Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Fried Day

Not as bad as yesterday's 90°+, which had me schvitzing in bed even with the overhead fan on high. Have to remember to open the bedroom windows a bit to get the ventilation. I have them covered with light blocking curtains, which keeps the place dark, but the bedroom is on the east end of the house, so by noon it's where the cool air is.

Got up in time to be at work before the bagels were gone, but had to delay that by about 15 minutes because my trip to the PO involved waiting in line for 10 minutes while some clown collected his vacation mail, leaving only one clerk at the front desk.

At work they had us all park next door, and there was a crew in our front lot when I passed by, the theory was they would be prepping the parking lot to be repaved and re-striped. More on that later.

Work was boring. I spent some of the time reading other people's proposed test cases, and some time tagging mine with the  part of the spec they came from, but hit a dead end when a chunk of my tests were not from the main spec at all, but from industry standards which we don't have in our list of specs.

Ate an extra bagel for lunch, along with some pistachios and some cheese and coconut water. I didn't want to get run over by paving machines. And I sat in one of the break room's cushy sofas and napped a little as people played pool and ping pong in front of me. Last night, despite 4 melatonin tablets, I couldn't get to sleep. Go figure.

Thence to the new meeting about the next product test procedures, where some guys from another group needed to be shown the system. They had some good questions, and some which showed they don't have a system in their group. I only fell asleep for seconds at a time.

The rest of the day was the same as the beginning. I left at 6, expecting some sort of obstacle course, but looking around the building it was clear that absolutely no work had been done on the parking lot, and the whole "park nextdoor" thing was a crock. The theory is the work was supposed to take all weekend, so maybe it will be unparkable for real on Monday.

From work it was Great Clips, where I got taken care of right away. Had not had a haircut since tech week, a month ago.

During the day I got some stupidmail from the guy who won my eBay auction. I had sent him a note yesterday saying the unti would ship withing 3 business days, he should see it in a weel. He wrote back all flustered, saying (A) he thought it was gong to be overnighted right away and (B) he was disappointed it would not get to him by next Friday. As to (A), the auction listing says clearly that it ships USPS priority mail within 3 business days, and as for (B), last time I looked a week from last Thursday will always be before a week from Friday. Idiot. This is the same bozo who asked if the vehicle-specific mounting hardware was included.

But I'll cut him some slack for bidding it up to almost the original buy-it-now price.

From the barber I went to the cute Starbucks with the drive thru, because usually people don't camp out there, but all the tables inside were taken, and there was no wi-fi signal out on the patio so I packed up my mocha and drove home. Totally forgot to stop at Safeway for frozen dinners and ice cream.

Home, I brought the laptop inside because it needed some updates, collected the package from the front porch and opened windows and turned on fans. It cooled off quickly tonight, unlike last night.

The package was a set of shirts to replace some of my favorites, which have lost their perma-press/stain resistance features over time & washing. And jeans shorts in two sizes, so I can see which I fit into. I'll send the other back and order two or three more in the size that fits.

Multi-tasking, I started the updates on the Win7 laptop, and fired up the Win8 laptop which is connected to the telescope, and after some finagling I managed to get the software to control the motor drive on the scope. But it is misaligned, and I will need help to fix that. Because Mars and Jupiter aren't under the house.

Plans for tomorrow:
Car wash. Turns out the water coming from the hose is filthy, and I'm not one to buy car wash stuff when $15 will get it done by professionals.
Maybe Fuzzy will come over with a revised contract. If not, I'll call him again. I may need to get another estimate. Am leaning that way because of his up-selling.

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