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Speaking of Last Times…

Posted by pjsauter on September 28, 2015
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I hope everybody got a chance to take a peek at last night’s Super Moon Lunar Eclipse. I wasn’t certain whether or not I’d be staying up to look at it, but the weather here was warm, the clouds (mostly) stayed away, and the moon got high enough above the trees just before 9:00 PM to light up the yard like it was daytime, so I figured why not (plus I took today off just so I could stay up late). A full-moon lunar eclipse when the moon is at perigee isn’t going to happen again until 2033, so this was quite possibly the last one I’ll ever get to see. It reminded my that I really ought to sit outside and look at the stars more often. And maybe even play with the telescope that’s mostly been gathering dust in a closet for the past few years. I’ll have to put it on my list of things to do.

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End Times

Posted by pjsauter on September 22, 2015
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I’m at the point where, when I do something, I often figure I’m probably doing it for the last time in my life. I think I mentioned a while back that I bought a case of LED light bulbs because Home Depot had them for pretty cheap. I have CF bulbs in all my lighting fixtures at home (those that aren’t LED lamps, anyway), plus a pretty good supply of CF bulbs squirreled away in various places, so – assuming nobody breaks into the house and steals them – I’m pretty sure I’ll never have to buy another light bulb again.

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Summer’s Over

Posted by pjsauter on September 8, 2015
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Except for the heat, that is. Much like Oklahoma, it’s gotten really hot and humid around here (not Oklahoma hot, of course, but yesterday was the hottest day of the year here at 93°, and today should be the third day in a row that it’s gotten into in the 90s). The normal high temperature for this time of year is about 75°, and it’s looking like we won’t get lower than the current 76°. So, yeah, for us, that’s hot.

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Beginning of the End

Posted by pjsauter on August 26, 2015
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Here it is, my annual (sorta) lament to the end of summer. It’s a big day today, as not only is it freshman move-in day at SU (a sad day indeed, back when I used to work there – traffic instantly turned to shit, and there were suddenly lines to get into pretty much every establishment in the area), but the butter sculpture will be unveiled ahead of tomorrow’s opening on the Great NYS Fair. I will, of course, let you all know what it is.

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Tree Climbing Woodchucks

Posted by pjsauter on August 12, 2015
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So, we’ve made it more or less to the halfway point of another five-day work week. This one started out with an exhilarating trip to the dentist, which (all things considered) wasn’t too terrible. I got an attaboy for my diligence and oral hygiene, and an appointment for my next cleaning in February (which sounds very cold to me). When I got home on Monday evening, there were only two dogs there to say hello, which is very unusual. Turns out the third one was camped out underneath a tree waiting for some varmint or other to come down and play. At first I thought it was a cat, but much to my surprise, it turned out to be a woodchuck.

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Happy Birthday Leos

Posted by pjsauter on August 5, 2015
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If you’re like me, when you hear the word “leo” you think of the International Space Station, because it’s in Low Earth Orbit. But this August one can’t help but think of the astrological sign Leo the Lion. Especially in light of that brave white hunter Bungalow Bill DDS (aka, Bloomington MN dentist Walter Palmer – just his practice is in Bloomington; he lives over in Eden Prairie should you want to drop by his home for tea and cookies) who bravely paid somebody to lure Cecil the Lion from a sanctuary so he could kill him with a crossbow. Congrats, doc. Now Bloomington is known for something even more nauseating than the Mall of America. I hope Ted Nugent needs a lot of grill work, ‘cuz I can’t imagine a whole lot of other folks will be seeking your dental skills. Though I suppose Michelle and Marcus Bachmann aren’t far away.

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Posted by pjsauter on July 25, 2015
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I’ve been playing with Google’s new “timeline” feature, which (assuming you have location enabled on your phone, which I do) shows you where you’ve been (and for how long) on any given day. And if I didn’t realize what an exciting life I lead before, I certainly do now. Basically, it’s five days a week Home>Work>Home, then Home>Costco>Home, and Home>Home>Home. Sometimes I switch things up a bit and go to Costco on Sunday. Prior to January 16, there was also a 6 – 7 minute stop on the way home at the grocery store down in our village for beer every two or three days, and it has the trip I took to Minneapolis back over Thanksgiving weekend, plus when I went to my in-laws on Christmas Day. Mostly, though, it’s work and home, and home and work.

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A Chance to Relax

Posted by pjsauter on July 23, 2015
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My long nightmare of multiple five-day weeks has finally ended. Actually, it ended on Tuesday with the return of the guy I work with from his well-earned vacation. Fortunately, nothing too overwhelming crapped out on my watch and it’s really nice to not only have a few days off but to not have to carry my goddamn work phone around with me everywhere I go. The only real bummer id that I have to take Fritzi to the vet tomorrow morning for his Lyme booster and Lepto shot. Although I hate going, he’s at least pretty easy to handle and hopefully we’ll be in and out in a hurry and then I won’t have any vet trips to worry about for a while (as long as they all manage to avoid hurting each other to the point of breaking bones or needing stitches).

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Fee, Fi, Phone Fun

Posted by pjsauter on July 19, 2015
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Gosh, it’s been a while, so I guess it’s time I put something up here. I kept starting to write stuff, but then some needy bastard at work would call me or some system would get all screwy and I’d have to go deal with some crisis or another. I’ve now been not on-call on-call 24/7 for nine days and I have the rest of today and tomorrow to go. It kinda sucks.

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This is the day that you godless liberals hate more than any other day (except for Christmas and Easter) – the day when we celebrate Jesus Christ writing and presenting the Constitution (not that Bill of Rights crap, though – except the Second Amendment, but not those other fruity ones) to King George III and his Nazi wife. History tells us that George was so enraged when he read the document that his head exploded, thereby spawning the traditional display of fireworks on this day (another thing liberals hate about this holiday, because many Americans enjoy fireworks, and as we all know, liberals hate to see people enjoying themselves doing anything except for smoking dope, burning the flag, or eating gay wedding pizza).

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