Posted by: Mark | November 22, 2017

R.I.P. Ash

I think we’re up to Ash IV but our last hamster died again. The first Ash died around 2011 and I’ve been replacing him ever since every fee years.

His cage is empty for the moment but I’ll try to get a replacement within the next few days.

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Posted by: Mark | November 19, 2017

Resolution Update 48

2017 is coming to an end. For my lack of effort, so might I.

1. Run 730 miles – not an inch this week; 469.1 miles.

2. 5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts – 2,007 push ups and 2,002 leg lifts.

3. Lose weight – Over two pounds more now than in January.

4. Support 24 local artists – still two.

5. 42 manuscript submissions – 41 submissions.

6. Write 40,000 words and five new stories – 40,194 words and six completed stories. Complete.

7. Read all the New Testament – Complete.

8. Read The Nature of Things — Complete.

9. Finish Finnegan’s Wake – Complete.

10. 300 blog posts – this is 260. 40 to go.

11. Read The Song of Roland — Complete.

12. Read The Poem of El Cid – Complete.

13. Read Dante’s Paradise – Complete.

14. Read The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym – Complete.

15. Read 100 Years of Solitude – Complete.

16. Read The Odyssey – Complete.

17. Read The Secret Agent – Complete.

18. Write another 10,000 words: 1,743 words. 8,257 to go.

Posted by: Mark | November 19, 2017

Betta Report Lost

This news may cause the world economy to collapse but, after writing down all the data for the bettas last night, I lost the paper they were on. I do remember that there were 59 tubs with one sold while I was working, but I’ll have to wait until Tuesday for the specifics.

None of them died. That’s one up over the gerbils.

Posted by: Mark | November 19, 2017

R.I.P. Lonesome George

George, the last surviving offspring from Snowball and Squirrelly’s first litter died last night.

He had lived by himself which isn’t good for a social rodent but after his littermate died, he was aggressive towards any other gerbil.

All dogs go to Heaven and all cats go to Hell but gerbils probably go to Valhalla and chew on Thor’s boots.

Rest in peace, George.

Posted by: Mark | November 18, 2017

2,007 Push Ups

One of my New Year’s Resolution for 2017 was to do 5,000 push ups.

It’s mid-November and I just limped by 2,000. This and the rest of my fitness resolutions look like a bust.

Posted by: Mark | November 17, 2017

No Energy

My battery went bad in my phone and I finally got a replacement. I probably blew my blogging goal but I didn’t really have anything to post anyway.

Posted by: Mark | November 14, 2017

Semi-Betta Report

I didn’t clean the Betta tubs today but saw that three male half moon doubletail, three baby boys, three baby girls, and two male bumblebees arrived, bringing the Betta population to 61.

Posted by: Mark | November 12, 2017

Book of Mencius

The Book of Mencius is one of the nine works of the ancient section of the Lifetime Reading Plan that I haven’t read.

I was such a dope that I thought it was Roman. It is in fact Chinese. I’m weak on Asian Lit so this should make me slightly less dumb.

I hope to finish it by the end of the year but we’ll see.

Posted by: Mark | November 11, 2017

Resolution Update 47

Rough week but there have been worse.

1. Run 730 miles – no change – 469.1 miles overall.

2. 5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts –1,935 push ups and 2,002 leg lifts.

3. Lose weight – Didn’t weigh in.

4. Support 24 local artists – still two. Nothing.

5. 42 manuscript submissions – 41 submissions.

6. Write 40,000 words and five new stories – 40,194 words and six completed stories. Complete.

7. Read all the New Testament – Complete.

8. Read The Nature of Things — Complete.

9. Finish Finnegan’s Wake – Complete.

10. 300 blog posts – this is 253. 47 to go.

11. Read The Song of Roland — Complete.

12. Read The Poem of El Cid – Complete.

13. Read Dante’s Paradise – Complete.

14. Read The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym – Complete.

15. Read 100 Years of Solitude – Complete.

16. Read The Odyssey – Complete.

17. Read The Secret Agent – Complete.

18. Write another 10,000 words: 194 words.

Posted by: Mark | November 11, 2017

Betta Report

My first betta day of the week:

7 male deltatail (4 from the last shipment)
5 male veiltail (4 from the last shipment)
5 male doubletail
4 male crowntail
3 female veiltail
3 male butterfly
3 male rose petal
2 male elephant ear (all from the last shipment)
2 male halfmoon plakat
2 male koi
2 male king
2 male dragonscale
2 male halfmoon
2 male halfmoon doubletail plakat
1 male paradise
1 baby boy
1 baby girl
1 female koi
1 male bumblebee
1 male halfmoon doubletail

Only 50 tubs and no deaths.

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