Week of August 08, 2004

August 8, 2004 16:30 – 16:30

Saturday, August 14, 2004

11:02 PM

Charley took one look at Northern Virginia and said “Uh uhn… no way am I going near that place,” and headed off to the east. At the moment, he’s high-tailing it to the northeast just as fast as his little barometric pressure can carry him. At the moment, he’s crying on New Jersey, and by morning, he’ll be getting my sister, her friends, and other friends wet. Goodbye, Charley. I’m glad we never really had a chance to meet. So are our gutters and our basement!

I finally tried Bertucci’s pizza. Several times before, I tried to order carry-out, and they either left me on hold forever, or disconnected me. Tonight, I got through… and I will never repeat that mistake. It was some of the most boring and inept pizza I’ve ever had. The crust was like burned cardboard. The sauce didn’t seem to have any spices in it. There was practically no cheese. There were maybe 3 or 4 pieces of pepperoni, and the mushrooms weren’t cooked.

So… I threw it into a pizza pan, sprinkled a generous amount of basil and oregano, added extra pepperoni, then sprinkled fresh Romano, fresh parmesan, and mozzarella on top… and baked it for about 8 minutes. Mmmmm. Not bad… except that the crust still sucked.

The Caesar salad wasn’t too bad… but the romaine wasn’t as fresh as it should’ve been, it was too small, and half of the croutons were soggy.

Hey, Charley! You forgot to take Bertucci’s with you! (Not really sure how to spell it… not that it matters, since it’s not a name I’m going to put into my Great Pizza Places little-black-book.)

Yuck.

8:56 AM

Charlie didn’t like Florida. So, after ravaging parts of the state, he jumped into the Atlantic and started swimming up the coast. According to the NWS, he’s going to take a shot at SC, then hop on I95 and head up this way. I’m hoping that he’ll take a quick look at the traffic on 95, then veer off to the east so we don’t get pounded.

At the moment, we’re under a tropical storm warning. Here’s the current blurb:

. Tropical storm warning.

. Flood watch through Sunday.

Today. Rain developing with a chance of thunderstorms. Rain will be heavy at times. Highs in the mid 70s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. With gusts to 25 mph.

Tonight. Windy. Rain ending after midnight. A chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 20 to 30 mph becoming north. With gusts to around 45 mph.

Added at 2:35 pm

They’ve moderated the forecast, and some of the heaviest rain seems to be bending to the south and east of us. There might be hope for us yet… and it’s a good thing, too, since it doesn’t look like the gutter guyz will be here until Monday.

Tonight. Windy. Rain ending after midnight. A chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph becoming north. With gusts to 40 mph.

We shall see…

Friday, August 13, 2004

11:37 PM

Well, the HUD report *almost* went away. At least I’m done with working on it 12 hours a day.

No exercise today, because of the $%&!!! report. Hopefully, I can get some running in tomorrow morning b4 the rains/storms arrive. If you happen to see Charlie, tell him to STAY THE @#@)! away from Virginia.

Tomorrow morning, Karen leaves for Ohio, and tomorrow afternoon, Katie leaves for Frederick. How am I supposed to have peace of mind if they’re traveling through heavy storms and tornado warnings??? Sheesh.

I had planned to see if I could find an open mic night somewhere. But, if it’s going to be storming, I might just stay home and soak in the hot tub… unless it’s lightning.

Oh, well… time for sleepy-bye. Good night, John-Boy. Good night, Mary-Ellen. <If you understand that, you’re too darn old!>


12:03 AM

Here are my Belief-O-Matic results. I still can’t figure out how people are scoring 100% as UUs. There must be some fundamental UUness that I’m not. Oh, well. At least it’s close.

1. Secular Humanism
(100%)

2. Unitarian Universalism
(99%)

3. Liberal Quakers
(84%)

4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants
(76%)

5. Nontheist
(73%)

6. Theravada Buddhism
(73%)

7. Neo-Pagan
(62%)

8. Bahá’í Faith
(48%)

9. New Age
(47%)

10. Taoism
(43%)

11. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
(43%)

12. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist)
(40%)

13. Orthodox Quaker
(39%)

14. Reform Judaism
(39%)

15. Mahayana Buddhism
(38%)

16. Jehovah’s Witness
(32%)

17. New Thought
(32%)

18. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant
(30%)

19. Sikhism
(28%)

20. Scientology
(28%)

21. Jainism
(27%)

22. Hinduism
(18%)

23. Seventh Day Adventist
(18%)

24. Eastern Orthodox
(16%)

25. Islam
(16%)

26. Orthodox Judaism
(16%)

27. Roman Catholic
(16%)

Thursday, August 12, 2004

4:07 PM

Glad I got to run before the storms arrived. I ran over to Sherwood Hall to Route 1, then to Mt. Vernon, and up to Riverside. Ran 5 miles, walked about 2. At Mt. Vernon, I decided that I didn’t want to be out in the hot sun anymore, & called for Katie to pick me up in Stratford Landing.

“The Project” ends tomorrow, I hope. Next week, a new and entirely different project begins. But, rather than having to work on it night & day, it’ll be more like a half-time effort. I can use the rest.

I wonder how long it’ll be before we have to shut down the computers.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

10:38 PM

There is a light at the end of the tunnel… and no, it’s not a train. Sometime on Friday, I hope to turn my draft over to my clients, then be happily assigned to a new project. Unlike the current one, this is at the front end, so I won’t have to be scraping and clawing trying desperately to clean up someone else’s mess. I’ll get to clean up my own mess!

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

10:53 AM

Ugh. It’s hot out there. I ran/walked from 9:40 until 10:40,50% running/50% walking. I’d go back to running earlier when it’s cooler, but as it turns out, that’s my most productive time of the day, writing-wise. Maybe I’ll continue the running-later thing into the fall & winter, too. At least then, it’ll make more sense since being warmer will actually be a good thing.

If anyone else is reading this, I hope my Xanga is living up to its “boring” masthead. Maybe I’ll install one of those chatterboxes so I can start leaving myself anonymous comments!

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

12:57 PM

Still no ship. But, I did cut the front lawn. The nice thing about the new mower is that you can mow as fast as you like. It’s variable speed, and automatically speeds up/slows down as you do. The front lawn took 20 minutes. With the old mower, it took about 30.

Monday, August 09, 2004

9:26 PM

Still waiting for that ship to come in…

Sunday, August 08, 2004

11:10 PM

Ever wished you were wrong about something? <sigh>

Among other things, I wish I were wrong about this stupid report being due next week. I also wish I were wrong about GWB being president of the U.S. I also wish I were wrong about its still being summer. But, among other things, I have a feeling I’m right.

It turns out, however, that I was wrong about last night being the last open-window night for a while. It’s down to 64 already. And, while it probably won’t get much cooler tonight, the windows are indeed open. The acid test, however, will be to see if it’s actually cool enough to sleep… perchance to dream.

By the way… if I never go to Hard Times Cafe again, it will be too soon. I had forgotten why I didn’t like that place, but tonight, I got a none-too-tasty reminder that their chili SUCKS. Plus, for the last half hour of being there, we had to endure some idiot’s cigaret smoke <cough cough>. Cigarets kill. With some jerks, I just wish they do it a bit more quickly.

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