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Journal 06-17-2015

Good morning or whatever part of the day is for you. Today is Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The temperature is 64.3°F and the humidity is 84% at 5:05 a.m. PST (-8 GMT). Weather Underground shows sustained winds at 0 mph with gusts of 4.5 mph. It was overcast when stuck my head out, much as it has been for a while. It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen the stars. Weather Underground is predicting a 0% chance of precipitation and a high of 85° (“nearly the same as yesterday”) today.

Mr. Siduri and I went down to Huntington Beach for lunch and a walk on the pier yesterday. The weather was perfect. Still a little bit of marine layer when we got there. We watched the surfers for a while. I keep wondering what the place was like in the 40s or maybe the 20s. Mr. Siduri remembers what it was like in the 60s and said it was pretty much a dump. Sand in all the stores. How could they keep it out?

While we were on the pier, the armored car came for the cash pickup at the Ruby’s Restaurant down at the end of the pier. That must be a scary pickup. Not only do you have to worry about not running over anyone on the way down there, but it would be so easy to get blocked off at the entrance and exit.

Then we went to the store for the baking supplies and the grocery shopping for the week.

Long and short, I got little writing done.

The kitchen is almost done. The dining area is done. Mr. Siduri is moving the stuff back. I like it. Granted, I picked the colors. Nevertheless, it looks so much more comfy. Mr. Siduri has been working hard on it. He’s not done yet and had more projects in mind. And then, the roof needs to be replaced. He wants to wait until the drought is over to do that to be able to detect leaks.

He got the news yesterday that the company he used to work for is dissolving its pension plan. The owner has been sustaining it with money out of his own pocket and apparently wanted to take money out of the pension plan but was not permitted to by the bank or whoever has responsibility for it. His solution was to dissolve it. My reaction (from my vast knowledge of such things) is that a company dissolving its pension plan, particularly one that’s had a long history of financial trouble, is that it’s the hoof beats of one of the four horsemen. Mr. Siduri has been told that they’re not replacing it with anything.

Off to write another day—

Thanks for reading. Hope you and yours are all well and happy. Hope the day brings you good things.

Writing schedule:

1. Spend an hour with Siegfried

2. Finish the dam Hardy Boys’ review!

3. Read for an hour.



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suzzy3 wrote on June 17, 2015, 1:48 PM

how distressing to lose your pension. It sounds like the man tried as hard as he could to keep it going. The weather has been beautiful again in the UK today.

msiduri wrote on June 17, 2015, 2:20 PM

OH, no. Mr. Siduri hasn't lost his pension. He's being cashed out. He can't draw on it yet because he isn't old enough, but it will go into a retirement fund that he has. It was the company owner's decision to dissolve it so he could get back some of the money he's been using to keep the company afloat. He tried simply withdrawing money, but was not permitted.

I'm glad you're enjoying good weather as well.

alexdg1 wrote on June 17, 2015, 4:04 PM

Did you finish that Hardy Boys review yet? The world wonders.

msiduri wrote on June 17, 2015, 5:11 PM

Hmmm... It is a mystery. emoticon :winking: All I have to it post the verdammt thing.

alexdg1 wrote on June 17, 2015, 8:55 PM

Love your review. a strange quirk of fate, mine is right "next" to yours at the moment.

msiduri wrote on June 17, 2015, 9:22 PM

Thanks for the kind words. "Company Commander" seems like a great book, though frankly, not one I would normally read. Have you read, by chance, "In Mortal Combat?" I'm torn as to its authenticity, frankly,

alexdg1 wrote on June 18, 2015, 12:07 AM

I think if you gave "Company Commander" a chance, you might find it a good read. And no, I haven't read "In Mortal Combat." First I've heard of this title. What's it about?

msiduri wrote on June 18, 2015, 8:31 AM

It's a translation and expansion (this is where my doubts come in) of memoir a German lt. who took part in Operation Barbarossa. Actually, I think now the correct title is "In Deadly Combat."