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Posted on 2007.04.16 at 22:00
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: The Crystal Method Discography
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I'm working from home most of this week. Half a day today, half a day tomorrow, then probably a full day either Thursday or Friday. Today I worked the first half of the day, from 0800-1200. Called HR, submitted my expense report for the last trip to D.C., reinstalled kubuntu and left the Windows Tech's instruction on how to copy using a blocking tar to recover Outlook .pst files at or near the 2GB limit, and packed up my remaining personal effects. Tomorrow, if all goes well, I'll get my IBM T-60 and blow away the SOE and install the operating system the way I see fit.

Once the noon hour hit, galinda822 and I concluded my day with one last scooby-snack and I hit the road. Walgreens for some Vitamin C drops, cough drops, and Cold-Eze as I've got a quickly developing sore throat I don't need, dry cleaners to pick up the Korean mink blankets I'll be sleeping between on my cot for the next six weeks or so, and Auto Zone to pick up my wife's replacement tailgate lifts. Let me tell you a little something about those. I usually don't do my own work. Not only do I rarely have the time, I certainly don't have the aptitude. I really, really suck at doing anything useful around the house. My wife knows this, and has accepted it. About six months ago, the lifts to the tailgate on her wagon stopped working, and that's a real pain in the ass. Since I'm leaving her here, I thought the least I could do was get them replaced. I took the car to the Saturn dealership this weekend. $60 per rod (there's two) and two hours labor replacement ($120). Hrm. $240. I drove down instead to Auto Zone and ordered both lifts for $40. They came in today. It took me a total of 45 seconds to replace them. Two hours labor my ass! I feel...accomplished.

BAM! Back on the road. First to the mini-storage to remove my boxes and close the account. Then on to Wal-Mart to pic up my wife's pictures. Busy, busy day. That and checking work emails & SameTime on & off all day...I'm ready for a nap. I talked to photogoot, drax0r, and jaceman today as well (in that order). Tomorrow, it all begins over again with a first scooby-snack of the day with galinda822.

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Renegade
leonardii at 2007-04-17 14:37 (UTC) (Link)
I felt like superman when I changed the light bulbs and windshield wipers on my wife's Kia.

It took about 20 minutes to figure out the bulb configuration and how to remove the damn thing from its "lock box" location.

But - I did it and I feel incredible! I felt like the man my Uncle and Brother always wanted me to be - a man who can fix things on a car.

However - I still refuse to change my own oil. Number One - where in the hell am I supposed to dispose of it? It was easy to throw the old oil on some ugly weeds when we lived on 20 acres of land. But in the city, I just can't pour it down the drain. And B, at the autoshop, they not only change the oil, but refill the fluids, check the tires, etc. That's surely worth about $29.99 to me! :)
snapper521 at 2007-04-17 20:44 (UTC) (Link)
*gives you icon a scared look*

That is freaky... :-(
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CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-04-17 17:49 (UTC) (Link)
At my house you can have your own nice compfy Queen size bed in your own room!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-04-18 01:20 (UTC) (Link)
w00-h00! And only an hour and a half to work!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-04-17 19:53 (UTC) (Link)
I bet I could have changed out both lifts quicker only using one hand!!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-04-18 01:21 (UTC) (Link)
You're probably right. I had to have my wife hold up the tailgate.
snapper521 at 2007-04-17 20:41 (UTC) (Link)

Circumvection

Hmm... sounds like the chaos is still ensuing. :-P

I was thinking about you today - ended up sending off a prayer for you and your family while I was driving. But I must say it was rather odd. I rarely think of people who I know on the computer outside of the computer. And then this song comes on the radio... and it hit me that this sounds like you. Odd huh? :-P

I know you know the song, cuz it's from your time period I think.

I'll put it in the next comment. :-)
snapper521 at 2007-04-17 20:42 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Cats in the Cradle

Cat's In The Cradle

Sung and Written by: Harry Chapin

A child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He'd say, "I'm gonna be like you, dad.
You know I'm gonna be like you."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

My son turned ten just the other day.
He said, "Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play.
Can you teach me to throw?" I said, "Not today,
I got a lot to do." He said, "That's ok."
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,
Said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I'm gonna be like him."

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, dad?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."

Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
"Son, I'm proud of you. Can you sit for a while?"
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
"What I'd really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
You know we'll have a good time then."

I've long since retired and my son's moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind."
He said, "I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time.
You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kid's got the flu,
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad.
It's been sure nice talking to you."
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He'd grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me.

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when,
But we'll get together then, dad.
You know we'll have a good time then."
drax0r
drax0r at 2007-04-17 20:59 (UTC) (Link)
I reckon we can find you a bed hoss. No need for the cot of doom.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-04-17 21:22 (UTC) (Link)
Howton is using your picture as an avatar again!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-04-18 01:15 (UTC) (Link)
Other than my own bed, that military cot is the most comfortable thing I sleep on. Thanks anyway.
Me
photogoot at 2007-04-18 02:14 (UTC) (Link)
Its always nice to speak with you in the middle of the day.
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-04-18 23:03 (UTC) (Link)
The pleasure was all mine. Where were you today?
galinda822 at 2007-04-19 13:36 (UTC) (Link)
Tick Tock, Tick Tock! I feel our time together getting shorter and shorter. I'm going to miss those first scooby's in the morning...hell, I'm going to miss everything. 18 months wasn't enough time!

I'm glad you're getting back to Texas - sad you'll be so far away. I'm already wondering how long it'll be before I can come down to visit.

Thank goodness you got those lifts fixed. What a pain trying to unload the car! :)
ehowton
ehowton at 2007-04-20 02:14 (UTC) (Link)
Tick Tock, Tick Tock! Tomorrow should be the *perfect* day, don't you think? We've both been heavily medicated with two days off work and two days of sleep...that and the recent stress in the office will be blissfully absent. Ah, I can imagine it now. Poor Cluck will prolly require multiple scoob's though to get him back in once piece. See you tomorrow!!!
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