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By georgeha (Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 04:47:50 PM EST) Verizon, Drew Carey, Sienna (all tags)
and then a weekend to go to Ohio.

Plus old friends, frustration, Twilight Zone, LG VX8350 review, Toyota Sienna review, and less.

Poll: Will I get back to Rochester tomorrow?



Saturday we went out to upgrade our phones from our boring Nokia 1100's to a pair of LG VX8350s, I just couldn't see spending an extra $50 to get a Palm or Blackberry as I wasn't going to spend and extra $15-30 a month for data or web connectivity. So far, it seems to work. I did have to buy, separately, some micro SD chips, a USB cable and 2.5 mm headphone adapters. I am annoyed that the music software only allows one unique song title per chip, it may not seem like a big deal, but when your favorite band is renowned for their live shows, each one subtly (or widely) different, just having one Dark Star is not enough, you need a 67, a few 69's, a 71, definitely a few 73s and 74s, and then one from the 80's.

I'm also amused at their non-voice call pricing. Really, 20 cents for a text, $2.99 to rent a ringtone for a year? Maybe I should have held out for an Android.

After the phones, we went to the mega-Wegmans down the road, and while getting the monstrously long cart in order, we ran into an old friend. Her H also works here (we met as contract software testers back in 91), and is working on finishing his BS, trying to stay marketable and avoiding the big L in January. I'm less worried since I've seen a few names on the farewell party list, and I've racked up some goodwill by going to Cleveland.

Sunday evening, seven year old was playing on Club Penguin and skype rang, it was the AFs. She ended up having a virtual playdate, hooray!

In a burst of activity Sunday night, I racked off my lager, since I used different hops than my normal, the yeasty remnants tasted a little different, hop wise. I don't recall what hops I used though, maybe 1 z of Fuggles and 1 z of Cascade, or 2 zs of Fuggles. I normally use 2 zs of Cascade. I should keg Monday or Tuesday, so I can have fresh lager on tap for Christmas.

I also packed up ebay stuff for mailing, and bought a few more presents with my ebay money. The post office was insane Monday, even using the standalone mailing kiosk. I'm done ebaying for the year, I did good, after all my ebay selling Christmas is only costing me about $200 this year.

There is gaming news, twelve year old and I played a game of Viktory II last Saturday night, a 2 person game on a 3 person sized board. She got out to an early start, grabbing one of my towns, but I used the "unable to build reinforcements rule if an enemy is adjacent" rule to starve the city and take it, while also blockading it with a frigate. It was an odd game, I only built one cannon, and never used it. This Saturday is the monthly gaming meet, but I'll be on the road so I'll miss it.

Yeah, I had to go to Cleveland, I arrived Thursday night, in a non-stop 4 hours 15 minutes trip, the roads were fine. This morning Cleveland dodged an ice storm by a few degrees, I still had to scrape ice off the minivan. Rochester had the school's closed down, the girls started their Christmas vacation a day early, and Mrs. Ha left work early.

The minivan, I do like the Toyota Sienna, except for a few quibbles. It's goes suprisingly fast, I was hitting 70 without realizing it (measured by GPS, the speedometer indicates 1 mph less than the GPS). The CD player includes mp3 capability, so I've only had one CD in the whole trip. I don't know if Van Morrison will do for a trip back in ice and snow, I may need to change it. The gear shift comes out of the front console below the radio, it's an odd place for a shifter. The back seats fold down out of the way, which is sort of the reason I rented a minivan, I had to bring one of our test servers loaded with the latest build to avoid a 3 hour upgrade time and give a quick backout method.

Once I get back, I'm on vacation until the 5th, woot! Two weeks off.

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Maybe there's a good Led Zeppelin by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 05:21:47 AM EST
song about living in the land of ice and snow.

I racked off my lager by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 09:12:56 AM EST
Won't that make you go blind?

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

Another quibble, the cup holders on the pop-up by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 01:13:08 PM EST
console had stiff flexible grippers that were too tough, they crushed my Pepsi cans.

I got home about 1:30.


that's terrible design. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 05:27:29 AM EST
soda cans should be the example drink for any cup holder since they're so ubiquitous.


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I imagine they would crush paper and styrofoam by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 06:26:45 AM EST
cups too, they're probably only good for travel mugs. There was a pop-out cup holder in the dash that only lightly held the can, as well as a hard plastic molded one in the door (that's four within easy reach of the driver).


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Fuggles and cascade by vorheesleatherface (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Dec 23, 2008 at 09:09:42 AM EST
together will make for some very flowery smelling beer. Nice.


The carboy dregs are certainly tasty by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Dec 23, 2008 at 06:04:50 PM EST
with a smidgen of bitterness, just enough to smack your lips.


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