I’m doing fine, how are you?

Hello everyone!

I’m doing fine, how are you?

In case you are wondering, I have been holed up in my man cave, decompressing. Mostly I have been reading books. I keep the television turned off and I have reduced my online time each day by about 80-90%. One of these days I plan to start exercising. Stop laughing, I’m serious!

What we call winter has arrived, even though the trees are still turning from green to gold to bare. We don’t have a Fall, we just go straight from Summer to Winter.

From about now until March it will alternate between cool and cold, and it will either be rainy, foggy, overcast or clear. (It only snows here about once every 30 years.) That is more variety than we get in the Summer (sunny and hot every day). Winters here are mild but depressing. At least back east you get enough bad weather that you can take pride in surviving it.

That’s all for now.


The Klown

PS: Happy Veterans Day!

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86 Responses to I’m doing fine, how are you?

  1. Glennmcgahee says:

    Glad your mancave is comfortable and warm and you have taken a new direction for your self. I’m sorry for that weather btw. Everybody thinks California is the land of milk and honey with sunshine all the time. I’ve been to some pretty rural places there where a good friend of mine raises chickens. I’d say start your excercise by walking if you can stand the cold. I’ve got a dog that forces me to walk at least 3-4 times a day , If he didn’t have to shit and piss, I’d never leave the couch.
    I am getting ready to visit family on Thanksgiving, an annual reunion that I’ve skipped since when in the 80’s, it was expressed that I was not really welcome because I was openly gay, Its been over 20 years so I called and invited myself and was told I was most welcome. A little nervous about it but looking forward to it all the same. I’ve missed them and many relatives I loved are gone now so I missed plenty and regret having let a couple of them hurt me and cut me off from the others who didn’t care and I love alot.

  2. {{{{Klown}}}}}
    Glad to see you surface! Walking is good! Take it slow at first and work your way up.
    We had a rare afternoon of sunshine yesterday- so I got outside for a little while. We will be back to the cloudy and overcast mode soon enough.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    It is now a little after 3am Klown time.

    Yesterday (Friday) evening I finished reading The Girl Who Played With Fire. Late this morning I bought The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. I started reading it around 1pm. That was 14 hours ago.

    I have spent at least 12 of those hours reading that book. I am a little over half way thru it, and I’ll probably finish it before dawn.

    • piper says:

      Good choice of books – they can be streamed on Netflix.

    • Erica says:

      I watched the film version of the first book last night. I’d heard so much about the violence, but actually it was easier to watch than to read. Go figure!

      Enjoy the time you are making for yourself, MyIQ. Sounds like good changes all round. I love winter walks. There’s something very lovely about seeing the bones of the trees and smelling the fresh, crisp air. One of my favorite times to be outdoors.

  4. t says:

    I don’t get why you need the vacuum cleaner (in your picture)…Since you’re out in the woods, if I were you, I’d just go ah-natural!

  5. It is Veteran’s Day. I salute and thank all our veterans! Thank you for my freedom!

    • carol haka says:

      My Choctaw Indian Grandmother won a prize when she was young for a dramatic recitation of that poem. I miss her. πŸ˜₯

      • elliesmom says:

        Are you really Choctaw, Carol, or do you just have “high cheekbones” and a “pow-wow cookbook”? There’s a position opening up at Harvard.

        • carol haka says:

          I definately have high cheekbones! I wouldn’t spit on Harvard even though my son does have a few good friends that actually went there and would be willing to post their transcripts! πŸ™‚

      • carol haka says:

        My GrandMother read music but could also play piano or organ by ear. She had an organ and during and after WWII she attended a church that didn’t have an organ because of shortages so every week they came by with an old pickup and loaded it up and drove it to church where she played and sang all the hymns with a small choir. And, then it was loaded up and driven home. πŸ™‚

  6. carol haka says:

    Justin and Selena are breaking up! The hits just keep coming πŸ˜₯ Gretawire poll: Who is now leader of the Republican Party Results? Sarah Palin 42% Marco Rubio 14% Everyone Else. ….. πŸ‘Ώ

  7. elliesmom says:

    We had snow last week and today it will be close to 70 degrees. That’s how we know it’s still fall. I’m off to the grandkid’s last soccer game of the season later today. I had to go digging through the discard pile to find something orange to wear. He expects all of his spectators to wear his team’s colors. It was easier when he was on the red team. I wear a lot of red stuff. I’m reading “Casual Vacancy” by JK Rowling. While I’ll finish it, it’s not as compelling as “The Girl” series. I didn’t read the Harry Potter series so this is my first introduction to her writing. And it’s about, wait it for it. . . .politics. Small town politics, but politics.

  8. I see you’re back on you meds myiq!!! πŸ™‚

    Just a few thoughts on the election’s tone:


  9. carol haka says:

    Happy Veteran’s Day! πŸ™‚

  10. carol haka says:

    israel just fired a warning shot into Syria. Told UN the next response would be REAL! πŸ‘Ώ

  11. myiq2xu says:

    Despite my best efforts it is clear that I’m not going to finish this book before the Sandman arrives.

    I’m on page 383 and I still have nearly 200 pages to go.

    To sleep, perchance to dream . . .”

    • fernschild says:

      If you don’t mind subtitles, the movies are good as well. I need to find something to cheer up for. In the last little while my family has had adventures in bipolarland, a hurricane for the Bahamian branch, a cancer recurrence (luckily of a kind that’s more annoying than deadly) and a miscarriage. And then Mitt lost the election, and I really got depressed. There must be some kind of antidote on Netflix.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Welcome “home” myiq. πŸ˜‰ I haven’t backed a “winner” since 1996 so maybe I’m immuned to shock and disappointment ? The week after every Preezy election is like the week after the Super Bowl, for the losing team’s fans. Then we wash, rinse and repeat 4 years later.

    Gird your loins, 2016 has already started ! (I wish I could find a new hobby)

  13. Pips says:

    So my – quite responsible if I may say so myself πŸ™‚ – speculation is that The White House after having vetted candidates for the job as CIA director chose the one with the most convenient ‘dirt’: ‘Aha! An extramarital affair. That’s our man!”

    Oh, and you have to love this part:

    The emails include sexually explicit references to such items as sex under a desk.

    Makes you wonder what new scandals they had on Bill Clinton to make him shill so hard, lol … sob. 😎

    • DeniseVB says:

      Something is smelly about this whole thing. I too believe they have something on the Clintons to make them roll over and bow at the altar of his grace.

      A good MSM would dig deep and buried Obama long ago. Remember the “dirt” they found on Sarah ? I just don’t get it.

      • swanspirit says:

        Everything was postponed under after the election . If Petraeus had resigned one month or week prior to the elections , Obama would have lost . That is why they sat on and obfuscated the Benghazi story ; that is why we did not find out Iran fired on one of our drones . All until after the election .

      • piper says:

        Glad to hear that others also believe that bronco bama has something on Billy Jeff. Remember Eric Holder was part of the Clinton’s administration – justice – so he knows most or all of the dirt and passed it on to his good friends, the bamas.
        Still bitter but working hard to regain some semblance of life after this debacle.

  14. leslie says:

    {{{{ myiq2xu}}}} Welcome home. It isn’t the same without you. You are the one who gets me listening to “that other” music.


  15. Pips says:

    This link is for myiq and other readers of Stieg Larsson who might want to know more about his life, work and legacy.

  16. tommy says:

    Author Philip Roth retires from writing. He won the Pulitzer Prize for American Pastoral (1997). He was the first 3-time winner of the PEN/Faulkner award. His most recent novel, Nemesis, was published in 2010.

  17. yttik says:

    Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

    Happy Veterans Day everybody.

  18. swanspirit says:

    Love your space Myiq, , very bringing the outdoors in ; or indoors out ,depending on the weather .
    If, when you finish the Girl Who books, and you want something else to read before you go back and reread them ,may I be so bold as to suggest these two of my oldie but goody all time favorites that can be had at Amazon for under $3.50 and shipping .


    This is a beautiful, lyrical intense novel, set in an ancient Scotland where people were still living in tune with the rhythms of and at the mercy of nature. A community is threatened by attacks from raiders and find a novel way to protect themselves by building a protector out of clay (like a golem, but Scottish).


    and Starmaker by Olaf StapledonWidely
    regarded as one of the true classics of science fiction, Star Maker is a poetic and deeply philosophical work. The story details the mental journey of an unnamed narrator who is transported not only to other worlds but also other galaxies and parallel universes, until he eventually becomes part of the “cosmic mind.” First published in 1937, Olaf Stapledon’s descriptions of alien life are a political commentary on human life in the turbulent inter-war years. The book challenges preconceived notions of intelligence and awareness, and ultimately argues for a broadened perspective that would free us from culturally ingrained thought and our inevitable anthropomorphism. This is the first scholarly edition of a book that influenced such writers as C.S. Lewis and Arthur C. Clarke and which Jorge Luis Borges called “a prodigious novel.”


  19. britgirls says:

    I highly recommend the Couch to 5K program if you’re looking at gradually easing into running. Starts off with intervals of 60 second slow jog/walking and after a couple of months you’ll be able to run for 30 mins straight:


    I’m just starting running again after an injury. I love running. Totally clears my head. It is “my” time away from the kids. Much needed!

    I’m totally absorbed by Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I’m up reading it at 3 in the morning! It’s excellent. It’s a collection of stories from the past, present and future with a common thread. Can’t put it down.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I don’t run unless someone or something is chasing me.

      • DeniseVB says:

        While walking is supposed to be my mental break, I’m up to 5 miles a day with talk radio. I’m hopeless, but my bod is rawking πŸ˜‰ I’ve never been a runner, too many of my “marathon” friends are having hip and knee replacements. Hard to find (maybe Amazon?) but the old Sony Walkman still has free a.m. radio.

        • elliesmom says:

          I walk Ellie about 3 miles a day. The morning mile and a half is “aerobic”. She and I keep up a pretty good pace. In the afternoon, we usually meet up with other walkers. Some with pups and some with baby carriages. Not as fast a pace, but good socialization for us both, if not as much exercise. On rainy days we get out the Wii fit and choose the run that includes a little dog for Ellie to chase to substitute for the afternoon walk. We take the morning one no matter what the weather. She insists on at least one outdoor walk every day.

  20. catarina says:

    The “Five Tibetans” has saved my life.
    10 minutes a day.


    No need to buy anything, all info is available for free online.

  21. driguana says:

    Happy Veterans Day! This article about sums it up for me.

    • driguana says:

      This is a great article and and a very interesting comments discussion. It essentially points out the fact that Americans know very little about how government operates and what it really means…on all levels, federal, state and local. What they “vote” for in elections is how much they “like” an individual and if they are “cool” or not. That certainly was the case this time. It’s also why many Americans don’t vote at all…why should they? It’s become like a game show contest and, thus, we have a “game show” president.

  22. eriezindian says:

    I too have avoided the TV since so-called election day. This is my first on-line also…………..Try Proust, he keeps my mind absorbed. Also The Book of Ebenezer LePage.

  23. piper says:

    Remember to thank a veteran for the freedoms we enjoy today.

    myiq – thanks for hosting us – we need a place to come to and share our stories of survival. This is probably our last weekend of 60* degree weather then Monday – a huge drop to a high of 35* Time for a walk in the park.

  24. driguana says:

    Speaking of good and timely reads, I finally got around to reading Daniel Pinchbeck’s “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl”. While it does have a resoundingly new-age title, it is a really refreshing metaphysical romp through the strange comsomology of our times. Originally published in 2007, I just got around to reading it and really enjoyed it…..best do it, though, before December 21st!

  25. djmm says:

    Glad you are doing well, myiq!!
    Happy Veterans Day!!

  26. myiq2xu says:

    Okay, I finished the book, with 5 minutes left before the Raiders game starts.

    I have had about 1 hour of sleep since yesterday morning.

    I don’t feel sleepy.

  27. jeffhas says:

    Well, I’m glad your back after ‘The Hunkering’ (there’s a movie title in there somewhere)… I’m still hunkering… Is it wrong to expect, and almost hope for things to get worse so everyone recognizes the fraud?

    It’s not that I want bad things to happen, I just can’t stand the thought of having to listen to ‘The-Greatest-President-Evah-Transformational-We-Have-To-Rewrite-All-The-History-Books’ narrative I’m going to hear for the next 50 years (if I live that long)… I mean really, I feel like ALL MY LIFE I’m never going to hear the end of this…

    … I have long over the just HOW WRONG I WAS about the election stage.


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