My hosting company blocked a post here due to an overeager SQL injection filter and the subsequent daylong wait for them to sort it out seemed to derail me.

In the interim, we traveled to the Oregon coast of a weekend as we do in Spring and enjoyed the preseason beaches. While there, we had dinner with Tim Hommey and a crew of his pals. Tim was my drummer in Vortex ages ago and was a crucial drummer in the very-late 80s Bton post-punk scene. It was delightful to see him after so long.

My birthday made me cranky as usual which seemed to be exacerbated by the return home – all day Monday I felt deeply grouchy and unsettled, yelling at springtime birdcalls out the window. It was so obstreperous and irrational that I was at least able to joke about it with Viv.

Then we had two days of evening thunderstorms, a rare occurrence that Logan has a profound aversion to. He whimpers and shakes and must maintain direct physical contact with one of us while traumatized. We adopted him in July, and he was said to have been feral in Snohomish prior to being sheltered, although he was chipped. The shelter reported to us that calls to his prior family went unanswered.

This has raised a suspicion in my mind that possibly he was unhomed by the landslide in Oso in March of last year. If he was at the shelter for a month when he came with us, he would have been on his own for about seventy days, which seems longer than what they told us but which would account for his extreme reaction.

This week I am at twelve and a half miles, with my longest single-day run at four and a half. The ten percent rule puts me at twenty five miles by May, which I can live with.

My weight and blood pressure have been stubbornly resistant to change – I’m down about five pounds from my February start and my BP has only dropped by about four points. My pulse has dropped considerably, which is good. Oddly, at the doctor’s office on Wednesday my BP measured at 117/74 and then 128/80, which is thirty to twenty points lower than my home readings and in line with what I would have expected in response to sustained excercise. It points to equipment failure or inapt procedure.

As it happens I found a monitor at Value Village today for $4, so I grabbed it figuring if it was broken or wrong it would at least be a different wrong than the one I have been using. Sadly, it gave the same readings as the one I have been employing, so I will have to calibrate against a known good machine. However, given two machines providing similar readings, the likely outlier here is the reading taken at the doctor’s office, which is troubling.

Viv is off to California for a couple of weeks in the morning, during which time, among other things, I will file our income taxes and my monthly business taxes, probably attend my first baseball game of the year, welcome a visitor in turn from California, and hopefully develop and stick to a syllabus-planned training program within Rise of Flight to address some specific deficiencies in my technical abilities within the sim. It’s kind of silly to exert such discipline on behalf of a game, but in effect I have done so with respect to baseball, simply as an observer, over the past four years. This time investment came at the direct expense of time spent in Rise of Flight, which just turned five.

I’m well past Twitter now, which is interesting. I liked it much more than I ever have or am likely to enjoy Facebook. I have reactivated a small subset of RSS feeds in The Old Reader now, and find I consequently spend much less time refreshing this or that digital appliance in search of new content, exactly as desired.

I completed a steam through the early Stross series called “The Merchant Princes” to mixed effect. Apparently the publication history of the books was checkered and as a result some of the material I read appeared to lack a final editorial polish, which is a shame. Even so, it was clearly the work of an author-in-progress and not as pleasing and well-realized as Stross’ current works.

As I run I have been slogging through DS9, which is frankly somewhat of a chore. I gave up on the series in initial broadcast specifically because of the religious themes of the show – I simply have no interest in spirituality, mine, yours, or those of some fictional characters in a future that will never exist. It’s frustrating because the show at least respects its’ internal logic and the scripts are generally well-crafted (when it’s not a comedic-relief episode), and some of the performers – especially Avery Brooks – are magnetically intense. But literally every time they get to the heart of the show, Sisko’s role as the Emissary, I start sighing loudly and rolling my eyes. This kind of stuff is hard enough for me to treat as I am obligated to when it’s people’s actual belief systems. I choose to be obliged to respect them and I take that duty seriously, respectfully, and with a sense of good will.

But when it’s a made-up religion created specifically to carve out a space to permit fiction writers to talk about religious experience without giving offense? What can I say? It’s dumb. It’s straw men in dialog with other straw men, and I do not mean the wicker man kind.

Anyway. I extend my duty of good will toward the show and will experience it respectfully in its entirety. And then I will express a more qualified opinion.