Monday, June 30, 2008
43 miles per gallon
phase 2 = 55 mph, windows up with a/c on
36 miles per gallon
I'm now in phase 3 of my highly scientific experiment which is 55 mph, windows up, no a/c (fan only...a/c only when I begin to hallucinate in the heat).
There's not that much difference between 36 mpg and 43, although I posit that windows down does indeed trump windows up. I firmly believe the real kicker is slowing the f@#k down. It isn't easy and I piss off innumerable people each and everyday as they rush along the interstate on their way. I've developed some definite steel in my spine watching the grill of an 18 wheeler barrel down on my tiny car and swerve (angrily) over at the VERY last minute. The whoosh of air this causes requires a two handed grip on the wheel and firm mental hand to quell the image of that 18 wheeler stalling on a blind curve on a set of heavily used train tracks...but that's a matter for another blog post I'm sure.
Happy driving! Slow down everybody!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I have been encouraged by several people to post this story here. I have only told 2 people because it still makes me so AnGrY when I think about it...
Last week a woman approached me at the desk.
[PATRON] - I have a question.
[ME] - Yes, ma'am. (BTW, this is one of my pet peeves. I am at the question answering desk. I know you have a question when you get there. That's what I do for a living, genius)
[PATRON] - You know when you look something up, like in Pubm3d or something, and it says "returning results 1 through about (she stressed this word) 100? What does that mean?
[ME] - *blink, blink* I'm not sure that I know.
[PATRON] - Is there anyone else here who would?
[ME] - No, but I can take a stab at it. You know sometimes when you look things up on Google...
[PATRON] - That's not what I'm talking about. (she sighs) This is really a librarian (again, she emphasizes) question...
[Now, I'm not normally a really excitable person but I feel like she's just insulted me tremendously because it says librarian RIGHT ON MY NAMETAG. I am paying off about $12,000 dollars in student loan debt, not to mention additional credit card debt for all the other stuff that $12,000 failed to cover, because I AM a f*&^ing librarian!]
[ME] - I am a librarian. (now I stress the word)
[PATRON] - Well, you know what I mean! (no, I really don't) I need someone who specializes (I'm sure I don't need to tell you what the italics mean) in research questions!
[ME] - (I tap my name tag, which says, in block letters, REFERENCE LIBRARIAN) Like a reference librarian?
[She looks at me, I look at her. Silence reins. Finally I say...]
[ME] - I believe that search engines usually base their result page rankings on some kind of mathematical algorithim. If your search in Google is too specific, it will sometimes ask if you would like to perform the same search without those...
[PATRON INTERRUPTS] - Never mind! [and she stomps off]
If I could think someone into a maimed condition, the fire department would have carted her off on a stretcher. How rude!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
She has tapped me to take care of paying her bills while she is recovering and my grandmother will go into a rehab facility for at least 10 weeks during that time as well. She is bedridden and not a little senile. My aunt has been her primary caretaker (with occasional help from a home help nurse) for several years. My aunt has been upset because my grandmother didn't care when she told her she had cancer, she just cried and screamed accusations at my aunt about her (my grandmother's) imminent homelessness. Senility is hard on both sides of the issue. I really felt sorry for my aunt because she tends to take those things personally and not be quite able to consider that she is now the parent and my grandmother is the acting-out child. I will be interested to see how this situation pans out.
I'll keep you updated.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
On the toe front, it'll be a miracle if I don't lose the nail. I have to soak my foot in warm epsom salts twice a day, keep it tightly wrapped and stay on the lookout for any telltale signs of infection since so much of my nail bed was
. . .is it time to leave for the beach yet, KT???????
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
also, about 3 hours ago I stubbed my little toe on a book truck and tore my toenail almost completely off. I'm going to the doctor in the morning. I'm scared it will get infected after so much air has roamed around under the nailbed. Sorry, that's gross I know. It hurt(s).
Last night I went over to KT's house, her sister came over also, and we watched El Orfanato. I cannot begin to explain how good this movie was. The perfect blend of scary and sophistication that I've come to associate with everything Guillermo del Toro touches. He was not the director on this one, but he helped. And you'll never BeLiEvE what went down at KT's house last night! It was a ressurection of this! Bring on the Wal-Mart vacuum cleaners! Neither KT nor her DH fell for it although the estimated "30 to 45 minutes" they claimed it would take to clean the rug drug on from 6:30 until after 9pm. We finally just went in the room where they were, turned off the lights, turned on El Orfanato, and pretended they didn't exist (despite the fact that she was still trying to start up a conversation with KT while we were watching the movie!).
A word of advice to budding D2D salesmen (or women) out there. Don't knock on my door with your schpiel in hand while gas is $4 a gallon. Pedal that on up the street.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Look at hu puppeh footses!
Look at hu puppeh wiskahs!
Look at hu puppeh belleh after a bottle! (doing what you do after you get a full tummy)
Look at her pit bull muzzle already in full effect! She got puppy formula all over A's shirt in the process of being fed.
T and her mom got Bella and Isabeaux at about 10 days old from a local pit bull rescue after the mother was brought in to receive emergency care from their local vet. The mother was bad off enough to be unable to care for the puppies. Unfortunately Izzy was not strong enough to stay with us and she died unexpectedly last Thursday. As you can see, Bella is eating everything not nailed down and gnawing on the things that are (as long as it comes in a bottle). She is the cutest, sweetes thing you'd ever want to see and I look forward to watching her grow up!
click through the Frontal Cortex site to check out photos from the discovery of an uncontacted tribe in Brazil. I'm sad because I know someone will feel duty-bound to now head out into the jungle and contact them. Just leave them alone and let them live. They don't want cell phones and indoor plumbing.
True Grit is a western tale adapted from Charles Portis' book of the same name and follows Rooster Cogburn on his begrudging journey to help a young girl avenge a death in her family. Cogburn is mean to her, makes fun of her but when tragedy strikes (no pun intended) Cogburn rides a horse into the ground and carries her the rest of the way into town for help. Wayne's crotchety old man character being softened by his association with the naive city girl hell bent on revenge is just one of my favorite stories. I'm slightly embarrassed to say that I have not yet read the book to see if I like the story pre-Hollywood, but it's on my list. What brought this to mind was some excellent commentary on the book and movie over at Cinematical (as usual).
Vikings fighting space monsters in the 6th century A.D.? Bring it on! Unfortunately there is no scheduled American release date at this time :(
Finally, someone with a healthy sense of humor! I have new-found respect for Deepak Chopra. In the face of protests over the parodies of Hinduism (and just about everything else) present in Mike Myer's new comedy, The Love Guru, Deepak Chopra has posted the following response on his blog:
As viewers will find out when the movie is released this summer, no one is more thoroughly skewered in it than I am --- you could even say that I am made to seem preposterous. If I don't take offense and some Hindus do, that doesn't make me superior or more mature or even innately tolerant. I just know the difference between a belly laugh and a diatribe."
How refreshing in our ultra-PC environment.
KT and I have watched The Strangers and thought it was capital S-C-A-R-Y! There was a preview for a movie called Quarantine and I had not heard of it before then but it looked capital F#*%ing S-C-A-R-Y! I should have known that my beloved Cinematical would be able to deliver the skinny on this horrific delight. I'm going to have to see the original Spanish film before we see Quarantine! Enjoy the trailer for the original!
Thank you, Eugene Novikov! I personally can hardly wait to see The Happening!
Yes, I still harbor some unmistakebly warm feelings for Vin. I admit it freely. I'll also be seeing Babylon A.D. when it hits theaters.
that is all (for today!)
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
The young boy subsequently looked like the carpet had just severed his legs and nearly yelled, "No! Ptolemy's Gate!".
I'm certain the you, dear reader, are empathizing with the same chagrin as I.
that is all.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I wish I could say it still looked this nice but alas, that was about 2 weeks ago so it's getting ragged. It will be cut every 3 weeks 'cause that's what I can barely afford. I love my yard though, it's nice and flat and I have some nice St. Augustine in the front but some kind of fescu from hell in the back (which you can see swaying in the breeze in the first photo)!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I'm somewhat ashamed to say that I slept all afternoon while it thundered and rained outside and now I've started George R.R. Martin's fourth in the epic Song of Ice and Fire series, A Feast for Crows. Thanks to KT and KP for getting me started on this series. I AM ENCHANTED!.....well, with the series but not personally enchanted. A Dance With Dragons is due out in September!
I hope everyone had a great weekend even if it has been quite soggy!