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Old 02-09-2010, 03:26 PM   #3341
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I had my first solo jazz piano gig today, playing during a lunch of women's clubs. It went well.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:30 PM   #3342
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Read in bathtub?

Don't we geezers have enough wrinkles as it is, without soaking in water?

Oops. I forgot I am a geezer before my time, not like the rest here.
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Used the snow-blower on the 4" of powdered sunshine we got overnight....nice and light and fluffy! Been goofing off ever since then....except for going out on the porch to wave at my old coworker, Rusty, as he plowed our street curb-to-curb and salted it! Those chocolate chip cookies had their intended effect! Ha!
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Frank and I had lunch together at a little restaurant in his neighborhood. We shared and it was just the right size.

After lunch, he went to work and I went to get a brake tag (= Louisiana safety inspection sticker) for my new Venza. One might think that the Toyota dealer would have taken care of that before handing the car over to me. Oh well. It was only $10 so hardly worth taking it back to the dealer for that.

It is cold out there today! Brrr. I think it's the biting wind, cloudiness, and humidity, because the temperature is a reasonable 48. The NWS warns there is a possibility of frozen precipitation Thursday night.

The Saints parade is starting soon at the Superdome and traffic down there is in gridlock right now. I hope the Saints know they are appreciated, because I'm not hardy enough to attend in this weather. Last night when they came home, Sean Payton waved the trophy at the crowd holding it up through the sunroof of his car as he drove.
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Damn i got nothing exciting like some of you folks. Got up early. Like around 5:30 am early. Busted some hump on the treadmill,weights, and washed clothes. Oh hey I made cabbage soup! I got a hankering for a vegetable soup. Kinda proud of the soup. Its pretty darn tasty for serf food.
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I watched it snow and watched the neighbors go to work through the snow. Made it as far as the mail box and the bird feeder.
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Out of curiosity, how old was the set?
About 15 years old. That seems to be a pretty good lifespan for the rear projection sets. This particular one has phosphor damage (a burned in image) from someone leaving it tuned to QVC. I can read the 800 number on the CRT tubes.

I figure it's done for. The high voltage supply is well toasted, and the set really isn't worth repairing.
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I've had my eye on one of them fancy flat screen TVs for a while. Finished my decision process, and ordered one from Costco, via the internet. That way they'll take on the hassle of delivering it.

Oh, DW wants it wall mounted, so I went to monoprice.com (yes, I'm a cheapskate frugal.) Ordered a wall mount, longer cables, stuff to let me hide the wires in the wall, etc.

Hmmm. The wall looks too bright to hang a TV on. Needs paint. In fact, the whole room needs paint. Off to the hardware store to get some paint chips for DW. And those Ikea bookshelves we got 20 years ago are looking saggy. Maybe I should consider putting real cabinets back there. And the lighting in the room has always been pretty poor...

Why do I suddenly get the feeling I know not only what I'm doing today, but every day for the next three weeks?

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Went for breakfast with my neighbor...our other friend that normally goes with us is out plowing snow today (self-employed). Then it was off to pick up the results from my blood work the other day...everything is fine & dandy!!! Then hit the bank (for vacation cash), the pharmacy (for Mom), and the grocery store (to load up on non-perishables "on sale").

Now it's off for coffee with the gang....then out for some good ol' fried chicken to celebrate my good cholesterol and triglyceride results!
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Replayed yesterday....100% pure goof off day..no laundry, no projects, no paperw*rk, just gonna surf the Internet to my hearts' content and be a SAH slug.
And napped in the recliner for about an hour for bonus points.
I've been cranking out a lot of paperw*rk lately for a) cost basis records for taxes and b) pulling teeth to try get basic organizational data for the Vets' Center grant application project (to no avail).
Hence the 2 down days...
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Woke up to a very cold house. No heat coming from the furness so I turned it off and called furness guy. Furness guy came and couldn't find anything wrong with it after letting it cycle on/off a few times. He thought it COULD be the "circuit board". I decided to let it go this time and if it does it again, I will be buying a new part for furness called a circuit board.

Went downtown to get some Jamaican dollars for my one day in Jamaica that's coming up soon. They were out. Will go back again early next week after they order some more. Seems kinda funny with a bank not having $$. Glad they didn't say they were out of US dollars.
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I didn't do anything. It was great.
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At 4:30 I realized I was low on cat food and made a run to the store before the snow starts.
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Dentist appointment this morning, just routine cleaning. This afternoon, trimmed some bushes at my mother's house. Lot's more to go. Late this afternoon took the mutt for a walk, so plenty of exercise today.

Looks like possible snow over the next couple of days so that could be interesting. And just heard on the local news that today is the 150th B'day of my city. Think I will have another med to celebrate.
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Watched the snow fall. In between watching, played setting up an old 486 75 Mhz Toshiba with win98 and Weather Monitor software for logging my weather station.

Finally around 6 PM got concerned with the 4 to 5 feet of snow on the garage roof. Not sure it really was designed for that sort of load. Lets see a cubic foot of snow at around 40% water content (that is not too soggy) is roughly 20 lb. x 4 foot column is 80 to 90lb/square foot. The run of the trusses is I think 25 feet in each direction from the peak. Garage is 40 foot long.

That is looong span for a big snow load. To get the picture of that kind of weight, visualize a roof full of skinny kids a$$hole to bellybutton standing on my roof.

Sure did not want open sky view. Shoveled off about a third of the snow cover.

Now surfing the net with a snifter of brandy within arms reach. Meds is good.
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Watched the snow fall. In between watching, played setting up an old 486 75 Mhz Toshiba with win98 and Weather Monitor software for logging my weather station.

Finally around 6 PM got concerned with the 4 to 5 feet of snow on the garage roof. Not sure it really was designed for that sort of load. Lets see a cubic foot of snow at around 40% water content (that is not too soggy) is roughly 20 lb. x 4 foot column is 80 to 90lb/square foot. The run of the trusses is I think 25 feet in each direction from the peak. Garage is 40 foot long.

That is looong span for a big snow load. To get the picture of that kind of weight, visualize a roof full of skinny kids a$$hole to bellybutton standing on my roof.

Sure did not want open sky view. Shoveled off about a third of the snow cover.

Now surfing the net with a snifter of brandy within arms reach. Meds is good.
About 8 years ago we had winter with 12 feet of snow. Several of those feet were parked on our garage roof. One day I let the dog out to pee in the wee hours and I felt like something just wasn't right. Something wasn't. The garage roof had collapsed into the garage and the walls were all splayed outward.
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DW and I did shopping. We hit 3 stores. Like discount ninjas. Then took a wonderful walk in 60 degree weather. I had to wear sunglasses today since I got blinded by the light... :insert youtube:

Oh and had cabbage soup for lunch gooooood stuff.
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The garage roof had collapsed into the garage and the walls were all splayed outward.
Yikes. Did you have cars parked in the garage when this happened?
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The garage roof had collapsed into the garage and the walls were all splayed outward.
Shouldn't houses in Minnesota be built to handle that much snow? Was it a very old garage?
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