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2006-07-24 - 1:02 p.m.

My alarm went off at 9am on Sunday. I could hear kids in the schoolyard playing soccer, the cheers of the parents...typical.

Till I looked out the window.

Now, it has been hot here in So Cal. Not just hot, but gawdawful hot. It's been in the mid-100s for the last week. On Saturday at 3:50pm, I drove past a bank with a temperature display. It said 107.

Get me? One hundred seven in mid-afternoon.

So when I look out the window Sunday morning, what did I see?


It had rained during the night, and it was still raining at 9am!!

I got ready for work, hopped in the car, and drove in the rain. My car thermometer said 80.

When I got to work, it started POURING.

I couldn't resist. I stood outside with my arms outstretched and let it soak me.

It was a good way to start a day that subsequently went weird. Nothing I can talk about without getting fired. But very weird.


The heat is affecting one of my favorite toys.

I have a full-size KLAX video game. It's not quite mint, but it's in really good shape.

The joystick controllers are the originals, and a completely different design from the ones that are made today. The actuator - the thing that presses the switches that make the game do what you want it to - is round, and has a rubber ring glued to it to protect the switches.

I tried playing it last night, and three of the switches weren't working right. I opened it up and looked...and saw that the rubber ring had melted.

Mentally, I'm thinking: I'll have to search eBay for original parts, or replace the joystick with a current one, which will lower the value...

But this morning, the ring had re-solidified, and it played like it always did.

So it's the weather. Again, it finds a way to make my day a little more annoying.


In today's paper, there are a couple of odd items.

A new disease has been discovered. It expresses itself as "multiple outbursts that are way out of proportion"...which is a fancy term for someone with a short fuse. So you give it a fancy name, and you get a new disease that will require expensive treatment! And there's no firm definition, so ANYONE could have it!

The article explaining it was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. So psychiatrists have come up with something new to treat and make even more money. It must be nice.

The other item: US Airways will start selling ad space...on the air-sick bags. Talk about a captive audience.

I can't make this stuff up.


Well, enough of that. Be seeing you.


2 comments so far

Brin McLaughlin - 2006-07-24 17:20:08 -
I'm actually quite fond of Denis Leary's form of therapy for jerks: "SLAP! Shut the f&ck up!!!"


Bob - 2006-07-25 04:07:45 -
I have KLAX on the old Atari Lynx. Great game. <> "If you have Disproportionate Intense Behavioral Syndrome, consult your doctor before taking STFU. Side effects of STFU include dizziness, sweating, nausea, intestinal discomfort, sinus pressure, bloating, extreme flatulence, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, warts, bad breath, and decreased appetite. You should not take STFU if you are using MAO inhibitors or are pregnant."


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