Multiple Point Update →
(1) Today I cut my last official tie to the Los Angeles area, emptying my storage unit in Burbank.
(2) I'd officially rented it and filled it when my ex went into an institution and I temporarily moved in with my father - in spite of several attempts to get her or her mother to get her stuff most of the contents were still hers. After I made all the arrangements to empty it today, I realized today would have been our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Ouch.
(3) I made a reservation for a small van to transport the stuff I'd want to keep and an appointment with the Salvation Army truck to take the rest. But the car rental company didn't have the small van so they let me upgrade to a big bleeping Cargo Van for the same price. Which turned out to be a lucky break because the SA Truck people found all the dead roaches from our last apartment that came to the storage space and even though I assured them that they had all died in a bug bombing right after I filled the unit YEARS ago, they could not accept ANYTHING that looked 'infested'. Thankfully, I had the big bleeping cargo van and the three guys from the SA took pity on me and put everything from the unit in there for me.
(4) Now, I have piles of women's clothes, blankets & linens, porcelain dolls, stuffed animals (they were all HERS I swear, okay, except for this one cute doggy), arts & crafts supplies, kitchen stuff on and around my front porch... I am going to be doing the most totally girly Yard Sale this weekend. Or if I'm lucky, a lot of it will get stolen while sitting out there - although nicer stuff has sat out and not been stolen before.
(5) See the "Are You Hot?" thread for my experiences with micro-climates
(6) Because the Salvation Army wouldn't pre-commit to a specific time, I drove down the night before and crashed at Motel Sux. Not having HBO at home, I got my first opportunity to see "Game of Thrones" when the Season Finale ran on HBO2 last night. It was obviously not the best place to join the narrative, since most of the hour seemed to be summing up who killed who, who held whose relatives hostage and who was going to go to war against who (or whom). It did not appear that anything supernatural occurred in this supposedly magical world until the last WTF!
scene of dragons, ashes and boobies (was that a Spoiler?). It wasn't enough to get me to subscribe to HBO, but I might use some bandwidth to catch up on previous eps, if you catch my drift.
(7) I also saw the first episode of "Falling Skies", about which all I can say is: What is it about Noah Wylie that can make anything, up to and including an alien apocalypse, kinda boring?
(8) And I watched something on KCET for the first time since the L.A. station split from PBS and the local cable replaced it with PBS-loyal KQED in San Francisco. Huell Howser is still the silliest man on TV but surprisingly, still better than most of what's on at 7:30.
(9) The highlight of my day was waiting in my mailbox upon my return: a copy of the fifth collection of "New Adventures of Queen Victoria"
comic strips "The Real Housewives of Windsor"
featuring "a new outroduction by Craig Wittler" which is the first time I've had a byline in hold-it-in-your-hands print for over 20 years. And comicker Pab Sungenis did not edit a word I wrote (even as I used the phrase "But I digress" TWICE, stole the "What Have We Learned" bit from a more famous Craig - and openly admitted to it, and made a plug for a blog of mine that is still Under Construction).
(10) Before I left L.A. for the last time (until I can hitch a ride to a MeFi/MeCha Meetup) I consumed TWO Double (Chili)CheeseBurgers from L.A.'s Own Original Tommy's, which I consider to be "In-N-Out's Evil Twin", because it may indeed use meat that's nearly as high quality but you will never know because it is smothered in the thickest, greasiest, most flavorful-but-not-too-spicy, awesomest 1950s-est Chili in the hamburger universe, IMO. It is my single guiltiest fast/junk food guilty pleasure, and if I'm going to be staying at least 150 miles from their nearest location, I'll have to settle for #2, a local burger place that makes an obscenely large order of Fried Zucchini.
(11) I don't have anything more to talk about right now, but I didn't want to be accused of making a "Top Ten List".