Posted by pjsauter on September 30, 2013
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It was a sad yet relatively productive weekend. Also really beautiful weather – warm and sunny. On Saturday, I fixed my car exhaust and it was actually nowhere near the pain in the ass that it could have been (and that I was expecting). Amazingly, nothing broke and I didn’t even have to hit it with torches. Of course it was pretty hard on my back (nothing like wriggling around on a cement floor). If you’re looking for ideas for something to get me for Christmas, this 2-post car lift would be an excellent choice. Might as well throw in the cradle pads, too. It’s so nice to be able to drive a quiet car again, and hopefully this will keep the check engine light off.
Posted by pjsauter on September 27, 2013
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Normally I’d be working from home today, but thanks to somebody being on vacation and me being on call this week (oh, excuse me, on “support” this week – we’re not allowed to call it “on call” because that would require them to pay us 15% more for those days when we’re doing it), I’m not only stuck going in to the office, but stuck there until five o’clock tonight. Yuck. Oh well, one more day to try and limp the car back and forth, and then I have three days to try and fix it (I’m using one of my “deficit reduction” days on Monday). Hopefully that will be enough. And hopefully I’ll also be able to shake this cold I’ve felt coming on for a few days now. It’s either a cold or it’s the result of sucking in exhaust fumes for about an hour a day. Speaking of which, I guess I better get ready for my ride in to work. Even though I’m stuck ’til five, I want to avoid the school buses if I can.
Posted by pjsauter on September 25, 2013
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Yes, I guess I’ve been a bit quiet lately. Mostly, there’s not much to talk about unless you want to hear how the weather is (cool but pleasant once the weekend was over), though I did see this story (not in the US media, of course) where Russia says the rockets used in the chemical weapons attack in Syria weren’t sold to Syria.
Posted by pjsauter on September 16, 2013
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I don’t normally pay much attention to the whole Miss America thing, but apparently they had the drawing or whatever they call it last night, and I suppose it’s interesting to note that they crowned the first Indian-American woman, and she happened to be Miss NY. Oh, yeah, and she also happens to be Miss Syracuse and is the daughter of somebody who works in my building (though I don’t actually know who she is because I rarely leave my office). All of this, I only found out this morning (because, as I said, I don’t actually pay much attention to this sort of stuff). I feel obliged to note that she is actually not even the first Miss Syracuse to become Miss America – the first of course being Vanessa Williams, whose reign was slightly abbreviated. So we have both the first Indian-American and African-American Miss Americas (next I guess we’ll have to shoot for the first Native American one). So ends your Syracuse trivia lesson for today.
Posted by pjsauter on September 13, 2013
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It’s Friday, and our brief reprise of summer is now over. Two days ago, on the anniversary of the day that Republicans believe was the worst attack against the United States – you know, Benghazi – which as I’ve probably said before always makes me think of Ben Gazzara – it was 94° here. Yesterday, 80. Today? We’ll struggle to get into the 60s. Oh well, time to develop that thick winter skin.
Posted by pjsauter on September 10, 2013
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The devil’s in the details, of course, but it looks like President Obama needs to send Vladimir Putin a nice fruit basket or something for bailing him out of this whole Syria thing. Kind of interesting that something that started out with John Kerry going off message might turn out to bail us out of this rather stupid situation. Good thing, too, ‘cuz Obama was about to look really, really stupid. OK, he kinda already looks really stupid (and rather irrelevant), but at least he’s hopefully smart enough to take the deal, declare victory, and move on to trying to get congress to pay the bills it’s already run up without defunding Obamacare.
Posted by pjsauter on September 9, 2013
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If you feel a thumping in your head this morning, it might not be just because you stayed up past your bedtime drinking beer and watching Breaking Bad (about which, may I just say, “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD!”). No, it could be that you’re feeling the drum beat of the march to war that our president has begun. Yes, it’s an all-out media blitz in order to gain support from congress (if not from We the People) for Obama’s plan to, um, well I’m not sure what the plan is. I think the plan is to just go blow shit up on general principles (those principles being that we said we’d do something so by god we’re gonna do something, lest we look as if we have no influence over any of them people over there).
Posted by pjsauter on September 2, 2013
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Happy Labor Day, everybody, and so long, summer (maybe not technically the end, but for all intents and purposes, this is it and things go downhill pretty quickly from here). Although autumn is may favorite season (though it’s typically way too short around here), I’m sad to see summer come to an end. Mostly because I hate it when it starts getting dark at like 4:30, and the sun doesn’t come up until like 7:30. Doesn’t allow for seeing much daylight – especially when you work in a windowless cave (I know I say that a lot and am repeating myself, but I’m old and that’s what we do). Mother Nature decided to celebrate by giving us a rather impressive light show overnight, which would have been cool if not for the terrified dog panting wetly all over me. Good thing I didn’t have to work today.