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Oh lord, wont you buy me a big-screen tv?

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a big-screen TV?
High Definition is trying to find me.
I wait for the Fry’s man each day until three,
So oh Lord, won’t you buy me a big-screen TV?
(With apologies to Janis.)

New dishwasher

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

The dishwasher here at Pine Gulch finally gave up the ghost last week. After a mere five years on the job, it developed a leak in the motor/pump assembly. The repairman who came out to take a look at it said he could fix it, but that it would cost nearly as much as a [...]

Backyard in Bloom

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Before I left Pearland for Alabama, I took a few photos of the flowers blooming in the back yard.

Day Zero Exploit

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire came out on DVD today. Guess what we’re watching here at the Pine Gulch tonight?

Winter Rose

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Reason number 137 why we live in Houston:

I Am OUTTA Here!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Actually, I’m home now, and ready for the weekend. Have yourselves a great holiday out there!
Here’s a Simpsons joke for you:
Marge: Homer, the plant called. They said if you don’t show up tomorrow don’t bother showing up on Monday.
Homer: Woo-hoo! Four-day weekend!

Aquarium

Friday, October 7th, 2005

Wendy cleaned out the aquarium last weekend, an all-day job. She took out all the decorations and carefully dipped out the fish. Then she siphoned out the water, scooped out all the gravel, and we carried it out onto the lawn where she scrubbed it clean. Then she put it all back together again.
The water [...]

Rita Aftermath

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

(I was thinking about the etymology of the word aftermath today. Is it literally the mathematics of the afterward? As in the adding and subtracting to count up your dead, wounded, and able-bodied after the battle is over?)
Today Summer and I finished taking down the 2nd-story plywood. We started in the front, where taking down [...]

Jiggety Jig

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

Home again. We pulled in about half an hour ago. It took us about five hours, and we were in stop-and-go traffic only once, just south of Temple. We’re glad to be home again, and happy to find that everything here is okee dokee. I don’t have work tomorrow, so I’ll probably spend most of [...]

Post-Rita Update 2

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

We’re biding our time. We have tossed around the idea of trying to return today, but will probably wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is the “official” day for Pearlanders to return, but that’s not the sole reason we’re waiting. By waiting we give that many more impatient people the chance to rush home and clog the [...]

More Hurricane Prep

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

We finished with the plywood at about 9:30 PM. We spent another hour putting stuff into the house – stuff like the grill, the outdoor furniture, etc. Then we took a short break for sandwiches. Wendy and I are both exhausted, but we have much still to do. I have to make that home inventory [...]

Hurricane Prep

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Last night we covered the eight windows on the first story front. This morning we got up with the sun and by 7:15 were working again. It took until about 11:30 to finish the front of the house. Doing the front is the bulk of the work; it accounts for 20 of our 37 windows [...]