I went over to R’s last night; he invited me to watch a movie I hadn’t seen in years: To Wong Fu, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. It’s full of great dialog and wonderful lines:
Noxeema Jackson: When a straight man puts on a dress and gets his sexual kicks, he is a transvestite. When a man is a woman trapped in a man’s body and has a little operation he is a Transsexual.
Miss Chi-Chi Rodriguez: I know that.
Noxeema Jackson: When a gay man has way too much fashion sense for one gender he is a drag queen.
Vida Boheme: Thank you.
Noxeema Jackson: And when a tired little Latin boy puts on a dress, he is simply a boy in a dress.
Prior to leaving, I locked the french doors that lead to the lanai. When I returned, I discovered the lock wouldn’t work. I’m pretty sure it got stuck in the hole. I wrestled with it for an hour, getting more and more frustrated. Because of course that couldn’t be the only thing wrong with it. Additionally, one of the screws was stripped and couldn’t be removed, meaning I couldn’t get into the mechanism to deal with the damn lock.
I trotted around to the back door, slid the key in… and guess what? It wouldn’t turn the lock! Stymied on all sides, I went to bed frustrated and annoyed. This morning, the lock remains immovable and I can’t get into that room. R is coming over later to assist.
This has never happened to me, and I’ve dealt with a lot of locks in my time. If it had been a deadbolt, I would have jimmied it the way Jon considers doing in Wolf Bound; I did the research. I have the knowledge. But it’s a simple “turn and lock” thing. Same thing with the back door. Don’t know how to deal with that type of lock. Most people use a credit card to slide the lock open, but they’re making them better these days, and I don’t think it’s possible.
I hope we don’t have to break the lock, but I suspect that’s what’s next. 😦
Here’s a pic of Suki in the lanai/Florida room before I added furniture. You’ll notice her face is comprised of three black holes: her eyes and nose. This is what happens when something is backlit. Even my painting with light trick won’t work here; you can’t bring back what the camera never saw.
But here’s a better pic of her which turned out better. I did use the trick on this photo, mostly to bring out her eyes and add a few highlights.Aside from the bad lock, it’s another fine day in south Florida. Sun is shining, sky is blue.
Yesterday, I finished the first draft of Wolf Bound and started the first of many edits before I pass it along to my betas today or tomorrow. Unless I discover major work needs to be done, it will be released before the end of the month.