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How did it get to be Thursday already?

This is the day of the week I start dreading taking the garbage out on Sunday night. Go figure.

At work a wee bit early again. I had made my bed, Spook did not sleep with me, but she showed up when the alarm went off, hopped on the bed and watched me brush my teeth.

Work was productive, got some more test cases assigned to me and a couple went to the team lead. Verified one bug was fixed. 

The tests were of the "push the button and wait 10 minutes" variety.  In the breaks I looked into plug-in hybrids. Until yesterday, the Chevy Volt was at the top of the list, but looking more closely at my neighbor's and a couple in the parking lots at work and lunch, there was a show-stopper. They have the same obstructed rear window design as the Prius. Boo. Hiss.

And that pretty much leaves the Ford C-max energi as the only plug-in hybrid which is the same size or smaller than the Prius, has an unobstructed rear and side view, and isn't German.

So I did the get a quote thing online with my local Ford dealership for a Kona Blue, sand color interior C-max Energi. Got a phone call from someone named Ah'med who said he was calling about my inquiry about a Fiesta. FAIL.  Shortly later, their internet salesperson emailed about a black C-Max Hybrid with black interior. FAIL. Last year when I was looking to buy a car, I remember Ah'med trying to sell me on a Ford by playing a video of some hotshot NASCAR driver doing donuts and sliders and other kamakazi moves in a small stock car, maybe a Fiesta or a Fusion. I won't be going back there.

Frontier Ford is a joke. That's the one closest to where I work. Fremont Ford has all 1-star reviews on Yelp, except for one-liner fake 5-star reviews.

DGDG owns Capitol Ford, and I am amused that Yelp is evenly divided between 1-star and 5-star reviews, with almost none in between. And those are about both service and sales. The worst ones are about service not following up. I'll probably go there this weekend just to see for myself.

Lunchtime was Togo's on Great America Parkway. The Superbowl rush has already hit that tiny row of eateries, even at 1 pm there was a line. Levi's Stadium is a mile away. There's also a Togo's right across the street from the stadium, but after this week the only way to get to it will be on light rail, and on Sunday it will require a special superbowl light rail ticket.

Got email from our local IT guy asking me what I'd downloaded that triggered a malware alarm. I read the alarm, and it had nothing to do with a download, it had the IP address of a web site. When I emailed him back about that, he insisted it was a download and thought the time stamp on the notice was wrong. But it probably was right, because it was about the same time I got a blocked page message on my C-max hunt.

Did some research on gnats. Ever since I bought the Venus fly traps, there has been a minor invasion of gnats in the house. Turns out this was no coincidence, many people were reporting this, it seems gnats are immune to the fly traps, and they propagate in the soil in which fly traps are grown. On the same pages it was revealed that butterwort and sundews were good gnat eaters, so I ordered those from a carnivorous plant place in Marin.

Home, tried to take a nap but it didn't work, so I unloaded the dryer and hung up my shirts, and put the whites in the dryer. Maybe I'll take those out tomorrow and put them away.

Watched two episodes of PTI and one of the Graham Norton Show. I love his producers, they get the most interesting combinations of guests. Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Hugh Laurie and Sir David Attenborough. And some chubby pink-haired, nose studded singer. And a BBC actress I almost recognized.

Delivered was another set of 4 containers of treats for Spook. She eats them like they are regular food, barely touches what's in the tower.

Watched the latest Galavant. By far the musically least impressive one so far. There was one highlight, where they did a rip-off take-off of You're the one that I want from Grease. It almost worked.

Plans for tomorrow:

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