Monthly Archive: September 2004

Ah yes, Inquiring Minds Want To Know — Who is Kayla?

Kayla is my sweetie.  We have known each other for a long while through some of our Delphiforums groups.  A romance has blossomed… and she will BE HERE ON THE 12th OF OCTOBER!!!!!!!!  I have been missing this in my life, and she is everything I have been looking for… and too young besides, but we’ll deal with that.

It did happen fast… there was a lovely lady in Greenville who was talking to me, and when I dropped a hint about Kayla in this blog, she got quite pissed at me, which she had every right to do.

So now y’all know.  If you want to know a little about her, check out … better hurry, when she reads this she might be embarassed and change it, LOL.


I just got back from the They Might Be Giants concert… they were fantastic, as usual… perhaps not quite as good as their last trip here, but that was 3.5 years ago, it was great to see them again.  I got their DVD movie “Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns”, which has 4.5 HOURS of EXTRAS… a TMBG t-shirt… the t-shirt cost more than the DVD, LOL.

And the opening act was great too, a guy named Corn Mo.  He was like Meat Loaf, playing solo with an accordion.  He did a lot of his own songs, one cover (“We Are The Champions” by Freddie Mercury), and was terrific.  He was sort of budget-sized Meat, (short, but had the build for the job) but had the voice to back it up.  Sometimes he even sounded like another of my favorite bands, Sparks (that I thought nobody but me had heard of).  I talked to him after his show, and he says he’s a great Sparks fan and sometimes does a cover of one of their songs, “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us”, when he has a backup band.  I got a signed poster from him (cool dedication on it, too 🙂 ).

I went with my friend, Joy.  I bought her ticket as well as mine, and she paid me for it anyhow.  She’s cool, and we had a great time.  Of course, I talked about Kayla all the time, and showed her the picture I have printed out.  She thought Kayla looked really cute.  (Like I didn’t know that, LOL!)

Joy offered to walk me home afterwards (I offered to walk her home first, she had a longer way to go), but I pointed out I would be walking home on Hilliard… not the best street to be walking on that late.  So we went our separate ways.

Hugs to all of ya,

I had a FANTASTIC time at SerpentStone Mabon Gathering.  This is the first Gathering I’ve attended since ending my dependence of psychiatric drugs, and everyone went out of their way to say how much better I looked than they had ever seen me before, and how much happier.  I only had one problem all weekend, a bout of sheer physical exhaustion just before Main Ritual.  Someone helped me to my tent, and I slept for a couple hours and got back up again.  Other festivals, Rhiannon or somebody had to take care of me over some psych problem or other.  I FEEL GREAT!!!!!  I think the physical exhaustion was caused by a combination of lack of sleep Friday night (was excited about being back) and that the site was at a higher altitude than I am accustomed to — I have run all over Dragon Hills in the past, but that is about 2,000 feet LOWER than Asheville.

I have some wonderful news to post, but don’t want to jinx anything… in two weeks y’all will know.


My Girl’s Name Here
Harry Smothers
(after “Your State’s Name Here”, ©1988 Lou & Peter Berryman)

Sometimes when the grass is blown by the breeze
There’s a far away look in the leaves of the trees
I think of my sweetheart, heartbreakingly clear
A beautiful woman named [My girl’s name here]

No eyes could be deeper, no spirit so clear
No heart could be purer than [My girl’s name here]
I’ll hold her some day, although I’m not sure when
There’s no sweeter love than [My girl’s name again]

    Oh [My girl’s name here], Oh [Again], what a girl
    I know of none sweeter in [part of the world]
    Her face is so sweet, and her voice in my ear
    And the warm, soft embraces of [My girl’s name here]

My grampa and grandma would sit in their chairs
And talk of [My sweetie] without any airs
And [My girl] would ride with me in [our car’s name brand]
And talk of [whatever] while holding my hand

The songs that she sang were somewhat obscure
She learned from the local townspeople I’m sure
The language she uses is not very clear
But she sweetly says [something I wanted to hear].


I’d love to wake up in [My Girlfriend’s] embrace
And I love to do things that put smiles on her face
Like there on the bumper, a sticker so clear
An I, then a heart, and then [My Girl’s name here]

Whisper it soft, it’s a song to my ear
[My girl’s name here, my girl’s name here]
To her I belong, and to her I’ll return
For [my girl’s] sweet kisses I ever will yearn…


©2004 by Gerald L. “Moss” Bliss, aka Harry Smothers. (Completed 9/21, with helpful ideas from Beth Harper). I was complaining a week or so ago to Blind Lemming Chiffon that I had written all these gorgeous love songs — for women I never even got to meet. He suggested I write a Generic Love Song. Here ya go.


    No. 20 chicken
    1 cup melted butter
    1 cup stuffing (Pepperidge Farm is good.)
    1 cup uncooked popcorn
    salt/pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Brush chicken well with melted butter, salt, and pepper. Fill cavity with stuffing and popcorn. Place in baking pan with the neck end toward the back of the oven. Listen for the popping sounds.

When the chicken’s arse blows the oven door open and the chicken flies across the room, it’s done.

Rules for cats to live By

BATHROOMS: Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. just sit and stare.

DOORS: Do not allow any closed doors in any room. To get a door open, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After you have ordered an “outside” door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold weather, rain, snow, or mosquito season.

CHAIRS AND RUGS: If you throw up, get to a chair quickly. If you cannot mange in time, get to an oriental rug. If there is no oriental rug, shag is good, when throwing up on the carpet, make sure you back up so it is as long as a humans bare foot.

HAMPERING: If one of your humans is engaged in some activity and the other is idle, stay with the busy one. This is called “helping,” otherwise known as “hampering.” Following are the rules “hampering:”

    1) When supervising cooking, sit just behind the left heel of the cook. You cannot be seen and thereby stand a better chance of being stepped on and then picked up and comforted.

    2) For book readers, get in close under the chin, between eyes and book, unless you can lie across the book itself.

    3) For paperwork, lie on the work in the most appropriate manner so as to obscure as as much of the work as possible or pretend to doze, but ever so often reach out and slap the pencil or pen.

    4) For people paying bills or working on income taxes or Christmas cards, keep in mind the aim: to hamper! First, sit on the paper being worked on. When dislodged, watch sadly the side of the table. When activity proceeds nicely, roll around on the papers, scattering them to the best of your ability. After being removed for the second time, push pens, pencils, and erasers off the table, one at a time.

    5) when a human is holding the newspaper in front of him/her, be sure to jump on the back of the paper. Humans love to jump.

    6) When human is working at computer, jump up on desk, walk across keyboard, bat at the mouse pointer on the screen and then lay in human’s lap across arms, hampering typing in progress.

WALKING: As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front of the human, especially: on stairs, when they have something in their arms, in the dark, and when they first get up in the morning. This will help their coordination skills.

BEDTIME: Always sleep on the human at night so he/she cannot move around.

LITTER BOX: When using the litter box, be sure to kick as much litter out of the box as possible. Humans love the feel of kitty litter between their toes.

HIDING: Every now and then, hide in a place where the humans cannot find you. Do not come out for three to four hours under any circumstances. This will cause the humans to panic (which they love) thinking that you have run away or are lost. once you do come out, the humans will over you with love and kisses and you will probably get a treat.

ONE LAST THOUGHT: Whenever possible, get close to a human, especially their face, turn around and present your butt to them. Humans love this, so do it often. And don’t forget guests.

author unknown, but appreciated…

I got to bed around 7:15 this morning and started meditating… fell asleep… and was awakened about 8:30 by a friend calling me on the phone.  Sean told me that a woman I know, Colby Thompson, who came to Asheville about 3 months ago, was arrested for 2nd Degree Murder in New York… I couldn’t find anything on the website for Citizen-Times, so I had to get up and get a paper.  Yup.  There it was.  Bottom left, Section B, Page 1.

I suppose it could have been worse.  She knew I was single, and occasionally offered to let me help her at her new store, but it didn’t happen; she never invited me to her house, we never even thought about getting involved.  But she could have.  And then it would have involved me somewhat in this mess.

I guess I should say innocent until proven guilty.  The story says she suffocated her father with a pillow, and that he was 95.  It said she tried to make it appear like natural causes, and then fled the state for Asheville.  It doesn’t say anything about the health of her father.  I wonder how many years in jail you get for killing a 95-year-old man?

I hope it’s not true, but I’m sure she’ll be in NY facing the charges.  The article said she was to be transported later today.

Now maybe I can get some sleep.


Kayla got her flowers today.  She was so happy, nobody ever gave her flowers before.  I hope she decides soon to come here, at least for a visit… but I’m not sure I’d let her go …

Had a really good CERES meeting tonight, and followed it with a brainstorming session, sort of a mini-pre-retreat.

Came home and fiddled around, put my new computer back together according to the rather poor wiring diagrams included, and plugged it in … the power light flashed, the speakers did the equivalent, and NOTHING.  I’ve written Soyo and TigerDirect.  I do NOT recommend buying Soyo products, their tech support is slow and their documentation is poor.  And I learned that TigerDirect won’t accept returns except with all the original packaging… like I have room in this little apartment to keep all that.

I talked to Guy about another apartment today.  He said he had an efficiency available, it was pretty large… but no 1-bedrooms.  Waaaah.  I gotta get out of this place, 6 years of Mr. Parker is enough.


If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.
Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout… run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Be Loyal.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

I got my new computer put back together… almost.  Everything but the wiring.  The wiring diagram looks pretty weak… but I’ll try to figure it out tomorrow.  It was enough stress getting it to this point.  (1. take the motherboard out of the bag.and check jumpers  2. mount the processor  3. put heat paste on the processor  4. mount the processor fan  5. install the RAM  6. screw motherboard into case  7. screw power supply into case  8. attach power supply to motherboard  9. remove DVD-ROM (to put in my other old computer)  10. remove the CD-ROM drive from my old computer  11. install CD-ROM in new computer  12. install DVD-ROM in old computer  13. attach all cables  14. take a deep breath and leave the rest for tomorrow)

I went with Lenny to the PO to get the PO Box paid for and an extra key.  Checked to make sure we are official with AHN on the box.

Tomorrow Kayla gets her surprise