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Tom Week – Learning, writing and bad movies
learning and writing

Learning and writing

I just completed a couple of high-end programming courses online. I enjoy programming but it doesn’t have the emotional component for me that writing has. So I’m not starting any new computer courses while I concentrate more on my writing.

Trip to the Vet

Follow-up with TJ’s heart and kidney problems. We’ll get the bloodwork report on Monday. He doesn’t seem to be in any pain and he’s actually eating a little better.

Owning the to-do list

Same days are just better than others. Today I completed more tasks than in the past several days combined. Fixed the loose screw on the front door; Backed-up my computers; Soldered Tonya’s shaky thing. The inner critic I call Manly Man is quite pleased with me.


A movie just as bad as you think it would be. No better, no worse. The title explains it all. Some good one-liners and so many plot holes that they almost take on the role of a character. The vampire motorcycle effect are wondrous. To call them “special effects” would be a gross exaggeration.

The highlight of the movie, in the part of the priest who tries to exercise the vampire from the motorcycle, is Anthony Daniels. Yes, that Anthony Daniels. (If you don’t know who Anthony Daniels is you lose all your geek points.)

Random Thoughts

Today in Golden Gate Park I saw a man with a whip on his hip building a cross made of cardboard tubes.

It is no coincidence that whiskey rhymes with risky.

I’ve come to realize that I am a guilt-based life form.

The Kit Kat bars remain untreated.

My laptop needs more stickers. Somebody send me stickers. Weird ones.

After an evening of soul-scraping all I have produced is an Emo Phillips fan fiction haiku.

Photo by Internet Archive Book Images

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Tom Week – productivity and a rash

Productivity Overdrive

I got so much done today I feel like I’m in productivity overdrive. I rode my bike. I’m taking three online classes. I got a bunch of writing done. Plus a pile of research on home repair stuff.

eBaby Bye Bye

I took the eBaby to Goodwill today. eBaby is the bike I built piece by piece from parts I bought off eBay. It was the hot rod I’ve always wanted to build. While a definite frankenbike, it turned out to be a very light and fast bike. Giving it away was much harder than I thought. It was loosing a child. I actually cried.

Holy Motors

The San Francisco Public Library has connected with a movie site called Kanopy. It has many of the bizarre movies I’ve always wanted to see, plus many I’ve never heard of. I decided to start with an unknown called HOLY MOTORS. A very French surrealist movie about…I’m not quite sure.

The film follows an “actor” through his day of “appointments.” These appointments are real-world scenes played out without camera or audience. The characters he plays range from mundane to bizarre to bestial. He’s ferried to these appointments in a white stretch limo full of costumes and props.

This is one of those movies that you could spend a lifetime trying to understand. However, like learning how a magic trick works, it may be better not to know. The truth behind the fantasy may be nothing more than a sad little man pulling the strings behind a curtain.

The Mystery Rash

I was installing a water heater blanket, with fiberglass insulation, and got covered with an itchy rash. The arms cleared up after a few hours but I have this red blotch on my neck that looks like a cat scratched me. It’s still there a day later. It’s a little less red and itchy but still scary looking.

I looked up rash pictures on Google. Do not do this after eating. I narrowed it down to an allergic reaction inflaming my arteries, or lupus. When I was 25 I would be like, if doesn’t clear up in a week maybe I’ll call the doctor. Now, at 56, I’m like, Oh my God I have lupus!

Fortunately I have no other symptoms of lupus. So I’m going with allergic reaction.

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Tom Week – blood sugar better
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Riding Strong – Blood Sugar Down

As my blood sugar works its way down, slowly, I’m feeling stronger on the bike. I’m getting multiple personal best times on Strava for every ride. I’ve had more sub 120 readings this week than in the past several months. That’s a good thing. I’m still having occasional random highs, but the average score is down 100 points since two weeks ago.


I’ve now spent an entire week with my weight below 200 pounds. The low so far is 196.2.


  • The sun is trying to shine. The wind is holding its tongue. The road is clear. Time to ride.
  • I just found out that there are 7 different indoor football leagues. Can’t we all just get along?
  • I never thought it could happen but I think I’m Happy Pottered out.
  • If Donald Trump doesn’t stop talking I’ll never finish my “Things I hate about Trump” list.
  • I just learned that milk rainbows are a thing.

Photo by tjmwatson

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Tom Week – fleeing the smoke

Fleeing the smoke

The fires in Santa Rosa were making the air in San Francisco unbreathable so we ran away. We are in Moss Landing where the air is salty and clean. We’ve been so busy with the house that we haven’t been in the RV for a while. My mental checklist left off a few essentials. The RV keys and the food.

Fortunately Pat had her set of keys, and we were able to buy more food. How does one forget the food you ask? Shut up! That’s how!

The no-coke experiment

It’s going well. I feel better, but my blood sugar hasn’t dropped as much as I had hoped. Of course my expectations are unrealistic.

RV addicted

Spending time in the RV is always relaxing and fun, but this time it feels like we’ve run away from home. A great feeling. Can’t wait to hit the road full time.Still on the run from the smoke.

Still Running

The wind changed and the air at home is still bad. Going home on Sunday. Hoping for the best. Next stop, Prunedale.

Blood Sugar Nasty

For lunch I had a really big meal/ Two hours later my blood sugar was 78. I haven’t had low blood sugar in months, and never after a big meal. That’s totally backwards.

Sick Dog

TJ couldn’t stop coughing so we took him to the vet. He has fluid around his lungs and an enlarged heart. We got meds and he’s quiet now.

Joke for Dad

  Two husbands were talking about their wives. Both admitted there were sometimes arguments.

  Chad said, “I’ve made a great discovery so I always have the last word.”

  “Wow!” said Sherm, “How do you manage that?”

  “It’s Easy,” replied Chad. “My last word is always ‘Yes Dear.’”


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Tom week – bad news/good news
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Bad News

The Bad News is: My stress levels, and thus my blood sugar levels, have been trending above safe for a while now. What I discovered is that the news is stressing me out. So to preserve my health and sanity I am cutting way back on my news intake.

The problem with this is that I suffer from severe FOMO. (Fear of missing out.) I am worried that I might miss something important. Though in reality I guess Trump isn’t going to anything stupider than what he’s already done. (I kid)

Good Ride

I had an unusually good bike ride today. I backed off on the speed a bit with the idea that I was going to go for a Strava Personal Best near the end. When I got to that segment there was traffic so no best time.

The thing is, when I finished the ride I realized that I felt great. I wasn’t sweating much and my legs didn’t ache. I actually “enjoyed” the ride. Weird.

Blood Sugar Update

So I spent a couple days watching food and levels carefully. It’s the Coke. I used to be able to drink coke because it would spike my levels but they’d drop back down just as fast. Now the spikes are lasting hours, if not days. So that’s it. No more regular coke drinking.

Weird Email

On my new web host I have a default email address. What this means is that all the email sent to that doesn’t have an actual account gets shoved in the default address. It’s amazing what shows up there. My favorite so far is [email protected]

The Whole Moving Story

I got several questions about the upcoming move so here’s all the details:

  • Got laid off from work after 13 years. Job outsourced.
  • Unable to get a new job, mostly due to my age.
  • The housing market here in SF is way up price-wise, so it’s a good time to sell.
  • We’re cleaning out the house. It’s taking much longer than I thought.
  • When the house is sold we are going to live in the RV and wander the country.
  • Eventually we are going to settle someplace with decent weather and a low cost of living.
  • I want to move to the East Coast to be closer to friends and family.
  • Also, East Coast is not as agist as Silicon Valley, so better job prospects.


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