Thursday, March 5, 2015

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.


  1. I'm sorry about your internet and TV loss. You tell them to knock it off.

  2. It was hard, kid! But, I made it through.