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Thursday, December 29, 2005
Today Pretty Much Sucked
I made a claim on my insurance for the The Blue Pipe problem. They called me back to tell me that it wasn't covered by my policy. Drats.

I called three plumbers to give me a quote on replacing the pipe. Two are coming tomorrow to give me an estimate. The third guy quoted me $2000 over the phone based on what I told him. He basically disagreed with my brother and suggested that if I could get the leak fixed at the joint, that I should live with that solution for as long as possible. The cat at the Home Depot also went along with that analysis. He suggested that I take some teflon tape and wrap the pipe 12 times with the teflon then put the joint back together.

Tomorrow night Marissa has a game while Logan and Reagan have practice at the same time across town. I made arrangements to meet a former co-worker at the game. I asked Fran to take the other two to their practices. Fran refused, so that pissed me off.

I started to work on replacing the speakers in Fran's Truck. Did I mention that there are SIX of them? I had bought some connectors which bridge the after market type connections with the factory plugs. Otherwise I would have to cut and crimp on the aftermarket type. Well I got the first speaker out of the car when I realized that it has a new type of connector - not the tried and true traditional Ford connector. And I broke the reflector on the drivers door when I took the door panel apart. So I went to Ford and ordered a new reflector ($10 freaking dollars!!). And I took the connectors back to Autozone. And I went to Fry's in search of new connectors. Of course they didn't have any. Then because I was so pissed off at Fran, I stopped work on the speaker project. It was a good attempt, but not much progress was made.

Then I got the news that I was being kicked off the corporate ski team.

So now I am working on Big-Daddy. I am pretty dang sure that the problem is with the Hardware Abstraction Layer in Windows 2000. In plain language - the software wants to see dual processor hardware, and I stuck a single processor motherboard in there. So windows is pissed off as a result. Its all outlined in KB article 237566. So far I have not made great headway. I have all the files pulled from my backup Domain Controller that are required to fix the problem. But getting them on Big-Daddy in the Repair Console is a problem. I should probably just get a replacement Dual MB on eBay (speaking of eBay Fran's organizer will be here tomorrow but I wanna tell the fedex man to take it away).

So there ya have it. Nothing accomplished today, and I was kicked in the teeth by my employer, by my wife, and by my insurance company.

Great.

So here is the remaining status of the Honey Do list:

* Fix the stupid leak at the rent house - Phase B
* Fix the stupid plug on Fran's laptop
* Fit more new parts on the motorcycle
* Replace the SIX speakers in Fran's truck
* Rotate the tires on my truck
* Fix the OS on Big Daddy
* Fix the stupid Tivo
* Fix Marissa's very smart computer (its apparently running slow)

Here is the list of stuff that is now done:

* Clean the air cleaner on my truck
* Paint and caulk the gable vents
* Fix the garage door: Phase A, Phase B.
* Take down all the Christmas Decorations and stick them in the attic
* Install the Kuryakyn Levers, mirrors and covers on the motorcycle
* Purchase Fran an organizer
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in my truck
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in Chuck's truck
* Install the new faucet and valves in the kitchen
* Fix the stupid leak at the rent house: Phase A
* Get kicked off the company ski team.

PS: Fran finally relented and will allow me to take Marissa to her game while she takes Logan and Reagan to thier practice.


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