Friday, June 20, 2014

What Happens to a Kumari When She Stops Being a Kumari?

From BBC News Online
18 June 2014 Last updated at 15:35 ET

Nepal's living goddess who still has to do homework

2014 Milwaukee Summer Challenge

My adopted chess club, Southwest Chess Club, is holding its third Milwaukee Summer Challenge, a two-day event, this First Day of Summer weekend, woo woo!

Milwaukee Summer Challenge III, June 21-22, 2014
June 21-22 Milwaukee Summer Challenge III
Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix!
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10

5SS, G/120 d5. 4 Sections: Master/Expert (closed), U2000, U1500, U1000. Olympia Resort Hotel, 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc, WI; 1-800-558-9573; (Mention Southwest Chess Club for $99 room rate). EF: $40 All Sections (except U1000), U1000 Entry Fee: $25, all $5 more after 6/18. $$GTD: Master/Expert (closed section) =1st-$300, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$100. U2000=1st-$150, U1500=1st-$80, U1000=1st-$50. Reg.: 8:30-9:30. Rds.: Saturday, June 21: 10:00 am, 2:30 pm, 7:00 pm, Sunday June 22: 10:00 am-3:00 pm. ENT: Allen Becker, 2130 N. 85th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53226 or Questions: TD Tom Fogec 414-405-4207 (cell).
This year, unfortunately, because of the strain on my finances due to this house downsizing thing -- which had been meant to DOWNSIZE my expenses as well as the time/energy spent in keeping up the yard, etc., thus freeing up more funds and time for my chessly activities -- HA! -- I was not able to fund prizes for female chessplayers for this year's MSC. I hope the ladies will turn out for it, nonetheless.  Goddesschess prizes will return for the next MSC.

As of June 19th, 48 pre-registered entries.  You can follow the action at the Southwest Chess Club blog here.  I see several ladies have, indeed, pre-registered, hooray!  I will be checking in on the action and cheering for you all as I continue to scrape off wallpaper and layers of old wallpaper paste, whilst pulling out my hair (see post below...)

Ta, darlings!  Good luck to all!

Staying Alive, Staying Alive...

Hola darlings!

I have not dropped off the face of the Earth.  I am still wrestling in the throes of this damn selling current house/buying "new" house thing and it's driving me mad, I tell you, mad!  But I believe I am still alive; I do not think I am blogging from "H" "E" double hockey sticks ("L" "L").  Well, maybe I am.  I actually went to You Tube to dig out this little gem from the 1983 sequel to Saturday Night Fever, the (not) big hit Staying Alive:

I have to say John Travolta had a really really nice butt back then...but then, so did I.  LOL!

So, today I am removing the never-ending wallpaper in the family room because I promised my buyers I would do so.  I should just go shoot myself now and be done with it.  But just like John Travolta's character, Tony Manera, I do not know the meaning of the word QUIT ALREADY.  All right, that's two words.  So shoot me.  Please!

It has been raining for the past five days.  My backyard smells like a rotting jungle.  The grass is half a foot tall but I can't get out to cut it because of (1) incessant pouring buckets of rain, accompanied by much thunder and lightning, (2) mud, mud and more mud, the earth is saturated to the point of flooding, and (3) I am out of gasoline for the lawn mower and because of said incessant rain, I have not been able to walk the half mile to the gas station to fill up my gas can, which is not a can at all but a heavy-duty red plastic container with screw-on cap. 

I hope that some time in July I will actually be packed up and moved into the new small home which I have grown to hate Hate HATE over the past sixty days.  This entire process has been a nightmare and, even worse, people all around are telling me "oh, you are having an easy time of it."  Totally insane!

So, there you have it.  Retirement is 895 days away...
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