March 31, 2003

Geez! I'm Dangerous!

Went to throw away a can lid. Tossed it in the trash. And then, decided at that moment, to pack down the trash a little better. I had some paper towels that I had used to clean the windows in my hand and decided to use those in lieu of a glove to shove it down. I shove the trash down and feel pain in my left hand, ring finger. I had cut it on the can lid. It cut into the finger, the cuticle and the fingernail. (But, it didn't go completely through the fingernail.) I let out a bunch of expletives and then kick myself for being such a klutz. I look down to see how bad it is and notice that the whole fingertip was swimming in blood. I washed it out with hot water and soap and then put some Tincture of Iodine on it. It seems fine now.

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March 30, 2003

Soprano's Reruns

As I've posted previously, we don't have cable. So, if I want to watch anything on HBO, I have to go to my sister's house. She's recorded all the episodes of the Soprano's that have been on so far. Yesterday, I finally finished season 1. and, I watched the first episode of season 2. I love it!

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March 28, 2003

I Think I Will Take A Break

Augh!!!!! I am trying to balance the checkbook tonight. And, I am failing miserably.... I rarely make a mistake, seriously! But when I do, I usually make 2 mistakes. Which will make the error harder to detect. If I make one entry error, I can usually subtract from the total and see where I wrote in something wrong, etc. But, no.... I have to make two. Which means going back through all my entries to find the mistake. Anyway, tonight, I made not two.... Not three..... But, four!!! Count 'em!!! Four mistakes.... I have decided to walk away for a bit. I'm posting here. Then, I will go back and see if everything balances out. (I know, I know.... There are computer programs that take care of this..... But, for some odd reason, I like doing it the old fashioned way.) I found that I had overlooked two withdrawals I had made. (Should have posted immediately!) And, I overlooked a check that hadn't cleared yet. The two withdrawals totalled $40.00 and the check was for an even $37.00 which made a -$3.00 that was frustrating me.... Augh!!!!!

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March 26, 2003

March 26, 1986

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You may notice that the year is off a bit in today's entry. 17 years ago on this day, I had a little bit of a tangle with a drunk driver. He made a left turn in front of my 1973 El Camino and we T-boned him. Both my daughter and I were taken to the hospital, but we ended up being okay. The CHP officer attributed it to us being in a large American car. (Back then, they were tanks). Every year, I always remember this date. I am always thankful that I'm alive.

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March 25, 2003

Dog Translator?

I caught an article on CNN's site about a dog translation device invented by the Japanese. It claims to translate dog barks into the English language. They are going to market it under the name Bowlingual. I think it's bogus. I could spend the $120, it's going to cost, on better things.

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March 23, 2003

Two Good Movies In One Day

Tried to Good Will Hunting last night. This is one of my favorite movies. It stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams. Unfortunately, I was really tired last night and kept nodding off. I hate that. Yesterday seemed a good day for movies, at least for me. Deliverance was on in the afternoon. This was directed by John Boorman back in 1972. A young, well built Burt Reynolds starred in this along with Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox. It's not for everyone.

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March 22, 2003

A new Beginning

On a new site.

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March 21, 2003

Stupid Entertainment Reporter!

Grrrrrr...... Today on TV, it seemed that all the stations were carrying the same camera feeds. On all channels, they were showing the bombing of Baghdad. I cannot even put into words how disturbing it was to watch. I was sitting here in my home, the front door open looking outside on a warm spring day and on the TV is a city on the other side of the world getting bombed.

I was listening to the radio later on in my car. An entertainment reporter came on to be interviewed by the DJ's. They asked him if he had watched the bombing earlier today and what were his thoughts? The nimrod replied, "As soon as I saw those bombs dropping on Baghdad, I thought to myself, 'There go the Oscars!'"

What an idiot!!!!

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March 20, 2003

Poor Mike!

Well, I had linked to an entry in his blog. But, he had some kind of error with it and has deleted the whole thing. He is going to try re-installing it.

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March 19, 2003

And So It Begins

Earlier this evening, it seems that we finally started attacking Iraq. I have no idea how this is going to play out. I hope there aren't too many casualties.

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March 18, 2003

The Most Important Things First

*sigh* Last night, George W. Bush made a speech giving Iraq 48 hours to surrender Saddam and his two sons, or we attack. So, what was the big news this morning? The Oscars!!! They were worried about whether the Oscars were going to show on Sunday night, if we went to war..... It seems that there should be more important things for us to worry about.

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March 16, 2003

Unwanted Visitors

Okay, so it rained pretty hard yesterday. All right, it dumped! 3.31 inches in one storm and the average for the whole month of March is around 3.14 inches. So, I guess a lot of ant colonies probably got flooded out and they were looking for new places to live. Preferably dry. One such location is inside our house. I found them this morning, feasting on our trash. Maybe if they had called in advance, I would have allowed them. As it was, I had to show them the door. (Or a can of Raid....)

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March 15, 2003

Slowly Coming Along

My site is slowly coming along. We finally found someone to host it. Pretty soon it will have one of those silly Under Construction signs on it to annoy people! Mine will be unique though. I had an idea, and, as soon as she feels better, my daughter Teresa is going to design it for me.

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March 13, 2003

It Seems Strange

About 30 years ago, my grandmother was the victim of a crime. There is a certain name for this type, it's just not coming to me right now. Anyway, it went down like this: She remembers a van pulling up in front of her house. A young woman got out with a little girl and they both came to her door. The woman said her daughter was sick and could she please have a glass of water. My grandmother let them both in and took them to the kitchen. She didn't bother to lock the door behind her. In fact, it was a hot summer day and she just had the screen door shut, but not locked. While the little girl drank the water, in the kitchen, her mother kept trying to get my grandmother to take her outside to look at the flowers in her garden.

My grandmother knew that something was wrong and considered going into the front part of the house to see if everything was okay. She decided against it for safety reasons. This may have saved her life. While my grandmother was in the kitchen with the little girl and her mother, other people came out of the van, through the open screen door and proceeded to steal valuables from my grandmother bedroom. When the woman finally left, with the child, my grandmother found everything in her bedroom had been tossed. She had no cash lying around, but they had stolen her wedding ring, which had been hand made by my grandfather.....

The reason I thought of this? The local newspapers have been reporting variations of this crime recently. One, involving people posing as utility workers trying to gain entry to elderly people's homes. The other? Elderly homeowners noticing strange people in their backyards? When they inquire as to why these people are in their yards, the people state that they are inspecting the fence for the neighbor. In both cases, the homeowner stays out in the yard to keep an eye on these people. Only to find, later, that while they were outside, their houses had been ransacked.

After reading this, I called my parents and warned them. I felt real weird doing this.... Why? Because I was acknowledging that they were now elderly and may become targets of scum sucking assholes like this.....

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March 12, 2003

She's Alive!

I can't believe it! This is the best news I've heard all day. They have found Elizabeth Smart, alive! She was the 14 year old girl, who was abducted at gun point from her bedroom. This happened over 9 months ago. Usually stories like this end in tragedy. It's nice to know that she is home safe. I hope he didn't harm her in any way.

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March 11, 2003

Yeah Right.....

So, I decided to do our Income Tax return last night. (I'm a little behind. I usually get it done in February). Anyway, as I was going through it, I had to figure out whether or not our State Income Tax Refund from last year was to be taxed as income. It told me to look on page whatever and use the table "below", blah, blah, blah. Anyway, I start reading the instructions and it tells me to look at line 25 on my 2001 return. 2001!? So, I had to go try to find last years copy of our tax return. It's not as easy as it sounds. I put all my important tax papers and copy of returns into a file box. Which, due to it being old and overstuffed, fell apart. (Probably due to me stacking other boxes on top of it.) Anyway, I find tax returns scattered all over the floor. I start looking through them, 1985, 1991, 2000, 2001.... 2001!!!!! Oops! That was the State Income Tax Return form, wrong one. I keep looking. I found a manual to our water heater. A pair of earrings I had lost and various other things. But no 2001 Federal Income Tax Return. I look in another box full of drawings and school projects my girls had done and there it was about halfway down. Don't ask me how it got in there.... Maybe gremlins? Anyway, I was able to finish our return and will get it sent off as soon as Mike signs it.

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March 10, 2003

Freshly Laundered Money

I was over at my parent's house this weekend. They were having a mutual celebration of my birthday and my sister's birthday. (It was kind of a compromise. Mine is on the 17th of this month and hers was on the 4th). Anyway, my dad gave me a birthday card with some money in it. I thanked him, and, since my purse wasn't handy at the moment, stuck it in the pocket of my jeans. Then, I opened my presents. I promptly forgot all about the money. Until this morning. I did a load of laundry and then stuck it in the dryer. When it was through, I open the door and there is all my cash in the lint trapper. Duh!

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March 08, 2003

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

I finally got to see this movie. I've heard, what seems like, everybody talk about it. Even people, who I know rarely go out to the movies had seen it and raved about it. So, I was at my mother's today and found out she had bought it on DVD. (She hadn't seen it yet either). So, we watched it. I liked it. It was really cute. I don't think, though, that I will ever watch the TV series.

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March 06, 2003

Stupid Idiots!!!

Argh! This is going to be a rant, obviously! I had just turned onto our block after picking up my daughter from classes. There were these two young males hitting a tennis ball with a hockey stick. They see me coming down the street. Now then, I am creeping along at about 15-20 mph down the street. Total time I will be obstructing the path, where they are hitting the ball, would be a fraction of a second. Could they wait? NO!!!!! As I am passing them, I hear and feel a thunk on my driver's door. Dumb idiots had hit the ball towards my car. I look at them in the rear view and there is no emotion on their faces. I don't think they even cared. I know it's just a tennis ball and it didn't even hurt the paint. But, I guess it's the principal of the thing. They could have waited a few seconds. And why hit someones car intentionally? I didn't even know these guys. Even if I did, it's no excuse. Argh.....

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March 05, 2003

Bonjour! Oops!

My daughter has had her own phone for quite a few months now. It's actually a old line that Mike and I used to use for dial-up internet access and faxing, so the main line wouldn't get busy signals for anyone calling in. Even though we never used this line for calling out, it gets a lot of telelmarketing calls. The only one who really calls my daughter is her best friend. So, she and my daughter came up with a scheme. Whenever the phone rang, my daughter would answer with, "bonjour?". That's the only french she really knows. The telemarketers immediately hang up. Yesterday, her phone rang. She answered it with the customary, "bonjour?" and the person on the other side immediately starts talking back at her, in French! My daughter's jaw dropped and she started saying, "Uh..... Uh....." Then, she immediately hung up. Maybe she will have to switch to German, or something!

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March 04, 2003

Revenge of the Drain

Heh! I thought the saga of the drain would be over... But, there was one more little incident last night. It really had nothing to do with the drain, that is the portal to hell. It was more of an oversight on Mike's part. You see, I mentioned that the washer wasn't draining either. So, Mike pulled the washer drain hose out of the pipe behind the washer, so he could access it. And, he forgot to put it back. We, of course, found out the hard way when my daughter went to do a load of laundry. Everything was going fine until about 10 minutes later when she went to the refridgerator and suddenly let out a blood curdling scream. She had felt something cold and wet touch the back of her bare foot. She turned around and noticed there was a stream of water covering the kitchen floor. She realized that the washer was going through the rinse cycle and dumping a load of soapy water. Of, course it was being dumped behind the washer and it was flowing out from under the washer and across the kitchen. The refridgerator is opposite from the washer, about 10 feet away. Mike thought, at first, that the clog had come back. Then, he realized what he had done. It was somewhat of a relief in a way. At least I got clean kitchen floors out of it, after all the water was mopped up.

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March 03, 2003

The Drain Now Drains....

When I last left off with our little plumbing adventure, Mike was headed back to Home Depot, with what he thought was a jammed pipe snake. But, when he got to the store, he was grabbing the tool out of trunk by a sleeve that was around it, when he heard a kachunk. The tool was "unjammed". Except, it wasn't really jammed to start with. That sleeve was a lock to lock the snake in place. Poor Mike! At least he discovered this before he went into the store. It would have even been more humiliating to have some store employee point out your mistake to you and then laugh at you behind your back. (And then all his buddies about it during lunch break!) Anyway, he brings it back home and starts using it again. While he is doing this, I fill the sinks to see if and when they will drain when he finally gets to the obstruction. Except, he never does. 25 feet of pipe snake play out and the drain is still clogged. Rats! Mike, is a little upset now. They have a more heavy duty one there, it has 50 feet of snake. But, in order to use it, he will have to crawl under the house and remove the "clean out" plug on the sewer pipe. The more heavy duty unit will not go around the pipe bends. A clean out plug that has never been removed since the house was built. (1944) It does not budge. He hits it with WD-40. Still doesn't budge. He takes the now, not needed rented snake back to Home Depot. I look in the sinks and they are still half full of water. My daughters come into the kitchen and we start chatting about something when we hear a rather loud SLURP! We run to the sink and see that the water has suddenly drained. I stare at the now empty sink and turn the taps on full. The sinks are draining fine. No back-up whatsoever. I grab my cell phone and call Mike, who is still in line at the Depot. "You are never going to believe this......" He can hear the water in the background going full force. The only thing he can figure is that all that wiggling of the pipes while they were being snaked may have actually dislodged the obstruction and it flowed out to the main sewer line. We will never know....

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March 02, 2003

The Drain From Hell

It must be possessed. I think we have found the gateway to hell and it's the pipes under the house..... Mike went and rented a snake from Home Depot that has a cutter on the end. And, an electric motor instead of a crank like the $20.00 one he bought. He starts using it, feeding it down the vent pipe. About 10 feet plays out and it jams. It is still about 15 feet from the clog. He fiddles with it for awhile. Nothing. He pulled it out and is now on his way to Home Depot with the jammed pipe snake. *sigh* (And I broke down and bought paper plates.....)

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March 01, 2003

Meanwhile, The Dishes Stack Up

I wrote back on February 27th about the kitchen sink being clogged along with the washing machine. Well, it's still clogged. Mike went down to Home Depot and bought a pipe snake. He went up on the roof and ran it down the vent pipe. However, that didn't take care of it. It went in far enough to reach the blockage, but may have push through it, instead of pushing it out into the main pipe. So, he may have to go back to the Home Depot and rent a better one that will acutally cut through the blockage. That little beastie retails around $200.00, instead of the $20 he paid for the first one. So, it's obviously cheaper to rent. It's $20.00 for four hours. I dread doing this, but I may get a couple a wash basins that we use to wash dishes while we are camping. One for washing, one for rinsing and set them up in the bath tub along with the drying rack and do the dishes there. (Either that, or buy paper plates, like Teresa suggested!)

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