Marvel Comics did a cool thing and drew up some college football fantasy covers for opening weekend. They even did a Longhorns / Notre Dame version. One slight problem. They seem to think they're the TENNESSEE Longhorns. Wrong shade of Orange and wrong font on the logo.
I didn't want to jinx it by celebrating too soon, but it looks like this may be the job I have always been looking for. I like the people I work with. I like my Supervisors and as far as I can tell they like my performance. I certainly have nothing against the paycheck. I put in over 80 hours in the last 10 days.
Did I mention they also feed me at work for free?
My sole complaint is the computer I work on operates at the speed of smell. The poor thing probably hasn't been turned off since the day it was plugged in and I'll guarantee you it's never been defragged.
Anyway that's this week's excuse why I haven't posted anything. At least it's a new one.
I'm watching steam train videos as I write this. I love old trains. This one's a beaut, Union Pacific 4-8-4 (4 guide wheels up front- 8 drive wheels- 4 trailing wheels in back) #8444 (which is actually UP #844, but that's a whole nother story) and Southern Pacific 4-8-4 #4449 (The Freedom Train) steam to Los Angles for the 50th Anniversary of Union Passenger Terminal.
These are the big dogs and were the top of the line in travel in their day. I'd love to take a trip to California (or just about anywhere else) on either of them.
Speaking of travel and work, I sure do miss my Mercedes C300. I should have just refinanced it instead of selling, but that's water under the bridge. To make lemonade out of lemons I made a great choice for a replacement vehicle. I really like my Cadillac CTS. It's extremely similar to the C300 but with less bells/whistles/technology. It's a very comfortable ride and gets a respectable 24MPG. I have to be honest and tell you I wish it was a CTS-V. But then it wouldn't get a respectable 24MPG and I probably wouldn't have my spotless driving record and possibly my license. I know me.
Speaking of driving... let's talk drinking (Please don't mix the two). Working near Dallas has given me the opportunity to shop at some of the more reasonably priced liquor stores. My best deal so far was finding Platinum Vodka 1.75L for 14.99. Distilled 7 times it's extremely smooth and clean tasting. Being a former player in the liquor business I know my booze and you can pay a lot more for a lot less. Do not let the blue plastic bottle fool you. This is some very good vodka.
From our "You can't make this shit up" Department:
A mother breastfeeding in public allegedly 'squirted her boob' at a woman who told her to move somewhere private.
The incident is said to have happened in a park in Dartford, Kent this week and was later reported on a local Facebook forum.
A recent law protects the rights of breastfeeding mothers, who cannot be discriminated against in public by being asked to leave cafes, shops or public transport.
Guidance on the NHS England website tells parents: 'You shouldn't ever be made to feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public.
'In fact, the Equality Act 2010 has made it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, such as a cafe, shop or public transport.'
This is where you watch the Friday night concert from if you bring your own C-130J
My Shaggy friend Chad F went to the International Experimental Aircraft Association Annual Fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin and came back with some incredible pics. One of the themes this year was the 100th anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation.
Of course there were a few other things to see besides Coastie coolness.
I have been busy, busy, busy! New job, farming, car problems. There's never a dull moment on the South 40.
First off, as previously reported I started a new job at Deloitte University working out of their Security Command Center. I have to patrol the whole property and my fat ass is not in shape for that. But I'm working on it.
During one of my training patrols I told the guy I was working with that my calves were killing me and I might have to take a break for a second. This guy was from Scotland (not that it has any bearing on this story) and he wrote a report that I told him I was taking a break during the middle of a patrol. He said I went into Starbucks (we have one on site) and sat down to drink a cup of coffee. That absolutely DID NOT HAPPEN. I stayed with him step for step all the way back to the Security Command. Not sure what his agenda was but that report got me called into the main office in Dallas where I was completely confused as to WTF was going on. I told my supervisor to check the video (which I assume they did) and I was exonerated. Scottish guy was fired for unrelated reasons. I think he had issues...
You may recall about a year ago I had to part ways with my beloved 2010 Mercedes Benz C300 and replace it with an '07 Cadillac CTS. The CTS isn't a bad car. In fact it's one of the very few GM vehicles I would consider buying. And I did.
2 Weeks ago I started having problems with the radio and alarm chimes. Sometimes they would work, sometimes they wouldn't. I would have to turn the key on and off several times until I got lucky and they'd come on. Eventually they quit working altogether.
I looked on the Cadillac forums and found very few entries with this problem. The ones I did find said if the chimes weren't working it was a bad amp. I took my test light and checked the inputs to the amp and they all looked like they were working but could get nothing from the outputs. I was 99% convinced I 'd isolated the issue but went ahead and called my friend who is an ASE Master Mechanic for a local GM dealership. He brought his diagnostic tools over and found there was an issue with one module communicating with another. He seemed to think the problem was with my head unit (radio) or with the wiring harness. The wiring harness would be the worst case scenario and require running caveman wiring. I called CarToys and was quoted it would start at $900 and up to rewire. A couple other places wouldn't even touch it. Vunderbar...
I crossed my fingers and went on eBay searching for a used GM amp. I managed to find one for $9.99 + shipping. $25 and 4 days later it showed up. I plugged it in and VIOLA! Everything is working again.
So for future reference to all you GM owners, if your radio quits working and so do your door chimes... replace the amplifier. The chimes and radio are two different systems and the amplifier is the common point.
I think that pretty much gets us caught up except for one last thing.
I have to drive past the new Buc'ees on the way to work and have been taking advantage of the cheap gas there. It's usually 20-30¢ cheaper than it is near home. I have heard many rave reviews about the food they serve there and sampled many of their offerings. Verdict? Don't waste your time or money. It's all hype. I bought a pastrami sandwich that tasted like it was soaked in Bread & Butter pickle juice. It was sticky sweet. WTF? If anything pastrami should be slightly salty, not sweet. I tried a sliced brisket sandwich that tasted like it was made from old cardboard. The polish sausage roll wasn't bad. But there was much more roll than sausage. I haven't tried their sweet rolls because I'm trying to lose some weight, but they smell like they would be decent. And there you have it. I'll try to post more often as I become more accustomed to my work schedule.