November 23rd, 2002


The silence is peaceful

It's nearly 4am Saturday as I start to write this. I probably ought to be asleep, but I'm not. I don't have to be asleep right now. Earlier I had a headache and noise from outside keeping me up. Now it's just blissful silence, the muted tapping of my keys on the keyboard, and the gaze from my adorable puppy's black eyes. I keep taking breaks to enjoy the "view."

My ears are hypersensitive right now. I felt like writing music, but the sound of music is painful. I can barely tolerate the tapping of my fingers. I have the computer on "Mute" so I don't have to hear anything. As long as the noise level is low enough I'm fine, and right now it is.

With Warren over so much of the time I rarely get moments of solitude like this. I love him and all that, but I also love my privacy and "alone time." At the same time, having Lady with me makes the house feel "whole" instead of "empty." I enjoy this kind of time; maybe I don't want to sleep through it.
  • Current Music
    None -- by choice

Conflicting training problem

Lady is 10.5 months old and she still won't jump on or off the furniture. This may seem like a feature to you; it would be if she were a large dog, but she's a Bichon Frise. They're small. She also has this nasty habit of clawing at my legs.

I've slowly been noticing Warren is giving her counter-training. He likes it when she stays on one of the chairs in the den when he eats and punishes her for getting off the chair, the very behavior I want her to do. He also thinks it's cute when she claws at his legs, which are mostly numbed due to the cyst in his brain.

He may be staying at his place for a few days. What can I do to either undo his training of her (he's home more than I am because I've got three jobs and he's got none), or (probably better) somehow get the dog to understand that "Master A wants X while Master B wants not-X?"

All suggestions are appreciated.

Online vs. Reality

You can tell so little about a person from their online persona. There are folks who "duke it out" online but meet in person and discover they really like each other. Other folks "click" online but find they can't stand each other when they meet in person.

After over 20 years of being online I know enough to wait until I get the "full picture" before "pronouncing judgement" on them. As a result, I find it somewhere between frustrating and annoying when someone "pronounces judgement" on me without a full dataset or old in-person data.
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    contemplative contemplative