atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#5287: "Then take note of how I'll dry myself off after puking."

Paige Fox (the cartoon version from Foxtrot) standing in the kitchen berating her older brother over how he's sitting at the kitchen table eating something while dripping wet. She goes through several possible reasons why he would be that wet (swimming, running through the sprinkler, water balloons, etc) then Peter reveals that he just finished mowing the grass, and the liquid draining from his skin is therefore sweat...and then Paige says the line I used for this post's title.

Relax, says Peter. I'll get a shower when I'm done eating.

It's only been 10,000 miles since I last changed the Jeep's oil. Today was Der Tag, and I also got the tires rotated (no idea how long it's been since that was last done, though if I were to consult the maintenance log I'd know; all I know at present is that it needed it). With everything that's been going on, this is the first chance I've had to do it.

Well--the engine has a 6-quart sump and it was designed in an era when 10,000 miles was the normal service interval. I'm not too worried about it. Normally I change the Jeep's oil around the same time I change the oil in Mrs. Fungus' car, which lights up a light on the dashboard when it's due--every 5,000 miles. But I changed hers the last time the light went on (not the filter, just oil) and it's due again.

Funny thing about Mrs. Fungus' car: it takes a little less than 5 quarts. I buy a 5-quart jug and put in the correct amount, then save the leftovers. The last oil change I did was the freebie, the one done with the leftovers.

Because Mrs. Fungus had to go see Demi Lovato *rolleyes* I was not able to do her car today. I'll get it done tomorrow. Same program, plus new plugs, as the trip to the Toyota dealership a few weeks ago pointed out they'd not been done. I don't know what the operational lifetime of a modern platinum tip electrode spark plug is, but it's not anything like the 111k the car has on it. Yeesh.

But, you ask, how does all this relate to Peter sweating buckets?

It's hot outside. Deceptively hot--when I first went outside it didn't feel too bad to me; and in fact while I was changing the oil and getting set up to rotate the tires it was just fine. But rotating tires is work and I don't have the sense to slow down when a job gets more physically demanding--I'm concentrating on getting the job done and not paying attention to anything else--so after getting the tires off and rearranged and starting to put them back on again I began to heat up.

Finished the job, took the Jeep for a quick turn around the block with the AC on high, got back to the house and re-torqued the lug nuts. Set tire pressure, then came inside and sat here with a cold Pepsi and some pizza. (Got a Little Caesar's for lunch on my way home from running errands early this afternoon.)

Ahh.

Not quite 80 outside with a dewpoint of 68 and no wind--that'll do it, every time. Make it feel a lot hotter than it actually is, that's for sure.

It'd be a great evening for launching a few model rockets, too.

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Speaking of models--

For Christmas, Mrs. Fungus got me an RC boat. It's not a terribly expensive one, as far as I can tell, but it's not a cheap toy, either. Figure "interested beginner" level of quality. We have yet to have time and energy to take it somewhere to try it out. We were hoping tomorrow would be the day, but thanks to Demi Fuckin' Lovato instead I'll have to do her car tomorrow. Argh etc.

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Did you see the news? After adjustering and fiddleating the way they take and compute polls, the major newspapers found that Hillary got a post-convention bounce just like Trump did!

I think it's cute how the major conservative voices take those polls seriously. Of course, their attitude is, "Well, you see, this is what happens when you don't listen to us and elect the guy we tell you to."

But this. Kind of long but worth reading.

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Now it's time for some WoW.
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