Monthly Archives: November 2007

Installing generator

After a 6-day electrical outage last December we decided to get a fat generator to power the entire house for 2-3 days at a time. The “Onan”:http://www.cumminsonan.com/ 30,000kW genset was delivered early summer and we’re _finally_ getting it installed. This week we had a concrete pad built and today we had the generator placed on it.

http://www.youtube.com/v/9Cgw1_DLYko

Next is the electrical work and getting a propane tank installed to power it.

Sports talk

It’s impossible to listen to any sports talk without hearing these phrases:

*Having said that,…*: Those are useless words. I know you just said that, don’t tell me you just said it, just make your next point. The next clause in this statement either contradicts the previous point or it affirms the previous point. If your next point contradicts your previous point, you don’t have a point or an opinion, you’re just talking to hear yourself talk. If it affirms your previous point, don’t add this transitional phrase, just make your next point, we can understand.

*It goes without saying…*: It doesn’t go without saying because you just said it.

*It is what it is.*: This is legitimate insightful commentary in sports circles. The questioner asks something like “Why is the team’s win/loss record blah and blah?” and the answer is “It is what it is.” That’s probably true, but it’s a nonsense statement.

*At this point in time,*: Another useless phrase. “At this point,” is valid, but adding “in time” is redundant. It can’t be a point that is not in time, can it?

Bridge World controversy

“There’s outrage in Bridge tournament”:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/arts/14brid.html?_r=1&bl&ex=1195362000&en=be84a7a2e1b150cc&ei=5087&oref=slogin because an American contestant publicly announced that she didn’t vote for Bush and some people are calling it treason. Outing a CIA spy and destroying years of intelligence work? Not treason. Telling people how you voted? Definitely treason. Hoo boy, Bridge players around the country are going to be crushing their decks of cards with their trucks.

DirecTV customer service

I had a terrible DirecTV customer service experience that was magically turned into a good experience. Continue reading

11 months in Review

It’s been almost a year since we’ve posted, so that we can continue to post here more, I’ll try to briefly summarize the last year. There were only two events, but both life-changing….

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