atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5637: Dang, that's an ugly noise

Having trouble sleeping--got to bed later than I liked, and woke up this morning too early--sitting here just surfing the blogroll and not doing much useful, when I hear this awful GROOOOOOONK from outside. Obvious mechanical noise, sounding like a hydraulic system with a BIG problem.

So I decided to go outside and drag up the trash bins. Put them out Thu night but forgot about the holiday this past Monday, so trash collection was today; and as I was taking them up saw the garbage truck on its southbound pass through the neighborhood. (Ours gets collected on its northbound leg.) Instead of using the big fancy robot arm, the driver was getting out of the truck and manually hooking the barrels to the lift on the side of the truck's front bin.

"Ah," thought I. "Robot arm has died."

I'm wondering if that's what caused last week's trash collection to be late? Certainly seems plausible.

* * *

Somewhere, I heard that when you dream of rain, it means you'll soon be crying. I'm tired of getting anxious every time I have a dream that it's raining, so in an attempt to verify this, I just Googed it, and found that according to a random sampling of the most credible-looking sources it pretty much means everything and anything.

It's one of those things, I suppose. Most of the interpretations are positive, though, so I suppose I should keep that in mind.

How to know to discount an entire site: one place claimed:
To dream that you are in a rainforest suggests that you feel your emotions are being undermined and "cut down". Alternatively, the dream represents your waking concerns about the environment. It may also be a metaphor of the impact that you have on your surroundings.
Nothing about the lush fertility of the jungle or anything; they go right to the econazi meaning, because "rainforest"="clearcutting".


* * *

It's warm enough at 10 AM that I decided to close all windows and set AC to go on at 74°. The weather forecast says today is supposed to be cooler than yesterday, but right now I'm skeptical of that prediction. We'll see.

Anyway, it's a nice warm summer day, and I have--as usual--everything to do. There may come a day that I will have time to fix my frigging motorcycle, but today is not that day. And tomorrow is going to be spent on cleaning my wife's car; I'm going to go rent a steam cleaner and get the interior taken care of.

I'm thinking, right now, that I'll set aside Monday for myself and my projects. And there will probably be some other horseshit that crops up.

It's true, you know: regardless of circumstance, work expands to fill all available time.

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