One ringy dingy… no wait… no ringy dingy…

So tonight I arrived home from work, after making a slight detour to the hardware store to pick up some things to work on a Halloween prop.  After I started work on the prop, the phone rang… or did it… odd, the phone in the kitchen didn’t ring… the phone in the livingroom didn’t ring…  but I did hear one phone ringing…  After careful examination, I discovered the phones on the newer runs were all dead.  Only the phones on the runs 20+ years old worked.  I was afraid that the doorbell phone system had died and in its death killed the new runs…  Palley had the solution though, “Hey Jerry mowed today, do you suppose he hit a wire?”  OF COURSE!!!  The new runs come in via a different newer cable running in an area that he would have had to trim, while the old lines come in on the porch.  I ran out, and sure enough in the newly trimmed long grass along the side of the house lay the phone cable, ripped from its staples and stripped in a few spots.  So, I grabbed my telecoms tool box, and the box of cat5. (it’s really nice having the tools for different jobs all sorted into separate tool boxes)  Less than an hour later, I had ran a whole new line for both the main number and my old modem number back tot he punch down block in the house and phone service was restored.    The new wire is stapled up much better than the old line (something I had been meaning to fix for years) and the phone quality is crystal clear.



Yes, it’s June… Yes, I’m thinking about Halloween…

I’m thinkign this year, as a bit of a change up… why not do a pirate themed display…

I coudl possibly turn the porch into a pirate ship…

the skeletons are all easliy dressable as pirates….

i could possibly even turn the lawnmower into a dinghy…  make some cannons… make a fake ship front to stand up in front of the hedges…  make a crows nest for the roof of the porch… use whit painters tarp in place of the black plastic i use for light blocking for the ghost…. give the ghost a ships wheel…  I could possibly even turn the ghost 90 degrees to make it look correct, even if i dont it might work… I have the ramp to use for “walking the plank” or at least as a boarding ramp… God knows I have enough pirate stuff…   I could slap a bandanna and eye patch on the puppet and replace one hand with a hook…   I may have to sketch this out and see what it looks like…  It might be fun, and put a bit of new life into the display…


Anyone have any thoughts?

The sales call that wasn’t

I just received a rather insane phone call.  Company names have been omitted to prevent me from getting sued, the callers name was the name he gave me in classic telemarketing fill in the blank format.
When I answered the phone I was greeted in a very thick Middle-Eastern type accent.

Caller:   “Good day Mr Wohlers, my name is __jim__ from *really big software company*

Caller:   “I am calling to see if I can help you with anything related to *really big software company’s flagship product* in your business today”

I found myself thinking, ‘Huh, a new twist… ok, I’m game…’

Me: “Uh.. Ok…”

Caller:   “I show here that you do already use *flagship product* in your business”

Me: “Yes, it’s an embedded product licence provided by our library vendor”

Caller:  “oh yes very good… yes the *flagship product* embedded license, very good…”


Me: “Ok… Um…”

Caller: “yes, so is there anything that I may help you with?”

Me: “uh…. I don’t know that there is…” (Quick John think! think! think!) “oh wait, Yes… Can I connect to the embedded *flagship product* using *whiz bang technology*?”

Caller:  “ok. Yes very good. Thank You.”

HUH?  what wait… huh…????

Caller: “So is there anything else that I can help you with today?”

Me: “uh… I guess not no…”

Caller: “ok, thank you”

At that point I hung up, slightly confused and yet chuckling to myself…

Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

Today I ordered the first DVD in what is hopefully going to be a set of DVDs of “Babylon 5: The Lost Tales”

I’m really looking forward to this, and I suspect JMS won’t disappoint in quality of story, and production. I have watched the trailer and it’s funny, the minute the music started swelling I started to get that old feeling of anticipation I would get each week at the beginning of a new episode.

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The Laundromat

Well, at the moment our washer has decided to develop amnesia.  It has forgotten how to spin the water out of the clothes.   It pumps the tub dry, and does the rest of the washing ok… but just doesn’t spin things out.    It is under warranty, so it will get fixed, unfortunately it must be washing machine repair season or something.  The repair technician cannot get here until after the 4th of july…   ARRRGH… So until that time, I have to load up the car full of laundry, and make the trip to the local laundromat.

In some regards I do like using the laundromat… Where it would normally take me all day to do all of the laundry, I can get the entire task done in around 2 hours.  I like that.  Instead of having to wait for one washer to finish to start the next load, I simply put the next load in the next washer, and repeat until all washing is started at the same time.  The same thing goes for drying. A couple loads in this dryer, a couple in this dryer, and wait.   When sorted properly I can even time the drying so that I’m done folding the lightweight items before the jeans and towels are done.    It seems so much more efficient.

The downside of this arrangement, aside form the added cost, is the people. Read on…
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Stolen from Lifeonwry

You scored as Water, Your pentacle point is Water! You can adapt to any situation, are charismatic, fluid and vibrant but, like the tides, your emotions run high and low. You can be smooth and reflective like a summer pond on a clear day or tempestuous and unreadable like the stormy sea! You choose your friends with care and they in turn enjoy your soothing, protective presence but avoid your stormy side!


(Pagan) What point of the pentacle are you?
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It’s wierd to be me

I swear I live a weird life…

We went for Chinese food to the newly opened restaurant down the road from work.   The food is average, we called ahead so it was ready when we got there.  When we finished we opened our fortune cookies.  My fortune read:

“Everything will now come your way.”

When we had all read our fortunes we notices there were extra cookies, so we divvied them up again.  Once the other fortunes had been read, I opened mine, and it read:

“Everything will now come your way.”

No one else got a duplicate… what the heck… and why exactly is everything coming my way?   If the universe is constantly expanding then does that mean I live in the outer limits?

______ needs by google… snagged from twobrknot

The way this is supposed to work is that you type in “your name needs” into google to see what you really need…  The 1st hit is supposedly it…

  • ‘John’ Needs Operation After Hooker Bites P _ _ _ _

Wow Google, thanks…  Ok, so  lets say the quotes cause that answer to be tossed out…

  • John Needs Your Bone Marrow

Whats the deal… sheesh… can’t I need something normal, like say a roast beef sandwich or a bear spleen?