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By lm (Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 11:09:15 AM EST) (all tags)
Last week by the numbers:
  • 0 - the number of pounds I've gained or lost
  • 1 - the number of women I've remained married to for the week
  • 6 - the number of hours I'm spent doing Greek homework
  • 36 - the fuel efficiency of my Toyota Yaris in miles per US gallon
  • 40 - the number of hours on my time sheet
  • 400 - the number of miles I've driven


Work on the Headache House yesterday was painful today. My arms feel like lead. The largest amount of effort went into ripping the carpet off the steps leading to the basement, scraping off the adhesive backed vinyl that was under the carpet, then cleaning the steps with an oxygenated bleach to try to kill the thin layer of mold that had manifested itself on the top two steps due to the soaking in cat urine that they had received. As a bonus, I discovered that there is water seeping in through the back wall of the basement. The good news means that last week all the stuff I pulled out of the basement wasn't soaked with cat pee but with cat pee scented water. So I spent an hour and a half regrading half the yard with a shovel. The water is all coming in right where a down spout comes down. Hopefully, allowing the water to drain away on the ground away from the house will rectify the problem.

On the other hand, the contractor I hired to fix the ceiling in the kitchen and put in a surround on the tub did a bang up job and came in under budget and before the deadline. Rather than cashing out, I gave him a list of other things to do that I don't feel comfortable doing myself and I got reworked plumbing in under the kitchen sink and the bathtub reconnected to the drain and some other projects done. Only the replacement of the back door went undone and there is hope that they may get to that on Monday.

The ride up was interesting. I had a long talk with my youngest daughter. Right now my long term plan is to try to get into a master's program in classics starting Fall of '08. Hopefully, I would finish that degree and be applying to PhD. programs the same year my oldest daughter is graduating from high school and the spring before my youngest daughter is starting high school. My youngest daughter was fine with it. But she interpreted the `this is what I would like to happen' discussion as a `this is what will happen' discussion and when we came home she told my oldest daughter that we'll be moving as soon as she graduates from high school. Oldest daughter then had a fit and had to be calmed down.

Work has been crazy. I'm the main part of the help desk. All week long, as soon as I'd get off the phone with one client, another would ring in. Actually being busy at work has been good for my morale, even if tiring. My boss decided that we wouldn't need a second person on the help desk until summer but if this pace keeps up, I'm going to tell him to think sooner rather than later.

Greek is coming along well. I've taken to getting up an hour and a quarter earlier than usual in the morning to do my homework before going to work. This makes me very tired at the end of the day but there are far fewer distractions. For some odd reason I don't get sucked into television or conversations at six in the morning when everyone is still asleep.

Vespers this past Tuesday was quite quiet. There is something about the darkened Church, the clanking of the chains on the censer and the acrid smell of frankincense that quiets my soul. Regrettably, this particular time my daughters decided to help out in the choir and tried to sing in a different tone over the top of the reader chanting the proper tone and created a truly painful cacophony. It took iron resolve on my part not to burst out laughing.

And that is all for now.

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re: choir by gzt (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 02:07:14 PM EST
I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL SO HARD ABOUT PEOPLE TRYING IN THE CHOIR WHO DON'T HAVE IT GOING ON.

Ok, you had me... by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 02:40:42 PM EST
Ok, for years, I've assumed that this were true tales, but this makes it obvious that you're making crap up:

On the other hand, the contractor I hired to fix the ceiling in the kitchen and put in a surround on the tub did a bang up job and came in under budget and before the deadline.

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It must be a true miracle by lm (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 04:43:43 AM EST
I just got off the phone with my contractor. Even after the additional work, he's still under his original bid.

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36 MPG for a car that small? by lb008d (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 04:19:56 PM EST
That seems way too low.

Believe it or not, that's about the best available by lm (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 05:26:16 PM EST
According to the real world test drives done by Consumer's Union, there is no non-diesel, non-hybrid car on the US market that gets better over-all fuel economy. Thus far, my mileage is slightly better than what they predict, 34mpg in combined city/highway driving. EPA estimates 38mpg in combined driving but EPA estimates are almost always overstated.

If I did more highway driving, that would probably get up into the forties. This week, my mileage was also reduced by idling in a traffic jam for an hour one day this past week. In warmer weather, I would've shut the engine off.

But it should be known that Toyota made a conscious decision to put in a larger engine for the US market. It shares the same 1.4 liter engine as the Scion xA and xB which is a much larger engine than the Yaris needs. The gasoline engines available in Europe do much better as does the diesel which supposely puts the Yaris into the fifties.

In any case, it's far better than my old Passat which wasn't really that much larger of a car.


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Cicero, The Republic
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An Audi A8 can do 40mpg by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 04:40:54 AM EST


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40 MPG Imperial or US? by lm (2.00 / 0) #7 Sun Jan 21, 2007 at 11:13:25 AM EST
One US gallon is only four fifths of an imperial gallon.

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Imperial by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #8 Sun Jan 21, 2007 at 12:28:38 PM EST
BBC TV Top Gear drove an Audi A8 all the way from London to Edinburgh and then back again, on one tankful. That's about 900 miles.

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That's not all that impressive then by lm (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 03:29:36 AM EST
40 mpg Imperial puts it in the low thirties in US measurements. There are dozens of cars on the market with mileage in the same range.

On the other hand, Audis are usually pretty impressive in other aspects. Mileage isn't everything.


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Cicero, The Republic
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How far can your Yaris do on one tank? by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 10:07:18 AM EST


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I don't find tank size especially impressive by lm (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 01:23:53 PM EST
Cruising range is essentially a function of tank size. Designing a vehicle with a 25 gallon tank isn't especially impressive.

But, FYI, the Yaris has an 11.9 gallon (US) tank which puts its cruising range at about 450 miles give or take. This, however, is also besides the point as I don't find the US version of the Yaris to be especially impressive but merely satisfactory.


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