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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 May 2004.

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Monday, May 31, 2004

I am not a hardware guy... PART II

Dents in the ceiling after the first try The fan after I had given-up on all of the troubleshooting
Goddamn Y%#@@^ (($**^$%*%I )(&^%@(@()^

I've worked on that friggin' fan all day...

As I type this, I can no longer get any - and I mean ANY power at all in the bedroom. The breaker isn't tripping, but there's just NO EFFIN' POWER to ANY outlet in the bedroom or closet.

I've installed the fan not once but TWICE today. Why? Because I was so friggin' concerned about making sure the damn mounting plate was secured to the friggin' ceiling, that I cranked-down on the screws a bit too hard and pushed 4 rubber "feet" straight into the ceiling, so I turned the plate 45 degrees and mounted the damn thing again.

I CAN'T DO THIS CRAP... I've been telling my family this for years and NO ONE seems to understand that I just don't even have these simple friggin' skills! "Oh, you can do it!" "Oh, it's not that hard..."



Now It's time to call an electrician and God knows what the hell's going to happen...

In the mean time, I am at a frustration level that I haven't been to in years... "See family? See? I can't really do this!"

I am also embarrassed as all hell because I'm just coming off as an absolute idiot...

posted at 06:38 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Sunday, May 30, 2004

White Sox 11 - Angels 2

Chicago White Sox Anaheim Angels

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posted at 09:21 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Saturday, May 29, 2004

White Sox 1 - Angels 5

Chicago White Sox Anaheim Angels

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posted at 09:28 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Friday, May 28, 2004

Greg Raymer wins 2004 World Series of Poker

Greg Raymer just won the 2004 World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe (now owned by Harah's - who saved the event from oblivion). He won Five Million Dollars. From

8:44 PM
David Williams eliminated in 2nd by Greg Raymer.

Hand #113, Williams's button. Williams made it $300,000, and Raymer called. The flop came 5s 4d 2d. Raymer checked, Williams bet $500,000, Raymer raised to $1.6 million, and Williams called instantly. The turn came 2h. Raymer bet $2.5 million, and Williams called instantly. The river came 2c. Raymer moved all in, and Williams called instantly. Williams showed Ah 4s, Raymer showed 8d 8c.

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posted at 10:49 PM | Link | Las Vegas § |
I am not a hardware guy...

Well, the blades and covers are off...
I can't tell you how many times I have said "I am not a hardware guy". Applies to my career as well as home.

I have a ceiling fan in our bedroom that burned-out. We bought a new one. I have to install it.

I just have to figure out how to 1) get the old one down, and 2) get the new one up.

I am soooo screwed...

posted at 03:40 PM | Link | Mundane | 2 comments § |

Well, today is the day. Today Comcast gobbles-up a very good computer & tech television network (TechTV) and smashes it into G4 - a gaming channel - to try to come up some new network that sure the hell seems a bit too gaming-centric called G4TechTV. Gone are some of TechTV's better shows, like Leo Laporte's Call for Help, and even Tech Live. At least The Screen Savers is untouched - at least so far. Comcast is shutting-down the San Francisco studios of TechTV, forcing anybody that wants to continue their job to transfer to LA.

Friggin' bastards of a cable company... No wonder I cut 'em loose and went to DirecTV... just another money-hungry media conglomerate...

posted at 08:44 AM | Link | TV § |

Thursday, May 27, 2004

What do you call it - Pop? Soda? Coke?

The great controversy: What do you call a carbonated soft drink?

Here's a map by county that shows the answer

posted at 08:45 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Bunny lighting

Indy's upgraded Bunny Condo lighting
Two Christmases ago, on a whim, I put some rope lighting on Indy's Bunny Condo. She seemed to enjoy it. We did - it allowed us to turn off the lights in the room and we had this night warm light coming from her cage.

Well, a year and a half later, most of the bulbs are burned out in the ropes, so Carol had me replace the rope lights.

It took me all friggin' day.

The new ropes had different sized connectors on them so threading the rope through the cage wire was just a pain. Then I realize - a little late - that the ropes a slightly longer than the old ones.

We used to refer to Indy in her cage as "Hollywood Bunny" being under all those lights. We're now calling her "Fremont Street Bunny" since it's more like being in Downtown Las Vegas.

Silly bunny.

posted at 05:20 PM | Link | Bunnies § |

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Far Far Away

Shrek 2
The summer movie season is upon us and we decided to finally jump in. We went to the AMC South Barrington 30 to see Shrek 2.

As good as - if not better than - the original. Great soundtrack, too.

Should be a good movie season - we trying to plan out which flicks we're going to see...

posted at 07:44 PM | Link | Movies § |

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Ice cream run!

Ice Cream freezer at Oberweis Dairy
Don't ask me why, but I had to go on an ice cream run over to Oberweis Dairy.

Don't know why... just had to.

posted at 04:02 PM | Link | Mundane § |
American 191

American Airlines Flight 191 seconds after takeoff, engine missing, in a <br />
left bank - May 25, 1979
Twenty five years ago I was sitting at my desk at a former company. We had floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the Forest Preserves next door. From the 4th floor, we could look out over the treetops for miles. Then we saw this enormous, black balls of smoke rising in the distance.

American Airlines Flight 191, a DC-10-10, was in its takeoff run down runway 32R at O'Hare when its left engine and mounting pylon tore off about 6000' down the runway. The plane took off, but only got up to about 300 feet when it banked to the left and eventually went past vertical and crashed just 90 meters away from a trailer park, killing all 270 aboard the aircraft and 2 people on the ground.

It is still the worst airline disaster in the US (minus terrorist attacks).

posted at 03:03 PM | Link | Current Events § |

Monday, May 24, 2004

CBS screwing around with The Amazing Race again...

The Amazing Race 5 THEME
CBS announced a month and a half ago that they were launching Big Brother and The Amazing Race on the same day this July 6.

Well, Les Moonves at the CBS Upfront presentations said last week that The Amazing Race will be on the Fall Lineup on Saturdays at 9 PM ET/PT. Now he's saying that they might might decide to hold The Amazing Race 6 for spring, not fall ... and air The Amazing Race 5 in the fall time slot instead of this summer.

They're screwing around with a great reality show...

posted at 09:41 PM | Link | Amazing Race | 1 comment § |

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Will it / Won't it

The weather today looks like it can go either way - just like any other day for the past two weeks.

Looks like all hell is breaking loose up north. The Des Plaines river is over it's banks, and is almost 3 feet over flood stage. And it's not supposed to crest until Tuesday...

posted at 02:19 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Saturday, May 22, 2004


Debbie & Carol and their cake The Triplets of Belleville
Woo Hoo!! We finally got a chance to have dinner with B&B at their house with Debbie to celebrate the May birthdays (Carol & Debbie).

Damn. it's been so long since we've seen these guys. And they're our bestr friends. Our schedules just haven't worked out at all.

We missed these people - it's like part of our very lives had just gone misisng.

We watched the oddest little movie tonight... The Triplets of Belleville. Odd, strange, funny.

posted at 11:23 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, May 21, 2004

Dish down!

I don't think the satellite is in that direction...
Today, this bad ass weather just turned it up a notch...

This morning, I noticed it was getting dark. I mean dark. Then it started raining. So far this is how it's been every single friggin' day for weeks )at least it seems that way...)

Then came the wind. Hard. It was a sound I had never heard before in the house. This was really strong and it seemed very focused. I'm starting to believe that this could have been whatever would be smaller than a microburst.

Anyway, the TV's in the house go silent again. I've been used to that the last week or so. That's the downside of DirecTV. If you have severe weather, it's going to block the signal to the antenna.

But after a while, I noticed that it was getting lighter outside, the wind had subsided and the rain was now lighter and vertical (as opposed to horizontal during that wind gust).

Still no satellite signal. I looked out the window and my dish had been pushed over by the wind.

We get some really high wind gusts around here and that dish has never moved.

Today it did.

Well, I have no idea how to point the dish or where to point the dish, but after the rain (and lightning) stopped, I went out and got on a ladder and just swung the arm from horizontal to vertical. Well, I just didn't swing it... I had to loosen-up the bolts that were still snug to get the dish back to where it was. The wind gust was so strung, I could see where the paint got stripped by the nut as the arm swung.

At least I got my signal back - it's pretty close to where it was... the signal strength may only be off by about 3%.

UPDATE: We lost the signal two more times this evening. The dish never moved, but the rain tonight was really severe. We took a power hit for a few minutes, too. This was a really bad weather day - our worst so far.

posted at 10:07 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Thursday, May 20, 2004


Oh.. the date is MONDAY!
Oh, oh... I'm going to be streetless a lot sooner than I thought

They're starting Monday!

posted at 03:08 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Construction season

The village dropped off construction horses and signs
Wow, that came up faster than I had thought...

We had read something earlier this year in some village announcement that the village is going to resurface our street. We're on a cul de sac and the street's not very long (and we're on a corner, so we're only a couple of feet on the street) so this shouldn't be a big deal.

Except we thought it would be later in the summer.

posted at 03:09 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Ridiculous spring

Yeah, I know it's spring.

Yeah, I know it's Chicago.

But I'm getting tired of temps fluctuating from 47 to 82 and every single day seeing severe thunderstorm warnings as well as flash flood warnings.

The rain, when it happens, is bad. The wind, when it happens, is bad. The lightning, when it happens is bad.

It's just getting old.

posted at 03:29 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Sunday, May 16, 2004

White Sox 11 - Twins 0

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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posted at 06:06 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Saturday, May 15, 2004

White Sox 1 - Twins 4

Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins

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posted at 10:02 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Friday, May 14, 2004

Wolves 3 - Admirals 4 - West Division Final Game 6 (2 OT)

2004 AHL Calder Cup Chicago Wolves Milwaukee Admirals

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posted at 11:58 PM | Link | Wolves § |

Thursday, May 13, 2004

White Sox 0 - Orioles 1 - Game 1 - White Sox 6 - Orioles 5 - Game 2

Chicago White Sox Baltimore Orioles
Oh crap... do we feel STUPID...

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posted at 10:58 PM | Link | White Sox § |
HB Carol!

A mum for Carol
Well, today is the day my wife becomes "old" again - it's her birthday and now we're both the same age for a while.

How are we celebrating? Why, by going to a baseball game!

posted at 08:02 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, May 10, 2004

Wolves 2 - Admirals 5 - West Division Final Game 4

2004 AHL Calder Cup Chicago Wolves Milwaukee Admirals

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posted at 10:34 PM | Link | Wolves § |

Sunday, May 09, 2004


Hail outside the patio door
We were unpacking at home, and had ABC's broadcast of Harry Potter on.

All of sudden, we lose the satellite signal. The house went silent. Then we hear this *PING* on a window. And it's loud. Then, another *PING*. Pretty soon, all hell is breaking lose as marble-sized hail is pelting the house with really high winds.

Yes, I know this is spring and the weather is just all over the place in extremes, but this was the first time that I really thought we were going to lose a window due to hail strike.

Here's a quick 30-second video out the patio door of the hail hitting the grass outside.

posted at 06:47 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Mother's Day and home

St. Agnes in Sawyer, Michigan
Well, we went to church this morning in this wonderful small church in Sawyer. Great sermon from a priest that was visiting - my guess is that he teaches medical ethics at Notre Dame.

When to the butcher and bought tons of meat (that Carol vacusealed immediately). We just sort of hung around the house, took naps, and basically just got ourselves ready for the long drivve home. The Sunday traffic wasn't too bad, but it still took us about 3 hours.

I just love being up there...

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

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Tulip Time in Holland Michigan

Today we took about an hour's drive up to Holland Michigan for the 75th Diamond Anniversary of the Tulip Time festival.

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posted at 06:11 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, May 07, 2004

Getaway to Michigan

Friday night at the Red Arrow Road House
Carol got off work a little early and we packed up the car and drove to my sister's house in Michigan. I love going up here... just to get away. Diane picked-up mom and Melinda and got there about 5 minutes after us. Tonight we had dinner at the Red Arrow Road House. (Had a long wait - well over an hour just standing in one place, waiting for a table the seats 5 people to come open). I had the House-Made Blue Cheese Potato Chips
Hot, seasoned potato chips with melted Maytag blue cheese, sour cream & chives followed by the Stir-Fried Beef Fillet Mignon with Shiitake Mushrooms Shredded carrots, red onion, zucchini, tri-colored sweet peppers, garlic & ginger tossed in an Oriental hoisin sauce…steamed white rice. Pretty good for a "Road House"!

posted at 10:26 PM | Link | Mundane § |

The Spaun multiswitch up and running in the garage
We had bought a new TiVo unit sometime last year. It's a Hughes DirecTV unit, so it has two tuners in it (a big plus). Well, getting both tuners online forced us to get a powered multiswitch for all of our cabling. I cheaped-out, got something cheap off eBay, and have been regretting it every day since. My crystal clear, stable signal now gets interrupted at least once an hour for no reason, or now gets affected if we turn off the lights in the bathrooms. This just sucked. Then the signal to the TiVo unit just would go tell hell in a handbasket, completely losing the signal about every 12 seconds for a hour at a time, making it impossible to record things.

I learned my lesson, and went back to eBay to find the switch that I wanted. I went there first because I didn't want to spent the $300 list price for the dam thing. Well, we got one for a fifth of the price and I installed it and have been in DirecTV heaven ever since.

Can't go wrong using the right equipment.

posted at 02:59 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Thursday, May 06, 2004


I've been at my sister's house since about quarter to 11 this morning.

Her machine got infected with a Sasser worm and I struggled all day trying to get rid of it.

Looks like I did it.

Problem is - she no longer has an active antivirus program running any more. I can't get it to install. Or uninstall.

Crap. Friggin' viruses...

posted at 03:39 PM | Link | Computing | 1 comment § |

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

I hate paint chips

A couple of ideas for the family room/kitchen
Confession: In my life, I have never painted a single wall, let alone a room.

I mentioned back in December that I got bitten by that damn Trading Spaces bug. It made me - a guy that's never picked-up a paintbrush - wanting to repaint a few rooms in the house. Now that I'm unemployed, I finally have the time to start thinking about it.

Somehow, along the way, nobody told me that choosing the color of the paint was going to be this difficult... why the hell are there so many colors???

posted at 05:10 PM | Link | Mundane | 1 comment § |

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Still recovering data...

I'm still trying to recover data from my system crash a few weeks ago. The good news is that I can get at my old .pst file now, so I won't lose my contacts. Now I have to recreate all of my rules by hand... at least the data is coming back. I had been tripped-up by a security situation and I couldn't understand how to get the Security tab in properties in Windows Explorer. It wasn't there (I didn't know that it was coupled with the Simple File Sharing setting inside Windows Explorer).

The drive is definitely flaky. The response time really sucks. It's taking way too long to get this machine up and running...

posted at 09:35 PM | Link | Computing § |

Monday, May 03, 2004

Happy Polish Constitution Day!

Not much to talk about today. It's a really nice sunny day today. Went to Subaru to pickup Carol's Suzuki and had dinner at Steak 'n Shake. Not a big day. Been trying to plow through working on recovering my data...

posted at 06:39 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Sunday, May 02, 2004

White Sox 3 - Blue Jays 2

Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays

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posted at 08:29 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Saturday, May 01, 2004

White Sox 4 - Blue Jays 3 (Game 1) - White Sox 6 - Blue Jays 10 (Game 2)

Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays

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posted at 10:42 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays
Oh, great. The Sox got rained-out last night. Since Toronto is in the East, we only play them once a year, so they have to make-up yesterday's game today.

So like I said earlier in the week, the weather is going to suck. Let's see... what is it outside now? 46 degrees. Wind is about 10mph. Wind chill = 41. Oh, and that infamous cooler near the lake. It was going to be crappy sitting out in this to watch a night game, what the hell is this going to be like for two freakin' games???

We may have to discuss this...

posted at 10:05 AM | Link | White Sox § |
*nose wiggle*

"Rabbit, Rabbit!"

Almost forgot! It's been a while!

posted at 07:30 AM | Link | Memes § |


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