Wednesday Weirdness #302

The change engine oil soon notification is appearing whenever I start my car. It’s actually very annoying since it blocks the dashboard display and has to be explicitly dismissed rather than disappearing after a set time like the other notices. Especially since “soon” is sometime in September. My vehicle is well maintained. But I don’t change things super early.

Wednesday Weirdness #300

I got locked out of the building today even though I had stepped outside almost an hour before it’s supposed to be locked. Fortunately, there were still people going out so I didn’t have to wait too long to get back inside. Still, it was annoying that they are not following the schedule previously communicated.

Wednesday Weirdness #299

The work area for a totally unrelated pipeline project has moved into the construction zone of a nearby running bridge reconstruction. What used to be a busy six lane road is now down to one lane in each direction. So now traffic backs up a long way since there aren’t many routes across the river. I really wonder who though that two simultaneous projects in the same area was a good idea.

Wednesday Weirdness #298

Recently, it seems like every week we’re getting phosphates in the swimming pool and I have to add an expensive chemical to remove it. I know it’s something that happens. But, I’m not fond of purchasing $50 bottles of liquid. Especially since I can’t go a week without chlorination and I have to purchase it at the local pool supply store at a premium price.

Wednesday Weirdness #297

I found an online vendor that sells cheap replacement gaskets for the type pf automatic chlorine feeder we use in packs of six. Yet, people were still complaining that thy don’t last. That’s why they come in a big multi-pack. Nothing rubbery that’s exposed to concentrated chlorine is going to last very long. The name brand ones made out of “premium” materials may at a bit longer; but, basic chemistry still applies.

Wednesday Weirdness #295

We got phosphates in our swimming pool this past weekend which is never a good thing. I was able to remove the phosphates; but now the chemistry is unbalanced. So, we may not be able to get in the pool while the air conditioner is broken and it is burning hot outside. The hot weather will help dissipate the excess chemicals; but, we won’t be able to cool off in the pool for several days.

Wednesday Weirdness #294

I got caught in a torrential downpour when I was rowing on Tuesday. One minute it was clear. The next it was raining really, really hard. I was thoroughly soaked by the time I got back to the dock. Then, not surprisingly, it stopped raining by the time we put away the boat. I know that is the way of things and always a possibility. But, that didn’t make me any less cold and wet.

Wednesday Weirdness #293

A driver got mad at me when I was crossing the street downtown for backing out of the crosswalk because I didn’t think he was going to stop for a red light. He angrily motioned me across after slamming on the brakes at the last second. I have no idea why people rush up to stop lights and slow down at the last moment when the light is red and has been for a long time. Assuming that they are going to stop is a bad idea.

Wednesday Weirdness #292

We saw a drone flying around the river when we were rowing today. That’s not unusual except for the fact that the operator appeared to be very inexperienced from the way it was being controlled. So, it was perplexing why they would fly it over a body of water where it would be irretrievably lost if there was a mishap which came close to happening several times while were passing.