January 4th, 2016


This Week in Poop

Started the morning taking a dump, which clogged the toilet, and it was only made worse by using the snake and plunger. This has become a regular occurrence with the master bedroom toilet, which was installed when I had the shower remodeled. The guest bath toilet doesn't have this problem, so I'm pretty sure it has to do with the toilet or how it was installed. Rather than call Roto Rooter again, and pay through the nose, I've checked out plumbers on Yelp, have two candidates. The plan is to tackle three items:
-Toilet - replace if necessary
- Master bathroom sink faucet is very low pressure, guest bath sink is fine
- Fridge has an ice maker,m but no water line to enable it

Was slow getting out of the house, got to BestBuy at about noon. It took four customer service reps and about 15 minutes before someone "got it" that it was in their best interests to collect the Westinghouse TV at the same time as they delivered the Samsung. And another 15 minutes for a very patient rep named Trini to get on the phone with online orders support and find out what steps need to be punched into the terminal to make it happen. Bottom line is Tuesday I'll get the Samsung and they will collect the Westinghouse. I only had to pay the difference in price (on delivered items, returns are free and part of the sale price on the Samsung is free delivery).

A couple of blocks away, a pretty redhead helped me find the cleverly hidden Star Wars cat toys. 50% off the second one with my Petco card. Also bought a spare brown mouse. I got a BB-8 colored mouse, which Spook has been playing with ever since I gave it to her. Also on that card is a Kylo Ren mouse. The other card has a Yoda mouse and a slightly oversized furry thing which probably is supposed to be Chewy but could also be an Ewok. Also bought a cat stand to replace the one in the piano room which Spook ignores. This one has a large carpeted tube halfway up, Spook has shown she likes being inside tubes like that. 
Home, messaged Janice that I was free to meet for coffee later, but it was already after 3, and she didn't answer, which meant go anyway but don't expect her to show up.

Had lasagna for lunch, watched some football, set the Tivo to record the 49ers game. It was already recording the Raiders.

Processed the Palm Springs photos, and uploaded them to Flickr. They are here. I especially like this one:

because the man in the logo looks like howbearca, and while I was taking the picture a very large "bear" working on a very large beer on the outdoor terrace of the gay bar behind me was trying to pick me up.

The upload finished just in time to get to the CHM before it closed and drop off a calendar for Chris G. I knew I should have gone potty first, and just barely made it in time to the one in the museum. Dropped off the calendar after I was done.

Drove across the street to Starbucks, bought an iced tea, and played on the tablet a bit, people watched and read solem more Harry Harrison. 5:50, it was clear Janice was a no-show.

Stopped in at the 7-11 next door and bought some generic Pepto-Bismol, and was about to buy some whole wheat bread because my tummy was wanting toast to settle it down, when it dawned on me that Safeway is close by, and has the bread I like, at a muchy lower cost.

So, Safeway, bought Health Nut bread and Columbo extra sour sourdough. Also got some beef pot pies and beef frozen meals. And ground beef. The theory is beef is the best food for tummy issues. Also bought some non-pitted olives because I like them. But they are not good for tummy issues, so I won't eat any very soon.

Home, Spook tried out the tube, seemed to like it. As I was watching a replay of the Jets game, she brought me her BB-8 to play fetch with. She loves that toy.

Took out the garbage, retrieved the very heavy 6-pack of litterbox cartridges which were delivered to the front door. Broke down the last 3 weeks' worth of boxes, taped them into a bundle and brought them outside to stand beside the recycle bin. It was raining slightly.

Plans for tomorrow:
Weekly team meeting
Call plumber(s)
After 6 expect a call with the 4-hour window for the TV exchange

Back To the Day Jobbe

Slept well, woke up 3 minutes before the alarm. The huge ugly toilet backup had mostly retreated into the pipes, and while flushing the toilet washed it all away, it wasn't ready for prime time. Used the guest bathroom one instead. Will continue to do so this week. More on that later.

No problem with the shower, and the sink faucet worked well enough, though it too needs work.

At the office just after 9, a mild drizzle all the way there. I really want to stop hearing "El Niño" from the imbeciles on the TV, especially when they use it to predict 3" of rainfall when anyone with meteorology merit badge can see it's only going to be a trace.

Team meeting was short, the new box has become a lot more stable, but those who have fully loaded ones (lots of video feeds) continue to report the same alarms.

Called my auto insurance, they sent me snailmail asking to go online and confirm my info, but there was no way to change the bogus 13,500 miles per year estimate. The nice lady said this bogus number came from averages reported in my zip code. As if. Half my neighbors don't drive, half of the rest only use the car for shopping and short errands. I did the math, my commute eats up 2500 a year, so say 6,000 is accurate.

Phoned the plumber on the top of my Yelp list, told him the three projects, and made an appointment for Thursday morning window (9-1)

Lunch was at Sizzler, had the salad bar.

Bestbuy delivery robocalled, tomorrow is on for 1:30-3:30. Excellent. Emailed my team that I'd be WFH tomorrow afternoon & Thursday AM.

Worked with IT Guy to get a couple of SDI feeds going. After he pointed out a closed captioning feed, there is either a major bug or the specs are wrong. Have to ask my team leader to check. Still need a WSS stream. That's video with a signal which forces the size of the image to fit the frame. Usually to enforce 16:9 aspect ratio.

Home, it was very lightly drizzling again.

Replacement electric toothbrush was delivered. My old one has been locking up on me. Probably have had it for 10 years.

Watched PTI, and then the last 3 quarters of the final 49ers game. Plus OT. Neither team played well, SF made a lame decision to go into OT when they could have won in regulation with a field goal instead of a punt. Offensive coordinator needs to be fired. I guess they are leaving that job to the next head coach.

I feel sorry for Jim Tomsula. I do not believe for an instant the ugly rumors saying he helped force Harbaugh out and himself in. His track record in coaching is laughable. Most of it at his unknown college in PA, or short stints in the European league. His only head coach job there was one year, 2006, with the Rhine Fire, where he took a 3-7 team to 6-4, but still missed the playoffs. Most of the time he was defensive line coach, a job he did well. It will be interesting to see where he lands, and who will take his place.

One of the test feeds today included Jed York's massive mea culpa speech, in which he invoked his crooked uncle many times, but not by name, just saying "my uncle", and similarly invoked his grandpa. Uncle Eddie dodged jail time by going state's evidence in a case where he tried to bribe Louisiana's governor for a casino license. Talk about going Pete Rose On Steroids. Eddie owned the 49ers at the time, the NFL banned him from football for a year. He sold the team to his sister, Jed's mommy.

What am I forgetting? Oh yeah, the French/Canadian SE set up a 4K satellite feed to a Samsung 4K TV through an Arris 4K STB and it looked really good. I can use it for testing if I need to.

Plans for tomorrow:
Home by 1
Wait for BestBuy to RMA the Westing-hosed TV and replace it with the Samsung.
WFH as much as possible.