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For the Tivo Lover In You

There’s a book coming out called Tivo Hacks. On the blog of the book’s author, he lists the top 5 Tivo hacks that will be in the book. Good Lord, you can run a script to change the programs descriptions to say you’re guest starring on Leno! Oh do I ever need this book!

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You know me, I get a lot of mileage out of the weather, especially when it’s bad. Cause I’m Mundane and all. But I want to take two minutes out of your life to say that this was the best day of 2003. I can’t tell you how hot it got – it was supposed to hit 87 but it never felt 87. I had on shorts and a t-shirt, and I personally felt just right almost all day. No humidity, plenty of sun. I mean, maybe it was just the change from the last three days, but I didn’t need to put on the air, we drove with the windows down and while it felt warm, it wasn’t oppressive.

I dragged my dad down to Toys R Us to pick up a plastic pool with me. I needed his truck to transport it. I went for the $20 purple pool with the elephant head on one side. The hose goes to the end of his trunk where you put a cap on it and it makes a little sprinkler fountain. Dad and I dropped it off here at the house before returning to his house, where we pretty much spent the whole day. Junior played for about 6 hours with the neighbor’s grandson. This is a little boy who is about 2 months older than Junior. His mom and I grew up with each other. Actually the little boy’s aunt and I went to school together (12 years), his mom was her younger sister. I got to tell him a “you know what your mom and I used to do when we were little?” story. Hee! And my mom’s other neighbor has a 14-year-old grandson visiting. I’ve been loaning him Playstation games to use while he’s here, but I didn’t meet him until today. He came down and played hide and seek with the two little boys (he’s got a 6 year old brother back home) and they LOVED playing with him. He was really patient with them, and did the old “Where oh where could they be hiding” thing even when they always hid in EXACTLY the same spot he’d just been in. His grandparents should be VERY proud of this young man – he was great with the kids, extremely polite, and just really nice to be around.

Then everyone helped me wash my car. I mean, does it get better than that?

Well yes, it does! We came home for dinner because Junior’s playmates had to go home, and he suddenly remembered that 7 hours earlier I’d left the house to go buy him a pool. We got home around 5:30 and he insisted he was so hot he really needed to play in the pool. He got a good two hours of play out of it and it wasn’t even hot out! I think the little sprinkler thingy makes a big difference.

Okay, we’ve had a long day. Bedtime in 15 minutes (for him, anyway)…

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Yes, How ‘Bout Them Red Sox!

As Bill so eloquently asked in the comments of the previous post (or “next” the way they appear on the website), “Hey! How about those Red Sox!” Here’s what the news wires had to say this morning. I don’t think my commentary would add anything, do you?

“Boston set a major-league record on Friday with 10 first-inning, no-out runs before the third Florida pitcher recorded an out. The Red Sox tied the AL record with 14 first-inning

runs in the 25-8 victory. Johnny Damon became the second-major leaguer in 120 years with a three-hit inning.”

Now why couldn’t we have had tickets to THIS game? Although man, it was a long one. By the time our game was over the other night, this one was only in the 5th inning. Ouch.

My favorite blog subject line on this topic so far is Two More Touchdowns, and They’re Back In This Thing

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Insurance Fun

Summary of my current insurance situation – my mortgage company pays my homeowner’s insurance. They get the bill, they pay it in full. Done deal.

Two days ago I got a cancellation/refusal to pay notice. Wha? Huh?

Okay, so after a few phone calls, here is the status:

Insurance Company: We have not received a payment.

Mortgage Company: We sent a payment. In fact, it was cashed on the 11th.

Insurance Agent: According to the system, the insurance that will be

cancelled is your 1999-2000 policy.

Well you know, if they want to cancel THAT one, fine. I’m only worried about the 2003-2004 policy. Agent is calling insurance company, mortgage company is requesting a copy of the cancelled check, I apparently don’t have to do anything else until next week when I check to see if Mortgage Company has beat some sense into Insurance Company. The best part was the amazement in the agent’s voice that the 1999 policy is the one showing up in the system.

If my cousin is reading this: Your company has actually been a JOY to deal with about all this. I know they will straighten this out and I won’t have to worry about it. Big thumbs up to the Mortgage Company. NOW can you get me a refi?

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More Lunch-Related Posting

The cafeteria people send an email out on Tuesdays with the week’s menu. I
realize that this means Monday is an unknown quantity until you walk into
the cafeteria, but I like to live on the edge.

I just wanted to point out that one of the categories of food on the menu is
“comfort food.” This would be my favorite. However, the other hot entrée
category is “Conscious Cuisine” which I would assume to be healthier, if
nothing else. Monday the conscious cuisine option was veal parmesan. Now I
love it. But in what universe would anyone define a veal entrée as

I’m just sayin.