Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thursday This n That

I was reading about the Milgram experiment again this morning.  I find psychological stuff fascinating.  One thing I hadn't known about the experiment before was that Milgram had polled both psych students and colleagues beforehand about what they thought the results might be, and few of them guessed the truth.  In retrospect, and knowing what we know now, it's unsurprising to me that a majority of people would follow authority even against their own consciences.  

Just now, I was at a friend's blog talking about POV choices, and it reminded me of a tense-choice I made years ago.  I had originally written Wish in One Hand in third person with a totally different general storyline.  A whole novel, shitcanned in favor of a tense change.  In case you're not a writer, that's a LOT of work in the dumper there.  I think the first draft of that was like 236 pages.  Useless and doomed to sit forever in the labyrinth of my folder system.  

I took yesterday off.  Of like everything.  I watched TV and I ate.  Bacon cheeseburgers with french fries cooked in bacon grease and store-bought cheesecake.  Yum.

Oh, we did make the decision to bite the bullet, raid the savings, and schedule a full brake job on old Cally Cavalier.  In this super-hilly country, it's definitely necessary.  That's set for tomorrow.  I drop the car off in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon.  Time to dust off The Jeepster for a little shuttling work.  Thank goodness for the second vehicle or I'd be stuck sitting at either the shop or the bar down the highway a piece for 5-6 hours.  It's too far out in the middle of nowhere to walk anywhere else.  I could take a book, but sitting for that long on questionable seats would wreck me.

Cross your fingers for me.  This is an untried mechanic for us.  I mean, he came highly recommended by a guy who knows him and knows vehicles (a retired truck mechanic actually), but there's always a concern when dealing with any new [professional, doncha know.

I'll be sitting here tomorrow like a worried mama who's baby is in the hospital.  I've had Cally for 19 years now.  

I joked with Hubs yesterday that I'm going to name the new brakes Rover.  Cuz I could've used that money to get a dog.  We laughed and laughed.  LOL, I kill me.  And he might if I keep joking that way.  Ba dump bump... ting.

And on that note... What's on your this-n-that list today?


  1. Yeah, Drover needs new shoes and an alignment. We'll probably get an oil change and systems check even though he isn't due for another few thousand miles. The kids are headed to St. Louis in July and borrow the Highlander. Even though he's 14 years old, he has less than 60K miles. I said when I bought him that he'd be the last vehicle I bought for me.

    Pete and Boone have come sort of nose-to-nose a few times. Boone is mostly interested. Pete is kinda, "whoah!" but not too skittish. Jake just runs past Pete on his perch in the garage because it's time for a ride. Again, Pete's like "whoah" and "Big dumb dog." Jake's like, "Oh, another cat. Car, Mom! LEMME IN THE CAR!" Loki? They tend to stare at each other from opposite sides of the door jamb. No hissing or agression. Loki's all "WTF IS that??!?!" and Pete's all, "How come he's inside and I'm out here?" Someday. Luckily, LG--who is NOT a cat person per se--admitted he liked Pete and that Pete was now ours before I did.

    Not much else on my mind. Well, there is but why bum everyone out with world and national events, right? Softball starts tomorrow and allegedly, we're getting unseasonably cool weather for 4-5 days starting late Friday. I also saw where it's predicted that Denver could get SEVENTEEN INCHES of SNOW! WTF?!?!?

    Glad you enjoyed your day off. We all need one of those occasionally and doing it on your B-day is a gift to yourself. Also, bacon cheeseburgers for the win!

    Later, tater.

    So far, the fence solution has kept Zeus out. He's escaped twice since LG added the fiberglass trellis and while he dug around the base (there are bricks buried under there), he gave up. As budget allows, we'll like that whole run with the trellis and finish it off along the top so it looks...well...finished.

    A few new words. A few pages. Some book listening. Weird dreams. Interrupted sleep due to leg cramps though the pharmacist sent some stuff home with LG that might help. Of course, now that it's in the house, I didn't have any last night. 🙄

  2. I hope the new mechanic works out for you.

    I have a rotten cold, so I'm not making sense even to myself. It's time to go back to bed.