When last I diarized, Mrs. Ha and the girls were planning on going to Porsche mom's cottage. While Mrs. Ha and the girls were at the cottage, I got a chance to play some Squad Leader (the three Tractor Works scenarios), this time three handed, which was handy, as I had two people to hand my Russian ass to me. I'm beginning to consider moving up to ASL.
Thursday night Lucinda Williams was in town, for a free concert, which is my favorite price. Mrs. Ha is a big fan of Lucinda's, so we decided to head out. It was originally planned for a large outdoor pavilion in the High Falls area (near a high waterfall infamous for Sam Patch's last jump, and across from the Genessee brewery) but due to rain, was moved into an old armory. The armory was huge, but not great acoustically.
For a last minute change, it was well done, no problems getting in and out, the food was cheap, and the girls even scored free AT&T schwag. I got very lucky in getting free parking, heading into a questionable parking lot for free, that later turned into an overflow lot (I was concerned that we would get locked in, or towed, or ticketed). We even ended up running into old friends and acquaintances, including the recently moved neighbors (though no AF_mom).
We ended up right off stage left for Lucinda, which made the sound a little muddy. The sound was also too loud, it was hard to hear Lucinda over the band, and there was too much distortion (fine with a punk band, not good with Lucinda). After about three songs the girls were tired of the loudness, so we spent the rest of the concert near the back, wandering in and out of the armory.
We skipped dinner to go there, so after we went to a 24 hour diner on Monroe (not the one where the guy from Florida was just shot and killed). I forget how reasonable the prices are there, I even got an okay beef on weck, the roll could have been a little crustier.
Donna the Buffalo is scheduled for this Thursday, I think we'll eat something, first.
The Windstar has been acting odd, the speedometer/odometer aren't working, they just have a line of lights. The AC isn't working, the ABS light is on , and it squeaks bad. My first thought was the alternator/serpentine belt was loose and there wasn't enough juice. I looked at it late at night after Lucinda, and amazingly, it has a self tightening belt.
The weekend was decent. Friday night we dropped off eleven year old at the local big bookstore, for a Harry Potter themed bday party. She wanted to buy HB7, so I got her some extra money, and sure enough, when I picked her up Saturday, she had it in her hands.
Saturday my parents took the girls camping overnight. In between reading Deathly Hollers, Mrs. Ha and I went shopping, and get manicotti fixin's which kept Mrs. Ha busy while I finished HB7. I did find the scene where Snape bit Harry on the hand to force him to release the Horcrux and then fall into the lava somewhat derivative.
Sunday we went to the end of the garage sale at the Public market (I scored an old Scheaffer Fineline fountain pen for fitty cents), and I tackled the Windstar again. I looked at the transaxle and could see nothing obviously wrong.
I got online and found a fun Ford fact, the ABS/speedometer and AC parts are all off the same fuse, number 10, a 10 amp one. Even more amazingly, it was burned out! The fix cost me under a dollar!
Emboldened by this success, I went back to my Kawi, it started leaking again last week, the fix only lasted 40 miles. I tored it apart again, put on a washer, greased and threadlocked it up, and am waiting to try it tonight.
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