July 31, 2008

Dishwasher Meltdown

Very nearly quite a literal statement.

I turned on the dishwasher earlier today and headed downstairs to my office.  After busily typing away for about 20 minutes I realized I had left my glass of water up in the kitchen and headed back up to get it.

I walked in the kitchen and realized... problem... the dishwasher is not running.  It had started to fill when I turned it on, but apparently it entered the requisite amount of water, turned on the heater and stopped.  Water in, heater on, soap container open - motor not running, water not moving.  This is not good.

With memories of the day when I was about 9 years old and we were headed out on vacation, the dishwasher merrily washing the dishes before we left whereupon it suddenly caught fire... I dashed over and opened the door (thus turning off the heater).

Out comes a bit of steam along with that oh so lovely smell of burning rubber.  Something somewhere had vastly overheated and started to melt.  Mahvelous.

Since I didn't see any flames shooting out, I decided to wash the dishes first and look at the dishwasher later.  Not to mention, grabbing a small fan and pointing it at the offending appliance to try and cool it down quicker.

The dishes were all very hot - just as if they had been washed.  Luckily I did not burn my fingers and drop any of them on the floor.  Although I damn near dropped a couple of plates while trying to dry them - I'm such a klutz.

Eventually all the dishes were washed and put away.  Now it was time to figure out how to stop the cycle and turn the damn thing off. 

You see, this is a fancy-schmancy dishwasher with lots of cute push buttons. It's some European brand (not Bosch - I don't remember the brand name - it's not on the outside anywhere). I'm sure it cost the former owners a pretty penny when they bought it.  Personally I've always hated it.  It's the most inefficient use of space I've ever seen in a dishwasher.  It's nearly impossible to stack plates and bowls easily - forget anything large at all.  It does have a top and bottom arm for moving the water about and an interior light (first time I've ever seen that).  BUT - with only 2 of us in the house, I still have to run it every other day which is just ridiculous.  

Quite honestly though the buttons on this thing defeat me.  Last time I stopped it early (during a dry cycle) I could not figure out how to turn it off.  It kept beeping at me telling me the cycle wasn't finished.  After 2 hours I gave up and just let it finish the dry cycle while it was empty. 

Today I finally managed to get the "clear" button to work.  It occurred to me to hold down the particular wash cycle button and hit the clear button at the same time.  Ta Da!  Success.  The stupid thing drained.  Apparently whatever melted and caused the smell didn't allow water to leak *whew* I was rather worried about that. 

Since neither of us like this thing and it's about 14 years old, we will be looking for a new dishwasher.  It's not worth it to have someone come try to fix it. (if I loved it, that would be different)  Probably on Sunday.  Until then we'll wash them the old fashioned way. 

Did I mention I hate washing dishes.   Oh well. At least it's not the washing machine or dryer. 

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July 30, 2008

Time for Headlines!

We are here to ensure you know all the vital news of the day. Really.

So here goes:

Giant Lake Confirmed on Saturn's Moon Titan

Let's go fishing!
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Beijing pollution index shows improvement

Does this mean only half the competing Olympians will drop over from respiratory arrest during the games? Or does it mean they can all step down to a surgical mask instead of wearing gas masks?
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Chinese Authorities Order Olympic Hotels To Install Spy Gear

The Olympic Committee is disappointed...
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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House passes major consumer safety bill with ban on lead, other chemicals in toys

Don't you "feel" safer already? That'll make the Chinese importers sit up and take notice.
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Blank robbers swipe 3,000 'fraud-proof' UK passports

Thus proving that even something lauded as "fraud-proof" can be gotten around.
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And last but not least. It's already happening in the UK - I bet it won't be long before it's happening here.

Painter fined for smoking in own van

Because he carries his supplies in it they're trying to call it a business...  ooookay.
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And now you know. 

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Dump AVG

Not too long ago I posted about AVG and its brand new "feature" that is causing issues for web administrators everywhere. 

Well, now it's really got me annoyed... I have been way behind in my blog reading and just now ran across this post by Pixy.  AVG officially sucks - big time!

I don't have a freebie to offer as yet.  I've been too busy with all the work and family stuff that's been raining down on my head. But if you want a "pay for" decent anti-virus, check out NOD-32 by ESET.  It looks like you can even do a 30 day free trial to see if you like it. 

One of these days I'll get around to checking out free AV stuff.  Sorry for the delay.  I need 24 more hours per day and I might just start breaking even.

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July 29, 2008

Well Of Course

I am 11% White Trash.
Not at all White Trashy!
I, my friend, have class. I am so not white trash. . I am more than likely Democrat, and my place is neat, and there is a good chance I may never drink wine from a box.

Please tell me you aren't shocked.

Stolen from Jimbo who stole it from Cappy.  I'm guessing my lower score comes from never having been in a bar fight...

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Just Watched The Last of the Mohicans

I love that movie.  The scenery is breathtaking, the music is wonderful and I get to look at Daniel Day Lewis - what more could one ask for! 

It was on Fox Movie Channel so I got to see the "real" movie - not the hideous director's cut that has been foisted onto the DVD public which is so cut up it makes no sense at all. 

Sadly, even though I managed to fire up the DVR to record it - I missed the first 5 minutes.  Maybe one day I'll get the entire thing.

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When Life Throws Lemons at You... Go Shopping

So it's been a pretty crappy few weeks.  I've been more than a little tense and had about enough of some people in my life. 

Today I decided it was time for some fun.  So I got online and went shopping.  (you didn't think I'd be excited about heading to the mall now did you?) Gotta love being able to sit at the computer, click and buy. It's a wonderful thing.  Of course I spent way too much money - but oh well... such is life sometimes.  For years I spent none. It all evens out. 

What did I buy?  Well a couple of new lenses for my camera of course!  You can't buy most lenses in camera stores anymore, you have to order them.  So, I got the relatively inexpensive prime 50mm 1.8 lens and then... I couldn't help it, I had to get the Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens.  *sigh*  It's a beautiful thing.

I'm very excited. New toys!!! Nearly as good as new computer equipment.  I'm really hoping the Sigma gets here before Saturday.

What's Saturday?  Well just look!   Very very cool!  Even without my new camera lens it will be fun to take pictures.  But I do hope it gets here - that would be awesome!  

If you'd like to see some stunning pics taken with this lens check these out, Ian is an excellent photographer.  It was his photos that inspired me to look into wide angle photography.   I don't know if I'll match these - but it will certainly be fun trying. 

In any case, when I'm taking pictures, there are many other things I'm NOT thinking about - and it's all good.  I'm really liking this photography thing - even if I'm not an artist.

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July 28, 2008

No Wonder Nobody Reads the AP News

I will reprint nothing from this article.  I'm guessing after a few days it will disappear like most stuff from yahoo, but it's AP and we wouldn't want them suing me because I'm laughing at them now would we...

In any case go read this.  It's short - will only take about 20 seconds or so. 

We're facing a crisis people!!! A CRISIS!!!  Run away! Run away! 

That's got to be the funniest excuse for an alarm article I've read in ages.  Way to go AP - soon you'll even make it up to the level of the National Inquirer. 

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July 27, 2008

A Needed Break

I just had to stop.  After the last few weeks I've been very antsy  and irritable.  So yesterday beloved husband and I went to Tower Hill Botanic Gardens on a spur of the moment decision. (we might have waited til today, but the weather peeps were calling for clouds and rain - yesterday was sunny)  Oddly enough, even though the parking lot was full of cars, we didn't have to fight off crowds of people - it's a huge place - lots of room to spread out which is excellent!

It was great to get out somewhere new and beautiful, take the camera and just relax.  We didn't see the entire place - plenty of time for that.  We want to go back during every season, it's quite beautiful. 

I have pictures from our jaunt posted over at Smugmug.  I captioned them so I'm counting that as a blog post.  It also took me most of last night and today to fix them up and load them (no I didn't load all of them) - so it kept me offline.  I'm guessing that was a good thing too.  Heh.

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July 24, 2008

Let's Recap

Because it's so fun to look at the way my life progresses through airports.

Up at 6:45.  I keep forgetting St. Louis is so friggin' small and the traffic (outside the times when there's a car accident) actually moves. 

At the airport and through security by 9:30 after not rushing to check out of the hotel, stopping for coffee and returning the rental car.  But the flight isn't until 11:20 - ho-hum.  The flight leaves on time - Hurray!

Get to Louisville immediately see my flight to "Providence" is marked delayed from 3:45 to 5:15.  It's only now that I find out my flight is not direct to Providence. Silly me.  This is the first time I've flown Southwest.  Now I know - they do these short hops and stops.  This plane was headed to Baltimore first (something that was not quite mentioned on my itinerary when I made the reservations or I would certainly have opted for a different flight).

We finally got off the ground headed to BWI at 5:30.  We pull in at the gate - the Baltimore passengers get off, the Providence passengers get on.  They close the door, we push back and... stop.

Ten minutes later the captain gets on the intercom and tells us, they aren't allowing any take offs and landings due to weather so we're going to deplane. 

Out into the terminal.  Grab a bite to eat, get a Starbucks to stay awake. And wait.  And wait.

The Southwest peeps did a pretty good job with very little information. The Captain kept coming out to give us weather updates.  There is of course nothing they can do about the weather.   West bound cleared up first and they started allowing those flights to leave, but Northeast had to sit longer. 

About 9:30  they asked everyone to get back on the plane - there "might" be a window of time between storms to get out. We all got on the plane and waited... Then the Captain had to tell us his allotted time to work was nearly up.  He was trying to find out if they had another crew available. 

They did.  New crew gets on and we wait...

At 11:15pm we finally took off.  Got to Providence at 12:30am.  Got home at 1:45am.

I must say the crew at Southwest Airline was very good about the whole mess.   They did their level best to keep us up to date on the situation.  The flight attendants were exhausted, but persevered to the end with a smile. 

I certainly will fly their airline again, although I will very carefully check times and see what flights go where before I accept an itinerary.  For me, any stop is always fraught with the possibility of long delays.  As it is, I should have flown into and out of Midway and driven to St. Louis. I know that would have worked much better.  Or at least if I got stuck... there were more options.

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July 23, 2008

On The Plane

New crew. Maybe we'll get to leave soon... The new captain thinks so. Should I hold my breath???

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