June 13th, 2015

#4762: This really is nice.

It's Saturday morning and it's quiet and I don't have to go anywhere today. I intend to go to the parts store for a couple of minor sundries for the Jeep (like license plate lights) but don't have to go today if I don't want to.

Rare, and very nice.

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Apparently the railroad crossings in the Fungal Vale have been converted to silent ones. When I went to the village hall to get city stickers for the vehicles, the crossing there had the line of stakes and everything; and thinking about it afterwards I realized that it had been a while since I'd heard a train horn.

I'd known that this was being planned, but not when it was going to happen. It'll make things a bit quieter here in town, obviously, which can't hurt, and probably improve property values near the tracks.

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Because the low last night was 55, and I had windows open, and closed them about 5 AM today when I got up to hit the can, I expect it'll be a few more hours at least before I need to decide whether the AC should go on. Current temp is reported as 88, and the dewpoint is a sticky 73, so the answer will probably be "yes".

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In the "cheesy movie" department, the other day at work I saw a movie called Flight World War II. It's about a modern day airliner (a 757, I think) flying through a time warp and ending up in wartime Europe. When I've got $10 to spare I'm going to buy that sucker. Heh.

#4763: It's STILL very nice.

74 inside the bunker with it approximately "sodden electric blanket" outside, no fans, no AC. (Yet.) Love it when I can cold-soak the place and not turn the AC on until late afternoon!

Also, after the last post I laid back down and snoozed a bit more, because I wanted to and I could. Ha!

...but I want to go outside and attend to the issues noted by the helpful police officer last night (argh etc) which means I'll shortly be sweating profusely, and probably swearing a lot.

The real gripe is that my favorite pair of sandals, vintage 2002, died while I was cutting the grass on Wednesday. I'd bought them in Florida in 2002, and they were very very good sandals (flip flops, if you must be technical) for years. Suede (or suede-like) straps, comfortable, a little large, sturdy as all get-out. Not like the cheap things you get for $3 at K-Mart which are stamped out of high density polyethylene foam and last a day or two.

This year I put them on and it was clear that the soles had perished: the rubber had hardened and when I tried to walk through the kitchen my feet nearly went out from under me. I kept using them, though, when I only needed something to slip on my feet for a few moments. But while I was cutting the grass, the sole on the right one broke in half and came off the insole, flopping around uselessly. I shut off the mower (I was using the pusher) and took them off, walked up the driveway barefoot, and just tossed them in the trash can. I didn't even try to fix it; it was clearly time to move on. Last year they were shedding chunks of sole from around the periphery, and this was the death knell.

I have another pair of flip-flops around here somewhere, but I don't know where they are, and they're not as comfortable or nice as the pair they replace. I'll have to try to find them, I guess.

As for the Jeep, before I shut everything off last night I tapped the license plate light, and it flickered on, then off again. I hope that means I just have a loose bulb, but it's probably not the way to bet. Plus side it's a license plate light and I can probably put a new socket in there and have it work tolerably well, if I have to, or figure something else out. Heck, a few LEDs soldered in place will do it if nothing else does. My license plate must be illuminated; it need not be lit by the light of an oil lamp fueled with the rare and precious oil from the Rock of Tolder, which can only be reached by delving the Icy Depths of Colodd, then climbing the Death Cliffs of Zaqdar, fording the River Mek, and battling the Three Demons.

A simple light bulb of some type will suffice. I think I can get that from Autozone.

#4764: Popcorn showers

Took a little too long at the hardware store and it started raining as I was getting home. But today I have accomplished things.

1) Fixed the Jeep so cops won't pull me over. The license plate was "obstructed" by a line of rust from one of the bolts, and it took me perhaps 30 seconds with a damp sponge and some Ajax to remove the obstruction. I couldn't find the spare 194LL bulbs so I yanked the less-than-useful LED bulb from the motorcycle's speedometer; the Jeep's now 100% and as a bonus the LED bulb ought to last a long time. It should illuminate the plate enough to keep me from getting pulled over, anyway.

2) Got the city stickers put in the vehicles. Every year I find it easier to do because by now I've got the routine down and I finally have a good scraper. Now it's a matter of scraping off the old sticker, Windex or similar to remove the adhesive residue, scrape again and wipe clean. Apply new sticker. Done, total time about five minutes at the most per vehicle.

3) Errands: went to the parts store for 194LL bulbs, a new valve stem for the tire, and a hitch pin. Then went to the grocery store intending to get ant baits, but instead got cookies and cream cheese. Went to the hardware store next door for the ant baits.

...and as I said it started raining as I was getting home.

Besides the ant baits I got a little pod thingy you stick in the ground and water, and eventually it supposedly produces green peppers. We'll see how we do, but for $1.79 I can sure stick something in the ground and forget about it for a while. Prodded by that I looked for catnip seed and found none, so I left the hardware store with only one impulse buy.

And having had a hankering to play Diablo II I got around to finding my disks, and registered them with Blizzard so I no longer need the disks to install the game--just my Battle.net account, password, and authenticator. As a bonus I found the Trio MP3 player that I was previously unable to locate, and it still seems to work. It's charging and I'll copy the music off it later on, but at least I found it.

Pretty intense rain, but it's not going to last very long, I don't think. And I'm going to go have a bagel now.