The double-egedness of busy

I’ve been so busy all month that I haven’t really had time to sit down and figure out something to post on here. It’s 2:30 a.m. and I’m just going to make myself do it now…

DOCUMENTARY AND DISCUSSION

We went to see “Wal-Mart: The High Price of Low Cost,” the new documentary, the week it came out, but we didn’t account for Veteran’s Day and the DVD didn’t show up in the mail until the next day. So Josh set up a new date and we did get to see the movie last Thursday, Dec. 8. It was pretty good at letting people tell their stories in their own words and not using many (or any?) “talking head” experts.

I would have liked to have seen some of the statistics they give in more context — compared to mom-and-pop stores and compared to other big-box retailers here’s what Wal-Mart does. Instead, the movie seems to tell you “Here’s how Wal-Mart does this. Isn’t that terrible?” And I’m just not sure if it is or not.

THE ESCORT

Since I rolled over 100,000 miles recently on the Escort, I thought I should have it looked over, and I finally had it done last week. Unfortunately, the checkup itself was pretty expensive, and I figured they would find some stuff to fix … which they did … and I ended up having to drop about $500 on a car that’s probably worth $560 to $1,200. And I still need to get the leaky tires looked at sometime.

DINNER AND WINES

After Ultimate today Julie and I headed over to Josh and Amanda’s place. We all had a nice dinner together, then we had a wine-tasting session. Josh (“the winemaster”) led us, as we don’t really know too much about wine (…yet?). He picked out three interesting bottles, two white wines and one red that didn’t use the common varieties of grapes. We swirled and smelled and tasted and took notes, then compared said notes. Interesting, I dare say.

OVERTIME

I went into work and helped out after the wine tasing. I went from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., though it’s my day off. There was just too much to get done, even with my help. We missed deadline by a half-hour, at least.

FREEZING AND THAWING

The weather has been a little annoying the last week or so. It’s been getting down below freezing and snowing — which CAN be fine — but then it gets warm enough for the snow to melt, then drops back down below freezing again. It got up to 40 today, for instance, and now it’s 32 degrees outside. I was sliding all over this evening trying to drive to work and home. It’s kinda fun as long as there aren’t any other cars around.

CHILLY ULTIMATE

We’ve had to cut back on Ultimate a little since Thanksgiving, but we did have enough people to play last Sunday and yesterday. It was pretty cold both Sundays — mid-30s last week and around 40 degrees yesterday. There was snow all over the field yesterday, so we were sliding around a lot and my feet and gloves were soaked. Pretty fun, though. I’m hoping we can continue and I think we will as long as we have at least 10 people willing to play. Three of us threw around on Saturday of last week, but Sunday, Dec. 10, nobody else showed up, so I went into work early (which turned out to be very helpful).

“THE SHIELD”

I’ve been trying to catch as many of the episodes of FX’s “The Shield” since they’ve been showing spurts of them on Saturdays. I think they’ve been showing four or five episodes each Saturday. Julie and I started watching last season when Glen Close joined the cast, but the season before that has been really good too. Last week I made the mistake of sitting down and watching all the episodes that had taped Saturday when I got home from work around 3 a.m. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next, so I kept watching and watching and watching. I finally ran out of episodes at 5 a.m., but that threw my sleep schedule off for the whole week.

Even though it’s late, I think I’m going to watch an episode right now.

TOP PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR

PC World has an article on The 100 Best Products of 2005 that is pretty interesting, if you like that sort of thing.

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