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Death warmed over...

March 27, 2008 11:20 AM

So about this time yesterday I was just recovering from Tuesday afternoon/night.

Basically what happened is that I was beyond sick with something that gave me some nasty stomach problems, a slight fever/chill, aching joints, and a complete lack of desire to do anything but hide under the covers shivering until the next time I had to emerge to go to the bathroom in a rush. I sent my general manager an email that I wouldn’t be in when I found myself awake at 1:30 a.m. after using the bathroom repeatedly. Needless to say after my wife and child left at 4 a.m. I slept in until about 10.

About yesterday around noon I was able to eat something - microwaved rice and chicken soup. Then by the end of the day I was able to get into the garage and work on my wife’s mini-van. (Which should be finished tonight. I was out of RTV and hit the time limit for the night “noise law”. Something else I’ll have to get used to again...)

(Today I’m eating at the restaurant because my stomach can not handle fast food at all. In fact I think it was part of what made me feel so nasty when I was sick - I had changed my diet to eat cheaper but less healthy food. Bad idea.)

The air purifier in the bedroom is helping a bit but we really need to have the ducts cleaned. As a friend put it we probably “have dust Rhinos in the ventilation system”.

So I’ll have her van repaired this evening and then we’ll return the “banana boat” tomorrow. (Pale yellow PT Cruiser from Enterprise.) And then I should be able to put my truck in the garage and work on it. Turns out the vacuum line to the front axle has been plugged and capped since I’ve owned the vehicle so all the times I thought I was running it in 4wd I really wasn’t because the front axles were never engaged. Wonderful.

Regardless I should be able pick up a replacement transfer case at the one junkyard and then pick up a transmission jack and swap it for the bad one. In the meantime though I’m going to change out the one vacuum switch and run new vacuum line to the front axle.

I still have the feeling that we’re missing some boxes in all this. For instance I know I packed a box of bags of dry pantry goods but I can’t seem to find it. Just like I can’t find the dutch oven that was on the counter in the old kitchen.

One box that I _must_ find is the box containing all the front wheel bearing stuff for my bike. I need to get that done and need to get it done soon. I need to return to that early-morning, early-afternoon schedule. It’ll play hell with my wife’s overtime but quite honestly I need to get back on track and getting back on my previous schedule will help a lot.

Looked at the garden area more closely yesterday. Turns out the previous owner just left everything to rot so I’m going to have to pull out a lot of dead plants before I’m able to even break up the soil and plant. But then my indemnified watermelon seeds have not shown up in the mail yet either. *grumble*

One thing I probably won’t have to do though is replace the back fence. Turns out my neighbor whom I met yesterday wants to put a privacy fence up because he has pool parties every year. I have no problem with that because it’s going to go pretty much where our fence is now AND our fence needs to be taken down because it’s dead. (Trust me on this one - it’s dead.) Anyway I’m all for it. I’ll likely even pay for the survey just so it’s marked out properly and told our neighbor so. And he has no problem with it either. He’s a nice guy and his family has been there for about 15 years or so.

Hmm....I wonder. Thinking about the back yard brought an idea to mind. Putting a wind generator on the roof has some inherent problems - including the fact that most roofs are peaked. Here’s a thought - why can’t you put something that looks like a double anemometer but have the hubs of said beast connected using three gears/peg wheels. I know people have seen them - two peg wheels/gears at angle to each other with the bottom of the triangle being one final drive gear that is attached to the generator directly. Kind of like those pegged style weaving toys you used to see. If you made the blades the right shape you could capture wind regardless of which side of the roof it was going on. And most importantly it would be considerably less intrusive than a standard wind generator. Granted we’re still talking less efficiency since it’s not high in the air but that sort of thing isn’t available for most homes. And what I want most is an idea that works in the suburban arena...




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