Lightning: Destroyer of Evenings

Work was worklike. I spent all morning at the junior high, then stopped by Subway for a late lunch. I wanted to try out their reuben. It was okay. Super loaded up with subpar deli corned beef, but not enough of anything else. I ran into Michael there as I was walking in, and let him jump ahead of me so he could get back to school. Then when I got to the end of the line, he paid for my $11 sandwich. It all happened so fast, and I felt a little bit terrible, because I’m pretty sure my sandwich cost almost twice what his cost.

After work, I went to my parents’ house for some more chow mein, then came home for more laundry. I had just gotten settled in when it started to storm. The storm passed pretty quickly, but right in the middle of it – BANG! Lightning struck super close. I never really lost power, but things went a little funky for a bit. It wasn’t long before I realized my brand new modem had fried. After all the trouble with my internet, the coax to my modem was set to bypass the surge/backup battery. It’s completely dead. I called Suddenlink to have service switched back to my old modem, but now I’m having additional trouble getting my wired devices back online. At least two heavy pieces of equipment don’t seem to be talking to the network, so I’ve got my work cut out for me.

I hate, hate, hate this kind of thing, especially when it should have been prevented. There’s no reason for me to have to bypass safety equipment in order to use Suddenlink’s service. Enough for tonight though. I’ll have to figure it all out tomorrow or something.


A Show of Art

I tried sleeping without earplugs last night, and just as I expected, I kept waking up to every mask leak all night long. On the plus side, my back was significantly better today. There’s still pain, but it’s no longer debilitating.

I met Summer at the River Valley Arts Center for Miranda’s art show. I wish I had taken some pictures, but I also don’t know if that’s a thing that’s frowned upon, so I guess it doesn’t matter. She had some really great work though, and it made me want to try being artistic again.

When we left there, we stopped by Arby’s for some lunch until she had to go to the school to prep for class tomorrow. I came home and basically spent the rest of the afternoon trying to find a photograph that seems to have disappeared. I even tried Josue to see if he still had it, and though he managed to dig up a couple others, he didn’t find the one I was looking for.

I went to my parents’ for some chow mein for dinner, then came home to do some laundry for work tomorrow. I’m having to try and shrink my new polyester work shirts, and I don’t think it’s going to work. Evidently Holloway sizes their sport pollos at least a size too large. Standards aren’t hard, people.

I watched the first half of The Avengers while the laundry was going. I haven’t seen it in quite a while, so I felt like I needed a refresher.

That guy’s brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him.

Stress Vomiters are the Worst

I wandered tenderly around the house today, occasionally trying to stretch out my neck and back. It really does just feel like I slept wrong and it’ll work itself out by the end of the day, but it’s been nearly a week now. I just sat and played Oxygen Not Included for nearly the entire day.

I’ll look outside tomorrow.

Donut Be Late

I left the house quite a bit earlier than usual today, so I thought I’d stop for donuts on the way in. I hadn’t accounted for a Friday rush at Shipley’s or the train on the tracks that I normally don’t have to cross, so I ended up being several minutes late. To make matters worse, Heather had also brought donuts, but managed to show up before me. I felt stupid, but nobody seemed to care.

It was a pretty mellow group day, and almost all of us went to Cracker Barrel for lunch. I had the rainbow trout, which was really good. After lunch, I got to visit my buildings to wrap up whatever I could. I ended up staying late to help Summer set up some rooms for quiz bowl.

When we left, I came home and sat in pain from my upper back. I’ve started to think it’s from coughing, but when I’m at home and sat quietly, I don’t cough that much. I’m running out of ideas to fix it, and sleep only seems to make it worse.

Chiropractic is sustained by pseudoscientific ideas such as subluxation and “innate intelligence” that are not based on sound science.


It was overall another pretty productive day. I stayed busy until lunch when I joined the girls in the library for cafeteria salads, chicken nuggetstrips, and mac and cheese soup(?). The salad was pretty good.

After work, I went by my parents’ house for dinner, then stopped by Walgreens to pick up a FedEx package and some more cough medicine.

I finally committed to the Android beta channel for my Pixel 2 XL, so we’ll see how that goes.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I’ve been having trouble with my web host since it’s been free all this time. I should probably make a decision on whether to start paying for some real hosting soon, because I’m tired of never knowing whether or not the site will be up, and whether they’ll lose my data.



I still woke up super stiff in my upper back this morning. I’ve tried sleeping in every reasonable position I can think of, and nothing has helped. I don’t know what caused this, but I hope it works itself out soon.

I was between buildings quite a bit today, but I feel pretty good about what I accomplished. I’m back down to single digit work orders, and as far as I can tell, nobody’s complaining yet. I thought I was making plans to watch Star Wars with my sister on a vendor’s dime, but the time didn’t work out favorably enough, and I would already have seen it the night before anyway, so we just scrapped the whole idea.

I actually found another soul that enjoys Long John Silver’s, so I used my BOGO coupon and split lunch with Ronda in the library. Then after working a little late, I went to my parents’ house and had some asparagus soup.

I had to get gas on the way home, and then from there I stopped at AT&T to visit with Kevin since they didn’t look busy at all. The new store looks pretty nice on the surface, but is not without some really retarded design choices – and that’s not including the wheelchair gender.

When they closed up, I came home and sat around uncomfortably until bedtime. I’m gonna have to start yoga or something if my back doesn’t fix itself soon.

*laughs nervously*


The Murano was charged again by this morning, but it was so nice out that I decided to take the bike to work. It was cool in the morning, but not uncomfortably so. I predict bugpocalypse in the spring and summer.

I felt pretty good about the things I got accomplished at work. Then I took the Murano to AutoZone to replace the battery after I got home. I had forgotten how much of a pain in the ass it is to replace, but I managed.

That’s enough for today, I suppose.

Are we still on this?


It’s a little weird changing my phone charging routine. I hope it makes a difference in battery life over the lifespan of the new phone. I got a promo email this morning offering $100 credit to purchase a Pixel 2 and activate it on Fi, so I have an email in to customer service to see if I can get the credit.

I spent all morning at Oakland resetting phones, then went to the junior high for lunch. Jessica made a lasagna and pineapple upside down cake for a bunch of us there, but didn’t think about some people’s aversion to deer meat. As soon as she said she made it with ground deer meat, like half of the people there noped right out of it, which was both a shame and a delicious bonus for me, because I got to take leftovers. I thought it was delicious, and I had to poke fun at those that opted out of the lasagna but ate the cake, because the cherries were really made from Rudolph noses.

I spent the rest of the afternoon there playing catchup and blasting mad bass tunes after setting up a scrapped subwoofer in my office. After work, I stopped by my parents’ house and munched on some leftovers, but left because I needed to get a replacement car battery. By the time I got home, I didn’t feel too smurfy, so I settled in and watched the rest of Valerian and just put my car on the charger. Tomorrow should be nice anyway, if I hate to take the bike.

Ay, you getting too skinny, you gotta to eat. Ay, mangia, mangia!

Oxygen Not Included

I caught up on sleep last night, and managed to wake up before noon today. I spent most of it playing Oxygen Not Included, but did manage to get a load of laundry done in the evening. I started Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but didn’t have time to finish it before bed after I spent forever trying to get PowerDVD to output proper 3D to my television. I with one of my existing media players would recognize the content properly so I wouldn’t have to use PowerDVD at all.

I’m too old for this shit.

Sleepless in Sea Prattle

I had a bit of trouble falling asleep last night, so I got up when Jennifer wanted to come hang out for a while. She made me watch Salt while she mostly fell asleep on the couch. I finally got back to bed around sunrise and managed a few hours of sleep.

When I awoke again, I had a tremendous knot in my neck and back that I carried all day long. Clint texted me when he and his friend got to town, and the came by to visit for a bit. Afterward I played some Oxygen Not Included that I picked up yesterday on Steam. I had just started to get the hang of it when Bâc Ván called with a craving for Ci-Ci’s.

After I ate too much there, I came back home and continued my game for a while until the sleeplessness and back ache got to me.

I’d heard about nervous breakdowns due to flan depressurization, but the fact that Houston would lump me in the same categories as those intergalactic amateurs was both hurtful and suspicious.