A Joyful Noise

A fart. I still have a long way to go before I am better, but a few cc’s of gas is a step in the right direction.

Stayed home from work today. My main activity was napping while mainlining RP. Laid out on the couch from 7AM until 4:30 covered in a blanket with earbuds in that were hooked to the laptop on the floor beside me. Seems like I would close my eyes and the next thing I knew 35 minutes had passed. Twenty six minutes. 42 minutes. An hour and five. I was usually conscious just long enough to marvel at how long I was out, before dropping back into never-never land. Bill played some great music for me, what I can remember, thanks.

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Pseudarboris Plasticus

Neither of us felt too chipper this past weekend, so things that were supposed to get done, didn’t. The biggest failing was not raking any of the leaves off the front (or back or side for that matter) lawn. You know how quiet and beautiful it looks outside your house at daybreak after 3 inches of snow overnight? You can’t see where the grass ends and the driveway begins. Where you had plants or flowers there are just raised levels of snow. Good, now replace that snow with a blanket of dead brown oak and hickory leaves…the only way I found our newspaper this morning was because as it skidded across the driveway after being thrown from the passing car of the carrier, it left a little clearing behind it like a comet’s trail.

It wasn’t a total loss though as we did finalize the Christmas present buying for family members, with a couple of small purchases, so their boxes can be mailed out soon. I did pull down the half dozen plastic storage boxes from the attic so we could decorate the inside of the house too. Donna scattered about the seasonal knick-knacks while I unfolded the plastic tree. I guess it is time to dig out the Christmas MP3s.

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300 Miles

The post office doesn’t open until 9:00AM on Saturday. It’s 8:30 on weekdays.

Postmarks for this year’s Christmas boxes to family will read North, South Carolina.

There is no such place as South, North Carolina.

Lunch in Darlington. The meatloaf sandwich at Cracker Barrel is pretty damn good.

Dinner in Columbia. The 1/2 lb. burger at Fudruckers is pretty damn good.

The orange light on dash shaped like a gas pump is bad.

Christmas light decorations are good.

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Sunday Shopping

Besides the normal weekly grocery shopping trip, we did a little Christmas shopping for ourselves and others. Plus some shopping for normal replacement wear. Amazing how quickly a couple hundred bucks can get added to a credit card.

Yesterday’s mail contained a couple niceties; 1) a Christmas mix CD from Andrea (thanks girl) and 2) a long lost box that I had given up on (that’s all I’ll say on that for now.)

The cold snap has abated and the temps have returned to normal so we got to ride around this afternoon with the top down. The down cycle meant for the first time since I’ve been keeping track of the top changes I’ve gone over the 500 mark.

I may not keep track of the top transitions next year. The main reason for that is, as I approach the 5 year anniversary of blogging, I’m tired of *having to* write something every night which causes a lot of filler posts (like this one) that I’m not to proud of. I say that, but if I didn’t do this every night what would I do with my time?

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Monday Madness

Rollerbladed this evening for the first time in a while. I’m afraid it has fallen into the same bucket as the blogging. I take every opportunity to procrastinate and when I finally do do it, it is half-hearted at best. Could just be that time of the year – its dark in the morning and nearly dark at the end of the workday too.

Big news is I went through the scads of photos I took on the Thanksgiving Florida trip and made a 20 image gallery – Florida Trip 2006 right now and as always there is a link in the sidebar.

I got this via email today with the title Redneck Timeout:
Redneck Timeout
This is funny on so many levels…

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I’m A Pepper

My college student, AKA The Hired Mouse, who was working with me during the summer to reduce my big ol pile of drafting backlog was a prodigious Dr. Pepper drinker. Adam usually downed a couple 20oz. bottles a day, but could finish off three of them before lunch on a dare. During this time frame Dr. Pepper was running a promotion that if you sent in twenty-three UPC symbols from the labels of the 20oz. bottles you would get a free Pepper Pack. The PP consisted of a ball cap, a T-shirt and a lunch box. Needless to say Adam responded to the challenge and in the span of a couple weeks had the required 23 labels.

The fine print said, Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery Offer good while supplies last. There were no descriptions for the items, so Adam had no idea what any of this stuff would look like or when it would get to him. He tried to wait patiently, but he really did want to get his Pepper Pack before his employment was over at ASCO so he could show off his Pepper Pack.

Finally after about a month and a half he came in to work one day with a nice looking gray ball cap with a Dr. Pepper logo patch on the front. Not bad looking, Id wear one of those. Adam was a big kid and he said even thought the Tee was an XL it was too small for him, so he gave it to his mom. And the lunch box was one of those old time rectangular metal things and was good for a collectible or collecting bits of junk in the garage.

Seeing as I drink Dr. Pepper too I thought maybe Id go for a Pepper Pack as well. I dont drink as much as Adam and with the offer expiring at the end of September I was in trouble. August was almost over, but my buddy Mark drinks and he offered to help. Sometime in the third week of September we had enough labels to mail in. With the phrase Offer good while supplies last and the fast approaching deadline, I didnt think there was a very good chance Id ever see a Pepper Pack, but what the heck it was only costing me a 39 stamp (we wont count the cost of the soda as we would have drank that many in a month anyway.)

Having totally forgotten about the promotion, I was totally confused by the box from Minnesota in the mail last Saturday. Donna demanded to know what Id ordered and I frantically search my memory banks for what I might have done. The only clue to what it might be was a small line at the bottom of the label that read Pepper Pack. I couldnt think what that meant. Did someone send me a Christmas gift that consisted of the pepper of the month, January would be jalapeos, February might be habaneros, etc. It wasnt until I saw the maroon metal lunch box that I remembered.

Ive got a new favorite hat

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Folding Bucket 2

Before going any further, read this post — Folding Bucket — from October. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Really.

Donna and I swap gifts with very few people other than family, but there is one couple and their kids that we have been doing so with for about the last 16 years. Even though we don’t see as much of them as we used to we still get together enough that we know likes and dislikes which makes present selection fairly easy. The woman in this family has become a quasi-regular reader here (Hi Rae!), so she knew exactly what to get me for Christmas this year – The Gift.

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All Lit Up

LightsThe Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia puts up a ton of lights for the Christmas season. They boot everybody at five o’clock and then reopen the gates at 6 with a separate admission charge. Donna and I did this several years ago and have meaning to go back, but never make it. Tonight our neighbors invited us to join them on a trip to there, we agreed. Jim, Ann, daughter Ellen and the kids from across the street, Zack and Tanner piled into their big truck while Donna and I followed in the Miata dinghy. As a bonus, daddy Jim paid our way in and even picked up the dinner tab at the Cracker Barrel afterwards. Thanks, we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

And now for something completely different – New Voyages. Independently produced episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series with new actors playing the old familiar characters. If you are a Trekkie or Trekker, check it out. After you get over the fact that the new Captain Kirk looks more like an Elvis impersonator than William Shatner, it is not bad TV.

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Getting the Carpet to Match the Drapes

Our Christmas box arrived today from Donna’s sister in Stuart, FL. While Donna was squeezing and analyzing the wrapped presents trying to determine just what might be inside the pretty paper, I was dancing around the house shouting, “My favorite pants are here! My favorite pants are here!” like Navin R. Johnson with the new phone book.

Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.
Navin R. Johnson: Nothing? Are you kidding? Page 73 – Johnson, Navin R.! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity – your name in print – that makes people. I’m in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.

Are you as tired of penguins as I am? The ones in Madagascar practically made that movie, but then came March of the Penguins and this year’s Happy Feet. Tonight I even saw a Dawn dish liquid commercial about how they save mother penguins after oil spills, so they can go back to raising their babies. Enough! Take out your flightless black & white bird rage here: Yeti Batting Practice. Click once to make the penguin jump and then click again to make the Yeti swing.

For those of you who are not regular readers, Donna and I get our haircut every 4 weeks from a friend who owns her salon. Today was haircut day an on our way out tonight I spotted something on display that made me do a double take. As long as I’m on the whole relating life to movies kick…Remember in the movie M*A*S*H where everyone gathers around the woman’s shower tent and they are taking bets as to whether or not Major Hot Lips O’Houlihan is a natural blonde? Let’s just say that with modern technology she would have no worries about the truth now. Introducing – Betty Beauty.

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Sushi?If your workplace is anything like mine, it has been a veritable smorgasbord everyday since like Thanksgiving. Each year for the holiday season the company furnishes each department with a ham and a turkey to cook up and share. of course this prompts everyone in the department to bring in side dishes and desserts to go with this meal which is eaten in one of the conference rooms. Because Donna and I interact with several departments, we aren’t necessarily invited to eat lunch with them, but someone will always come through with a plate of leftovers for us, usually desserts.

Today was Turned Parts and we both got a bowl with a piece of chocolate cake and a chocolate & pecan candy thing. Mmmm. Late that afternoon I was delivering some updated paperwork to the Turned Parts supervisor when one of the women called me over and asked if I wanted a couple of sweets. I tried to refuse, but not wanting to hurt any body’s feelings I took three different items. First was a big hunk of that birds nest stuff (Chinese noodles covered in butterscotch fudge), second was a big pretzel covered in white chocolate and sprinkled with peanuts and thirdly was the item pictured.

Looks a little like some scallops on a skewer covered in cream sauce with a dusting of paprika, doesn’t it? Well, it is actually three marshmallows covered with white chocolate and decorated with red granulated sugar – on a stick! Maybe you’d love ’em, but, at least to me, it wasn’t that good. Not like that bird’s nest stuff, man that is tasty.

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Gallery Tweaks

I finally got the photo galleries script updated to eSPG 2.0. Took quite a bit of monkeying around to get something that is relatively transparent to you the viewer. But it makes it easier for me to add pictures and their descriptions because I can now do it online as opposed to changing stuff on the desktop and not seeing the results until after everything has been uploaded.

I added a Random Gallery Image to the sidebar. If you click on the teaser image it will take you to the main gallery page where you will be greeted with the big new trick the updated script has up it’s sleeve, a thumbnail image the go along with the gallery title. I may need to put it closer to the top or nobody will ever see it…

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“Holiday” Season

Both Donna and I have developed a case of the sniffle, runny nose, sneezing thing. Boy are we fun to be around…

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Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo

Tomorrow when you look up and notice that the flags are flying at half mast, who will it be for?

The Good – Gerald Ford
The Bad – Saddam Hussein
The Ugly – James Brown

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