Monthly Archives: August 2005

We’re all morons.

Well, blame me for pissing off my sister so much that she didn’t post. I was so mad at my brother-in-law for blowing off my parents for dinner that I called my sister and told her he’s a loser. She kept saying, “Just let it go,” which is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Well, she ended up hanging up on me. According to Dr. Harris (Dr. Papa Harris, M.D., the patriarch of the Harris clan whose daughters include Almost-Dr. Russian Literature Alice Harris, Not-Doctor-but-NPR-famous Emily Harris, and Dr. Paleogeologist Sara Harris) there are those who are connected by blood and a sort of centripedal force, … Continue reading

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My sister is a large pain in the ass.

Actually, it isn’t just her, that Peter dude is on my list as well. I had to get home early today so I could FedEx Mariko her new cell phone. She bought a pair on the family plan, one for her and one for Peter. She got a Razr, very same phone that I’ve wanted and that everyone but me is getting. Then I tried to fix her dumb Dell laptop. Buy a Mac, I said, but does she listen? I wasted close to an hour on Dell’s web site only to get a useless email suggestion back. Get a new power adapter they said. Well, in my question I … Continue reading

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Yeah, yeah, was down.

So sometimes you get these emails that say, “XXX has YYY vulnerability” and you have to scramble to see if you can update that program. And sometimes fixing that program breaks other things and you start getting emails from your sister’s friends saying, “SUPEREGGPLANT IS DOWN, FIX IT NOW.” I was up late last night trying to fix it before giving up to get some sleep so I wouldn’t be a zombie at work. Well, it’s kind of working now.

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Multiple options lead to inaction.

So today I only did two things: made an appointment for the Pella window people to come see me and had my friend the structural engineer come by. I went to the Pella window showroom with my brother-in-law Peter and after we looked at several models of windows, signed me up for an on-site inspection, and drove off, Peter tells me, “I don’t like Pella windows.” You think he could have told me that before I went through most of the rigamarole. The only oddness I see is that they have a 10Y/20Y warantee on the windows instead of lifetime. I also had a structural engineer look at our foundation … Continue reading

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Feeling much better.

OK, so I think I just need to stay off of “Find-me-a-rich-successful-husband-now-dot-com” better known as Of course all the dating sites are a bit addictive and I even went back and looked at an old account I had on I still don’t match up to anyone, but at least I don’t feel as insecure looking at the”alternative” sites. Mostly I feel like I’m way too boring, wich is not as bad as feeling way to unsuccessful. My experience with the alternative sites are like the said on The Closer, “What is it with you white people and whips?” In any case, I actually emailed my highest rated “match” … Continue reading

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Why I’m not posting today.

OK, I figured it out. Today I read a bunch of women’s profiles on a couple of online dating sites and I realized that I don’t know one guy who fits any of those profile. Oh, I’m sure they must exist somewhere and I know some guys who meet the physical requirements, but those guys are going out with each other, if you know what I mean. I’ve also spent the past couple of days filling out all sorts of surveys on okcupid. What I found out is that I’m quite boring, good at spelling, and not as smart as I thought. Well, not smart according to the tests people … Continue reading

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So today I have mostly nothing.

It was a good day to watch the women walking around Portland, and I saw my first live Lotus Elise, but otherwise it was just like yesterday. My brother-in-law came by to borrow my laptop and I headed to the gym again. Sorry for the dull day!

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Remembering all my failures.

So, I guess my cycle is home, work, home, work, gym, repeat. Today was one of the gym days and one of the women there gave me this look. So, imagine she was the most popular girl in high school and I walked up to her wearing a Star Trek uniform. It was a combination of horror, disgust, and anger. It was BEAUTIFUL. I haven’t seen that look in years. I think you grow out of the situations that would lead to the look. I’d see it when I tried to talk to women at MIT. I’d get the look from the rich girls when I was growing up. I … Continue reading

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Good luck Tommy!

One of the guys who works down at my local McMenamins pub just retired. Well, I guess he’s just going on to bigger and better things, so it’s not so much a retirement, and he could be back. In any case, it’s a Monday night and I’ve had 3 pints and a shot of whiskey. Oh, and a champagne toast as well. In any case, I’m teetering on the edge of coherence and so I can’t say too much more. I will say that I’m fairly sure that car detailers are all a bit sketchy. I went to Autobella in Portland and as soon as I got there I found … Continue reading

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Another exciting day.

In Oregon, we have a bottle bill, maybe the first in the country, where you pay a nickel deposit on most every soft drink bottle, and they give it back to you. They have these machines that take your bottle or can one at a time, spin it around so it can read the bar code, crush it, and count it. Rejected cans are returned to you undamaged. At the end it spits out a receipt. The worst part about the machines is that some incompetent industrial engineer appears to have designed it. I’ve had cans scanned and crushed without getting a credit. It’s MY FIVE CENTS after all. Anyway, … Continue reading

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Yet more uncompleted tower work.

Anyone who has been keeping even the slightest track of my weekends knows that a lot of my Saturdays are spent fixing crap at my friend Greg’s house. And then, after that, I fleece dinner out of him. Today I was up his tower, cutting off old guy wires we’d left up and taping the cables that go to the antenna. The last thing we need to do is to put connectors on one final cable, but Greg’s so lazy that he couldn’t find a wrench and a hacksaw. Heck, it’s his antenna. Another day, perhaps. Instead of going to the normal restaurant in St. Helens (where I keep getting … Continue reading

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I made a mistake.

OK, so dudes do read this thing. In fact, I should have known that since I counted Jr. Slab as one of the four or five people reading this thing. So, I wrote a check for TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS TODAY. At one point I wrote a larger check for THIRTY-SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS, but at least at that time it was for a car for ME, not a house for my stupid sister. OK, so it’s not my money (it’s my mom’s) and my sister promises to pay us back. I wasn’t so sure about the house, but our friend Jason likes it and he’s a contractor. It doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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