atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#3276: Nothing for Saturday

Or, rather, very little.

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The first part of this AoSHQ Overnight Open Thread is all about gas prices.

Once again: the oil companies make about $0.10 per gallon profit on gasoline. The price of crude oil is most of their cost. You do the math.

Incidentally, the government makes more money on a gallon of gas than the oil companies do.

* * *

I bought $30 worth of meat today.

The local market has skinless/boneless chicken breasts on sale for $2 per pound, so I bought 8 lbs; and I also bought 5 lbs of hamburger at $3 per pound.

The chicken breasts will be individually wrapped and stashed in the freezer downstairs, and I'll be taking the last of the chicken I froze in November out and using it first.

Incidentally--the way I wrap meat for freezing, it doesn't get freezer burn. At least, it doesn't get it as extensively, and the chicken that's been frozen since November comes out looking (and tasting) just fine. Score one for me; that's the only reason I feel safe buying this much chicken in the first place.

But actually wrapping the meat for freezing is going to wait until tomorrow afternoon.

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I should have taken some of the staples with me to the hardware store today. I almost bought some, then realized that the hardware store had some three different widths of staples. *sigh*

Not knowing which width my (cheapo) staple gun takes, I decided it would be better just to come back.

...and in fact, my plan is to bring the staple gun and bike seat with, and leave them in the truck; once I have staples which fit my staple gun I'll try it out with the bike seat to see if it can drive those staples into the material. If not, then I'll go back in and buy a GOOD staple gun that can be used for upholstery.

I am hoping that, however, that won't be necessary. *sigh*

The temperature today was a lot more seasonal than it has been for the past week or so. Well, yesterday it pretty much rained all day, on and off; things would just start to dry out and another shower would come through. Today it was just cloudy all day, but that kept the temperatures from going much higher than the low 70s.

Not that it matters much to me. With the bike seat still apart I can't ride it.

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But now we're a bit more than a week away from Holy Week. A week from tomorrow is Palm Sunday, which is (of course) a week before Easter Sunday. There'll be a Good Friday service and we're going to have an extra session of choir practice during the week before that. I'm looking forward to all of it, since this is the first time I've ever taken part in Holy Week services of any stripe.

My parents would usually go to church on Easter Sunday but we never did Ash Wednesday or Good Friday or any of those. (And on Sundays I was in Sunday school, until I stopped going--whenever that was, which I can't even remember.)

It occurred to me not long ago that--in 2033 AD--it will have been two thousand years since the Crucifixion. (1996 was two thousand years since the birth of Christ, incidentally, since when the Gregorian calendar was being formulated they made some arithmetical errors which placed the birth of Jesus in 4 BC.) Two thousand years ago, Jesus was 16 years old.

And human beings aren't any better behaved than they were back then, either. Sometimes I marvel that God hasn't just thrown up His hands in frustration and wiped us out entirely, and replaced us with something that makes sense. WTF.

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Yeah, that's about all I've got for today.
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