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[Warning, this is gonna be all over the place]

Tomorrow morning at 9am, Bill's oldest son (second born child) Philip, and his wife Julie come to visit, and help with his estate planning. This will probably change everything in my life. For a hint as to why, let's get some context on why I'm scared and kinda freaking out…

Bill and I have been seeing each other for almost 16 years to the day. I've been living with him for roughly 14 of those years. During those 16 years, I have never met any of his three children. I know all about them. I know their names. I know their rough ages. I was with Bill when both Amy's (Eldest child) children were born. I know personal stories of their childhood. I know fascinating stories about his ex-wife.

They don't know I exist. Well, now Philip knows I exist, but that's literally the extent of it.

Bill isn't out to his kids, and has no intention of doing so, even at my request for the last 16 years. Philip and his family are very religious of the 'born again' variety. Also, Bill's mental faculties have declined in the last couple of years, and significantly so within the last 3 weeks. There are periods where he says things that aren't real, but have some basis in his past (like his career, or other routines). This evening, he was convinced that people were coming over tonight, and that tomorrow morning, 'other patients' will be coming in and out of the house ('people' coming in and out of the house on the regular is a theme. I believe it ties back to his academic career when he was a Dean at Cornell). I tried to convince him otherwise, but this isn't rational, and you simply can't expect rational tactics to work. That's probably the hardest thing for me to come to grips with. I'm a scientist. I hypothesise, and experiment, in hopes that my hypothesis will be correct. That's logic. This has nothing to do with logic — or even emotion. That's hard for me to grok. There are no patterns, only the illusions of patterns.

Yesterday, he didn't recognise me, while I was sleeping next to him. He no longer reliably remembers the story of how we first met (at a Starbucks). I think he's now using the tactic of telling me he remembers things once I explain them to him ("Do you remember that?" "Yes."). I think he does it so I don't worry so much about him.

We don't comingle our finances — we don't even buy each other gifts, but literally everything I own is in the house… the house that my name isn't on. We have no papers together (we're not married, I'm not his tenant, CT has no concept of common-law marriage).

You can see how well this is gonna go.

Sure, it's entirely possible this will all just be cool. I'm pretty sure that possibility is a rounding error.

The reality of the situation is that I can no longer be the only one that takes care of him. He doesn't want to drive anymore (understandable), so I drive us everywhere. It does however, make him homebound for the entire day I am at the office — or, in the case of the other week — the entire time I'm on holiday. I was able to insure that he had a proper dinner, through various delivery apps, and he's historically been able to manage breakfast by himself (cereal, milk, fruit), but lunch is no longer consistent. I call him at the lunch hour to ask if he's had lunch, and even when he says 'yes', I come home to find no evidence. I do however, find evidence of his not eating, as he's more lethargic and less able to track conversations. He needs to be able to go places during the day (the park, stores, etc), and he needs a proper mid-day meal. He also needs to get to various doctor appointments. I'm over my limit in what I can do for him alone. I realise there are services out there that do exactly this sort of thing, but Bill's not interested in having them.

I have no idea what will happen tomorrow, and it scares the shit out of me.
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So… the Read page doesn't show anything prior to 14 days, nor over 20 entries?? That seems… limiting.

May. 23rd, 2017 10:25 pm
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He still holds onto, and keeps coming back to the idea that there are other people in this house. He can't name them, nor describe them, but he insists they are here.

I can't talk him out of it.
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I'm going to be at Paisley Park this week (starting Wednesday), until Monday. That should be quite a bit of fun.

I'm quite worried about being away from Bill. He's not had good goes recently, and there's only so much I can suss out over the phone.

ROFL LJ

Apr. 6th, 2017 12:12 am
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It seems my last post wouldn't cross-post because I didn't sign the new EULA, so I just nuked it right then. Most folks I still keep in contact with via other means. I'll lose some friends, but considering I didn't post much here, I wasn't much of a friend to the folks that posted. I feel kinda bad about that. Lately, I just haven't been feeling it.

So, I'm Out

Apr. 5th, 2017 11:39 pm
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There's some hot garbage involving the new EULA over at LJ, so I won't be posting there anymore. I'm putting 2 weeks on the clock, then I'm destroying it. The content is all here on DW (If you are seeing this on LJ, I'm simply 'octothorpe' on Dreamwidth), including the replies — so I'm not worried about that.

So now I'll have one less moribund blog.

See ya, Space Cowboy
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Hey all

Just popping in. I don't want to bum anyone out, but my Christmas was… not a good one. Various celebrity deaths aside (holy fuck 2016, chill the hell out), the parental situation is reached a point where I'm unwilling to spend more time with them. I'm an adult, and I shouldn't have to be trapped in a situation where I have to swallow fascist rhetoric. So, next year, I'm thinking I'll go on a cruise or something. I'm not a cruise person, but it'll get me out of visiting my folks for a year.

In other, less stressful news, I managed to take a sanity day in NYC, alone. Away from family, away from Bill (another stressful situation — for another post, maybe), and away from friends. It was wonderful. For the first time in longer than I can remember, I felt free. I really needed that.

I wound up having dinner at Ippudo http://www.ippudony.com for some comfort food. I got there about 15 mins before they opened, and queued up. I was probably 70th in the queue. Patrons were seated quickly. Larger parties were already starting to wait for a turnover. As a party of one, I was seated within 5 minutes (yay!). The place is run like a traditional ramen house where you are announced, and greeted by the cooks (and wait staff) in Japanese. Even the American workers knew the drill. I had their 'classic' ramen, which includes some non-traditional dashi (broth). It included ginger. It added a brightness and lightness to the dish that I really enjoyed. Their tare was very good, and fairly complex. They definitely lived up to the hype. I've been trying to go for over a year, without success, and the wait was worth it. I also had their pork buns. They were excellent, although I prefer Momofuku's. I paired the ramen with a special beer made by Brooklyn Brewery, 'Kaedama' (named after the word you shout when you want more noodles for your broth) http://brooklynbrewery.com/blog/news/brooklyn-kaedama-ale-a-taste-of-something-extra-w-your-ramen/ It was pretty amazing, and paired perfectly.

After the meal, I rolled myself out of the restaurant, and caught a showing of Hidden Figures. See the flick. It's good, and deserving of your money. For those not hipped to it, it's based on a book that tells the story of 3 African-American women who played key roles in NASA getting the US into space, and eventually the moon. History has traditionally wiped out the hard work of minorities and women in key roles of pivotal events, and this film shines some light. I'd not read the book, but now it's on my list. I mean, who doesn't love space, and stories about NASA?

My body has no idea what time it is, and I have to go to work in the morning. Good times.

pax
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It's caroling season!

Now that the Internet is vastly more of a thing than it was even 10 years ago, I am now able to dig up some carols I used to sing. (I don't do much carolling these days for various reasons).

These folks are friends of my ex-GF, and we used to sing together.

One of my favourite carols: Coventry Carol:


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This is great…



Paging [livejournal.com profile] jwg
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if you are passive, you are complicit. I will not be passive.

Punk rock, motherfuckers.

Prince

Apr. 23rd, 2016 05:33 pm
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I'm still not over his death.

It's going to be a long while, I think.

Cold

Oct. 10th, 2015 09:32 am
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I felt it coming yesterday. That tightness in the back of your throat. By the evening, a few sneezes, and that tightness turned to sandpaper.

Currently I am 35,000 feet in the air, about to have a week-long holiday… and I have a cold.

Grrr!
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Today (Friday) is my last day at IF.

I'm headed out to SF on Saturday morning, staying until Tuesday.

Tuesday, I'm headed to Seattle, where I'll stay until Saturday.

Saturday, I stay overnight in SF, and fly home Sunday.

New job starts Monday.

RENEW! RENEW!
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Handed my resignation in last Thursday. My final day is (I believe) the 9th, and I start my new gig on the 19th October.

I also received the new (to me) speakers!

B&W 803D

B&W 803D

B&W 803D


The tweeter is actually a giant industrial diamond (well, sorta… they fuse a lot of tiny ones together to make a single 1.5" dome). I got to listen to them for a few hours over the weekend before re-packing them and moving them upstairs (I need to re-design the room they'll eventually be in). They're really quite lovely, but I need some alone time with source material I am familiar with, rather than Bill's random assortment of discs he had on-hand. The temp location was also horrible. In listening position, the mid/bass drivers were cut off from the listening position by several large pieces of furniture. Standing in front of them, while way too close, it was like being at the recording. So many subtle details are revealed that you couldn't really make out before with quite-nice-but-lesser speakers. It'll take me awhile to get used to them.

The new amp comes Tuesday. I think I am going to get a cheap pre/pro as that component seems to be in a lot of flux right now. Many competing encoding/decoding standards, and the better brands haven't caught up, but by the time they do, I reckon at least a few won't be used 'in the wild'.

Poloponies

Aug. 24th, 2015 01:28 am
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Yes, I'm still alive. Some of you have seen me comment on your journals. I just haven't felt like posting anything particularly personal these last few years. Maybe because I've been unhappy. Maybe there isn't much to say.

I did do something fun today though… I went to see the East Coast Open polo match. It was a lot of fun. I took my camera, and managed to get some pics that didn't totally suck. I am however, woefully out of practice.





Oh, and it looks like Flickr and LJ have made it more difficult to insert an image. Guess I won't be doing much of that here anymore.

Sorry.
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Back from getting wrapped, EXO'd, and ecodes (with some additional VAGCOM changes thrown in as well).

RS5 First Shoot-13

RS5 First Shoot-12

RS5 First Shoot-1

RS5 First Shoot-4

RS5 First Shoot-7

2015 RS5 Lava Grey Pearl

RS5 First Shoot-11

It's Here!

Dec. 5th, 2014 12:25 am
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Finally, after 50 weeks of waiting, it's here.

And it's beautiful. The crap iPhone pics don't do it justice. Real pics coming when I put the wrap on (the weekend next).

2015 RS5 Lava Grey Pearl

2015 RS5 Lava Grey Pearl

2015 RS5 Lava Grey Pearl
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It seems my car is being built a month early!

::happydance::


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I created a Storify version of my Twitter timeline.

https://storify.com/octothorpe/ferguson


I can't take it anymore.

Grrrr!

Mar. 1st, 2014 06:29 pm
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Warning: First World White Boy Problems

As those who follow me on G+ know, I got a letter from the Audi folks the other day. It seems my MY2014 RS5 will be pushed to a MY2015 RS5, which means I won't receive it until July at the earliest. I'm pretty frustrated about this, as I ordered it in December 2013. The dealer had allocation by December 31st, but it never got out of Factory Order Bank. The steps in the process are basically: allocation (the window the dealer has to order specific cars from the factory), factory order bank (the factory acknowledging the order), production order bank (build date/building the car), shipping (on the boat/in port/customs), dealer stock (physically at the dealer for prep/customer pickup). Obviously the delayed time is a problem.

What's a larger problem is the MY2015s haven't been announced yet. The dealers don't have their option books, and there have been no leaks of what they'll change from MY2014 to MY2015. There were subtle differences between MY2013 and MY2014, but no platform switch. MY2015 is a total unknown. year over year, they often tweak trim options and sometimes mechanical features. It's possible (although still unlikely) that MY2015 will bring about the new B9 platform for the Audi 4 and 5 series. This means a total revamp of the body, and an entirely new engine. They will get rid of the high revving naturally aspirated V8 and replace it with a forced-induction V6. Nice, but a large factor in my buying decision was that V8. The other HUGE factor was the sexy-as-fuck body. Simply, the car is a classic. Some of the pulled-out-of-the-arse renderings I've seen of the B9 platform RS5 are simply not good.

In the end, I had the dealer keep the order in the system. They will announce the MY2015 cars in late March/April timeframe, and then I'll know more. I do reserve the right to cancel my order. I can probably leverage something out of the deal if I wish to keep it.

In other news, my frustration with the Kimpton Hotel chain's InTouch loyalty programme continues. They are all good folks, and they truly want to help to do the right thing. However, the company puts in so many obstacles that prevent their employees from achieving this, you really have to wonder why I bother being loyal to them at all. To wit, every time I've attempted to redeem my rewards nights, I've had to jump through a jillion hoops along with the person on the other end of the phone. It's never a simple transaction like "hey, I'm booking 5 nights, 2 of which will be rewards nights". Oh, no. Each reward night type (there are at least two) has to be a separate transaction/reservation, and separate from normal paid nights. I now have three separate reservations for a five night stay. Of course, this triggered minimum stay requirements, and it also triggered pricing changes, all of which had to be reconciled. On top of this, I've had to deal with rewards nights simply disappearing, as they have insanely short expiry dates. Even airlines are better at this. Loyalty is a two-way street. If they're not loyal to me as a customer, why am I loyal to them?

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