Why Do I Live Here Again…?

Why Do I Live Here Again…?

30 Minutes to Dig This Thing OutTaken with Samsung Galaxy S6, February 9, 2017©Les Becker

30 Minutes to Dig This Thing Out
Taken with Samsung Galaxy S6, February 9, 2017
©Les Becker

This is too much.

Also (and I want to be proud of this, but I’m too depressed), Sault Ste. Marie has apparently broken a national record for snowfall this year. Twice.

It’s only February, and sometimes we have snow right through April and into May. I don’t know if I can take that this year.

I’ve Been Held Back to the Point of Falling Over…

I’ve Been Held Back to the Point of Falling Over…

Broken Chair

Squashed by a 104-Pound Woman!
Taken February 12, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3

I’ve had some serious “Writer’s Block” issues for the last… oh… millennium or so. I’ve come to the conclusion over the last several months that it’s not writer’s block so much as my own stubbornness that’s keeping me from writing.

But then the above event happened. In slow motion. Just like in the movies.

I had just sat down determined to Write Something, Dammit!, and was doing my “squat-sit” thing a la` this post, when I felt an odd sinking/sliding sensation, and realized that I was slowly oozing downward at a strange angle.

Eventually, I found myself in a ball on the floor, staring up at the underside of my desk.

When I managed to untangle the legs of the chair from the legs of myself, I tried to see the funny side – I kind of wished I had wired CCTV into the Belfry so I could see whether or not I had actually dissolved the chair in slow-motion or if it just felt like it – but I was just a little pissed that when I finally sat my ass down to Write Something, Dammit!, all I managed to accomplish was to collapse my only chair.

By the time I finally located the matching, unsquashed-flat chair in the lower apartment and steal it from the guy that actually lives there, I didn’t feel like writing anymore.

Sigh…*

Ah well…. with luck, the new replacement will last me as long as the old chair did – roughly 9 years. Maybe I’ll have this book written by then, too.

New Chair

New Chair…. Same as the Old Chair
Taken February 12, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3

Random Song-for-the-Day: “7 Years” – Lukas Graham

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"The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs" is for sale in digital and paper formats at
The Les Becker Bookshop.
He’s Settling In – He Owns the Whole Damned Cat Tree, Now…

He’s Settling In – He Owns the Whole Damned Cat Tree, Now…

Yoga is Exhausting

“Yoga Is Exhausting!”
Taken November 3, 2015
with Samsung Galaxy S3
© Les Becker, 2015

Tricksy the Not-Girl Cat has settled in to the point that he has taken over all the cat toys and now owns the cat tree as well. He tends not to pay much attention to it, unless Luna decides to climb it, whereupon he tears up the side of it and removes her forcibly. He then guards it like a buzzard while Luna paces at the foot of the tree, grumbling with discontent, until he falls asleep.

Tricksy is a little shit.

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Hello” – Adele

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"The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs" is for sale in digital and paper formats at
The Les Becker Bookshop.
I’ll Just Stay Home from Now On, Thanks…

I’ll Just Stay Home from Now On, Thanks…

Rx

“Rx”
Taken July 8, 2015
with Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
© Les Becker, 2015

I celebrated life in general (and working nights, specifically) this morning by wandering down to the Sainte Mary’s River and the boardwalk with my camera at the very friggin’ crack of dawn.

It seemed like a good way to celebrate, since this is the first Wednesday since mid-April or so that I don’t feel concerned about that extra shift I’m working at the Everything Store.

And y’all know what I think of Wednesdays. Yes, you do.

I don’t know what possessed me to agree to the extra shift on an on-going basis (who am I kidding – I want the money, don’t I?), but I’m not sure I can carry on much longer working six nights a week without killing somebody.

In fact, I nearly killed somebody early this morning… or maybe it was that somebody nearly killed me.

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So, 2015 Sure Started Out Weird…

Holidays are OverTaken February 3, 2015 with Samsung Galaxy S3

Holidays are Over
Taken February 3, 2015 with Samsung Galaxy S3
Greeting card for sale at Les Becker Designs

I’m not sure I even know where to begin…

I was asleep when the ball dropped – woke up when the kids all called for rides home at the same time. It took me three trips, and I drive a mini-van. That’s a lot of drunken 20-somethings…

That old saw about “how you ring in the New Year is an indicator of how your year will go” is flat-out bullshit, if my January has anything to say about it, by the way. I’d have thought January would be a calm and steady same-old, same-old kind of routine month.

BUT.
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Merry Christmas, Internet!

Merry Christmas, Internet!

Ian Eats a Burger Bigger Than He Is

Ian Eats a Burger Bigger Than He Is…
Taken December 24, 2014
with Samsung Galaxy S3
© Les Becker, 2014

Ian is one of Ky’s roommates… Ky is a Vegetarian. Ian may pay for this meal in more ways than one.

For the record (cuz I know y’all are wondering);

1) He ate the whole thing.
2) He didn’t throw it all up (as far as I know).
3) He slept the whole way home. Yup. The entire 5-minute drive.