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Be Brave, Strong, and Resolute

My dentist appointment got moved up to tomorrow, which means I don’t have to spend the next two weeks dreading it, but also means I don’t have the next two weeks to mentally prepare for it either. Three fillings need to be re-done, not the end of the world, but oh how I hate the sound of the drill and the feeling of the fingers-on-blackboard scraping in my head.


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They apparently let all the idiots out of the idiot home this morning. I’m falling back to my “I don’t care if you want to die screaming in a fire, just leave me out of it,” plea.

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Easy come easy go

Filed my taxes yesterday.

Good news: I get $200 back from the state of Colorado.

Bad news: I get to write a $700 check to the Federal Government.

Oh well, at least I wasn’t giving them an interest-free loan.


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Don’t start none won’t be none


Well… they asked.


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Things that are exactly just as much fun as they sound

Hiking a half mile up a steep dam embankment with a five gallon bucket full of wet dirt and gravel (probably a bit more than 50 pounds, and just a bare wire handle for that matter). When you are already carrying another 5 gallon bucket with all your tools and instruments in it. And the ground is completely saturated so with every step you sink an inch down into the mud, and it sticks to your boots when you lift your foot.

All I can say is that I’m glad it wasn’t snowing, too.

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So I went to the theater

Last weekend I went to the theater with some friends, to finally watch the next Hobbit movie. I’m really not sure that it was worth it. I mean, you’re back to Peter Jackson’s amazing imagining of Tolkien’s world, but then you have to slog through many many hours of slush that just made me go “That scene could have been cut.”

“That scene could have been cut.”

“That scene could have been cut.”

“That scene could have been cut.”

“Why did they add that to the story?”


Smaug was amazing, Martin Freeman was great, in what few scenes they let him be in (seriously guys, the movie is called THE HOBBIT, where was the frikken Hobbit?) It was, at least, understandable why and how they let Orlando Bloom back in, but the weird random love triangle and all the Laketown stuff (as much as I like Steven Fry in everything else he does) were both ennnnnnndlessssssss…

And then they didn’t even bother to try to make it into a “part 2,” and went instead for a “part 1 of part 3.” The money grubbing extension of a beloved story was obvious, and, obnoxiously, it worked to get me to the theater for the first time since Pacific Rim (which I went to twice, and the only regret I have is that I didn’t go to see it three times), so… good job guys. I will go to see part three, if only to see how you manage to stretch out an hour left of book time into another three hours of film. Seriously, with just the time I invested into part 2, I could have been half way through the actual book.

Gah. TLDR: if you saw the first one, rent this one next winter the day before you go see to the the third installment.


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Three more loads today, and our first casualty


The reloading bench was being a pain, we gave it one more shove, it finally went… and the press slid straight thru the window. 

Cue an hour of cursing at safety glass and cheap vacuum cleaners.


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Why does it always take me about halfway through a project to realize that there’s a better, easier, more accurate way to do it, and so I have to go back to the beginning and start over?

Gah. I haz a dumb. It’s getting better, but sometimes it backslides.


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I don’t like any of it.

Lies, damned lies, and anything that Obama has ever said.


As for me, it’s already changed (for the worse) once, and will change again sometime next year, according to the letters I keep getting from the health insurance company, begging me to sign up for something or another.

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I’m going as a grumpy engineer. I’ve got the mismatched plaid shirts and worn out cargo pants and everything!

In other words, I hate Halloween, always have, and chances aren’t looking good for my outlook improving. As the humor columnist in yesterday’s paper said: “Halloween is more popular than ever. Fitting too, in that it so perfectly represents the average American in 2013: frightening-looking people dressed in hideous garb–pretending to be something they’re not–going around demanding handouts.”


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It’s always good times when at the end of the day you peel your shirt off rather than just take it off

Yesterday I “worked” 13 hours. Today I worked 13 hours without counting holiday pay.  Tomorrow I’ll hopefully only work regular hours because the divers will go down first thing in the morning and fix the valve after 15 minutes, dammit. Positive vibes.

Or I won’t have to go out because overnight the leak that was going off and on today will have become a more serious issue than the safety engineers thought and there won’t be a dam anymore. If wishes were fishes…


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SpaceX’s Grasshopper never fails to disappoint me.

Read an article the other day about how SpaceX and Elon Musk are just taking advantage of US taxpayers. To which I reply, fuck you. SpaceX has done more amazing things in the past two years than NASA has since 1979.


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Embrace teh suck


’03 Ford F-150. Eons ahead of my jeep (which, though I loved and miss it, really was a true blue American-made mid-90’s Chrysler POS) in terms of reliability, but I really think that the engineers who designed the engine compartment should be doomed to an eternity of changing the oil filter…


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T… G… I… F…

After getting up at 4:00 this morning (again) to get out to our dam survey, got home and did some irrigating in the field, since our farmer is flaking out on us (again). This involves cleaning out all the trash racks on a half mile of open ditch, since apparently no one else on the road can be bothered to clean up their leaves. It also involves finding big ol’ dead cat carcases (at least, I think it was a cat…) in elbow-deep water (gloves are handsavers, my daddy used to tell me!). Now, running the new sprinkler system in the back yard (FINALLY SOMETHING THAT WORKS) and enjoying a tall glass of gin and tonic and lime and, actually, another little splash of Rumple Minze (goes with everything for a nice refreshing zing!). And looking forward to going down to Grandpa’s place tomorrow to clean out the attic (57 years of accumulation). And looking forward to getting up at 4:00 again on Monday to go out and stand in the sun all day.

Bartender! Bring me another G&T!

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