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By georgeha (Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 07:28:57 AM EST) travel, Pontiac, corrupt file systems (all tags)
Plus SUXM radio, 20 hours with the silver sled, a good short weekend. The Princess Bride, academic costs of traveling, my little electronic friend and less.

Poll: Favorite use of satellites?



When last I diarized, I was hoping to return to Rochester Saturday afternoon, to attend Porsche_mom's party. Well, that didn't happen, just about everything that could go wrong with a computer did. I got home at 10:30. The only thing I can find amusing about it is detailing my vending machine purchases under meals for my expense report.

I had all of Sunday at home, well, not at home, since we did some clothing and grocery shopping. When we were at home I was removing air conditioners and replacing storm windows, it's been cold and we still haven't turned on our heat. We did make the best of my short weekend, it was a good one.

Then it was back to Ohio early Monday morning. Monday and Tuesday were better, with a big tour of their facility on Tuesday when some bigwigs came down. I was able to leave late Tuesday afternoon, and was back home by 9:45 at night.

My constant companion for six days was a silver Pontiac G6, I got it with 4500 miles on the odometer, and left it with just less than 6,000. It felt fast and powerful, it also felt big. It didn't feel especially nimble, and the seats were too low for me. The electronics were mostly nice, though the estimated range was off significantly, I had hoped to refuel in Pennsylvania Monday morning, but I had to duck out to an expensive New York station a few miles from the state line. Still, 29 mpg was okay. When I got back in my Tercel, it was like putting on a pair of well worn tight jeans, I realized I often drive it with my knees resting against the side and console.

I was very aware of satellites this trip. I took Mrs. Ha's TomTom GPS (our third one, the other two were RMA'ed for not powering on) and found it to be a welcoming little friend. It wasn't really necessary (I-90 almost all the way), but I enjoyed watching the miles count down, and it's ETA was pretty accurate. The other satellite useage (aside from credit cards) was XM radio, the G6 was equipped, and I was underwhelmed. I'm spoiled by the Sirius radio we get with our dish, they have a Grateful Dead channel. With XM, I couldn't find a station I could listen to for more than half an hour. Thankfully there were hours and hours of the Grateful Dead in my CD wallet.

One more vent, without me there to keep order twelve year old and seven year old forgot to get homework signed and handed in. Crap, I hope the grades don't suffer too much, they have to hand the stuff in on Tuesday.

I did finish on ebook, The Princess Bride. It was good, but I prefer the movie.

ObFinancial Meltdown: I had hoped, once again, to take out a 401k loan to pay more heinous CC debt. That plan may have to wait.

So, it's a long weekend for the kids, but not for us. My parents are camping in a park not far from my work for the long weekend. The weather will be great, we'll be joining them Saturday through Sunday, that's two nights for me in our big tent.

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WIPO by ana (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 07:34:45 AM EST
astronomy

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

D'oh, what an obvious miss by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 07:39:59 AM EST



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Pontiac G6 rental cars by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 09:11:36 AM EST
Last time I had one of them I was driving across the Mojave daily.  fyi, they have no speed limiter on them but the back end floats somewhere between 116-119mph.   

I think I hit 75 by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 09:16:00 AM EST
it made an okay highway cruiser, though our minivan is more comfortable.


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XM Channels by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 09:35:43 AM EST
26 is the "adult contemporary" station. Sometimes it's modern rock, these days it's usually angsty women in their 30s.

8 is the 80's channel. 80's pop hits.

46, Classic rock. 60's and 70's. All the tunes you've heard so many times you'll barf if you hear them again. OTOH, sometimes "Satisfaction", by the Stones, fits the mood.

49, Late classic rock. Mid-70's to mid-90's. The one I listen to the most.

110,112. Classical. Great when stuck in traffic.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

The Loft, The Verge? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 09:37:57 AM EST
wtf were those? Deep Tracks was good once in a while, but not for extended times.

I tried 80's but those weren't the 80's tunes I remembered.


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164: Old Time Radio by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 09:52:05 AM EST
debt paydown by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #8 Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 06:53:22 AM EST
get on the Motley Fool, and post your numbers on the Credit Card and Consumer Debt board.  they'll help you pay off your debt without taking out a 401k loan.

I'll look into it by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #9 Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 06:55:56 AM EST



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WIPO: by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 12:40:00 PM EST
Surveillance

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

That's not covered by intelligence? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #11 Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 11:58:18 AM EST



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More of a domestic orientation, I'd say. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #12 Sun Oct 12, 2008 at 10:34:09 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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