When I was a child, Arthur used to pretend to be Mr Grinch. He liked the schtick, and it suited his personality.
Keith’s family is very musical. So they come and perform music. Here is Keith’s sister, Michelle, her husband Tim, and Ky (sp?), who is Keith’s nephew (but not Michelle and Tim’s son). They are performing the song, Mr Grinch.
“Mr. Grinch,” written by Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss).
You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch
You really are a heel,
You’re as cuddly as a cactus, you’re as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch,
You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel!
You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch,
Your heart’s an empty hole,
Your brain is full of spiders, you have garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch,
I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!
You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch,
You have termites in your smile,
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch,
Given a choice between the two of you’d take the seasick crocodile!
You’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch,
You’re the king of sinful sots,
Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch,
You’re a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!
You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch,
With a nauseous super “naus”!,
You’re a crooked dirty jockey and you drive a crooked hoss, Mr. Grinch,
Your soul is an appalling dump heap overflowing with the most disgraceful
assortment of rubbish imaginable mangled up in tangled up knots!
You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch,
You’re a nasty wasty skunk,
Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch,
The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote,
“Stink, stank, stunk”!
Our Thanksgiving Thursday was very low-key. Our main, feasting-focused, celebratory event will be on Saturday – that works out better for people’s travel schedules to get here, etc.
So we just had dinner, the four of us: Juli, Keith, Arthur and I.
I am not in the best of sorts, lately. Between the lingering head-cold and the stunning, frustrating and discombobulating news that I am not considered an Alaska Resident by the University of Alaska, I have been feeling physically and emotionally wrecked.
So I was struggling to feel much thankfulness today. Anyway, thanks for reading this, I guess.
We drove into the Portland VA this morning for a specialist appointment for Arthur. It was like “old times,” when Juli and I drove in there so regularly last summer.
Here is a tree.
[daily log: walking, 4km]
Today was the day I needed to go online and register for classes, for the Teacher Certification program I was accepted to last month.
So I went online and did that. It went smoothly enough, until I got the bill.
It turns out University of Alaska has me recorded as a non-resident. This adds a huge amount to my tuition bill – about 300%. And much to my surprise, and against all supposition and against all intuition, I am, in fact, a non-resident by UAS standards – their standard is two years, not one year like most things of this sort that I’ve dealt with or known about.
I am not going to enroll at such a premium to my tuition.
I need a plan B.
Fog pins down the birds. They park themselves in the grass. The sun breaks the air.
I confess that despite being on this Thanksgiving holiday trip and staying at Juli and Keith’s, I remain somewhat under the weather. So I’ve been pretty low-productivity.
Here is a tree (or several) from a walk up to the tree farm.
[daily log: walking, 4km]
There is morning fog. Crows cross streets and discuss things. Cars drift, secretive.
As seen from the ferry crossing over to Ketchikan: the tree is a bit hard to make out – it’s on the bit of land in the lower left of the picture. There is a tugboat towing a fishing boat in front of that bit of land, and in the upper right, a floatplane. So it all seemed very Southeast Alaskan.
[daily log: walking, 3km]
I sit here somewhat thoughtful, on the ferry, waiting, wary, or hopeful, or just staring, feeling dull.
As Arthur and I were shutting down the water system, preliminary to our departure for points south, we had a crisis. The valve under the toilet in the attic broke. There was a flood. There was panic, as I raced out of the house to the cistern shed to shut down the water pump (and thus the pressure). Meanwhile water flowed out onto the attic floor. The carpet was soaked. It got under the bookshelves. I had to remove all of the books from one row of my bookshelves, and stack them in a dry area, and move the shelves, to get the water up from all the corners of the floor. It was a lot of work. We left a dehumidifier running (draining into the toilet) for while we were gone.
With all these coughs and sneezes, I get tired and uninspired... diseases like this, health's antitheses.
Arthur hired someone to come out and suck out the septic tank. He’s never done this before, since installing his sewage system 20 years ago.
There had been a lot of anxiety about this, because there is no way to drive close to the septic tank – it’s beside the water and dock on the north side of the house, away from the road and driveway. The septic tank sucker guy had to bring extra lengths of hose. His preferred spot, after looking at the options, was to park on the new house pad on lot 73, to the west, and run the hose through the woods across the creek. Each of the options was about 120 feet, but that option had the advantage of requiring less of an uphill component, since the new house pad is about level with the existing kitchen shed.
So the guy set up his hose – I helped quite a bit – and sucked out the septic tank. It went smoothly, for the most part. The man said that for 20 years it was in very good shape, which Arthur found to be good news.
Here are some pictures of the hose laid out from the sucker truck.
I cut my bits of twigs and sticks to clear my path below; and looking through, down at the road, the rocks I stacked just show.
I haven’t been very productive lately. I’ve been bit “under the weather,” as is said – actually I haven’t had many colds/flus coming to Alaska, I think, but it’s definitely been impacting my focus and productivity. I did get out on the hillside for about an hour today. I don’t suppose standing or tromping or working outside in the rain is good for me if I have a cold, but I have never believed the commonplace that being out in cold or rain increases one’s susceptibility to head colds or increases their impact. That just never made sense to me. I think any such risk is offset or mitigated by being active and getting fresh air.
Here is a tree from the archives, just for a change of pace. I hope I haven’t posted it before. It’s a tree along a street in my neighborhood in Ilsan (Goyang City), with my apartment building (the yuckier one in Juyeop neighborhood) in the background. I think the picture is from 2012 – I hope I haven’t posted it before.
[daily log: walking, 1km; tromping, 500m]
The rain insists, its forceful hints keep tapping in the breeze. The droplets fall on barren wood and timpanize the trees.