Gray Flannel Dwarf

7/24/2005

Great, just great.

So it seems the AC unit at our house died, either sometime last night or sometime during the day today. It’s 11:45 and 85 degrees in the house. I didn’t discover this until about two hours ago. It seemed a little warmer — I don’t keep the AC on very high as it is — and then I noticed the lights, which kind of briefly dim everytime the AC kicks on, kept doing so, about every 2 minutes. I put my foot over the vent, and there was cool-ish air blowing — from the fan, but no frigid air. Then I went to look outside at the fan… the top of it was hot, and while I was there, I heard it click a few times, presumably the same time the lights in the house would be dimming. Flipped the circuit breaker — no dice.

The good news is that this should be covered by the home warranty we have on the house.
The bad news is that I’ve incurred costs for changing my plane ticket, I have to take a personal day and generally suffer through a Monday where the temperature is supposed to be around 98 and the heat index is supposed to be around 105. Tuesday is supposed to be even worse.

If it’s not one thing, it’s another…


cswiii @ 10:52 pm

Things that get under your skin

From Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry: 1plac·ard
Pronunciation: 'pla-k&rd, -"kärd
Function: noun

(Note that they are using the ampersand to replace a schwa)

Most of us know this. In fact, it never crossed my mind that people might not know how to pronounce “placard”. However, nearly every time I get on my NWA flight, and hear the spiel about it being “federal regulations to obey all posted signs and placards” it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

It’s always “Plah-CARDS” or “Plah…CARDS”. They always put the emphasis on “cards”, and half the time, the flight attendant has this quarter-second pause between the two syllables.

It’s such a little thing to be concerned about, but when you hear it twice a week for twenty weeks, it gets to be a bit annoying.

Because it is so often mispronounced, I am guessing that’s how it’s pronounced in NWA’s training videos.


Tags: , , — cswiii @ 2:49 pm

If you want to be me, be me.

I watched Harold and Maude tonight.

“But tell me, what do you do for fun? What activity gives you a different sense of enjoyment than the others? What do you find fulfilling? What gives you that certain satisfaction?”

“I go to funerals.”

He’s further ahead than me — I wish I could find something fulfilling.


cswiii @ 12:36 am