We've had rain, rain, rain here in Sacramento, along with chilly temps (40s) and big, big wind. We desperately need the water, and the mountains are hopefully getting tons of snow. It's one of those times when you just want to stay inside as much as you can.
The birds are thoroughly enjoying the water. Across the street at the park, the field is flooded so there's a flock of seagulls (the real kind, with calmer hair) along with crows and a big heron, all enjoying what is certainly worm-and-bug soup. Pictures if I can ever get close enough to the heron for a halfway decent picture.
That's how much traffic passed over the VPN connection to the office network today while I was working at home. It included a Virtual Classroom group meeting with slides.
Of course, given that's about the equivalent of downloading The Kleptones's "Night At The Hip-Hopera" I think my work VPN bandwidth is just fine and perhaps even a bit lower than others.
1) The Bombers. These folks don't change their driving habits one bit, and in fact are often more aggressive as they're taking advantage of the gaps left by the following two types. They enjoy flying through traffic and leaving water splashes and trails. For them, as always, headlights and signals are purely optional.
2) The Scaredy-Cats. These folks are completely freaked out by the fact that WATER IS FALLING FROM THE SKY and drive extremely slow, stay way behind everyone else, and jam on the brakes at the slightest provocation.
3) Me. I'm just trying to get from Point A to Point B without being clobbered by either of the first two types. So far, I've been successful.
In other news, the neighborhood ducks are thoroughly enjoying the flooded field at the park across the street. Lake Park, we can call it.
Monday Feb 9 - Sunday Feb 15, 2009
Total: 13 stories (6 Flash, 3 for crit groups, 0 in novel)
Top Favorites: "Sonny Liston Takes A Fall"; "The LoveSling"
"Flying in Pink Satin" by Stephanie Haefner (flash), FlashMe Magazine, Volume 6 Issue 23
"Anointed" by Gayla Chaney (Flash), FlashMe Magazine, Volume 6 Issue 23
"A Very Late Lunch" by Random de Shea (flash), FlashMe Magazine, Volume 6 Issue 23
"This Life Sucks" by Fiona Glass (flash), FlashMe Magazine, Volume 6 Issue 23 [favorite of issue]
"School Call Number Eleven" by Paul Lewellan (flash), FlashMe Magazine, Volume 6 Issue 23
"Unspoken Words" by Wayne Scheer (flash), FlashMe Magazine, Volume 6 Issue 23
3 stories for SacSpecFic
"Sonny Liston Takes A Fall" by Elizabeth Bear, www.elizabethbear.com
"The Invasion From Outer Space" by Steven Millhauser, New Yorker, February 9/16 issue
"The LoveSling" by Nick Wolven, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #23
"The Emily(s) Debate the Impact of Reclusivity on Life, Art, Family, Community and Pets" by Kat Meads, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #23
Read FlashMe Magazine before submitting a story there, and started into the latest Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. Did enjoy Bear's story and "LoveSling" was funny.