They are in the playoffs while the Red Sox are all at home doing what I’m doing, watching the playoffs on Fox and rooting for Anaheim. And I’m sure just like our regular season hopes, our post season wishes will be squashed by the boys in pinstripes.
Used the California Duster on the car this afternoon and discovered several more reminders on why I shouldn’t wax the car in the garage. Wiped that dried wax off a few places, but later this evening, in the fading sunshine, I noticed there are still a few more spots. Sigh…
Rode the bikes to work today, so if it wasn’t for the monthly meeting of the Aiken Bicycle Club, the Miata would not have gotten driven today. Is there something wrong with that picture? Bicycle to work and drive to a bicycling function?
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Another night on the town! Master’s Miata Club meeting at Bobby’s BBQ out on Highway 1. Usually we get a back room, but they were all booked, so the 15 of us were at a big ol’ table by the wall. Kinda hard to hold a meeting over the really old guy in the corner playing music on a Hammond organ, but then again we usually don’t have much of a meeting. (For all I know that could be Bobby himself.)
Glad I like BBQ as we are having a catered lunch at work tomorrow and that’s what we are having, BBQ.
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I received a DVD copy of “A Hard Days Night” for my birthday last week and finally got around to watching it tonight. Back when I was growing up you were either The Beatles fan or a Roling Stones fan, but rarely both. I liked The Beatles. In junior high school I wanted to be one of them, I wore pointy boots and grew my hair into a mop top. I bought all their records and practiced a Liverpoolian accent behind the closed door of my bedroom. No matter how good their music was, if they were just breaking into the business now, they’d have a rough go of it. At least until they could get their teeth fixed. George’s were dead grotty.
Because I work in a manufacturing plant, every year I have to attend an annual training session on Lockout/Tagout. Every year, even though I work in the front office and will never have cause to lockout/tagout my keyboard. I have worked here for going on 16 years and I have seen the same film 16 times. Pretty much got it memorized through osmosis, after like the 3rd time I started closing my eyes and listening and after about 8 times I started daydreaming I was on on the beach somewhere being fanned by topless nubile madiens while someone read me the proper procedure to control all hazardous energy.…
Bought a set of wipers at KMart a while back and I had a chance to use them on a misty morning drive to work today. They left streaks! Looking through the windsheild after a pass made it look like the side of a vinyl LP (you remember those things, where music came from before CDs) only with lots of glare. Of course the packing and receipt are long gone, so I guess I’ll just go somewhere else and spend another $12 on another pair.
Rainy day for a change. We made it to work with the top down, barely, so I put it up on arrival. Still spritzing when we went out to Wally World looking for a light coat for Donna. She lost her last one of the face of the cliff at the Devils’ Courthouse when an unexpected gust of wind sailed it of the ledge she had rested on.
Well Blogging has finally come to the notice of the folks at the newspaper in Augusta. There was a little column in today’s paper quoting one person and citing a couple of vague statistics. I’d link you to it, but they haven’t even added it to their web page yet.
I guess they wait until the next day so the paper’s subscribers don’t feel cheated out of their 50 cents. Here is the article: The blog-o-sphere filled with news, nonsense.
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Do you think it says anything about my feeling towards having Wabbit Teeth on the front of the car that I haven’t taken a single picture of them in the 15 days they have been there? It is too sunny, it is too cloudy, I’ve been too busy, I can’t find just the right background and on and on and on.
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Man I love this show, but you can’t just watch it and try and do something else too, you miss stuff. I was watching tonight’s episode and trying to rearrange my computer desk to make room for a scanner someone is letting me try out and something happened that judging by the character’s expression and the background music was significant, but I didn’t have a clue. Oh well, there is always reruns because I’m sure there will be no catching up next week.
Kind of feel like I’m living in the northwest, raining off and on all the time. So the top is down for the ride to work and up during, then down or up for the ride home depending on conditions. Well the 9 hours days are done, tomorrow is why we did it, off at 11:30. We are headed up to Asheville, NC for the weekend. My sister and her husband are going to meet us there and we are perhaps going leaf peeping or if it is raining there, a movie or something.
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Started the day with a stop at the North Carolina Arboretum. Donna wanted to go to see the gardens. Diane and Allen wanted to go back because the last time they visited in April nothing was in bloom. I wanted to go because it meant a top down drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The original plan was to all ride in D & A’s Integra, but Donna wasn’t feeling to well so she wanted to ride in the Miata. As a surprise bonus the Arboretum was hosting the 2002 Carolina Bonsai Expo. Very beautiful stuff. Amazing that in today’s fast paced society that this slow moving art form survives. Of course there are tons of web sites devoted to it. After that it was too early to go right to lunch so I devised a little loop that included a stop at Looking Glass Falls and Sliding Rock before ending up at the Pisgah Inn for lunch. The food is really good and the view is super making it well worth the 30 minute wait. After eating, we stayed on the Parkway and went over to the Folk Art Center. From there we went our serparate ways, Diane & Allen went into downtown Asheville and we headed back to the hotel. Later, after supper, a trip for ice cream was agreed upon. Allen looked in his Underground Asheville book and picked a place called Sweet Heaven because of the ice cream but it also has live music. When we got there “Inna Gadda Da Vida” as coming from a kid on a really nice Roland piano whose father was a baby when that song came out. Turns out this 14 year old keyboard prodigy, Nick Stubblefield, also plays for the Sunday brunch at the hoity-toity Grove Park Inn. A while later his 12 year old sister accompanied him by singing a few old jazz standards. She was as amazingly as good as he was.
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For $90 a night you should get a better TV than one that is 19″ and slightly out of focus and a bonus of adding snow to the picture above channel 24 with a numberless remote control that the only way to get from channel 17 to channel 39 is to push the up button 21 times.
For $90 a night you should get more than one operating ice machine on the second floor all the way in the back for a 100 until place.
For $90 a night you should not get a toilet that rocks back and for so much that it threatens to dump you on the floor when you lean over to get some toilet paper.
What started this morning as a slight ache in my left eye has now morphed into a runny nose and watery eyes and slight aches and now I want to go to bed…
It’s Pink Eye — stay away from my blog — it’s contagious.
The eye looks a lot better because of the drops the Doc gave me, but I felt so crappy otherwise I stayed home from work. I don’t know whether I feel crappy because of a reaction to the medicine or it is just a coincidence that I got the flu the same time as the pink eye or maybe whatever virus I got caused both.
Is it my imagination, but does it seems like Friends is just going through the motions at this point? I watched tonight’s episode and it was like I’d seen this all before, not this episode neccesarily, but this feel, Seinfeld in it’s last couple of years had it too. Sure the characters are still likeable, but it seems like it has been done.
I never did have conjunctivitis. The redness had cleared, but it still felt like there was something in my eye. Well, that is because there was something in there. Called the Doc and he referred me to an opthamologist. While examining me with that high powered slit light she actually said “Uh-oh.” I had a speck of something lodged near the perimeter of my cornea. I got some anesthesia drops and with some highly tricky scraping of the surface she got it out and showed it to me on the end of her finger, about half the size of a pepper flake. Now I have different drops for the next 5 days.
Downloading some music off the net for someone. Downloaded a whole album from several sources and burned it to a CD. While listening to my newly pirated music I am surprised to find track 5 has got several beeps and clicks in it. How annoying. You just can’t trust thieves to get it right. Now I have to go get that song from a couple of different sources and listen to each one to make sure it isn’t the bad song propagated elsewhere.
Put the top up to wash the car and after it was dry, the top went right back down. While I was at it, I waxed the car too. And then I masked off the lower nose of the car and touched up the front lip spoiler with some semi-gloss black. For some reason twice this past week I pulled up a little too close to a curb and scratched it up.
This is the best time of the year for convertibles around here, mid 70’s in the days and upper 50’s overnight. Tonight was a beautiful evening for a drive. The skies were clear, the moon was full and it was just cool enough.… Came up behind another Miata at the start of the drive. Couldn’t tell what color it really was, but my guess is that was Crystal Blue, although it looked gray. Couldn’t have been the Titanium because the seats were tan, not brown/red. He was talking to someone in the passenger seat and only going about 5 MPH below the posted limit, so at the first opportunity I goosed it and went around. Gave a couple of polite toots on the air horns and left him way behind. We both had the same idea, an evening cruise, just had different approaches to it.
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A friend let me borrow his scanner so I could try it out. I stumbled on some slides a while ago and thought it nice if I digitized them. This Scanner comes with a “light lid” that allows you to do slides. Instead of illuminating from the bottom, the lid lights the slide from the top allowing it to be scanned. When I got it all hooked up I ran a test scan of a piece of paper.…YIKES, it’s loud. Ran Donna right out of the room. I have an older Microtek Scanmaker III at work that I thought was noisy, but this thing makes that one sound positively silent. I’ll try some slides in the next day or two and let you know with another rant if they stink.
My pages still load slow as m o l a s s e s. My archives keep disappearing ( I can get them back, but it is a hassle.) Gotta get my own domain and use MT. I’ve said it before, but this time I think I mean it.
Register.com says Brian-the-red is wide open, but also offered these other interesting choices:
Friend gave me a CD to copy for him, “Barry White, All-Time Greatest Hits.” I find it hard to beleive that a CD from 1994 could be copy protected. Maybe it is just my CD burner or software, but I could not copy the disc, nor could I rip the tracks to MP3s. Thee is more than one way to skin a cat, so off to the ‘net I go. There it is the whole CD as one MP3 file, 69Meg, no problem for Mr. DSL. Once downloaded I went to use the wave editor to break it back into seperate songs and lo and behold there are 19 songs in the file. Funny the liner notes I have say should be 20. Not only that but track 19 ends 2/3 of the way through. Did someone just get tired of ripping? And of course there are now like 6 copies of this 95% complete complilation out there.…
Changed the oil and rotated my tires this evening after work. Mazda recommends an oil change at every 7500 miles, which is probably OK for someone who is going to trade in that car after 3 years. I hope to keep the car for a lot longer than that, so in the beginning I decided to double that frequency. I change the oil (and rotate the tires while I’m at it) every 3750 miles. That number is hard to figure in my addled mind, so I now use the valve train clatter as an indication of the need to change the oil. Miatas are known for HLA noise and mine seems to show up after 3,000 miles or so. After a few mornings in a row when it takes to the end of the block for the lifters to quiet, I go buy some oil.
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Stumbled onto Robocop last night and started watching it. When they went to a commercial I starting surfing again and realized what cable channel I had been on, AMC. Am I losing my mind or did American Movie Classics use to show movies with out commercial interruption? And now they have commercials! Well even if I wrong about the commercial thing, I still have a rant here, Robocop is not a Classic.…
Had our Miata Club’s Halloween Party tonight. The club has roughly 66 members and 8 people came. The total attendance was 10 because of the hosting couple’s presence. When the hosts first volunteered to hold the party they originally intended for it to be a costume party, but backed off because they were afraid it would hurt attendance. Ha, attendance, guess we should have required costumes. As it turned out 2 couples came dressed up anyway (Donna and I were not one of them.)
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Went for a bike ride for the first time in about a month. Just 15 little miles around town and now my butt hurts. I’m not tired or anything, just my sit bones ain’t used to it no more. How the mighty have fallen, as little as 5 years ago a 60 mile day in the saddle would bring not a wimper from any part of my body, as they say, “Use it or lose it.” I’ve lost it.
I don’t have the typical gripe about the 15 clocks I have to change. I’m sure some folks have more, some less, but all just as aggravating. I don’t like it for the same reason I don’t like fall as a season — it means winter is coming. Cold wood floors, dry, itching skin, top up on the convertable…
Got my CD Mix of the Month discs today. Cool stuff. listening to the second for the second time now. Josh’s, as usual, was 90% unfamiliar territory, but excellent. Pepperspray from ifishery was 90% familiar, but nicely but together. Great month and once again I feel I’m not worthy of being in the little club.
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Somehow my mother-in-law started receiving Rolling Stone Magazine. Hey, she’s 72 and seems to get quite a few things she doesn’t remember ordering. 🙂 Needless to say, she just passes it to me because she isn’t interested. Issue 909 has a one page bit on the 10 things that piss him off. 1 Radio is not even worth listening to “I don’t really give a flying fuck about any of it. I’ve tuned out…
Right on, brother Tom. Read the rest of the article here: Tom Petty Is Pissed
This time I paid attention and when it was over I wished it wasn’t. Not only that, but it seemed too short. Very fanciful view of politics — no way that a presidential campaign debate would shake out that way, but made for good TV. I now know the way they gracefully rid themselves of Rob Lowe after his, what they felt were, unreasonable salary demands. That too was setup nicely. Mr. Sorkin cast one of his “Sports Night” alums, Josh Molina, in a good role. As a bonus, The Wonder Years, Danica McKellar had a small role too.
First time, in what seems like months but only has been days, we got to leave the top down all day free from worry of precipitation. Also, the first time since daylight savings time ended that I needed my sunglasses for the drive home. Plus the sun is now so low in the sky that I needed a hat to shade my eyes. Some one called it obsessive, I called it Miata-O-Lantern…
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