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10 August 2006 @ 10:01 am
Actually had a small victory in my continuing fight with the Cavalier this week.

The beast has been leaking antifreeze for.... as long as I can remember. For a while I blamed the defective head gasket, but when that was replaced, it still leaked (although much less.)

Lately it was getting worse, so after consulting with my good friend Chilton, I decided to tackle the water pump.

Replacing it went about as well as expected, but the car kept coming dangerously close to overheating when I was done. Seems I glossed over the section about the bleeder valve on the engine.

Works fine now, except for the other things I need to fix, like the ignition.

I also got an A in my summer class. Since I went back to school again this means 8 A's and 1 C. Yay me.

So... yeah.
01 August 2006 @ 10:31 am
Normally when I have a take-home final I wait until the last minute to complete it.

With maturity and expert time-budgeting, I've submitted it a full 13 1/2 hours before the closing time!

See, it isn't really putting off something if you have a full half-day left when you finish. Even if you've had the opportunity to complete the project for a couple days.
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Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: "Harold and Joe" -The Cure
So I'm going to Ponderosa yesterday, and I see Brandon.

"Hey, how's it going?" I say. "How about that summer course? Have we done anything at all in it yet?"

Brandon looks at me and says "The final is posted. It's due Tuesday."


12 (or 14) completion questions. That aren't two word completion questions, but more of the "Explain why x is different than y" type.

Guess my next few free hours are going to be fun.

Someday I'm going to make a list of helpful advice for all the kids going into college. Considering how many times it took me to finally get through it, my perspective is surely valuable.

Maybe I can give some pointers for the driver's test too.
25 July 2006 @ 11:33 am
After a little over two weeks, my sucky time has finally ended!

I was on.... jury duty!

The judge says that next to military service, this is the highest honor that can be called upon a citizen. Sounds nice, but ugh.

It wouldn't have been nearly as bad if the case had been exciting. Something like murder or scandal or affairs! But nooo.... I get a mail fraud/tax fraud case.

For days and days of testimony. Looking at the same dozen documents again and again. For two weeks.

At the end, the jury debated for a scant 90 minutes. And decided that the Government had not made it's case.

Not saying the guy is innocent, just that they didn't have anything to tie him to the case.

Would I do it again? Maybe. I'd just like a shorter case.
18 July 2006 @ 11:16 pm
I watered the garden last night. Someone told me once to put cayenne pepper on leaves to keep the bunnies away. After I watered the plants, I put chili powder on the leafy things as a deterrent (I couldn't find the cayenne.)

When I got home today, all was well. About an hour later I went outside, and the "suspected broccolli" was wiped out.

And the yard bunny was standing there, unafraid of me. Normally they run, but apparently chili powder makes them brave.

It must be pretty tasty, too.
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Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: Action News
17 July 2006 @ 06:25 pm
Still trapped in the middle of a rather sucky two weeks.

I've not been able to be at work for days now. While that sounds like a blessing in itself, I'm thinking I'd rather actually be there. Falling further and further behind in my duties is rather discouraging, as I'm the only one in my position at my workplace.

My yard rabbit has discovered my garden and begun to attack it with a vengence. All my spinach is gone, and now he(?) is starting to work on what I think is broccoli.

Lastly... that post I said in November about all those aerosol cans being a good thing is something I stand beside in wintertime. It just kind of bites right now.
Current Location: My computer room
Current Mood: okayMeh
09 July 2006 @ 04:41 pm
In the "this really sucks" department, the renfest has been cancelled. Forever, it seems.

And my next two weeks are going to suck, too. But I can't say anything about that yet.
Current Location: the couch, by Sparky.
07 July 2006 @ 11:21 pm
Fighting seems to be down right now, but....

watch phlll fight
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30 June 2006 @ 12:07 pm
We did this before, but its still cool.

a) pick up a book which is the closest to you at the moment
b) open page 123
c) find the third sentence
d) post it in your Live Journal (plus the instructions)
e) don't choose the book, just pick up the one closest to you

While the filter housing cover is off, be careful not to drop anything down into the air filter housing.
22 June 2006 @ 04:00 pm
I just invented a new game.

Go here: https://www.vtext.com/customer_site/jsp/messaging_lo.jsp
or here: http://mobile.yahoo.com/sms/sendsms

With your knowledge of cell phone exchanges in you local area, type in a prefix with a random 4 digit suffix.

Type a mysterious and vague message, like "Little toes need the biggest licks!"

Send, and enjoy knowing you've just spread a little sunshine anonymously!
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Coldplay - "Fix You"