I actually got up on time despite managing perhaps two hours of sle--
...you know what? I'm going to stop doing that. I always say something like that, like me getting out of bed when I have to go do something is some kind of miracle. It's not; it's what you do when you're a responsible adult. There's something you have to do and you didn't get enough sleep? TOUGH SHIT, ASSHOLE. GET THE HELL UP AND MOVE YOUR ASS.
And since I am a responsible adult, it's not surprising or amazing or anything when I get my ass up and go do what I'm supposed to do, instead acting like a f-ing 12-year-old and blowing off what I've got to do, or postponing it until late afternoon because whaaa I have this problem and that problem and I'm a big vagina. Fuck that shit.
So let's start over.
Despite only getting perhaps two hours of sleep I NATURALLY GOT UP AND GOT MY ASS INTO THE SHOWER and left in plenty of time to get the doc's office 10 minutes before my scheduled appointment.
...on my way out the door, saw something stuck to the window. Turns out that the Fungal Vale's Code Enforcement Stormtrooper doesn't like the pile of crap in front of the bunker.
Okay--yes, it's a code violation, and yes, I was ignorant of the rule, and yes, that's no excuse. It's still annoying and embarassing even when you willingly accept responsibility for your mistakes. (Which I, as a responsible adult....) There's no fine as long as I correct the issue before Friday. So, no biggie, I guess.
So as I drove away, I started thinking. Well, I thought, once I'm done at the doc's office I could take the aluminum to the recycler, then load up the spare trash can with the wood scraps and haul it back up. Knock apart the fake fireplace, stick it into the spare can, no problem.
Pool table? Well...okay, get that furniture dolly out and maybe just roll it up the driveway? Because I'll have to cut it apart for the garbage collectors on Friday it would be easier to leave it where it is, I thought, but I don't want Code Enforcement to think I'm ignoring the citation. The guy lives in my freakin' neighborhood, so he drives past the bunker at least twice a day. *sigh*
But I was also a bit miffed because there's this guy down the street from the bunker who's got a car through his garage. I mean, the car was driven into the side of the garage: it's sitting there with its front end where the NW corner of the garage was. A couple panels of the garage door are smashed in, leaving the garage essentially open...and it's been like this since the beginning of the month. What's Code Enforcement doing about that?
(I should get a picture of it. WTF.)
As I said, I got to the doc's office ten minutes early. I prefer doing that for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that it frequently reduces my wait time--they don't have to reshuffle things the way they do when you're late for your appointment. Besides, one thing I learned years ago is that if you're not 15 minutes early, you're late. This applies mainly to things like job interviews and sales calls (but I repeat myself), but it never hurts to be considerate of other peoples' time.
The people at the doc's office probably don't notice it when you're early, but I can guarantee you that they sure as hell notice when you're late--and they'll rip you mercilessly, amongst themselves, if you have a reputation for never getting there on time.
Anyway: the back pain turns out to be--most probably--strained muscles. Doc gave me RXes for an anti-inflammatory pain reliever (I'm betting it's naproxen) and a muscle relaxant which "may cause grogginess". (In my case, that latter means "Don't make any fuckin' plans," to borrow a phrase from Denis Leary. I'm going to be careful with that one.)
He had me pee in a cup to rule out an infection (and it was ruled out) and I also got the blood stick for my thyroid re-check taken care of. I was out of there by noon, after getting there at 10:30, but a good chunk of that time was spent simply drinking water and waiting for my kidneys to do their thing with it.
His main suggestion, though, was to go get some physical therapy to improve my "core strength". Guess the strained muscles come from an imbalanced physique. Well, that may be beyond my desired fiscal outlay, but my sister-in-law is a physical therapist and I bet she could show me what exercises to do in about 15-20 minutes.
Bonus: weight's down a bit, and blood pressure is good enough. Other bonus: because I paid up front without involving insurance, it cost me well under $100 for everything and I'm paid in full there. Huzzah!
Left there thinking I'd ride the motorcycle out to Wal Mart--but I changed my mind when I got outside and felt how hot and humid it is. Blech. So I chaned my game plan and took the RXes to the local grocery store to have their pharmacy fill 'em. Probably won't cost me too much, and it's closer than Wal Mart. After I left there I hit Culver's for the usual, and then came home.
Mirabile visu, the pool table was gone.
The pool table is gone! Someone took it! AWESOME! I don't have to lug it up the driveway or cut it apart! It's out of my hair, and someone's actually going to get some use out of it!
I came inside saying to myself, "Thanks, whoever you are! I hope you have a lot of fun playing pool on it!" and meaning every word.
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Looks like we have a release date for Mists of Pandaria: September 25th.
I probably won't splurge on the $60 deluxe edition, but $40 for the regular expansion seems reasonable.
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The word also means "shovel", you fucking retards.
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If the girl lied and said she was 16 I'm not sure how much this guy deserved the beatdown he got. Okay--if you're over 18, hands off anything under 18.
This keeps you from getting the shit kicked out of you by her father and brothers, you know, and has the added bonus of keeping you out of the sex offender registry.
Considering that the girl has stated that she lied about her age, that might help him avoid jail, or it might not.
But even so--it's just not worth it. Hands off like she's fuckin' plutonium. I'm just sayin'.
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"What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?"
...read it all. And then laugh.
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Incidentally, looking at other posts from there led me to the "phases" section of the Wikipedia page on ice.
You look at ice and think, "WTF, it's frozen water. What else is there to know about it?" But it turns out there are seventeen kinds of ice that we know of, differentiated by various factors including the shape of their crystals.
"Ice X Proton-ordered symmetric ice. Forms at about 70 GPa." ...proton-ordered? Does that mean what I think it means? 70 gigapascals is a very high pressure, 10.1 million PSI. For contrast, the pressure on the surface of Venus is 9,000 kilopascals, which is about the pressure you'd experience if you dove a kilometer under water.
My brain is boggled.
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"You didn't build that" turns out to have rather long legs, and the Obama campaign wishes it didn't. And the media, but now I'm just being redundant again.
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Obama's anti-energy policies are having the effect he desires and on which he campaigned. Coal mines are laying people off. Thanks, Obama! Thanks, Democrats!
...coal demand is weakening because the world economy is in the shitter. Bad economy means less steel being made, and less steel being made means less coal is needed, because you can't make steel without coke, and you can't make coke without coal.
You can recycle scrap iron into steel using an electric arc furnace, yes. But if you want to turn iron ore into steel, you need coke.
Lessening demand for coal is not a good sign.
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You deserved it, you snotty asshole:
Today, I continued my habit of saying, "It smells like lung cancer over here" any time I see a smoker. This guy turned out to be an amateur MMA fighter, and I was his "workout" for the day. I guess his lungs are doing fine. FMLYeah, and maybe that will teach you to keep your snide shit to yourself, you holier-than-thou cockmonkey.
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Greenland ice melt that happens every 150 years is "unprecedented" according to NASA.
"This new science is fascinating to me, Sir Bedevere. Tell me again how sheep's bladders may be used to sequester man-made carbon dioxide."
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Two from Vox Day:
The United Kingdom is in a depression, and "...[I]t is an ongoing economic depression that began in 2007 at the latest, and quite possibly as far back as 2001.
Also? The Olympics are shit.
The idea that Hitler and the Chinese Communists were perfectly acceptable to "the values and ideas of the Olympic movement" but free speech and democracy are not should tell you all that you need to know about the true spirit of the Olympics.What else needs to be said?
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A new home-brewed Garfield Minus Garfield: