Monday September 3, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_35

(two weeks)

We had a heat wave. Yeeps! There were two Spare The Air days.

I took all the keys off my keyboard and cleaned out the cat hair and crumbs. Unfortunately, when I put it back together it didn't work properly. So I took all of the keys off again. Maybe it got a little wet inside? (We've cleaned the keyboards this way before and never had this problem.)

In the meantime, I "borrowed" a keyboard from another machine. It's certainly convenient that we standardize — all of the keyboards in the house are the same.

I have a better appreciation of how cars get hit by trains. I had an appointment last Thursday, so I worked from home in the morning, then drove to the appt, and then on to Work in the afternoon.

I was stopped at a traffic light on the Central Expwy southbound (parallel to the train tracks), when a train was coming, heading south. The bells started ringing and the lights started flashing.

A car heading west stopped immediately. A car heading east punched it and drove under the gate as it was coming down, across two sets of tracks, under the gate on the far side, turned right and drove away. Gack.

I mentioned this to a co-worker when I got to Work. He said he recently saw someone who was sitting at the tracks, jabbering on her cell phone, and the caution bar came down on the hood of the car. Duh!!

Rich cleared out a bunch of debris that was on the deck by the trash cans. Oops. Eight of the boards had started to rot at one end.

We went to Lowes (for redwood 2-by-6s, cut into 6' lengths), then to OSH (for parts). Rich replaced the boards on Saturday. They look good. And now that section of deck is clear and safe for walking.

Coworker: " "When the lights go on, he goes under the refrigerator faster than anyone I've ever met..."

Coworker: "a friend just made a great typo. He meant to say "buzzword" but typed "buzzwork" and i like that word and have claimed it. Here it is used in a sentence: `CIO magazine comes out tomorrow, so clear your schedules for some urgent buzzwork.'"

This fortnight I read Smart and Gets Things Done, by Joel Spolsky; The Lightning Thief, a fun fantasy by Rick Riordan; Odds Against, by Dick Francis (try it!); and Don't Look Back, the second Tobias March & Lavinia Lake novel by Amanda Quick.

We watched The Philadelphia Story and High Society on DVD — back to back (two nights in a row). I like Kate Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, and Cary Grant, but I think High Society is the better movie.

At my sister's suggestion, we watched Nanny McPhee. It's delightful. I recommend it.

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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