Woke up. Did stuff. Didn't call Darkside, as he said he'd be busy with the job search today. Decided to call Dawn before I left to give plasma. She was busy, but she could call back. Happiness!
We chatted for a while. Darkside is one lucky fellow to be on call for jury duty at this point, given his father. We rejoiced. Evidently the Universe listened to the commentary on the part of myself and others that Darkside and the military would be an exceptionally bad match (data type mismatch error!) and threw monkey wrenches in just the right places. Also, there's this stuff that you put on cats to de-flea them, and this makes the cat's dander toxic to insects and spiders -- it attacks the insect joint lubrication, which is bad news for insects, but perfectly all right for cats, dogs, and toddlers. On the other hand, there is this stuff that does just about the same for dogs, and that is bad for cats.
Darkside is perfectly aware of the release date of Order of the Phoenix
; his mother will get it for herself, and then he will read it. That's my practical boy. So I might as well not get that for him for his birthday. I'd been thinking about it, though...
Eventually went and gave plasma. Read By the Sword
again. Started it up last night. While giving plasma and in the bathtub are the two best places for me to read.
Was a little dizzy coming out, so I sat down and slurped water for a while before proceeding. Can't be too careful. I had a bad day like that at one point last year, where I was dizzy and blacking out and honestly thought I was about to die. This time, I elected not to walk out into the sun while I was feeling even a little unstable, and thus suffered no ill effects.
Met this guy at the bus stop. Elmo Ward. I think Ward was the name. It may not have been. He was interesting. Christian. Believes that the US is wandering about going in the wrong direction because no one has any love, and specifically, the way to find love is through Jesus. And he's prepared to say so on TV. Our conversation mostly consisted of him talking, and me smiling and listening. I need to look him up on the 'net to see if there are any records of him doing the things he talked about doing. Doesn't look like it. Interesting guy, at any rate.
He didn't seem to notice my star. Said there was a kind of glow about me. Well... yeah.
Stopped in at Jack-in-the-crack, then came home. votania
, and Little Fayoumis are off at Marx's grandpa's birthday party. Votania's not going to her great-aunt's birthday party on the grounds that no one was home at her mom's house to give directions when she called there, and it was almost certain that I'd deleted the caller ID info for her aunt's house... and she doesn't know how to get there. So, she can't go. Simple as that.
Dawn's going to call sometime this evening.
I think I may even get some housecleaning in.