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By georgeha (Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:15:44 AM EST) driving and flying, Disney, rabies (all tags)
Woo hoo!

Plus curb alert, Wizards of Waverly place movie,  Cash for Curtains, open house teachers, legal dog, John Adams, SFRA anthology and less.

Poll: Should smoking be allowed in pubs?

I got a few minutes of bike time the other night to test my theory that high idle means running lean. I sealed up the carb boots and air box as best I could save for the specified inlets, no change. I sprayed WD40 around the airbox, no change. On to valve clearance and timing.

Our neighbors moved out and left a huge pile of trash on the curb. So far I picked up a pair of nearly new inline skates, size 11. Unlike my ancient ones (I was blading when the Rodney King riots were going on), these have a fabric boot, not hard plastic, so they'll fit my grossly widened feet better. That may have been the pick of the litter, the rest of the mess was old Sports Illustrateds, some George Foreman grills, plastic crates and cheap flatpack furniture.

Apparently Wizards of Waverly Place: The movie is now one of the top rated cable movies, ever, maybe even more so than High School Musical Two. I've seen about three times already, and if you're a fan of the show, you'll like it, unless you like the show for the wacky nasal chick friend of Alex's. I feel they missed a golden opportunity for lots of milf in a bikini shots. With the acquisition news, I'm waiting for Spidey to show up at the Waverly Sub Station, and High School Mutantical. No Hawkgirl, the mom would have been perfect.

In other weekend news, our dog got current with his rabies shots at a county sponsored free rabies clinic.

We were out stimulating the economy with our private Cash for Curtains incentive, we replaced our home made white muslin tab curtains with red sheers from Target. They really bring out the green painted walls.

School is upon us. We went to an Open House at eight year old's school one night, then one of her teachers was having an open house for his new house. It was great, the food was much like your normal vegan mushy buffet, but better, with a greater amount of Greek items. Said teacher is of Greek descent. We were in a quandary about what to bring (food would have been a good choice), we thought about wine, but we didn't know if he imbided. Wine would have been safe, he had a nice bar, and provided a cooler of beer, too (I had a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale). Both our kids get buses, unlike the Porches, preschools, teachers and the newspapers.

In media news, I just finished McCullough's John Adams, a big thick book on the US's second President. I liked it, before reading it I didn't know much about him, after, I think I like him better than Jefferson.

Belatedly, I read Science Fiction: The Science Fiction Research Association Anthology in Maine. It's a good anthology with many of the usual classics (NightFall, I Have no Mouth, A Martian Oddyssey, Algernon, Soft Rains, plus some later more unusual ones from Butler and Tiptree. The price was right (free at the curb) especially compared to some Amazon prices.

In wacky news, how about the Terra Fugia Roadable Aircraft for only $194k.

It looks like, due to fortuitous timing, my friend's band is playing at the Bug Jar Saturday and we're kid free. We have plans to meet a bud and his wife there.

I had a really great poll idea, but someone took it.

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Adams and Jefferson by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:33:27 AM EST
the guy that does the Jefferson Hour on NPR is an interesting guy.. Knows his history.. I think Jefferson woulda been pretty insufferable.

I only listen to alternative by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 10:38:31 AM EST
not NPR.

I'll have to read up on Jefferson, but Adams sounded like a good guy to hang with.

The book also made the point that aside from the Adams', the other first four Presidents were Virginians, adding Jackson, five of the first seven were Southerners.

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stereotypes by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 11:22:36 AM EST
probably because the south was better organized and richer, while the northern states were still mired in there religiosity. Since agrarian was still the way to wealth etc at that time..

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The road to true wealth by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 01:01:26 PM EST
is to be a middle man. That's where the north (particularly New England) excelled, and why they were so rich. The north made tonnes of money in the China trade, whaling, and the triangle trade. It pretty much stayed that way until the Erie Canal, and later, railroads, were built, giving the edge to New York.
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Jefferson by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 12:34:46 PM EST
I'm reading Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose's tome on the Lewis and Clark expedition with a focus on Lewis and Jefferson's roles.  Learning a lot I didn't know about Jefferson (there were some crazy ideas he had about a lot of subjects), been a pretty good read though.  Worth a read if you're in the mood for some more well written history about that period. 

Wizards of Waverly Place by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 02:56:23 PM EST
recently had an episode with John Doe in it.

I lost it.

Started screaming "It's John Doe, guys - IT'S JOHN DOE ON A DISNEY KID'S SHOW"

One of those surreal moments.

A purpose gives you a reason to wake up every morning.
So a purpose is like a box of powdered donut holes?
My Name is Earl

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