Flat Out Tired… (It’s a Pun)

Woke up and got in my car.  A light came on indicating I had a tire that was low on air.  Usually, that’s not a big deal.  Typically it just means that I’ve got to stop by a gas station and top it off…but it was about 20 PSI low.  That’s bad in a tire that’s supposed to hold 35 PSI of air.  I looked the tire over and it had a nail in it.

Okay…so that means the spare has to go on, right?  I checked the air in the spare and found it 30 PSI too low.  That’s bad too.  It turns out that it’s got a faulty pressure valve.  It won’t TAKE more air.  So, it’s useless and sooner or later I’ve got to get a new spare for my car.  (Hopefully sooner.)

Nonetheless, the spare HAD to go on to get the damaged tire back onto the car once it’d been patched…  So, car goes up on the jack, tire comes off, spare goes on…and jack breaks, bending into a shape that can not be defined by Euclidian geometry (with apologies to Cthulhu, that’s not a good thing).  I BARELY got the lug nuts on to get to the tire place, and I felt it wobbling all the way to the shop.

…but the (repaired) tire’s on again…and I worked from home because by then it was 10:00 and I didn’t want to lose any more time at work than I had to by driving in at that point.  And all told, it wasn’t THAT expensive a repair, but it was still money I don’t really HAVE to mess with until after my next paycheck.  (This month’s been kind of expensive.)

The worst part is, this is at LEAST the fourth or fifth flat I’ve had in the less-than-2-years I’ve had the car.  In the WHOLE of the time I had my last car (10 years) I had, I think, three flats.  Are they just not making tires as well, or did I offend the gods of going to work?  Your call.


Current Listening:

  • Rufus Wainwright — “All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu” — On the plus side, one of the FEW things I’ve bought for myself since the last paycheck that wasn’t food or bill-related was Wainwright’s new record.  It’s pretty good.  (I’m only a listen and a half through it, so it might grow or shrink in my opinion over time.)  I mentioned it here a little bit ago, too…it’s just him and his piano playing songs that are kind of darker and sadder.  My cup of tea!  I must admit that it suffers a little bit from the sparse arrangement.  Gets a little wearing on the ear after a while and I’m afraid some of the songs might not be fully appreciated as a result.  BUT, it’s short enough that once you start to notice that, there’s really only 15-20 minutes of music left.  So, to sum up…  Not my favorite thing he’s done…but it sure doesn’t suck.

Worth…well a FEW words, anyway…

The following picture is from my niece’s birthday party this weekend.  That’d be the Elmo I got her…  Also, that’s my sister-in-law Valerie in the background (along with the soon-to-be-born twins, in tummy).

As you can see, I made the choice to wear clothing that highlighted my beer gut, poor posture, receding hairline, and inability to match shades of denim to one another.

So that was pretty much my Sunday…

A Day Late and About $200 Short…

Sorry I didn’t blog when I said I was going to…but you probably should’ve seen that coming.  That’s right.  I’m blaming YOU.

So anyway…here’s a random post…

  1. My jaw has been a little stiff this week.  I think I over-extended it eating a burger from Five-Guys last week.  (Incidentally, they have the best burgers you can get at fast-food speeds…though they’re a little bit more pricey than they need to be.)  Doesn’t hurt or anything.  There’s no swelling and I’m pretty sure I didn’t break a tooth or anything.  It’s just a little tight and I’m being careful of how wide I try to open it to eat.  Minor inconvenience…but felt like writing about it.
  2. Doctor Who debuted their new Doctor this weekend.  It was pretty good.  At first, I wasn’t really buying the new guy, but he grew on me.  There was a particular scene at the end of the show where they did a quick visual recap of the previous ten Doctors then had the new guy walk through the projected image and announce, “Hello.  I’m the Doctor.”  Whatever else could be said about the episode, that scene was pretty freaking pimp.  (They pimped my Doctor! …sorry…)  All in all, I think I’ll like the new guy.  I’m not sure I’ll like him more than David Tennant (his immediate predecessor), but he’ll certainly fill the role well, if it stays on par with the first episode.  At least they proved that they still know how to WRITE the show, which is about 75% of the battle with this kind of program.
  3. The kids sections at bookstores make me feel like a bad uncle.  I don’t know what to buy.  Apparently Tessa’s too advanced for the stuff that’s actually labeled as being for her age group…and I don’t know what’s supposed to be good.  Ended up buying her a little stuffed Elmo (it doesn’t require tickling, doesn’t hokey OR pokey, and doesn’t do any of that other crap…it’s just Elmo) and a copy of “Harold and the Purple Crayon.”  She kissed Elmo on the nose and handed me the book before wandering off…  So that works.  Wasn’t as big a hit as the duck on a stick thingy that Susan got her, or the toddler-sized bike that my dad got her…but didn’t have to be.  Either way…Barnes and Noble and Borders both suck if you only buy stuff for kids when you HAVE to…
  4. Got a new phone.  It’s another touch-screen.  I’m not a fan of touch-screens, since my last one sucked so hard…but this works okay so far.  I’ve got the Internet with me where-ever I go and it’s highly customizable…so as long as the screen holds out, we’ll be fine.
  5. I’m running low on money already.  I got paid on THURSDAY and I’m already broke again.  Ugh…
  6. Upon review, Pearl Jam’s last record belongs WAY higher ont  my top ten of ’09 list than #9.  Should’ve been in the top five, easily.  I’d revise…but who cares?
  7. The best whiskey I’ve ever had in my life is made in Ireland (of course) and is called Paddy.  It isn’t available in the States, unless you know someone who can bring you a bottle from the Duty Free store on their way home.  But a CLOSE second has to be Bushmills, which is also Irish (or course).  (Best American whiskey, btw, is without a doubt Maker’s Mark.)  Dunno why I’m sharing that…I guess it’s just a hint that if any of you go to Ireland, I’d appreciate a bottle.  🙂
  8. There’s this thing on Facebook that has been supporting a girl who needed a heart transplant.  Apparently yesterday, the girl got her heart—which is awesome.  It’s a really good cause, and I’m not in any way trying to take away from it…  There is one thing I’m seeing that bothers me a little, though.  Tons of my friends are posting in their statuses that we need to pray that the transplant keeps and the girl has a full recovery…but I haven’t seen anyone suggest that people pray for the family of the person who died in order for her to get that heart.  Somebody lost the most important person in their life, and though the result of their loss is awesome, I’m sure the family would appreciate a little thought from some of us, too.  Just kinda thought about that a little bit ago…  I do hope the heart transplant holds out like it should.  It’d be a shame for someone to have hope and lose it…and it’d be a double-shame if someone else died for nothing.  (Of course, being that I don’t know either party, this is just a man’s-humanity-for-man thing…but nonetheless…)
  9. Our server at work died on Friday.  I didn’t get any of my actual job done.  (Hoping to log in remotely for a bit tonight.)  Even if I get a bit done tonight, it’s probably going to be a LONG day (or two) of catch-up tomorrow.  Here’s hoping I get some sleep tonight!

…and that’ll do it…  I’d promise to have something interesting to talk about soon…but I don’t know what it’d be!  🙂

Happy Birthday, Tessa

My niece turned 2 today.  Happy birthday, Tessa.  For the record, my blog probably posted this as being on the 16th, because I think it’s set to Eastern time, but I’m actually posting it—albeit just barely—on the 15th.

Hope ya’ll paid your taxes.

I’ll write something longer tomorrow or Saturday.


Current Listening:

  • Random Pearl Jam…maybe some Springsteen later…

I’m Still With CoCo, but I’m a Little Disappointed

So it’s official.  Conan O’Brien has a TV deal.  That’s good news.  The bad news is that it’s not on a network.  It’s on TBS.  Right before George Lopez.

A few problems there…

  1. TBS got so bad that they couldn’t even sell WRESTLING after about 1998.  And the best they’ve got now is George Lopez.
  2. What demographic does TBS appeal to?  People who want to watch old Charles Bronson movies?  Is that really the Conan audience?
  3. Conan would’ve been a GREAT fit among Fox’s Simpsons/Family Guy viewers…but unfortunately, Fox couldn’t guarantee him a time-slot in most of the country due to local affiliates showing the news and/or Seinfeld reruns at the 10:00 hour.  Way to drop the ball, Fox.
  4. Major downward move from network to basic-cable.  I know a couple of people who don’t have cable (I know, it’s shocking)…they won’t see the show.  That sucks, because I’m sure Conan will be great.
  5. George Lopez has been talking like he’s the cock of the walk.  (He’s half right.)  In the interviews I’ve read, he seems to be acting like the whole deal is his doing and like CoCo’s his opening act.  Whereas, in truth, George Lopez is like 10 pounds of suck in an 8 pound bag.  We get it George…Mexicans and Americans do things differently.  (But I guess I should respect the guy for being able to stretch that into a 20 year career…)  Enjoy the brief bump you’re getting from this.  It ends on Conan’s first night when people flip away from your show to Craig Ferguson.
  6. If CoCo did have to move his show-show to cable…why not Comedy Central?!?  He’d have fit right in with Colbert and Stewart.  It was probably a time-slot thing there, too.  I think the Colbert Report and the Daily Show air at the time Conan would’ve wanted…  It’s a shame that people think the time-slot is more important than the production—and I’m talking about the stations and the performers on that one.

…and that’s the downside.

But the upside—and this does dwarf the downside—is that Conan has a show again, and is likely to bring a lot of the old crew with him.  I’m looking forward to that.

…but sorry, “I’m With CoCo” Facebook fan-page…I REFUSE to start saying “I’m with LoCo.”  Seriously.  George Lopez isn’t funny.


Quick Movie Review

  • Reign Over Me – Released in 2007 and starring Adam Sandler.  I’m not a Sandler fan…but this was pretty good.  I didn’t quite buy the end of the movie…but it was overall good and featured an AWESOME cover of The Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me” by Pearl Jam.  (Side note—I’m a life-long Who fan, but Pearl Jam now has the torch.  At the Rock-Honors thing in honor of The Who, Pearl Jam performed before them and blew everyone on the bill away.  INCLUDING the honorees.  They actually out-Who’ed The Who!)  Good movie that dealt with its subject matter in a way that not only didn’t irritate me (it references 9/11/01) but actually really WORKED for me.  This one passed me by at the time, but Christine (at work) handed me her copy and told me I should give it a look.  About seven months later (super-sorry, Christine!) I finally did.  Worth it.  I give it 4 out of 5 Daves.  (That’s a rating system my brother uses on his blog…and I’m stealing it.)  🙂