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Dept. of a la mode with ice cream [Mar. 23rd, 2009|09:17 pm]
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[mood |amusedamused]

So I'm at the drive-thru for Captain D's Seafood Kitchen and I order the fish 'n' chips.  The voice in the kiosk says, "You want fries with that?"  Better safe than sorry, so I said "yes".  Next time, I might just say "no" just to see what happens.
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Writer's Block: Gone but Not Forgotten [Dec. 4th, 2008|08:30 pm]
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Many beloved television shows are no longer with us, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. What defunct television show do you miss the most?
"NYPD Blue" and "The X Files" (the good "X Files," like the first 3 or 4 seasons....)


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joys of parenting [Nov. 9th, 2008|09:31 pm]
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Quote of the day from the six year old boy:  "The name of this game is Aim for the Head."

The last movie I saw in a theater:  "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"

Number of days last week I went to work and discovered poop stains from baby on my shirt:  1

Number of spare clean shirts I keep in my office:  1, thank ghod
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Good to know [Sep. 24th, 2008|08:51 pm]
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Time-sensitive request--before midnight tonight [Aug. 31st, 2008|09:59 pm]
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What she said, so say I too. Thank you.

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Best Dog Ever [Aug. 2nd, 2008|06:47 pm]
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[mood |sadsad]

We had to put Jane to sleep on July 31. She was between 13 and 14 years old. I got her as a puppy from the pound in 1995. She kept me sane during a bad time and was instrumental in my connecting with the woman who'd become my wife. We miss her very much.
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cleanliness is next to.... [Jul. 25th, 2008|07:57 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]

Earlier today I shampooed by sick dog's shaved ass.  How was *your* day?

We thought we were going to lose the dog, Jane, this week, but she appears to be improving now that her ass abscess is getting some care.  Her appetite is back and she's no longer walking on her hind knees.  Still senile, though.  If she recovers enough strength, maybe we'll try putting her on the drug for "canine cognitive impairment."  Needed a supply of that from the get-go, though of course she's always been The Best Dog.
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It really is "who you know" [Jul. 14th, 2008|04:41 pm]
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I love this story, taken from Robert X. Cringely's column for InfoWorld:

Recently I [one of Cringely's readers] signed up for Comcast Cable TV, having already subscribed to the phone and  broadband service.  While the guy on the other end of the phone was filling out the necessary form, he inquired as to how I liked my phone and Internet service. I replied that it was fine but that there was no way I was getting the 6mb/sec they advertised.  He said "Oh", I heard a mouse click and he replied "There you go".  Now I get 10-13 mb/sec.  Go figure.

If only this worked, with, say, my own brain.  Or God.

Entire column is here.
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strange going-ons inside the house [Jul. 13th, 2008|05:30 pm]
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[mood |industrious]

Suddenly this morning, without any discussion or conversation, Beth and I both grabbed cleaning implements and started in on different sections of the house.  This is called, I believe, achieving critical mess.

Later, I boxed up and stored the already-read paperbacks from the big bookshelf in the den.  That left on the shelf nearly as many or more unread paperbacks.  I hope having them out by themselves will help goad me into reading more of them.  The warm feelings of nostalgia that were elicited by packing away, for example, the Tales of  Known Space box set -- which I bought almost exactly 30 years ago in Laurinburg, NC, during the summer I attended the N.C. Governor's School (East) -- the Book of the New Sun, and Dangerous Visions, were balanced by the pleasant surprises of re-discovering unread books that I'd forgotten I had.  Voyage of the Space Beagle and The Midwich Cuckoos, here I come!
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Memorial, but not yet gone [May. 26th, 2008|10:01 pm]
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Here is a pretty good article about my Dad, timed for Memorial Day, although Veterans Day would be more appropriate.  It's from the site of (what's left of) the home town newspaper.  I didn't see any egregious errors in it except that my Mom didn't go by "Martha".  Instead, everyone called her by her middle name, Inez.  Also, the Smith Crossroads job was not, I believe, related to the 321 job that my Dad supervised, which came many years after Smith Crossroads was turned from a roundabout into a highway.  I'm sure the reporter was born long after those events.
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