March 13th, 2015


Root, root, root for the home team

Started the day off not having breakfast because endodontist appointment at 9:45. I figured on horrible rush hour traffic on 237 and 85, so I left at 9. There was none, and I arrived at 9:05. Parked in the lot and went for a walk. It was a lovely morning, sunny & about 65°. First thing I noticed is on the far corner at El Camino was a Sees Candies.

The address of the med center, which was mostly dentists, was 665. Obviously they built it on the wrong side of the street.

Spring Day Spa, BTW, looks to be an Asian massage parlor featuring happy endings. Just the thing to relax at after having your teeth ripped open.

Back to the car, I read a bit on the Nexus' Kindle app, As You Wish by Cary Elwes, the guy who played Westly in The Princess Bride. Co-authored by Joe Layden, who has ghosted many celeb memoirs, it is a thrill a minute, one of the best pieces of writing I've seen in a long time. No spoilers, except I am recommending it to all my very talented but even more insecure theater friends. Because here is a cast made up of world class talent, many of whom display huge bouts of self-doubt.

Went inside at 9:30, and there was 15 minutes of paperwork to do, but guess what? They make the 10 am appointment for 9:45 to allow for that, so I sat in the office for 15 minutes as the doc wrapped up with his current patient.

The receptionist was very friendly & professional, and the forms were standard. They had already called my insurance for the co-pay, which assumed there would be a root canal done. $420. Up front.

In the doctor's office, he's a very personable guy, easy to understand, and after a bunch of x-rays and a hands-on (and mean-looking dental probe-on) inspection he said it was a tough call. He didn't think the tooth needed a root canal right this minute, but it might fail in the future because the original work was not 100% and there was a hint of infection. Part of the formula was how long ago it was done, and as best as I could remember, it was done at least 15 years ago. He said with that in mind, it ought to last at least another 15, and we decided not to do anything.

Back to the receptionist, she said I get a refund because it was only a consultation. That got me back about half the up-front payment. Endodontist definitely does not qualify to audition for Little Shop of Horrors. :-)

10:30, tempted to celebrate with some Sees, but drove to work instead.

Did some automation stuff, then went to the pizza buffet at Round Table at noon because we had a 2 pm staff meeting. It's pretty good for that first hour, but they slack of by the time I usually get there after 1.

The meeting started with a refreshing monologue by Boss' Boss saying there is no way we can meet our deadlines if engineering doesn't meet theirs. And other frank details which my NDA won't allow me to say. And then he went around the room as usual and had everyone give a short update on what they've been doing. It got sidetracked a couple of times by two of the Boss-level managers drilling down when they really needed to shut the eff up and take it offline. But we managed to get out of there on time.

New product lead guy canceled the 4 pm meeting, since we didn't have a new build and we covered in the 2 pm meeting most of what he was going to cover at 4.

So I started another automation test.

I also had browsers pointed at the Paul Allen undersea exploration live feed, set to start at 6 pm, and got the link to NASA TV for the 7 pm (?) rocket launch.

But at 5:50 I was out the door, headed for The French Store to get windshield wipers (all this sunshine had made mine brittle and non-effective) and some washer fluid to park in the shed till needed.

It was Stupid People Using Escalators Wrong night. I waited at the bottom as one young woman pushed her baby stroller on, almost tipping over backwards as she misjudged the steps. I gave her a 50% chance of falling back down with the stroller on top of her, and did not want to be a target. As I was paying for my stuff, there was a loud crash, as another clueless person pushed her shopping cart onto the people side of the down escalator instead of the cart side. I got there just in time to see that all she had in the cart was a package of TP. She could have left the cart behind.

Home, it was still light! Yay! So I put the new wipers on the car. Also put the seats down and pushed the broken tire onto the back seat section and put my grocery divider back in the trunk. Tomorrow I'll call Costco about a refund, and having them recycle the tire.

Got some small projects done. My cousin in Brighton got a new wheelchair, and named it Bart (I have no idea why) so I altered the BART logo and printed it on decal film. It will be in the mail tomorrow.

And a FB friend, long time theater pal was saying she just saw LSOH for the first time, as a puppet show. So I put a DVD of mine into a mailer and put her address and some stamps on it.

A few of the Consonance guests who saw my photos asked to add me as a Facebook friend. Which I did, because my rule is "if I've met you, I'll friend you. Unless you're totally repulsive". And if I haven't met you, there has to be some other special connection for me to friend you. Same goes for LJ. Collapse )

DMV is way ahead of itself. My registration is due in mid-May, they already sent me the bill.

The bonus Boss told me about yesterday, minus taxes and 401K contribution, was in my bank account today. It is enough to buy that very expensive lens and still have lots left over. Not sure if I will do that, though.

Credit Union sent me a link to their pre-approved car loan page. Apparently I can get up to $50k at 1.7%. And that inspired me to go car shopping again. When I bought it, I was planning to keep the Corolla for 5 years, but by that time it will be worth nothing, and I am very tired of the seat height being non-adjustable, which means I hit my head on th frame when I get in. And  3 irreparable flat tires later, I've had it with the alleged suspension. And I really want a hybrid. Actually I really want an electric car, but they cost too much and don't have enough range, and take too long to charge.

So tomorrow I'll stop by the CU, which is a very short drive from work, and check that out, and this weekend, probably Sunday, I'll do some shopping.

Plans for tomorrow:
Costco, see about the tire refund, or at worst have them recycle it
Order some mounted prints of 2015 calendar candidates which didn't make the cut.

Car shopping maybe. 
Both Ends + Middle

A Lucky Friday The 13th

My bonus made it into my bank account, so did my paycheck (without the raise, though). My IRS and CA tax refunds were already in there. I used part of my Discover card cashback and what was left on my Amazon/Turbotax gift card to buy an 85mm lens which had been too close-up for my previous 3/4-frame cameras but will be great on the full frame one. And some of the $ in the checking account paid for a 16-34mm zoom lens. I wanted to put it on the Discover card, but eBay's Paypal connection wouldn't let me choose a funding source.

Went to Costco, they gave me a full refund on the broken tire, and said they also did not have the same model in stock, and the one they would have put on as a replacement (instead of the refund) would have been the same one I got at the Toyota dealership. Saved me an hour or more waiting for the car to be done.

From there, to my credit union, where I was given a letter of approval for a $30k auto loan at 1.94%. Looking at prices online, and what Kelley and Edmunds think my car is worth, I can probably get a new 2015 Prius for half of that, or less.

At work, there were Krispy Kreme donuts still available even though I was not in super-early. I don't like their sugared air beige risen ones, but I'm okay with the cream filled, chocolate topped model. And a new build of the software fixed a bug I have been working on. Got my weekly report done early because there was no more work to do which needed reporting (some stuff to be finished Monday).

After work, to Great Clips and got what little hair I have left cut. Actually, about 1/3 of it is still there, but it's in a slightly elliptical orbit around my bald spot.

Home, crashed. Had a good nap, but the clock said it was only half an hour. I forced myself to ignore Spook's whining and stay in bed till 9 pm.

Got caught up on Quicken, paid down my Discover card.

About Hillary's email. I also only carry one cell phone, even though my company, which used to be Motorola, would have given or sold me for cheap one for work. Unlike Ms. C, I have the option of not taking my work home with me, so I don't connect to the work email on my personal cell phone. However, as we all know, nothing is ever gone forever on the Internet, so all her official email is available. I understand AP has made a request for all of it, but IMHO her personal messages are not covered under the Freedom of Misinformation Act, so someone, probably in the Justice Dept., would have to sort those. And also withhold classified documents.
Some of the guests from Consonance, having seen my photos, have friended me on FB. I am honored. Phil Mills posted a blow-by-blow series about the con. He's a good writer. I'll have to find time to read it all.

Plans for tomorrow:
Pi Day event at the Computer History Museum. I promised myself and a friend back east I would take many detailed photos of the Babbage Engine. 
Take my car title, which I just dug out of the lock box, and the CU letter and go shopping for a car. First stop may be last stop, the place I bought my last car. Because except for them losing my vanity plates, they were great to deal with and gave me an excellent trade-in allowance.