Saturday, October 08, 2011

Currently Events

Current clothes: Gray sweatpants. A blue t-shirt that says "I climbed Diamond Head" which my mother bought from some guy on the trail while I wasn't looking. White socks. White sneakers. Well, okay, they used to be white.

Current mood: A little harried, but better than the actual circumstances would seem to warrant. See "current annoyance" for details.

Current music: Nothing, really. I've been trying to catch up on the zillions of podcasts I was already behind on before I went on vacation.

Current annoyance: My car won't start. I got in today to go to the grocery store, turned the key, and absolutely nothing happened. It may be that the battery is dead. I think it's well past its use-by date. But the problem might just be that the terminals are very corroded. So I'm going to try cleaning them off tomorrow. (I would have done it today, but the sun was setting, and light seems kind of useful for an operation like that.) I give it about a 50-50 chance of working. If it doesn't, I guess at some point I'm going to have to find somebody to give me a jump start and/or a ride to the auto parts store for a new battery. In any case, I probably ought to take it to the mechanic to get the battery cables and clamps replaced (again), because those are pretty corroded, too. The "how to clean your battery terminals" guide I found on the interwebs says that this tends to happen a lot with cars that aren't driven very much. So apparently this is what I get for being all green and healthy and walking instead of driving most of the time. Sigh. Well, I guess I didn't need all that many groceries, anyway. I ended up going on foot and probably saved myself a lot of money on crap I didn't buy just because I could. Still, very annoying, especially because these things somehow always happen when I'm on or about to start night shifts. And anything that needs to involve other human beings might have to wait until I come off them again.

Current thing: Posting pictures of my Hawaii trip. Speaking of which...

Current desktop picture: This picture that I took on said vacation. Although I was also considering this one

Current book: Just finished Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living by Doug Fine. Next up is A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lidsay.

Current song in head: "What Is and What Should Never Be" by Led Zeppelin. I had to look up the title, though. "Stairway to Heaven" aside, I can never remember any of their song titles, ever.

Current DVD in player: Nothing in the living room. I'm still catching up on all the stuff I've TiVo'd and downloaded. In the treadmill one, it's another Pinky & the Brain disc. Last I watched, they'd just started a three-part homage to The Prisoner. Just when I thought I could not love that goofy little cartoon show any better...

Current refreshment: I had some chocolate a little while ago. I think I needed it.

Current worry: What if my car no work?!

Current thought: Stay tuned! The next Hawaii post will have lava!


  1. I heard Doug Fine speak at a conference. It's an interesting concept, if you live someplace that has enough natural rainfall to irrigate your crops. (Somehow, he has managed to survive somewhere near Silver City.)

  2. I think, according to the book, he was able to get enough water from the local water table with the help of a solar-powered well pump. Sunlight being one thing there is no shortage of there. :)

  3. Well it is obviously clear.. the demons inside of the car heard what you were reading and left afraid they would be next. When working with Maxwell's demons, you need to be aware they are finicky people.

    Thank you for the photos from Hawaii.. it is probably my only way to ever experience it. Oh I found a place you MUST not go. The Los Alamos Public Library has a store outside where they sell books from estates and such. In many ways, they seem to sell the books by the pound, as we ended up with 20 lbs of books for 20.00. I have to find someone who makes quality bookshelves.

  4. Yes, I had wondered whether there was a causal connection there. But it's not even a Subaru! Although maybe it took the book's "use less fossil fuels" admonition to heart.

    And, oh, man, books by the pound! That sounds downright dangerous. Here I am already over quota for the month, and the Socorro Friends of the Library sale is coming up...