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The Meanderings of a Curious Mind
16th-Aug-2019 01:04 pm - Angry
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I am furious at CBS. Last night was the finale of "Elementary" but because CBS was showing a football game they only showed the last 20 minutes or so of that episode and I had no idea what had been going on. I am fortunate because I have a friend with On Demand so I was able to see the finale today. Why didn't CBS just show a repeat then show it next week so people in the east could see the entire episode just like people around the rest of the country could?

ETA: I'm writing this on Sunday 9/16: I just found out CBS showed that finale again last night at around 11:30 pm. I hope all the other people here in the east who wanted to see it all on Thursday but couldn't were able to see it last night.
16th-Aug-2019 10:04 am - Weirdest Dream
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I just had the weirdest dream. I was in Germany before Hitler was elected and I was allowed to vote for the person to be against him in the election. I went to a board with videos of the two people, a man and a woman, and saw what they had been doing and though I wanted the woman I knew that men were really in control of countries back then but at the last moment I pressed the button for her and then the alarm went off and I woke up and couldn't help being reminded that in many ways the deplorable Republican president is becoming the Hitler of the 21st century. Will my vote help to get rid of him? Oh I hope so *fingers crossed*
11th-Aug-2019 10:53 pm - Elementary
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Today was a fascinating day. I met someone I haven't seen in 55 years when he was a boy and I was a girl and we graduated from our elementary school when we were 11. We have been emailing each other since around  2010 but this was the first time he came to NYC since then. He is now a brilliant math professor and often goes elsewhere around the world but this weekend he went to NJ and decided to come to NYC to meet me before he returned home outside of Chicago. We met at Penn Station this morning then walked to the Strand book store and looked at a lot of math books then walked back to Penn Station and found a nice restaurant near there and had lunch. Afterwards we went to a small park in Herald Square where we sat and sang some songs we'd learned in 6th grade as we sang in a musical called "Vermont" written by our music teacher and the songs we sang when we graduated from our elementary school. We then went back to Penn Station and he began to return home. Oh what a fun time we had.
12th-Jul-2019 10:18 pm - Back in NYC
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I had a wonderful vacation and I will miss seeing Piglet grow up. Unfortunately I did not have a pleasant trip back. I arrived at the Minneapolis airport from Fargo around noon yesterday. The flight to NYC was to leave at 3:15 but because of the thunderstorms at the east coast planes were not allowed to go there at that time. We finally took off around 9pm (10pm NYC time) and I got off the plane close to 1am my time. By the time I arrived home and got to bed it was 2:30. I also wasn't feeling too well and didn't sleep much last night. I am feeling better today and I'm feeling a bit sleepy now so I think I will sleep well tonight *fingers crossed*
8th-Jul-2019 09:30 pm - Enjoyable Fargo
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Well I've been enjoying my time in Fargo with my friends and their little puppy. Last Tuesday evening we went to a puppy school where there were several other puppies in the class and Piglet had a fun time. We will be taking her there again tomorrow. On Wednesday CM and I took her to the vet to have a couple of shots she needed. She'll get a couple more in a few weeks and then if all goes well she won't need any more shots for a year (she will also be spayed when she's around 6 months old). She is now a little over 13 weeks old and my friends have had her for a little over 4 weeks.

Today we drove into Minnesota to go to a park called Tamarac, a National Wildlife Refuge. We saw some geese on a beaver lodge, some swans, some white pelicans, some red-wing blackbirds and several other types of birds. I also saw some turtles, some ordinary squirrels and a kind called thirteen-lined ground squirrels which I'd never heard of before. We had a great time there.

On Wednesday we're having dinner with some other friends I'd met several times over the years and the next day I'll be flying back to NYC.
30th-Jun-2019 06:59 pm - Piglet
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I arrived in Fargo on Thursday a bit later than expected as the plane that was to take me from Minneapolis to Fargo came an hour or so later but my friend knew what was happening so she didn't have to wait at the airport for me to arrive but was there when I did finally come.

What is absolutely wonderful is that she got an Airedale puppy 3 weeks ago today and the puppy is now 12 weeks and 2 days old. Her name is Piglet and she is so adorable. This is her third Airedale and I can't wait to see her next year when she will almost be grown up :)

Yesterday was a difficult day. Around 1 pm we had a powerful thunderstorm which made the electricity and wifi in my friend's house go off and was not fixed until some 5 hours later. That evening we walked Piglet around several blocks and found that a lot of trees had lost branches as well as a few trees had fallen down as the wind had been very fast. I'm glad the thunderstorm is over and we may not get another that forceful at least while I'm here *fingers crossed*
26th-Jun-2019 05:44 pm - Fargo Again
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Well I'm off tomorrow for a two week vacation visiting my best friend in Fargo. Hope all will go well *fingers crossed*
22nd-May-2019 09:52 pm - NCIS
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I've been watching NCIS since it started in 2003 as I was so fond of David McCallum and Mark Harmon and I've liked most of the episodes especially those of the first decade. Now the finale of the 16th season titled "Daughters" makes the show slightly ridiculous. Both Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Tobias Fornell who married his ex-wife Diane Sterling who later was murdered see her ghost in such a bizarre way. Towards the end of the show Gibbs sees Ziva David who was allegedly killed in season 13 so I thought she was another ghost as she seemed to be like Diane Sterling but I looked things up and found out that it was implied she was alive in an earlier S16 episode so I guess that's why they had that weird Diane Sterling ghost earlier so we would think Ziva is simply another ghost (at least I did). I wonder what will happen in S17ep1.
12th-May-2019 10:29 pm - Lucifer
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Yay I was able to see the first 2 episodes of season 4 "Lucifer" on Netflix on a friend's TV and will eventually watch the 8 other episodes. I rarely want to watch streaming TV shows (the only other one is "The Crown") but I did like watching "Lucifer" even though I'm an atheist (and I do like watching "Father Brown" too).

I'm also happy that there will be another season of "The Orville". I'm not watching as much TV as I used to. I think part of the reason for that is that there are far too many TV shows available nowadays that I can barely remember what's what and rarely can recall who is acting in what these days. Currently I'm still watching "NCIS" and "Criminal MInds" (though there will only be 10 new episodes next season) on the main stations, "A Discovery of Witches" and "Gone" on cable stations and a bunch of shows on PBS including British shows like FB, "Midsummer Murders", "Death in Paradise" and "Call the Midwife". As I wrote there are far too many shows available and there is only 24 hours a day and 365 days a year so it's impossible to see them all. The one good thing is that many more actors are getting jobs these days as well as writers, directors, cinematographers etc.
9th-May-2019 08:26 pm - Patricia Briggs
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I went to see Patricia Briggs who was talking to her fans at Barnes & Noble this evening. She was fantastic and answered questions for around 45 minutes until she started signing her books for her fans. She told us she could hear her characters talk to her so she would know how to write about them. Her mother was a librarian and she grew up reading books especially fairy tales. I can't wait to read her latest book "Storm Cursed" which I will probably be able to get at a library in a few days. She's one of the few current fiction writers I like to read.

Earlier today I found out that the wildlife expert Jim Fowler died yesterday. Decades ago I babysat his children Mark and Carrie when they lived here in NYC. Requiescat in pace Jim.
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