Currently in the process of progressing fully into a revisitation of the existential bewilderment last experienced as a world newcomer.
About 5 posts per day
My house is insulated in a typical mid-1960s way, which is truly inadequate for these subzero and single digit temps, but the builder did construct a 3-foot overhang eave which blocks the sun during the hottest months, and now in winter let's the sunrays shine into the house. It's glorious, people. Like having a heat lamp right in my living room.
My eldest son finished his last class on Monday, and took his last final on Tuesday. 10 years after graduating from high school (having thoroughly tested school authorities, parental authorities and a few law enforcement authorities up to that point.) At last he is finished! With honors! Pappy is proud!
Also, to all you young peoples walking around campus and downtown in synthetic stretchy skinny jeans... it's approaching negative double digits! There is a time and place for fashion, however dubious that fashion might be, but THIS ISN'T IT! #CrankyOldFart
I was "the hero" in recent weeks because I had given my daughter a "booster battery pack" to stow in her car shortly before the sub-zero weather arrive. Sure enough, her car wouldn't start after the first cold night. She's had to use the booster several times since, and she's becoming quite adept at using it...
Watched the "We're Not Royals" video a day or so ago, and then watched a video of Led Zeppelin in the mid-70's... I'm pretty sure that Lorde and Robert Plant were twins born 50 (48) years apart and separated at birth. #OrSomethingLikeThat
Also, mid-December is the wrong time to be shopping for Yak-Trax ice grippers (for one's shoes) and replacement batteries (for one's car.) Seeking both for daughter as she embarks on last few class sessions and the beginning of finals. Out-of-stock is a frequently recurring theme.
Breakfast with daughter this morning because I insisted on driving her to her work shift at the UW library. It's -8 F and the windchill is -28 F so it's my fatherly right to insist on doing so. And why not throw in a latte and scone at the local cafe for good measure? A dad's gotta do what a dad's gotta do.
So far I've lost 3 intended comment responses because when I attempted to touch the "post" button I accidentally tapped the name of the person who posted the next comment in the feed. So when I expect my comment to appear in the thread, I'm instead transported to the profile page of that person. DYtouchscreens!
These are the geographic regional delineations (east-central-west) I have established in my brain, though the boundary lines are actually more like broad fuzzy transitional bands. But in NO case are Wisconsin, Illinois, etc. part of "the west." #LettheSubjectiveDebatingBegin
I don't think my furnace has stopped running for more than 15 minutes over the past 5 days. Glad I'm on the budget plan with the utility company, so it all gets averaged out over the year. Otherwise I'd probably get a $300+ heating bill this month.
There's only one thing colder than subzero temps... subzero temps with high winds! And since it's below zero the salt they put on the roads isn't doing anything, allowing ice to form. STAY HOME, PEOPLE!
I'm a fan of the Charlie Rose show (the "interview" show, as opposed to his stints on 60 minutes and the CBS Morning Show) but i swear there are times when I just want to grab him by the shoulders and say "Stop! Listen! Let your guest answer the question you just asked before you ask another one!"
My Christmas shopping is done! (Except for a few stocking stuffers like gum, pens, and whatnot.) This is totally out of character for me. Usually I'm one of those people running around on December 23rd and 24th, and doing so in a frenzy. <stretches, yawns...> Think I'll have another cup of coffee.
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 107th birthday of computer pioneer Grace Hopper (1906-1992) just in time for the “Hour of Code” kicking off Computer Science Education Week. | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2013...
Made crockpot beef stew yesterday. From SCRATCH! Daughter came over and we watched "Once Upon a Time." Stew was pretty good, considering I improvised the recipe. TV show was rather confusing to someone who read the original versions of these fairy tales. Mashups and revisionist dramatics may be getting out of hand!
This morning NPR News did a rundown on severe weather around the country. They mentioned dangerous conditions in "the northwest" and proceeded to discuss the death of several people in Wisconsin due to extreme road conditions. To which I am compelled to say "Yes, the roads are bad, with tragic results, but we're EAST of the Mississippi, dammit!"
Le Butcherettes: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert | Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender can transform from a soft-spoken musician into a rock 'n' roll beast on a dime. Watch the haunting, spectacular performer as she howls, bangs on her guitar and stares into the eyes of individuals assembled at the NPR Music offices....
As I was getting ready for bed I checked the temperature in my bedroom. The thermostat is set at 62 F overnight, but the thermometer in my room reads 56! Clearly the house isn't insulated sufficiently to take -15 F in stride!
For added excitement in your day, step up the predictive autocorrect/autosuggest setting on your tablet to the most aggressive setting, and then accidentally hit the key that toggles the keyboard language to German. Hilarity will ensue. (Not really.)
I've given this a lot of thought, so hear me out. Y'know how area rugs and "throw" rugs tend to slide without any conscious effort by the person walking on them? But when you consciously try to move the rug back into place it won't budge without picking it up? I've pondered the "why" of this puzzlement, and here's what I've figured out...
Seemingly on a weekly basis I'm getting notices from national business entities informing me that their security system was compromised, sensitive customer/user may have been accessed, and I should take appropriate steps to ensure that my login information is changed from whenever the security breach occurred. I'd like this to stop now. Please.