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Halloween

Posted by pjsauter on October 31, 2013
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So, this is it – the last day of October. Hard to believe November is almost here. No snow in the forecast yet, but it’s only a matter of time. It’s a big day at work today. First off, the folks from employee health are coming out to do our Annual Health Exams. In an effort to bring my BP down to something approaching normal, I haven’t had a beer since Friday night in Las Vegas (really any in opportune time for a trip out there). I’m also taking lots of magnesium, which the wife tells me is supposed to help. We’ll see. I’ve been taking it regularly at home, and while it seemed to help for a few days, it was still relatively high yesterday. Oh well, I guess the worst they can do is nag me.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on October 30, 2013
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I’m currently waiting on hold to get a copy of my hotel bill e-mailed to me. You know how you can tell that your call isn’t very important? When the f*cking recording keeps repeating “your call is very important to us” every 30 seconds. Never mind that they were supposed to e-mail me a copy of my bill after I did the express checkout via the teevee in the room. I know they have my e-mail address, ‘cuz they sent me a survey (which I foolishly already filled out). Oy.

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Sunday

Posted by pjsauter on October 27, 2013
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It’s good to be back home. Got here yesterday morning, and felt pretty wiped out all day. In fact, I still feel pretty wiped out. On the bright side, it took a while, but now that I’m home, I’ve finally adjusted to Pacific Time. I think what I need to do tomorrow is go to work on PDT, and leave on EDT. Hopefully I can get fully readjusted before I have to adjust to falling back an hour next weekend.

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on October 22, 2013
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Tomorrow, I have to leave for Las Vegas via Charlotte. That means I’ll be stuck at an airport and/or on a plane from about 7:00 in the morning until something like 4:00 in the afternoon my time (or 1:00 PDT). It’s not something I’m really looking forward to, especially since it’s a United Airways flight. Few things are worse than flying United Airways (no bags, no food, no entertainment – but for $20 they’ll let you board sooner than everybody else, which means you get to sit in your crappy, cramped little seat that much longer).

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Black BART

Posted by pjsauter on October 18, 2013
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My condolences to our friends in the Bay Area, now that the BART workers are on strike. Sounds like a good week to take Friday off. The worst part of the strike is probably that now Sgt. Tom Haymond will have to drive to work (hope his black Jag is in OK enough shape to drive). Good luck to striking workers, but they seem to be in kind of a tough position, PR-wise. I don’t know all the details, but from what I’ve read, the union has already agreed to increase employee pension contributions from the current 0% to 4%, and have already agreed to about a 56% increase in healthcare costs (from $92 to $144 a month).

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Wednesday or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Debt

Posted by pjsauter on October 16, 2013
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All indications are that today the Senate will pass a bill re-opening the government and raising the debt ceiling (unless Ted Cruz or some other Republican asshole decides to put a 30-hour hold on it), and then presumably John Boehner will allow it to come up for a vote in the House and pass with almost all Democratic votes.

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Happy Columbo Day

Posted by pjsauter on October 14, 2013
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Yes, it’s that day where we celebrate everybody’s favorite disheveled LA detective, Lieutenant Frank Colombo. Of course, whenever I think of Columbo, I can’t help but think of McMillan and Wife, which was also part of the NBC “Mystery Movie” rotation (along with McCloud, but personally I think Dennis Weaver’s career peaked with Chester in Gunsmoke, though he did of course give a compelling performance in Steven Spielberg’s “Duel” where he was pursued by a killer truck). Mostly, I thought Susan St. James was really cute. And who knew that John Schuck would make such a good Klingon. Anyhow, whatever the holiday, it’s good to be home, especially knowing that I get to work from home tomorrow, and only have to make two appearances at the office this week.

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TGIFFF

Posted by pjsauter on October 11, 2013
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Much like House Democrats and their teabagger Senate sycophants, I am clueless as to how this whole debt ceiling/government shutdown thing is gonna go. It’s at least starting to sound as though we’ll get some kind of crappy, short-term debt limit increase, but not anything to open the government back up. I’d like to see this end with a solution that prevents this kind of hostage taking in the future – holding one half of one severely gerrymandered branch of government should not give you the ability to nullify the results of an election. But we’ll see. As a civil servant myself, I feel for government workers who have been furloughed and can’t pay their bills.

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Wednesday

Posted by pjsauter on October 9, 2013
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My inbox greeted me with a message from Amazon this morning, imploring me to “treat myself” with an ACDelco 18A1490A Advantage Front Brake Rotor. Oh yeah, baby. That’s how you know you’re life’s become exciting – a brake rotor’s considered a treat (though I’m wild and crazy enough to probably “treat” myself to two of them). Apparently I put this on my Amazon “wish list” when I was shopping for brake parts. Out of all the shit on my list, they picked that? Why didn’t they go with the Kubot​a U25R​1T4 Exca​vator (other than the fact that Amazon doesn’t actually sell those).

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Tuesday

Posted by pjsauter on October 8, 2013
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Just in case you lost track, the government is still shut down (well, the parts that are interesting or help people, anyway), and it looks like we’re headed for a credit default in, oh, nine days or so. They (normally I’d say “whoever they are” but it seems like “they” are pretty much everybody except for a few crazy teabaggers) say this will be devastating to the global economy. Read more