Monthly Archives: January 2008

Watch your head, you could be next!

Well this last weekend my grandma went in the hospital for a cerebral hemorrhage.  Really a bad deal, but seems to be heading towards the best possible outcome all things considered.  When I first got the call last Thursday, the talk was to hurry because there might not be much time.  Luckily its now Monday and they’ve moved her from Critical Care to a regular hospital room.  For now it looks like long term therapy though, she has a lot of the same effects of a stroke.  She has limited movement on her left side, and has some difficulty getting the words she wants out.  Still has quite a bit of pain too.  But hopefully with time, she can get close to 100%, but there’s no way to know.  Just lots of prayers is about all we can do for now!


I’m out helping put the new transmitter in at KQLA in Manhattan.  It’s big and heavy, so 5 of us were muscling it around trying to get it down a ramp into the building, and one of the guys grabs a safe jack and lifts it to slide it over the transmitter into the building so the guys in there could use it.  As he’s lifting it, the handle swings down and smacks me square on the top of the head HARD!  It’s a hard device to describe, but imagine getting a five foot long wooden baseball bat dropped on your head from about 4 feet.

I didn’t quite know what happened at first.  We were using a winch, and I thought maybe the winch cable snapped and got me.  I couldn’t even tell where I got hit.  Then I looked down and the cable was still there, then realized my head was throbbing pretty good.  I take off my hat to feel how big a bump I got, then noticed my hand was covered in blood.  I was pretty freaked out for a few seconds, but they looked it over, and it must have just broke the skin, but no gash.  So I just got my bell rung real good.  But still, kinda scary.

So I dunno what’s going around, but you might wear a helmet just in case!

A couple last pictures.

Well the insurance adjuster is supposed to be intouch with me here in the next day or so. So I figured I’d get the El Camino washed off and looking as good as it CAN look. At least I can say I got some use out of it. Hauled a several loads of limbs out of the place and had fun driving it to work a couple days.

Never did get much work done on it since I started painting the Toronado shortly after I got this. Just got the new bumper put on, trim rings on the wheels and a couple odds and ends. Never did get around to getting the real tail lights working though. But sure seems like she came a long way since I got her:

I’ll probably save a lot of parts incase I get another El Camino of the same body style, or just sell a bunch of parts. Who knows. Either way I think I got my money’s worth out of it, and I can say I owned an El Camino!

This will be cool! (When we learn how to play!)

When Andrew came out for Christmas he was telling his dad that he’d gotten a ps3 and Rock Band and it was all sorts of fun! Duane said he’d like to have it. I poo-poo-ed the whole idea, thinking I’d never find it at Walmart. Well, turns out I was WRONG! (In all sorts of ways!)

First of all, I had no idea what the game is. I just figured it was another version of Guitar Hero, and in my defense it sort of is. It’s just a lot more involved.
Secondly, I really didn’t think I would find it in the store. Well, Jamie and I were shopping yesterday and we nearly tripped over a big shipment of them sitting in the middle of the aisle waiting to be put away.

Lastly, after the holidays we’re one of those people that really needs to watch the cash flow. Oh wait, I was totally right on that one. But this game looked to be too much fun to pass up and I decided to blow the extra money for the ‘special edition’.

This is a fun game! It gets everyone involved. There are drums, guitar and microphone. Granted, we can’t figure out how the microphone works yet, but I just took a half hour after work last night and played a couple of songs. The drums are hard, guitar is a little easier than Guitar Hero.

We’ll have to bring it up when we come visit. You guys can join our Rock Band!!

Our dog is actually kinda smart.

She is learning tricks.  Or commands at least.  She will sit, and stay.  You can even tell her to stay, walk out of the room holding food in your hand come back in a few seconds and she’ll be right where she was.  She’s even starting to get the hang of “shake”.  All this talent provided she’s not too excited and jumping around like a cartoon spring coil!

I’m still a cat person, but this has been the best dog I’ve ever had.  Although that’s not saying much!

Ahh…now I get it.

My El Camino project is no more.

Well the landlord came by today with a saw to cut down limbs. Instead of getting me to move the car, he goes ahead and chops one down above the car and wouldn’t ya know it punches in the roof.

Luckily I hadn’t done a ton of work to the car yet. But I sure was looking forward to the spring and diving into it. Even found a new transmission to put in, and I had fenders, a hood, doors and a new rear bumper all ready to put on.

My landlord is a good guy and mistakes happen. He’s gonna call his insurance company next week, but it’s without question totaled. Dunno how much I’ll get, but I guess I’ll put it towards another El Camino.

Just feeling blue about it all.


Alright, so you’ve seen our house, right?  It’s nothing to brag about and it’s hardly big.  It’s a SMALL house.  Well just got our gas bill for December.  $182! Holy cow!  And that’s with the furnace set at 65 and turning it maybe to 70 when we had guests over.  That’s just insane.  I know the old house isn’t very well insulated, but c’mon!  Guess we’re going back to our electric heaters!

How nerdy am I?

Well let me tell you.  I’m playing Guild Wars last night winding down from the day.  And I’m getting close to heading to bed, but I find out that there’s a Polar Bear minipet that you can get from one of the chests for the special Wintersday event they did for Christmas/New Years.

Aww…look at that cute little guy!  I love the mini pets in this game, but this one was special.  There’s only a couple known to exist out of the 4 million or so players, so prices were astronomical that these things were going for.  One person offered a price of 1500 ecto…or about $100 REAL US Dollars based on the exchange rate in game currency is being sold for.  That’s pretty crazy if you ask me!  So I ended up staying up later than I anticipated, trying to get my hands on one of these polar bears to sell.  No such luck as the odds are apparently those of winning the lottery.

Oh, it gets nerdier.

So this little guy caused such an uproar, that I’m just sitting in one of the towns trying to convince myself to go to bed before midnight.  Then all of a sudden the Guild Wars “Community Relations Manager” comes online in the town I’m in, and starts asking if anybody has seen the polar bear because SHE hasn’t even seen it.  The real nerdy part is I snapped a screenshot of my standing next to this video game “celebrity”.

I’m lame, I know.  But at least I’m not obsessed with the game or anything.  I mean I was in bed by 1:00!

Well crap

I think I’m starting to get sick.  I haven’t been sick in a long time and I was enjoying the hell out of it!  But we spent the weekend at my Aunt Kathy’s and my little brother Jake was sick as a dog.  I musta caught it.

I woke up about 4:00 am this morning with a killer stomach ache.   I probably laid there for an hour until I could  finally get some sleep.  Then I wake up this morning and what do you know…the stomach ache is gone.  Only to be superseded by a hellacious sore throat.  WTF?  Luckily after some cold milk and warm coffee it isn’t too bad now.  But I dunno what’s next.  Earaches?