September 29th, 2004

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Busy day off

First thing in the morning, I have to run down to Savage in order to pick up a replacement part for Ericka's van. This will allow me to reattach the driver's seat that was removed for Ericka's last adventure in driving practice. Then it will be to schedule a time to take the van off to Freeway Ford in Bloomington to have the passenger side mirror (also a casualty of driving practice) replaced, hopefully before we are to drive down to Chicago for our new nephew's christening.

When I return from what should be a fairly quick trip to the place that converted Ericka's van, I head off to Barnes & Noble where Ericka should have a copy of the new Laurel K. Hamilton novel waiting for her. Knowing Ericka, she'll have the thing read by dinner time.

The Twins, in addition, are playing a double-header tomorrow since their game with New York was rained out today. That'll make for some interesting dynamics, I think so I'm kind of looking forward to it.

I'm feeling, currently, in a bit of a cooking mood so I'm tempted to look for something interesting to make tomorrow. But that's tomorrow, so who knows how I'll feel when it comes time to actually do the cooking.

90_percent_sure mentioned elsewhere her practice of carrying stuff off to Como Park's big fire rings and burning it as a purging activity. This sounds cool, appealing to both my decluttering and pyromaniacal sides so I'm thinking that's a good activity for tomorrow night too.

Or, there's the long-time favorite: sleeping.

Choices, choices....
  • Current Music
    Bring 'em All in--The Wailin' Jennys--The Wailin' Jennys
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Right on schedule

When I arrived at work yesterday there were maybe eight jobs on the schedule. Consequently, we were busy all night. Tonight, I arrive to over 18 jobs on the schedule. Now, of course, things are deathly quiet.

Best prospect is the 762 page job that fredcritter is busy converting so that we'll be able to work on it. Of course, once he's done, someone will have to break it up into appropriate pieces. It's due on Thursday at 6:00 a.m. I'm thinking I'll get little chance to work on it before I head out of here, but I've been surprised before.
  • Current Music
    Roll On Columbia--Pete Seeger--The Essential Pete Seeger
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Sign of the times

I just heard about this:

OSCE Chairman appoints special co-ordinators to lead election observation missions to Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine and United States
SOFIA, 8 September 2004 - The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy, has appointed four OSCE parliamentarians as special co-ordinators to lead observation missions for forthcoming elections in Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine and the United States.
It's a bit sad to be lumped in with the former-Soviet republics, but I am heartened that someone will be checking in on things.
  • Current Music
    Toomstone Blues--Bob Dylan--Highway 61 Revisited
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Presidential Race in a Nutshell

Driving back from errands this morning, I was caught in rush hour traffic. Here are representative sights I saw:

Geo Prizm, well-used. MPG: 26, Bumper Sticker: Kerry/Edwards

Jeep Liberty, brand new. MPG: 17, Bumper Sticker: Bush/Cheny
  • Current Music
    Sally, Don't You Grieve--Woody Guthrie--Hard Travelin' (The Asch Recordings Vol. 3)