Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday fragments

Welcome to Friday fragments, my weekly recap of topics too big to forget, yet too small to be their own post.

The shop called yesterday to say that Big Ella was ready to come home.
You may recall I got her home from the shop just in time to show her off at the 4th of July Doo Dah parade, but then had to return her to the shop a few days later because her breaks felt very soft. I was happy to get the call yesterday, and Spouse drove me to the shop to pick her up. The breaks work GREAT now, so she is once again safe and road worthy.

Spouse convinced me to rent a storage unit for Big Ella until the garage is finished. With the dumpster and construction equipment filling our driveway and part of the yard, there literally is no where to park her except on a different street. I have no problem with parking her on a nearby street but Spouse was not comfortable with it, so we've rented a storage unit for the 1-2 months remaining of the construction. They were running a special: first month free! I can get her in or out 24 hours a day via passcode entry into the gated compound.

My friend Wayne sent me this video, which actually had me LOL! Enjoy.

With Spouse's birthday last Mon we've been talking more than usual about aging. I remember being a teenager hearing my parents mention getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, and thinking to myself "Can't they just hold it until morning like I do?" I also recall them mentioning waking up several times during the night, and thinking "I fall asleep when my head hits the pillow and I stay asleep until the alarm clock goes off". Little did I know then that I would fall victim to these same plights one day. With Spouse & I both 45, we occasionally have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, and we frequently wake up at ungodly hours for no apparent reason. (Fortunately we do not stay awake long.) The passing of time has a sneaky way of making one regret being glib in one's youth.

My friend Jared sent me this hilarious site which regales the "Bacon Explosion". Stephen Rader probably grew up on this stuff. I know Paula Deen did.

Our friends Kerry & Hugh will be staying at our place this weekend while they attend a family reunion nearby. We'll likely only see them before bed each night and in the morning, but it will be nice to catch up with them and hear the stories of their 'crazy' relatives. (You know, the kind that get into fist fights at Grandma's 80th birthday party?) On Sun the 4 of us will have lunch or dinner together and celebrate our 45th birthdays (even though mine was 8 months ago), since Joe's birthday was on Mon and both Kerry & Hugh's birthdays are next weekend.

My friend Jared is also responsible for this gem, which is updated often so keep checking it! This is just TOO funny...

As is our custom, tonight we'll enjoy Fri night dinner with the usual suspects, and then come home and watch the finale of Torchwood on BBC. Its an interesting mini-series on its own, but it certainly doesn't hurt that 2 of its attractive actors (John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd) share a romance.

Have a great weekend, Everyone!

Crush du Jour: Duncan James


Anonymous said...

Glad that Big Ella is in tip top shape again. She's definitely a real beauty.

As to the aging thing, I can still sleep through pretty much anything even at 44 years old. I don't often wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom either. Do have one hell of a hardon when I wake though.

And the video, that's great. The interesting part is those features of autonomous vehicles are sneaking into things like the Toyota Prius. Lane follow, RADAR Cruise control, and parking assist all use features that will be common on autonomous vehicles.

Java said...

OMG, the Bacon Explosion! That's fascinating, in an artery clogging way.

I'm mesmerized by the Why the f do you have a kid site. Very scary.

Beth said...

you and Spouse have a great weekend with all your friends too! Big Ella is a BEAUTY!!!

Stephen Rader said...

The bacon. The bacon!!! I SO grew up with it. All of it. In so many ways. :)

Joy said...

My friends and I keep saying nobody told us it would be this way when we got old. They probably did, but we didn't think it would happen to us. At 65 I can tell that it's not going to get better. It's mostly maintenance. All of you who are in your 30's through 50, keep exercising. It's the most important thing you can do and will help so much.

Steven said...

Glad to hear that Bigg Ella is doing well once again and that she lives in her own gated community.

I may awaken once or twice a week during the night having to use the facilities, but luckily, I fall right back to sleep. There is always the catheder or Depends option if it gets worse. ;-) But I wouldn't worry, you guys are still young.