March 14th, 2003

caillebotte_man at his window

Electric Night

I had to wait a long time to fire up Sluggo tonight -- there was a spectacular thunderstorm rolling through. The first of the year! The birds must have known it was coming. Yesterday afternoon, as the wind was beginning to blow and the dark clouds were rushing north, birds were flitting about the yard chirping What the.... At least, that's what it sounded as though they were chirping. I've rarely seen them so excited, even when a storm is due. They must have felt some electricity building up.

It's all dissipated, now, and everything is soaked. At the height of the storm, the wind was slamming sheets of rain against the windows so hard, and the thunder and brilliant flashes of lightening were so close, that the cats both went into hiding. They've only just now emerged. Of course, they insist on being fed, as compensation for their ordeal. They probably think it was all my fault, and they intend to milk it for all they can get.

Now that the rain has stopped, a marvelous calm has fallen over the night, and the air is rich and fresh. I'd like to have thunderstorms more often, even if it does mean leaving Sluggo off. Well worth it, I'd say, for such invigoration. The cats, I'm sure, disagree.
caillebotte_man at his window


The rain continues. All the bright red camellias are hanging face down from the bush, dripping. A downpour in the night overflowed the rain gutter along the eaves, and water cascaded down onto the sourgrass near the front door. Now, the plants are splayed open, revealing a tangle of long, pale green stems. Wintry smoke rises from chimneys and drifts through spring leaves. The cats sit on windowsills, gazing disconsolately at the wet world and the birdless gray sky rolling north. As I pass through the room, they look at me and let out an accusing mew. How dare I enjoy this weather! But the dark pavement gleams, and sparkles with bright raindrops which flutter the reflections of swaying pine trees. It is a perfect day!
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caillebotte_the balcony

More Me Being aTechnodolt Stuff

I got rid of the old LJ client, which was freezing after a few lines of type, and installed the latest version, but it freezes, too. How annoying. Since LJ Support doesn't deal with client bugs, I'll have to ask the developer about it. If it can't be fixed, the problem is probably in Sluggo. I haven't tried Sema's client yet, because it's only available in a .zip file, and I don't have the unzipping program anymore. (I never figured out how to make it work properly, anyway. In the weird world of Windows, WinZip is one of the weirdest programs.) If anybody knows of a place where I can download a plain .exe file of Sema's client, please let me know. I might as well try it, even though the problem is most likely Sluggo's fault.