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By georgeha (Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 07:20:00 AM EST) freaks, geeks, corned beef, pie, when horses sing, discworld (all tags)
I must be diarizing.

Plus Rory O'Shea was Here, Guards, Guards, Forty Year Old Virgin, bankrupt, Abilify, Gillette Fusion, and less.

Poll: Favorite Judd Apatow production?

I've been wanting to see The 40 year old virgin for some time now, and lucky for us, it showed up on USA network a few nights ago. We missed the first fifteen minutes, but saw enough of it to get the gist, minus the profanity and any nudity (what did we miss, boob wise?). Mrs. Ha liked it too, even though it was a men's comedy. I have less need now to take it out of the library.

The other movie was saw as Rory O'shea was Here, a kinder, gentler Cuckoo's Nest set in Ireland. In it, two wheelchair bound differently abled sort get out of their institution into an independent living situation, with a feisty blonde caretaker. I was astonished to see them begging money on the streets, is that still done (they did use their coins to get drunk). It didn't really engage me, I found more enjoyment reading Guards, Guards.

Yes, Guards, Guards, it's been a stressful week, so I decided to get some Pratchett. I found it a little less polished than Night Watch or Thud, but still good. You can read about the beginnings of Carrot, Sybil and Vimes, including his relationship with Vetinari. It's more slapstick and parody than his later Watch novels. I think I'll hold off on Jingo and save it for a rough time, instead I'll move onto other discworld.

In other book news, based on Mr. hoc's recommendation, I read a Dexter novel, Dearly Devoted Dexter. Dexter is a strange serial killer, who was raised by a sympathetic foster father who taught him to channel his lethal impulses into killing other serial killers, Hannibal Lechter as a vigilante. Mysteries aren't my favorite genre, but it was a good read, if a little gruesome at times. Is it bad that I feel some kinship with Dexter? Probably not, books with distasteful protagonists probably don't do well.

Rough times, yeah, financially we're a mess again, mostly precipitated by an unexpected $1100 car repair bill last month. I need to find 15 minutes a night to balance my checkbook. Some nights, that's 25% of my free time. I also need to do a budget to figure out how to last until the horse learns to sing, err, minivan is paid off, braces paid off, previous 401k loans paid off, etc. I'm thinking might be the way to go.

In other rough news, the verdict is still out on Abilify. It needs a few weeks become effective. Mrs. Ha says she's feeling happier, but she's not sleeping very well.

I ran out of disposable razors a few days ago, and tried a Gillette Fusion I got as a freebie. While it does make a smooth shave, it's really big, five blades big, making it hard to manuever in and out of all the nooks and crannies of my face. I prefer the disposable twin blades, but the price was right.

Eleven year old's class is celebrating Pi day today, with pies, so Wednesday night she baked a sweet potato pie. Mrs. Ha will drop it off as she didn't want to take it on the bus, I hope it doesn't get all eaten, as I love sweet potato pie (it's from the Vegetarian Epicure).

In other news of that chip of the old block, she told me she hates Macs, and just figured out how to use my old MP3 player.

In the spirit of equal rights for daughters, last night was six year old's exhibition, in the hot stuffy basement. I wished I had boned up on names before it, as I wasn't very social since I forgot a few names, and I didn't feel right calling all the guys Eric. Also, preschool_daughter will be joining six year old's class in a week.

In RIASC news, we went out for dinner at Wendy's that night, and saw a family from kindergarten (they also had an exhibition),  family from six year old's class, and a family from eleven year old's class. After that, I went into the store to get peanut butter and apples, and saw another family from six year old's class.

The Saint Paddy's Day Parade is Saturday, as is the monthly gaming day. I'll probably miss gaming day, for the second month in a row. I get paid today, time to pick up some Guinness, Bass and corned beef.

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$1100 car repair bill by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 08:57:29 AM EST
Offhand I can think of 6 or 7 cars I've owned that cost less than that. Actually, every vehicle I owned before 98 (or 99?) when I bought the Mitsu cost less than that.

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

It cost $900 two year ago by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 09:11:13 AM EST
but I figure for a Toyota I should get another few years out of it.

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As long as the repair bills are lower by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 09:31:51 AM EST
than the payments on a new used car, and it is reliable enough, might as well keep it.

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

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They should be by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 09:39:25 AM EST
though that's about it's kbb worth.

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I looked at the bill again, there was a catalytic by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #8 Sat Mar 15, 2008 at 09:56:53 AM EST
converter on it, that runs up the cost a lot.

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Signing FTW by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 09:01:53 AM EST

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
I'm an American, I only understand one language by georgeha (4.00 / 3) #4 Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 09:18:31 AM EST

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Pi Day by gpig (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 02:38:40 PM EST
Not in the UK. We don't have Pi Day, though the 22nd of July comes close.
(,   ,') -- eep
At least you have pancake day by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #9 Sat Mar 15, 2008 at 09:59:29 AM EST
we don't that over here.

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