Sunday October 29, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_43

This was my first week as a FTE on the Job so I spent the morning in orientation. because I've been a contractor for several months, I got to skip the afternoon sessions.

We had an "adventure" this week. We got a flat tire!

A friend from out-of-town showed up on Monday on his way north, so we decided to go into San Francisco to dinner. Another friend joined us. Rich drove.

About 3 miles up the freeway the car started making a Very Weird Sound. We pulled over and (luckily) found a relatively wide spot on the shoulder. Flat tire. On the traffic side. Full dark with cars whooshing by. Yeeps.

It took far too long to figure out how to get the jack out from under the front seat - much longer than it took to actually change the tire. We did get the tire changed and no one was hurt. We realized we need to put a stronger flashlight into the car.

We pulled off the freeway at the next exit and checked the tire pressure at a gas station. It looked OK. So we drove on into SF for dinner.

The next day, I took the car to the shop to get a new tire. Unfortunately, it needed 4 tires. Apparently we have been out of alignment. Ouch. So the car stayed in the shop and I got a ride home in the Courtesy Shuttle. Yugh.

On Wednesday, when I got on CalTrain to go south, Rich got on BART to Oakland. Then he took a shuttle to the Oakland airport and flew out of town for a week-long trip.

It's just me and the cats for the next week. I rented a bunch of videos.

This week I read Pick Your Poison, by Leann Sweeney and Staying Dead, by Laura Anne Gilman.

I watched a lot of videos: Just Like Heaven - better (and faster paced) than the book; The Lake House - a well-done "time fantasy"; Mystery Woman: Mystery Weekend – part of a newish series from Hallmark Entertainment; I ordered a copy of this DVD as well as the first in the series.There are more in the way; Must Love Dogs – a cute Jon Cusack film; and Bringing Down the House with Steve Martin and Queen Latifa. Nicely played.

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends.

Onward and Upward.

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