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Weekend

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Here’s a quite short update on what has happened since Tuesday. I made it back home Friday and stalled out twice during the 350 mile drive back. I think it was bad gas or the Contour just decided to mess with me. I came back to find the youngest starting to get sick. She went full blown sick yesterday and tested positive for strep this morning. I lost count of how many times she ended up with strep last year. She’s maybe a tiny bit better tonight but won’t be going to school tomorrow. I’m glad I am not out of town again this week.We did end up seeing You Again yesterday before the full blown sick stuff fired up and it was pretty funny. I also got to catch up on some of the shows I missed last week. Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, and Community were all excellent. I still need to watch The Middle.  I didn’t get any good naps this weekend so I am about to head back to bed a bit early (8:45pm). I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there will be no middle of the night sickness.That’s i…

Cookie Contest

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The after-school program had a cookie contest today.Sara made this. I think the pretzels might cause tooth damage or poke an eye out.Lindsay’s won the prize.My first thought was Oprah but she would probably get offended if I sent her this picture. There would be no trip to Australia for us.I drove most of the day today and worked a bit in the 96 degree warehouse this afternoon. I am so ready for real autumn, not 90 degree autumn. In fact it will be 93 here tomorrow. Yuck.Of course, I will be on here complaining about freezing to death in around 2 months.Good night from random middle American town.

A New Television Season

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So many questions about the new television season will soon be answered.Will the new Hawaii Five-O be worthy of its predecessor? I watched the original in reruns and it was a pretty good show. Won’t it be something if the 30 year plus old version is better than the new one? I’m going to give Mike & Molly a shot tonight because it is by The Big Bang Theory people even though the commercials make it look like it’s going to rely heavily (forgive the pun) on fat jokes and ‘fat people are clumsy’ jokes. I wonder what they will replace ABC’s My Generation with next week when it totally tanks this Thursday trying to go up against The Big Bang Theory and Community. Even the advertisements in magazines for this show make it look bad. Doesn’t ABC know that America is on a huge anti-hipster kick right now? Has Michael Imperioli found a hit in Detroit 1-8-7? He was the best part of Life on Mars and now he is playing a similar character here. I like him. I hope this is a good one. Here’s the rundo…

Travel in Style

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When I tell people I’m back on the road a bit lately and that I am driving around 700 miles a week, the first question that seems to come up doesn’t have to do with where I am going or what I am doing, but “Did you drive that Ford?”Ah, yes, I did drive the Ford – the mighty 1999 Ford Contour. Some look amazed at the answer and some look at me like I am nuts. It just keeps going and going. Sure, I stay on top of changing the oil and rotating the tires. I still add a bottle of Heet every 2 or 3 fill ups so it won’t stall out on the interstate. Aside from that, it just keeps chugging right along. I’ve had to gorilla glue down the weather-stripping on the other side since I made the video. The cassette player went out this summer. My passenger side door speaker is just about blown. Also, I have two wheel covers that are now cracked. I keep expecting to see them flying off like Frisbees in the rear-view mirror at anytime. There are some negatives to driving a car like the Contour, such as n…

As the World Turns

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Why are people so nostalgic for the old soap operas when they are canceled but they get cancelled because no one actually watches them?My mother and great-grandmother watched As the World Turns for many years so I saw it more than I would have liked from as far back as I can remember all the way up into the late 80’s. Soap operas then were a bit “risqué” but they were not as over the top as they are now. I think the fact that they border on being silly with all of the shenanigans is one reason why they are failing but the major reason is that we don’t need them – we have real-life soap operas we can follow online, in the tabloids, and on shows like TMZ and Inside Edition. It’s quite a commentary on how our society has changed over the years when you realize that the antics of real people like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Mel Gibson running around are far crazier than anything the fictional people of Oakdale every did.I taped the last episode today because it reminds me of how much…

From a random town somewhere in middle America…

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I am out on the road for work. Tonight is my 3rd and final night in the hotel. Tomorrow I head home and I come back up here Tuesday of next week. I’m not sharing the location or thoughts on what I am doing because I really don’t want what I write here to be defined by work. This is my work escape and to go into details that are work related would truly defeat the purpose.I do have one generic “on the road” observation. I am quite happy with my room and rate at the Comfort Inn and Suites but was surprised to log into the “free wireless high speed internet access” to find that the “free” is a slower speed and you must pay extra for something that doesn’t rival AOL dial up at times. Definitely not a cool thing and it seems like they are lying to us. Maybe they need an asterisk next to “free wireless high speed internet access” on the website. My Symantec Firewall has also blocked multiple exploits while I am online here. Also, not cool!In home news, my AT&T U-Verse is down again! I a…

The Federer is Back

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Not only is he destroying his opponents until they cry like the little baby, Roger Federer also has his own show. Watch it and enjoy the magic that is The Federer. Thanks to Jimmy Fallon, I have also discovered that “How to Good-bye Depression: If You Constrict Anus 100 Times Everyday. Malarkey? or Effective Way?” is actually a real book. You can change your life by clicking here to buy it immediately at Amazon.In other fun news, I came home from the therapy-inducing trip to Walmart to find that my internet and cable is out. AT&T could not even give me a real ETA to have it fixed. Maybe 24 hours? Then I asked for someone to come out and she told me the next appointment was Friday – 6 days from now. Looks like I’ll be looking for another cable / internet provider! My U-Verse drops repeatedly during the day for a few seconds here and a few seconds there – just enough to kick me off what I am working on. I’ve just been too lazy to mess with getting rid of them.We did finally get some …

Good birthday

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The blackberry-free birthday was quite a success. I carried the spare phone we have that only two people know the number to. There were no vibrations from incoming emails and no looking at Twitter to see what was happening in the world. So, when part of that town in California blew up last night, I missed it. Not being “connected” was quite nice. I worry that the kids are going to grow up with all of this pressure to be “on the grid” at all times. I see these stories on the news about kids staying up all night sending texts. That won’t happen in this house – I can guarantee that. I spent part of the birthday in my hometown with my mother and met my father here today for lunch (since he was at work yesterday – 76 and still going to work. His retirement lasted all of 3 months before he went stir crazy and returned to work). Last night was all about the strawberry cupcakes and just sitting around.I’m not sure what the weekend will bring other than all the rain that is forecast. We’ll try…

Labor Day

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This three day weekend was all about work. I finally got a lot of that spring cleaning done that I kept putting off. I also took down the world’s cheapest pool thus marking the end of summer and the beginning of our descent into fall. Around here that means at least three more weeks of 90 degree temperatures.With all of my work toward eliminating clutter over the past few years, I amaze myself at the visits I continue to make to the help center thrift store (2 visits this past week) and the amount of garbage I am generating out of the attic (3 Glad Force-Flex bags and a huge stack of cardboard are waiting for the trash truck tomorrow).Being at least slightly environmentally conscious, I wanted to recycle the cardboard that came out of the attic today. So, I drove all over town only to find newspaper recycling, plastic bag recycling, plastic bottle recycling, and magazine recycling. But, guess what? No cardboard recycling.This is something I have noticed – you can recycle but figuring …

Books: “One Day” by David Nicholls

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I finally finished “One Day” the other night and I want to start off by saying that I had a terrible feeling it was going to have one of those Nicholas Sparks endings that I really can’t stand.Unfortunately, I was right and as I came closer to the end I found myself not wanting to turn the page because I knew it would show up without warning. But, like a fool, I kept going.The real surprise is how sad the ending actually made me and how it kept popping back into my mind in the days after I finished the book. This is a credit to the author because he has presented these characters in such a way that you find yourself frustrated, disgusted, angry, and pulling for them all at the same time. They are two very real characters and you can’t help but want the story to turn out ‘right’ but I guess those are not the types of stories that sell books. Each time I was surprised at a stupid, bonehead move that either Emma or Dexter did, I reminded myself of the stupid, bonehead things I have done …

There’s a hurricane coming! Save the soft drinks!

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From MSNBC – Breaking News! Carbonated drinks saved from wrath of tropical cyclone.