Target Store: Fred Meyer, 164th Ave, Vancouver WA Arrival: 0500 Place in line: 1 Wiis Available: 0
Target Store: Fred Meyer, Mill Plain, Vancouver WA Arrival: 0515 Place in line: 1 Wiis Available: 0
Last possible day before Christmas. The freight guy came out at the first Fred Meyer and let me know there were none. Contrast that with the second Fred Meyer where the operator refused to put my call through until after they opened. Why are you even answering the phone?
I borrowed an empty Wii box from someone at work. I’m going to get 250 one dollar bills today to put in it and then we’ll wrap it up with a note.
Bike odometer: 255 miles Weight lost: 35 lbs. Hours of sleep last night: 10 Current reading:I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe, The Prince by Machiavelli Recent listening:Arkansas Traveler (remaster) by Michelle Shocked, Recent viewing: Mets at Cardinals, Austin City Limits (Ray Davies), High Stakes Poker Recent playing:Zuma, Halo Recently accomplished: Helped Buddy move, more work on Thomas’ computer, grocery shopping Imperative To Do: Finish old blog entries, get Thomas’ computer to boot, get my computer to boot, rake, clean garage, return stuff to hardware store Cool Link: White & Nerdy: Weird Al tries his hand at Nerdcore.
It had been at least five years since I last cleaned and refinished our deck so it was far overdue for some care. The weekend before my birthday, I rented a pressure washer and cleaned the deck very thoroughly. After my mother offered to help me finish the job while she was here, I took Wednesday and Thursday off last week and we did just that.
On Wednesday we cleaned the entire deck including the railings with deck detergent. I mixed the detergent into a high concentrate so I could use my Ortho Dial ‘N’ Spray to spread it on the deck. Pretty clever, eh? What was not clever was sticking my hand into the liquid with the brush when we were scrubbing it onto the wood. At that concentration, the detergent is evidently highly corrosive and I ended up with about six small but deep holes in the tips of my fingers. Ouch!
Thursday was refinishing day. I decided on the $40/gallon Brazilian rosewood oil (BRO) which blocks 99% of ultraviolet light. Presumably this means I won’t have to do this job as often so the extra cost was not really a factor. Of course, as I bought my sixth gallon Thursday afternoon, I was definitely questioning the sanity of my decision. We spent most of the morning applying the BRO to the railings with paint brushes and then I did the same to the floorboards of the deck using a nifty sponge-on-a-stick contraption. The instructions recommended two coats, but we decided the railings would only need one. I finished the last coat to the deck boards just as it was getting dark on Thursday.
Today I turned 40 years old. I’ll never be 30-something again. I guess I have to enjoy being in my 40s because the alternatives are worse.
One of the great pleasures of my birthday is the gift certificate that Tina’s sister, Michelle, and her family give me from Half.com. This morning the email was waiting for me when I awoke. All I had to do was click a button in the email to redeem the certificate. Then I browsed through my Wishlist and picked everything that I really wanted at that moment. After selecting CDs and books worth about five times the amount of the gift certificate, I removed the items from my shopping cart that were less important. I ended up with three CDs and a book:
The past two nights I have slept very well and don’t remember any mouth-leaking episodes. Tina says that it’s still happening and has to use earplugs. I woke this morning with no alarm after eight hours of sleep. I hope this is a turning point.
Bike odometer: 201 miles Current reading:I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe, The Prince by Machiavelli Recent listening:Last week’s charts Recent viewing: The Manchurian Candidate (remake), High Stakes Poker, World Series of Poker, Headline News Recent playing:Zuma Recently accomplished: Mowed lawn, cleaned office, finished birthday invites, cleaned up back yard and deck, stored air conditioner for the winter, setup music for party Imperative To Do: Hair cut, new rear fender for bike, finish old blog entries, fix toilet Cool Link:Marijuana Morals
Today Tina and I celebrated losing 20 lbs. each by having sushi for lunch. It’s been remarkably easy on the South Beach plan. Tina tells me everything I can and can’t eat which makes it even easier. I wouldn’t be able to do this well without her.
On Saturday I rented a power washer and spent the rest of the weekend cleaning the deck and all of our concrete. After 8 hours on Saturday and 6 hours on Sunday, my whole body is complaining today but especially my back. It doesn’t feel like I “pulled” anything, though, so I’m sure it will be OK in a few days.
My mom is getting here on Wednesday and we’re having a big (for us) birthday party for my 40th birthday on Saturday. You are invited!
Bike odometer: n/a (drove today) Current reading:I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe, The Prince by Machiavelli Recent listening:Coverville, MC Front-A-Lot, MC Chris, It’s The Jump Off Recent viewing: Dead Zone, Countdown, An Evening with the Dixie Chicks, Sportscenter, The Simpsons, The Alternative, The Daily Show, National Pie Championship Recent playing:Zuma Recently accomplished: Recycled styrofoam, power washed the deck and concrete, emailed birthday invitations Imperative To Do: Clean CPAP stuff, bank, refinish deck, hair cut, service van, new rear fender for bike, mow lawn, follow-up phone calls for birthday Cool Video: Four-year-old drumming prodigy
Apple introduced new iPods, a new version of iTunes and added movies to the iTunes Music Store yesterday. The new version of iTunes has a really cool feature that lets you browse through your music like you would browse through your albums back in the day. I really, really like it. The new iPods have better gamesincluding Zuma! Man, if I got one of those I would never read again.
I think I got better sleep last night, but I still woke up many times either because the mask was leaking or my mouth had opened. After blogging this weekend, I went back to Wikipedia to see if there was any information about my problem. At the end of the CPAP article, there were a number of links that I tried including one for CPAP Talk, an online forum for CPAP users. I found an article by a guy who had the same problem as I have (mouth opening during REMs) that solved it by taping his mouth shut. I’m going to continue as I have for a couple of more weeks, but if I keep waking up because of my big mouth, I’m going to give my doctor a call and ask him his opinion about taping it shut. Sounds pretty simple!
Five years ago today I drove my little truck to work instead of biking or riding the Max. I think I forgot the faceplate for my stereo because I didn’t listen to the radio on the way there. Usually, I would listen to NPR if it was early enough, or Mark & Brian if it was later. When I got to work, Tina called me and told me to go to CNN.com. That’s how I found out about the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon. We turned on the satellite receiver attached to our projector at work, but we had let the subscription lapse. So I wasn’t subjected to the media coverage until I got home that night. I remember driving to work for days after watching the taller buildings expecting a plane to fly into them. I remember how happy I felt when I heard a plane fly over our house again after the airport was silent for a week. Little did we know then that it would be used as justification for the biggest mistake this country has ever undertaken.