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Civic Doody

Posted by pjsauter on February 6, 2016
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So, in case you’re interested in what the New York State Unified Court System wasted what is probably a ridiculous amount of time and tax dollars on this week (not to mention I, personally am out over $20 for parking and whatnot – though they did buy us lunch on Thursday because we were sequestered while deliberating), here’s the gist of what it was all about. Before I go on, I will say that everybody involved on the court side of things seemed to understand what a pain in the ass jury duty is, and they seemed to go out of their way to try and make it as positive an experience as possible.

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Man, That Was a Fast 30 Years

Posted by pjsauter on January 28, 2016
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As the week winds down, I have my impending jury duty hanging over my head. By tomorrow evening, I’ll know if I have to report next Monday. Last week, they only went up to juror number 135 and I’m #170 for next week, so I was feeling pretty good. This week, though, they’d called in the entire 450 person panel by Tuesday. I’m really hoping next week is a slow week, but I’m not feeling confident.

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It’s Nice to be Missed

Posted by pjsauter on January 23, 2016
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Sorry to those of you who are (or about to be) getting hit with this big snow storm on the East Coast, but I can’t help but smile when I see the storm track is going to completely miss us here in my neck of the woods. Like, it’s not even going to come close – we’re supposed to have a pleasant (though slightly chilly) weekend. Thank goodness – I’m getting too old for this stuff (and never mind they say we could get hit with another bout of lake effect next week to make the daily commute miserable), and am really not in the mood.

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Enough Already

Posted by pjsauter on January 20, 2016
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It basically hasn’t stopped snowing around here for the past three or four days. Not a ton of snow by our standards (I don’t know what the official tally is, but I’d say we got something in the 18″ – 24″ area at my place), but enough to have me out on the tractor plowing twice a day for the past few days. Nothing more invigorating than starting off a 12° morning with a ride on the tractor. I really hope it stops, soon – and it looks like the impending Nor’easter is going to stay away from us, so that’s a good thing.

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Happy Birthday Dad & MLK

Posted by pjsauter on January 15, 2016
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Although we officially celebrate his birthday with a day off on Monday, my dad would have been 96 years old today. Oh, and Martin Luther King Jr would have been 87. While my dad died too young at 74 (hard to believe it’s been close to 22 years already), I find it truly astonishing that King was only 39 years old when he was assassinated. At this stage in my life, 39 seems like a kid. I would definitely like to be 39 again (though if I could choose an age, I think I’d go with 34 – things were still pretty good back then).

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Polar Express Visit

Posted by pjsauter on January 5, 2016
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So, after what was the warmest December ever with the least amount of snow, ever (2.1″ vs. a normal 45″ or so), our luck finally ran out. After an early morning (like, midnight) high temperature of 20 yesterday, we plummeted into the single digits and have just now gotten up to around 10°. Plus, I had to get out on the tractor at 5:00 yesterday morning to plow the driveway (I even shoveled the walk). Not that I’m complaining (much) though. Things are supposed to start warming up a bit, and it looks like we’ll be in the 40s and rainy for the weekend (though they say we’ll have another arctic blast for a few days next week). And even if we have a “normal” year from here on out, at least we were spared a miserable November and December.

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New Year’s Eve

Posted by pjsauter on December 31, 2015
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This is our first year without cable or satellite teevee, so the tradition of watching the Twilight Zone Marathon on the network formally known as SciFi has come to an end. This tradition began back in 1998 or so, when we first got off dial-up Internet and switched to RoadRunner. At the time, we only had basic cable, and there was an old analog filter on the line to prevent up from getting the “good” channels. They had to take the filter off to get the Internet to work, and so we’d be forced to get all the channels (including SciFi) until they cam and replaced it with something newer.

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Happy Xmas

Posted by pjsauter on December 25, 2015
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Happy Christmas to everybody, if you’re into that sort of thing. It doesn’t really seem like Christmas around here, what with the lack of snow and all. Not that I’m complaining, of course. They say things will get back to normal for the new year, so there’s always that to look forward to. Personally, I’m still not feeling all that terrific, though I did manage to get through the night without having a coughing fit. My big plan today is to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special. Whatever you get up to today (I hope you at least have the day off, if nothing else), I hope you have a happy time. And get some rest – you’ll need it to hit the malls tomorrow.

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Shortest Day

Posted by pjsauter on December 22, 2015
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Welcome to the shortest day of the year. Up here the winter solstice officially happened at about 11:50 last night, and the day today will be slightly shorter than yesterday (less than a second, in fact). And the warm weather (Santa’s gonna have to wear shorts and a t-shirt Thursday, with temperatures expected to hit 70 around here) has so far taken the sting out of the lack of daylight. Tomorrow we get 4 seconds more daylight than today. Not much, but we’ll take it.

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10 Days to Xmas

Posted by pjsauter on December 15, 2015
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Holy crap, it’s mid-December already! It feels more like mid-October to me, especially with the weather around here (and lots of other places) lately. I mean, it was 66° here yesterday, which is most decidedly not December-like. And it’s not as though yesterday was a fluke – thanks to El NiƱo it’s been way warmer than normal, and out current snow total stands at eight-tenths of an inch (which is close to two feet below average for this time of year). They say we may turn a bit more seasonable this weekend, but that’s not supposed to last long and they’re predicting a warm (and green) Christmas. I, for one, am definitely not complaining.

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