Archive for November, 2008


Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Here’s definitely the last of the playground pictures. But she’s so cute, the Great Art is easy. If I feature any more, I’ll have to make them part of a famous Series. Soft-focus picture courtesy of the famous Treo-cam.

The real puzzle is why I’m not getting any comments from Loyal Reader Number Sixteen. She used to be a sucker for Loyal Reader Number Twelve. Must not be reading too loyally right now.

Long post yesterday, short post today. And no posts on Thursday or Friday – we’ll have no connection.

Not my favorite day – I had a large conflict with one of my former subordinates, which I hate. Sigh.

Otherwise fine. No rain today, but we’re expecting it tonight and tomorrow. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday look fine, so the campout isn’t immediately endangered.

Lots still to do to get ready for the trip. I’ll make a list early tomorrow morning and start working it off.

Nice to see a few updates on Loyal Reader Number One’s blog. I’m interested in trying some of that cookies and cream milk. Sounds delicious.

See you tomorrow.

Heading down

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Here’s Loyal Reader Number Twelve going down the slide. Yes, I know I said I was through with that topic. But it was so much fun. And she’s so cute. And I don’t feel like looking for another picture. Picture courtesy of the exclusive Treo-cam.

Ouch! My aching back! I have a sore muscle on the left side of my lower back. It’s been there for weeks and doesn’t show any signs of getting better yet. I think I need to lie in bed for a day or two. Or maybe I could lie in my hammock at this week’s campout.

Speaking of which, we still don’t have the trailer back. We went over on Saturday, as predicted. We were disappointed to learn that it wasn’t ready. We gave them a few words of encouragement and went home to wait. They never called. Loyal Reader Number Four reports that she called and found out it’s done now. We’ll go get it on Wednesday. Hopefully, they balance out their pokey pace with excellent work.

The Truly Great News of the weekend is that the rocket launcher is working!! Double exclamation mark!! Loyal Reader Number Two and I did a bunch of experimenting and finally came up with setting the table saw to cut a groove in a tube for the o-ring. We got the exact right depth, making it easy to put the rocket on the launcher while ensuring a perfect seal. We’re planning to take the launcher and a bunch of supplies camping with us so we can work on some designs.

Let’s see, did anything else get done? Oh yeah, we put down some badly-needed weed killer on the lawn. Ummm . . . Went over to the home of our friends Jim and Kathy for dinner and games Saturday night.

I taught the lesson in Priesthood on Sunday. Thought it went well. At least there was some good discussion.

The Gardenville software website and email service are back! Stupid Vizaweb.

We’re going out to dinner again tonight, this time to a good Chinese restaurant with our friends Bill and Carol. He’s our home teacher and one of my valued associates in the Group Leadership. Looking forward to it.

I tried for the second time to read a book on the history of the California state parks. I bought it several months ago at a library book sale. Can’t recall the title right now. Also can’t recommend it. I consider myself to be a state park lover and a big history fan, so it would take quite a lot to produce a history of state parks I didn’t like. This author succeeded. The book is jam-packed with irrelevant, uninteresting facts in three columns per page of tiny print with small, sparse photographs. Every conceivable name and date is included. Sadly, in order to fit in all those facts, the author had to leave out the story. I threw the book away.

Loyal Reader Number One reports that he’s delighted with his new job. Good to hear.

More good news! I just checked and found out the Morrowlife financial juggernaut has made $11.04! Interestingly, once you get above ten bucks you have to verify your address and phone number. I verified the phone number tonight and will verify the address as soon as the letter they sent me comes. Less than ninety dollars to go before I get my first check. I wonder what I’ll spend the money on.

Anyway. Time for other things. See you tomorrow.

View enjoyer

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Here’s Loyal Reader Number Two enjoying the view at Yosemite. Part of my famous Camping series.

Okay workday. Nothing too exciting, but nothing too depressing, either. Most of the day was spent in meetings (sigh) and giving performance appraisals to people. Several more of those left to do next week.

The train was half an hour late this afternoon. The one in front of us broke down outside of Livermore and had to wait for us to catch up with it so we could push it home. I’m glad I wasn’t on the earlier train – it was an hour and a half late.

In today’s toilet news, they’re now classified as Great Art! Now, that’s my kind of museum.

The weekend is once again upon us. I’m sure there’s plenty to do, but I frankly don’t know what any of it is. I’m not planning to figure it out right now, either. The work will have to come to me this weekend.

One thing I know, though, is that we need to pick up the trailer from the shop. Oh, and I need to fix that doggone rocket launcher once and for all. And I should probably get a car washed.

I just checked the weather for the campout. It’s supposed to be sunny to partly cloudy with highs in the lower sixties or upper fifties and lows in the upper forties. Not too shabby, although I could stand it a little warmer. Shouldn’t complain, though, it being late November and all. We will have full hookups at the campground, so there will be no shortage of heat and light. And water and sewer, for that matter. I’m really looking forward to being there.

Spoke with Loyal Reader Number One for a few minutes this evening. He’s doing well at school and greatly enjoying his new job. He has his own personal, private desk with a quite nice (Apple) computer on it, so what’s not to like? He has nice co-workers, fresh-baked bread, bratwursts, and there’s even a cot in the closet. He’s thinking he could live there.

Which would be great! He could save big on housing expenses. In fact, he might not even have to work anymore! Of course, then he wouldn’t have an office to live in anymore. So he’d have to move back into the dorm. And then he’d have to go back to work. So I guess he can’t live there after all.

LRN2 is away at a friend’s house for the night. Loyal Reader Number Four and I are on our own again. Not that that’s a bad thing. Have fun, LRN2!

See you on Monday.

Pumpkin girl

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Here’s Loyal Reader Number Twelve getting ready for trick-or-treating. Photo courtesy of Loyal Reader Number Four.

Extreme Short Shrift tonight. And I mean it. It’s after 9:30 and I just got home from the Thursday evening meeting. Very little time to blog.

We can’t miss today’s important toilet news, though. Apparently, somebody didn’t appreciate World Toilet Day and went on a rampage. Is there anything lower than toilet arson?

Worked pretty hard, got a few things done. There’s lots left over for Friday, though. I only have about four hours of meetings scheduled, so there should be some time to actually work. I can hardly wait.

As possibly my final look at last Saturday’s playground activity, I offer the following exclusive Treo-cam lo-fi cinematic masterpiece:

Now what could be cuter than that?

I was hoping for some proposed Holiday Activities as comments to yesterday’s post. Didn’t get any, so I refer my Loyal Readers to yesterday’s post. Is there anything anybody wants to do in Lardville over the holidays?

Loyal Reader Number Two and I made a few plans for the Thanksgiving Weekend campout. We’re hoping to geocache, shoot the .22, and work on water rockets. Assuming, of course, I finally get the launcher working. Sigh. Back to work on it this Saturday.

Time for bed. See you tomorrow.

Sliding slider

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Here’s Loyal Reader Number Twelve on her way down the slide last Saturday, as the final part of my famous Playground Trilogy. Fuzzy picture courtesy of the exclusive Treo-cam.

Well, we’re halfway through the week before the Thanksgiving week. I’m really looking forward to the four-day weekend, especially the three-days-in-a-campground part. Then there are three work weeks left before the two-week Christmas break.

Loyal Reader Number One has his airline reservations for the Holiday. Unless I’m very much mistaken, he’ll be home on 16 December and is staying through 6 January. That involves leaving campus a little early and getting back a little late, but it cuts the price of the ticket by about half. So his loss is our gain, seeing as how we’re buying the bargain-price ticket and he’s figuring out how to take one final early and dealing with getting back on the first day of class.

Anyway. The Holidays are upon us and the Holiday Plans must be made. We need to dedicate our next Home Evening to this crucial task. I invite my remote-based Loyal Readers who will be in Lardville to provide inputs sometime this week.

So far, known activities will include:

  • Decorating the tree & house
  • Undecorating the tree & house
  • Baking cookies
  • Giving cookies away
  • Eating cookies
  • Film festival
  • Game day
  • Visit wacky lit-up house
  • Museum trip
  • Ward Christmas party
  • Ritual human sacrifice
  • First Presidency Christmas Broadcast
  • Listening to my old-time radio Christmas collection
  • Staying up too late
  • Sleeping in too late
  • Having fun

I can hardly stand the wait. Please, Christmas, don’t be late.

In the meantime, there are things to do. For example, I’m teaching the lesson in Priesthood meeting on Sunday, which is one of my very favorite things to do. Haven’t started preparing yet, though.

Got a call this morning from my buddy Jim. He invited Loyal Reader Number Four and me to join his wife, him, and another friendly couple for Mexican dinner and games this coming Saturday evening. Not Mexican games. Just games. We gladly accepted and are looking forward to the get-together.

I foolishly accepted an invitation to be in a quartet at the Stake Christmas Music Fireside. I’m happy to do it, but I need to practice. A lot. A whole lot. So far, nothing We’re a couple of weeks away now and we haven’t sung it even once. We haven’t even heard it yet. I’m worried.

Happy World Toilet Day! I’m not sure I want to attend the celebration, though.

Vizaweb has disappeared again. It seems to happen every November. So, no Gardenville Software website or email – for now. At least I own the domain name now, so I haven’t lost the site permanently. I can just rehost it to my own server. I’ll give it a couple of days before I get excited about it.

No controversy, no poetry. See you tomorrow.