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[Comments] (3) Continue moving on: Jamie and family left CA last weekend. They stayed with us Saturday night and left early Sunday morning. It really didn't hit me they were leaving until we went to their house Saturday morning and saw it completely empty. I spent the whole morning cleaning their refrigerator, and the afternoon entertaining the kids so Jamie could officially check out of her house.

So it's official. Susie and I are now orphans in CA.

I guess we're not totally orphans. Susie and I now possess a cat. Jellybean, to be exact. She is siamese, if you please. And she'll ruin your furniture and your beauty sleep, if you don't please. Luckily we have a deck, as the smell of cat food in the house was driving my crazy. She's so needy, I can't even go to the bathroom in peace. But she's house trained, which is more than I can say for some people's family members, so I guess I can't complain too much.

These past two months I have worked more than I care to think about. And will continue to do so for another couple of weeks at the very least. Now that the heat wave has subsided, I'd rather be home than stuck at work, and it's getting harder and harder to be a yes-man around the office. But the bills don't pay themselves, so there you have it. Sometimes I think Susie is lucky, because she can hate her job, knowing full well it is not a career. My mindset has to be different. If only I weren't such a responsible person. If only....

But on the bright side, Susie and I are going to New York for Thanksgiving, and I'm excited. I've never been to NYC (for reals, not like the whole "John's never been to SF" extravaganza), and think it will be neat to go to Rockefeller Center and see the Christmas tree, wander aimlessly through Central Park, go to Times Square and see my office (I must be insane to think that sounds like fun), and possibly see the Olsen twins. Or at least one of them; I think the other one dropped out of college. It'll be just like in "The Great Gatsby." Hopefully by then I'll be allowed to carry toothpaste in my carry-on, as I detest checking luggage.

[Comments] (4) Deep Doctrine: Susie and I went and saw X-Men 3 at the $1 theater Saturday night. I really can't decide if I liked it or not. Too many people died, and then they ended it with rather lame promises of a sequel. When is enough enough? I mean, so many characters are now dead. What new direction can they take the movie in?

Though I've decided I like the general theme of X-Men. It shows what happens when hatred and fear of different peoples comes out swingin'. It shows sheer bigotry (on both sides) and reminds us that our goal should be a society without classes.

Susie and I also received the first disc of "24" from NetFlix and watched the whole thing yesterday. Susie didn't even want to watch it, and there we were. Teevee has a way of evolving. The 80's were full of sitcoms, the 90's brough on reality shows, and now, in the 21st century, the new theme is to make shows that are almost incoherent, yet drag you in. And I say that in the nicest way. But between "Lost" and "24" it just seems that I really don't have a clue what's going on. But I must like that feeling, cuz I kept watching.

Yesterday in Primary, the lesson was on obeying the law. So we played tic tac toe, but only after the children explained the rules to us. Of course, they missed so many rules that Susie and I cheated as much as possible to illustrate ignorance in the law. Anyway, I also brought a bag of Skittles, and every time the kids could explain why we have a certain law, they got a handful. One of my examples was "Taxes." Elizabeth says: "Oh I know what that is. It's when you don't have a car, so you call the man." Great. I went from a professional to a chauffer. Maybe that means I get overtime now....


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