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March 2, 2007


I may buy a grill this weekend. Propane. Im definately going to go look at some. We got our income tax back in, and most of it will be going to pay for our Alaska vacation. But I think that a grill would be a really nice addition to the house.

What I really like about grills, is that they list there capacity in 'burger' units. I have a pamplet here that lists a 62,000 BTU grill with a "40 Burger Capacity". It's just shy of 900 square inches cooking area. It's a little more grill that Im wanting. Another one has a 50 burger capacity, at a mere 60K BTU, but over 1000 inches of cook area. I'll probably be looking at something in the 35-40k BTU. Which will probably be 20ish burger capacity.

March 5, 2007


Blog will probably go out of commission for a few days soon. going to move webhosts. Having a lot of issues lately with Hostmerit.

March 7, 2007

And we're back

Somewhat. Need to import all the old entries. That may prove... difficult.
More later. Specifically about my eyeballs.

March 8, 2007

Eyes on the prize

I'll get around to a redesign eventually. For now, it works.

Tuesday I had an eye appointment. It went for about 90 minutes. I am going to have Lasik performed on my eyes sometime this year, and have to do a couple preliminary checks. I had an exam in early January for new glasses, so I went in Tuesday just for some more screening.

They did the normal glaucoma puff test. Then a cell count. And another non-puff glaucoma test, because they had the machine, not because they felt I needed it. And they also got a topology map of my eyeballs. It was all normal.

Then the optometrist measured the thickness of my corneas. They do that with an instrument called a Pachymeter. That link is not the same as the one used on me, but close enough. It had the same tip on the end, and that's the bit that taps you in the eyeball...

She put a drop in each eye, which numbed my eyeballs, then tapped each one with the pachymeter. I could see the ripple caused by the tapping. It measures the thickness of the cornea with ultrasonic waves. My corneas are 529 and 530 mm thick. That is actually fairly thin, and makes me a borderline candidate using the microkeratone. However, using the intralase techinique, I am still quite eligible. So, that is the plan.

After the tapping, my eyes were dialated, and another routine exam done. My prescription is pretty stable. I couldn't focus on anything within about three feet for a few hours though because my pupils just couldnt contract enough to focus that close. And the fluorescent lights in the store later were seemingly supa-bright.

Now Im waiting to get an appointment with the clinic that would be doing the procedure so that I can go through their screening process. Hopefully that will be done next week.


Yes, I know there is no code showing.
It's on my list.

March 9, 2007


I chew Trident Cinnamon gum, generally. The past few months, however, it has been fairly scarce on the shelves. To the point where I was having to buy other flavors because it has been several weeks since I saw a package of basic Cinnamon. So, I did what I had to do, and wrote a letter to the makers of Trident: Cadbury Scheppes.

I got this back today:
"We apologize for the difficulty you are having locating Trident.

We have had problems keeping up with the unprecedented levels of demand and to solve this issue, we added production capacity. In order to increase production of our more popular flavors we have also temporarily suspended production of Crystal Frost and Cinnamon in the EZ Close-Pack. We encourage you to shop for Crystal Frost and Cinnamon flavors in the multi-pack bags. In the coming months, you should see higher levels of supply every month since we have now expanded capacity."

So there's what? A motherfucking run on Trident these days? wtf?

March 12, 2007


The problem with being a homeowner, and not a rich homeowner, is all the corollary work it involves. Saturday, I was awake by about 8 am. Not because I wanted to be, but I was. I stayed there for another hour trying to get more sleep but it wasnt to be. So I got up, and made an omelette, and then started work. Mowed the front yard, then made a trip to the dump and then mowed the back yard and made another trip to the dump and edged and laid down mulch and watered and cleaned up the backyard real nice. By the time I was done I had put in almost six hours of just various yardwork. The backyard looks tons better now, though.

Sunday I finally finished putting the drawers and doors on the last of the cabinets. And planted some tomatoes. And sprayed some herbicide to kill crabgrass.

Next on the list is completely cleaning out the garage.

When do I get to just rest and sit on the deck with a martini?

March 13, 2007


Im really loving the new grill. Seriously, what's not to love? It cooks food great, and cuts down on the number of dishes since Im not using a pot or pan for whatever Im grilling.

I haven't mastered all aspects of it yet, though. Saturday, I made grilled plank salmon. Which involves cooking the fish on a board on the grill. It was going swimmingly for at least ten minutes. Then I went upstairs for about five minutes, and when I came back down, I could see flames through the side of the grill.

Sure enough, the plank had caught fire on the edges and was burning quite nicely. My first thought was to pour the marinade on it to douse the flame and further flavor the fish, but I decided against that since it was mostly oil and brown sugar. Ninsi was watching and grabbed a cup of water, but I didnt want to throw water on the grill, so I used the tongs to hold the flaming plank, and put the fish on the upper grill and took the plank to the side of the house and ran water on it. I had already soaked it for a few hours prior to using it, so I hadn't really expected it to catch fire.

My salmon was fine. It was pretty much done anyway. It was just a little more blackened than I had wanted. I am pretty sure I know where I messed up and will correct it this weekend maybe. Now if I can just train Ninsi to turn the gas off when she finishes using the grill, I'll be set.

March 14, 2007


Right before I started working for the consulting company that employs me, they were were bought out by another company. That was six months ago. I was the 2nd new hire they did after the buy out. Apparently it was not a very smooth transition, and things are now starting to shake out from that buyout. The manager of the whole Dallas office was either moved out, or moved off on his own. My most immediate contact to the office has resigned. And a few others that had been with the company for several years have also left in the last 3-4 weeks. It's a time of transitions I guess. It doesn't have any real effect on me. I am working, and will continue to do so as long as the client company is happy with my efforts. It is just going to be interesting to see how everything continues to fall out over the next few weeks. It will settle down Im sure, but it may be another couple months. There's still quite a few left from before the buyout, and i know they aren't all happy yet.

March 15, 2007

March showers

I looked at my front yard this morning as I was on my way to the car to go to work. My grass is already high enough that it needs to be mowed again. At least in the front. It is a good thing that I actually mowed last weekend while I had the chance. Otherwise it would be overgrown this week.

I guess that we've had just enough rain this week to really make things grow.
My tomato plants are all trying to twist themselves right side up. They'll eventually bear some fruit which will force them to hang down. My oak tree is blooming nicely. And the rose bushes are going crazy with growth. No roses yet, but every bush has a lot of new growth on it. It may be for the better that I did not give them any rose food this year. I had to cut almost four feet of height off one last year. It looks like I may have to do that again this year.

I also need to plant some more herbs or spices on top of the tomatoes. All we have right now is basil. Need a couple more good options.

March 16, 2007


The Squid is coming to visit next week. And bringing a friend. So we'll have not one, but two, nigh thirteen year old girls in the house for most of a week. I plan to drive to Oklahoma on Sunday to pick up the girls, and then take them back up to my mother on Thursday. It's a daunting prospect. We have plans for the week, mostly. Mall, movie, and museum. They'll have to entertain themselves during the day, but I expect them to sleep until almost noon most days, so they'll only have a few hours of nothing with which to contend.

Work is about to get busy for the next month or so. The Friday status meetings are going to be a drag though.


I must concur with FJ, to whom I can not link, that sometimes, you just can't beat a good Blood Mary.

March 19, 2007

Dear 1984...

Im sorry for stealing some random pornstar's hair. I promise I did not mean to. Though, it is possible that it actually came from Hardcastle & Mccormick instead.

I dont want 80s pornstar hair, but that seems to be the natural state of my mane if I do not take steps each morning to prevent it.

March 20, 2007

Eyes have it

I left work at noon yesterday. Went up to the laser clinic where my eyes were doped and poked. Everything went pretty much according to plan. And I now have an appointment for 9 am on Friday to have my eyes laze-errd.

Nothing much more to it. They took pictures and topology. I asked them to send me copies of all the pictures. Hopefully they'll do that. It wasnt a request they get much. If ever. The main doctor seemed to think that the intern could do it, but he did not have any idea of how himself. I think I could figure it out in about five minutes. We'll see.

Yesterday evening, we (the weefay, the squid, and squid-friend) went to the Body Worlds exhibit. The overall exhibit was smaller than I was expecting. It was interesting, as cadavers tend to be. Though, I had to wonder if the poses they were in were indicative of their real life activities. Some of them were, Im sure. But the twirling dancers, I have my doubts.

March 22, 2007


The title is untrue. But I went Tuesday and Wednesday without drinking any soda. Not on purpose or by design, but it just happened that I was drinking water. It would have been a caffeine free couple of days, except that I drink tea when I am home. I dont really like water, but drink 2-3 pints a day at work. At home, I usually drink 1-2 quarts of tea in the evening. Today I got a soda. I felt the need for sugar, more than anything. It's just good sometimes.

By this time tomorrow, I should be able to see mostly clearly without the aid of glasses or contacts. It is that thought that is consuming most of my head right now. I'll report on it in a few days. It will probably be a few hours before I can comfortably stare at a computer screen. The doctor's instructions are to keep the eyes closed if possible for a couple hours. But not really take a nap, since you have to put in eyedrops every hour. So, that should be fun.

The Squid is going back to OK today. I think she's had a good week. Im sure she likes her new camera, it's better than mine and Ninsi's. Going to have to get us a new one soon. Need a nice one before we go to Alaska anyway.

Im slowly being consumed by the desire for a new car...

March 23, 2007

Tears roll down

Im home now. Post Lasik surgery. Right now, I can see better, but I cant actually keep my eyes open very long. I also cant keep them closed. They are so sensitive to the light, that I have to close them. But when I close them, they sting like Ive been up way too long and need to sleep. Sleep, btw, is right out.

Anyway, this will pass. Hopefully in the next couple hours. It is mostly annoying because my eyes are watering constantly. Im also crying all over the place. And it feels like I have something in my left eye, like an eyelash. Which may be the case, but I cant rub it to actually do anything about it. So that is an added irriitation at the moment.

Hopefully this post makes sense because I am typing it with my eyes closed at the moment because the screen is too bright too look at with my eyes open. Even wearing the sunglasses.

March 26, 2007

I can see clearly now...

It is three days now since my lasik. It's all pretty much as advertised. I was able to drive Friday afternoon. I wasn't technically supposed to though, but I need to get my tires rotated. So I did. And it was fine. Friday night, after dinner I noticed the halos around the lights, and those are annoying. But they should die down, and it isnt too bad. Saturday morning I had my post-op at 8:30 and was already at 20/20. That may improve slightly over the next few weeks as my eyes heal. Now, they are just sore, and tired. And somewhat bloodshot.

Ninsi and I were in Southlake early Saturday morning for my checkup. And since we had time to kill, we ate a small breakfast at Corner Bakery. Right after we arrived, the place was innundated with women. They all had name tags. And it took a minute, but we soon realized they were all part of a church group, and it was a 'shopping day.' There were probably 40-50 of these women, all waiting for the shops to open. We hightailed it to the Barnes & Nobles to get away from them all, and to wait for the shops to open as well. Mostly, we window shopped. Though i did get a nice spatula for the grill. Then a quick stop at the Central Market out there where they were giving away all kinds of free samples, and we came home.

By saturday evening, I was feeling restless. And Ninsi needed to work on her paper, so I drove up to Winstar for some poker. I won a couple hundred before finally coming back home. It was pretty late when I got home, but because I have to wear shields or sunglasses over my eyes at night for a week, Im not actually sleeping well. So I was up fairly early on Sunday. I decided to be the good husband, and gave Ninsi almost half of my winnings so she could buy a new dress. The next few hours were interminable, but she did eventually find a nice new dress. Im calling it an anniversary gift, since that is less than a week away now.

I keep forgetting to make reservations for our anniversary dinner. I need to get on the ball with that one pretty quick.

March 27, 2007

Cry wolf

Something that bothered be on Saturday night when I was playing poker at Winstar:
When you play poker in a casino, the dealers rotate about every 30 minutes. That makes it more difficult for a dealer and his buddy to be in cahoots at a table. Anyway, one of the dealers I had was fairly chatty. It happens. No big deal. But he randomly said that he liked the song "Little Red Riding Hood," but didnt know who sang it. I said it was 'Sam the Sham,' and the dealer looked at me and said that wasn't it. He was 'talking about the old song,' and he sang a couple lines. I told him again that it was Sam the Sham singing. The dealer didnt believe me.

It annoyed me that he would ask who sang the song, and then not believe the answer he was given. Clearly, no one else at the table knew who sang it.

I did win a good sized pot off one hand he dealt me, so I forgave him.

March 28, 2007


Perhaps my dreams just aren't as large as some folks. I mean, Id be happy with just a poker table, and maybe a basketball goal on the garage. My dream house doesn't include a full casino and two storey walkin-closet like some peoples...

March 29, 2007

truck love

I know Ninsi has mentioned this phenomenon to me. She may have even blogged about it. But I saw it again this morning, and it really, really baffles me.

Im on my way in to work this morning, and in front of me there is a white Chevrolet truck. On the tailgate, they have had some airbrushed painting done. It is a difficult scene to describe. Possible a jungle? Maybe an aquifer? In the Mayan jungle? Whatever, there was a building that may have been a temple, but it had water pouring out of it, creating a waterfall into a lake or pond or watever. Across the lake from this waterfall building was a car and a truck. Not just any truck, but an exact redention of the truck I was following. I can only presume the car was an exact rendition of the guy's car. And, over the whole scene, bigger than the truck, and the building, was Jesus! Doing the 'big-arms' thing.

It was almost like it was showing these two cars that had taken a pilgrimage to a holy lake, where they found Jesus. In the Mayan jungle. Presumably, since the truck had a picture of itself, the truck in the picture also had the same picture, ad infinitum...

What it really made me think of was that Beavis and Butthead episode, where they get all fired up about getting a tattoo "of a butt, on your butt." Because that's almost exactly what this was. I also wonder what the guy does if he sells the other car and buys something new? Does he have to get the whole tailgate redone? Or is it truly a mystical drawing that will magically reform to the new vehicle?

If anyone can explain the thought behind having a picture of Jesus doing big-arms over your car, I am all ears.

Oh yeah, he also had one those knock offs of Calvin (calvin and hobbes) pissing on the Ford logo.

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