geezerchick

geezerchick
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exercise junkie, married to the best alien on Earth, four grandchildren, ornery dog who is not house-trained, if it's legal, I've probably done it -- for pay

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AUGUST 26, 2013 3:34PM

More on the Gigantic Flag Mural

I’ve been thinking about why that monster flag mural has me obsessed.

I think I’ve got it: The US has the same problem India has.  A caste system.  We have a warrior caste.  Each generation makes sure there is a war for the next generation, so the warrior caste can… Read full post »
AUGUST 14, 2013 2:47PM

Hey, lady

Hey, lady.
I didn’t know that was an insult.
Because I didn’t know, I messed up not only the conversation, but any chance of having my opinion taken seriously.

Mural Arts is supposed to have neighborhood meetings where people have discussions and agree about murals that will be painted o… Read full post »
AUGUST 8, 2013 3:35PM

Thoughts on Gone With the Wind

I’m reading Gone With the Wind, and my most salient thought is that the US should have let the South secede.


That war was expensive in terms of lives and dollars, and proved nothing.


The war was not fought to end slavery. It was fought to keep cotton affordable… Read full post »

Hey, person in the car. I cannot see what you are doing with your hands.  I cannot read your mind. And with your dark tinted windows, I can’t even see you in there.  So, how am I supposed to guess when you are about to swing your car door open rightRead full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2012 3:16PM

Breast Cancer Surgical Flow Chart

 breast cancer surgical flow chart 
All the press I’ve read about breast cancer for the past 40 odd years has said, “lumpectomy is the way to go.”  It turns out – often, it’s not.  First of all, if you get a lumpectomy, radiation is part of the package.  That’s wee
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DECEMBER 4, 2012 2:51PM

Paper-Training Me

Paper-training Me

Roar is the poopiest pooch on the planet.  He poops 3 times on an average walk.  The total can be as many as 5.  I’m used to re-using plastic bags to pick up pooch poop, but Roar’s pooping exceeds my bag supply.  I’ve asked dogless neighbors to… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 26, 2012 1:45PM

Making Science Fun

It’s been many years since I visited the Exploratorium in San Francisco.  I loved that place. It was designed for discovery.  No instructions. Just interesting things placed in proximity to each other and a tacit agreement from the museum designers that you could do anything you want… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 2, 2012 4:01PM

My Election Rant

This is my election rant.

On Facebook, somebody posted a picture of a pretty 20-something woman, wearing summer clothing, holding a neat, clean diaper-clad baby on her lap, and a remote clicker in her hand.

The caption read:

Receives Monthly Welfare Checks Feeds

Child… Read full post »

OCTOBER 26, 2012 3:44PM

Miscommunication in ScreenplayLand

My producer set up a skype session with my co-author and me.  We talked about using kickstarter to raise money to make a trailer to show potential movie funders.

One of the rewards we talked about was reprints of historical posters.

A few days later, the producer called –… Read full post »
OCTOBER 19, 2012 3:46PM

Bad Advertisement for Aging

I’m such a regular at the gym, that I’ve gotten a minor reputation. Some gym members correct my form and show me how to use equipment.  Others ask about the stretches I do – most of which were either given me by physical therapists, or modified by them. People over 50… Read full post »
OCTOBER 11, 2012 3:37PM

Blessing of the Animals

A friend whom I met, and only see, at the gym, a sister breast cancer survivor, told me about Blessing of the Animals at a nearby church.


Roar loves any chance to meet other dogs.  I suspect this is one reason he demands so many walks.  He sniffs every dog… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2012 2:44PM

Progress in the Movie World


Last time I wrote about this, the family screenplay I wrote with Jean had won the Gold Remi at Worldfest, and been optioned. 

So what’s next?

First we got a set of rewrite requests that we thought made sense. So we did them.

Then we got more… Read full post »
I used to be afraid of electric wiring. It was inside the wall. Sparks came out. The electricity experiments I’d done in science class frequently broke.

But, my husband, the alien, and I had maxed out our budget and spent all our savings to make the downpayment on our first… Read full post »
AUGUST 24, 2012 5:49PM

Roar Updates

roar being trimmed
 
Roar loves Buffy’s bunny.  When we first got Buffy, I went to the thrift shop and bought her a stuffed animal to sleep with.  That animal was shreds within an hour.  After that I tried an official pet toy from the grocery store. It lasted a few days.  Then… Read full post »
AUGUST 17, 2012 2:27PM

His Name is Roar

It’s been two years since we buried Petruccio, the Incorrigible. Three years since Buffy, the best dog ever, died.  We weren’t in a hurry to get another.  Then I got a hip replacement, and had to learn to walk again – dogs need walking.  Then I got cancer, and had to… Read full post »
AUGUST 10, 2012 11:14AM

Optioning My Screenplay

It’s not just my screen play – it’s also my co-author Jean’s.


Jean and I have a truce – we will fight about plot, about character, even about which of our many ideas we will work on now.  But we will never fight about money. We have lost money together… Read full post »

I just bought my first two-piece swim suit in over 40 years.

Those one-piece suits don’t hold a prosthetic very well. Even after I sew a pocket into one. It looked okay while the suit was dry. But when I started swimming, the prosthetic drooped and moved around oddly.
JULY 27, 2012 1:08PM

What Does it Mean to be Alive?

I attended a Creativity in Nature session at the Cancer Support Center.  The leader handed out rocks to each of the participants.  One rock was rounded and blobby, yet had the texture of sedimentary stone.  “Is this coral?” asked the woman who was holding it.  She paus… Read full post »
JULY 23, 2012 3:01PM

Picking My Arguments

I try to pick which arguments are worth my time.  Yesterday I got into an argument about which arguments are worthwhile.  Talk about circular arguing?

A friend had read an article in which the author claimed that the Supreme Court decision that prayer cannot be required in public school ha… Read full post »
JULY 20, 2012 11:29AM

Entering Screenplay Contests

When you take screenwriting classes, the teachers claim that it’s easy to tell a good screenplay from a poor one, and to recognize an outstanding screenplay on the rare occasion when you see one.

My friend Jean and I have co-written several screenplays.  One in particular has received hig… Read full post »
Editor’s Pick
JULY 16, 2012 9:07AM

Getting Out the Vote 1964

I considered myself to be a teenaged rebel. I questioned everything adults told me to do, except when it came to homework and politics.

I always did more homework than was assigned and I did whatever the adults at the American Friends Service Committee suggested.  Without question, without doub… Read full post »
JULY 8, 2012 12:28PM

Modern Fossils

 dog prints
 
 
When I took a geology class in college, one of our field trips was to a place where we could see fossils. The Teaching Assistant who lead our group asked if we had any questions. I asked why fossils form sometimes but not all the time.  The… Read full post »
JUNE 29, 2012 5:54PM

Needles vs Needles

The place where my breast used to be swelled up with fluid.  My surgeon stuck needles in and drained.  This doesn’t hurt because the tissue where my breast used to be is numb.

Three times it filled up. Three times, I let her drain it.

When it filled up… Read full post »
JUNE 19, 2012 10:48AM

Buying a Knit Tit

 knit tit

 

Last time I mentioned buying a knit tit on Ebay. 

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/360378520023

 

It arrived quickly. It was well made, attractive and much too big.  It stuck out over 3 inches from my chest.  My real one is less than 2 inches.  It was also… Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2012 11:47AM

Stuffing My Bra

First, I want to make clear that I never stuffed my bra as a teenager. I never could figure out the point. It wouldn’t stop the girls in the gang shower at gym from calling me “barely a pinch” and it wouldn’t stop the rude boys from saying the truth, “she… Read full post »