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Morning Seditionists

Thursday

Posted by pjsauter on March 31, 2011
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A very unusual thing happened just past midnight this morning. NY State passed a budget a day ahead of the April 1st “deadline.” This is the first time that’s happened since 2005, and only the second time since 1984. Of course, it screws a lot of folks over (like kids and sick people), but – read my lips – no new taxes, and not even any old taxes (at least for rich people). This should make Governor Snotball even more of a legend in his own mind than he is now. Well, I have to give him credit as he really rammed this thing through, and everybody was terrified of opposing him (in stark contrast to Governor Blinky, who I think everybody found petulant and laughable). So good for him. But he’s no Mario.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on March 30, 2011
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As you get older, you find yourself doing things you never thought you’d do. Or, more accurately, doing things you never gave a thought about one way or another. For instance, a while back, I bought a WaterPik. It’s just a lot easier to use that to blast the crud out from between my teeth than it is to floss (especially since I also use these little Christmas tree brushes to brush between teeth – speaking of things I not only never thought about, but never heard of).

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on March 29, 2011
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When I got home yesterday, I found a letter from President Obama. I’m not even sure how he found me. I mean, I didn’t send him my forwarding address or anything (but then, I guess he has his ways). His note to me said that, when he took office, he promised to keep the lines of communications open, and to prove it he had his hand out for money. Sorry, but I don’t have any money for you Mr. President. This whole line of communication thing seems to be one-sided. I say, “do what you said (or at least implied) you’d do when you were campaigning,” and you say, “fuck you, librul. Whattya gonna do, vote for Romney?” And then you drink Bud Lite. That’s no way to get me to open my wallet.

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Monday

Posted by pjsauter on March 28, 2011
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Not surprisingly, that was a pretty quick weekend. And I didn’t win the $319 million mega millions (best I could have done was split it anyway, so I guess I’m glad I didn’t buy a ticket – who wants to share?). So, back to work I go. On the bright side, I was working in and around the garage quite a bit yesterday, and, despite the fact that it was colder than hell yesterday (nice looking day – sunny and all – but cold), and didn’t hear the boiler come on once. Normally I’d have heard it come on at least a few times just to heat the domestic hot water tank, so that investment was hopefully worthwhile. Now I have a storage tank that I can hopefully incorporate into a solar heating system. It’s a bit small, but if I can even use it to preheat, it’ll help.

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Sunday

Posted by pjsauter on March 27, 2011
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Yesterday was really, really really f*cking cold. And windy. Also cold. Despite this, much was accomplished thanks to help from my buddy John (who thinks I’ll pay him back by helping him out at some point in the future. Sucker). So now we have a new water heater installed (and nobody drowned nor was electrocuted), an empty POD in the driveway (but a kinda full garage), a generator with wheels and handles (with an empty gas tank and crankcase – gotta get some oil and gas), and last night I slept in an actual bed for the first time in about five months. And yesterday was Leonard Nimoy’s 80th birthday (it’s nice to see that’s he’s living long and prospering – even though he looks a little bit too much like Steve Jobs, though of course Jobs is, like, a 56 year old man that looks like an 80-yr old, while Nimoy is a guy that look pretty darn good for an 80 year old man). Plus I think I’ve finally figured out what to do with all my old typewriters. I can hardly wait to see what today will bring.

Saturday

Posted by pjsauter on March 26, 2011
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The parade of shit keeps on marching. The latest turd rolling in in the form of my latest utility bill – to the tune of $500 (or more than twice last month’s, which I thought was way too high, given that we keep the temperature in this place about two degrees above a morgue cooler). The big culprit – I’m guessing – is that the domestic water heater (why is it I have to struggle to refrain from saying “hot water heater?”) is heated by the the freakin’ heating hot water boiler (technically, a hot water generator since it doesn’t make steam). This is something I’d planned on addressing anyway (my plan was to build a solar water heater this summer, using some of the cash that keeps falling out of my ass). I really didn’t want to have to run the heat when it gets to be 90 out, just so I can take a shower.

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Finally Friday

Posted by pjsauter on March 25, 2011
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Much to my surprise, they actually delivered a generator instead of a BowFlex machine yesterday. I don’t know where the dude that called to set up the delivery got the idea it was a weight machine as it was pretty clear from the box – even if you were looking at the Spanish side (I mean, it had a picture, and even if you don’t speak Spanish, “Generador Eléctrico” isn’t too hard to figure out). And the best part is, it came on a pallet. You can never have too many pallets. It was a doubly big day yesterday, as the storage POD was delivered from the old house. Now we just need to empty it, and phase 2 of 4 will be complete. Perhaps it could refrain from snowing for a while now? Or would that be too much to ask?

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Thursday

Posted by pjsauter on March 24, 2011
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It’s a regular winter wonderland out there, which would be great if it wasn’t supposed to be spring. As it it, it’s a bit on the depressing side. Syracuse got about 3.5″, but out here in God’s country, we seem to have gotten at least twice that, and maybe more. Hard to tell until I get out there and plow the driveway, which I thought I was done with this season (OK, I knew I wasn’t done, but even a grumpy old pessimist like me can hope). The snow’s done, but it’s cold. And expected to remain cold for, well, for the rest of the week. This blows.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on March 23, 2011
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It’s springtime in Central New York, and that can only mean one thing – snow. It’s supposed to start snowing within the next hour or two, and continue on until tomorrow or something. Depending on where you’re at and how the wind blows, it could be anywhere from two inches to a foot. Oh boy. I guess I won’t be putting the mower deck on the tractor just yet.

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on March 22, 2011
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So, in new entry into the “books I’ll never read” category, Sammy Hagar says he was abducted by aliens. I’m surprised by this, because, if anything, I’d have thought that the aliens dumped him off here to get rid of him.

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