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I made the trip back to Louisiana to visit the relatives again. Nothing to say about Louisiana. Texas, on the other hand…. everything is bigger in Texas. Including the assholes. Yeesh.

I’ve been thinking about the “superhero” genre, both comics and film/TV versions. It amuses me that there is a whole genre of fiction that basically celebrates criminals as heroes. The only other genre I can think of that does that is Republican politicians’ campaign ads.

Criminals, you say?

Well, yeah. Every episode has them committing assault and battery upon someone. And sometimes kidnapping — tying them up and dumping them at the police station being the politest thing they do. None of that is legal for a civilian to do. Well, if someone’s life is in danger it’s okay to tackle the attacker and hold him for the police, but you can’t just tie him up and dump him at the police station!

Now, the Batman I suppose could have been deputized by his buddy Commissioner Gordon, which would make it legal for him to tackle Cat Lady and retrieve the Cat’s Eye Diamond…. sayyy…. Bruce Wayne is, like, crazy rich, yeah? And how did Commissioner Gordon get elected as Police Commissioner, again? Gosh, no corruption there, right?!

And a sizable percentage of America thinks these guys are heroes. LOL.

Bah Humbug.

— Ebenezer Tux.

This video always cracks me up:

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I’m still alive

I am just swamped with kittens, cats, and holidays.

President Dumpster Fire has been Constitution-shredding dumpster fire for the month I’ve been away. No big deal there. Meanwhile, my Facebook page is one constant stream of cute kitten pictures… kittens who take an astounding amount of work to deal with as I get them ready to adopt out. Two have been adopted out and are now driving their new owners nuts with their frenzied energy and cuteness, one kitten is stubbornly refusing to tame down and I have to work with him one on one a lot. Sigh.

And yeah, TMF is still around. Took him to the vet today. He has developed a heart murmur, not unusual in a 16 year old cat. We’ll see what the blood work says when the labs come back tomorrow…

And meanwhile I’m preparing for my Christmas trip back to Louisiana. I won’t be taking the detour through Dallas this year. The old friend that I visited regularly there died unexpectedly. Another part of my past gone. Sigh.

– Badtux the Busy Penguin

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So what am I up to?

I got gentrified out of my place in Santa Clara, so now I’m across the bay in Newark. The new place came with a collection of ferals. I pointed a (sadly poor quality) video camera out the patio door and put out some kibble ($9.95 for a giant bag at Grocery Outlet), and have now collected images of four adult cats, four kittens, a skunk, and two ravens….

Momma Cat, a.k.a. Cali. A Calico kitty


Three black and white kittens

Smokey (gray)



Gray and white kitten (with Momma)

Note — I’m going to do TNR as soon as I get them used to getting food from me, but it’ll be a bit before I can do that. They have to get used to getting food from the patio, then I have to get them used to getting fed at a specific time rather than having food all the time.

Oh, what does TMF think about all these yard kitties? He’s sad. He sings the song of his people at the window when he sees them, he wants to go out and play with them. The first photo, the one of Momma Cat looking at the camera? TMF’s head is right above it, he’s singing a sad song that woke me up at 6am on a Sunday morning.

– Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

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This is an actual email that I received from U-Haul (clicken to embiggen):

Uhm, yeah. Burning Man has become so mainstream that even U-Haul knows about it… LOL.

Oh, I cancelled the reservation for the truck. It was to haul stuff from my old house to the new one, but I sold the stuff instead. I am now in the new place and in unpacking hell. How did all these boxes of stuff fit in the old place? And how do I make their contents fit in the new place?! And this isn’t even including the half a truckload of junk that got hauled off to the landfill!

– Badtux the Moved Penguin

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Tomorrow is the big day where I hand over a huge check and get the keys to the new place. Then next week the movers arrive to actually move me.

In the meantime, I just bought a cat tent for my cat to hang out in while the movers are doing their moving thing.

A cat tent.

A tent. For a cat. Made out of mesh. So he can hang out watching us move, without getting underfoot or running out in traffic or anything.

Am I pussy whipped, or what?!

– Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

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I done been gentrified!

You may have noticed that I’ve not been around recently, other than quick hits on Twitter. There’s a reason for that: I’ve been gentrified.

There is a “For Sale” sign in the front yard of this duplex now, and I received a 60 day notice to vacate so the owner can cash in. He bought the place for $93,000 in 1983, and he has listed it for $1.45 million dollars. No. That isn’t a typo. $1.45 *MILLION* dollars.

That’s how crazy the housing market is here in the Silly Cone Valley. This place hasn’t really been updated since it was built in 1962, and is just your bog standard 2 bedroom duplex. But tech millionaires are buying these things up for astounding amounts of money, then refurbishing them and renting them out for $4,000 per month. Wow.

For the other part: Why am I being evicted rather than carried over as a tenant? Well, blame California law. California law says that to show a house for sale, you have to give 120 days notice. *But*, to evict someone, you only have to give 60 days notice. Say wha? Since when does that make sense?! But that’s the way California law reads right now — it basically forces sellers to evict if they want to be able to sell within any reasonable amount of time. SIGH.

Oh yeah — already found another place to live. More expensive, of course. Sigh. But I’m busy packing now. I’ve been living here for 8 years. I can’t believe how much crap has accumulated over the course of those eight years….

— Badtux the Gentrified Penguin

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I am at 85,000 words in the current novel and chugging out about 1,000 words a night heading for completion. This obviously doesn’t leave much time for posting stuff to the blog.

I’ll try to do more here after I finish the novel but can’t issue many guarantees. Meanwhile, here, have a cat. He generously left me two inches of my office chair to sit on.

— Badtux the Cat-owned Penguin

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