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Three Terabyte Plumbing?!?

On my way in to work this morning, I saw a van with big, green letters on the back that read "3TB PLUMBING".

Seriously, the integration of computing into the construction of homes is just going too far now...


I'm on a train!

I'm on the Pacific Surfliner at Van Nuys station as I write this. I'm on the first leg of my trip up to San Luis Obispo to watch a burlesque troop called SLO Tease put on a show. Why? Because one of the dancers, Crocodile Tears, is doing a sword dance to the tune of "Hey There Cthulhu"! :)

Taking the train is awesome. Free muffins! Free coffee! Free snacks!

FREE WINE! Holy smokes, who gives out free wine anymore? Seriously.

Anyway, I just felt like checking in. I'll be on periodically, so emails and LJ comments will still reach me in a reasonable time.

A toothache without the tooth?

I've got a really annoying pain in my mouth that feels exactly like a toothache, except there's no tooth there anymore. It's in the place where my lower right wisdom tooth used to be.

Fortunately, I'll be seeing a dentist tomorrow. I hope he can tell me what the hell's going on.

Speaking of my dad's Army service...

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When I was in junior high, I was given an assignment to interview a veteran for Veterans Day. Since my dad was one, I interviewed him. One of the questions I asked him was "What was the funniest thing that happened while you were in the Army?"

His response (which I paraphrase) was that there was a Lt. Colonel who was in charge of fire safety training—and yet, despite this, his tent burned down one night*. During winter war games. In Alaska!

Yeah, that takes a special kind of stupid . . .


*No one was in fact in the tent when this happened, so no one was hurt.

Veteran's Day

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For my dad, who served in peacetime, 1958-1960, stationed in Alaska.

For my maternal grandfather, who was in the Army Air Corps during WWII, who earned a half-dozen medals, and who would never talk about his service.

For my friend Laura Kate, aka twistesse, who, because of a misdemeanor on her record, was denied training as a corpsman when she entered the Navy . . . so they trained her as a spy instead.

For all my friends and relatives in the armed services, whether active, reserve, or retired.


A philosophical thought...

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You know, I hate it when the blowhards win. Because then they feel like their blowhardiness is justified.

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This isn't meant to be general, just some ideas for my own benefit. But if you find any of these ideas useful, awesome! Feel free to use 'em as you like.

  1. Buy a punching bag. It would be nice to be able to use up excess cortisol by hitting something.

  2. Go rock climbing. It's one of the paradoxes of my life: I hate heights, and yet I love climbing. So I should go find some nice, easy rocks to climb.

  3. Walk with friends. My friend Jeff does short-to-medium-length walks every week or so. I should join him on one. (I was going to do so a couple weeks ago, but I ended up with a nasty headache and so had to cancel.)

  4. Exercise while dinner is cooking. That way, I have a built-in reward. (Of course, this wouldn't work for anything that has to be monitored constantly, but it would for a lot of the things I cook.)

  5. Go to the batting cage. I did this a while back, and it was a lot of fun. Hands hurt like heck afterward, but it was pain and not damage, so I'm not worried about injuring myself. Probably not practical to do more than once a week, though. (This was how I discovered that I'm a pretty decent switch-hitter. Not as good left-handed as right, but not really very much worse.)

  6. T'ai Chi. I took a class a long time ago, but lack of practice has caused me to forget everything. I should look into another class or maybe some kind of self-study via DVD or Internet.

Alas, the brain gave up at six. Maybe I'll try later for more.

Poker with Death

Yesterday, Halloween, I played poker with Death:


and won:


And today ... I am Death:

Screenshot 2014-11-01 11.11.46

Feliz Dia de los Muertos, everyone! :D


My Halloween costume

I'm Grumpy Cat



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