It was a good, almost boringly normal weekend, despite a chicken pox scare. Seven year old showed us a lot of bumps on her Friday night, we were afraid they were chicken pox (despite the vaccine), but they didn't progress, so they're probably just flea bites or something. Regardless, we kept from her swimming on Saturday.
Saturday was the monthly gaming meet, but twelve year old wanted to sell Girl Scout cookies on the street, so I skipped it. We sold three boxes. It wasn't totally unproductive, I roasted some coffee, cleaned up the garage a bit, and discovered my non-working bike horn wasn't due to it not getting 12 volts. It's going to need further debugging, I suspect my riding season is over for the year.
More importantly, I also replaced the wax ring on the upstairs toilet, once again we were getting a leak. I suspect part of the problem is that the hole is too high, I really had to push the throne down a little to make a good fit. Next time I'll add a 1/8th inch support to help make it more level.
Saturday night we watched a movie, most of it at least, It was Talk to Me, a story about a black excon who becomes a DJ in DC in the 60's. It was good, a period piece about a R&B station when things got really bad.
I also finished a book, Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II. This may be the geekiest World War II memoir I have ever read. Most memiors (Band of Brothers, Men in Company K) are focused on combat, the men start as privates or lieutenants and end up promoted after several battles. Cooper starts as a Lieutenant, finishes as a Lieutenant, and never fires a shot in anger. He's no coward, he's fired upon and shelled, and almost fired at people. He was Ordnance Liaison officer, tasked with finding each damaged/destroyed tank, writing down it's location and serial number and amount of damage, and then returning to his divisional headquarters to get replacement tanks. The tricky part is that he's often starting behind enemy lines during an armored offensive, and he and his jeep driver must travel twenty to thirty miles alone, in the dark, with roving Germans, until they get back to relative safety.
It's nearly two books in one, a well founded rant against the military bureaucracy that made the Allies use the Sherman tank, and personal stories about fighting in Europe in World War II. You can learn more than you probably want to know about the many weaknesses and few strengths of the Sherman tank, as well as other tanks and other equipment.
Today was the first day to scrape the windshield, I thought I had lost my scraper/brush, but it was just in the trunk.
It's an early day, too, seven year old's school is out at 1:00, so I'm taking a half day. I'd like to winterize my bike and put it away, or make beer, or roast coffee, I may do none, since I'm tired from waking up at 2:00.
In economic news, layoffs are coming, they announced them the day after the 70th anniversary of xerography. I'm hoping enough people in our division take an early retirement package, that way we can avoid layoffs. I don't know what the timeframe for that is. The bright spot in our finances is that the project I'm on is doing well in the marketplace.
Politically, I'm amused by the ineptness of the Republicans, but then, I'm apparently not a real American, living in the anti-American part of the country. Which traits indicate a false, anti-American?
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