Friday, September 26, 2008

Mister Mechanic's Great Adventure

I am home fighting a problem with the engine in our van today. Called into work and let my boss in on the bad news, he was understanding (thanks boss). As far as working on the van, all I can say is AutoZone will get my money from here on out.

The engine was missing and generally running rough and the "Service Engine Soon" idiot light was on. AutoZone came out and printed out the code breakouts while I waited. Checked for parts availability etc.. NICE.

Codes indicated misfiring on cylinder number 4 as well as a problem reported from the Knock Sensor. I did a little bit of googling of the problem and most likely fixes. I have now performed a tune up (plugs, plug wires, distributor cap and rotary button) as well as added fuel injector cleaner.

Still missing but it seems MUCH better. Most of the internet agrees the Knock sensor is a by product of the miss and not the other was round (thank God because the Knock Sensor is $130 and you have to take the intake off the engine to get to it.

So since I am away from the computer, I leave this bit of musical theft for you to mull over.

First up Pink, "You and Your Hand"...(I refuse to do the stupid spelling).

Now, The Veronicas, "Forever"


Cracked Hits It Again!

So what if the presidential campaign was aimed at 6 year olds?

Or me?

I am soooooo ready to Vote! COME ON NOVEMBER!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tracking My Time

So how do I account for time spent going to training, waiting on someone to show who never does only to find Jerkus Maximus rescheduled everything but sent no one notification?

I Couldn't Make This Stuff Up

So I just got an email from my OLD job's ticket system letting me know I have been assigned to a Service Order.


Funny thing is, I don't work there anymore, SO that means they will have a considerable delay in THEIR issue getting resolved.

BTW. I was called directly and asked for support on a hotel. Tech support is no longer my job, but I wanted to be a nice guy and help out the support guys so they didn't get bombarded. Spent a couple of hours trying out things and figuring out what was wrong. Call the guy back this morning, tell him how to fix it. He says "Thanks, I'll call you back and let you know how it turned out."

Hmmmm. No callback as of yet. Man, I thought it was URGENT! Maybe I was wrong?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

How Does It Work?

For some reason this was funny around the office...

The Strange Things That Pop Into My Head

I wake up this morning with the following dialog in my head...

Dude 1 (sniffing a jar of Jam):"Mmmmmm. Nice, good aroma."
Dude 2: "HA! So what are you, some kind of Jam connoisseur?"
Dude 1:"No, actually it is quite simple smell this and tell me what you smell."
Dude 2 (sniffs the jar): "OK. Blackberries."
Dude 1:"Go on... You are getting there."
Dude 2:"Uhhhhh. Smells sweet, juicy, delicious."
Dude 1: "Very good. Now, try this one."
Dude 2 (sniffs the jar): "WOAH! Dude! That smells like poop!"
Dude 1: "Exactly, so don't eat it."

I think I need a vacation...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dead On

Too stinking funny. A buddy of mine sent me the link and I had to watch it again and again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lab Rat Mission

My current task is to write up a document to upgrade from Product A to Product X. This seems simple enough, but DANGIT Product A has something squirrely in the database which Product X DOES NOT LIKE!

I think I can get it to work, but it looks like it will be a two step process. Load database from Product A MINUS files M, N and O, bring Product X online, then load the remaining files???

Crazy... Oh well, almost seven hours into the process and I am still trying to find out if I am right or not.

Friday, September 12, 2008

High Anxiety

I hate this.

Had a pretty bad anxiety attack today at the company outing. This one was really mild compared to my pre meds ones, but it just kept going and going.

My carpool guy was done eating and I was hoping to run, but of course he wanted to stay and do something.

So I go to the parking lot to escape the crowd and wait.

I wish I could be normal.


I was having a conversation with a buddy of mine yesterday. It went something like this.

(The names have been changed to protect those who must not be named.)

Me: "So, what's happening?"
Buddy: "Not Much. Amanda Hugginkiss asked me to work on Project X."
Me: "Really? Cool. I heard Joe Shmoe was hired to work on Project X also."
Buddy: "Really?"
Me: "Yeah, he starts next week."
Buddy: "I'm glad you told me that. I don't want to work with him so I'll tell them I'm not interested."
Me: "... Uh oh."

So if a VP named Amanda Hugginkiss is really mad that I killed her chances for getting my buddy on board for Project X, I may be trying to get on with Laurence's company.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Eric's Jury Verdict - Reckless Homicide

We have all been sweating it out and worried sick over this but finally the first stage is over. Eric's Jury returned a guilty verdict of Reckless Homicide. This means they found him NOT GUILTY on Murder 1, Murder 2 and Voluntary Manslughter. Knowing Eric and hearing what happened, I completely and totally believed him, but we were concerned a Jury wouldn't.

Looks like his sentencing will be in October November. I don't want to celebrate because Sean Powell is still dead and he will never come back, but I thank God this wasn't trurned into a further tragedy by sending Eric to jail for life for a tragic accident. I repeat AN ACCIDENT!

Read about the story here at

Now, Eric and his family can move on to finding Eric's children and making sure THEY are OK.

System Enhancement

Actual email I saw today...

"...are you working on a patch so that we will not see these problems in the event of improper programming?"


I don't know how to respond to that.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What To Say?

I haven't written much this week (or last week). I have actually been fairly busy with the new job. So far I am extremely happy. I have spent quite a bit of time wrapping up work from my old job, but the light at the end of the tunnel is there.

Eric's trial has gone to the jury. THE WIFE and I have followed it as close as we could and talked quite a bit with Eric's dad. I just want them to know we care (and I hope I haven't been a nuisance rather than a help).

So we wait.

Other than that I want to share an observation from a Lab Rat. I wasn't planning to trying anything, but an old friend told me she had read my blog and it had made her laugh.

I enjoy making people laugh. There is too much to be angry/sad/upset about. I would like to provide a little relief for my tens of readers.

So anyway... The observation. I am on a conference call with my boss, several people from my old company, a big wig from my old company and the customer. The customer is talking about how this particular problem they are having isn't a big deal, etc... My boss looks at me and says, "We are going to have to correct this." I agree so I, as politically as I can, explain that the situation is OK for now, but we definitely don't want it to get any worse as the particular problem they are having could crash the phone system if it got worse.

There is some more discussion and the conversation ends. I then get a call from the big wig who is trying to explain why he kind of talked over me (I honestly hadn't noticed). Turns out they are trying to make the situation seem better than it is. I pointed out I just wanted to make sure the customer wasn't completely caught by surprise IF the phone system crashed.

So anyway, nice to know I am still stepping on toes everywhere I go.


Saturday, September 06, 2008

Maybe I Should Read Instead?

You know, I have looked back over some of my incoherent ramblings when emotion has struck me to action and I have attempted to write thought provoking and emotional posts.

Further study indicates I suck at long writing... Stick to potty humor and innuendo.

Specific examples of this malady are when I attempted to convey outrage at Eric's situation.I must get in the habit of writing my post out when I am caught up in the moment and the EDITING them prior to posting. Feeling passionately about something doesn't come across if the argument doesn't make sense outside your head.

This is why when I try to write real stories (other than 100 word ones) I wind up HATING them so badly I scrap the project rather than doing a decent editing job to make sense of the mess. Oh well, live and learn. That is my whole point behind blogging, to increase my writing skillset.

The Trial Begins

I have kept pretty quiet on Eric's situation (for those of you not in the know I have known Eric McLean for about 20 years), partly because I don't want anyone to think I am cashing in on knowing Eric and trying to weasel 15 minutes of fame out of this, but mostly because I didn't want to run the risk of hurting his trial. Fortunately since it is underway and the jury is sequestered I can gripe all I want now.

I have been watching what I can with THE WIFE on Eric's trial. It's hard being 800 miles away when someone you care about is going through so much but at least THE WIFE has recorded the In Session coverage on our DVR so we could watch it together.

At last it makes sense. Eric's and his Dad had told us she was threatening to take the kids. Once Bruce Poston (Eric's lawyer) ran through Eric holding the rifle, begging Sean Powell not to take his kids and Powell telling him he would "shove that rifle up his XXX," and "In two weeks they'll be calling me daddy," I finally understood. THE WIFE and I knew there HAD to be a trigger to set him off, but we didn't know what it was. (We have intentionally NOT asked anything in depth about what happened so that no information would be inadvertently leaked or overheard).

Now the question is, will the jury understand it really is all about the kids. Eric couldn't stand up to Erin because he though he HAD to have her to survive, but when he faced losing Eric Jr. and Ian he stood up to Sean. He felt cornered and reacted in the heat of the moment. The kids are the trigger and that is the mistake Sean Powell made that cost him his life.

Keep his kids in your prayers as their whereabouts are STILL unknown.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Paging Doctor Feelgood

Ahhhhhh, the sweet smell of stupid in the morning.

One of the guys around the office here has a PHD from some fly-by-night university and loves to flaunt it. For some reason upper management falls all over him and thinks he is almost as powerful as Obama or something (sarcasm) but I am less than impressed (maybe it's because I am uneducated and therefore fail to grasp the power of higher thinking).

Or maybe it's because he just sent out a notification letter to all our resllers talking about a change in policy. This is normal, what isn't normal is the second page is COMPLELY BLANK for some reason.

Actually it is kind of normal. Amazingly here at PHONECO we send out lots of announcements with grammatical errors, misspellings etc... Proofreading is obviously for the lesser educated.

If only they could figure out why Microsoft Word keeps underlining those dang words!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Jury Selection For Eric's Trial

THE WIFE told me jury selection for Eric's trial began today. I checked the news and Court TV is supposed to be covering the trial.

I don't think I can stand to watch. Too many people who don't REALLY know Eric talking about his motivations and what went through his head.

I haven't talked to Eric since early this summer (Sorry Eric, Norman, Tanya). I tried a couple of times and got his answering machine (voicemail?). I can only pray for his family and wish them strength right now.

Also some people have asked about the banner and if the kids have ever been found. The answer is no. Erin McClean (Myers) is still on the run with the kids and neither Eric nor his family has had any contact with the boys since she ran from Nashville.

If nothing else, pray for those poor boys who are caught up in this mess.

Oh My Aching Back!

My back has been killing me for the last couple of weeks. I am trying my best not to become a junkie to Hydrocodone (SP?) but it freakin' hurts.

On a side note, I am at work. Three days until I go upstairs (YEA ME!) and I have an observation. After ten years at PHONECO I finally got a seat NEAR a window. I have a low cube wall I can look over and see outside finally. The goober they stuck in the end cubicle who has a true window seat has closed the blinds.


Why in the world would you stick a butt-hugger who doesn't want a view of the world in a window seat. This drives me nuts! All these guys who get window seats promptly close the blinds.

I may crack today. It will be my parting shot.