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11 February 2015 @ 06:02 pm
Idol updates and more  
I got voted off of Idol Island on Monday, after 11 months of play. Wow. My goal was to make it to the Top 10 again, and I was both 10th and 11th, since a player was added back for the next round, in a wonderful stroke of good fortune. So, I'm going to call it 10.5th place? Regardless, thanks for your support all of these many, many, MANY weeks, and I hope you've enjoyed some of the stories along the way. It was a good season, and the remaining players are really good. Keep reading, there are more stories to come!

With the new freedom, I still got to bed at 1am last night because I was working on my Home Game entry for this week. \o? Old habits die hard. :D

Other news: yesterday's bike ride was a Murphy's Law event, particularly the one regarding rear tires. If you find yourself looking at a tire and wondering if the tread is wearing kind of thin... chances are, in your next bike ride, you will get a flat. Then you'll need to fix the flat, and then change the whole damn tire later anyway! I got a little luckier—mine was at the end of a ride, a mile from the office, and I noticed that things seemed kind of bumpy. Really bumpy. Unnaturally bu—OMG, the back tire is going! I was able to finish the ride by leaning wayyy forward so as to slow the flattening down. Then I took the whole wheel home to work on last night, conveniently forgetting my favorite set of tire irons. Perhaps this was just as well? I broke one of irons in the home set, trying to get the #!$%@@! overly tight new tire on the rim.

Today's ride was uneventful, thank goodness. I surprised a snowy egret in a drainage ditch, who took off flying as I approached. Last week, there was a blue heron in one of those, right next to the road! That's the closest I've ever seen one. Also some geese standing around in a flooded rice-field on that same ride, yammering at each other. As they do.

The kidlets are starting their various fake-law competitions this week. Sadly, the Moot Court and Mock Trial competition rounds now overlap! They used to be about a month apart. That will make it harder for us to see both kids in action, since our daughter is doing Mock Trial and our son Moot Court. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for both of them...

Dang, only Wednesday. Thank goodness a 3-day weekend is coming up!

angels3angels3 on February 12th, 2015 11:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about Crane's but we have these huge white birds with the spindly little legs that look like Flamingo legs as far as how long and thin they are. They take flight and they've got this massive wing span. It's beautiful to watch.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
Those sound like snowy egrets. They're very pretty, and when they fly they kind of pull their legs in (to reduce drag, maybe?), so what you see is a lot of wing. :)

We have lots of them here. When they're not stomping around in marshy spots, they're watching traffic. Car TV is apparently fascinating to them. :)
C.x: Candy heartsitsjustc on February 13th, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC)
I just saw you got voted off :(
Congrats for getting to 10.5 though! It's a great position to have ended the contest in.

I've always loved your stuff
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 17th, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much. I'm sorry you had to leave Idol early and didn't get a chance to write more, but RL can crowd out writing time very easily.