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Old 01-29-2011, 06:44 PM   #6761
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I learned that of the 1 million known species of insects some 400,000 are beetles.

I also learned that I can't pronounce Whataburger.
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:57 PM   #6762
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Mostly wasted time. Tried for the first time scanning photos. This is the first attempt. Obviously need more practice and skill.

Anyhoo, here is Captain ls99 in 1984 or so.
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Today...Part II

I had a calendar reminder set to revisit my cell phone plan. Mr B has his own cell contract, expiring on May 31st. My contract expires Jan 30, 2011. Please note that fact.
We foolishly assumed (of the *SS of U and ME variety) that he faced a termination fee if we added him to my contract. WRONG!
I initially called the provider to reduce my own individual plan cost. Then I posed the question of what would happen if I added him to my account today, the day before my contract expired. Snicker....
Then I handed the phone to him. He ran circles around the rep.
Net result? I reduced my individual cell plan to less minutes, reduced my text/message limit, and then added him as line number 2 by converting to a family plan, same minutes (now shared) plus text for just me. He does not text at all. His usual habit is 5 minutes or less on the cell.
Net savings? The $49 per month fee for his separate bare bones account disappeared, with no termination fee. I reduced my monthly fee by $25, and then incurred an additional $10 for the 2nd line (his same number) with no frills by simply assuming the liability for his cell.
My calculator tells me we jointly saved -(49+25) + 10 = $64 per month today.

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I also learned that I can't pronounce Whataburger.


Eh? What A Burr Grr.
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I also learned that I can't pronounce Whataburger.

Is that a bug or something off a fast food menu ?
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Showed an apartment to a prospective tenant this morning. Complete waste of time as she revealed that she is a smoker and it's a non-smoking unit.

SO came over. We ate cheese, drank wine and watched the new episode of QI on the BBC iPlayer. For anyone who likes general knowledge panel games, I recommend this one highly. Stephen Fry is the host and does a fantastic job.

I think we're about to have some more cheese and wine.
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Mostly wasted time. Tried for the first time scanning photos. This is the first attempt. Obviously need more practice and skill.

Anyhoo, here is Captain ls99 in 1984 or so.
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From your past posts, I expect you to have dark hair, along with other features. Did I misread or misunderstand something?
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I spent the afternoon at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo - BBQ Cookoff & Concert where my son-in-law's bbq team was one of more than 260 teams entered in the charity cookoff. He just called to inform us his team placed second in ribs and ninth in brisket. Oh, and the team that won first place in beans used his seasoning as their secret ingredient!

He was more than a little excited...
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From your past posts, I expect you to have dark hair, along with other features. Did I misread or misunderstand something?
A few generations and some Sicilian, Slovak mix later the features are more central European. I still like to put on surveys: Hun. Messes them up pretty good.

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I spent the afternoon at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo - BBQ Cookoff & Concert where my son-in-law's bbq team was one of more than 260 teams entered in the charity cookoff. He just called to inform us his team placed second in ribs and ninth in brisket. Oh, and the team that won first place in beans used his seasoning as their secret ingredient!

He was more than a little excited...
260 teams making tasty BBQ? Sounds like a great place to be a spectator!

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Lena ran in an organized 5.75 mile race despite having a bad cold, and came in second out of 29 in her age group!
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lena ran in an organized 5.75 mile race despite having a bad cold, and came in second out of 29 in her age group!
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260 teams making tasty BBQ? Sounds like a great place to be a spectator!
When the weather is nice as it was yesterday, it is indeed. Here is a map of the contest area (Sea World parking lot) showing all the team locations: http://www.sarodeo.com/client/media/...011allsite.pdf

The lot is half a mile wide and there were teams lining both sides of the walkways for a total of three miles. Most were giving out free samples - they don't sell any of their "products".

A real carnivore's paradise...
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I'd eat way too much in the way of ribs and pulled pork. May have to add to my bucket list.
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Too cold to go out (high of -10F) so spent the day doing laundry and working on repairing an old console radio.
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We were awakened at 4 AM by the unholy racket of a gecko falling off the ceiling into a wastebasket that had a plastic-bag liner. I'm glad it was too dark to see how big he was but he practically kicked over the wastebasket as he was getting out. He sounded like Godzilla wading through the center of town.

Our 10-year-old bunny is doing fine on his diuretic (no more cardiac coughing) but he's apparently decided to get cracking on his bucket list. Over the last couple weeks when I go out onto the back lanai to make a cup of early-morning coffee, he follows me out. He's not very subtle about it, either-- nose pressed against the screen, scrambling around my ankles when I open the door, and glancing backward to see if he's in trouble as he scampers across the patio. So I spend 10-15 minutes barefoot in the freezing-cold (well, sub-70s) temperatures trying to keep him close to the lanai and watching him explore a new environment and sample all the yummy greenery. I'm eventually able to persuade him to return back indoors, but on the next cup of coffee the cycle restarts anew. I can only imagine what's going to happen if a neighborhood cat patrols by as our bunny is exploring out there.

Had a wonderful afternoon at the home show. Every photovoltaic contractor in town seemed to show up, and the PV technology is following Moore's law quite nicely in both power ratings and in pricing. We saw several nice pergolas for when we decide to set up more shade along the south side of the house. We'd planned to roof that pergola with PV panels (to have extra generation capacity for a used electric vehicle that we'll buy in the next five years or so) but it might be cheaper to just replace our existing panels with new panels that generate 3x power in the same surface area. They're almost at that point.

We found a contractor who's willing to take a look at a minor concrete lanai problem in our rental home, and another contractor who's willing to help us think through the options for our home's familyroom rehab. The home show was much more crowded than 2008-2010, so the local economy seems to be on the mend.

Everyone seemed to be wearing their Pro Bowl jerseys today...
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Ran some errands (along with everyone else in town) (ice forecast for Tuesday).
Started getting financial stuff rounded up for taxes.
Am considering maxing out HSA for '10.
Might be getting major refund with all deductible donations this year.
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Showed an apartment to a prospective tenant yesterday. Turned out to be a bust as she is a smoker and it's a non-smoking unit. Aaah well.

Today - big chunks of Sicilian jack cheese, bottles of Sierra Nevada Autumn Brown Ale, and new episodes of QI and Top Gear on the BBC iPlayer to watch with the SO.

Life is good today!
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This week I started to plan the construction of a small free clinic in Guatemala. It will be operational later this year (hopefully).
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