The vXboy’s African hedgehog Clarence passed away, sometime between the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon just after Thanksgiving.
I didn’t post about this because I couldn’t find these photographs:
We don’t know what Clarence died of, but he could have lived to between 6 and 8, but he only made it to three-and-a-half. Perhaps it was the tumor/abscesses/cysts he started developing, the worst of which led to this surgery:
That’s Cam and Erin from Color Country Animal Hospital. They’d never operated on an African hedgehog before, so they did their best (and he lived for close to two years after this).
Poor Clarence. He was destined to live in a cage. We used to keep it on a rarely used dining room table. Then we got Big Buddy. He was a rescue dog, street savvy, and not that young. And he was way too curious about whether that thing on the table was edible.
So I built a shelf up on the wall, high enough for a big dog to never reach (over 5 feet up). Clarence lived up there over his half his days. He was never very social to begin with, but the surgery made him less so.
Even so, the vXboy was pretty upset about his demise.
That’s my flag. It was a national holiday and all, so I put it out just after sunrise.
Nope, no one else with a flag out.
And the thing is, there’s a service run by our local LDS ward that puts out flags for just about everyone on just about every holiday.*
We live on a corner though, and surely there were flags flying in the other direction:
No luck there either. I had more luck looking towards the west:
That’s my flag again. Sorry about the dimness of this one, but if you look in the distance there is a flag out in front of the local LDS bishop’s house.
I drove a few miles through my neighborhood late Monday afternoon, and I saw all of 3 flags: mine, the bishop’s, and a non-LDS neighbor a few doors to the right of this shot.
* I opted out of that service a few years ago, since I now have a nicer flag. Also, it was run as a fundraiser by the local Young Men’s and Young Women’s groups in our LDS ward, and they were hit-or-miss about asking whether their non-LDS neighbors were intereted in paying for the service.
I came into the office after the holiday weekend and said hello to colleague Greg Powell.
He complemented me on the music I’d been playing (loudly) in my office over the weekend.
But I wasn’t in my office. What gives?
There’s some software I use called PushBullet. It’s on all my devices. If the webpage I’m looking at is not appropriate for that device, I click on PushBullet and it will push that link off to a more appropriate device.
I came across some music videos while riding my stationary bike. I had no headphones nearby, so I pushed those pages to my office to listen to today.
But, YouTube is hyperactive: autoplay is its default.
As soon as they showed up in my office, they started playing.
And once they finished with the first one, they played the rest of the autoplay list on the right hand side.
It can’t have sounded that great, with several tabs all playing at the same time. Here’s what was on:
The previous link to Mark Perry, which may have just played once.
Amy MacDonald — a whole playlist starting with “Mr. Rock & Roll”, via Newmark’s Door.
“Lazy”, by Jimmy Barnes and Joe Bonamassa, via Tim Worstall, although I’m not sure this one started on its own or not.
And a whole bunch of classic arena rock, with quite a bit of Heart and Journey … all because I followed a link to an acoustic set by Prince. I’m not a fan of Prince, but I do know he had chops when wanted to show them off, and I was right.
Just for the weirdness, here’s the history from the day I wasn’t there.
I do not quite understand what happened with the Prince link. I clicked back repeatedly, and sure enough on Monday it led to all the arena rock, but on Tuesday when I played it, I was led to more of a Prince playlist.
* He’s not the only economist who used to be a musician. I started winding down my playing in 1985. Once upon a time I was a pretty mean acoustic guitar player; I even jammed on stage with Steve Howe once. I miss it, and I don’t: my life is very full, and I do not feel like dropping what I do now in favor of guitar.
The vXwife ordered necklaces made of Christmas lights for the vXgirl.
There were set to arrive the Tuesday before Christmas. They didn’t.
On Thursday, she called UPS. And they said the package had been delivered, as scheduled, on Tuesday. We said it hadn’t, but they said they had GPS data that it had. They agreed to send out the actual deliveryman.
The two of us went off to St. George, and left the vXboy to deal with him.
The UPS guy never came to our house at all.
Yet, within a couple of hours, creepy neighbor knocks on our door, and turns over the package. He claimed it was delivered that day.
It was addressed to us (we have no evidence that it was and that he took it off our porch, but you never know).
He said he opened it by mistake, but that he had plugged “the lights” in and they worked.
The necklaces did not work (completely).
These were novelty items that were packed with the button batteries in place, and a plastic insert that had to be cut out preventing them from making contact.
On one necklace, the plastic insert had been ripped out (that necklace worked, sort of).
On the other necklace the whole battery module had been broken apart like someone had used a pliers on it to look for a plug.
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