Posted by thedarwinexception on November 12, 2007
It’s the little things in life that bug me – all those stupid questions I have no answers to. So today is devoted to random questions that plaque me during the day. Some of them might actually have definitive answers, some are, I’m sure, unanswerable, but feel free to post your “best guess”. Some are meant just for you, and your opinion.
1 When Paul finally installed our plumbing in the sink, something happened. The hot water faucet turns the wrong way to turn it on. Instead of turning clockwise to turn on the water, you have to turn it counter clockwise. It’s not a big deal, and not something I’m going to complain about to him too often, because, let’s face it, I didn’t even have a sink for a year, I’m not going to bitch about the fact that the faucet turns the wrong way. But it is a pain in the ass when I try to turn it the “right way” and nothing happens, and I have to readjust. Why did this happen? Is it a terribly bothersome and intensive undertaking?
2 I ask this question every year at this time, and I’ll probably keep on asking it until I get a definitive answer, but in the perennial TV classic “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” – the one with Burl Ives and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” and the Abominable Snowmonster – what the hell was wrong with the little girl doll on the Island of Misfit Toys? She didn’t look like there was anything wrong with her. She could talk, she could cry, she didn’t have a leg missing or anything, what was wrong with her and why was she a misfit?
3 So I am making a pair of overalls – and I have those buckles that you have for overalls – the button the bib and the buckle contraption that goes on the strap. Can I make this adjustable? How do I do that? Do I need a special buckle to make it adjustable? How do I attach the strap to this buckle? Do I just thread it through and sew the end of the strap or do I leave the end of the strap loose and consider that “making it adjustable?”
4. Is anyone watching “Journeyman”? If you are, can you explain this fucking show to me? This thing is worse than “Lost”. What the fuck is going on in this show?
5. So Paul has been secretly spying on Zombie lady – so I guess it’s not just me, being nosey and spying on her, Paul does it, too. He has noticed a new pattern emerging in her daily habits that I haven’t really been paying attention to. Every night, as soon as it gets dark, she takes her stolen K Mart shopping cart (I think it’s illegal to have these things in your yard, or to even take them out of the K Mart parking lot, right?) and she leaves. She just “goes”. Then, about midnight or slightly after, she returns. She returns with a cart full of “garbage”. Really. It’s garbage. Paul left our floodlights on in the backyard two nights in a row so he could see what the hell she was taking out of her cart after midnight when she returned. She has empty boxes, she has sticks and logs that she piles up next to her back stoop, she has newspapers, she has a bunch of rocks that she is piling on the other side of the stoop, and one night before Paul turned the floodlights on, he saw that she had one of those orange and white traffic cones. (That’s why he turned the lights on – he wanted to see what the hell else she was bringing home, after he saw the traffic cone.) OK- so what the hell is she doing?? Cleaning the streets? Raiding the bins behind Price Chopper or K Mart? And Paul said that it would be “NICE” if I would invite her over for Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, he would think that, he’s generally a nice person. I don’t know. I don’t want to encourage her to start knocking on my door every 5 minutes again. Of course, it would be a good way to get a good picture of her. Should I invite her over for Thanksgiving?
6 So Danny from AFCA sent me a link to a great article on some of the most sensational murder trials of all time and the books they inspired. Their list included “Kidnap” by George Waller, a book detailing the Lindbergh kidnapping case and the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptman. This is one of my “favorite cases of all time”. I have the book “Kidnap” and although it’s a great treatment of the case, I think that if you really want a fair and balanced treatment of the crime you also have to have the book “Scapegoat”, which points out all the flaws in the case against Hauptman. So, my question, since I know most of you follow and love “true crime” stories – what is your favorite “true crime case” and what book about that case do you love? Are there two books which present conflicting sides of the case?
7 So no word on my computer yet. Ugh. I’m not sure if the computer guy even worked yesterday, since it was a holiday, and of course, I’m sure he takes advantage of holidays. He is so slow at doing stuff. I don’t know why it takes him a week to do something that could be accomplished in 5 minutes. When Lesmond was here last year, her husband installed my new DVD burner. Took him less than 10 minutes, which saved me a week without my computer, because that’s how long it would have taken the computer guy. A lot of people in AFCA were saying that my problem might have been related to some hardware overheating or going wonky. When I turned the computer back on before brining it to the computer guy, my speakers didn’t work. Could the audio card be the thing that went “wonky”? Could that be the source of the problem? Or would it have to be a more major component, like the power supply, that made things go wonky?
So that’s all the questions for the day. Today the OJ hearing is back in session, if you want to watch but can’t stand the commercials and talking heads that is Court TV, go to