July 10th, 2005

dead wombat

Welcome to the sweat pit

I suppose I shouldn't complain too loudly. The AC unit in my bedroom would certainly be doing a better job if management had cleaned the radiator fins sometime in the last two years, but as it is, it's at least doing a tolerable job of sucking out the humidity. The less said about the living room unit, the better. It was never really big enough to cool that room, much less the kitchen and Melody's living room, and since I'm not about to leave my bedroom door open (am NOT allowing cats in my bedroom) the apartment never cools down properly. Of course, since my unit is barely enough to keep my room cool, I don't think it would help much if I did leave my door open, so...

Tried to unsubscribe from AOL on Friday and once again failed miserably. The CSR managed to convince me that paying $7 a month for the virus scan and other servies they provide was a better deal than not having the service at all, and she also got me off the $15/month plan that gave me no dialup hours. So I came out ahead, sort of, I think.

The heat this weekend has had a strange effect on me. I don't feel bad when I'm out in it, so much, but it just drains me mentally - makes it hard to think and to get anything done, and when I'm in an air-conditioned space I feel like I'm in recovery mode and once again don't get anything done. There's a whole week of this coming up, so I need to get my act together and start cranking on things. I can't blame the Keflex for everything.

Weird coincidences

It's always a strange experience going through my father's CDs. A lot of the music is either original tunes from the Jazz Age and the Depression digitally remastered onto CD, or it's period music being performed by repertory bands trying to recreate the sound and spirit of the great jazz artists (black and white) of that era. Once in a while I get a real surprise, such as discovering that Julie London had a career as a torch singer before becoming the star of Emergency!, which was a staple of my TV watching back in the day. Today I got another surprise, a little closer to home, as it were.

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Weird coincidences, part II

Haven't posted much on politics lately, but this was an interesting convergence of topics. Yesterday there was a colloquy on Instapundit about Army recruiting shortfalls, with comments from Steven denBeste and Floyd Clark, the latter of whom compared what the Army is doing WRT use of civilians to what the Mobile Infantry of Heinlein's Starship Troopers did, i.e using civilians for a lot of noncombat roles formerly filled by troops assigned to headquarters and service units.

Remainder below the cut to spare those not terribly interested in politics.
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