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A not-so-fun weekend.

My daughter came down with some type of stomach flu on Thursday night. She didn't really feel better until Sunday. While we're having lunch at Arby's on Sunday, my s.o. starts feeling bad. Same symptoms. And I'm scheduled to leave for Tucson tomorrow. I hope they both recover quickly. And I hope I don't catch it...

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My S.O. and daughter have been fighting some kind of nasty virus for the past few days. But it seems they are almost better, so life is getting back to normal at home. Luckily, I did not catch it.

The slow pace at home allowed me to catch up on a few things, including watching "Lord of the Rings II". I figured I'd have trouble watching the entire 3 hours (or was it 4?) in a single sitting, but it held my interest. Great movie.

For some reason, I have a craving for sweet and sour chicken...

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A fun (and fattening) weekend...

Friday I had a craving for a steakburger, so we went over to the Great American. They did not disappoint.

Satuday I spent the day cleaning and straightening, inside and out. Saturday night was NASCAR from Bristol, so I did my traditional pre-race barbeque. The t-bones and baked potatoes were excellent; even my daughter asked for seconds. But she is still trying to figure out what is so interesting about watching a bunch of cars driving in circles...

Sunday we met some friends for dinner at Applebee's. I tried their new BBQ rib tips. Not bad. For some reason I was expecting boneless. And I don't think I "broke even" on their all-you-can-eat deal ($11.49 I think); I couldn't finish the 2nd order...

A bad weekend for eating healthy, but it was worth it. I'll definitely be seeing the ski machine this week.

Adventures at the gas station

So last night I'm pumping gas into my car, as this hyper guy carrying a folded newspaper walks up to me.

guy: Hey, man, wanna buy a gold necklace? (he opens the newspaper to reveal a gold necklace)
me: No, thanks.
guy: C'mon, it's sure to get you some from your girl.
me: No, thanks.
guy: Look, man, it's real gold (he takes out a lighter, holds the flame to the necklace)
me: I'd really appreciate it if you'd get that lighter away from these gas pumps
guy: uhhhh (his eyes widen as he realizes the situation)

At this point he walked away without saying another word. Perhaps he will select other venues if he wants to do these "demonstrations"...

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My daughter started school last week. She seems to like it; a good thing. I guess I didn't realize how hard it was on the mothers, though -- after the first day, I asked my s.o. how her day alone had been. That brought a flood of tears. Ooops, unintentional, insensitive comment on my part...

Friday I went to the doctor for a checkup. He had also ordered some blood work done. But seems the lab didn't run all the tests he requested, so now I have to visit the vampires again. Joy... But the good news is the tests they did complete came back good. :)

Monday Night Football tonight! But where did the summer go??

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A calm, restful weekend. The only interesting part was walking into the backyard Saturday morning and finding the back of the house spotted with paintball splatters. I guess one (or more) of my neighbors' kids have too much free time on their hands... It didn't really bother me though; gave me a reason to pull out the power washer, and clean the very-dirty sidewalk. (However, if they had hit one of my cars, I would not be as forgiving...)

In other news, I managed to put a nice gash in my finger while cleaning the crumbs out of our toaster. Why does the crumb tray have a sharp edge??? Typing is distractingly painful today.

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Today is one of ~those~ days. Woke up late. Realized I had forgotten a couple of items when I got in the car to leave, had to go back in the house. Running late, suddenly realized I needed gas. My timing with the uncooperative traffic signals ensured I lost more time. Electronic lock on the front door didn't like my code just this particular morning. When I started the microwave to warm up my oatmeal, the circuit breaker tripped.

And it's only 7 AM...

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Hmmm, the weekend... I took my little one to see "Finding Nemo". She enjoyed it, so did I. Cleaned 2 cars, inside and out. Waxed one. Caught up on "home accounting" (i.e., checkbook).

Ever notice how some businesses just don't want your money? I'm looking for some stuff for one of my cars (aftermarket gauges), and I find the ones I want on the manufacturer's web page. So I check the site for local dealers. None in El Paso, but one very close to where my parents live. I forward the information to my Dad and ask him to stop by the place and check prices. He calls me back the next day, and tells me they were very rude and simply said they can't order the products I want (so why the f*** are they listed as a dealer??). So I call the manufacturer's customer service line and have a little chat. Turns out there is a dealer here in El Paso (which I've since contacted, and been pleased with their service). I also tell them about their "dealer"; they say they'll look into it. I'm not holding my breath. Anyway, here's a plug for Spitzer Automotive; great customer service.

And I'll tell you where Fleet Pride can go...

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The weekend was fairly short and uneventful for me. The only thing worth mentioning - a couple of years ago I received a really cool stainless steel electronic pressure cooker. (for the geeky cook I guess...) Anyway, tired of seeing it sit on the counter and collect dust, I decided to be brave and try to cook a beef roast in it. The instruction manual was just vague enough to keep me wondering if the flashing lights meant "danger!" or "cooking"... But after about an hour the cooker tells me it's done, and we have some juicy roast...

Farewell, Bob Hope. You're the first comedian I remember from my youth...

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So the hot topic this morning is the local newspaper's (El Paso Times) decision to publish the gory pictures of Saddam's dead sons on the front page. Although I only picked up the paper about 2 hours ago, there has been much discussion here in the office and on some of the local radio shows. I have to commend the person who made the decision; he (or she) knew exactly what they were asking for -- publicity. I'll wager that today will be one of the best circulation days for the Times. I will not, however, leave the paper laying on the kitchen table for my 5 year old daughter to see...

Speaking of my little one, we registered her for kindergarten this week. Another milestone in a parent's life. I keep trying to remember my first days of school. Many memories that had been dormant for a long time. Some good, some bad. All educational, I suppose...