Friday, December 27, 2013

Solar Revolution

Today marks the completion of my 48th ride around ol' Sol, and the beginning of my 49th trip.

30 years ago I didn't think I'd make it to 21.

Guess I was wrong.

If I'd known I was gonna live THIS long...


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This Just In...

...from the Scary Words Make News Scarier Department:

"...the campus was placed on lockdown after reports of an armed gunman."

Do they also lock down the campus if a gunman is UNarmed?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

If Women Don't Find You Handsome They Should At Least Find You Handy...

Today was a fix-it day at Casa de MXL.

I replaced a bad motor capacitor in an air conditioner and now have cool air flowing in the dining room and living room again, much to the happiness of the others who live here.

For the record, if I ever recommend you purchase a certain appliance, don't follow my advice.  I seem to have a knack for choosing appliances that only break special-order parts.

On a positive note, don't overlook Grainger as a source for appliance parts.  The motor cap that everyone else wanted upwards of $100 for was only $20 from Grainger, and was available in 2 days versus everyone else's week to 10 days.

I also replaced the lockset in the back door.  The door was made for a mortised lock, but somebody Bubba'd a modern lockset into it.  I won't say that I completely un-Bubba'd it, but at least the brass door reinforcement covers the Bubba job and gives the bolt a solid attachment point.

A few hours of lost sleep is probably worth the domestic harmony my efforts hopefully produce.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Checking In...

I unplugged (mostly) for a few days for ABATE of Iowa's 29th Annual Freedom Rally.

I took a wi-fi hotspot with me but by the time the park filled up what little bandwidth was available was totally swamped.

Beyond that, I just really haven't had much printable to say about the world around me.

I have a couple of posts brewing...perhaps it's time to lean my chair back against the wall for a bit and see which idea pops into my brain when I bring my chair forward.*


*Quasi-obscure Young Adult literary reference

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Resemblance

Friend Ms. Ecks opines on an article on CNN giving managers a few tips for working with people with Asperger's Syndrome.  It's like the articles about hiring and working with millennials - kids who were never spanked and always received participation ribbons and trophies.

Reading the article I find I share pretty much all of the traits the author ascribes to Asperger's.

All this time I just thought I was a geek that doesn't like people.