Thursday, March 5, 2015


I woke up Thursday morning, thinking it was Friday. So, I was happy! Until I realized it was only Thursday... Sigh...

Hump Day

I woke up on Wednesday to the alarm, after a restless night. I turned on the TV in passing and then I went to turn on the coffee machine. I noticed I didn’t hear the TV, so I went back to check. Uh, oh… No TV! I went into the office and checked the computer. No internet!!!

So, my whole morning routine was turned upside down.

I normally fill in the Blog first, then watch what’s ever left of the news until 6:15 a.m., when the full weather report comes on. Then I shave and go back to watching the news, taking my pills, eating breakfast, etc. until 6:45, when I go shower.

Instead I decided to clean the counters and generally putz in the kitchen. I checked the clock and it was almost 6:45 a.m. Crap!!! So, I hurried and shaved, then had to hurry and shower.

Before I left, I pulled the truck outside and let it idle while I swept the flood of melted snow out of the garage with a push broom. Since I use it as a workshop as much as a garage (at least when it’s warm), I don’t want standing pools of water. I ended up getting to work at 7:45 a.m. (15-30 minutes later than usual).

I got to work, but before I went to work, I dragged the broken trashcan out back and put it in the dumpster. Then I turned on my computer and finally got an updated weather forecast for the area (high of 33 degrees in the morning, but falling all day long. No precipitation, though, which was a good thing!) Then I finally posted yesterday’s Blog entry.

I had assumed the cable/internet outage was due to yesterday’s ice storm (we have overhead lines here). But, we had intermittent power outages at our Building 50 (a couple of blocks from my house). Fred, our Telecom guy, was all over it! According to AT&T and DTE, that was because they had to replace some telephone poles. So, I think I know now what happened to my cable.

I went to Newburgh Grill for lunch. I got another one of their specials. But, instead of my usual ones, I got the soup (Wednesday, it is tomato orzo and very good) and a mini-Greek salad. Well, they call it “mini” but it was still too much for me to eat it all.

Sidebar: They also always offer chicken with lemon-rice soup (I make it better) and chicken with dumplings (God awful!)

Sidebar #2: After last night’s heavy meal, I thought I should chill a little. So, I skipped the patty melt or gyro sandwich and opted for the salad.

From there, I went and got the truck washed. I know, I know… With all the melting snow, it wouldn’t last long (and it didn’t). But at least I got the crud and (more importantly) the salt off of it.

Back at work, somebody had had a lunch meeting. So, they put the rest of two pizzas and a big tub of anti-pasta salad out. Later on, I tried one of the veggie (I’m guessing) pizza slices. It had onions, banana peppers, black olives and mushrooms. I wasn’t that hungry, it just looked good. And, even cold, it was!

Later on, there was still half a tub of the good-looking salad left. Now, I know how this works. At 5:00 p.m., it all goes in the trash. So, I scrounged around in my desk drawers and came up with a quart baggie. I filled it up as full as I could get with the salad (I ignored the dressing). I stuck that in our little fridge. So, I had a ready-made dinner for tonight!

I drove home at 5:00 p.m., trying (unsuccessfully) to avoid puddles and spray from other vehicles. When I got there, the television was on! I checked the computer and the internet was back as well. Whew!

After treating the damn cat and changing clothes, I started the Wednesday night laundry. Or, Wednesday Wash as I would call it (I like alliteration, LOL!)

I went and watched the news. As a single, live-alone, old fart, you don’t realize just how much you rely on TV until it’s gone!

I ate my salad with bottled Italian dressing. It was excellent!

I started watching the Red Wings game, but fell asleep. It was over when I woke up, so I don’t know who won. I shut off the TV and went to bed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


According to the weather forecast, the snow was supposed to start after 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. At 7:15, I took the three trash bags out to the road and it was already snowing!

We had about two inches of snow by 10:00 a.m. It was supposed to start freezing rain about noon, but that started around 11:00 a.m. When I went out to lunch, I had about 1/8-inch of ice covering the truck!

Luckily, the snow hadn’t melted off the windshield (the truck was facing north and the rain was from the south), so the windshield was the only window I didn’t have to scrape. 10 minutes later, I left for lunch.

However, the backup sensors were still covered with ice, so they thought I was just about to hit something and were screaming at me!

The roads were treacherous, but I had it in four-wheel drive. I only went to Time Out, my closest restaurant. I got a bowl of chicken noodle soup and a mushroom-Swiss burger. Both were excellent! Then I slowly made my way back to work.

When I left work at 5:00 p.m., it was raining. The side roads were bad, but the main roads and the expressway were just slushy.

When I got onto San Jose (and back into four-wheel drive) I stopped and got the mail I noticed the trashed trashcan was still there! I was p*ssed!

But when I walked out to retrieve it, I understood why. My carefully attached “Please Throw Me Away” signs were covered in snow and ice. Damn!

I put it in the truck bed. I’ll throw it away at work, tomorrow.

Inside, I changed clothes after treating the cat. Then I watched the news.

I warmed up the last of the pork chop, more mashed potatoes and rutabagas. I also warmed up some jarred pork gravy. I assembled everything and had an excellent leftover dinner.

I watched NCIS and NCIS New Orleans. Both were reruns, but I’d waited all week and needed the fix. I went to bed at 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Quote of the day

"Live well,
laugh often,
encrypt absolutely everything!"

~ Unknown


It was warm (by comparison) on Monday morning. I heard on the news that some folk in my area were still without power, so I felt lucky!

Sidebar: It’s not often that I wake up in the morning feeling lucky, so I took it! It’s the little things…

I went to the Newburgh Grille for lunch and got the beef vegetable soup and a patty melt for lunch. Then I walked down to CVS and finished another undone Saturday errand. It was sunny and above freezing at the time.

I drove across Joy Road to the gas station and filled up the truck (another undone errand from Saturday).

We had our staff meeting and I learned that the rumors I had heard were true.

Later on, our new VP came in to talk with my boss, and then stayed for a while to catch up on his emails. While he was sitting there, he changed my meeting with him from Tuesday to Friday. He called over and apologized. He said he really wanted to meet with me, (I am the last of his employees he hasn’t talked to), but he just got a meeting at Building 50 he couldn’t get out of.

I said not to worry, I figured he’d just saved the best for last. He said, “That’s right! I worked my way through the domestic wines and now I’m ready to try the top shelf!”

Oh, he’s good!

Sidebar: I appreciated the reference to “top shelf.” He could have just as easily went with “well-aged!”

I had printed off two sheets of paper in large, red font at work (I don’t have a color printer) that said, “Please throw away.” So, when I got home, I slipped them into some sheet protectors (I bought them when we first moved in and hung them in the attic with signs designating storage areas, such as “camping gear,” “Jake’s stuff,” “Christmas,” etc. They are still up there, but no longer relevant).

Anyway, I duct taped them to the busted-up trashcan and took it out to the road. 

I left the actual trash in the garage. If you remember, there was a lot of smelly food in there and I didn’t want to tempt any domestic or wild animals to rip up the garbage bags.

We are under a Winter Weather Watch for tomorrow (mixed bag of snow, freezing rain and then all rain) so I went out back and refilled the feeders while I still could.

I watched the news until I was hungry. I didn’t feel like leftovers yet, so I made some tuna and peas and served it over buttered wide egg noodles.

I checked the TV and saw one cable channel was showing “The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring” without commercials. So, I watched that from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. and then went to bed.