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Sam Woodfin
Advance, MO, US
Interests: music, dogs, art, tv, photography, computers, baseball, bicycling, astrology, typepad, zazzle, xena
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I've been bathing in dog shampoo for a while, now. As dog shampoos go, it's rather nice. Hell, it's nicer than most human shampoos. It smells like green tea and bergamot and feels like posh. But I ran out a few days ago. I texted my SO to ask if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
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This is a screenshot from the website of California's secretary of state: For those of you with tiny screens or visual impairments: The text above states that filing for a domestic partnership in the state of California costs $10. Unless it's a same-sex partnership. Then it costs $33. Yep. More... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
The Kindle Fire is nice, right out of the box (especially for the price), but there are a few improvements you can make over the stock applications, without rooting the device. And the first improvement you should make is installing Opera Mobile. In order to do this, you'll need to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
Not only is this the first book I've read on my Kindle Fire, it's also the first bit of fiction I've read in years that wasn't based on Xena: Warrior Princess, in some form or fashion. Marta Szemik's Marked: A Two Halves Novella doesn't have any of the lesbian subtext... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
Glory be! There's a post up on Get Satisfaction where a TypePad employee asks about people using TypePad on Android! And it specifically mentions the Kindle Fire! I'm the only person who's responded, so far -- boo, y'all! -- but this isn't an issue of small concern. Blogging has become... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
Being poor is worse than being homeless. That may be the biggest lesson I've learned in the journey I started last November. I used to sit at home, flat busted, wondering how I was going to feed my mom, my dog, and myself, and I'd comfort myself with the thought... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
Still no rich text editor, but it's very, very different from using TypePad via Silk. Sorry for the unwieldy title and lack of screenshots. Bigger fish, y'all! Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
Like right now. I'm writing this post from the Amazon Kindle Fire I picked up at Walmart, today (complete with a $50 Walmart card included in the standard Kindle Fire price). So far, it isn't going smoothly. I'm writing in raw HTML mode because Typepad's rich text editor won't let... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
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We've stayed at several hotels and motels since coming to Orange County last November. We stayed at a Super 8 in Tucson (where we were allowed to keep Jerry, even though it was a pet-free motel). We stayed at the Red Roof Inn in Santa Ana (where the local wildlife... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
I haven't wanted to write this post. All of my friends on Facebook and Twitter (essentially everyone who ever glances at this blog) already know, and I've told pretty much everyone that I encounter face-to-face or on the phone. So, really, there's no one left for me to tell. And... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
That's the lesson for today. Nevermind that Mars is hurtling backward through the sky (not really, folks; it's a trick of the eye); mine is always moving backwards, or sideways, at best. And I'm used to doing what I theoretically can't; but that's on a physical level, or on a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
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That's the Residence Inn in Fountain Valley -- and what counts for quite a bit of rain, out here -- through my car windshield. We're here until tomorrow morning, then heading back to Orange! The Residence Inn is awesome, but I really miss Old Towne, and can't wait to get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
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This part of a mural painted on the Walmart -- yes, Walmart! -- building in Huntington Beach. It's also the first time I've ever felt inclined to snap photos of Walmart! And maybe positing this as a difference between Missouri and California is stretching it too far. But it's certainly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
And I don't mean "paid" as in "review a bunch of products for our advertisers, and we'll eventually give you a buck or two". Yesterday marked the publication of my first post at Lisa Scarsi Photography. If you think you've heard that name before, and you're a regular reader of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
Even after driving all the way from Missouri to California, after the surprise (!) trip through downtown Oklahoma City, after the insanity that is California freeway traffic, I'm a nervous wreck about driving from the Residence Inn in Fountain Valley to view a duplex in Santa Ana and look at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
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And I can still search for an apartment! It just takes an extra step! I'd black this blog out for the day, if I knew how to do that without losing the entire thing, but I'm hosted at TypePad. It's not as easy to disappear and reappear as when I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
My dog is sweet and handsome. You'd love to pet his head! But if you let him sleep with you, he'll poop upon your bed! My dog is smart and witty. He'll make you think so, too. But if you let him get too close, I'm sure he'll poop on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
Wake up at 4:45. I'm back on shelter time, apparently. Get breakfast. Eat it. Get cigarettes. Enjoy a couple of brisk jogs through crosswalks along the way. Check in at Foursquare. Take picture. Send to Twitter. Write haiku. Send that to Twitter, too. Work on rough draft of article. Argue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
Pacific Sun Apartments, a six-unit project for housing the homeless, single women, and single mothers, opened yesterday in Huntington Beach. According to the KirE Communities website, the apartments will provide "emergency, transitional, and permanent housing to homeless single women and single mothers with children in hardship cases that have had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at Orange County Reblog
The Laramie Project, a play based on reactions to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, is on at the Mysterium Theater in Santa Ana through February 12th. This is the closest I've come to finding any sort of gay culture in Orange County. On a less gay note, some tissue... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at Orange County Reblog
I posted this new ad to Craigslist, this morning: We're not on the streets, yet. Due to the generosity of certain animal lovers, we have very nice temporary shelter, but need to find more-permanent accommodations before the 24th. I'm a 41-year-old female, and I'm a full-time caregiver for my mom,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at Sam Woodfin's Micro
It may be old news to some of you, but I was actually distressed when I read, a few minutes ago, that the Fresh & Easy at Harbour and and Edinger in Fountain Valley is slated to close. I was less upset when I realized it wasn't the Fresh &... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at Orange County Reblog
According to the Orange County Register, two homeless men stabbed each other near the armory in Fullerton on Wednesday. Now I get why the guards at the armory in Santa Ana took my scissors and my pocket knives away. (I kind of got that, anyway, when one woman tried to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at Orange County Reblog