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This is an archive collection of entries from  my main personal blog, My Mundane Mid-Life.

This collection of entries is from August 2006.

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

75

the weather - in my opinion - has been great lately. After such a friggin' hot heat wave, the temperatures have been cooler that the average temperature for that day. It's been around 75 degrees (average is supposed to be 80).. and you know? 75 - in my opinion - is perfect. 75 and sunny. Perfect temperature. Perfect environment.

Just perfect.

posted at 01:17 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Home Depot Slow Mo

I love hearing/reading/watching things like this.

I've always been intrigued about flash mobs and that kind of mass demonstrations of oddities.

This is the best I've heard of recently - Slo-Mo Home Depot

Imagine 225 people.. in a Home Depot... that all of a sudden - in unison - start moving in slow motion for 5 minutes, then go back to normal speed for 5 minutes, then freeze in place for 5 minutes, then resume their normal activities... and then disperse.

What if, totally by random chance, When it came time for the "shoppers" to freeze, over the store's PA came Jewel's 2001 hit, "Standing Still" ?

What would yo do if you saw this happening?

posted at 01:18 PM | Link | Odd | |

Monday, August 28, 2006

Indication of the beginning of the end

I left the house this morning and saw something that I didn't realized i hadn't seen in a few months... kids waiting for a school bus.

All over the neighborhood.

That - to me - signals the beginning of the end of summer.

posted at 08:18 AM | Link | Mundane | |

Sunday, August 27, 2006

White Sox 6 - Twins 1

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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posted at 04:30 PM | Link | White Sox | |

Saturday, August 26, 2006

White Sox 7 - Twins 8 - 11 Innings

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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posted at 11:48 PM | Link | White Sox | |

Friday, August 25, 2006

CPAP

CPAP - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

I spent the night at a hospital's Sleep Disorder Clinic, sleeping (or trying to) while somebody watched my on TV, monitored my breathing, my snoring, my eye movements, my jaw movements, my brainwaves.

So I have sleep apnea. My guess - pretty bad. Solution? Wear a mask to sleep every night for the rest of my life. And in my case, a full face mask (nose and mouth), not just a nose one like everybody else could use. My nose just doesn't work the same. Hasn't for years. It's perpetually blocked, stuffed. I haven't breathed through my nose in years. The normal nose-only CPAP doesn't work for me.

CRAP.

CPAP.

posted at 07:46 AM | Link | Health | |

Thursday, August 24, 2006

9... oops... 8 planets

Good bye, Pluto... nice to know you as a planet...

Pluto gets the boot

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posted at 09:09 AM | Link | Space | |

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

One Month Follow-Up

Got a phone call from my dietitian for a one-month follow-up (late). Had to answer a bunch of questions and I seem to be doing well (based on the answers to the questions). And I think I'm starting to feel better now, too.

posted at 09:10 PM | Link | Health | |

Monday, August 21, 2006

Back

Spent the weekend at my sister Diane's house up in Michigan with B&B.

We left on Saturday morning, drove up to Harbert, stopped at Falatic's Meat Market (butcher.. for meats for our meals, since Carol shopped for other groceries on Friday and packed them into the VERY crowded trunk)

The weather wasn't great when we got there.. we were there early enough for pool-time, but no sun.. and it had been raining, so we went to Redamak's for lunch. Took off for Indiana.. stopping first at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets mall for Buff to do some quick shopping, then over to Blue Chip Casino, where I sat down and played Blackjack for the first time since... well, first time this decade, I think...

Had a Prime Rib dinner at Skip's. Crashed at home, pool the next day with fresh chicken brats and hotdogs. B&B took the car and went to New Buffalo to get some fresh corn on the cob for dinner and some Sweet Baby ray's barbecue sauce... for the ribs that Barry prepared for dinner. Great meats, great cooking, great meals, great company.

Today, B&B took the car and went back to Lighthouse and Blue Chip, Carol bobbed in the pool and I did some podcasting.

The drive home late this afternoon was a breeze, with the exception of the hour we spent on Lake Shore Drive from Soldier Field north.

We love going up there just to "get away"... and we acually travel well together...

posted at 08:09 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Friday, August 18, 2006

Spoke too soon

When I got on my new machine this morning before work, I found out that I was missing one of the drives I had extricated from the carcass of my old machine and installed in an external enclosure. I have it attached through FireWire, and when it mounts, one volume is OK, the other throws some kind of a write error and the whole drive goes offline.

I don't want to lose any data... but I MAY be too late...

posted at 08:05 AM | Link | Computing | |

Thursday, August 17, 2006

6 less

I know this isn't a big deal for anybody out there... but it's a big deal to me...

Carol shortened a band new pair of pants for me to wear today. (yeah, my legs ar just REALLY friggin' short...)

Big deal? Well, yes, when the waist is 6 inches less than my biggest pair that I used to wear...

posted at 01:51 PM | Link | Health | 1 comment | |

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I feel better now...

Went out to CompUSA and got some external 3" USB/FireWire enclosures to put my old hard drives in... and plugged them into the new machine and... fully operational - no data loss!!!!

woot!!!

Now I've got a ton of reinstalls to do...

posted at 09:20 PM | Link | Computing | |
How dare you

So, after a WONDERFUL weekend of sweeping the Detroit Tigers, and LOSING to the Kansas City Royals (UPDATE: We lost EVEN WORSE tonight!). what come in the mail today?

THE INVOICE FOR POSTSEASON TICKETS.

Damn you!

Have our seat assignments.. still downstairs but out toward the right field foul pole. Included - parking for all ticketed events, seats to all 3 (possible) American League Division Series, Home Game 2 of the American League Championship Series and Home Game 2 of the World Series.

Excited? Well... yes... if the team would just PLAY a little better..

posted at 05:13 PM | Link | White Sox | |
A great sidekick

I really enjoyed the characters he played in his movies, especially the friend/buddy parts in "When Harry Met Sally," "City Slickers"...

Bruno Kirby died of complications related to leukemia.

posted at 10:23 AM | Link | Current Events | |

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Oh, yeah... the replacement finally arrives

So, after working from home for the day to be there to sign for the signature required UPS shipment, the 63 pound box from Dell showed up - at 4:38pm. I ALMOST could have worked from work and got home quick enough to accept the delivery.

So... the 19" LCD monitor is awsome. I am really amazed at the color and clarity... not to mention the "bigness" coming from a 15" panel to a 19" panel. Sweet.

The new machine looks nice, boot fast, but upon opening the case, it's really tight inside. I had forgotten that the old machine was an Optiplex and had the great quick release drive mounts, lots of room. Not so in this case - no quick releases, really tightly packed. I pulled the drives out of the old machine... but I don't have a place for both of them.

I'm thinking about external drive enclosures... I just hope the drives are intact.

posted at 07:03 PM | Link | Computing | |

Sunday, August 13, 2006

White Sox 7 - Tigers 3

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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posted at 05:59 PM | Link | White Sox | |

Saturday, August 12, 2006

White Sox 4 - Tigers 3

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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posted at 04:57 PM | Link | White Sox | |

Friday, August 11, 2006

White Sox 5 - Tigers 0

Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers

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posted at 11:52 PM | Link | White Sox | |

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Not a winner

0 7 2 8 3 1
0 1 5 6 2 3
0 2 0 8 6 7

Chicago White Sox Charities 2005 World Series Ring Raffle. 3 fans get a REAL World Series Ring... with their name on it.

Nuts. Didn't win.

posted at 07:14 PM | Link | White Sox | |
The world became a strange place.. .again

The first pieces of my morning ritual:

  • alarm clock goes off
  • shutoff alarm
  • turn on satellite receiver
  • turn on tv
  • watch local news on NBC affiliate

I hate hate hate the feeling of dread when - reading the crawl at the bottom of the screen - something major has happened in the world.

Welcome to our morning.

A new terror plot against US Airflights from the UK.

posted at 10:05 AM | Link | Current Events | |

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Eewwww... I didn't need to see that...

Why the hell am I even sharing this with you?

Just went into the men's room at work...

and it looked like... someone... didn't make it to the urinals in time....

eeeewwwww..

posted at 03:55 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

New Dell

Broke down and ordered a new Dell to replace the old machine. I REALLY didn't want to do this, but I don't have a choice. It's doesn't even boot anymore... it would show the Safe Boot menu and then.. never boot. Now, it's not even getting that far. New machine doesn't ship until next Wednesday.

I HOPE TO GOD THE DRIVES ARE STILL OK.. OH, PLEASE LET THEM BE OK...

posted at 03:17 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Monday, August 07, 2006

$2,134

The total costs of car repair - $2,134.

OK, that wasn't just to fix the electrical problem..

The alternator had a bad diode that charged the battery - sometime. OK, that needed replacing. That fixes Saturday's problem.

I complained about road noise coming from the rear. Well, yeah.. the tires are cutup and cupped and have tread issues... OK, new set of tires

Well.. why did the tires degrade? Well, the rear struts were worn and shot. Replace the rear struts.

Braking seems week? Yep... rotors are fine.. but needs brakes both front and rear. Replace brakes.

Original belts on the car? Well, we're replacing the alternator so... replace belts.

$2,134 later, I have a car that rides better and quieter.

posted at 05:49 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Not moving it

Carol and Diane were coming back home today, and I was to meet them at my mom's house.

I started to think about this as the time came closer to me leaving. I was totally ignoring the sick car in the garage. I started to think about the car - if it starts - dieing again, God knows where, on the way into Chicago, or in-town... I realized that this is a stupid thing to do.

So.. I talk to Carol for the first time... fill her in... talk to my mom, and let her know... then Carol calls back saying she doesn't want to go to my mom's, then... so I call my mom and let her know about Carol... and then my sister calls and YELLS AND BERATES ME about how I should have made the decision earlier and then if both Carol & I would go to my mom's, then she would have just stayed in Michigan (like I knew that was an option)

This weekend had all the earmarkings to be good... and turned into a private hell...

posted at 08:12 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Turned worse...

I had a wonderful day, just goofing off, copying some things off of TiVo, exploring and playing in Second Life...

Then dinner time rolled along.. and passed... and I got hungry and I jumped into the car and drove to Portillo's to grab an Italian beef.

It was a gorgeous night, had the window open, and I pulled into the drive-thru. As usual, the place was hopping, so they had guys outside taking the orders and delivering food to the cars to help expedite the process.

A guy comes over and I complete step one of the process - give him the order, and in-turn radio's the order inside. He walks away to process other cars.

I'm sitting there, listening to the radio...

when I look down and see my ABS light go on.. I panic, yell "NOOO!!!" and start playing with the brake pedal.. I don't need brake problems now...

And then I realize... my tachometer is at zero. The car had died. No noise, no rumble, ... it just faded away. I never heard it.

I turn the key, only to hear "click...click...click...click"

Dead battery. WTF?

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posted at 09:52 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Friday, August 04, 2006

Not as much fun as I had hoped...

I was hoping to have more fun than this at home...

My computer has been Blue Screen-ing. The old BSOD. It's not software. It's not a driver.

It's hardware.

I can't keep the machine up and running for more than a few minutes at a time.

This could get expensive...

posted at 10:17 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Thursday, August 03, 2006

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year!

Carol took off for my sister Diane's house in Michigan this afternoon for the Annual Summer "Club" function with the ladies... and isn't coming back until Sunday!!!!

Wooooo HOOOOOO!!!!

I'm alone for the weekend!!!! YES!!!!!

posted at 06:15 PM | Link | Mundane | |

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

*nose wiggle* *nose wiggle*

How can it be the First Day of the Month already? Again according to meme tradition..., you better say "Rabbit, Rabbit!" as your first words of the day to have good luck! (Now, if you blew it, before you go to sleep tonight, to still try to gain luck, your last words have to be "Tibbar! Tibbar!")..

And for other derivitives to this meme, check out the alternatives: "White Rabbit" or Rabbit! Rabbit! Rabbit!.

posted at 06:42 AM | Link | Memes | |

 

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