August 1st, 2005


I miss my wheels already.

Dropped off the Sportage at Lehman's this morning to get the fender replaced - and the new air filter installed. I'd have done the latter myself, but I don't have the tools. Unlike my K-car, the Sportage's air filter is bolted down next to the engine on the driver's side, or I would have just dealt with it myself back when I bought it.

After that, I refinanced the truck. Monthly payments will be a third lower, but the loan is for five years and carries a pretty heavy 17.75% interest rate attached. That's going to get paid down as quickly as I can's nice to have the extra money right now, and the Sportage will probably last another five years, but it would have been nice to get it paid off and drop the comprehensive insurance coverage. Oh well.

So...pretty slow week ahead. I think I'll fill the otherwise empty hours by bashing out procedures for the various AD departments and filing out paperwork for the impending siut against our present landlord. That'll mean a trip over to Government Center, which is going to have to happen tomorrow since I don't have time today.
The General

OMGWTFBBQ post-mortem

It went really well. We had about 20-25 people show up, or double the number I expected from the RSVPs, and they brought a pretty good variety of side dishes, pop, and sweet stuff. Couple of folks had trouble with the heat, probably on account of drinking too much pop and not enough water in the 90-degree heat; staying in the shade doesn't always help. By and large the invitation and coordination processes went well, so the only thing I'd change would be the meat selection. Ribs don't work well on a regular grill, and not all of what I grilled wound up being eaten, whereas the burgers and brats all went and fairly quickly at that. Everyone did a fair amount of mixing and talking, which I was glad to see because I'm worried about possible cliquishness in the staff.

So I'm chalking this up as a success. We'll have to do another one of these, preferably when it's not so damn hot outside.
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All the nostalgia you can buy

Michele over at A Small Victory (my personal pop culture diva) has an interesting meditation on the ways our memory messes with us to make dumb and uncomfortable things seem more attractive than they really are. I completely identify with her feelings about summer, only more so since the sweaty, nasty heat of Washington makes Long Island look like the Elysian Fields in comparison.
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