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Friday Music Flashback

Today's music flashback takes us to 1981 and Paul Davis singing "Cool Night". This is some obvious lip-syncing from Solid Gold. I actually wanted to post " '65 Love Affair" since I heard that on the radio earlier today but the released video is awful (filled with public domain weird snippets that remind me of Reefer Madness for some reason). So, this will have to do.

One thing I didn't know is that Paul passed away last year of a heart attack at just 60 years old. Well, enjoy Paul, the sounds of proms gone by, and all of his hair.

Hiatus Over

Wow. It's been almost a week. I would say I've been on hiatus here recharging the brain, but really I've been completely buried at work and just too busy to think about writing here.

During my downtime, I've been goofing off on the netbook. It's the Asus EEE 900A - currently marked down to $199 at Best Buy. This netbook rocks - I wish I did something productive on it, but I mainly goof off. I installed EEEbuntu and 2GB of RAM and it flies quite nicely. I have started downloading podcasts also, so the slacking potential is huge.

Then, there is the evil Folgers Cappuccino drink. It's good - like hot chocolate but a bit snappier. Drink it fast - it's like a Krystal - when it gets cold, it's ruined.

The forecast tonight is for ice and I'm hoping I don't pull a repeat performance and fall on the ice like I did a week ago tomorrow while out of town for work. The soreness peaked Friday and stayed through yesterday. It is amazing how slowly you bounce back…


I realized that my tophat twitpic was a little hard to see, so I present it here for a closer look. Tophats - they're making a comeback among the high school kids.

A song for Friday

A couple of months ago, I said I would try "theme Fridays" and present a classic song every Friday. That lasted one week.

So, I will never again promise a theme but I will try to get off my duff and share some songs that are my favorites at least once a week.

Today's song "Goodnight Tonight" by Wings. This one came out in 1979. The older I get, the more I appreciate Paul McCartney and Wings. It's really one of my favorite bands and there is really not much that dates this song, even today. It's not really disco or "soft 70's" - it stands quite well on its own.

Hello Winter!

This is as low as it got here and we've already rebounded to 10.

The power stayed on. The pipes are good.

Spring is right around the corner!

Blog neglect and lack of sleep

Hopefully, my blog neglect is almost over. This has been a very busy week and I'm still up putting some finishing touches on some stuff - and making sure the pipes don't freeze. Unusually cold for this area of the country through Saturday:
We were in the old house for the last real cold weather like this. Of course, at about 1AM, when it was 7 degrees, the lights went out. That seems to be typical for this area. The power went off again a few weeks ago when it hit 15 degrees so I am not looking forward to the next couple of days. Maybe they have the kinks worked out by now?This house is only 5 years old and I feel a draft. Shoddy construction? Nahhhhh. Don't get me started on that. Well, that's it. It's 1:24 AM and I am heading to bed so I can get my 5 hours in. Good night!

A day of nothing

I started out the morning by building the kids a blanket/chair tent in the living room. Doesn't everyone do this from time to time? I may build one for myself so I can sit in it when I have a bad day at work.

Of course, the rain came and flooded the yard again! This was barely a half an inch - I would hate to see what a full blast storm would do. Luckily, we have snow in the forecast since it will be much colder next week. That means no more rain and maybe the yard will dry out a bit. Looks like we'll be buying a truckload of topsoil for the backyard this spring.

These are actually little seeds or something (I do not have a green thumb) that are floating on top of the water. It is quite odd.

It will take quite a bit of soil and grass seed to fix all of this mess!

Other than this, we did very little today. We watched the Tennessee Titans lose and I updated the Ubuntu on my netbook (geek stuff). It was really a wasted day but I guess everyone needs a wasted day every so often. That&…

After Christmas Cleanup Continues

The other night I mentioned Trivial Pursuit games that I have piled up over the years. Here they all are - piled up and ready to head to the thrift store. The two on top are at least 25 years old. We spent a lot of time playing these but they are pretty dated now and are just taking up space. Hopefully, someone will get some use out of them!
I guess I held on to all of these because my mother bought most of them and was the key person who insisted we play - a lot. I owe all of my knowledge of useless trivia (and most other things) to my mother. It's funny what you get "attached" to. These are just board games. I've gotten rid of so many things over the last year - it's amazing that I made trip after trip to the thrift store and still allowed these games to stay.
My current dilemma is all of the kids school papers. I have several little totes full of drawings, worksheets, certificates and they are only in kindergarten and first grade. I'll have to make some toug…

Odds and Ends

Just some odds and ends tonight.

In recent news, I already broke one part of my "goals for 2009". I bought another book for the book shelf - a $3 copy of Billy Crystal's memoir. Shame on me, but I will get to it and it was just $3!!

In updates for 2008: I think my biggest goals for the year was organization and simplifying.

If you read this blog, you might remember that I took pictures of my closets and posted them online (link). I guess I was trying to shame myself into cleaning them up since they were completely out of control:

Well, I actually cleaned that one up -
I also cleaned up most of the clutter from the house. Instead of garage sales, I collected up everything of value and gave most of it to the thrift store (multiple car loads!) or found a home for it on Freecycle. A few items found homes on eBay and gave us some extra Christmas money. Not only that, we've really tried to limit what comes into the house. I'm not trying to go all Al Gore or anything (we sti…

Random Resolutions

I am not a 'resolution' type of person, but I will use the New Year as an excuse to post a few random goals I know I need to accomplish in '09-

1. Re-read Elements of Style.Do this in a last ditch effort to start writing using correct grammar and sentence structure again. I have written technical documents for so long that anything more complex than explaining how to turn on a computer in kindergarten-level detail is becoming more and more of a challenge.

2. Read more. I started out three years ago with a couple of books that I bought to read but never found time to read them. I now have a two shelf bookshelf with one shelf completely full of books that I have bought with the hope that I will one day read them. I have sworn to buy no additional books (except for technical ones - sorry - it's my job!) until this shelf is cleaned off. Reading more will also help me correct my bad writing habits (see #1).

3. Work less. OK - my boss wouldn't like reading that, but I'v…

New Years Day 2009

I still couldn't figure out how to make TwitPic work with my phone today (I think I got it tonight), so I had to wait to share these pics. I decided to take a few pictures to show how my New Years Day went. I did not take any pictures of packing up and putting all of the Christmas stuff in the attic, but I have the cuts and bruises to show for it.

Redbox was finally up and working today. I am starting to understand their racket. Every time I rent movies, I go to return them and the machine is always down. And no - I am not waiting until the last minute either. This machine was stuck on "Inventory Processing" last night. The one down the street was stuck on a Dell boot screen.

I guess I was meant to return them a day late. I got behind this woman with her kid. Notice that she proudly had "Big Nasty" embroidered on her sweatshirt. I bet her son is extremely proud.

Walmart had the Valentines gifts out early! Just what I wanted - TP! And, notice how Charmin Ultra Soft…