"Murphy was an optimist!"
The Greatest Wife September 30, 2004 10:02 pmPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
I’ve seen some of you talk about how wonderful your spouses are and I bet they are pretty good but mine is the best!add a comment
Closure September 30, 2004 9:08 pmPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
A decade ago or more I had 3 bank accounts. One at a traditional large full service bank which held my main checking account. One at a credit union which had a savings account and my car loan. The final at a local bank which kept my money in a passbook savings account meaning that the only way I could get the money was to walk into the bank during their limited hours.
It was a effective money management scheme when I hard a regular check that was directly deposited. The strategy was that the credit union had the amount of the car payment plus a little extra automatically deposited from my paycheck. The credit union would then automatically pay the card payment leaving the extra in the account. This extra built up quickly and became an occasion extra car payment or emergency money. As a savings account it also earned some interest.
Next, $25 per paycheck was automatically put into the passbook savings (things could go in but I had to visit the bank to get it out). Sometimes I’d put extra. This added up incredibly fast since I never looked at it and it earned a decent rate of interest which was fun to watch grow. This became mad money or emergency money.
Finally, the remainder would go into my checking account (also interest bearing) which was set up to autodraft all the utility bills and some others. This was bill paying money and what remained was used for living expenses and some luxury.
Well, a few years ago the credit union sent a check for $8.75 saying “Due to inactivity your account is closed.” That was fine. One less thing on my mind.
I’ve been wanting to recover the passbook account but can’t find the book. I think about it every few weeks and have for the past 2 years or so. Today I finally stepped into a branch and asked if the account was still alive. They said after 3 years of inactivity they start billing $2 per month until the money goes away. I think I like the credit union’s approach better. Certainly puts a damper on these movies (like Futurama) that base a character’s wealth on some loose change that earns interest over several hundred or thousand years.
It is comforting to know it is gone. I have simplified. I can quit looking for that passbook. And I have one less reason to schedule a stop in my day.add a comment
A New Day! Let’s start the day off with a PayPa… September 30, 2004 6:34 amPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
A New Day!
I gave into sleep last night and woke this morning at 5:30. Again, sleep is almost a waste of time. I am so stressed that it is not good sleep. My muscles ache all the time now. My deadline is tomorrow. I’ve put in 7-8 hour days where they had hoped for 12-14 hour days. I am so disappointed in myself.
Freedom September 29, 2004 10:52 pmPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
Instinctively flinching the boy’s leg slides within his trousers and the dog runs away. It is the clothing and not the body that is glued to the bed. With much difficulty he slides himself out of the clothing and stretches his naked body to remove the aches from lying still and in one position for so long.
The boy stares at the bed pondering his escape. For the first time in his life, he freed himself without the mystics of his fabled friend. This new found capacity to help oneself is overwhelming and causes the boy to swoon.
His foot throbs reminding that an injury persists and that his friend is still inexplicably missing.
Productive day! Calm evening. Now the decision to … September 29, 2004 10:33 pmPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
Productive day! Calm evening. Now the decision to stay up or go to bed? Hmm.. The pull is strong. The dark side calls.add a comment
Kerry Endorsement September 29, 2004 3:08 pmPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
The Crawford Texas Newspaper endorses Kerry! (That’s Bush’s town!)
Eatten September 29, 2004 11:09 amPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
And the beast consumed him beginning at his toes. It picked off one toe nail at a time and used it to scrap the succulent jam from between the digits. After the jam was gone the toes themselves were snapped free of the body and swallowed whole. Some fire was applied to the soul of the foot to cook off that tickly stuff and then each foot bitten off at the ankle. Knees snap very nicely when bent the wrong way. The beast describes calves tasting like chicken and the shin being useless. The tights are pulled from their sockets at the hip and set aside for last as the beast’s favorite part of the meal. The genitals have an aphrodisiac affect on the beast and its yearnings cause it to rush through the rest of its meal. Not yet full but satisfied it leaves head to ponder its new bodiless state.
The boy, unable to move anything but eyes, jaw and tongue begins to look around. He then jolts fully awake to roll his eyes toward where he once had feet. A dog licks the jam from between his toes. His feet are still glued to the bed with the rest of his body. He is unable to move anything but his eyes, jaw and tongue. The dog looks into the boy’s eyes. It seems so gentle then with a curt growl bites down on his toes.
X Prize September 29, 2004 11:04 amPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
Following the X-Prize?add a comment
Slooow September 29, 2004 8:36 amPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
I hate my bogged down antique slow computers!add a comment
Of Grasshoppers September 29, 2004 8:33 amPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
Student: When do I ask for help?
Master: When do you really need it?
The Next Day September 29, 2004 8:19 amPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
The next day the boy woke. A strange silence weighted heavy in the air. The armies were gone. No mob stood at his window. It could have been a dream if not for the desolation and destruction clearly visible from his bed. He tried to rise and found he could not move. Panic. Calm. He called for the Genie. No answer. Panic. He called again. Utter fear! The Genie was gone and he was glued to his bed.
A New Day! Let’s start the day off with a PayPa… September 29, 2004 6:40 amPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
A New Day!
For the past 3 weeks I’ve had permission to be working 12 and 14 hour days or more and I have been lucky to put in 8 hours. Now it comes to bite in the hind quarters. Why am I failing to get work done in the evening?!
I am so stressed that my body aches. Have you ever wanted an accident or a heart attack to happen just so you could have a break? You know, spend a couple of days relaxing to the beep of a heart monitor?
Critters in the house! September 28, 2004 8:46 pmPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
We just had a Blue Tailed Skink in the house. I’m proud to say I caught it before the cat or the dog did. I really enjoy these things.
When I lived in Wilmington (ages birth-6) and Cary (ages 6-10), North Carolina, I frequently caught the green lizards. We used to have so much fun letting them bite onto your finger and just hang there. I always toyed with the idea of letting one hang on an ear lobe but I don’t think I was ever that brave.
A New Day! Let’s start the day off with a PayPa… September 28, 2004 6:45 amPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
A New Day!
This is crunch week. I’ve planned on working at the office then rushing home to continue working at home. So yesterday I worked at the office (tired as all get out) and rushed home to go to soccer. Then rushed home from soccer to go to a maintenance client to deal with their emergency. Then rushed home to participate in “Drink a beer day” then passed out hard.
I wanted to work from home today but I’m not showing it possible.add a comment
Take Yer Blows September 27, 2004 7:11 amPosted by djuggler in : Daily Life
In the “Kick ’em while their down!” category we burned up our second dryer in 3 years. Guess its time for a good ol’ fashioned clothes line!add a comment