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Pass da pasta

I used some online coupons over the weekend to buy a few boxes of pasta, a big jar of sauce and some packages of vegetarian "meat." I don't see myself going completely vegetarian anytime soon, but I wanted to cut back on eating meat for a day or two each week for dietary reasons. Tonight I made a small pot of spaghetti with sauce and veggie sausage.

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I got one less con without ya...

Still no federal tax refund. I'm not worried at the moment because I don't have any major expenses due this week. My next payday will be on Friday.

I never thought I'd ever have to say this, but... R.I.P. Rocky Mountain Fur Con. I didn't realize problems with the con ran deeper than just fear/hatred of certain groups. It turns out MAAAC, the organization that ran RMFC, had lost its tax-exempt status years ago. Also, the head of MAAAC sent a Cease and Desist letter banning someone (who wasn't even going to attend RMFC) for bringing a gun threat to the staff's attention.
https://www.flayrah.com/6903/rocky-mountain-fur-con-canceled-following-neo-nazi-associations-tax-irregularities
http://dogpatch.press/2017/04/10/rocky-mountain-fur-con-threat/

A group is now working on a replacement con for 2018. I've heard the names Mile High Furry Weekend, Mile High Furry Con and DenFur being proposed. Leaders of other cons are mentoring the group to get things started. I'm sad about the loss of RMFC as I've been attending since 2010, but I look forward to a new and (hopefully) better-run convention.

I might need to buy a new digital camera if I can't find a specific part for my current one. The tab holding the camera's battery in place broke about a month ago. Now the camera only works when it's in its charging dock. HP no longer supports the camera (a Photosmart R817,) so buying a new one might be better. I still have the waterproof camera I bought for my Grenada cruise as a backup.

More personal touch for air shifts

I hope I'm able to find a substitute for my KRCC shifts during my upcoming vacation. The person listed as a part-time sub said he wasn't available that weekend. There are other part-time staff members, but I'm unsure which ones would be allowed to fill in for me.

I will soon be able to talk more on the air at KRCC. After the recent schedule change and partial switch to automation, Weekend Edition was the only program with breaks where I could talk. The station engineer said now that the automation system's kinks are mostly ironed out, he would insert 15- or 30-second breaks in the remaining programs so I could give a quick weather report, announce upcoming shows, etc.

Reading about the United passenger who was forcibly removed from a flight due to overbooking was disturbing. Four passengers were removed so four United employees could have their seats, according to news reports. When I began taking singles cruises in 2006, I signed up for Continental Airlines' frequent flyer program since they had the lowest-priced flights at the time. I was moved to the UnitedPlus program when Continental and United merged. I had flown American Airlines to last year's cruise in Grenada because United doesn't fly there. I had a better experience flying with American. Having a hub in Dallas is also a plus for Furry Fiesta. My flights to and from DC this month are on United (bought mostly with miles,) but I will likely use other airlines in the future until United improves.

I still haven't received my federal tax refund. My dad filed the return, so he said he would look into why it hasn't been deposited.

Looking back on a less-busy weekend

Furry Weekend Atlanta and Motor City Fur Con are taking place this weekend. Because of that, some of the weekend furry shows were off. Bungee Skunk hosted a Jackbox Games stream since Steelwoulfe was away. The Funday PawPet Show stream was supposed to auto-play a rerun, but there was only a black screen after the "Let Your Love Flow" intro played. Fred Bedderhead had his own stream going. I tuned in for the beginning but left to nap for a bit.

Winter appears to be gone for now, though there has been a brief return in late-April in past years.

I've been turning off my front porch light before going to bed for the past few days. My bedroom window faces my front porch. While this can act like a night light, I think it's also affecting my sleep pattern by tricking my mind into thinking it's still daytime.

One thing I like to do in my spare time is to "go back in time" to look at old LiveJournal entries to see what has changed and what hasn't. I also add tags to any old entries where they're missing:
--Last year around this date, the "Colorado Furries Plus" group was shut down due to trolls reporting some of the images posted. I was invited to a private Facebook chat group with the group members, which caused me to not get much sleep that night.
--Five years ago, Melting Temple (a co-worker's former band) released their "Hunter's Moon" EP and held a release party/concert at the Ancient Mariner in Manitou. The band asked me to wear my panda kigurumi to the concert (I had skipped a fur meet to attend) and I got to dance on stage to some of the songs.
--Ten years ago, I was growing tired of being manipulated by a woman who claimed she was needing money for food, medical bills and other expenses. The first few times she asked, I felt sorry for her and sent the money. When the requests started becoming more frequent and she ignored my pleas to stop bugging me, I blocked her and shut down my Camfrog account. I started calling her "hney" because of how she constantly misspelled "honey."

High-speed train proposed

My boss at KRCC tried to contact me during my Toastmasters meeting earlier, looking for additional phone staff for the membership drive's final day.

I just saw an article about a proposed "Hyperloop" train which would serve various cities:
http://www.kktv.com/content/news/Colorado-proposal-among-finalists-for-Hyperloop-system-418587193.html

One of the planned routes would go from Cheyenne, WY to Houston, TX, with stops including Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. I don't know if this route would stop in Dallas/Fort Worth, but there's another route linking DFW with Houston. This would be a nice system (if I'm still alive when it's completed) for traveling to Texas Furry Fiesta.

Just 20 days until my Washington, DC trip, and 124 days until Rocky Mountain Fur Con!

Longing for landlines

The KRCC pledge drive was originally going to end this Saturday, but it will end on Friday instead. I'll be able to resume my "normal" schedule on Saturday morning.

It would be great if cell phone makers invested more into making the phones sound better. Being able to hear and understand callers is sometimes difficult in a room with 4-5 others taking pledges. Adding the "hamburger phone" limitations -- and the mountainous locations of some of our listeners -- to that is even more frustrating. Thankfully, today had my last phone shift for this drive.

I'd love to wake up tomorrow and find my federal tax refund has been deposited.

My digital camera is saying its battery is defective. I ordered a new battery this week. The tab holding the battery in place is partially broken, but I hope that isn't causing the "defective" notice.

From chilly to Chili

I took a Zyrtec before bed last night since KRCC had its "Chili Challenge" this morning. Chili is a golden retriever therapy dog, and her owners help the station during its membership drives. A few people who pledged in person mistakenly thought the station had already moved into its future location on Tejon Street. That move likely won't happen until late this year or early next year.

My federal tax refund hasn't been direct deposited yet. If it's not in my account tomorrow morning, I'll take my change jar to the credit union to pad my account a bit. I still have about $150 in my accounts, but a little more wouldn't hurt.

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Perfectly-timed snow

I originally signed up to answer phones at KRCC this morning. Yesterday, the operations manager e-mailed me to say Tuesday mornings are usually slow and asked if I wanted to do Wednesday morning instead. I let him know I would do that. I'm actually relieved I didn't have to work today since a few more inches of snow have fallen. The weather's warming up just enough to melt it off the roads, and the walkways around my building were just cleared.

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Trotted straight to bed

Today was peaceful at work. KRCC didn't do any Sunday pledging this time.

I was initially worried I-25 would get icy due to the snowfall, but the roads were just wet. I wound up not going to FoxTrot because I was too tired after work, and a brief nap didn't help.

Chilly weekend

Tomorrow at FoxTrot, I'll wear the "partial" parts of my fursuit with my jacket and regular clothes since this weekend will be chilly. I need to contact my suit maker after dinner tonight to see if she's going to FoxTrot, or if she can adjust the suit body sometime in the next two weeks. Next week might not work due to the KRCC drive.

I signed up for two more phone shifts at KRCC yesterday. My upcoming vacation is now completely "Even Stevened."

My replacement APAP mask was delivered an hour ago. This should greatly improve my sleep for the next few months. Also, a few of the KRCC shifts I picked were 6-9 AM, so my sleep schedule won't be quite as varied this week.

Less than a month until vacation

I just ordered a new cushion for my APAP mask. I'm supposed to replace the various parts every 3-6 months, and I've had the APAP for about 7 months. I'm doing a better job of keeping the mask clean since not cleaning it can cause the mask to leak, affecting my sleep.

KRCC's membership drive starts tomorrow. I signed up to answer phones in the morning and late afternoon. I will check the phone volunteer log to see if there are other shifts that need to be filled.  Signing up for another 5 hours would completely make up for the time I'll miss during next month's vacation.

Just 29 days until my cruise reunion in Washington, DC.

Trading fun for sleep?

So far, I've signed up for 12 hours' worth of shifts for KRCC's membership drive next week. I need to ask my supervisor if the 9-11 AM phone shift is still volunteers-only. If I could do three of those, that would make up for the hours I'll miss during next month's vacation. There are a few other shifts I might be able to do. However, I'd have to miss some friends' music/talk streams or my Friday dinner with my parents.

"No one knows what it's like to be a dustbin in Shaftesbury with hooligans."

I might need to skip Steelwoulfe's game night tonight or just play a few games. I only got about four hours of sleep last night, and I have a meetup tonight at 7 PM. I do plan to go to bed by midnight, and the game night occasionally goes beyond that.

Spring is literally taking a Spring Break

Tonight's weather makes me wish I could have gone to Texas for Furry Fiesta this year. Right now, the wind is picking up and I'll wake up to at least an inch of snow Friday.

Southside Johnny's restaurant is closing this weekend. I'll be there Friday night to hear The Psychedelegates play. One of the singles groups I'm in is going there Saturday night, but I already RSVP'd for another meetup that night.

Since a site I use to look up TV/radio stations for sale doesn't like e-mails from Yahoo or AOL addresses, I changed the e-mail on my Google+ account to a new Gmail account.

Robit? ROBIT!

There was a technical screw-up during a show on Sunday. For some reason, the automation system skipped over the first segment of The Thomas Jefferson Hour, going to the first PSA break. I quickly loaded the first show segment into another area of the playlist and played it from there, then reset the playlist to start with segment #2 afterward.

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Prepping for next vacation

I'm getting a larger-than-usual tax refund in a few weeks. This year, I'm able to write off more of my medical expenses.

Saturday marks 40 days until my singles cruise reunion in Washington, DC. I got a hotel room by myself, but I'll offer to share the room/cost with someone (either specific dates or the whole weekend) since the rooms have two double beds. For the KRCC membership drive in two weeks, I need to sign up for 5-6 phone shifts to make up for the work days I'll miss next month.

Cool cash and cooler fridge

I bought a thermometer for my refrigerator tonight. Years ago, I had turned up the fridge's temperature beause all the liquid items I put in it kept turning to ice. More recently, I suspected it was too warm when my container of coffee creamer started to spoil a month before its expiration date. The current fridge temp is just inside the safe zone at 39 degrees, but I'm making it cooler just to be safe.

Another insurance refund check came in the mail over the weekend!

Emotional Even Steven

I was on an emotional roller coaster Sunday. Since I now begin my Sunday shift at 6 AM instead of 5 AM, I planned to get an extra hour of sleep Saturday night. Of course, that was nullified due to Daylight Saving Time taking away an hour. I was yawning all morning despite having a few sodas and cups of coffee.

"Asked a girl what she wanted to be
She said baby, can't you see
I want to be famous, a star on the screen
But you can do something in between [my legs.]"


I usually don't do this on weekends, but I took a member's pledge during my shift. The station's new automation setup meant I didn't have to worry about being away from the studio when I needed to play/announce something. Also, taking the pledge actually gave me something to do instead of just sitting in the studio (and yawning.) My mood was dampened by a caller complaining about "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me" airing at 9 AM Sunday instead of the last hour of "Weekend Edition." I felt better about 10 minutes later when "the weather lady" called. She's an elderly woman who often calls the station in the morning and asks about the weather forecast.

Yay, toast and golden balls

I did my first KRCC shift with the new weekend schedule earlier today. My Saturday shift has the same shows as before, with some of the new/moved shows airing during the next announcer's shift. My Sunday shift starts the same way with Weekend Edition, then Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, A Prairie Home Companion, the Thomas Jefferson Hour and the TED Radio Hour. I play Weekend Edition live off the satellite, while the other shows are now fully automated on the station's ENCO computer system. Most of the air breaks are now filled with prerecorded announcements, meaning I don't talk on-air as much. (That could be good or bad, depending on the listener.) The weekend semi-automation more closely resembles my Part 15 home "station" which I run Tuesday through Friday using both podcasts and live shows. I had to insert a few underwriting spots that were on the printed log but not on the computer playlist. Also, the automation system forgot to switch to the top-of-the-hour news feed one time. Other than that, and the engineer scaring the shit out of me when I first arrived, my shift went well.

One of the shows I aired today mentioned a cheese called Gjetost, which the hosts pronounced as "Yay, toast!" Another show mentioned a game show on ITV called "Golden Balls."

The station's membership drive starts in 2-1/2 weeks. I'm hoping the reduction in music shows doesn't severely affect the amount the station raises this time.

One paycheck (or two?) next week

I should receive my end-of-February paycheck next Wednesday. I tried to submit the hours for my mid-March paycheck on Monday, but I forgot my password for the payroll site. I got the password reset today and submitted my hours (hopefully) on time this time.

I had lunch today at the Arabian Nights restaurant on the north end of town. I had the shawarma beef lunch.

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Struck out

My bowling scores this weekend were... non-existent. I was unable to view the official Facebook post about the furry bowling meet this time because it was set to private, and I wasn't given access to it for some reason. A post by someone else on the Colorado Furs FurAffinity page invited people to RSVP for the event, but it didn't mention the participants needed to pay in advance. (Everyone paid at the bowling alley during previous meets.) When I went to enter my name on the scoreboard, another fur mentioned the advance payment. I had a burger and a "Whiskey Orchard" drink, then just stuck around until around 12:20 AM.

Earlier on Sunday, I made a chocolate martini with coconut vodka, creme de cacao and coffee creamer.

Good and bad work changes

This is the last weekend before KRCC switches to its new schedule on Monday. The station is switching to only having music from 7 PM-midnight, with news/NPR programming the rest of the day. When the station last changed its schedule, I got plenty of both good and bad calls about the changes. The latest change will eliminate some of the less-liked shows. "A Prairie Home Companion" will return on weekends, having been dropped after Garrison Keillor retired. Still, the elimination of the late-morning/early-afternoon music shows has already garnered lots of complaints. As much as I hate the reduced music content, I know KRCC has to do what it can to compete with the new Colorado Public Radio affiliate starting up in April.

I'll be doing some more furry bowling on Saturday night. My fursuit's maker is hosting the meet, so I'll ask if she can make adjustments to the suit body next week.

I forgot to pick up my medication refills today. I'll need to do that on Monday.

I've got plenty of nothing

My end-of-February paycheck wasn't deposited for some reason. I've called the payroll office and left a message for them. The radio station didn't mention anything about a delay, so I will likely be nearly broke until March 15. I'll bring my change jar to the credit union tomorrow to put a bit more into my account. I'm disappointed because I have a couple of bills due before the 15th.

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Getting back on track

After forgetting to do this for a few months, I've resumed keeping a food log. Instead of counting calories, my goal is to keep better track of everything I eat and drink, including zero-calorie things like water and diet soda. I previously left off the water/soda to save space. Now I'm making sure I drink enough water during the day.

I actually felt completely clean after my shower today. I took the time to make sure I thoroughly washed myself instead of rushing through the process as I often do.

I went through the rest of my old mail and found the remaining tax documents I need.

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Heading east again

This year's Spring membership drive at KRCC will be in early-April instead of late-April (actually starting on March 30th.) This means I will be able to attend the singles cruise reunion in Washington, DC at the end of April. I reserved a hotel room and booked the flights, using my frequent flyer miles to save money on the flights. I missed the deadline to get a spot on the group's White House tour, but there are other sites I'll be able to visit. I haven't been to DC since I was a teenager.

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