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Signed up for my third stair climb of the season yesterday. This one's for Wediko School, which is a New England school for kids with mental health and emotional issues. I backed them last year after I found out about them during a stretch of jury duty, and I haven't been able to find anything bad about them, unlike a lot of other places that claim to be working for kids with issues. These guys actually seem to help. So I'll be doing 46 floors on May 7th to raise money for them, if anyone's interested.

... sorry, that wasn't my best post ever, but I'm tired this morning and my coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
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Multiple. I'll settle for one that's over six feet tall.

However, the landlord says no putting holes in the walls, and a six foot tall bookcase kind of needs to be braced.

Anyone have suggestions on how to do this without violating my lease? The ceiling's a little too high, otherwise I'd be looking into spring rods of some kind- not to mention that I don't know what it's made of or if it'd stand up to constant pressure.
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Awake. Head slightly throbby. Doing more or less okay otherwise.

I haven't been able to get a flight lesson in for a few weeks. When you need to practice hovering, prevailing 16-20 knot winds are not your friend (esp. since students aren't supposed to have the controls above prevailing 18 knots anyway and if the spread between 'prevailing' and 'gusts' is too big the instructor is supposed to just land and give up on the lesson). This weekend, hopefully. We'll see.

Did get to pick over the shoreline near me for sea glass twice, though. Which was nice; even though we were close to high tide I found a good many bits of jewelry-usable glass, removed a small but respectable amount of trash, and only found one bone, which I am almost certain came from a sheep. It had a spine coming off it that didn't match with what I remembered of any of the human vertebrae, anyway, and it was too small to be from an adult cow. Looked too small to be from an adult pig, either. I should've taken a picture of it next to a quarter for scale, but I did at least take a picture in case the question came up.

... look, we had an actual corpse wash up on Deer Island near my favorite bike path in 2015. Between that and knowing about the Salish Sea mystery feet, I kind of feel I need to keep an eye out for Things That Would Necessitate A Phone Call To The Police when I'm hunting sea glass.

That having been said I've been practicing wire wrapping and got rather a nice ring out of it (pattern from a book but we all have to start somewhere). I'll be making another one fairly soon before trying to do up a freeform wrapped seaglass bracelet. Hopefully I won't shred my fingers too much in the process; I need to get some Coban wrap for my fingers. It's been recommended by one of the instructional videos I've been watching as a good barrier between my fingers and the wires that would otherwise be kind of skin-shreddy.

More later as events warrant.
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Took yesterday off. I have a tendency to forget to use my vacation days anyway so the Day Without A Woman thing wasn't a problem; I got my work for the day dealt with ahead of time anyway, just in case.

Understand, my office treats me well and with respect. I get paid a pretty damn good salary for my job and they cover my health insurance and a lot of job training and certification costs. I wasn't trying to strike to make a point with my employers yesterday. I was trying to be part of the group that was pulling out of the economy in general, just for one day. I know it's absolutely nothing compared to what my grandfather and great-grandfather went through as organized manual laborers, and I know it was almost completely symbolic, but I did it anyway. And with all the crap going on in the news lately and the list of Congresspeople's phone numbers and Congressional committee offices' phone numbers in my call log for the past few weeks I kind of needed to step away from things for one day anyway.

(I have something of an urge to print out that list of "OMG THESE NIGHTMARE BILLS WERE INTRODUCED TO CONGRESS WHILE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU WERE DISTRACTED BY THE RUSSIAN THING, YOU MEMESHEEP" legislation and take a match to the printout. Given that at least six or seven of those bills were bills I'd long since called my Congressbeings about, I resent some random widespread image smugly assuming that I wasn't Paying Enough Socially Acceptable Attention To The Right Things. I know it's not directed at me personally but that doesn't make the YOU ARE A MEDIA SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP sense go away any faster.)

Having said that, I spent about an hour yesterday on the Boston Harbor side of the Winthrop shoreline at low tide. There was a lot of sea glass to gather. I wound up throwing one spectacularly blue piece of glass back because it was only barely abraded. It was the bottom of a bottle and the size of the palm of my hand, but you could still see most of the markings, and it was way too thick to wear effectively as jewelry. Not to mention that, like I said, it was barely abraded. It didn't look like sea glass, it looked like interestingly colored trash. So it went back in the hopes that someone else would find it later, when it was in better condition. I got a good number of other pieces the size of a quarter or larger, plus one slightly smaller piece of actual red glass. Not sure how I'm going to mount that, but it's going to be special. You don't see red glass often. The other stuff I'm planning on selling once it's wrapped and I have stringing material to hang it on.

I should note that I also filled a plastic bag from the drugstore with other trash. Standing policy- if I take something I like from the beach, whether it's glass or shells or interesting rocks, I have to take at least one or two pieces of trash away as well. I owe it to the ocean.
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I'm just showing off some wire work I've been practicing. Once I get to the point where I feel like it'd be worthwhile to use precious metal wire instead of the stainless steel I'm learning on, it'll be another story.

Wire wrapped cabochon image behind the cut. )
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This one took somewhat longer to do than the basic beadwork stuff but I like to think it came out well. It's available for a $15 donation to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Common Cause, or the ACLU. Send me a screenshot of your donation or a receipt, and I'll cover first class shipping within the US.

Marble cage pendant shot behind the cut. )
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This one took somewhat longer to do than the others, plus it involved a bunch of work with pliers beyond the common run, so it's available for a $15 donation to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Common Cause, or the ACLU. Send me a screenshot of your donation or a receipt, and I'll cover first class shipping.


Picture and description behind the cut. )
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Working from home today. We don't have accumulation here beyond a driveway dusting visible from the kitchen window, but it's definitely snowing, so I don't feel bad about having only just logged on.

Hopefully the winds won't cause problems with the power lines. Or some of the local trees.
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... I think I actually recognized the voice of the intern who answered the phone at my Congressional representative's office this morning. I'm pretty sure it was the same guy who answered when I called to let Rep. Clark know that I supported the anti-Bannon bill.

Round two!

Feb. 6th, 2017 12:38 pm
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As I said last time, anything in this entry is available in exchange for a $10 donation to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Common Cause, or the ACLU. Send me a screenshot of your donation or a receipt, and I'll cover first class shipping.


Pictures and descriptions behind the cut. )
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Okay, I mentioned that I was going to offer jewelry in exchange for donations- here's the first round of that. Anything in this entry is available in exchange for a $10 donation to the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Common Cause, or the ACLU. Send me a screenshot of your donation or a receipt, and I'll cover first class shipping.


Pictures and descriptions behind the cut. )
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Signed up for the MS Society's Climb to the Top today. That one's in a month, on March 4th, and it's up the former John Hancock building (200 Clarendon Place in Boston, not the John Hancock Tower in Chicago). 61 floors. I've done the 200 Clarendon climb once before and I've done 66 floors for MS in New York City, so this won't be the first time.

Eor, I got what you sent yesterday. It'll be going to support the MS climb this afternoon. Thank you.
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Just placed an order for some beading supplies and tools I'd been meaning to get for a while. I'm going to be putting up pictures soon of things I've made/would be willing to make again, in return for folks making donations to various constitutional law/civil liberties organizations. If any of you guys think you might be interested in a ring, pendant, bracelet, earring/pair of earrings, simple necklace, or fancy-ass necklace, let me know.

NB: fancy-ass necklaces take quite some time to make, unless they are fancy-ass necklaces I have already made.
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Basement to 34 in 9:54. Did it by taking a few floors two steps at a time. This may have slowed later performance.

I will continue. Lung climb on Saturday.
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Did the stairs today. Basement to 34th floor elevator machine room in 10:16. If I can do that pace for the Fight for Air Climb on Feb. 4, I'll be on the 40th floor in something like 11:45.

My nephew has asthma. His little sister just had pneumonia. I have a clean bill of health, but I was a 9/11 responder. I am doing the American Lung Association fundraiser climb for *revenge*.
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Saw Sing the other day. It's the best Muppet movie I've ever seen that did not actually have Muppets in it.

I have been debating off and on how Nana the old-school show business millionaire retired actress sheep would react to Milliways and am not entirely sure whether she'd see everyone there as some form of anthro animal, or whether she'd think the place was some sort of sanctuary for gorillas with terrible skin diseases.
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I'm awake, which is something of an accomplishment this morning given that I nearly fell asleep all over again with my cat in my lap in between 'get out of bed' and 'get your socks on'. I've come up to full wakefulness, though, and I just finished my morning coffee, so that should help.

This past weekend had a flight lesson in it. Hover practice, mostly. And targeted landing- 'okay, see the square on the runway formed by the various patches and stripes of asphalt color? land in that specific spot'. And pickups and putdowns, which is to say 'take off but don't move forward' and 'land from about a foot above the pavement'. The instructor and I have found that the usual advice of 'pick something in the far distance and keep your eyes on it as you hover' has not been working for me; that's the kind of thing that results in swaying far too far to either side and then having to correct for it. Middle distance visual locks work a lot better, so I'm sticking with that for now. I've gotten to the point where the instructor is no longer trying to find a way to show me how to do what I need to do with hovering, but instead recommending that I get more practice in doing it. Which is promising, because he can't endorse me to solo until he teaches me a couple of things that have 'hover properly' as prerequisites.

I probably won't get another lesson in until the 28th, and the one after that won't be until the 11th of February, but at least I know what I really need to practice.
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"Go home, Starscream, you're drunk."

Man, now I wanna start writing TF stuff again.
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Haven't been posting much about it here, but I'm going to be doing the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb on February 4th this year. We're climbing One Boston Place, which is forty floors of stairs, to raise money for lung disease research and treatment. Also for environmental standards related to breathing and for anti-smoking efforts, because, well, lungs.

I'll probably be doing a few more stair climbs for other causes this year- most likely for the Multiple Sclerosis society and for Wediko School for children with mental health/emotional issues- but if you'd like to support the American Lung thing, let me know and I'll send you an email with a support-the-climb link.
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Well, I'm at work and I'm awake, and that's both a good thing and something I haven't done in a while. Be at work, I mean- I forgot to take an actual vacation last year, and my company doesn't do carryovers for vacation days, so I had to burn off my days off by taking a bunch of Fridays and most of the tail end of December off. Back at work now, though. And mildly peeved at having to be awake after quite a stretch of sleeping late but what can you do.

The closest I get to New Year's resolutions this year is that I plan on reading the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. I reserve the right to do any or all of the things I have previously sworn off in my Doable New Year's Resolution lists, including attempting to eat rocks, pick up my house with my bare hands, or detonate the Sun. Fair warning.

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