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first time for everything

I don't know why I waited so long to do it, but I submitted paperwork this morning to get medical care through the VA. There's a small clinic not too far from where I live, off Telegraph Road, and I should be hearing from them next week. I'm getting to the point where I do need to0 see a doctor or an NP since all my prescriptions are expiring and I'd like to get weighed, get some blood tests done, and talk to a medic about what it means before they sign off on some more prescriptions. As much as I disliked government medicine, I don't have much of a choice at this point.

Work was pretty much a waste of six hours. The phone/computer hookup has gotten screwed up somehow, so the guy who originally set it up is coming out Monday morning to unscrew it and hopefully tag the wires so this doesn't happen again. Tammy and Bob should also be back; she's been out these last three days because of her grandmother's death and funeral.

Among last night's library gets was Hal Colebatch's Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War.

Pretty decent, actually. I'd seen Colebatch's "The Colonel's Tiger" in an earlier volume of the series, and the four stories that make up The Wunder War are just as good. While the collection covers the same territory as Pournelle & Stirling's The Children's Hour and The Asteroid Queen, which is to say the conquest, occupation and liberation of the Alpha Centauri colony (Wunderland) during the Kzin Wars, it starts earlier and ends later. In the middle there are closer looks at the flaws in Wunderland society that are merely hinted at in the Pournelle/Stirling stories, and a look at how kzinti eventually do become a part of that society - with ramifications both unpleasant and useful to the Kzinti empire, though not in the way one might think. By and large this series has been pretty good brain candy, and this volume is no exception.