I called the juror hotline last night and heard the lovely message telling me that there was no need for jurors, and that my obligation has been filled. Hot damn! I called it twice to ensure I wasn’t being pranked.

Now I need to conquer my poison ivy, periformis syndrome, COVID leftovers, weight loss, and all of the other health issues that my body has, and life will be good. Oh, it would also help to fix the Georgia house, sell the Florida house, and find a source of income.

I should be celebrating my freedom by doing laundry this morning at the Waschsalon, but don’t want to. Instead I am bumping that chore until tomorrow morning.

Wordle: four, my starter was BRACE
Connections: perfect, Green > Blue > Purple > Yellow

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53 Responses to 2024-04-02

  1. Steve says:

    Wordle in 5! 2 letters in the wrong place 3 times!! Then things started to click.

    I called the Ortho to schedule an appointment to look at my back and she asked if I was available yesterday afternoon! You gotta like that kind of (rare) response. They took 3 xrays and poked around. Nothing out of line- all wear point are what would be expected of a 65 years old. Prescribed some anti-inflammatories and set me up for PT in a month.

    Debbie came home and proclaimed “We’re going for a family walk”. Huh? Off we go to the cow-less cow pasture for a couple laps, wrangling the dogs the whole time. A good start. That was the extent of my exercise. Riding tonight for sure.

    Weather looking better still for eclipse viewing!


  2. Jenka says:

    Today is going to be warm but it will rain tonight and bring through a cold front. I desperately need to drive through a car wash, my car is nasty. But I am on the fence since it’s going to rain.

    Sounds like you’ve prepped the FL house, is it about to go on the market?

    • Steve says:

      I doubt your car is as dirty as our vehicles. Live on a dirt road with lots of potholes, then come talk to me. We think about washing them, then look at the forecast and think, “What’s the point?”

      • Jenka says:

        In your situation, I wouldn’t bother. But I drive around town and like every other car is totally clean and I think, “will I ever be a responsible adult? How does everyone keep their car so clean?! Do they wash it every day?”

        Even the other cars on my street are clean. I just don’t understand.

        • David says:

          Fuck ’em, you’re going your own way. 🙂 Seriously though, keeping the exterior of one’s car clean this time of year is a massively Sisyphean task. I just get through the season and then get my car detailed once the fucking pollen goes away to get a reset.

        • Barb says:

          my car is so pollen covered & its in the garage most of the time.
          I’ll run thru a (used to be $5, now probably $10) car wash at some point. Bike rack is on the back of the car & haven’t taken it off, so that’s my excuse to not wash right now.

    • We are getting close to putting it on the market. Unfortunately its condition isn’t the greatest, so we will probably sell it “as is” for less than we desire. That sounds so familiar…

      • Jenka says:

        Sure, but in this market you will get more for an “as is” property than at any other time.

        • Barb says:

          what Jenka said – selling AS IS is the way to go anymore.
          Plus – any money you spend to “fix it up” the buyer will probably not like, and will spend money to change it. So why bother.

    • David says:

      I saw a funny as hell Instagram video where somone used a credit card to scrape the pollen on their windshield into a little pile, and then said “there’s nothing like doing a couple of lines for the sinuses.” 🙂

  3. David says:

    Wordle in 3, one miss on Connections, breezy Strands.

    I had a lovely day playing college professor yesterday. It’s interesting to me, I always had teaching college on my radar for the latter end of my career. I sure as hell had no idea that I’d be figuring out a way to teach college students while not having all of the red tape and rigamarole that comes with teaching college students. Time with the students is such a gift. I taught 3 sessions of an introductory level class. A lot of the students listened and left, which is to be expected, but a handful stuck around and asked me questions afterward, and I spent 30 minutes one on one with two students who wanted to geek out on Excel. It was so good for my soul! I also had a productive lunch with an accounting professor and have some great ideas on how to leverage my recent breakthroughs.

    I got the table of contents revised for my newest book done at the 11th hour, but on time. I’m basing out of Joe’s today to advance the cause on the other book.

    Thank you for the ongoing eclipse weather updates, Steve. Weather forecasts and sports are on the same bucket for me, I only rarely look at either. It frees up a lot of time and emotional bandwidth.

    Paulie, you’re putting the cart in front of the horse thinking that WHEN I get ______ done, THEN I’ll be happy. Nope, that’s not how are brains are wired. I’ve seen countless therapists videos saying this, heard it from my own series of therapists, and experienced it first hand. The trick is figure out how to be happy WHILE you’re working toward those goals. I sat in on a lunch at Bones a few years ago with a local real estate developer. Dude has way more money than he knew what do with. And he’s absolutely miserable. He exudes it. He has a routine of dining at Bones because the staff “knows” him, but basically he’s just buying their attention. Live for today, man. Tomorrow is bullshit, we we never set foot in tomorrow, all we have is today.

    And phew, crisis averted on jury duty.

    • David says:

      I meant to say introductory accounting class. Every business student has to take this class, and the non-accounting majors just grind their way through it. I get it, I ground my way through certain college classes, particularly statistics.

      • Barb says:

        I took an intro accounting course at Iowa State & realized I could never be an accountant. I like numbers ok, but not that much.

        I did like statistics though

        • David says:

          Yes, the first intro to accounting class is the wid0w-maker at Kennesaw for business students. There’s a lot of frequent fliers, meaning students that take it more than once, which means they buy that first assignment from me more than once. There’s no equivocation about accounting, either a person is like “hell yeah” or “oh hell no!” 🙂 I had two stats classes, the second was far more bearable because the professor let us out early on the nights that there was a Hawks game (manna from heaven for a night school student). He’d also prep us for tests by flipping through pages of the chapter and say “nothing, nothing, something, nothing” to identify what we needed to focus on. He was an Indian civil engineer, and one of my favorite professors ever.

    • David says:

      On Sunday evening after my weekend of massive programming epiphanies and the Arther Brown song “Fire” from 1968 popped into my head. The song opens with him screaming “I am the god of hell fire!” My riff on it was “I am the god of Excel fire!” Steve is probably the only person here that will appreciate that, so I’ll just see myself out here. 😉

  4. Barb says:

    Did my good deed for the day – took Kristina over to Peach Auto (in Chamblee) to get her Honda that has been non working for at least 2 years. Libby needs a car eventually. Hadn’t seen Lam in forever – I’ve known him since the late 90s. So many hashers have given him business – but I like to think, I started it all (because I did)

    Last night we went for a ride – about 22 miles – I forgot to hit start on the Wahoo, so I was missing 1.5 miles. We added in some hills – need to add in more hills. Allan is more convinced than ever her needs an Ebike now – and I do love not getting totally dropped on every hill.

    Today is Allan’s birthday (I guess I should acknowledge it) – he can’t seem to decide what to do for lunch & dinner. the big 55.
    Maybe some sushi & ramen tonight.

  5. Barb says:

    Connections – Blue & yellow – got sone in seconds – then Green & purple -took forever with mistakes.

    Wordle in 4 – Allan came up behind me & got the word. (I wasn’t seeing it)

    Strands – maybe later when I’m bored – that game is just a time waster for me.
    (and – it doesn’t have a reveal button, somedays I just want to see the answers)

    • Jenka says:

      I sailed through Strands — I got the Spangram first off and then everything else was easy. Perhaps the reason why I love Strands is because I am naturally good at it, while Connections is more difficult.

      Connections: I eventually got it with 2 mistakes. Yellow > blue > green > purple. Two of those purple words are actually wrong, unless they are vernacular from the midwest or something.

      • Barb says:

        don’t be blaming purple on the midwest – I’ve never heard it called that

      • I assume you mean WHEEL? You’ve never seen wagon wheel pasta? TUBE, BOWTIE, and ELBOW are definitely common shapes of pasta.

        • Jenka says:

          I’ll give you wheels (although it should be rotelle, but I won’t argue), but tube is not a name for pasta. Unless that is vernacular somewhere in the country (obviously not the midwest, Barb!) it is rigatoni. You don’t see boxes of pasta at the supermarket with “tube” on them.

          • David says:

            LOL. Maybe you’re just shopping at high-brow grocery stores. 😉 I remember back in the day when Kroger had their generic store-brand that looked like prison food, some godawful yellow and black labeling or something. I could totally see the word Tube on a box like that.

          • I was going to try to Photoshop a Barilla box to read “Tube” but don’t have the time for that. 🙂

          • Barb says:

            We watched Repo Man recently – every thing in that move had generic words on them (that now days would be serious product placement)
            the movie was dumb (imo) but that part was funny.

          • I love the movie Repo Man, because it’s so dumb. The soundtrack for it was played in my cassette player hundreds of time in the 1980s.

          • Jenka says:

            HAHAH! That Photoshop would’ve been hilarious!

          • David says:

            I do love the label on Emergency Drinking Beer. It’s straight outta that TV show Lost.

  6. Today’s NYT Mini crossword said that there is a college chemistry class informally called “ORGO”? Funny, that never passed our lips when I got a chemistry degree.

  7. Barb says:

    BTW- did anyone besides me watch the women’s basketball games last night?
    Iowa dominated the 2nd half – on to the Final 4.

  8. Barb says:

    Allan found our 2 pair of cheap solar viewing glasses.
    I’m set for whatever we can see from my yard

  9. David says:

    Uncharacteristic but much needed two beer late lunch at the Flatiron. Life is good.

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