Half a Century and No Common Horse Sense

An unfortunately eventful day. I always used to say spring was cursed, because that’s when the most of the bad things in my life happened, then summer replaced that. I wouldn’t quite say it’s up to curse level again yet, but it’s definitely a start. A cousin told Cynthia that my grandfather was in the hospital after falling down. I saw Pap Pap when my mom dragged me to the library near him to do her taxes. He didn’t look too good, even for his age, and he said that he’d been getting dizzy. It seems that’s what happened today. When we tracked down what hospital he’s in my mom spoke to him and his nurses. He’s fine, but they want to keep him overnight for observation. Apparently they’re concerned with some of the answers he’s giving them. One question they asked was “How are you getting your meals?” His reply? “Oh, I get them.” Typical Pap Pap answer, but that makes them think he either hit his head when he fell, or that he’s senile. So they’re going to run some tests on him.

WDisney’s preliminary hearing is tomorrow, and mommy dearest is getting her stitches out then too. I pissed her off several times today when she was complaining once again that she doesn’t know where she’s going to go, and doesn’t know where she’s going to work. She says she looks like Frankenstein’s monster and no one will want to hire her, in addition to the fact she’s old. I can give her advice, but she won’t take it and will only get angry. I know they say not everyone is looking for advice when they’re venting, and they just want to be heard, but she has been heard plenty of times. There are things she could do but she won’t do them. Another reason I made her angry is because she found out today that Nita sent me a card, but not her. She asked me how much money Nita sent me and I prefaced my answer by stating that I wasn’t going to give it to her, so there’s no point in asking. Mommy dearest got angry about that, but with her track record (she took all of the money Nita sent me one year without telling me, which she still owes me for, she took Pap Pap’s money from me one time without telling me, plus many more times). She said it doesn’t matter since only my name is on the card, but that’s never stopped her before. If I was living with her she’d just take the money and never tell me I’d gotten a card.

Good Christian Bitches

Comcast’s bill was mailed in late so the internet is disconnected right now. I’m using the neighbors horribly slow wireless. It takes several minutes for pages to load, if it loads at all, so I’m not using it too much. Maybe my internet will be back on by tomorrow. An icon will be added when I can.

Two basically good days. My mood has been yo-yoing between hopeful and despondent for the past few weeks, but yesterday I was in a very good mood. Cyndy took me out and I got to go to Red Lobster. I get to go there once a year or less so it was a very nice treat for me. I got my usual, crab linguini alfredo. Didn’t get the chocolate wave cake, after everything Cyndy does for me I couldn’t ask for something else. And no more chocolate for me now since I’ve given it up for Lent. After we got out of Red Lobster Cyndy took me to Best Buy, she was talking about getting me a printer for me and a new computer for herself, though not right now. Her computer of 10 years finally kicked the bucket, so she’s thinking about getting either a laptop or a tablet. Since she had time I got to look around. The Best Buy wasn’t great, the one near South Hills Village is bigger and has more things, but it was still a lot of fun. I love technology, it was great getting to look at everything. If you don’t love technology you can’t imagine how wonderful it is to be let loose in a store like that. The biggest TV I found there (though not the biggest I know of) was 70 inches. It was incredible.

Cynthia went to church yesterday, and I asked if I could go today with her for Ash Wednesday. :angel: First Presby doesn’t normally do ashes, but they did this time. I didn’t do it because I didn’t want to get up in front of everyone, but Cynthia did. Since it was a weekday service it was shorter than it usually is. I wasn’t very good. I was quiet, but I kept getting distracted. I didn’t sing, not that there was a whole lot of singing, more of a mumbling. I also didn’t close my eyes and put my head forward to pray, but anyone who saw me wasn’t either so they have no right to say anything.

We went to Eat n Park after. I broke some sort of rule and had chicken, Cynthia had fish. When we got home of course Cynthia had to tell everyone that I went, and even my mother was acting shocked like “didn’t the church cave in?” I am a Christian, I was raised Christian, this isn’t anything new (though the whole going to church thing is). Just because I don’t shout it from the rooftops or try to force other people to believe what I do doesn’t mean I’m not. And I love that church. It is so beautiful. I don’t care how wonderful other churches are, to me the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh is the most beautiful church in the world. It is so gothic, awe inspiring, and has huge Tiffany’s stained glass windows. I just love it. However I do not love the views of the people who have control of it right now. They’re evangelical, and however much Cynthia disagrees with that term they are self-described “bible-centered evangelical.” Their website is a whole lot of conservative. They support a bunch of evangie missions, crisis pregnancy centers, and the fake jews. What was most infuriating for me is they support evangelical missions in Africa. They are responsible for the witch hunts in Africa, and people like Helen Ukpabio. And they are so blind and ignorant to it, or they just don’t care. Maybe these crazies even support it. First Presby also had some people at the 40 Days for Life crap, but in the picture it only showed like 5 people. The church isn’t that popular so they feel they have to change. Their solution? Become more crazy. Because their conservative church isn’t getting people in the pews, they think their problem is they aren’t conservative enough. o.O That’s the way the conies think. One woman who came in today said she was going to drag people in off the streets, and laughed. Yeah… That’s the spirit lady. I know she was joking, but that’s the kind of point of view they have, and I’ve already stated I’m against that sort of thing. The sermon today wasn’t even slightly political, so that was good. If they got into actual politics, like the repug candidates, they better not do it while I’m there, because I won’t hesitate to report them. Cynthia was telling me about some candle thing the church does on Maundy Thursday where each person gets a candle, they’re lit, and all the lights are out. I asked if she goes if I can go too and she said yes. So if you hear about a church in Pittsburgh burning down on Maundy Thursday I probably dropped my candle. I’ll be holding onto it for dear life. That’s if I go, and after reading the Wikipedia page about it I might not want to! Apparently some churches have people read scripture, and then they snuff out their candle when they finish, and I’m not reading anything out loud! FPCP didn’t do that in the past, Cynthia would have said so, but since they’re changing other things…

Since I’ve been out of internet I’ve finally started the rest of the winter anime season I’ve been meaning to. I don’t like The Knight in the Area very much, even though FukuJun is sorta in it. I’m actually enjoying Ano Natsu de Matteru, despite it not being my kind of thing. I’ve already been watching Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Another, and Inu X Boku SS. Symphogear is stupid of course, but if you accept it as stupid and treat it as a ridiculous comedy it can be somewhat enjoyable. I love horror and there needs to be more horror anime so of course I like Another well enough. It’s not wonderful, but good enough. Inu X Boku I don’t like at all, it’s so annoying. I still have to start Brave 10, that pirates one, that daily/boys/life one, and some others. I was trying to copy their titles but that made explorer crash so I’m not going to do that again. It’s all because of this stupid 10 bit shit they’re all doing now. I can’t play it in VLC or KMP, and it makes explorer crash. I think it’s because I have DivX installed, but I can’t uninstall it because I need it for a video site I use. Or maybe it’s just because 10 bit is useless, elitist crap we don’t need!

As for the title, most people know one of those. If you don’t, you probably are one! I’m definitely going to watch GCB when it starts.

She Actually Called Me

My idiot mother just called. I was going to call her because a letter came from storage saying she hasn’t paid yet. I didn’t want to call her because she’s 49 and is old enough to know how to pay her bills. But I know she probably put my SS card in there and I need that. She called me a few minutes later so… Then she started crying and saying she’s so depressed she wants to kill herself blah blah blah It was hard to understand her because she was sniffling. She hasn’t started looking for a job yet because she doesn’t know where she’s going to live. Blah blah blah things will get better she says. And then says she’s saying that for herself too. I know everything is about her. She’s staying at Cyndy’s while she’s in California. And I’m not getting internet until the end of the month or early October because Cyndy’s not coming back until the 23. Then idiot said she had to go because she was crying. Boo freaking hoo.

Why call someone if you’re crying? She just wanted to share how depressed she is. She’s not going to get any sympathy from me. I was going to put this on Twitter. I didn’t want to make a blog post for this because I wanted my status post to stay first, but it was too long. So I pinned the status post to first. When I’m done with everything I’ll put them in the actual order.

Since I had to make a whole post I might as well talk about something else. I started to watch some new shows. Ringer was last night, The Secret Circle tomorrow, then Revenge, and Pan Am. I’m just giving them a try. Ringer has exactly the kind of concept I hate, it’s super awkward, and I get… second hand embarrassment (or something?) from the characters and situations. Whenever I try to a new show I like to stick with it for at least a few episodes (I stuck through an entire series/season of Skins when I wasn’t sure about it!).

I didn’t like Ev’s new song the first time they performed it. I thought it might be because it was live, so I decided to wait until the studio version came out. It took me a bit to get used to the “Do what you what you want” part, which is what I didn’t like about it, but I really like the song now. The video came out yesterday, which I have to say I don’t like, but I so rarely like music videos so that’s nothing out of the ordinary. What You Want is a good start, can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.

I don’t have my icons uploaded yet, so no avatar for this post. I have to go back to fixing my fanlistings. I’m only on the b’s right now…

God Help Me

I’m typing this up offline as there is only a small window of opportunity to use the internet, before Comcast knows I’m online and starts forwarding to their activation page. I was already in a horrible mood. When I lost the internet again yesterday I had a mini-breakdown as things began to pile up on me. Today it was a like bomb. I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. As soon as Cynthia woke me up today and told me there was a message on the machine that she thought was from my mom, but it wasn’t from our phone numbers, I knew it was bad. To spare anyone who reads this I’ll put the facts in convenient bullet point form…

  • My mom’s psycho bf “WDisney” was sent to jail for threatening to kill my mom
  • He’s getting out soon
  • My mom is staying at a friends house
  • My mom is being evicted
  • She’s talking about moving to Texas

    Cynthia doesn’t seem to care about all this, she just says she knew it was going to happen. I thought it might happen too, but I had hoped it would end before it would go that far. I’m thinking about bringing the bowling pin (yes I have a bowling pin) up from the basement. It’s a good thing I’m staying up at night right now, because I’m going to have to be on the lookout for him. Unfortunately, he knows who my aunt is and where she lives. We hadn’t wanted him to, but thanks to my “you can trust WDisney” mom, she let him know. My mom said I could go get anything I wanted from the apartment in case he trashed it, but not only do we not know when he’s getting out, I don’t have a key anymore. She took mine and gave it to him. There’s a chance I might lose all my stuff, and my grandmother’s things, the only things I have left of her besides one picture, since her house burned down a few years after she died. And while I didn’t like it, and haven’t lived there in a while, I’m losing my home too. I’m never going to live there again. I may never see my mom again either, because there is no way I’m moving to Texas. Assuming he doesn’t trash anything, I’ll have to move a few of my most important things up here, and the rest will go wherever my mom goes. I’m also going to have to get my birth certificate and other stuff off her, since she’ll no longer be in charge of that. I have been staying here with my great aunt, but I don’t know how much longer that can last, and I have no where else to go. Obviously, this has shaken my already fragile state. Sometimes I curse my sanity, it would be easier to just break and go completely insane. I’m having so much taken away from me again, there’s a threat to both my things and my family, and I can’t even get on the internet to vent and waste time. I guess I’ll be reading the manga, since I won’t be able to listen to music or watch anime (which I’m running out of). And the same the next night and the next night. For who knows how long. I should stop here or I’ll ramble endlessly. I have to go get some more cleenex and something to chew on, I really need to stop biting the inside of my mouth.

    Edit: And if you didn’t see my Twitter in the sidebar, I do not have internet now. Hopefully it’ll come back in a couple weeks.

  • One Eleven Eleven

    I decided to post today, since 1/11/11 is a special occasion, and so is my blogging. :angel: First up are two incidents that I forgot to write about last time. The first happened a few days before Christmas. I was just going to bed and I heard some male voices outside, and then a loud crash a minute or so later. I thought one of the idiots had thrown a rock at the metal awning over the door, because that’s happened before. Then Tiger (my/aunts cat) went crazy and started running around the house, up and back down the stairs again. I went down and Cynthia said someone had thrown a rock at Tiger when he was in the window. The window was fine, but Tiger wasn’t. I went looking for him and found him hiding under the sink. When Cynthia came over he hissed at her and then leapt out and went running again. I found him again upstairs hiding under a rocking chair, and then later on hiding behind an end table. We were very worried about him, since he’s an older cat, and overweight. Even hours later the next day he would barely eat and wouldn’t leave the room without me. He did get over it, and is fine now. We don’t know who did it, because they left right after, but I would say based on their voices there were about 3 of them in their late teens or early twenties.

    The second thing that happened was on Christmas Eve. Cynthia had gone to church, and after she left I went to bed. When I saw her the next day I found out that when she came home she stopped at the house of the woman across the street, and ended up slipping and falling on porches stairs. Luckily she didn’t break anything. She’s in her 80’s and has osteoporosis so it’s a miracle she’s alright.

    The Code Geass LJ posted a scan of the new Code Geass Gaiden – Boukoku no Akito. The comments exploded but I haven’t been able to bring myself to go back there. I am still not happy about this. Somewhere my psychic message for more Code Geass got messed up. Maybe it’s because I wished it in English, and they didn’t understand me. I desperately want more Code Geass, but this and Renya is not what I wanted. Someone there said there might be characters from the real Code Geass in it, like Schneizel, which caused a pang in my poor heart. I’d be so happy if just Schneizel was in it, and not like Nicholas D. Wolfwood was in Trigun: Badlands Rumble, he did not get enough air time… No, I’d still be happy if it was just that!

    It’s a new anime season, and I’m “watching” mostly everything. And by watching I mean, watching the first episodes then getting around to the rest when I feel like it. I’m only just finishing some anime from several seasons back now. Here are my shows.

    Rio: Rainbow Gate – Don’t ask me why I’m watching this. Like always I knew what I was getting myself into, but I did it anyway. I did enjoy making fun of it though, like the blushing breasts, and trying to figure out whether Mint will grow up to be a stripper or a hooker.



    Stripper it is!

    I also have already chosen my favorite character.


    Green bunny girl! Just because I like her voice.

    IS: Infinite Stratos – I think I would like this anime a lot more if it wasn’t a mecha. Yes, then it would just be a bunch of annoying characters in a boarding school, but it’s a futuristic school, so that makes it more interesting! Seriously, I think the environment is the most interesting thing about this show. My first thought when watching the anime – the clouds are pretty. This is really stupid, but the clouds are pretty. The school itself is very… pointy. But I like all the floaty hologram things, and the dorms. Okay, the things I like most about it are the holograms and the students bedrooms. Can we just devote the episodes to those? It would at least be tolerable if there was a character I could devote myself to. When I saw the blonde girl I thought maybe her, then she opened her mouth – bitch. Boy main characters sister – bitch. Girl main character – I think she’s supposed to be tsundere, which just means bitch to me. The main character – meh. So far the most likable characters are the girls who were fangirling over boy main character in the first episode.

    Yumekui Merry – All the ANN reviewers were going on an on about Yumekui Merry, and a fan on MAL promised it wasn’t really about warring cats, or as stupid as it’s description made it sound. It is as stupid, and it really is about cats.

    GOSICK – I had high hopes for this anime, and the first episode really let me down. Victorique’s clothes are pretty. If I was rich I dress like that all the type, and then I’d just be eccentric, instead of crazy as I am now. They’re so pretty! The thing I liked most about Gosick though was the end theme, Resuscitated Hope by Komine Lisa. Also, it took stupid me going to the official site to figure out it’s actually Gothic.

    Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu – This is what I’ve been waiting for! My Mitsudomoe! I love my Mitsudomoe! And how do they repay me for my love? A pointless episode about the Gachi Rangers! I am not watching this for the Gachi Rangers! I am watching it for Hitoha the Marui triplets! What I wasted episode. I guess it’s because they needed filler because the manga isn’t that far ahead, but if that’s the case I’d rather they make something up rather than waste everyone’s time with this. There’s only 8 episodes for this one, and now ones been wasted. Hopefully, the rest of the episodes will be devoted to Hitoha our wonderful Marui sisters. Hitoha!

    Freezing – I was expecting this to be a lot worse than it was. Yes, there are melon boobs flying everywhere, panty shots every other frame, and clothes that just pop off during battle, but after the anime below this, this was actually very enjoyable. I’m shocked that this fan service palooza might end up being very entertaining.

    Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica – This is the best episode I’ve seen yet of this season, and seems to be the most promising. I am very, very shocked that it seems the best anime there is this season is a bloody, fan service show, and a mahou shoujo. But damn, this was all around good! The characters were all interesting, there interactions were believable, great setup. Can’t believe the characters thing. Haven’t seen one bimbo yet.

    Beelzebub – Also a lot better than I thought it would be. It helps that the main character is good looking, and I like his seiyuu. Very good fit for the character.

    Level E – Haven’t watched this yet. No, I am not just watching this because of the shirtless guy in the promo art. How shallow do you think I am? The summary sounded good, but when I saw the PV for it on YouTube, and it looked very stupid. Except for the beginning and end of it, which wasn’t actually a part of the anime.

    Kore wa Zombie desu ka – Haven’t watched yet.

    Dragon Crisis! – Haven’t watched yet.

    Fractale – Not aired yet.

    There may be others, but I can’t remember. FukuJun isn’t in anything this season. :tears: He’s in at least one anime that’s currently airing, plus one stupid show online that I’m going to have to watch now just because he’s in it (Starry☆Sky).

    In addition to the new anime I’m also watching other things. I finished Shiki, Oreimo, Pandora Hearts, Trigun, Trigun movie, Angel Beats, Shinrei Tantei Yakumo. I’m about to finish Okami Kakushi and the first Sailor Moon. I’m also watching Star Driver, Hidamari Sketch x 365, and episodes from various other episodes. I was enjoying Kanon until animals were brought into it. I don’t really feel like watching it now. Shiki went from horror, to infuriating (really, getting pushed around by vampires), to horrifying. I loved it. Oreimo was okay, Kuroneko was my favorite, I couldn’t stand Kirino. Really liked Pandora Hearts, Gil is so cute. I really liked Trigun until my favorite character died. After a while Vash’s naiveté started to get on my nerves, and I blame him for my fave characters death. Angel Beats was good, I loved the OVA. As for Psychic Detective Yakumo, Haruka was dumb as a rock, and her and Yakumo. Yakumo was cute and I like his seiyuu, Ono Daisuke. I wish there had been more actual plot and less individual episodes. I think the whole deal with his father is really interesting, some backstory would have been nice. Okami Kakushi and Sailor Moon are okay, Star Driver is so crack, Hidamari Sketch is so mellow. I like to watch it before I go to bed, particularly after a more dramatic or scary anime, it really helps me to calm down.

    ANN says Bleach is ending. People in the comments say it definitely won’t, but I’m not so sure anymore. I love my stupid Bleach and my stupid Bleach fillers. I always thought it could survive a nuclear bomb, like a cockroach, but I’m not so sure anymore. There’s been so much talk of it ending, for months.

    I’m following Yamane Ayano on Twitter now. I know I’m going to forget and then wonder why there’s Japanese in my Twitter feed. Chrome automatically “translates” everything, but only for what’s on the page at the time. She recently said the Finder series isn’t ending, which it seemed to be. I’m happy but who knows what’s going to happen to it now, and my beloved Junjou Romantica and Okane ga Nai, because of those bastard Japanese. The Japanese have earned my eternal hatred, and when I die I hope to become a Ju-on and haunt them/destroy them, and many violent J-horror movies will be made about me. :devil:

    Meg and Cyn’s Excellent Adventure

    Or not. Last week my great aunt and I were going to go to Sears in the mall to get my eyes checked. My glasses have been broken for a while now, and I haven’t had a real eye exam in over 5 years, so I am in desperate need of some new frames and a new prescription. We ended up not going because Cynthia heard on the news that it was going to storm. It ended up briefly raining that evening. We finally went yesterday. The news had called for rain again, but only scattered showers. So we ventured out. Getting to South Hills Village is even more complicated than it has been in the past. More and more bus and street car services are being cut, so now it usually takes a street car and a bus both ways. First you have to go downtown than catch the street car that goes all the way out to South Hills Village. Or you have to take the street car halfway to SHV, then take on the rest of the way. Like I said, either way you have to do it twice, because there are almost no street cars going all the way there anymore. Luckily, there was one a little after two, so we caught a bus and went a ways to Mt. Lebanon because Cythia didn’t want to walk up all the hills to got to the street car near us. We waited about 20-30 minutes both times for the bus and street car. When we got to the mall and into Sears one of the people working there said the eye doctor was at lunch and to check back after 3. So we went to get my Visa gift card first. I always get Visa gift cards twice a year, once with my birthday money, and then in the early spring with my Christmas money. I’ve been doing this for years and never had a problem before, but this time the woman didn’t understand that I wanted ALL of the money on there. I had $100, and it’s about a $3 activation fee. So whatever money I have I get whatever left over put on the card. She just couldn’t understand that. So she only put $95 on there and gave me a two dollars and nickle back. I was so pissed. I don’t do this very often and I didn’t have a lot of money to begin with, every dollar counts.

    It was after 3 when we went back to Sears and the eye doctor still wasn’t there. We waited for a while, but I started to feel sick so we gave up and went to eat at Eat n Park. The day hadn’t been great so far, but it wasn’t exactly bad. I got my card, and I got a nice lunch. It was near the end of the meal that things started to go downhill at a fast pace. I was seated facing the window so I noticed it getting darker and darker outside, and then wind started to pick up. The trees outside were really flailing. Then it started to rain. Then pour. Until some moments you couldn’t even see more than a few feet outside. I told my aunt she said the weatherman had said “a chance of showers” not “a chance of armagedon”. Like most of the people in there we waited it out. One of the waitresses said they had gotten a call from someone saying they were being advised on the news not to drive. In terms of severity, there have actually been worse storms. It was quite windy and rained a lot, but except for a lot of lightning flashes in the clouds, and probably no more than three cloud to ground lightning strikes, and one big thunder/lightning clap, at was pretty uneventful. The rain was heavy though. It was even coming in one of Eat n Parks windows. The lights also blinked a few times. But nothing gave any indicator of what we were to see later.

    After it stopped raining we walked from Eat n Park down to the parking garage, which you have to pass through to get to the street car. We saw two parked buses out front, one broken down, but didn’t think anything of it then. When we got to the street car some people who had parked there to catch the street car were held up at the pay station. When we approached one of the kids with them said the street cars weren’t running and the man said that the power was down and we’d have to take a bus. They left and the guy at the pay station said that a bus would be coming and we could take that and catch a different street car (he turned out to be wrong). We went to one of the buses out front where another group of stranded people had gathered. We were the last ones on and we left. We came upon what looked like a mass exodus out of the city. Cars were backed up everywhere and many places were without power. Even some traffic lights were down. I told Cynthia there should have been a cop there directing traffic, and there usually is in these situations. Now I guess one was on the way, but he was having trouble because of all the traffic. Some streets were closes because of down trees. I saw one street roped off with a huge tree that had tumbled right into the middle of it. Everyone on the bus was staring at the chaos around them. I think a few micro bursts had to have happened, because I saw one tree that had not only fallen down, but had had its roots ripped right out of the ground. There was about 3 feet of roots/dirt attached to it. Another tree had fallen on the back of someones car. Some trees only had branches snap off, albeit large ones. And of course there were many down power lines. Unfortunately for us our troubles weren’t over yet. As soon as we had set off the bus had been lurching quite a bit, and when we got to Banksville and Potomac the whole thing just stopped. One of the women asked the driver to explain what was going on, because most don’t they just leave you sitting there for a while, but this one seemed nice and after that kept us informed. He said that the last bus he was on broken down and they have him another broken bus, the trasmission and generator were down and he was waiting for another bus to come help. We waited for a while, but after talking on this phone a few times he told us we could stay and wait or walk up the hill to the street car (wrong again). Because of the traffic and how many downed trees there were it would take a while for anyone to get there. Most people decided to take the hill, except for one woman turned back because of how steep it was. And it was steep. Pittsburgh is a very hilly city with some very steep hills, and added to it the uneven and cracked pavements it can be hard to navigate. It took us a while to get up because it was a couple miles. We continued to see more split trees and power lines down. I was on the lookout for them all the time, because many were probably still live.

    Now, I said that both guys were wrong because when we got within distance of where the street car was it was clear none were running. There were many people standing around, and more backed up traffic. None of the places there had power either. We thought that was strange because normally SHV gets bad weather, but our area always seems to avoid it. Not this time. Three street cars in a row, the first one a double, were going out towards the South Hills area were finally going in when we finally made it to Potomac/Dormont. There still weren’t any street cars going our way so we decided to continue walking. A few minutes later one came but we didn’t bother to try to get on. Cynthia wondered why all the street cars including the ones earlier were moving so slow, and I think it’s because they had to be on the lookout for trees on the tracks. If they were going at normal speeds and it one they could derail, and even if they stayed on the tracks people would get hurt when it impacted. Of course with all the street cars moving slow and traffic backed up to begin with people were throwing little hissy fits and honking their horns. It was so ridiculous. Everyone was in the same situation, there’s nothing anyone can do about it. You’re probably not on your way to the hospital, so just deal with it. And they were lucky to be in their cars. We walked about 2-3 miles that day, they just got to sit in their cars in the air conditioning. Before we got home we continued to see downed trees and power lines wherever we went. There were the constant noise of police and fire engine sirens in the distance. Walking home we passed one ambulance, but his sirens weren’t on, saw one police car zoom by, and one small fire engine passed us, sirens blaring. We saw him later parked in someones driveway, but it was a small truck, and there weren’t any hoses out, so I think a tree fell on someones house. We finally got back and a neighbor came out to say how bad it was here, and that some branches fell off her tree and ours. She also said the power was out.

    Cynthia had been worried that one of the trees behind her house would fall on the people behind us, but they didn’t. A large branch fell into our yard, the other neighbors had some branches fall in ours, and two trees in ours and there’s were bent over. After surveying the damage and finding nothing too bad, we got out the candles and flash lights, and since she has a land line, Cynthia called Duquesne light to get the ETA on electricity. They didn’t have a time frame, but the recording said 44,000 homes were without power. Then she began calling the extended family. I didn’t bother calling my mom, since she has Comcast, and when the power is out the phone is too. I didn’t try her cell phone because I didn’t think she’d want to waste her minutes. She did call later on though, after she had been drinking a while. The power didn’t come on that evening, so we were left in the dark with nothing to do. I tried to lay down, but even though I was exhausted, it was so hot I couldn’t sleep. I kept checking my little digital clock (Harry Potter golden snitch clip on) and the streets to see if power had come back. The old folks home near here had it of course, because they have a generator. Because Pittsburgh is so hilly you can see pretty far in the distance, and I could see people getting their lights back, until we were the only area around here that didn’t. The moon was very bright at least, even though it was cloudy, and earlier on when the moon as out, it looked yellow orange. Very pretty. If it hadn’t been so cloudy I know we could have seen a lot of stars, since this is the only time we would have been able to. It’s usually too bright in the city to see anything. I finally did fall asleep, and when I woke up at 8 there was still no power. Went back to sleep, and at 1, no power. Cynthia said 22000 homes were still without electricity. Later on someone on Vodeli, a street near here said they had been told not to expect it until Saturday and Sunday. Brookline got their power back, Naomi, a cousin, got her power back, and Gary (probably a cousin) in Carrick got his back. But Pap Pap who lives in an apartment building not too far from Naomi didn’t have any power. So it was spotty. Brookline and Beechview are close to here and most of them had their power, Mt Lebanon didn’t, and I don’t know about Dormont, both those are the places surrounding here. Cynthia, my mom, and I were very pissed off to here no electricity until the weekend. It had already been 24 hours since the power had gone out, and 2-3 days? Ridiculous! The ice cream was melted, the ice cubes were melted, and everything in the fridge was going bad. I settled myself down with some catalogs and magazines to try to distract myself from the heat and boredom. Suddenly, after 5, the power came back on. I heard some people screaming in the streets, and Cynthia and I were just like “praise the lord!” So I got the fan on, and plugged the computer in, because I had already used up it’s 1:40 minutes battery. We’re just happy to have power back now.

    The animals were going crazy after the storm happened. I saw a few squirrels running around, and a chipmunk dark across the street, and Cynthia found a poor dead bird this morning. She mentioned that she hadn’t even heard any birds today, so I don’t know where they all went. The only things that aren’t acting strange is the bugs. In the early fall there is a barrage of what they call “stink bugs”. They’re trying to get in everyone’s homes for the winter. Last year, or two years ago, my mom and I were downtown this time of year were saw a these beetle looking bugs everywhere. It was like a plague, they were literally everywhere. We had no idea what they were. I saw an article last week on the stink bugs and I recognized them. They’ve been all over the windows trying to get in, and today, since the windows have been open, one made it in. Cynthia flushed him down the drain in the kitchen. It’s like an invasion. There’ll be 4 at a time on several windows. I saw one caught in a spiders web, and I felt a little sorry for it, but it’s so disgusting having them all over the place all the time that I can’t spare too much pity for them.

    The night before last I did manage to see a planet. I heard one was going to be really bright, and if it was that bright here I can’t imagine how it would look in the country. I was just in the living room and I saw a bright speck of light through the gap in the curtains, and was surprised to see the planet. I got an extra treat when a few seconds later I was a raccoon run across the street. At first I thought it was one of the cats of the woman across the street because she lets them out, but I noticed it was built differently. Then I saw it’s point tail and its mask and I recognized it. I was so happy to see the cute little raccoony. I’ve never seen on in person before. Apparently there’s some possums around here too, the woman with the cats leaves food out for them. Not as cute as the coon, but I wouldn’t want them to starve either. I hope they all stay safe though because the people around here are jag offs, especially the neighbors who go hunting. They have a couple of emaciated hunting dogs that get left outside all the time. And that’s how they treat their expensive purebred dogs. After we got back after the storm and we were looking out back we saw the two dogs out in their yard. I hope they didn’t leave the poor things out in the storm.

    Edit Edit Edit!!!!: After about an hour and a half the power went out. Bastards.
    A minute later: And the power is back on? For now…
    Another minute: Off. Right after I turned the fan back on…
    Turned the fan back on… now stay on!

    Maybe it Was McGonagall

    Mmm, food. I’m still only eating once a day. I said I would and I am, even though I’m half forcing myself to do it. After I went to Cynthia’s my mood stabilized for a little bit. The last blog, Epic Troll, shows that best. Then my mom called again (she was going to the store) and just hearing from her sent me spiraling again. She called again yesterday, Cynthia said because she wanted to know how I was since I hadn’t called her. So I asked why she didn’t call, and she said it was because I didn’t call her. Then she had the audacity to call me stubborn. When someone runs you our of their home, it kind of makes it seem like you don’t want to talk to them. If she wondered how I was (which I doubt she did) her phone works. We didn’t talk much, but she wondered if Kribel’s (a bakery) took food stamps. At first I didn’t know why she was talking about getting a cake, it took me a little while to realize my birthday is now three days away. She offered to try to bake a cake, but she doesn’t have any cake pans or a spatula so I don’t know if she will. She also still does not have a job. She says no one will hire her because she’s too old, but she’s not even 50 yet. I don’t think she’s really trying. Also, our disability hasn’t gone through, so she hasn’t paid the rest of the rent. She says she’s going to drop the internet for now, and later on we’ll switch to Verizon, which I think is stupid, stupid, stupid. I don’t like Comcast, but I’m used to it and know what to expect. I have On Demand, I have the channels I want, and the caller ID comes up on the TV screen. I also saw their packages, and until Comcast Current TV, Sundance, IFC, and other channels aren’t included. I saw my mom briefly yesterday when I took Cynthia’s money down to her so she could stop at McD instead of us going. It was so hot, and when I said Cynthia and I were planning on going down later, she offered to do something nice and go get it herself. When I went down I also took the opportunity to get my cat. My mom said Allie had been very depressed and kept looking for me, and I’d been wanting to get her anyway so I did. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep her up here though. The heat isn’t bad right now, but she hasn’t drunk any water or used the litter box since she got here, and Allie is a big water drinker. She gave the water one tentative lick, and stepped into the litter for the first time an hour ago, but she immediately got out. If she doesn’t get used to it soon I’ll have to take her back.

    Yesterday my mom said she was going to try to get to the store today. She never went to the store this much when it was just me down there. If she goes today it’ll be the third time this month, and she’s gotten me a total of 3 TV dinners. One the first time, and two the second. Half of those food stamps are technically mine, and I’ll I’ve gotten are three TV dinners when I know they’re eating down there. After the second time she called Cynthia asking if she had a funnel because she was making ice tea, and later called again asking if she had a cheese grater and some pepper! She’s turned into Martha Stewart down there. I don’t remember the last time I ate a real dinner at “home”. I miss crock pot chicken and beef, shake n bake chicken (can you tell I love chicken), mashed potatoes (I love mashed potatoes!), garlic bread, and biscuits! Cynthia’s oven doesn’t work, and she doesn’t have a crock pot, so I can’t have anything like that here. The other day she did make some mashed potatoes though, and I think they were real mashed potatoes, and not flakes from a box. I could tell by the texture and taste. I’d mash them myself if it meant getting more, because they were so good.

    The other day my glasses broke. It’s the same thing that happened with my last pair. The joint where the glasses close wore down, and the left temple popped out. With my last glasses, the temple was out and one of the nose pads had fallen off. I’d had them for at least 3 years. This one is around two years old. Cynthia says when it gets cooler she’ll take me to get my blood test done, get my MRI and CT Scan prescriptions from the doctor, and go to the eye doctor, since it’s all covered by my insurance. I’m sure my mother still hasn’t gotten her test done, despite her adamant declarations that she has cancer or something equally bad. I can tell she’s real worried about it.

    I don’t know if I’ll watch any anime or read any manga today, but I’ll try. I have seen anything since the 13th when I watched the second episode of Kuroshitsuji. Another chapter of Kuroshitsuji was released, and a surprise release of Aiso Tsukashi, a yaoi I’m following (I do not like the new character, I’m only reading it because of Sawaragi). I have been listening to some BL dramas, Junjou Romantica mostly. Can’t understand most of what they’re saying, but I’ve read the manga and seen the anime so I know what’s happening. I’ve also been reading Japanese Code Geass fan fics in Chrome, with my very poor Google translation. Oh, it says the funniest things. The translations are really ridiculous, but there’s so much Shunaruru (what they call the Schneizel/Lelouch pairing) out there. I was also on the site Pivix, and apparently Clovis’s birthday is October 14? There were quite a few fan arts wishing Clovis a happy birthday for October 14.

    I’ve also started switching over my old fanlisting site Among the Stars (x.lisabee.org) to my new one at boysloveboys.org, my BL domain. I really like the way the layout turned out. It features Akira and Shirogane from Monochrome Factor. Eventually when I’m done with this and have recovered, I’ll move all my anime fanlistings to their new domain Zangetsuki.org, except of course the ones that have their own domain like Code Geass. Usami Haruhiko (Junjou Romantica) and Kuba Homare (Okane ga Nai) will be on boysloveboys.org, since their both yaoi.

    Besides listening to BL dramas, and reading Schneizel x Lelouch fan fic, I’ve been watching Dragnet. Pittsburgh has a station called RTV which plays a lot of old shows. Dragnet, Adam-12, Incredible Hulk, Kojak, and late at night Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Dragnet is very cheesy (they all are). The writings bad, the actings bad, and it’s like a long PSA. But I like it, mainly because I like Friday. I like his voice, and he usually remains polite and calm even when dealing with jerks.

    Now, as for the title of the post, a strange thing happened the other night. I heard a cat meowing outside. I looked outside and one cat was sitting across the street, I think it is that persons (the one directly across the street from us) since it looked like a big cat, and she has a Maine Coon like Tiger. I went downstairs and Tiger was sniffing at the door (he does not like other cats). I looked outside, wondering if it went on the porch, and there was a cat there, a different one. The other cat was gone. It was just sitting there. It saw me looking and looked directly at me and meowed again. Then it jumped off the porch and walked across and up the street. It might belong to that woman too, she has several cats and she always lets them out when she’s home (it’s stupid and irresponsible to let a cat out anytime). I don’t know what it wanted.

    I almost completely forgot! Every Avatar TLA fan should know by now about the new mini/series. Legend of Korra. I’d been hearing about Korra for a while now, but I didn’t think any info on it would come out until the panel at Comic-Con. Too bad it’s not coming out until 2011.

    There a Title

    Now leave me alone WordPress, I added a title. Now I finally have something to write about. The day after my mom invited my grandfather down to the bar, she said she’d never do it again and told a little bit about it. First Pap Pap told his Pap Pap jokes, but then he really embarrassed my mom, talking about one time when he came home and found someone passed out in the snow in his yard. It was his then son-in-law, my father. Pap Pap had two glasses of wine and he was drunk. She said he was swaying all over the place, and taking her beer and pouring it into his wine glass.

    Also, when my mom stopped yesterday she was looking in her purse for something, and noticed all her sleeping pills (which she apparently had a lot of) were gone. So someone had been in her purse and took them. She thinks it’s the guy she’s been staying with in Dormont. Well, that’s what you get when you know someone for only a few months then start staying every night with them. She said she might come home yesterday since she was angry with that person, but I knew she wouldn’t. She’d get angry with Matt, and he’d say all kinds of stuff to her and behind her back, but that never changed anything.

    Then when she had stopped home to put the trash out she poured some old wine in the bathroom sink and tried to turn the water on to wash it out. We haven’t had water in either sink, and barely in the tub, for almost a year now. She said she’d forgotten. I’m so glad that she can forget about things like that. But I’m here all day every day, so I don’t have that luxury. I get to stay here without water in this hellhole while she’s out gallivanting every night.

    I saw my first ant of the season yesterday. I was sitting at the computer and I turned my head right and there was a little ant crawling on my shoulder. I hope it’s the only one. Last year it was a nightmare, there were ants everywhere. There’s plenty of cracks and holes in this dump for them to come through, so it’s very easy for them and other disgusting bugs to get in. I ended up have to clean all of my bedroom and the kitchen. I can’t go through that again. It’s too much stress and pain. Last time I cleaned I felt so sick. I felt sick to my stomach, I a horrible kind of sick I’d never felt before, and my head was pounding, and I was so dizzy I couldn’t stand. I had to lie down and not move for hours after that. The time before that when the ants were here should have been a warning. I felt bad after then too, though not like the last time, but several different things happen. My legs went out from under me twice. The first time there was a pain in the back of my head, top of my neck, the shot down my spine and then into my right leg. It almost completely took me down. Luckily I caught myself before I hit the stove. The second time I was walking an my right leg went out again. The second type happens to me a couple times a year. For a brief second it’s like my leg no longer works anymore, or isn’t even there, and then it comes back. I’ve always managed to catch myself so far. In that I am a lucky person. I am always walking into things, almost falling or actually falling in the shower, down stairs, or just for no reason. It’s a miracle I haven’t seriously injured myself yet.

    I was just about to say something else, but forgot what it was before I typed it, so that’s all for now.