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Serial Computer Killer

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I have killed another computer. The Dell is now dead. As if I hadn’t already had enough fun for today.

The gem show continues for a second day tomorrow. Maybe I can take my new “rock” in and sell it to someone who can crack it open hunting for fossils.

Or let’s go back to those folk Nat saw in Panera earlier today. That guy took Crash for his boy scouts to dissect; maybe they’d like to have another cadaver.

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23 February 2008 at 11:11 pm

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Unhandy

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Ain’t gonna hang no picture,
Ain’t gonna hang no picture frame.
Ain’t gonna hang no picture,
Ain’t gonna hang no picture frame.
Well, I might look like Robert Ford
But I feel just like a Jesse James.

bob

   

If I were not an actuary, I would most definitely not be a handyman. If Ikea cared about having comprehensible instructions – which they notoriously and quite obviously do not – then I could be their crack beta tester for improving their instructions, since I can always find the wrong way to do a handyman task even when one doesn’t exist. Why I ever appear in snapshots such as this is a deep mystery. Perhaps it’s to teach me humility, a personality trait actuaries tend to lack.

But in this tag team method of hanging four pictures in the upstairs bathrooms, I am the one who manages to get the screws into the dense particle board of the frames, then later on to do the hanging. Kelly cuts wire, and Susan wraps the wire securely on the screws. Nat is our project photographer (although this is the only downloaded pic of the set she took that managed to make it to online storage before the death of the Dell).

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23 February 2008 at 7:30 pm

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Simple Comforts

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simple comfortsFinishing up a very delicious bowl of tomato soup after a scrumptious half of a tuna salad sandwich at Panera Bread.

After Nat had finished her duties at the gem show, we’d originally been headed for Chipolte’s; but somewhat surprisingly for this hour of the afternoon, Chipolte’s had a line a little longer than we cared for, especially when Panera’s is within walking distance.

Simple comforts, yes. But a few more lunches as simply comforting as this one, and Chipolte’s is going to be taking the back seat whenever we’re down along Fairmont.

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23 February 2008 at 3:10 pm

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Rock Star

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This weekend’s mini-vacation: spoiling ourselves at the Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society Annual Gem Show!! Natalie is taking a geology course during her second year at college, and she is receiving a 10-point bonus on her grade (minus the point she’ll no doubt lose after we tattled to her teacher about her failing to remember the name for ulexite) for chatting with kids about the gems they found in the show’s “Gem Mine.”

We went along with Nat just for the sheer fun of spending the afternoon looking at rocks. If I weren’t an actuary, I think I’d want to be a rock hound; it’s almost as exciting.

(Pssst—Don’t tell Susan, but I did pick up that bubble-blowing dinosaur for her future grandchildren.)

Extra Credit—Find the authentic gem in this snapshot.

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23 February 2008 at 12:40 pm

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Camelback

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Kitty poses for Stuff on My Cat again, drinking enough water to have some to take along.

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23 February 2008 at 11:56 am

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Dark Side of the Cat

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dark side of the cat

Kitty poses for Stuff on My Cat again, using a prop left over from the week’s eclipse.

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23 February 2008 at 11:53 am

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Monkeying Around

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23 February 2008 at 11:40 am

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Ready for Fun

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ready for funI’ve been awake and puttering around on the computer for three hours now, and finally there comes some sun over my back through the window. Fun lies in wait for me ahead: getting out of the house to go to a gem & mineral show, making it upstairs to hang pictures. My kind of fun.

Oh, and playing with my spreadsheets. I’m only about halfway through a complete recreation of the one that’s been making the rounds at work, and will wind up the main framework of that one today. And the flood of 10-Ks has begun; I could so easily spend the entire day poring through new pension data, were it not for all the other fun surrounding me on all sides.

Then there are the maps. If I weren’t an actuary, I swear I’d want to work as a cartographer. Watch for maps to begin peeking in around the edges of aftermath.

And then there’s Kitty. My mother always used to tell her boys, “If you can’t find something to do, I’ll find something for you.” Kitty plays that role now: if enough fun doesn’t come along today, Kitty will take care of the situation for me.

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23 February 2008 at 8:51 am

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deep rumblings

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people i knew had gone into tunnels as tight as tubular air ducts dug down into the yard. they wanted to hear when th earth would rumble

it was not merely th noise of rock crashing. th earth was speaking, and we could tell what it was saying

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23 February 2008 at 6:06 am

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