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Been Unwell

Yes, I have been unwell. It started out with a tickle-hurt at the back of my throat Wednesday evening, by Thursday p.m. I didn’t feel up to going to the gym, Friday I was at the doctors and this weekend has slipped by barely noticed by me. C has been wonderful tending to me and my every wish, bringing me medicine and making sure I stay okay and hydrated. At its worse I was very out of breath from doing anything, my chest was quite congested, and I would get tired from any exertion whatsoever. My throat still hurts quite a bit but I’ve decided to start on the antibiotics the doc gave me, possibly as a placebo and am hoping for the best. I had to stay home Friday night and reschedule my dinner from Saturday night. I feel awful about that last one, I have to say. It’s already been postponed once.

Speaking of Health

I got my blood work results back; I have a borderline low red blood cell count, although the doctor says I’m not anemic, and my cholesterol levels are 212 combined, with a barely-squeaking into the good category HDL (the good cholesterol) level, and a slightly too high LDL (the bad) level, so I’ll have to cut down on animal fats, eat more oily fish, less total fat, more soluble fiber, and exercise more.

However, as you’ve surmised, I’ve not been able to do the latter much. I really wanted to get up to 45 minutes on the ‘mill or more, and 60 or so by the end of the month, but that’s down the drain now, or rather, postponed. I feel a bit down about that.

I used to think of being ill as just another event, just another boring view from the window of the boring train trip which I felt was life. Nothing major, something to be gotten through, like a TV show or a wait at the DMV. My life really did seem like a string of events, some good, some bad, but a string over which I had very little control – the only thing I could regulate was my presence and engagement, much as a train passenger can raise or close the blind on the window or turn towards or away from the view.

Over the last few months and years, I really have come to enjoy most of my life, vast chunks of it, to be exact, and being sick has annoyed me greatly. A combination of C’s love and my own self-care has made things much better and I want my life back. Dammit! I’ll not do anything imprudent – I don’t know if I’ll be back on the ‘mill tomorrow evening, a lot depends on how well I can breathe, as you can imagine, but I’m impatient to get back in my saddle. This is a very new development in my life. It can only be good, wouldn’t you say?

Kartulis vsts’avlobt! Let’s read Georgian!

Sad or overwhelmed to say, the book, not content with dropping the present and future tense on us, proceeds to make us learn the conditional and imperfect tense, and all this before the first exercises!

The conditional tense shows what would happen (if some condition were fulfilled) and the imperfect, what was happening or what used to happen. Compare this to the future, showing what will happen, and the present, which shows was has happened just now. If you want to stress the iterativity or habituality of the imperfect, to stress the idea of ‘used to’ you can add the adverb “kholme.”

The conditional is “built” on the same stem as the future (i.e., with the preverb) and the imperfect, on the same stem as the present (i.e., without the preverb).The suffixes are: -di, for 1p and 2p; -da, for 3ps, and -dnen, for 3pp.

Now, I found it interesting…the future is made into the conditional by the same mechanism that makes the present into the imperfect, that is, the -di/-da/-dnen suffix, which seem to project the action into the past. Adding these suffixes, like adding -ed to an English verb, sends the verb into the past. With respect to the conditional, it seems as if you take a future verb (davts’er = will write) and make it also into the past (davts’erdi = would write), same as in English. The conditional is a future-in-the-past, as it were. I think it’s the same in a lot of languages.

Anyway, let’s see how all this works…with the root ts’er = write. The future stem with the preverb is da=ts’er…and we use the same person markers (v-, nothing, and -t) as always.

In the conditional:

da=v-ts’er-di – I would write (v- showing first person, -da and -di showing the conditional)

da= -ts’er-di – you would write (no person maker, plus -di = second person)

da= -ts’er-da – he/she/it would write (no person marker, plus -da = third person)

da=v-ts’er-di-t = we would write (v- for first person, -t for plural)

da= -ts’er-di-t = you all would write (no person marker for second person, -t for plural)

da= -ts’er-dnen = they would write (no person marker for third person, plus -dnen = third plural

And in the imperfect (I was, you were, he she it or they were, writing)

v-ts’er-di(t)

-ts’er-di(t)

-ts’er-da,

-ts’er-dnen

Let’s run though some of the other verbs we’ve learnt:

a=a-shen-eb-s (preverb a=, preradical vowel -a-, root shen, present/future stem formant -eb) = he will build it. To say “I/you/he/she/it/we/you all/they would build it” we would keep the preverb (for future/conditional) and add the -di/-da/-dnen and person markers, as follows:

a=v-a-shen-eb-di, a=_-a-shen-eb-di, a=_a-shen-eb-da, a=v-a-shen-eb-di-t, a=_a-shen-eb-di-t, a=_a-shen-eb-dnen.

And to say “I/he/she/it was or we/you/you all/they were building it” we’d drop the preverb and add -di/-da/-dnen:

v-a-shen-eb-di, a-shen-eb-di, a-shen-eb-da, v-a-shen-eb-di-t, a-shen-eb-di-t, a-shen-eb-dnen.

ga=a-k’et-eb-s (pvb ga, prv a) = he makes it. Can you already see that “I/you/he/she/it/we/you all/they would make it” would be:

gavak’etebdi, gaak’etebdi, gaak’etebda, gavak’etebdit, gaak’etebdit, gaak’etebdnen?

And that “I/he/she/it was or we/you you all/they were making it” would be:

vak’etebdi, ak’etebdi, ak’etebda, vak’etebdit, ak’etebdit, ak’etebdnen?

Remember agh+ts’ers (he will describe something)?

It was one of those verbs which the future and present have the same form? It’s the same with the conditional and the imperfective, they have the same form, too. “I/you/he/she/it/we/you all/they would describe something” and “I/he/she/it/ was or we/you/you all/they were describing something” is:

agh+v-ts’er-di, agh+_-ts’er-di, agh+_-tser-da, agh+v-ts’er-di-t, agh+_-ts’er-di-t, agh+_-ts’er-dnen.

Future, present, conditional and imperfect of our old friend gadatargmnis – he will translate it:

gadavtargmni, gadatargmni,gadatargmnis, gadavtargmnit, gadatargmnit, gadatargmnian

vtargmni, targmni, targmnis, vtargmnit, targmnit, targmnian

gadavtargmnidi, gadatargmnidi, gadatargmnida, gadavtargmnidit, gadatargmnidit, gadatargmnidnen

vtargmnidi, targmnidi, targmnida, vtargmnidit, targmnidi, targmnidnen.

(I added some color-coding to help.)

Just when you thought you’d seen everything, in some verbs, the future and present differ by a feature other than the preverb. For example: nakh-av-s = he will see it; khed-av-s = he sees it. And i-sts’avl-i-s = he will study it; sts’avl-ob-s = he studies it.

This implies that I will see/I would see (and so on) are: v-nakh-av(t), nakh-av(t), nakh-avs, nakh-av-en and v-nakh-av-di(t), nakh-av-di(t), nakh-av-da, nakh-av-dnen.

And that I see/I used to see (and so on) are: v-khed-av(t), khed-av(t), khed-av-s, khed-av-en and v-khed-av-di(t), khed-av-di(t), khed-av-da, khed-av-dnen.

While I will study it/I would study it (and so on) are v-i-sts’avl-i(t), i-sts’avl-i(t), i-sts’avl-is, i-sts’avl-i-an and v-i-sts’savl-i-di(t), i-sts’avl-i-di(t), i-sts’avli-da, i-sts’avli-dnen.

And I study/I used to study it (and so on) are v-sts’avl-ob(t), sts’avl-ob(t), sts’avl-ob-s, sts’avl-ob-en and v-sts’avl-ob-di(t), sts’avl-ob-di(t), sts’avl-ob-da, sts’avl-ob-dnen.

Ists’avlidit if I keep giving lessons? I sure hope so! Our next lesson will concern the nominative and dative cases. Conjugations! Cases! Can it get any better?!?

What Else?

While I’ve been knocked on my nether regions, I’ve seen a few good movies. The first was “Crossing the Line” about a US soldier, Joseph Dresnok, who defected to North Korea in the early 1960’s. The N. Korean authorities allowed him to be interviewed, with his family, including his tall blond, American-looking Korean kids, and therefore this documentary to be made. I strongly recommend it. I do remember though, watching the kids thinking ‘these are Americans but they’re lost to us, they speak that language, they live that way’ and feeling sad and that it was wrong – I wonder if Italians or Germans or Africans, when they see Americans of obviously Italian or German or African heritage, possibly with names reflecting that heritage, as fully assimilated Americans, feel the same – that part of their community is lost to the main whole, the centre, and is adrift in a strange world. I tell you I never really reflected on the idea that we are building a super-ethnic ethnicity out of our culture here – that ‘American’ is in some way a race of races.

I also saw “For a Lost Soldier.” I can’t tell if it was a vile account of pederasty or a story about love. I guess it was a beautiful thing but I’m still conflicted. It is beautifully filmed and very charming but that’s what abuse can be like at first. I’d really recommend that each gentle reader see it for him or herself and judge based on his or own impressions. Keep in mind if you do that the age of consent in many other countries can be as low as 14.

Much less complex, even frothy, is Km. 0, the classic farce with a happy end, set among pleasant looking people on a hot day in Spain, at ‘kilometer zero’ where all roads from Madrid begin.

I really enjoyed “Strawberry and Chocolate,” a rather old Cuban movie about friendship, in this case between a young committed straight Marxist man and an older gay less-fervent man in 1990’s Havana. The acting and staging were superb. I give it my wholehearted recommendation. I love it when David finds love with Nancy and friendship with Diego.

What Else, Else?Christopher Meloni in Esquire

Else is that we’re going to bid goodbye to Mr. Meloni and start with a new obsession. As usual, the header gives you a clue – but who? Who? Whose picture will grace our blog and tease our minds? Here’s a clue as to who – sometimes, our new obsession’s really filthy. And sometimes, we need a really filthy guy. Here’s a parting glimpse of our Mr. M., who, incidentally shares a state of origin with tomorrow’s man….

(She’s smiling because she’s off to a good start…click to see what I mean)

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Not too original but bloody apt…it’s freezing. There’s a nasty wind chilling everything to unbelievable lows. Tomorrow morning will suck big time. Oh well, it’s better than an ice storm. Most of the crew are back at the office today which means less boss-free time. I guess it had to end sometime or other. It didn’t go too badly but as usual I think of things I should do when I’m on my way in, and things I didn’t do when I’m on my way home, but actually at work I tend to blank. Perhaps I should add that to my resolutions.

Speaking of Which…

So far I’ve stayed (just) inside my WW points, which hasn’t been easy, and I haven’t chucked a sickie, but still “haven’t found” a chance to study Georgian. I’ve added the longer-term goals to my longer-term to-do list. I’ll have to study Georgian this weekend. I did add three minutes to my walk today; I also increased the speed from time to time, and the incline. I don’t really have a ‘program’ – I just play around. Moderate eye candy about the place. Don’t you love that smell of sweat soaked rubber that gyms seem to have?

Finally I Watched it

ab2thumb.jpgYes, I finally watched the season ending episode of “Chuck.” It was a bit of a let-down on one level in that the Bryce storyline seemed to be created, got good and then was just dropped. However, from one cliff-hanger to another — it appears that the ‘beta computer model’ of the intersect will ’soon’ be ready and when it is, Casey has orders to ‘take care’ of our man Chuck. Eep! The actor playing Agent Casey, Adam Baldwin, seems to be getting more lines of late, which is nothing but good. You can see the pic of him in his DILFy goodness…and make him get big if you want…I wouldn’t say no to doing so. Also, Morgan seems to be being cleaned and tidiedd up a bit, but I’m scared for when the writers’ strike is over – is “Chuck,” supposedly doing really well in the ratings, going to be dropped or picked up for a second season?

Christopher Meloni on the stairs

Christopher Meloni close up

A few years ago, on HBO, Oz got picked up for a second season, and four more after. Here’s Christopher Meloni (since we’re talking about DILFs), in two screen caps from the show. Click on him to take a closer look. Meanwhile, it’s late so I’ve got to hop in bed with my beloved wonderful understanding and forgiving partner. Oh, and I need your support to avoid huge racks of ribs. Can I count on it?

(I think any time with him in a tight cell would be hard time, don’t you?)

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Feels Really Over Now

Now that all the fuss about New Year’s is over it seems the festive season of 2007 is done with. It was good for AngloAm and his C, I think. Thursday and Friday of last week were as you can imagine very slow at work. Both days I went to the gym after work and enjoyed myself (yes!). Not as much eye candy as I might hope (is there ever?!?) but that’s not really what I’m there for. The main trouble was that the gym was closing at 1700 and they wanted us off the equipment by 1630, so I had to end before I was really ready. Also, I trotted back up the stairs on Thursday night so fast after hopping off the ‘mill that I nearly passed out.

Friday night I had fun for dinner with my friends at Plato’s Diner downtown. Luckily the students are away for Christmas so places like Plato’s are available to us ‘townies.’

Saturday Neal came and received my three weeks’ worth of typed up eating. He’ll analyze them this week and I’ll get the results this coming Saturday. I can wait. Did some shoulder and lower back stuff because I’d mentioned that my hips seem to tighten up quick when I walk. He opened up a bit about his unhappy childhood and lack of closeness to his mother or father. He seems to have gained a lot of empathy from this unhappiness and loneliness and it comes out in the way he works with me. Later, C and I went to our friends’ K&D&J’s house, far too late for their annual Open House party. We stayed around after the last of their guests left and grazed on the goodies they put out. So good and so filling we didn’t have a ‘real’ dinner or watch the movie we brought. Sadly we couldn’t stay late because of having my aunt and uncle the next day.

Which put us in a quandary as to what to serve; we finally decided to follow my dad’s advice/order and only put out dry biscuits with the tea; it seemed sparse. But my aunt, who’s so skinny now after her stomach stapling, seemed pleased. Get this; they brought over a coffee cake ring from some bakery in Nesconset, NY, where they live, as a contribution – but my uncle had sliced off a piece for his breakfast. How classy. Nobody mentioned her surgery, but I bet on their way over they mentioned that I didn’t want it mentioned. Is it a sign of one’s importance, or one’s mental fragility that people make allowances for one?

Monday – work. Nothing happened but I finally got my performance appraisal support form done. Phew. Doesn’t look like much but I don’t know how much detail I’m to go into. I can always expand it.

Monday night C & I sat around for a bit but were in bed early. I don’t ‘get’ New Year’s. I mean it seems so arbitrary. However, today, after visiting Lowes in Glen Burnie (much eye candy!) to pick out a fridge for our media room, I wrote out a few resolutions on my lap top. Which is where they are still but tomorrow I’ll post them here, redacted for any loved ones’ privacy, and keep you posted on my accomplishments.

Brett ChuckermanMarco DapperSpeaking of the media room, I sat in it and watched the hillarious “Eating Out Two-Sloppy Seconds.” It’s far from family viewing unless the family is the one that Sister Sledge sang about. It stars the delectable Brett Chuckerman, here on the left, and the unfairly handsome Marco Dapper, here on the right, where he’s enlargeable. Both Brett and Marco treat us to some full frontal nudity, and if you’re over 18 and not at work or church or someplace where the sight might frighten the horses, you can click here to see Mr. Dapper in the movie where he definitely has a big part. All kidding aside, the movie is funny and clever and I think I’m going to get it and “Eating Out” for myself. Sadly I can’t really show it for my friends when the come over this Saturday night but we have the Simpson’s Movie which C got for Christmas and which we haven’t seen yet. I have to find a good vegetarian recipe – do you know of any?

It’s getting late and I need to get moving. I’ll leave you with a cleansing picture of Chris Meloni in the shower. Later on we can see some ‘NSFW’ videos and pictures of Mr. Meloni that prove that he, too, has a big part to play.

Christopher Meloni in a shower
(Clean or dirty – do you like him both ways, or would you like him any old way?)

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At Least It’s Over

What a Christmas.

We met at my parents’ house for Christmas Eve.

I found out I was expected to host my aunt and uncle for some sort of ill-defined visit when they come down from Long Island next weekend. Without, I may add, consulting me much. So my aunt, who’s had a frigging stomach bypass and lost tons of weight, and her ham-fisted husband will be visiting C and me for ‘tea’ (and lectures on being heavy) on Sunday. Can I contain my excitement?

Oh, and I’d previously invited my parents over to my house for Christmas Day.

That went off well.

C & I had a much better Boxing Day.

How was your Christmas?

Weary Eyes Turn to Other News

I Think I Do

Well, I’ve not had a chance to watch any of the lovely DVDs I got for Christmas yet, but I did see “I Think I Do” which was marvellous, and “Straight-Jacket” which was quite good. I strongly recommend “I Think I Do” and will probably buy it soon. I also saw “The Last King of Scotland” which I have to say I didn’t really like.

So Nobody Guessed…

…that our new obsession is none other than Mr. Chris “Sex on Legs” Meloni of SVU and Oz fame. This might be a short obsession as unlike the multi-talented Sakis Rouvas and Carlos Ponce, or the all over the place Michael Lewis, there’s not a lot of stuff out there on the man, but what is available is very very nice indeed.

Here’s a good take on the naked babe on the bearskin rug shot…

Christopher Meloni on a bearskin rug

That ought to be enough to get you started…and if it isn’t, here’s the man interviewed by his co-star on The View (it’s a bit long – seven and a half minutes) but a good watch):

Looking at Handsome Men Sometimes Calms me Down

So here’s our mini-obsession, Rafael Branciforti, who I guess felt a bit confined in those infamous tiny tight white speedos, to check out how confined he was and how confined he now isn’t, just stroke him with your pointing thing…

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The freedom seems to have overwhelmed him and caused him to take to his bed, inexplicably alone…

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But again, who could be angry with such a soulful face?

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(Darn those strategically placed hands and shadows!)

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