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Dept. of Friday

Very Quick Precis of The Week 

1. After a sleepless Monday night (because when you take water and food away from Phil, as we had to do, per vet instructions,you take it away from Opie, who Does Not Approve) we took Phil up to Buffalo Grove to the specialty vet. He was pretty much as unhappy as I'd expected him to be, and BB and I were both exhausted. Having 4 hours of sleep will do that to you. We ended up leaving him there overnight, so that staff could do the CAT scan (see whut I did thar? Har!) and whatever surgery was necessary. I had almost no spoons left. 

2. We got Phil back on Wednesday, after finding out from the surgeon that she was able to get the polyp, or whatever it was, out of his ear without having to a) go through his lower jaw (!) to get at it, or b) remove his entire damn ear-drum (!!!) to remove it. This was good for Phil and far less expensive for us. But the poor little guy was still worn out by the time we got him back. Now we'll get a biopsy report on the thing she removed from the ear, and, barring anything unusual, which I don't think we'll find, we probably have a cat that has "ear disease" that we'll have to care for in some way for the rest of his life. I can deal with that. 

3. On Thursday I finished Railsea by China Mieville, the first of his works that I've ever read. It was a wonderful piece of dreamwork-cum-Melville-cum-clockwork-philosophizing, plus really great characterization. The story fell apart a little at the end, but it was still a solid B on my personal measuring system. Which isn't really a system. I'm sure most of you know a lot more Mieville than I do, but I'd definitely recommend this one. 

4. Work? I actually got a decent story done, and my editor actually did decent editing, and it finally came out well. After weeks of just doing stories that I didn't care about, it was fun to do one I was actually kind of proud of. I wouldn't have edited it quite the way she did, but she didn't ruin it, and she did ask for more information that I should have thought to get in the first place, so - she did what a good editor did. It was a wonderful return to a kind of reportage that I have little ability to do these days. 

5. Of course, there was Las Vegas. I can't say much about it that hasn't been said by other people. Except, perhaps, Jesus Fuck, humanity. Both bad and good (I'll try to think of the people who risked their lives saving, or trying to save others.) And the death of Tom Petty, one of my favorite rockers, for both his music and his attitude. Perhaps I'll talk about it at another time, but not now. 

6. I've been exhausted all week. Unable to think-type exhausted. It hasn't been the best way to get anything done. But I'll get through it.
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Oct. 8th, 2017 04:14 am (UTC)
It was a hell of a week to start a new job. : O
Oct. 8th, 2017 04:25 pm (UTC)
I can imagine! But you made it through to the weekend, which has got to be good, right?
Oct. 8th, 2017 04:49 am (UTC)
About the work part
I'm happy for you, especially since you had a pretty tough week. And I look forward to reading the article.
Oct. 8th, 2017 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: About the work part
It's a very ordinary story in most ways, and its about the number of absences from meetings by members of the zoning board in one of my towns. But I'm glad I wrote it.
Oct. 9th, 2017 05:31 am (UTC)
Re: About the work part
I read it, and I was kind of intrigued. Niles Planning & Zoning Board has some occasional absences, but it's never that bad. And I was intrigued by the part about how the village council members of that particular village don't get paid. Park Ridge aldermen gets paid a token amount of $100 a month, but they get paid something. Morton Grove and Niles trustees get paid more - not enough to live on, but more than a token amount. And the village you wrote about is more well-off than Morton Grove or Niles (and, to lesser extent, Park Ridge).

Considering its tax base, one would think that it would pay the village council members more than nothing.
Oct. 16th, 2017 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: About the work part
Delayed response here: Yeah, and in Skokie, way back in the 1980s, I think the board members got paid between $11,000 and $15,000, while the mayor got paid something like $23-$25,000.

My understanding is that very few of the North Shore towns pay their boards or councils. Remember, these are all towns that have an extremely conservative, small government, background, where they are inordinately proud of having completely volunteer boards. Small government means you don't pay elected officials, at least in their eyes. Of course, this particular village is also one of only a handful of municipalities in the state to actually have term limits — again, a reflection of the culture of limited governance/volunteers, and a "we hate government, so we'll make it as non-remunerative as possible for elected officials.
Oct. 17th, 2017 03:36 am (UTC)
Re: About the work part
Skokie village board and mayor salaries are a bit higher then that now :)

And the thing about North Shore makes sense. Its facepalmy, but it makes sense.
Oct. 17th, 2017 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: About the work part
Oh, I'm not in the least surprised that Skokie salaries have risen.

And damned near everything about the North Shore is facepalmy. Heh.
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