ANOTHER ESCALADE UPDATE

Escalade guy wasn’t parked in the mocap lot this morning. I’m not sure if he’s gone for good and if he is, I’m not sure we’ll get any more info about why he was there in the first place.

A friend and I saw him outside of his SUV last week, he was using a laptop and on his cell phone. He was stationed close to his vehicle though. Whatever he was doing, it required him to be near the parking lot.

I will update again if he comes back.

COCONUT BRITTLE

I just spent the last 20 minutes eating coconut brittle because it’s so damn tasty. It’s probably terrible for my teeth and the sugar can’t be that good for me either. It’s just so good. The texture is both crunchy and also chewy. The sugary parts are crunchy but the coconut pieces are chewy. It’s so fun to eat.

I’m gonna go brush my teeth now and floss.

POWER OUTAGE

Tonight was the last night I was supposed to feed my friend’s cat as he’s back tomorrow morning from his business trip. Everything had gone smoothly the previous two nights. This evening I got to the apartment a bit later than usual because I stayed late at work and didn’t leave until 7pm. I got home, decided to eat dinner first, and I may have played some PS4 for about 15 minutes. I then walked over to my friend’s place.

When I opened the door, I was greeted by the familiar meowing of the cat. I stepped in and I immediately noticed something was off. The previous night, I had left some kitchen accent lighting on so the cat could have some light to see his water and food dishes. This lighting was off now for some reason. I went over to the switches and flicked them back and forth. Nothing. Odd. I went over to the switches that controlled the living room lights and flicked them. Nothing again. Just darkness. More oddness. My friend had left a fan on in his bedroom so the cat could have some moving air. The fan was off. The microwave clock in the kitchen was off. It was now clear to me the power was off. Why?

When I entered the building, all the common area lights were on and the elevator was certainly working. Did the breakers trip somehow? I found the breaker box in the bedroom. Meanwhile, the cat wouldn’t leave me alone. He was rubbing my legs and causing me to almost trip over him as I inspected the apartment. He kept meowing as well. I noticed his wet cat food dish was empty, so he was probably really hungry. I decided to check the breaker box but afterwards, I’d have to feed the cat. I used my phone’s light to check all the breakers. They were all in the correct position.

Before opening a can of wet cat food, I texted my friend that his power was out but it was on everywhere else in the building. By phone flashlight, I then washed and refilled the cat’s wet cat food dish. I set it down and the cat immediately went for it, chowing down heartily. I refilled his water dish and then scooped more dry food into his other dish. My friend replied with some surprise. He wondered if he had remembered to pay his electricity bill. He also mentioned they usually slip a letter under his door if he forgot. I then remembered on the second night, I found a letter that had been slipped under his door. The letter was from the city.

I texted him back that he indeed did have a letter from the city. I asked if I could open it and he agreed. Upon opening the letter, I discovered it was from the utilities department. It was a notice of electrical disconnection. They had sent him two other reminders of late payment but he had not paid them. In total, he was in arrears over $400 and it would cost at least another $130 for a re-connection fee. As such, the letter went on to say he would lose his power anytime in the next day or so. It was clear they followed through. I sent a picture of the letter to my friend. He was deeply embarrassed.

I decided to stay for a few more minutes to pet the cat and give him some companionship but it was weird just sitting their in the near darkness, only illuminated by my phone’s flashlight. I left soon after, feeling a bit bad for the cat without any lights.

My friend returns tomorrow but he intends to call the city before his flight in the morning.

WEDDING

I haven’t been to a wedding in almost three years but I get to go to one this weekend. My friend John is getting married and I was lucky enough to get invited to the reception.

I’ve never met his bride-to-be before and other than the groom, I’ll only know three other people at the wedding. Luckily, all three people will be seated at my table. I hope to be friendly to other guests as well.

The wedding dinner is on a Sunday but this weekend is a long one, so I won’t need to worry about going home early. Good thing as well, since it’s going to be an open bar.

CAT SITTING

I’m cat sitting for a friend again. I cat sat for him a few months ago in the fall and this is the same cat. This cat was probably feral at one point or lived on the streets without an owner. It’s since been “domesticated” but it’s one of the most guarded cats I’ve ever met. It’s not aggressive or hostile but in the past, it’s definitely been aloof or a bit skittish around me.

This evening, I went to feed it for the first of three days. It meowed loudly when I opened the door, it was expecting my friend, his owner instead of me. Since my friend left on his business trip, the cat was probably missing him quite a bit. I’m sure it was confused initially that I stepped inside the door. After I gave him fresh water and refilled his food bowls, I think he started to recognize me from before. Previously, he never let me close to him at all but today, he was brave enough to come right up to my legs and rub his head against me. When I was messing with some window blinds, he darted over to see what I was doing. I was within petting distance, so I decided to give it a try. I cautiously gave him some head rubs and he let me! I also ran my hand down his back without any complaints. This was the first time he ever let me touch him, so I see this as progress.

He also was comfortable enough to take a massive dump in his kitty litter box while I was there. It was at this time I noticed he would scratch at the plastic sides of the box after he was done pooping. Cats instinctively try to cover their poop with litter or dirt but he was just scratching the plastic, which did nothing. He eventually did scratch at the litter and covered his giant turds but the plastic scratching must be just a reflex action and I wonder if he’s even aware of what he’s doing there.

Anyways, I have two more feedings with the guy. I wonder what other adventures we’ll get into.

THIS WEEK’S ESCALADE UPDATE

The white Escalade from last week continues to be parked in the same spot at the start of this week. The dude in the driver’s seat wasn’t there this morning though. He seems to be now out and about more often. Last week, I saw him standing on the little grassy area next the parking lot. I wasn’t sure what he was doing. It looked like he was on the phone but it appeared he was trying to hide himself somewhat behind some trees. It was damn weird.

I will post more updates as warranted.

HOT

The temperature reached a high of 27 degrees Celsius today in my area. That’s really hot for the middle of May. Am I complaining? No, because just last month I was bemoaning the wet and cold weather for April. The sun is great and so is the warm temperatures. It is, however, not normal for it to be this hot so soon. You’d expect such temperatures for mid-June and later but not while we’re in mid-May.

To balance it out, I’m fully expecting it to return to rain and cooler temperatures before June arrives and that would be ok.

ESCALADE UPDATE

So I have an update for my previous post regarding the mystery Escalade parked in the motion capture parking lot with the guy sitting in it all day. Through the studio Slack channel I got information that there are currently no shoots happening in mo cap, so the Escalade guy isn’t a driver for any talent. In fact, some of the mo cap staff called security because they noticed the guy too. Security told them not to worry about the guy but they also refused to say anything more. Weird! This is even more mysterious!

I’ll try to dig up more info but this is definitely out of the ordinary.

ESCALADE GUY

For the last several days I’ve noticed the same car parked in one of the lots near the entrance I use to go into the studio in the morning. This lot is used for two purposes: as a car2go lot and for employee parking for the motion capture studio. The car in question is a white Escalade SUV and there’s always the same middle-aged guy in it. I’m not sure why he’s there. He’s parked the Escalade so that it faces the car2go cars. Is he auditing the cars or observing usage patterns? I don’t think so because the Escalade is pretty blinged-out to be a research vehicle. It looks like it’s got gold rims and white leather seats.

The fact that it’s parked in the motion capture lot makes me think he’s the driver for some VIP talent that’s come to use the motion capture facilities. We often get celebrities and high-profile athletes who come get their motion captured for movie or games. Their visits are very low-key and I’d say 99% of the employees don’t even know they’re here. Anyways, I’ve seen Escalade guy sitting in the same spot well into the late afternoon. Whoever he is, he is very patient.

I wonder, will he be there tomorrow?