March 15th, 2016

#5119: I don't know if my manager is Hector, Jimmy, Abraham Lincoln, or Atomic Man!

Seriously, this is getting ridiculous. Another day, another temporary supervisor.

* * *

Tomorrow I'm going to the polls to vote for Trump. Suck it, establishment!

Hillary is promising to put people out of work if elected. I saw something on TV saying that Hillary was all about manufacturing jobs, and if it wasn't such bullshit I might have laughed my ass off.


* * *

Besides Trump, I need to work on the washing machine tomorrow. I'm hoping it's just because I didn't get the lower bearing installed correctly; then we can have clean clothes again! That would be nice. And then on Wednesday, the water heater! Yeeeahhhhhhh!!!

* * *

Tonight's culinary experiment:

Chicken breast, marinated in italian dressing, then sauteed in bacon grease. Fettucini, alfredo sauce, the chicken and bacon bits--and it's fantastic, missing only sauteed mushrooms to be complete. It tastes like something I'd get in a pricy Italian restaurant.

* * *

Time for some WoW.

#5120: Well, that's encouraging

Nothing like contraband antitank missiles for your terrorism needs! The warhead is a shaped charge, nine pounds of explosive designed to destroy a tank or other hardened target. What this post doesn't talk about is the propellant; it's a solid rocket and you can do a lot of damage with a solid propellant. If you're breaking down a Hellfire missile to build yourself an IED or two, the propellant can be used in an incendiary role.

Great news, this. *rolleyes*

* * *

A possible way the GOP can secure my vote for the Democrat. Trump is currently the presumptive nominee, having won a plurality of the delegates; if he succeeds in securing the requisite number of delegates but the GOP pulls shenanigans to deny Trump the nomination, I'm not voting for whoever they do nominate.

And today I cast my primary vote.

* * *

The IT guy doesn't hate you. He's just heard that joke seven hundred million times, and it wasn't funny the first time.

#5121: The Trumpening!

Mrs. Fungus had a doc appointment and got hung up there for an unreasonable amount of time, so we didn't get to our polling place until it was almost 5...right at the "end of work" rush. So I--for the first time since Cedar Rapids in 2000--had to stand in line and wait to vote. But we voted.

And I voted against Mark Kirk in the primary. Heh.

* * *

Ridiculously nice day today.

I fell asleep waiting for my wife to get home; and when she did, she brought with her some food from Wendy's. I got a triple, and ate it all, and was wide awake after that. Nothing like the power of meat and cheese, I always say.

The weather is supposed to turn nasty tonight--rainy, windy, haily, etc--and tomorrow will be cooler. That's okay, though.

* * *

It's okay, you can admit that it's for political reasons. It's obvious anyway.

* * *

And tomorrow I get to do the water heater. Tonight, washer. I need a vacation from my weekend.

#5122: Washing clothes, the right way

So here's how my day went:

After voting, I went downstairs to work on the washing machine. I got it disassembled and greased the one-way clutch; and after reassembling the whole bleeding thing, we put a load of laundry in to wash. It washed normally (the way it did last week) but when it got to the spin cycle, it spun partway up, stuttered, spun down, sat inert; then spun partway up again, stuttered again, spun down, and sat inert for about the same amount of time; finally it spun up completely.

Rinse cycle, same story: agitation was perfect but spin cycle almost-sorta worked.

Me: Motherfucker.

...tore back into it, resolving to reassemble again. Got the thing apart, checked everything, cleaned everything, and this time I reassembled it the way I did last year.

Last year, I took the thing completely apart, to the point of removing the basket from its trunnion; at reassembly I put them on separately, the way I'd taken them off. This time, I disassembled it the way the instructional videos show: I unbolted the trunnion and removed it and the basket as a unit. I reassembled it the same way.

Now: I also did clean and grease the upper bearing, and I did some other things; but when I reassembled the thing, I put the trunnion on first and then bolted the basket to it.

And once we got it loaded, and started up, and got to the rinse cycle, it spun right up without so much as a hiccough.

I'm still going to have to get a new tub seal for it, and I've found that most of the water leakage is coming from the top tub seal, so I'd better replace that one, too. But I packed everything I could with Vaseline or high temp hub grease, so (in theory) water should have a hard time getting at that bearing.

Glah. Anyway, we can wash clothes now; and tomorrow--

Oh! That reminds me. While waiting for the washer to get to the spin cycle I had a gander at the water heater, and guess what I saw? There's a placard on it regarding the limited lifetime warranty on the thing, and an 800 number to call if it needs maintenance. So tomorrow I get to call that number first before I do anything to it, in case me draining the dang thing voids the warranty. I'm certain that replacing the anode would definitely void that warranty, and replacing a water heater is an expensive proposition, so you bet I'd rather pay someone to do it just to keep that warranty. Assuming it's still in effect and wasn't tied to my mom's lifetime. (If it isn't, then to hell with it; time to do the anode!)


Now I really need a frickin' shower. Shit.