Through the Magic That is Pre-dating…

Booklovers…I give you the August 1st picture. Today (8/25) was another trip to the bookstore and I remembered the camera in the trunk this time. I picked up for paperback books to read, Donna snagged two and we bought a new book for the “Baby to be Named Later” out in Snohomish.

I had a good time rummaging through several boxes of books on the floor that were as yet unshelved. I even picked one I know I’ve read before, Rumpole’s Last Case, because we have been watching “A Touch of Frost” DVDs and that British show has left me with a hankering for Horace’s adventures down at the Ol’ Bailey.

Captain Jack Will Get You High Tonight

A wedding?My Jack Sparrow doll action figure has gone from being alone, to sharing the spotlight with Davy Jones, to battling ol’ Davy for monitor top supremacy, to standing solo again. Some where along the way he has lost his trusty cutlass, so now his only job is to hold up a selection of pithy quotes from the two Pirates of the Carribean movies.

Today’s quote was especially on point as this morning I got a request to scan and OCR a old wedding program for a maid of honor co-worker. She wanted to use that particular format and change the words to match the ones needed for her friends upcoming betrothal. “Oh,” she asks, “Can you change the holding hands to a glass slipper while you are at it?” No problem at all. My summer intern doesn’t call me the Arts & Crafts Engineer for nothing.

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Back Again

CVSWe went to CVS again tonight. Different store from Sunday and different mission, but none the less, the highlight of my evening. Well...besides the Tater Tots and crab cakes for supper. And now that I think of it, the Law & Order rerun on TNT wasn't bad either. OK, maybe the 15 DIBS I just finished were the high point for tonight. 🙂

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Exit Only. Do Not Enter.

Exit OnlyWell, it worked, I’m going to blog about it. Augment the buzz if you will.

Watching the evening news Monday night I caught a bit of a story about NBC’s new show for fall, Studio 60 from West Wing producer Adam Sorkin. Part of building some pre-release hype they have decided to make DVDs of the pilot episode and you can rent them on Netflix. The interweb was all excited a week ago because somehow the pilot in 5 parts had mysteriously appeared on YouTube. It seems that just in time for the Netflix release, they were pulled for copyright infringement. Aaaah, marketing.

Anyway, on to the show. Typical Sorkin stuff; smart, witty and overlapping dialog. But for some reason it just didn’t connect, and maybe this is just me, but it seems like I’ve seen this all before. And maybe I have. Take one part West Wing and one part Sportsnight, stir gently…

It’ll be on Monday’s at 10:00 PM starting in September and as much as I would like to watch, I probably won’t. If anything, maybe I’ll rent the DVD’s next fall, ALA my current watching of “Lost.”

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Tunnel of Heat

Shift TurretThe 2 rubber shifter boots for the Emperor came on a big brown truck today. I was going to wait until Saturday, but I just couldn’t stand it. It only took 45 minutes to do the swap. Now we’ll see how well it knocks down the heat near the center console.

Tomorrow is Friday and it is summer helper Adam’s last day. As is usual we (me, the boss and the boss’s boss) will take him out to lunch, we’ll probably head over to the local Applebee’s. Any excuse to eat on the boss’s boss’s American Express card. I hope come Monday I’ll be able to stand the quiet. 🙂

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Margarita Shrimp Kabobs

Applebee'sSo, the four of us went to lunch at Applebee’s today. Adam, the guest of “honor,” ordered the Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwich with fries, Bob ordered the Zesty Ranch Chicken Sandwich with fries, Les ordered the 100% Angus Bacon Cheeseburger with fries and I ordered the Margarita Shrimp Kabobs over rice with broccoli.

When my wife asked me what we had for lunch I said, “They all had burgers & fries and I got shrimp & broccoli.” She replied, “So who’s the gay one of that bunch.” Ouch.

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Back To School

Goody'sToday was the first day back to school for the kiddies here in Aiken County. I hate this time of year. Not just because of the psychological damage done by having to go Back-To-School clothes shopping with my mom as a wee lad either. It is mostly because of the increased traffic on the roads to and from work. Blurry eyed moms delivering their kids to school in the morning frighten me (with good reason) and the harried parents picking them up after school are no picnic either.

Went out late this evening to do a little shopping, Donna needed some new slippers, I needed some bananas for breakfast and we both needed a chocolate shake from Brusters.

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Bloody Pirates

The DescentThe image you see here is from the opening credits of the movie “The Descent” which finished last weekend 8th on the box office money list taking in $4.62 million. It didn’t get any help from me because I have a copy of the DVD in the laptop right now. I may or may not finish watching it, I just shut it off about halfway thru after one of the women spelunkers fell down a hole and suffered a compound leg fracture. Last night Donna and I watched a slightly muddy copy of “The Break-Up” with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. I don’t think this movie is still in theaters, but you can’t rent it yet. These movies were borrowed from someone at work who bought them at a local flea market.

Matter of fact a co-worker (Hi, Mark!) said his son bought “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” the Saturday after the movie was released in theaters. Bloody pirates.

Jack Sparrow: The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can’t do. For instance, you can accept that your father was a pirate and a good man or you can’t. But pirate is in your blood, boy, so you’ll have to square with that some day. And me, for example, I can let you drown, but I can’t bring this ship into Tortuga all by me onesies, savvy? So, can you sail under the command of a pirate, or can you not?

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Morning Walk

SlowWe tossed around ideas on where to do our walk this morning. First though was our old standby, Hitchcock Woods, but we couldn’t get excited about that. It was already too humid to enjoy the confines of narrow wooded trails. Next up we considered a semi-short drive to North Augusta to do a couple laps on their nice walking trail. With it’s elevation changes and wooded section it is so much nicer than Aiken’s boring Indy 500 inspired oval. Nah, why drive. We ended up just starting from our front door and within a 1/2 mile were on dirt roads in Aiken’s horse district. We weren’t the only ones out and about this morning, we saw a couple joggers and at least a half dozen dog walkers. Plenty of horses in their pens, but none being ridden around.

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Oh My Bue Sky

Blue SkyI haven’t turned my camera to the sky in a while, but this morning it looked pretty interesting. I just haven’t been out and about when it is at it’s most entertaining, dawn and dusk. Too early or too late, but now that we are creeping up on fall…

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Every Four Weeks

Brian Gets a HaircutToday was our monthly haircut day. Well, right now I’m the only one actually getting it cut, Donna is just watching (and taking pictures.) Her hair *is* starting to come back in, you can see a nice shading on her head, it is maybe a 1/4″ long right now. This makes it about half the length of my hair after today’s cut.

A quick web search reveals that human scalp hair grows on average of a 1/2″ per month, so that means to return to her pre-chemo length of around four inches it will take until February of next year. That may seem like a long time, but with the way the hair is “growing” on the top of my head it will never be 4″ long again…

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My World Is Empty Without You Babe

Emptiness I had been sharing my cubicle/workspace with college kid/summer help, Adam, since May, but he is gone now and the silence has been deafening. Now it is echoing.

A few days before Adam left ASCO’s employ, the Department Manager and the IT guy showed up and asked, “Your last day is Friday the 11th, right?” Adam assumed that they were coming to say nice working with you, you’ve been a big help, come back next time, etc. His bubble was popped when the IT guy said, “That PC should work.” The manager said, “I’ll get Maintenance to move the desk on Saturday.”

Seems the new departmental Industrial Engineer was starting on Monday and they needed some stuff so the FNG wouldn’t come in to an empty cubicle. Turns out the new IE doesn’t start until this Monday, so the PC got moved last Friday and Maintenance didn’t come to get the desk until today. For good measure those guys also grabbed the side table and the trash can. They left behind only a chair and lots of dust.

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RIP Pluto

Good Morning If I had a really, really long telephoto lens and it wasn’t daytime, you could possibly see the ex-ninth planet in this photo.

For last weekend’s Bug Splat rally everyone places a green Avery dot on their car in hopes of winning the fabulous “Closest to the Dot” prize. I played along and put one on the front bumper on the driver’s side about headlight level, but splatted no insect anywhere near it. Raise your hand if you are still driving around with a green dot on your car. Just me then?

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Hard At Work HTMLing

Self PortraitEntry submission into the “My Favorite Miata Picture” Contest 2 ended yesterday at noon. Nice little turn out of 58, compared to last year’s 44. The first pictured submitted was mine, it was there when I put up the page to begin with. The last one arrived with just 16 minutes to spare. So this evening was spent getting all the pages and scripts ready so people can vote for their favorite Favorite picture. You don’t have to have entered the contest to vote, so click on that link on Thursday and pick the one you like best. Right now I’m leaning towards voting for the last picture submitted which I think is the nicest, but I might just vote for the first one. 😉

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Welcome To Moe’s

Welcome To Moe'sIn our small town I have seen about a half-dozen H2 Hummers, there is probably a lot more that I don’t see. Of the ones I’ve seen, two have been bright yellow and apparently that color is reserved for advertising because serve that purpose. There is this one for Moe’s and the other one sits outside of Gold’s Gym emblazoned with that logo.

Both Donna and I are on the Moe’s email Newsletter list, so every year on our birthday we get an email entitling us to a free meal. It must be used on the day or up to 2 days after. Donna’s birthday was yesterday, so guess where we are having lunch tomorrow? “Welcome to Moe’s!”

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