Friday, May 30, 2008
But I drift---tomorrow I will drive out to Redlands to make an appearance at Bill's surprised birthday bash. This will entail a 150 mile round trip, I will take a 12 pack of beer (the adults in the family no longer exchange gifts, ---its appear or be dead.) Why do I do this??---well damn I got this dumb reputation of being there------it comes from being the current living senior of the family---almost like gives the party throwers bragging rights ----"Uncle Gary was at MY party" kinda thing. Pressure, always pressure---not easy being old---not wanting to show favoritism's.
Actually will HAVE a good time, assuming I survive the southern California freeway system---my generation still calls the various freeways by name, while the younger use numbers, ---makes for inter=generational dis-connects, and confusion.
But HEY, 71 and counting here---somebody has to lord it over the kids---I worry about them and they're lack of experience?
I'm so old, I remember when Hollywood and broadcast TV had a war with those pushing Cable, or as it was known then, " Pay TV". Well as it turned out Pay TV finally won. Broadcast TV, is reduced to running mindless "reality" programing with no writers, and the good stuff is on the premium Pay TV channels
Over 52% of homes are now signed up for Cable---the rest of us 48 % get the bad shows, or worse shows with no writers at all. Movies offered are cut and slashed to fit the broadcast time slot shown and then cut into Lil pieces to allow the insertion of about 100 commercials. Which of course destroys whatever mood and plot lines the original movie had tried to set up. In short broadcast TV is reduced to being the entertainment choice of those that can't afford cable, or the gas to drive to the theatres---and I don't even want to talk about the price of theatre tickets----
Right now I get my entertainment from Netflix movies , and the thousands of books available at the Library----am an avid "Who dun it" reader. However I only get three movies at a time from Netflix----between mailing them back and them sending me the next on my Que (28 moves in my current list), I have gaps when I have no new movies to watch, their being nothing on broadcast TV, so the LP and I take turns choosing a movie classic from our 700 plus movies on the wall to watch---last night was one of those "OFF THE WALL" nights again, ---the movie, "Close Encounters of The 3rd Kind"
Tonight, we will have a Netflix disc, and start watching the second season of the British TV show , "The House of Elliot", (there are four discs in this series, to cover the 12+ episodes for that year,with 3 episodes per disc (roughly two hours of viewing time per disc). The show takes place in the early years of the 20Th century, and is about two young women , whose parents have died, and are making their way in the world, one becoming a designer of women's clothing, the other becoming something of a business mgr----its a fun series and I can highly recommend it ---best of course to start with the first season of the show. I imagine it can be rented through blockbuster as well as Netflix.
Tonight's dinner will be the ever popular twice baked Potatoes, with Avocado/Tomato Salad with Ken's Steakhouse, Country French dressing. (This old dude ain't exactly a complete novice in the kitchen heh, heh, heh!!)
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tonights dining will be the standard Macaroni and cheese (heavy on the cheddar, to hopefully mask the taste of the macaroni)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Here you can see a couple shots of the back yard, not a good pic of the Shrub,it is due for its quarterly pruning, but you can still get the idea of how it looks when properly barbered. (the place where i do all my reading is at the end of the walk and behind the pine tree. Its where I go when I ---"vaunt to be alone".
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Today Lollo is going to rehang the door between the kitchen and the dining room, (with the new carpeting, the bottom of the door needs to be shaved down a touch so as not to drag on the carpet. He also will be disassembling, cleaning and lubricating and reassembling, the front door lock. and weather permitting , he will be working on the backyard hedges (all three sides of our back yard are enclosed by 12 foot high hedges).
This old dude's function is to keep the workers supplied with coffee, tea, or water. While they work, and to put together Lunch for the four of us. Lunch to day will be egg salad sandwiches, on whole wheat, potato chips, and soft drinks. (The egg salad compliments of the local Ralph's deli). I will have to make a trip to Raph's a bit later, I need to confirm with Maria and Lollo that they LIKE egg salad, if not then will change to beef, or ham, or turkey, or peanut butter and jelly, if thats what works. ----(sigh, the care and feeding of staff is never easy)
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I have therefore kinda deleted the cute stuff from my page, and rearranged the rest---and may do some more in the near future, not quite satisfied with the balance on the page----hard to explain just what I am striving to achieve look wise---. I have been advised by an expert, to limit my posts to five per page. That means for you that wish to read my older blogs you will have to do some clicking. or if ya know the title check the archive log bottom right of the page here.
Thanks for putting up with my changes and my dust (SITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION HERE), but like the man in gone with the wind said, "----its a far, far better thing I do---", and hopefully , in time I will have a better blog to show for it. Meanwhile if ya want "WILD and EXCITING, check out Dana's page (Life IS GOOD), another one of my spunky thinkers. (I'm hoping in the very near term to learn how to put links directly into my blog posts---like the big kids do.)
Friday, May 23, 2008
Tonight, the weather being somewhat cold and wet, will be hot turkey sandwiches, with the traditional mashed potatoes and Lil green peas, served with a side of cherry jello, with chunks of peaches and pears.
To nights entertainment will be brought to us by Netflix---the LP hasn't informed me yet which movie it will be.
Today in the mail we received our government issued coupons to use in the acquisition of the required decoder box for our analog TV---once installed should allow us to receive the HD definition TV broadcasts signals. Tomorrow I will go get the damn decoder box and see if there is any improvement in our TV signal (nothing I can do about the programing unfortunately).
Tomorrow being Saturday, I get my weekly allowance (that's my social security check divided by 4.3-----minus those funds needed to pay the monthly credit card bills, the gardeners, the pool guy, and rent----it makes for interesting grocery shopping, I am a subscriber to "short cuts" an online service that allows me to select those coupons I want, then go to my local Ralph's and shop, and the coupons are automatically deducted from my total---paperless coupons . The site will assist you in identifying which grocery chains are eligible, and the nearest store near where you live, you punch in your store card, IE Ralph's, Kroger, Von's etc etc and that's it.
I'm working on a new quiz (or as Rose likes to call em a Meme)---from the comments I got they all seem kinda a mix of ohh no, to ooooh boy!!---be warned I have no qualms about tagging. (be nice )
The LP has informed me that come this Sunday Lolo and his wife Maria will be coming. Lolo is our expert handyman who does everything from repair our screens, prune our hedges, oil our squeaking doors to washing the windows on the outside. Maria , his wife, takes care of us two old bachelors by doing the requisite dusting, vacuuming, and waxing, scouring and otherwise boring housework. What this really means is that tomorrow (Saturday), this old dude is gonna be cleaning house so when the maid arrives, they won't think we are total slobs. I figure this monthly routine costs be about 100 bucks plus the cost of lunch while they are here---and I consider it a price well worth what it saves this old dude in the way of physical effort. (thanks LP)-----(it occurs to me some may not know ---when I mention the LP, I am making reference to my significant other, my roommate Jerry who I refer to in these journals as "The Lil Prince")
Question, some of you know, others have just observed, like myself, but how does one post like Rose does-----starts out with an eye grabbing short paragraph, then one gets a link --"more---" to click on to read the rest of the blog. How does one do that,I think that's the slickest thing I have seen since they invented bread slicers? If you haven't seen that phenomenal presentation skill, check out ,"Outside My Window" , listed under my Spunky Thinkers list off to the right on my page here.---oooh and Rose?? lets not tell the others about the original word usage of dude okay?? (and where DO you learn that kinda stuff anyway?)
Okay, we will interrupt tonight's broadcast for a few messages out there to our friends, -----
"The sky will be blue on Tuesday", I repeat, "The sky will be blue on Tuesday"------to our friends in Graniteville---"Stay inside on Wednesday from the storm", I repeat, "Stay inside on Wednesday from the storm"----now back to our regular programming.
Am I blogging to often? I have not really given it much thought, whenever something came into mind have just posted it----the old throw it on the wall and if it sticks go with it policy.
I read somewhere, if a blog is gonna be successful (and I'm not exactly sure what that even means), that it should have a theme, and the blogs should relate closely to that theme----going back and reading my posts----not discerning much a theme. Like the post of "Art at Matilija", are not so much meant to be a theme as just filler material between my regular blog musings. (its also allowing me to become familiar with the camera Judi was so kind as to loan me). I notice to my art at Matilija posts get less comments---I assume that's due to the overwhelming awe they impose on my readers (yeahh righttttt).
By now you have correctly assessed the old dude here is kinda rambling and to a degree your right, the old mental wheel is spinning round and round, and where it stops------well stay tuned sport fans---right now gotta go check my trap line, see if I have snagged anything good.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tonight (Thursday 05/22), on television we get to watch the season ending shows of the soaps, "Ugly Betty" and, "Grey's Anatomy". I only mention it for those that don't have access yet to "Netflix" or "Block Buster" on line movies---and are reduced to watching cable---(gawd, they actually PAY for cable---and I thought I was masochistic??)
Working on a new Meme (and yes Rose, I am going to use the word Meme to describe it, --and will continue to direct there questions to YOU to explain the word---I am to old to argue its meaning or origin) (You can reach rose at HER blog page, "World Outside My Window", by simply clicking on the link listed under my "spunky thinkers" list on my sidebar). I hope to have it out in the next day or two,and unlike some wimps I WILL tag---.
I think I will go lay down now, let my meds kick in---I am not normally an aggressive sort, ---but not a pushover either----but now I ramble----love you guys-------really.
Stoically I go about sorting the colored from the whites, and fill one, two, three--(sob)---four washers, My mind calculating the cost 5 quarters, 10 quarters, 15 quarters----no wanting to think about the cost of drying this mountain of laundry, but it has to be done---I have no choice. (outside clothes drying lines are banned in my neighborhood---and I know for a fact that there are several blue haired biddies who scour the neighborhood pretending to be exercise walking but are in reality, are patrolling the neighborhood, just waiting to spread the word about one or another infraction of the "standards" the neighborhood expects---these women can spread rumors faster than messages fly on the government's Milstar satellite system., and I really don't want to get cut off from the steady supply of cupcakes, pies and such that seem to come my way form these very same nice ladies. (I may be old but I am not stupid).
The Laundry sorted, loaded into the washers I reach for my supply of laundry soaps and bleaches------I blink uncomprehendingly at the bare table, no big box of tide, no bleach---and the terrible realization sinks in---I've failed to put them in the truck after loading the laundry----my stomach hurting, blinking moisture out of my eyes , grateful now that I am alone in the Laundromat--(an old man crying is just Way to pitiable a sight to be seen). I numbly review my choices. Should I drive back home, get my soaps and bleaches, round trip would be about 3 1/2 miles (gas at the station next door to the laundry telling me the cost today is $3.98/gal), and take about 15-20 minutes , but it would mean my laundry would be at the mercy of anyone walking into the store and helping themselves, and damn I got a new 35 dollar sweat shirt at risk.----My other choice--??--buy the required soaps and bleaches from the vending machine--at the cost of .75 cents per lil box required,---my shock melting into a body numbing masochistic mess---whats an old dude to do?
I numbly feed dollar bill , after dollar bill into the change machine, muttering not so inaudibly, calling myself some names which I am sure you all can pretty much figure out. Then go about pushing quarters into the soap dispensing vending machines, more quarters into the washers, by the time I have the last washer turned on and doing its thing, I am almost giddy with relief, I have my laundry in work, I am back on track----yeah, yeah a bit lighter in the wallet, but I'll give up my sweet roll at coffee tomorrow morning at the Friday meeting of the SOCDS----and with luck won't have to tap into next weeks allowance .
My wash churning dutifully, I walk across the street to the Chinese Donut-Bagel shop, get myself my regular large coffee, and return to the Laudramat, still have the place to myself. I get in a quick read of a chapter of my current book, ironically named , "Basket Case"by Carl Hiaasen----then have to move my washed goods into the dryers, --say goodbye to a lot more quarters-----and then approximately 45 minutes later, finish my fluff and fold for the week---- as I drive back to Matilija House, find myself taking some consolation in knowing in the long run my supply of soaps and bleaches (residing undisturbed in my garage, right next to the truck) will last just that much longer---although somewhere in the back of my mind have a nagging suspicion there is something wrong with this kind of thinking. I'm not gonna think about it---I've got blogging to do when I get home, I'll worry about fluff and fold next week.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Not sure whats on TV tonight, TV being just that TV---if your not in the target 14-39yo's, they don't care ---and they are right, I'm not and I don't. I'm in an awkward age---71---to old to have the teeth for a good steak, and yet not old enough to enjoy pablum---screw TV.
As you may have read on a previous post "Answer the Meme", I am not much for paying the outrageous theater pricing for movies, and instead rent them from NetFlix, and watch them with my shoes off and my own Orville Reddingbacher munchies---and the old dudes law is: the more they hype it at the time it first approaches theater release, the worse the film really is.
OH, before I forget---Rose was kind enough to inform me that the word "meme" is not Canadian, SHE claims its a made up word that blogger use to describe questions sent to other bloggers and ---darn, kinda think she is baffle gabbing the old dude---anybody else wanna talk on the word "meme"?
I read someplace that Shakespeare once said there were in reality only seven basic plots to write about, everything else was a bastardization of a mix of the basic seven.---but can't say I have ever really sat down and tried to figure out the basic seven plot. Like we got the girl meets boy, yada, yada plot,--- then we have good old "Us " vs "Them" (the entire Sci-fi genre), but what about the other basic plot lines??
Moving right along, still as you can see trying to hit on something to blog in detail on, preferable something light and not TO controversial---nothing as racy as the on going tabloid adventures of Babbette and Chico (if you like me , I am addicted following that plot line (check out "Life is good, under "spunky thinkers" dear readers)----I guess not gonna have anything monumental to say today---but hey thanks for tuning in.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I interrupt my regular blogging schedule to give you answers to some questions.
1. Last Movie you Saw in a Theater:The last movie I saw in a theater was "Raiders of the Lost Arc" (at the Hollywood Pantages theaters)---it was I believe 1978---on a tuesday afternoon.
2. Favorite Board Game: For Me its has to be Cribbage---and use a hand carved board and hand carved and painted wooden pegs, done by my Father a couple years before he died.
3. Favorite Smells: The clean moist air outside after a good long soaking rain.
4. Favorite Sound: The "YOU GOT MAIL!" on my aol isp, when I sign on.
5. Worst Feeling In The World: Talking to someone dieing, they know it, and they know you know it---both pretending it aint so. (care giving sucks)
6. Favorite Fast Food Place: "Carl's Junior's"---two blocks from the house and they know my name.
7. Finish This Statement. “If I Had A Lot Of Money I’d…” If I had a lot of money I’d most likely live on cruise ships 100% of the time."
8. Do You Sleep With a Stuffed Animal? I'm 71, I get up and down alot at nights---nobody human or beast or stuffed toy sleeps with me. I do have a carved alligator on my dresser, does tghat count?.
9. Storms-Cool Or Scary ?: Nothing is as thrilling as a good hard rain, with hail, lightning ----the thunder claps alone are humbling.
10. Favourite drink: Kinda a toss up depending on what time of day---Folger's Classic Decaf in the mornings, and cold Natural Light beer after noon.
11. Finish This Statement, “If I Had The Time I Would …..” If I had the time I would searching the web, to learn how to steal Meme's faster than copy and past, deleting previous answers and putting my own in.
12. If You Could Dye Your Hair Any Color, What Would Be Your Choice? Hmm, would opt for either a sunbleached brown, or maybe go kinda far out and have it bleached almost white rather than the motley grey dingy brown it currently is.
13. One Nice Thing About The Person Who Sent This To You: Well got this fun Meme (thats canadian for quiz I think??) from Rose. And gosh, have ot say busy as that women is----she takes the time to read this novice bloggers posts, and incourages me---check out my "Spunky Thinkers" list and visit her page "World Outside My Window".---and she takes awesom photos.
14. What’s Under Your Bed? I don't think I have taken inventory of whats under the bed since April of "96"---reasonable certain that is where I will find the extra leaves to the dinning room table---and probabely a whole ton of stuff that might jazz up a lawn sale.
15. Would You Like To Be Born As Yourself Again? I would say yes, but the second time around would hope I would take life just a modicum less seriously and take the time to build memories, good bad and indifferent.
16. Morning Person Or Night Owl? Morning person here---if I over sleep til say 7AM I feel like I have lost half a day. (to be honest?---with the crap thats on TV, and being on fixed income, not much to choose after sundown to get excited over.)
17. Over Easy Or Sunny Side Up? Over easy, with the yolks still runny, and the edges of the whites burnt crispy (preferable cooked in bacon grease or at least lard).
18. Favorite Place To Relax: Out back on the patio in the end of the yard, reading a good book, in the shade, listening to the birds twitter, with a bucket of cold brewski's.
19, Favorite Pie: Ohh Crap, we Have Marie Calendar's on speed dial here===anything with Meringue, or chocolate or cheesecake (no on coconut however)
19. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: This week its Ralph's Private Selection brand--"French Cream Swirl".
20. Of all the people you tagged this to, who’s most likely to respond first? Hmm Okay would have to say Missy, but on the other hand---Judi can be damn competitive. But being honest haven't tagged anyone, (I don't really know how to do that??) just kinda assuming the above will read my blog and comment..
If you have nothing to blog about, fill it in with these questions and tag your favorite friends (if YOU know how), and have fun. (sorry rose I still haven't figured out how to do tagging?
Monday, May 19, 2008
Had that Lil fun widget from my first day of blogging----kinda like family ya know---(sigh). However time marches on, we all change, meet new people, lose some old people, and there comes a time when---well when ya just have to let go and move on ---Ti's a far, far better thing I do , you will do better without me----(ohh crap I'm trying to do "Gone with the wind" stuff now) Did I tell ya the story about shaking hands with Werner Von Braun, when I was stationed in Huntsville, Alabama??---its kinda a long story and is a small part of my life working in Aerospace---I will blog about it sometime, but not now----still kinda down about losing my old friend "Hang The Freak"---but it had to be----Lets talk about the countdown to Christmas thing at the end of my blog---what do you dear readers think about that----to politically incorrect or what?
How to begin-----first off I was much impressed with the cinematography----it really captured the nature of that bleak Texas countryside. Aside from Tommy Lee Jones, I have no recollection of seeing any of the cast before. I found the acting overall quite good, but unfortunately from the beginning to the end of it---felt like I had walked into the middle of a movie, missed the beginning, and missed the ending kinda feeling----. In short, never really identified with any of the characters portrayed. I would have wished for more character development, what I was given seemed incomplete-----never really understood why the one guy was out on the desert finding the original drug bust scene ----the Tommy lee Jones role, never quite lives up to the tired overworked, but competent county sheriff, good old boy thing, and the killer with the oxygen tank, ---was just that and no more----the killer with the oxygen tank. I'm afraid on this Old Dude's Scale ---would rate this movie about two stars (five stars being best)---and even that would be mostly because of the great cinematography and lighting used. I am glad I rented it, and not paid real theatre prices to see it.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I must say however, I kinda like the challenge, and, what they are doing with the store too. I suspect when its all done, (they say a couple more months), that the "pardon our dust" price cuts they are laying on us shoppers, will disappear only to be replaced with the all new (the cost of rising gasoline added in) prices----and I will be reduced to looking for them cheap broken packages of Macaroni---(HEY, hot macaroni with butter---makes for a good meal----besides veggies are over rated in my book).
So with my trusty grocery list in hand I will once again plunge into the unknown---and with grim determination will hunt down every single item on the list---Milk (2%), bread (whole grains), butter (I can;t believe its butter margarine), Coffee, (Lg can Classic decaf), throw away razors, toilet bowl cleaner, and sundry food items----needless to say I will also be on the look out for the rare sighting of cauliflower with cheese sauce, which has mysteriously been stripped from the shelves of the grocery stores here in this area. Cleverly I will make this jaunt to the store around 1pm, the temperature outside will be close to 90+F---and will totally imbibe in the grocery stores exceptionally good air conditioning---dallying in the deli dept, stroll slowly through the freezer Isle-----stop and read labels in detail---maybe even help the odd Lil old lady or two get things off the top shelf, where they can't reach -----that is assuming they don't totally tick me off by running their grocery carts down the middle of the Isle and block others coming and going---I really , really hate Isle hoggers.-----anyway this will be my "Get-a-way" from Matilija, for the weekend---and I "VILL ENOY IT JA".
Saturday, May 17, 2008
PS. I am diligently reading on blogging and how to---been kinda lost in my research so didn't manage to blog yesterday------you might wanna check out my "Spunky Thinkers" list---kinda find those blogs not only interesting, but informative---should ya check out those blogs and make comments tell em you got the link from my page.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Some time later I am in the pickup, heading back to the Palace Matilija, and glance over an a renovation of a strip mall , and read the freshly lettered new business sign of the concern that would be working there----I damn near drove off the road reading it----unbelievable---the sign bold as brass proudly claims it business title---"DISCOUNT CAREGIVING"!!!!! There are businesses specializing on giving care on the cheap??---what?? maybe buy wheelchairs by the gross get a discount-----I'm sorry but in that I AM a caregiver, I somehow don't much care for that business title----implies a negative attitude-----. Hey don't misunderstand me, health care IS expensive and yes like most people I am looking to get the best as inexpensively as possible---but to advertise so blatantly ---care giving discounted??---rubs me wrong---sorry that's the way I "roll". Like should I ever visit this establishment, will have to do so with my sun glasses on, and hope nobody recognizes me----"pssst, hey buddy, looking to score some beta-blockers?, I'll make ya a great deal on some Atenenol tabs, fresh off the boat man, the good stuff from Canada---" Only in America can there be a black market in Legal pharmaceuticals??
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Next February, they stop broadcasting in analog and it becomes a total digital world. Those that haven't rushed out and bought high priced digital compatible TV sets, or already paying monthly fees to watch TV (aka cable or Satellite)---we have to line up to get converter boxes. Well Yeah , ain't totally stupid here, I have lined up, and submitted my request for coupons to buy the required converter boxes. I sure as hell ain't able to afford the better part of $1,000 bucks for a new TV---(considering what the current offering program wise for TV is). What I notice is , the coupons are good for $4o bucks---but the price of converter boxes is $60 bucks. (hope ya all bought stock in the converter box makers)
Am I unhappy about this situation?---you betcha. Its just one more nail that separates the masses. Those that got money and those of us that lived our lives and paid our dues , and are doing our best to pay our way----our rewards is the current broadcast system which offers us old movies no longer running in theaters, at even then about 33% of the movie is cut out to make it fit the time slot, and then further emasculated with insertion of commercials every five minutes , or original programing which is at best a cheap (most often poorly edited) . If not movies we are given "Reality" programing---that's put a bunch of people in a room, or on an island and give them some directions to why they are there, and then back off and film the result----Stars anybody that loves being a camera hog----(and you STILL get the commercials every five minutes). The networks save a mint on not having to hire writers, or pay out salaries to professional actors, (its not like they had to have talent or anything). I'm sorry, unless your willing to pay the price for the premium cable broadcasts, your stuck with poor writing, "reality TV (no writing required at all), chopped down movies complete with lots of redundant commercials ---or ---there is always Netflix, or Block Buster---(so okay as seniors on fixed income ya gotta give up a couple meals, least ya have SOME entertainment.) I gotta go lay down now----let my meds kick in----
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Well enough basking in self satisfaction, back to reading the blogging tutorials----there is so much I don't know about blogging-------yet.
Friday, May 9, 2008
There it is boys and girls, the old guys abode, the house on Matilija. Kinda underwhelms ya don't it? Its your basic, half million dollar fixer-upper here in California , a year ago the place was closer to 750,000 on the market----ain't life a kick in the head? Anyway, having been blogging about the art in the house, had someone ask where Matilija was----figured I should kinda back up some and clarify my references ---I interchange usage of the word Matilija, house, street, ---am making references to where I live, and my home environment. I hope that clears things up for ya all dear readers. OKAY, its now approaching noon here, and gonna have to do some boring stuff----pay bills, balance checkbook, find out what the LP has in mind for dinner tonight and get my cooking instructions----and wanna get it right , got one person monitoring my errors all week here----and don't want to run up the score needlessly.-------stay tuned in-----
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Its going on 9AM here, and I'm back from the weekly session of "fluff and fold". I managed to ruin a perfectly good new sweatshirt by washing a set of the new place mats I had bought with my colors---they ran, but by beige sweatshirt now has all the ambiance of a badly tied dyed rag----fortunately that seems to be the only thing effected-----so on a scale of plus or minus 5---would score my day so far as a +2 (mainly reflecting that the overall chore of fluff and fold is done----albeit badly (sigh)---okay, okay!!! I admit it, ---I flunked Laundry this week----can't win em all!!!