecake.

Tuesday 2 November 2010

Sleep:  Awake early; couldn't get to sleep again.  Up twice to piss.
Toilet:  Beard.  I see that I have frequently failed to record that.
Bkfst:  Muffin.
House:  Put Ag goop on Amphony power plug (no dilution), after bkfst.  No noise in the evening, but brief (0.1 s?) interruptions of the audio on turning on & off fluorescent lamps.  I should have thought of fluorescent lamps as sources of the interference.
Trips (purchases):  (Updated T pass.)  ->Harvard:  Changsho for Caltech lunch.  Two others, both young: a man from Bulgaria, and a woman, U.S., Chinese looks.  Tolerably convivial.  -> Malden:  Beebe School (voted).
Calls:  Msg from Cox-Weston; msg returned: confirmed appointment tomorrow.
Mail:  AARP Bull.  UCS Catalyst.  CSM.
Internet:  Nice email from ***.
Reading:  CSM.  Quine.
Listening:  Feynman.  Jim Hancock et al.
Dinner:  Sandwich, carrots, half apple & cheese, beer.
Ecto:  Terribly tired on getting home.

Wednesday 3 November 2010

Sleep:  Awake early.  Up twice to piss.
Toilet:  Shower.
Bkfst:  Omelet.
House:  Frequent silences of the Amphony at lunchtime, even without the batteries in their wells.  It turns out I used the wrong goop!
Trips (purchases):  Mass. Av. Stn:  Cox-Weston for tooth cleaning.  New assistant, who (as usual) did not introduce herself.  She used ultrasonic as well as the usual pick & rotary tools.  She said there is a lot of buildup on the back of the lower front teeth, and I should use a manual toothbrush there.  She said I should go easy in brushing the extreme left & right upper teeth, because the gums are receding.  She said I should take the denture out overnight.
Mail:  Reminder of appointment from BIDMC [Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center], with a daunting form letter about a change in billing practices.
Reading:  CSM.  Harvard.
Listening:  Hancock.  Tim Henderson (who coincidentally showed up on the Mudcat).
Dinner:  Haddock, lima beans, kasha, wine, cake.
Project:  Looked at HPHC [Harvard Pilgrim Health Care] health-insurance literature.
  Sewed a tuck in the straps of one of the Harvard tote bags so they would serve as handles, as I did with the previous tote bag.  I don't understand why they make them with straps so long.  Probably they are intended to be worn over the shoulder on the same side, which would make me feel insecure.
Ecto:  Woozy in the evening.  Probably not a good idea to have alcohol before dinner.

Thursday 4 November 2010

Sleep:  Sound.  Up once to piss.
Dream:  I was with some other people in New York, going to a couple of restaurants on foot.  The first one was a buffet and served steak tartare.  (I see that is its name in standard English.  I think of it as "beefsteak tartar" because of the song in the Dreigroschenoper.  I had it a couple of times in the clubhouse at Brookhaven Lab.)
Orgasms:  m o 22. [Masturbation, homosexual fantasy, 10 p.m.]
Bkfst:  Jewish french toast.
Calls:  To HPHC.  Application will be mailed to me (7-10 da).
Reading:  CSM.  Harvard.  Finley Wren.
Listening:  Henderson.
  Ingle et al.  (Female voices largely unintelligible.)
Dinner:  Do.
Project:  Studied HPHC plans for 2011; decided on the one with large deductible.
Ecto:  Sleepy in the evening.
Dementia:  Forgot to turn down the thermostat last night.

Friday 5 November 2010

Sleep:  To bed & awake early.
Toilet:  Shower.
Bkfst:  Omelet.
House:  Mr *** [landlord] replaced the smoke alarm -- with some trouble, as one of them beeped even with a fresh battery.  Also the west venetian blind; however, the new one has only two sets of supporting cords (unlike the new ones on the south wall), so it will probably sag like the old ones.
  Amphony much improved -- only a few brief glitches, all in the evening.
Trips (purchases):  Fellsmere.
Guests:  Mr ***.
Mail:  MASSPIRG.
Reading:  Harvard.
Listening:  Ingle et al.  Burl Ives.  David Jones.
Dinner:  Chili, beer, cake.

Saturday 6 November 2010 (so far)

Sleep:  Awake early; up 3 times to piss; managed to doze after 7.
Dream:  I was in a restaurant with some other people.  The service was abominably slow.  I managed to get a glass of lemonade, but it sweated condensation, making a puddle on the table, in which tiny squares of paper floated.
Bkfst:  Oatmeal.
House:  Now the left Amphony headphone is dead.  Amphony FAQ says headphones are available separately ("contact your dealer"), but nowhere else is there any indication of that.  Queried Amphony.
Trips (purchases):  Alexander Liquors (beer, wine). | Foodmaster (groceries).
Mail:  Notice of payment from TIAA-CREF.
  Nonbill from HPHC.
  NYRev.
  DPA Report.
Reading:  Harvard.  What possessed that Hauser character to fake his data?  The titles of his popular books are icky; perhaps he was corrupted by celebrity.
Listening:  David Jones.
  Kanefsky, Tapeworm II.
Dinner:  Chicken wings, lima beans, kasha, wine, cake.
Dementia:  Started to write the amount instead of my name on the signature line of a credit-card chit.
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