Monday Monologue #277

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • Not happy that events that are marketed as being broadcast “live” are actually somewhat delayed. There have been a lot if spoilers with everything appearing almost instantly on social media.
  • It’s a bit creepy; but, we got a report from our smart thermostat showing that the heat ran 5 hours less last month than the January before. And that the average temperature set was 1-degree less. An interesting report; but, it does raise some privacy concerns.
  • It’s getting harder and harder to find the specialty incandescent bulbs that fit some of fixtures in our house. LED bulbs are available; but they are expensive. And, they don’t match, so you have to replace all the bulbs at once.
  • Now that we’ve got everything, it’s time to start working on our taxes. We always owe, so we approach tax season with even more dread than most people.

Wednesday Weirdness #276

After literally months of phone calls and letters I finally got everything straightened out and got my “refund” from the IRS. Now, its almost time to do it all over again. It’s amazing how something that should have been simple and straightforward become so convoluted. And it was totally their mistake. We try hard to always owe them so that we avoid ending up in this situation. But, when they can’t read, there is nothing to be done.

Monday Monologue #276

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • It was a good game yesterday (if you like offense). I always watch; but this year’s game was more interesting than some. There is a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking today.
  • It’s snowing (which is not unexpected for this time of year). I just don’t like shoveling when it’s still snowing. So, I’m just watching and waiting for it to stop. At least it’s just “normal” cold.
  • It’s been months since we were able to do anything outside. The last few winters there were days where we could get outdoors and enjoy the usually warm weather. This year all of our workouts have been indoors.
  • We want a heated driveway and heated garage at our next house. Totality frivolous and not likely to happen. But we can dream.

Wednesday Weirdness #274

One of the things I don’t like about working downtown is all the crazy drivers. I almost got hit by a car without any lights on when I was walking to my car after work. Fortunately, we saw each other at the last minute. I try to be careful. But dark cars turning into the road from side streets are difficult to see. Automatic headlights should be required on all passenger vehicles. It was certainly after sun down.

Monday Monologue #274

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • It warmed up enough over the weekend to melt most of the snow. Unfortunately, the temperature is already dropping and its supposed to snow again on Tuesday. I know it, is only January; but I was still hoping for a few more warm days.
  • Updating the maps in the GPS on my car really highlighted how computerized today’s vehicles have become. It was much like Windows Update complete with a progress bar followed by the obligatory reboot at the end. But it was somewhat disconcerting to have all the screens go dark while I was driving.
  • The keyboard tray on the desk I use was getting stuck all the time so I lubricated the slides over the weekend. It moves smoothly; but now I get WD40 on my hand when I adjust the position and grab edge the slide rather than the tray itself. Very annoying since I have to go wash my hands since I don’t want to get penetrating oil on my keyboard.
  • Why do they install gas pumps that don’t work with gloves in places that get cold in the winter? I wear gloves that used to work with touch sensitive devices; but now they’ve worn out.

Wednesday Weirdness #273

I recently discovered in the latest major Windows Update that “if the SMBv1 client is not used for 15 days in total, it automatically uninstalls itself.” Of course, that was only after I wasted hours trying to do something that I had done many times before that suddenly stopped working. I know that using an obsolete version can be a security issue. But silently automatically uninstalling a feature based upon it not being used in an arbitrary time period seems excessive. Especially since a reboot is required to reinstall it.

Monday Monologue #273

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife)

  • I somehow lost the combination lock I use at the gym which is annoying. New locks are cheap and easy to find. Remembering a new combination after using the same one for so many years is the difficult part.
  • My car is at the shop (again). Amazingly, this time it’s for a mechanical issue rather than a software problem. Hopefully I will get it back soon. And I still haven’t updated the maps for the GPS.
  • I’ve used my snow blower attachment more in the past three days (twice) than I did all last year. That is what it is for. But, it would be nice to have a mild winter. Its supposed to be below zero tomorrow.
  • If you follow such things that was quite a football game on Sunday afternoon. Perhaps one of these days it will b e or favorite team with a great escape in the playoffs.

Wednesday Weirdness #272

I just received the 2018 map update for the GPS in my car. According to the instructions, it takes 50 minutes to upload and the car has to be running the entre time! Who lets their car idle for almost an hour? If I’m in the car that long, I’m probably on a road trip and using the GPS which, of course, means I can’t do the update.

Wednesday Weirdness #269

The computer that I recently upgraded to Windows 10 totally wireded out when I deleted the Windows.old folder so I had to restore it. I’m not sure why. But I need to determine what the problem was/is. Other wise, I will have a major problem when Windows auto-deletes the folder to reclaim disk space 30 days or whatever it is after upgrading.