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5 1/2 Dr. Horribles...

December 10, 2008 11:18 AM 12/10/08

That’s how long it took me to get home last night. I don’t think I went above 40 mph the entire way and only once or twice did I ever get to 3rd gear. So basically I gave my truck what is colloquially known as an “Italian Tune-Up”. (Note - I’m part Italian and don’t mean to offend anybody. Not my term anyway.)

Needless to say stick-shift is fun and wonderful for a great many driving experiences but slow-speed snow is not one of them as my sore legs and right arm will attest.

Highly looking forward to three weeks without answering work e-mail or the work phone. My dad is going to help me shuffle things around during the first week of that so that I can finally get the garage and the house all separated out and organized. If I play my cards right I might even be able to get all those annoying chemicals and paints that are dead out of there. At the very least I should be able to put them in the shed. I need to put the mower deck out there anyway.

Bought my nephew a guitar on E-Bay today. It’s a kid sized acoustic with sunburst finish. It’s not a high quality one because I know he’ll likely kill it but it should provide hours of fun. He liked the one our daughter has so I thought it would be a good gift. Surprisingly my sister-in-law has no problem with it either.

Bought my wife a ******* and it cost $**** so she should be pretty happy and surprised when it shows up. *GRIN*

I’m watching 200 Legos on E-Bay and should be able to get those for my daughter tonight without too much problem. Cleaning them off should be interesting. I’ve heard everything from putting them all in a soapy bathtub and stirring them with a paddle to putting them in pillowcases and into the washing machine. Shouldn’t be too hard regardless.

Not sure what to get everybody else. My father, mother, sister, etc. all have pretty much said that we don’t need to buy them anything so maybe i’ll just get them stocking stuffers or something. My wife will know better what to get them.

We’re such lazy bastards that we don’t have our tree or any lights up yet. I should be able to start putting that stuff up this coming weekend hopefully but it’s all part and parcel of all the organizing that needs to be done around the house. If I get them up some time next week I’ll be happy.

Have to plow when I get home today. Unfortunately the sun is out and you know what that means - the snow will compact itself. That means it’ll be “heavier” for the plow to move. Hopefully I won’t have to put the chains on the lawn tractor because I can’t remember where they are at the moment. I should have plowed it last night but I was pretty dead when I came home. And then I couldn’t get to sleep so I read about 1/3 of Bresinger before going to bed.

Recently I’ve been thinking about all the ideas and inventions that I have written down and I really want to get cracking on building prototypes. I wonder if there’s any grants for inventors out there. Maybe I should dig up a current copy of the government money book written by that guy that looks like The Riddler from Batman. Matthew Lesco is his name I think. But then all that grant money is in flux anyway until the economy gets better and the new congress convenes. A lot of my ideas are in the area of green power generation and micro-generation so maybe I can get some funding under “green” grants or something. I’ll have to check into it.

Back to the grind....but not for much longer this month... ;-)

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Dec. 10th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Legos! YAY Legos! You need to keep an eye out for the Viking Legos, the Star Wars Legos, just about every kind of Legos. All children need huge Rubbermaid tubs full of Legos.

Okay, I'm better now....
Dec. 11th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Dec. 11th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
yeah, it puts some extra strain on your shifting arm and your clutch leg, but i still prefer driving a stick shift on snow or ice. the very thing i object to about automatics - their annoying habit of thinking that they know better than you do what gear you want to be in - is even more obnoxious when you need ever possible bit of control.
Dec. 11th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oh no doubt. Thankfully next week (and the two weeks after that) I won't have to drive anywhere unless I want to. ^_^

I've owned more automatics than manuals but with a couple of exceptions the manuals were more fun to drive. In no particular order...


'77 Buick Electra with a 403 Olds engine (Fun and fast)
'76 AMC Concord
'77 AMC Hornet (Fun)
'86 Mercury Sable
'86 Mercury Sable Wagon
'94 Dodge Shadow ES (Fun)
'00 Caravan (Wife's current vehicle.)
'88 Pontiac Sunbird (Fun)


'81 Dodge 024 with 1.6 Rabbit engine and 5-speed GTI trans I put in. (Fun)

'80's Plymouth Sapporo (Fun - broke the stick shift rod on it by shifting too hard.)

'86? Dodge D50 (Mitsubishi pickup.)

'93 Dodge Dakota 4wd, 3.9L V6, 5 speed - current vehicle (Fun)

'82 Yamaha XJ650RJ motorcycle. (Need I say it? ^_^)
Dec. 12th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
well, keep in mind that i grew up (and learned to drive) during the era when an automatic was a "luxury", and cost extra. (for that matter, i remember when radios and heaters were luxury extras for new cars... although i must have been about five at the time.) also, my father was a long-haul trucker - when i was 12, he showed me how to drive the tractor, although i had to stand up to be able to reach the clutch pedal and the steering wheel at the same time. by the time i turned 16, and was able to get a learner's permit, i was severely miffed that they made me take the road test in an automatic.

i was going to list what i've driven, but i can't remember them all, and it would look like pointless bragging anyway ;-)
(but my list includes a couple of motorcyles also.)
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