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Throwing Little Thought Pebbles at Your Windshield Since 1996

Month: May, 2003

Cool Par-tay

I have to give my brother-in-law credit…he knows how to throw a great kids party. Today was the joint party for the 3yo and the 5yo, and there was a moonwalk (shaped like a birthday cake, which looked really funny when you came down the street) and Bob’s piece-de-resistance, a homemade wooden ramp and a gigantic container of Lego pieces. Hundreds and hundreds of them. Each kid (there were 17, I believe) could make a car and then run them down the ramp. No formal soap-box derby (which was good because some kids cracked when their cars didn’t make it off the jump, never mind losing a race) but a blast for the kids to learn what worked best to get the cars flying. We learned they needed weight but couldn’t be too top-heavy, for one thing.

Anyway, this idea came from the Lego store down in Disney Marketplace. He bought the Lego wheel set at their online store which was enough wheels to make 36 vehicles, I believe. VERY fun stuff. In fact, right now Junior and I have his Legos (the few we have that are regular Legos and no Duplos) out on the table, makingnew cars with the wheels on the car he got to take home.

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That was my phone

I should point out that the post below was made on my phone. I cannot figure out how to get my email function to insert an upper case letter (as in “I”) when it doesn’t follow a period. How stupid is that? I mean, I could do the e.e.cummings thing, but I’d rather have you guys think I wasn’t being all lazy and stuff. Really, I want to type “I” but the phone only lets me type “i”.

Got the lawnmower back. I think it’s safe to say it wasn’t ready when we got there. I know you’re surprised. My dad looked at me after the guy disappeared and we could hear an air compressor with a “is he still working on it?” look. I’d give that a big yes. We did find out that the boss has been out, and this guy, normally the mechanic, has been running the whole place. So I’m sure that’s cut into his mechanic time. Plus he’s 65 and “retired” and only works 40 hours now, period. So I’m sure covering the store and dealing with the customers has cut into his 40 hour “fixing things” schedule. So I’ll cut him a teeeeny bit of slack. Then again, he could have told me yesterday that it wasn’t going to be DONE yesterday.

Got half the backyard mowed before sprinkles started. Electric mowers are not fond of rain, so I had to stop when that happened and moved on to making dinner. And now I’m ready for bed, so goodnight!!!!!

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It was so nice out that i never went back inside. How modern am i? And how do i make an upper case letter in the middle of a word?

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Is It Safe?

I’m headed up to get the lawnmower. I assume Friday is sufficienty after “this afternoon” on Thursday for it to be ready. I’m not sure if we’re going to eat lunch at the diner again – we might not make it before we’re overcome with hunger.

Also this is a quick in-out day because my parents also have to pick up the bouncer at the rental place for the big birthday party tomorrow. It’s a joint party for my neice (3) and nephew (5) that starts at 10:00am tomorrow. Man, I hope she has danish and coffee to go along with the bouncer. I’d better call and ask if she wants me to pick up one of those Box ‘O Joes from Dunkin Donuts.

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Wow, THAT is who that is?

So Junior has started watching the shows on the Disney channel like Sister, Sister and Lizzie McGuire. I like that one cause I think that dad is cute. I knew he was a Carradine so I just looked him up . Oh good God, he played Louis in Revenge of the Nerds! Talk about a nerd growing up to be a hunksicle!

In this picture he’s channelling David Duchovney.

Oh, and the mom on that show? In real life she’s the daughter of the actress who played Millie Helper (and Grandma Yetta on The Nanny), Anne Guilbert. Now that’s all the Disney Channel trivia I have for you today.

I will express an opinion here: I think Hilary Duff is an idiot for alking away from Disney. What the kids “loved” was Lizzie McGuire, not Hilary Duff (although they SAY they love Hilary). What else is she going to do?

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Define “This Afternoon”

So I called the repair place to see what’s up with my mower. I was starting to think maybe they forgot about it, and I’m still not convinced they didn’t.

“That will be ready this afternoon.”

“Okay, so when can I pick it up?”

“There’s no hurry on that, it will be ready this afternoon. Any time. Tomorrow is fine.”

“Right, but you’ve had it for 2 weeks and I need to mow my lawn, so can I pick it up today or tomorrow?”

“Any time after this afternoon.”

“So, what time would be okay?”

“This afternoon or tomorrow is fine.”

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Define "This Afternoon"

So I called the repair place to see what’s up with my mower. I was starting to think maybe they forgot about it, and I’m still not convinced they didn’t.

“That will be ready this afternoon.”

“Okay, so when can I pick it up?”

“There’s no hurry on that, it will be ready this afternoon. Any time. Tomorrow is fine.”

“Right, but you’ve had it for 2 weeks and I need to mow my lawn, so can I pick it up today or tomorrow?”

“Any time after this afternoon.”

“So, what time would be okay?”

“This afternoon or tomorrow is fine.”

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I’m Busy That Day

Oh hey, ya, I’m not still walking. Didn’t want to confuse anyone. Although if I were, it’s almost 24 hours later so I could be headed for the Berkshires, I suppose. I’m not one for doing Marathon walks unless they occur at, say, Epcot. I’m sure the stats are out there, but it’s got to be a mile from one end of that park to the other. If someone wants to pay for it, I’d be happy to go back with a pedometer and measure it for you.

Got a call yesterday from my doctor’s office. Apparently they were starting to book the 2004 physicals, and Junior was on the wait list for an appointment (i.e. after they got the 2004 book). So she asks if February 2nd is good.

“I think so”.

“Do you want morning or afternoon?”

“Uh, either is fine.”

Ya, cause I think I might already have something planned for that day. (Actually, it’s my step-son’s birthday, but other than that, I can probably squeeze in a physical.) I should have said “Oh, you know, that isn’t going to work for me” but the other problem is that every year his physical gets further and further away from his actual birthday, which they do because of insurance limitations. I need to see if our insurance is per calendar year, because if it is, we have an appointment a month earlier…

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Testing New Browser

I just downloaded Mozilla’s beta release of Firebird and I’m giving it a test fly. Actually, I think it rocks and I’ll probably make it my default browser if after a week I don’t have any major issues with all my regular sites.

Oh, and the sun just came out so I’m going to go for a walk. Hold down the fort, okay?

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The Army’s Mad Lab

For folks who don’t read the comments, I wanted to pull up the article Adam mentioned about how the process for creating McNuggets was invented in Natick MA. The Army’s Mad Lab

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