Well, things are back to normal, sort of. Mom’s well is working again, and I got a tutorial on not only how to fix the problem (which I could do myself if I had the tools), but also on how to prevent it from happening again in the future. Sometime in the past twenty years, I’d forgotten that the pressure tank on a well needs to be repressurized with air periodically. The well-guys say twice a year, but I’m pretty sure just doing it in the fall would suffice for freeze-prevention. Argh. A half-hour of futzing around with an air-compressor would have saved a couple hundred dollars worth of service call.
On the way home, I stopped off to have a late lunch with Pete. He’s got a spiffy new house, and is also in the thick of home improvement. Then it was home to try and rest enough that I’d feel okay today. That including watching Man of La Mancha. It’s a musical, and the critics hated it, but I was impressed by Peter O’Toole, and found myself liking the movie. It worries me a little though, since when I was done watching it, I found myself thinking how attractive insanity is, and wishing I’d find a Dulcinea, even if she is only an Aldonza.
In any case, the time spent resting seems to have helped. I’ve still got some sniffles going, but I feel ready to at least tackle all the administrivia I should have gotten to yesterday, and possibly some paying work too. I hear it’s easier to run a business when there’s money coming in.
- When I had lunch with Pete yesterday, I didn’t realize he’d moved into Minesota’s biggest development, but it makes sense. There’s an entire suburb where there used to be nothing, and it’s interesting seeing some of the additional stores are there just to sell things to people who’ve bought new houses. [press-patch]
- For those of you still using IE on Windows, the latest IE Flaw [has been] Exploited and you really should switch to a different browser if at all possible. [fark!]
- Plain old Rock Paper Scissors getting too boring for you? Try Rock-Paper-Scissors-Spock-Lizard. Of course it’s probably not so useful for deciding things like who gets shotgun on the cab ride home from the bar, because you won’t be able to remember the rules when likkered up, but that’s not the only time you need to sort things out. [accordionguy]
- Bob Lutz, GM Vice Chairman, Product Development, and Chairman, GM North America is writing the GM FastLane Blog. Interesting development. While other companies are laying off folks they find blogging, GM’s embracing it, and using it as another marketing method. Then again, he’s already proven he can write, so this makes some sense. [jr]
- You may have heard the ads about the end of late fees at blockbuster. Not so. Of course if you do their NetFlix-like deal, you don’t have late fees, but if you don’t, you get to buy the DVD when it’s a week late now. [scottk]
- I hear talk that Frist’s Bill Defines ‘Political Paranoia’ As ‘Mental Illness’, but don’t see the bill as having been introduced yet, according to GovTrack. Anybody got a pointer to the actual legislation? I should probably follow it, if for no other reason than pointing to that article almost certainly qualifies me. [endwar]