August 30, 2004

Back to the Grind

Today was Teresa's first day back at school. She is now going into the 10th grade. Thankfully, the day went off without a hitch. I pictured myself slamming the "snooze" button and trying to squeeze out some extra minutes of sleep. But, the alarm went off and I woke right up. Traffic wasn't too bad. But, Los Angeles Unified School DIstrict doesn't start school until the Tuesday after Labor Day. Then, the roads will be clogged with a lot more cars and school buses. The only real traffic problem I encountered, were at Teresa's school. The parents of the new students hadn't figured out the system yet. They'll get it down in about a week and things will flow smoothly. I got to work earlier than I have been over the summer. After I dropped Teresa off, at 7:20, I went straight to work and got there about 7:30. No goofing off, I went right to work and managed to get out in time so I could pick up Teresa right when she got out of school. Here's hoping the rest of the school year runs this smoothly.

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August 29, 2004

Local Fire

I kept hearing sirens outside last night. It was about 11:00pm. They were coming from all directions and sounded pretty close. I peeked out the kitchen window and noticed the column of smoke. I walked to the end of the block and tried to make out where it was coming from. It seemed like it was the commercial corridor along a busy street several blocks north. I was hoping it wasn't someone's home. I went out into the backyard and snapped several pictures of the column of smoke. I could see the glow of the fire and see embers rising in the air. I kept hearing popping noises too. I don't know if it was the windows or what. Next morning, I drove up Rosecrans and saw where the fire had been. It looks like the firemen managed to save the Kragen Auto Parts, which is good. That would be full of chemicals and stuff you wouldn't want burning. And, the Payless Supermarket made it through unscathed. That may be due to the buffer between it and the fire. The buffer being the "vault" part of the Bank of America. You can see the ATM machines in the stone facade. However, the lobby part was gutted. There was a Radio Shack, a 98 cent type store and some other small shops. I don't really remember what else was there. I am hoping to get more information about this. I am curious as to whether it may have been arson.

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August 28, 2004

Yes! That is My Hand!

This is the first time, in my life, that I have ever held a tarantula. As I've posted before, I hate spiders But, if you read that blog entry, I tolerated my daughters tarantula. As long as it was in the tank. She would ask if I wanted to hold it, and I always declined. It made me nervous when she took that tarantula out. Even if it was in the next room ,where I couldn't see. Anyway, at work yesterday, Kelly, the owners daughter, had brought home a Chilean Rose Tarantula. I started snapping pictures of it, in the tank. She saw what I was doing and brought it out so I could get better shots. She told me how docile this one was. "Do you want to hold her?" There was no way I was going to hold her. Just her being outside of her container on the table was too close. Even though I was snapping pictures of her, there was a camera between me and her. But, Kelly was rather convincing. She wouldn't take no for an answer. As far as she was concerned, there wasn't really any reason for me to be afraid. So, I let her place the tarantula in my hand. She was really light. I guess I was expecting something a little more hefty, but I could barely feel any weight at all. They are rather delicate, in fact. If I were to drop her from the height I'm holding her in this picture, she would die. He exoskeleton would break. She was very, very good. She didn't try to crawl up my arm. She just sat there in my palm. The only time she did any moving was to get a slightly better grip when I moved my hand.

I will probably still be afraid of house spiders, but I have a whole new respect for tarantulas.

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August 23, 2004

Another Toy Fox Terrier Pup picture

I just wanted to post a cute picture I took of a female Toy Fox Terrier puppy. She went to a nice home yesterday. I'm glad I got to take a picture of her before she left. This is the same breed as our dog Cory. But, she will be a more normal size.

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August 21, 2004

An Update

This is an update to yesterday's post. It turns out that my uncles girlfriend was not buckled in. And, she survived. I don't have any more information as to what actually killed my uncle. My dad thinks that he either died of internal injuries, or may have had a heart attack or a stroke. But, that's just speculation.

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August 20, 2004

"Uncle Bob" Hutchings

My dad called me not too long ago. He told me that his younger brother, my uncle Bob, was killed in an auto accident. He was driving with his girlfriend up Beaver Pass, in Utah, when he came upon a truck tire in the road. He swerved to avoid it, and, it sounded like he over compensated, trying to get the car back on the road. His car rolled several times. My uncle was ejected. Why? Because he wasn't wearing his seat belt. His girlfriend survived. She was wearing hers. When they found my uncles body, there was no trauma to the outside. The injuries were internal. My dad said that he always yelled at his brother to buckle up. Now it's too late.

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August 15, 2004

Against My Better Judgement

I didn't put up much of a fight and let my husband buy a motorcycle. Let the nail biting begin.

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August 12, 2004

One of Our Better Investments

Several years ago, more than ten, actually, Sears Catalog was going out of business. Mike and I had admired their above ground pools that were always featured in their summer catalogs. The ones we were interested in were the high-end ones with aluminum sides, 6 inch wide top rails and 6 inch wide support rails. These also sported more powerful pumps and skimmers. They also retailed for about $5000.00 on up. A little bit out of our range. So, one day, we get a card in the mail, "Sears Catalog is going out of Business. Big clearance sale, everything must go..... 75% off of all items!!!" 75%!? That possibly couldn't include their pools! So, I called the 1-800 number. I asked the lady who answered if the 75% reduction also included their above ground pools. "Everything!" she replied. I didn't call Mike to consult on this one. I ordered an 18 foot round aluminum sided pool, with the 6 inch top rail, 6 inch support rail and the pump and filter that is for a 25 feet and up pools. And, since I ordered them together, they threw in the ladder, skimmer, vacuum and some other items for free. We got the whole package for $1250, plus whatever shipping was. It has given us years of enjoyment. I snapped this picture after taking a nice swim right after I got home from work.

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August 09, 2004

Just Tweaking Things A Bit

My daughter found me a picture that was taken from the TV series Futurama. She thought the "Amazon" character to the left most represented me. So, I thought I might use her for awhile. I will also be changing the background and adding some text later on. The original pictures was much, much larger than this, but I didn't want to blow out the margins on my blog. (Thanks Helena!)

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August 06, 2004

Know Your 80's Music?

Found a quiz here. This is actually the second part. One of the preset stations on my car radio was playing songs from the eighties. A song came on, that I wanted to know the name of. And, as usual, the DJ comes on after playing about 5 in a row and doesn't identify the ones that had been playing. So, I put some of the lyrics, into Google, and this page was one of the ones that came up.

And the song? Digging Your Scene by the Blow Monkeys

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August 02, 2004

This Will Teach Me Not to "Save" As I Go Along

I was updating our other blog, Project 66 Bug. It was a rather long entry with lots of links to images etc. When I was almost through, I still don't know what I did, but I bumped a key on the keyboard. And then, the page disappeared. I looked through the cache. No dice. It's gone. I should have known better. I should have been hitting the "save" key once in awhile. This will teach me now.

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