Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Waning Moon
Chiron Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and muggy

The Bubonic Mice are still at large. I did a bit of research on the Plague. The disease is actually a gradated sequence, if left unchecked. Bubonic plague itself is rarely transmitted to humans in this day and age – it mostly sticks to rodents. However, it can be transmitted to humans via flea bites, or if an infected rodent is eaten by another animal that has contact with humans through saliva (cat eats bubonic mouse; cat licks human who has a cut on hand; human gets bubonic plague via saliva entering the cut or human touches saliva’d hand to eye and plague enters via eye). Caught early, it can be treated with antibiotics. The symptoms are sort of flu-like. Not caught early, it can gradate up to systemic plague and from there to pneumonic plague, which is pretty darned . . .fatal. Pneumonic plague is the one that if someone with it sneezes, it travels by air and contaminates the air and anyone in the vicinity. Even those two types can be treated if caught early enough.

In other words, yes, three missing bubonic mice are a health risk, and the lab morons need to get themselves in gear and find out what happened. This is a laboratory where WMD is tested --- and they can’t keep track of the mice?

What else have they lost from their facility that’s putting us at risk?

The government needs to cancel the contract and find a lab with a level of competence and integrity.

On top of that, Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant – not so far from me – has leaked radiated water.

Guess when I start glowing in the dark, my backstage career is over.

It’s time to move, sooner rather than later.

UPS committed a major fuck-up that could cost me a freelance assignment. I got on the phone at midnight last night when I found out and let them know in no uncertain terms that they had to fix it and they had to fix it in MY timeframe, not theirs. I’ve had good experiences with UPS, but plenty of other freelancers have not. Maybe it’s time for an article on how UPS has no respect for freelance and entrepreneurs? In addition to the fact that I will charge them for every hour the package is late, at my regular rate.

The show last night was, um, interesting. Some major snafus in Girl-land, but all I have to say is that my girls were in all the right clothes and onstage on time. ‘Nuff said.

Of course, by the end of the show, I was convinced it was Wednesday night instead of Tuesday night and put the wrong laundry into rotation. But I ‘fessed up as soon as I realized it, and it wasn’t a big deal. It’s pit pads, for crying out loud, not brain surgery.

Need to give curry some attention – not easy at 8 AM. Did a tad of work on the train yesterday on both Never Too Late and Imaginative Powers, but there were so many people screaming into their cell phones on the way in I couldn’t concentrate and on the way home . . .a pair of couples in their fifties with Literary Pretensions.

E gads! Never thought I’d use that phrase, but it’s the only one that fits. They had gone to a “performance poem” and were reading bits of it out loud and making fun of it. Of course, none of them have ever written anything more taxing than the annual Christmas letter and have zero credentials. Completely legends in their own minds – every comment out of their mouths was clichéd and derivative. Not an original thought amongst the four of them. But they are so impressed with themselves – misquoting Shakespeare, unable to pronounce the name of Alexandre Dumas (he wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, which they called “The Count of Monte Carlo”) and think that Henry James wrote Rip Van Winkle (it was Washington Irving).

I may have to kill them off in a mystery one day. Characters based on them, but you know what I mean.

I’d rather today was a bit . . .less interesting.



At 9:43 AM, Blogger Debra Young said...

That old Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times." applies very nicely to a single day. d:)

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Lara said...

Ha ha ha ha! I can imagine you suffering through that! And isn't it wonderful karma that you can "kill off" (or maim, decapitate, etc.) anyone you like?


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