Monday, April 30, 2007

Jackasses, cellphones and squeeged shorts......

Monday, monday....., First I want to thank my anonymouse friend from France for another story about Max, who if we haven't all figured out by now is my paternal grandfather. If you want to read it, it's added to the "Ducks in the road" post, just click on there.

Now to the main event. It's about 10 minutes to 7 this morning, and I'm just getting off the freeway at 7th East. (Click on the picture for a better look). The light turns green and just as I get my entire car out into the intersection, I notice this big 'ol white Chevy truck heading right at me, and he ain't slowing down. I slam on my brakes (TGFABS), the guy next to me does just the same, just as the morontosaurus notices that he's burning a red light. I'm stopped, SUV next to me is stopped, Chevy still heading straight at my door. As Holly said about exceeding light speed; "It's brown trouser time". Now this is the picture that I see in my head, it is entirely possible that my brain filled in some of the details and it's not entirely accurate, but it's my image and I'm keeping it. I see the driver dropping his cell phone from his head as he yanks the steering wheel to the left, squealing wheels around the front of my car, within inches of my bumper. I can see his face, I can see his hand halfway to the steering wheel and the phone in mid air. It's a Nokia, one of those slim ones. Black, not the pink. Yeah, a little detailed for something that happened in a split second, at a time where I was only half awake. Anyway, he makes it around my car, just to see another vehicle in his way, yanks the wheel to the left again, realizes there's no lane there for him and continues leftward onto the freeway entrance. I stuff my heart back down into my chest and proceed to school. What a way to start a Monday morning........
Hope yours was better.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Four digit zip codes & conspiracies.

I love how people get so agitated that they do not even listen to what's being told to them. Guy comes into the Chevron today, first thing he says is "Every time I come here this 5 digit zip code thing never works"* (please ignore the bad grammar, A Paperback Writer). Jim, the guy helping him, tells him that it is for an ID check. The guy says he doesn't have any 5 digit zip code, his has only 4 digits. Jim says "No, it wants the zip code of the billing address on your credit card", and the guy reiterates "I don't have a 5 digit zip code, I only have a 4 digit one". My guess is that he wasn't hearing the zip code part and was thinking PIN instead. So Jim just looks at me, shrugs and asks the guy if he want's to pre-pay inside. Well, as Jim leads the guy through the process, the guy does things his own way rather than listening to the directions, finally gets thoroughly irritated, and says "Forget it, I'll go to a real gas station." I wanted to ask him if it would be in a country with a 4 digit zip code, but I was busy helping someone else. Ahh, c'est la vie.

*At our Chevron, when you use your credit card outside, you have to enter the zip code of the address on the card - as an ID check.

And, A Paperback Writer, no, I didn't wear a tie. I've become convinced that for me to do so would cause a rip in the space-time continuum. Not that I have any kind of phobia about it or anything...........

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Seniors @ the Prom

Well, it's 29 years late, but I finally made it to my Senior Prom. Ok, so it wasn't my prom, but it was a senior prom, and I do work at the school it was for. I went stag, but hooked up with a few hot mama's there. Well, ok, only one of them really was a mother, and they were all co-workers, and I did get to dance a couple of dances, and it was kind of amusing that the kids didn't know how to dance to "Stayin' Alive". I was the only one dancing. They did have the "Boot-scootin' Boogie" down, almost all of them were on the floor for that one. Anyway, I had a really fun time, despite wearing a suit and some really uncomfortable shoes. Overall, a very enjoyable evening, and now I can say I went to senior prom.

To read comments - click on the title.

I got a comment on my "Ducks in the road & multiple coke's" post from a french friend of the original Max. If you want to read it (and it is worth reading) and the story that it reminded me of - just click on the title.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ducks in the road & multiple Coke's.

It's 9:30 this evening, I'm in the left-turn lane at the corner of 1300 E and 2100 So. Across the street from me, in the crosswalk in front of the middle eastbound lanes are 2 ducks. Just sitting there, probably discussing who was going to pay for dinner at KFC. A car pulls up right in front of them and they decide it's time to leave. But not like normal, where they run off. They just casually walk across the street, staying in the crosswalk the whole way, heading off towards the park as my light turned green and I left. My guess is they headed back home to get their wallet.
Diet Coke,
Cherry Coke,
Blackcherry-Vanilla Coke,
Coke with Lime,
Coke Zero,
Cherry Coke Zero,
Diet Blackcherry-Vanilla Coke,
Caffein Free Diet Coke,
Diet Coke with Lime.
Not to mention 4 different kinds of Dr. Pepper and 2 different Sprites.
And what do I find as I'm restocking the drink cooler at the Chevron?
Diet Coke Plus.
plus vitamins and minerals.
Seriously, when does one more choice become too much? Have you ever looked at a well stocked energy drink fridge? Gotta be 30 different kinds, and that doesn't even count the many different energy-alcohol drinks you can now get. Man, reminds me of that scene in "Back to the future"...... (this is in no way intended to be an exact quote, I'm citing it from memory, and, um, most of you know my memory)
"Gimme a Pepsi Free"
"Kid, if you want a Pepsi, you gotta pay for it"
"Ok, how about a Tab?"
"How can I give you a tab if you haven't ordered anything"
"Just give me something without sugar"
"One coffee...."
Ciao, Abbia un giorno grande o non, la scelta รจ la vostra.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Life at the Flower Mound Mobile Home, part I

Two elderly people living in Trailer Estates, he was a widower and she a widow, had known each other for a number of years. One evening there was a community supper in the big activity center. The two were at the same table, across from one another. As the meal went on, he took a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered the courage to ask her, "Will you marry me?"
After about six seconds of 'careful consideration', she answered "Yes. Yes, I will."
The meal ended and, with a few more pleasant exchanges, they went to their respective places.
Next morning, he was troubled. "Did she say 'yes' or did she say 'no'?" He couldn't remember. Try as he might, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory.
With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her. First, he explained that he didn't remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the lovely evening past. As he gained a little more courage, he inquired, "When I asked if you would marry me, did you say 'Yes' or did you say 'No'?"
He was delighted to hear her say, "Why, I said, 'Yes, yes I will' and I meant it with all my heart." Then she continued, "I am so glad that you called, because I couldn't remember who had asked me."

Rocky MMVII, Hannity v. Truth.

I was watching my tape of CSI:Miami tonight and let it slide into the news from Monday. One of the spots was on the upcoming (?) debate between Sean Hannity and Rocky Anderson, and how it is becoming more about personalities than the issue of impeachment. One thing Hannity said was that Rocky "does nothing for the people of Salt Lake City, he's too busy running around the world protesting George Bush and racing off to press conferences." The irony is that later in that very broadcast was a spot about an executive order by Mayor Anderson banning most city officials from talking on their phones while driving (except for city police, firefighters and airport security officials), going as far as to urge all drivers to pull over when their phones ring. To me, that's doing something for the people of Salt Lake City, Mr. Hannity. So, to say that he is running around protesting and looking for press conferences may very well be an accurate comment. But somehow he seems to find the time between all this running around to actually do things for the city, enough to have been re-elected 2, (or has it been 3) times. You may not like the things he has done for the city, good guess is that most people probably don't like everything he's done for the city, but enough citizens of Salt Lake like enough of what he's done to keep him in office.
My opinion, agree with it or not, the choice is yours......

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Dirtbag Day at the Chevron

Message went out on the dirtbag web that they should all show up at the Chevron. First there was Fu-Mahn-Chu crack head. Guy's grown his moustache out to a foot or so, long enough that he braids it. Looks, um, wicked-pissa. Yeah. Anyway, that's not what qualifies him as a DB. The fact that he comes in either drunk or high, is very loud (imagine me with a megaphone stuck in my throat), thinks that the "F" word is the only adjective, adverb, pronoun and exclaimation in the english language and cannot come in clean out the ATM and leave without commenting on everything that happens while he's there. Wonderful experience.
Then comes mobilehome guy. This guy lives out of a 1980's era Ford LTD Crown Vic. I gotta respect his choice in cars, if not his choice of homes. He used to hang around the store a while ago, but has been "on holiday" for the last 18 months. Shows back up with some tupperware, a couple bags of Top Ramen and proceeds to prepare his dinner in the store using our hot water and microwave. Even pours a bunch of that cheese sauce crap for the nachos all over it. Oh, did I mention that he doesn't purchase a single thing?
And the usual gang of "beer is a food group" bums and people who look upset when we don't leave the butts in ashtray. But at least there weren't any beggars to kick off the property.
Anyway, always exciting at the Chevron......

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Earth Day 2007


Would you publish this on the website.

In the spirit of Earth Day 2007 (Yup, you guessed it, Saturday April 21 is Earth Day). I pilfered (not to mention plagerized) these ideas from the Time magazine "Global Warming Survival Guide" from the April 9, 2007 issue. Here are the things I thought we could each do that would be the most useful to reduce our carbon footprint on the earth.

1. Change Lightbulbs - replace your standard lightbulbs with compact floursecent lightbulbs (CFLs). CFLs are those softserve shaped twisty bulbs. Their wattage is what distinguishes them from regular bulbs, a 7-watt CFL is comparable to a 40-watt bulb and a 26-watt CFL will give you the same amount of light as a 100-watt conventional bulb. CFLs cost three to five times as much as conventional incandescent bulbs but they use one-quarter the electricty and last several years longer.

2. Hang up a Clothesline - 60% of the energy associated with a piece of clothing is spent in washing and drying it. Over its lifetime a T shirt can send up to 9 lbs. of carbon into the air. Wash your clothes in warm rather than hot water, save up to launder large loads rather than many small ones. When clean dry your clothes on a line. These steps when used in an ultra effecient washer, can save up to 90% of the CO2 created by your laundry

3. Give Life to your Old Fleece - The outdoor clothing company Patagonia is collecting used clothing (regardless of the brand) made from Polartec or Capilene to melt and make into new fabric and clothes. The company estimates this will result in an energy savings of 76% and reduce greenhouse gases by 71%. You can find out where to donate your old fleece by going to

4. Buy Secondhand Clothes - Buying a shirt the second time around means you avoid consuming all the energy in used in producing and shipping the new one, and, therefore, the carbon emissions associated with it. The article suggests inviting your friends over for a clothes swap. This one's easy on the environment and your pocketbook.

5. Consider Your Commute - If you work for a large company with many outlets ask if you can be transferred to the one nearest your home. When looking for a job consider the commute, not just for the time wasted, but also for its green impact. If you own your own business consider moving the office closer to your home, or actually to your home. In a study Key Bank branches reduced commutes of some of their workers by 69%.

6. Ride the Bus - The use of public transit saves 1.4 billion gallons of gas annually, which translates into about 1.5 million tons of CO2. Studies show 88% of all trips in the US are by car.

7. Pay Your Bills Online - This does more than reduce the number of trees used to create the checks you write. It also saves the fuel used by the trucks and planes that transport the checks. If every US home paid its bills online the switch would cut solid waste by 1.6 billion tons a year and curb greenhouse gas emissions by 2.1 million tons a year. If you look for the https designation on the website you are using (or the lock symbol in the lower right corner) and report anything weird immediately to your bank you won't have security issues.

8. Open a Window - 25 tons of CO2 emissions come from each Amercian home annually. You can reduce this by opening a window instead of running the AC, adjusting the thermostat a couple of degrees higher in the summer and lower in the winter. Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows. Insulate your walls and ceiling, use the dishwasher only when it is full, install low flow showerheads, turn down the thermostat on the water heater (this is also a safety issue). These measures could reduce the carbon output of your home by up to 4,000 lbs of CO2.

9. Wrap Your Water Heater - For about $20 you can buy a blankey for your water heater. Check the energy effeciency of your water heater by placing your hand on it, if it is warm that is wasted energy. By wraping it you can save about 250 lbs in CO2 emissions annually.

10. Check the Label when Buying Appliances - You wouldn't buy a car without knowing its gas mileage. Why not do the same when buying ovens, dishwashers, freezers, or other appliances. You can even check the energy rating of supermarkets and hotels by asking for the Energy Star rating, a rating system created and monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency of the US Government. Choosing Energy Star appliances you can reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your energy bill by as much as 30%.

11. Turn Off, Unplug - Computers, Televisions, CD players, radios, DVD players all consume energy when they are used. If you are not using them turn them off, this will save energy. A screen saver on a computer is not an energy saver. Shutting off a computer when not in use rather than leaving it on 24/7 reduces its energy use by 83%. Also a television uses 25% of its energy when it is off, so if you are going out for a long weekend or on vacation, unplug all the appliances your aren't going to use. Also when you go on vacation turn down (in winter) or up (in summer) the thermostat.

12. Skip the Steak - The international meat industry generates 18% (that is almost 1/5) of the world's greenhouse gases (another 20% comes from your house). A lot of that comes from the methane in the manure. Considering the energy consumed in raising, shipping and selling livestock, a steak is like a Hummer on a plate. If you switch to vegitarianism you can shrink your carbon footprint by up to 1.5 tons of CO2 a year.

13. Consume Locally - Go to farmers markets and get their produce and locally grown products. The average meal travels 1500 miles to your plate. You can cut the fuel used in transporting your meal if you buy locally.

14. Say No to Plastic Bags - Bring cloth bags to the grocery store. Each year 500 billion plastic bags are distributed and less than 3% are recycled. They can take up to 1000 years to biodegrade in a landfill. You can also reuse the pile of plastic bags you have in your closet. Put them in your trunk and when you go to the store take 10 in to put your stuff in.

15. Plant a Bamboo Fence - Bamboo grows so quickly (up to 1 foot a day depending on the species) it can absorb more CO2 than other plants.

16. Remove the Tie - If US businesses were able to increase their average temperature in their offices (rather than the arctic cold necessary to keep us in business wear comfortable) this would cut down on the AC used and the carbon footprint of the building. Also turn off the computers at work and shut off the lights when you are the last one out of the office (or assign someone to do it) This will reduce electricity use as well as extending equipment life and lowering maintenance costs.

17. Paper Does Grow on Trees - 900 million trees are used every year for pulp and paper, only 50% of this is recycled. Buy more recycled paper, it uses 60% less energy than virgin paper. Each ton of recycled paper used saves 4,000 kW-hours of energy, 7,000 gallons of water and 17 trees and trees have the capacity to filter up to 60 lbs of pollutants from the air.

18. Fill Your Car with Passengers - 80% of people drive to work alone, about 40% drive alone in general. If you put another person in your car you can cut the emissions in half, not to mention being able to use the HOV lane.

19. Check Your Tires - Of course changing to a Hybrid car can help reduce your carbon footprint but just giving your car a tune up can improve gas mileage by 4%. Replacing yrou dirty air filter can boost effeceincy by 10% and keeping your tires properly inflated can improve gas mileage by mire than 3%. The bottom line is that if you improve your gas mileage from 20 to 24 mpg you will put 200 fewer lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.

20. Consume Less - Look for ways to cut back on what you use, look for packaging that is minimal or reuseable. Find ways to resuse or get by with the things we have rather than buy the best next largest better, more doing, using thing that is created for us to consume. Borrow when you need and lend when asked.

We are the world's leading user of carbon consumables, creating about 25% of the emissions each year while accounting for less than 10% of the world's population. We have to make a conscience effort to each reduce our consumption of carbon and production of CO2 to make a difference. I hope these suggestions will help you.

Happy Earth Day 2007, go hug a tree.Alex Rossi

Friday, April 20, 2007

Top 8 Morons of 2006

Ok, so you never know whether these are true or not, but dealing with the human race on a daily basis I at least accept that they are possibly true, and therefore good for a laugh.
1. WILL THE REAL DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP? AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence.
2. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland, CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, "Please come out and give yourself up."
3. WHAT WAS PLAN B??? An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.
4. THE GETAWAY! A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.
5. DID I SAY THAT??? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot", the man shouted, "that's not what I said!" .
6. ARE WE COMMUNICATING??? A man spoke frantically into the phone: "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart". "Is this her first child?" the doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"
7. NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED! In Modesto, CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun. Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellooooooo)!
8. THE GRAND FINALE!!! Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22 foot boat, going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!

Bein' Sick Sucks.

Been fighting a cold all week, just when I think I'm over it I wake up the next morning feeling like it crapola. Had enough of it when the alarm went off and I stumbled to over to it. Stumbled, like I had been drinking all night and was still drunk. Went through the standard 4 snoozes hoping to get over it, without any luck. Half hour of coffee and Channel 2 News (used to be Fox 13, until it became the American Idol News) didn't help, and when I was brushing my teeth, one hand on the wall to hold me up, I thought this was ridiculous and I ought to just call in sick. Fortunately it was a tech day, a day I have no classes, so I didn't have to do any planning. Called subfinder, the school and the Tech Department at the district, laid my head down for a minute and zonked out for a couple hours. Woke up around 9ish and called Chevron to let them know I wouldn't be in tonight. I have a theory, drilled into my head by my mother when I was a kid, that if I'm too sick to go to school, I'm too sick to go out after school too. No exceptions (she didn't believe in miracle 3 o'clock cures.) Slept pretty much the rest of the day. But I'm feeling much better now.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Happy Birthday Dad

Even if I am a day late......

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Funny Pictures & Intelligent Drivers

Got some new pictures that I was sent in e-mails, they're pretty funny. There's the British Signs (or "We Really Don't Speak the Queens' English), Fun with Digital Editing, Things you don't see too often and Make a Choice, kids or pets.
And so you're really not happy with those speed bumps that they have on a street you like to drive down, so what do you do? Find a new route to take? Petition the county to remove them? Accept that they probably are there because there's a lot of kids in the neighborhood? Nah. We'll just annoy the neighbors by honking our horn every time we have to go over one, that'll teach them. Maybe the sound waves will weaken the concrete and break the thing down. Yeah, that must be the idea.

Friday, April 13, 2007


Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes, both e-mail and on my voice mail......
Survived another Friday the 13th birthday. Third one that I can remember. Turned 13 on Friday the 13th. 30 also. Day started out like a Friday the 13th ought to - sucked. I was going to post something about the fear of friday the 13th (see title) and the fear of getting older, but despite the depth and breath of the world wide web, I could not for the life of me find the proper phobia for the fear of aging. Wasted 15 minutes looking for it, until I had to hurry out the door for work, and was unable to produce what would have undoubtly been one of the funniest blog entries ever. Ok, maybe not, but it did start the day off very poorly. But fortunately only the beginning of the day sucked, the rest was pretty good. School went great, everyone said happy birthday and some students even made me a huge birthday card. After school I got to spend more school money on some technology for my computer there. Then I met with Gibb and we went out looking for a car for her - she needs an SUV, something not so close to the ground, because of her back surgery. So we end up out at the E Center, where they're having a huge used car sale, over 1,200 cars. She drove a bunch of SUV's and after we'd been there for a few hours I asked the guy if I could drive a Mustang just for the fun of it. Yup, got to drive a 2005 GT. Man, that V8 makes a beautiful sound. Decided that's going to be my graduation present when I get my Masters. Yup, can't wait. Well, it was a great day overall, and now it's time to lay down and watch my Roseanne DVD's........

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The making of this SAAB was a Subaru story.

You ever notice that whenever you get a new car, or set your sights on one, all of a sudden they seem to be everywhere you look? Ok, so maybe some of you don't change cars often enough to notice, but it really does happen. So, since I got the Subaru, I've been noticing them, and through this noticing I've discovered something very odd. Ford has been selling Mazdas as Fords for years, Chevy the same with Subaru and Chrysler with Mitsubishi. I was a little shocked when Mazda first started selling the Ford Ranger as it's own pickup, and then Honda wanted a SUV before it had time to really develop one, so it re-badged the Isuzu Rodeo as it's own. Well, now Ford owns Jaguar and the latter's looking a lot like a Crown Victoria, and Lord only knows what Mercedes' are going to look like now that they're owned by Chrysler. But, now they've gone too far. Skipping right over the good old USA, the Japanese and the Swedes have crossed borders without including one of the Big 3. So, I'm noticing the Subaru Imprezas around town when I realize that one I'm looking at happens to have a SAAB emblem on it's hood. Yup, SAAB seems to have wanted a small AWD sedan and wagon, and like Honda wanted to get it on the market before they were ready, so they just got 'em from Subaru, changed the front and back a little bit, and called it their own. And you're all so damn impressed at my detective work, eh? And they said that watching all that CSI and Law & Order would never prove useful............

Monday, April 09, 2007

99% of all Lawyers give the rest a bad name.

<<<------- PHONE AD, CIRCA 1958

As I'm going through the building looking for Psychology books (see previous post) and in this one small storage room I find two bookcases of National Geographics, most in mint condition, dating back to 1937. Major e-Bay material. I show a couple of them to the principal and we're looking through them laughing at the old ads (see picture above), and I decide to do a "that was then, this is now" comparison. Here's the first.
<<<------PHONE AD, CIRCA 2007

Not much of a difference, eh?


















And, here are a bunch of really funny billboard signs. Chances are really good that they're not authentic, and just a creation of people with digital editors, but they're still funny. Photo Gallery

What is the deal?

Why is it that every time I tell someone that I'm going to be teaching Psychology next year they break out in hysterical laughter? Even my dad, as we're standing on Danny's roof in the hot sun, gets that "I really want to laugh, but I probably shouldn't" look on his face when I tell him. Seriously, what's so funny about me teaching Psychology?
Anyway, with the breakup of the "Granite High Community of Small Learning Centers", we're going to be on our own, and no longer hooked up with "The school formerly known as Central" and the Teen Parent Center. So, I decided to let the powers that be know that I would rather teach a couple extra classes and STS at only Granite High, and voila - - - I'm teaching one more class and STS at only the one site. YEAH! The counselors wanted to offer Psychology, asked around and found out that I'm endorsed to teach it, so they offered it and it looks like I'll be teaching one Psych class and 3 math classes (probably 9th grade Algebra, since we're getting 100 or so 9th graders from Granite Park Middle), 3 periods of STS and a prep period. Gonna be a great year.......

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Swamp Coolin' @ Danny's House

Scott & Jenn put central air into their house and decided to get rid of the swampcooler. Danny, on the other hand wanted to add a swamp cooler to help out the central air and keep the cost down a bit. So, saturday morning Danny went to Sutherland's, picked up everything we'd need ....................... (done laughing?) and Alex, dad and I met at his house around 10:00. Almost immediately we realized that we were 4 beam hangers short (if you don't know what those are, no worries, you really don't need to know). So, dad and I head down to Home Depot to pick up the 4 of them and a box for the power switch. Came back and we proceeded to chop out the hole in the roof and the ceiling in the hall. When we got the hole in the roof cut out and got ready to put the 2x4 frame around it, um, well, we realized that the hangars we got were for 2x6's, not 2x4's. Ooops. Trip for dad & Steve. Come back, put the frame in, it goes in nice and slick. Then we spend 45 minutes or so trying to figure out how we're going to get the duct work all taped up and into the spot it needs to be in, considering Danny's "crawl space" is about 6" tall, and criss-crossed with truss work. Anyway, we finally figured it out, got it all together and then realized, crap, it's already 4 o'clock and we don't even have the thing on the roof! Ok, kick into high gear and sometime around 6:15 it's on the room and mounted, legs and all, where it's supposed to be. The rest is pretty much a one man job, which is good because I'm suppose to be meeting some teachers from Granite Park at the Sandy Outback at 7:00. (I made it there, cleaned up and everything, but 7:10). And of course, you can check out all the pictures.


The blog is named L'Adunata, I'm signing my posts Max and I chose the 8th of April to debut it. Got the connection?

Well, I'm trying something new. Both Amy and Lisa (the friend) have their own blogs on here, so I decided to join the group. The great thing about the blog, as opposed to my site alone, is that the blog has an interactive component. You can respond to anything I post, and unless it's really bad and I nix it everyone who gets on here will be able to read it.

So, I hope you'll enjoy it, respond to things and put your own mark on this site.

Thanks and have a great Easter......