Print Story I could use a $10 a minute job
By georgeha (Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 01:58:59 PM EST) Windstar, turkey, Beaujolais, Palin, husiback (all tags)
Plus, wrong about Attempting to Stay Young and Relevant, The German Army, Thanksgiving and less in this delayed diary.

Poll: Awaiting Cloture.

Early on the Saturday afternoon before Thanksgiving the wife and oldest came home, complaining of a loud thudding in the dash of the minivan. I went out to look at it, amazingly, it happened again. An easily recreatable problem, and after looking inside the front console (the radio slid right out) I saw a thin white plastic box that was making the noise.

A little googling convinced me it was the air blend door actuator, having a gear with broken teeth. In the old days (probably on my Tercel, too), one adjusted the hot and cold vent air with a lever that went into the ductwork, on the Windstar the lever is a switch, that sends a signal to the air blend door actuator to mix the air, progress! and expense.

I doubted I would get a brighter, warmer day until March, so it was best handled today. I checked various auto parts stores, Advance Auto Parts on Empire had it for $35, Pep Boys in Henrietta, near Palin, might have had it for $45, if you called. I went for the cheaper one. Yes, Ex-Governor Palin would be in town that evening for her book signing, I expected traffic would be even worse.

Only to be told it was $45, the web price didn't include the $10 delivery charge, which I figure was a one minute walk down an aisle to get it. Nice work.

It took a few hours to replace it all. The console screws had a 7mm head, for whatever reason, the screws on the actuator were 8mm, that was a hassle. The asymmetric lobe was in the wrong position for the new one, until I had the great idea of connecting it to the harness and turning on the car, whir whir whir, it moved to the same position that the old one had been in.

I mentioned how old I felt when I mentioned MC Lars to the young woman cutting my hair, and she said she had never heard of him. A few weeks back I got my hair cut again, and she mentioned that she was 40, so she's really not that much younger than me.

In milhist news, I finished Matthew Cooper's The German Army 1933-1945, a book with the thesis that Hitler was a very poor General, and the German Army was too politically naive to successfully oppose him. It was good, perhaps it would have been too much editorializing, but it would have been comforting to read that it was good for humanity that Hitler was such a poor General, otherwise the war could have gone on another 5-6 years.

Thanksgiving was good, it was relaxing to have five days off in a row, though off is a judgement call, since I checked my work email, called into conference calls and generally did some work each day. The Beaujolais Noveau was especially drinkable this year.

Now, I'm trying to tie up loose ends while awaiting VP approval.

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I could use a $10 a minute job | 5 comments (5 topical, 0 hidden)
Mr. Ha by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 10:06:47 PM EST
I know you're not that type of guy, but I read the title as "I need a $10 blow job".
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
I am married by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 03:34:29 AM EST
carnal relations cost half my worth and half my salary, which is far more than $10.

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Are you sure? by debacle (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 11:32:11 AM EST
I'll put on the glitter lip gloss.


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Given that as I recall, by curmudgeon (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Dec 20, 2009 at 01:04:57 AM EST
you're still paying off quite a bit of dept, isn't 50% of essentially nothing still nothing?

And it's not half your salary, I though Mrs. Ha had a jerb?  So half of the difference between your salary and hers.

Oh yeah, plus Child Support.  Nevermind, you might as well stay on the celibacy train with me..
Get over it.
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Mrs. Ha makes a quarter of what I make by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Dec 20, 2009 at 08:03:51 AM EST
so it really helps, but she's not self sufficient.

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