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So Long, 2013

Posted by pjsauter on December 31, 2013
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Damn, it got cold out. I don’t think it hit 20° yesterday, and they’re predicting a high of 4° on Friday, with a low temp of -10° on Saturday morning. That’s just too darn cold – Minnesota cold. Our deal here is supposed to be snow, not cold, damnit. Fortunately I don’t actually have to leave the house again until next Wednesday (though I’m certain to run out of beer long before that). I should be all set for the big festivities tonight, though. Especially since, as far as I know, we’re not actually doing anything (certainly not going out anywhere – I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to a bar or a party or something on New Year’s Eve, though even if I could remember I probably wouldn’t remember much). I do recall going over to visit my in-laws at the turn of the millennium (I think we were there to watch them see the new year in in Australia, which is like 2 PM or something here). It happens to be their anniversary as well. Married for like a hundred years now or something (OK, only 66).

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ACV Trial Day 2

Posted by pjsauter on December 28, 2013
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Phase One of operation “Take My Mind Off of Having to Go to Work on Monday” is complete as SU left great big gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts all over the Reliant Stadium turf last night, and a good time was had by all. Next up, Phase Two as the #8 Villanova Wildcats come to town for a 2:00 game this afternoon. Hopefully Syracuse will not stink the place up. The outcome means either a leisurely Sunday doing laundry, watching football, reading all the sports coverage I can find online and more or less not thinking about work on Monday, or a day of doing laundry while sulking, avoiding ESPN and every other sports outlet, and brooding over not having been wise enough to take Monday off.

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Texas Bowl

Posted by pjsauter on December 27, 2013
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Today is the day college football fans have been waiting for, for what seems like months. Yes, it’s the day the National Championship gets decided at Reliant Stadium in Houston. OK, well, maybe not the NC exactly, but it’s the day when the mediocre 8-4 Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the even more mediocre (mediocre-er?) 6-6 Syracuse Orangemen. You can tell this is an important game because they put it on Friday at 6:00 Eastern Time, hoping that the all-important Happy Hour crowd will accidentally catch part of the game (maybe you folks out west can see the fourth quarter if you’ve got nothing better going on).

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Well, That’s Over

Posted by pjsauter on December 26, 2013
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Another Christmas in the books. I hope y’all had a nice day. My wife gave me the opportunity to opt out of visiting the in-laws, but being the magnanimous guy I am, I decided to pull on a pair of shoes (doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a painful process at the moment) and go along. It was only for pound cake, pumpkin pie, and water (I declined my mother-in-law’s rather insistent – incessant, even – offers to dump rum on the cake; not only was I driving, but I don’t really like rum). Other than my father-in-law becoming somewhat morose, it was a fairly painless experience).

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Happy Christmas

Posted by pjsauter on December 25, 2013
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No matter what color your Santa is, or whether you’re celebrating the birth of baby Jesus, having a pleasant day with friends and/or family, being guilted into visiting the in-laws, or are just happy to have a day off (assuming you don’t work at a hospital or a movie theatre or a 7/11 or something), I hope your day is merry. Around here, the moon isn’t full but it’s very bright, illuminating all the snow on the ground and in the trees (so I guess Santa left Rudolph in the barn last night). It’s also a balmy three degrees (above) out there. It’s quite Norman Rockwell looking.

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Inspection Day

Posted by pjsauter on December 23, 2013
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I don’t have to go to work today, but I do have another distasteful task to perform – getting my car inspected. I typically like to let it lapse so that I get an “extra” month out of the deal (kind of 13 months for the price of 12), but now that I’ve gotten it to December the sticker color changes for 2014 so I’d be driving rather obviously with an out of date inspection. Plus I drive a pretty fair distance back and forth to work, and you never know when you’ll pass a gung-ho police officer (it helps if you only drive when the weather is really crappy, but you can’t count on that, even here during the winter). So for once in my life, I’ve decided to be proactive and get it done ahead of time.

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Happy Solstice!

Posted by pjsauter on December 21, 2013
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For those of us up here in the Northern Hemisphere, winter arrives at 12:11 PM EST. As such, this is the shortest day of the year. Thank goodness we’ll start gaining sunlight tomorrow, though it always seems to me that it takes a lot longer for it to stay light out noticeably later than it takes for it to start getting darker earlier. But at least we’ll soon turn the corner.

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Ah, That’s Better

Posted by pjsauter on December 19, 2013
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I’m pleased to say that I’m not at work today. In fact, between my work from home days, holidays, and a few strategically placed vacation and furlough days, I only have to go to the office two more times between now and January 8th which, sadly, marks the return of the useless meetings from hell, proving that our “director” level mucky-muck has very few actual job responsibilities. In fact, it was pointed out that I had failed to attend the office “Holiday Gathering” for two years in a row, proving that he really has way too much time on his hands. No doubt I’ll be interrogated about it when stupid meeting day rolls around. For the time being, however, I’ll try not to think about that. Anyhow, to celebrate my few impending days of freedom, I popped some chicken wings in the oven and settled down in my chair to watch “Rehab Addict” (yes, this is how wild and crazy I am), and then promptly fell asleep.

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Eight Days to Xmas

Posted by pjsauter on December 17, 2013
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As it started to brighten up this morning, I could see that, by golly, it must have been snowing all night long. And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down, either. On the bright side, after beginning the day at about three below zero, it’s up to a balmy nine above. Apparently it’s supposed to snow this morning, this afternoon, and this evening. Oh, and tomorrow. It snowed pretty much all day yesterday, too (making for a rather crappy commute in to work – when it’s this cold out, the salt doesn’t really do much good, so where the roads are plowed they’re mostly nice smooth ice-covered by a layer of snow. Fortunately, I didn’t have to drive in to the office today, though my did, and she said things were pretty shitty out there. Yet they say it’ll be in the 40s and raining by the end of the week. Go figure.

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Winter Wonderland

Posted by pjsauter on December 15, 2013
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Well, it’s looking quite Christmasy out my window this morning. The trees are full of snow, the driveway is full of snow – everything looks bright and shiny. Well, not super bright, ‘cuz the sun’s not out, but it looks like the snow is mostly over (and I can see a brightening sky off to the west – not sun, mind you, but brighter clouds). And it’s already a lot warmer this morning than it ever got yesterday, so that’s good.

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