Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Auto "Correct"

My phone tells me that when I fat-fingered "are" as "sre" that I really wanted "Srebenica."

Yes.  That is what I wanted, Messaging Application on Android.  Thank you for your efforts.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hallway Conversation

Scene: Weird Contractor with a Cane approaches GDad in the hallway.

WCwaC: Do you know which floor has the best vending machines?

GDad:  Well, of the three floors I spend any time on, I believe only 26 has vending machines at all.  If that doesn't have what you need, you can always go down to the Corporate Store.

WCwaC: I'm looking for something like Caffeine Dusted Coffee Chips.

GDad: You could always get a jar of powdered caffeine and keep it on your desk.

Monday, October 29, 2012


Not sure if it's the weather, work, Son, or some combination of those and other factors, but I am just exhausted.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bring Him Home

Son's fall choir concert was today.  The small male ensemble did an arrangement of Bring Him Home.  It was so beautiful that I cried.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Son got all As and Bs this quarter, and he's due for a cell phone replacement.  His old phone had some damage, then it was "accidentally" dropped (or run over or something).  We budgeted for a phone, and we Son made an argument for a new iPhone.  That's fine, so while he was out at his band contest, I drove around Capital City trying to find one.  Evidently, there is collusion not to "hold" iPhones for customers, even just for 20 minutes.  "Sorry, sir, we just sold the last one."

I finally found one and managed to get it purchased with as many discounts as I could swing.  By the time I got done, I ran another errand or two and made it over to see Son perform.  After the kids did their show, I followed Son to the buses and handed him his new phone.  He was thrilled.

Son's friend Tremell came up to me and asked, "Hey!  Where's my iPhone 5?"

I stared at him for a moment.  Tremell is one of those comically confrontational kids, and I wanted to react in a way that would throw him off his game.  He was ready for the sheepish, "Sorry," or the abrupt, "You're on your own, kid."  What he wasn't prepared for was me reaching up and blurting out, "Got your nose!"

Friday, October 26, 2012

Gaming the System

Boss was dressed in a nice long-sleeve, yet still somehow summery shirt and cream-colored canvas-like pants today.

GDad:  Lookin' sharp!

Boss: [distracted]  Huh?

GDad and Suzi: Your outfit.

Boss:  Yeah, I dressed down, but just over the "pay for jeans" line.  Do not tell anybody I said that!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Local Restaurant Artwork

I took this picture at a local Mexican restaurant that shows off placemats that people color.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Big Machine

This machine was at the Renaissance Faire.  It was in a booth that sold leather bustiers.  Yes, you read that right.  This was not the Victorian Faire.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Walking Dead - New Theme Song

Brain drops keep fallin' on my head...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Funny Note from School

A coworker sent this to me.  The kid who wrote the note is a schoolmate of coworker's son.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Happy New Addition to the "Smiths"

Coworker and wife had a baby.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Lesson for the day....

Chipotle has consequences.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Feeling All Masculine and Stuff

This Google ad popped up in my inbox.

Google's "Why this ad?" help tells me this: "This ad is based on information from your Google account. Visit Google’s Ads Preferences Manager to learn more, block specific advertisers, or opt out of personalized ads."

I sort of want to get better ads, but another part of me would rather be entertained by the misses.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Son took this panoramic view of our back yard with my new phone's camera.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Skid Marks on the Road

This is not even from the very end of them.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sicko - Raining and Pouring Edition

I now have "it" from the best-selling "it's going around."  Cough and runny nose, and I feel feverish without actually having a fever.  Hooray!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Doctor Results

Son is to be on naproxen and a muscle relaxant for over a week, and he is not to lift anything (including the bass drum he plays in marching band) for at least five days.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Another Accident

Son was in another accident.  Nobody was injured, but he was cited, so he likely will lose his license until he's 18.

Son was pulling out of the driveway, nose first, with friend Ashton in the car.  He turned left, but he didn't see an oncoming pickup truck coming from the left.  The other truck locked its brakes and collided with Son's back end.  Son spun 90 degrees and ended in the ditch on the other side of the road.

The other driver's skid marks were 107 feet long.  The speed limit on our road is 35 mph.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How Many Cats is Crazy

I always thought 8, but I'm now willing to downgrade that estimate to 5.

Monday, October 8, 2012

October 8

Today is the day that everything happens, according to any historical date mentioned by Dave Barry.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Distant Relative

I found this funeral write-up at Grandma's house when we went to visit today.  This relative is distant to me, but I don't think that I have him in my genealogy work.  Time for updates, then.  I love that his nickname was "Baldy."

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Wild Blue

GPop and I took our introductory flights today.  When we paid for ground school, we also paid for the intro flight at the airport.

I went first.  Once we got into the air, the instructor handed over the controls to me.  I felt like I was 16 again at the wheel of the car.  It was an odd sensation, and I had to devote a lot of energy to making sure I at least kept the plane from falling from the sky as fiery death upon the citizens below.

GPop went up after I did, but he had been sick the day before, so he started to get a little queasy, and the instructor brought him back down to earth.

Overall, we're very excited about this.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Foto Phriday - Joke Undone

There's a joke that escalators are the only things that turn into something else when they break.  The corollary is that there is no such thing as a broken or out-of-service escalator.  Here is a counterexample.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sorcery... er, Surgery

GPop is undergoing a fiberotomy right now.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Enormous Caterpillar

I saw this caterpillar trying to get into my house.  Fortunately, it was a bit clumsy, and it sort of rolled over and out the door.  Those are my sunglasses in the case next to it for size reference.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2012 Eye Appointment Dilation

From this year's eye exam...

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Creepy Fortune

This one was in a cookie received by my friend Eggbert Terwilliger.  The cookie had two fortunes in it, in case this one was too creepy.

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