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03 February 2009 @ 09:59 pm
I haven't wanted to deal with LJ for a while. There are reasons. I just had to share this, however. andrabbi was dying laughing while listening to it!


There's a link to download it on the Youtube page.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: RevoLucian - Bale Out
16 August 2008 @ 11:12 pm
Congratulations to Michael Phelps on an unfathomable feat! Eight gold medals in eight races with seven world records and one Olympic record.

(Heh, unfathomable, get it? Fathom? Also, I joked with laechim and millenia the other day that Phelps was an American gold farmer in China this year.)

But seriously, I am amazed at his accomplishment and pleased that he was able to reach his goal.
Current Mood: shockedamazed
12 July 2008 @ 12:42 pm
I got my car back this week, on Tuesday. Finally. They cleaned it up and everything. It was the shiniest I'd seen it since probably around the time I bought it. So, it was sixteen days of rental. The damage waiver was $15 a day (and isn't covered by insurance, for future reference). The glass ended up being only $182 after tax, so that was a nice minor discount. The total tally for deductible, glass, and rental was $922.14. This seems like a bunch, but the invoices show I probably got my money's worth. $5221.41 for the car, plus $671.04 for the rental, minus what I paid.. That's an additional $4970.31 that I didn't have to pay.

I also heard back from the roofing people about my house. The claim I need the whole thing replaced, estimated at about $3700. The deductible for that one is $1390. I haven't gotten a lot of details on the damage they found yet. It looks ok from the ground, but I know there are some loose shingles. Anyway, I've been convinced that it's probably best to just replace it now while the insurance is paying for some of it, instead of having them fix the minimum or something. If I don't, I'll probably have to pay 100% when it really needs replaced later on.

Thankfully, this year's tax refund pays for most of this. I'm feeling the burn, like ND is, but I should be able to handle it.
Current Mood: drainedspent
05 July 2008 @ 06:36 pm

Olympic Swimming Trials 2008
Originally uploaded by blu_J_bird
We are up in the nosebleeds of today's olympic swimming trials. We are in the corner section up above the swimmer's entrance. It is the far side of the pool when they use the track camera, so, if you're watching today, you might catch a glimpse of us!
30 June 2008 @ 07:26 am
I love sim games,
I love cool gadgets.
I love rock and roll,
I love the internets.
I love the whole world,
and all the geeky folks.


For reference
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: BOOM DE YADA
23 June 2008 @ 02:51 pm
So, on my birthday, Mother Nature decided to give me an exciting storm. This storm came with large hail in the package. This hail gave my car dents, and lots of them. Wonderful. So, I decided to go ahead and have somebody take a look at it. I have insurance for a reason, after all. I went with the closest place the insurance company listed off, which turned out to be almost right across the street. They assessed the damage at $3175.21. I have a $500 deductible, which is all I'm paying for the repairs, but man, that's more than I expected. They want to replace the hood and repair the dents on the roof. The rest of the dents will be the paintless dent repair. There were small dents on pretty much every panel. The hood and roof will need to be painted, and to do this, they need to take the front and rear windows out.

Now, back in January or February, I got a tiny chip in my windshield that turned into a huge crack. It hit the edge of the windshield before I even noticed it. I had just gotten my windshield replaced for the same exact reason in July of '07. I let it slide this time because I didn't want to spend another $250 on yet another windshield. I would have gone through my insurance, but the deductible is $500 like I said before. The place they wanted me to go to would have charged $350 anyway. I recently found out that this deductible is per occurrence too, so any time my windshield cracks, I'm going to have to pay full cost. At any rate, I asked them to just go ahead and buy a new windshield while it was already out. They'd probably break it even more when taking it out. The price on that was $220-ish.

They tell me that the repairs could be up to 8 days. I didn't ask for a rental car on the initial call to the insurance company, but they had a rental company right in the same building as the repair company. They gave me a Pontiac G6 to drive around while my car is out. The rent on that is something like $24/day and my insurance covers up to $30. I also opted for damage coverage at $15 a day. Not sure if insurance covers that bit, but either way, I'm paying some extra. I wouldn't normally, but I did for fear of storms. Things seem to be calming down, but it has been way too stormy lately for me to feel safe. I'm already having to rent that car due to damage after all.

In the end, this could still be something like an $800 ordeal. Any hopes of digging up money for a new computer to play Spore are likely dashed upon the hailstones. I leave you with links to a few pictures:

Hail in the Garden A Couple of Specimens Hail Damage to My Roof
Current Mood: blahblah
10 June 2008 @ 06:48 am
andrabbi found the National Weather Service report about the tornado that went through this past weekend. It has another map and more pictures of damage.
08 June 2008 @ 11:57 am
As andrabbi has posted (locked), we had a close call last night for a tornado. I checked our house, trees, and immediate neighborhood this morning, and everything seems normal. We're lucky that it blew just north of us, but it was still too close for comfort.

This article from KETV describes the incident, and I've made a map of the locations because it's more interesting to look at it visually. There's also an article from the Omaha World Herald. Not many other news sources actually have information on the damage yet.

Good news is that we're safe, and it sounds like not many people were hurt at all.

Update 5:45 PM - Confirmed as a tornado that started as EF-1 and moved up to EF-2.
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
25 May 2008 @ 11:15 pm
My computer has successfully made it through some major surgery tonight. The diagnosis was a faulty DVD drive and lack of hard drive space. It was about an hour and a half long procedure, but the DVD replacement and drive expansion went well. There was also a CD-RWectomy in preparation for a transplant. I figured andrabbi's computer would be able to use it since the new DVD drive is a multi-burner (with LightScribe, ooOooo). The patient is recovering well, and is on the way to full use of the new 320GB hard drive (currently formatting). The new DVD drive is in use and is playing a CD (a practically impossible chore for the previous drive). The next step will be to test a movie. I haven't watched a movie on this computer in a long time. Unfortunately, the patient will have some slight cosmetic disfigurement. The DVD drive is black in a beige case. They didn't actually have beige for this drive, as far as I could tell. Oh well. All the easier to transplant it in the future.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Bella Vita album from The Wholes
23 April 2008 @ 09:10 pm
Cut for length, mostly.Collapse )
Current Mood: tiredtired