The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tip Top Mechanical Tip and Other Sage Advice

It's always best to wait for a big thunderstorm to change your wiper blades. You ever heard that one? Yeah, neither have I. But that's exactly what I did. I do not recommend you follow my example.

Driving home from work with the storm dumping buckets of rain and 18 wheelers kicking up a spray worthy of Niagara Falls I decided to swap blades ASAP if not sooner. I nearly ran off the road twice because I couldn't see Jack Schidt.

$40 and 2 Bosh Icon wiper blades later it was a whole new world. Talk about money well spent! I've always thought my car's windshield had been treated with Rain-X by the previous owner the way it smeared and streaked when I ran the wipers. The old blades looked perfectly fine so I naturally blamed the glass.

Turns out I'm not as bright as I thought. But I am just as cheap as I suspected.

Speaking of work, I've noticed a definite trend. The last half of my last shift of the week is when all Hell breaks loose. There is no skating through the shift and out the door on time. My daily report took me 3 hours to prepare versus the normal 30 minutes. The phone was ringing constantly, I was covered up with reports to file, email notifications to send and a coworker I don't particularly get along with but try to be the better person was bugging me about trivial BS. I outrank her, but you'd never know it by her attitude. Her constant interruptions really put me behind schedule and tried my patience. But I was the better person and didn't tell her to STFU and let me finish my work like I dearly wanted to.

She's lucky I'm the kinder, gentler RPM. Version 1.0 would have taken a completely different tact with her. But I digress...

It's that time of year again, The Red River Shootout! (I refuse to use any of the new PC names for Texas / OU Weekend)

As much as I hate to admit it, Longhorns coach Charlie Strong's job is on the line. Lose this game and it's absolute metaphysical certitude he's gone at the end of the season. A sound thrashing of the Land Thieves would go a long way to keeping the wolves at bay and Charles in charge.

Now isn't a good time to go coach shopping. The masses are calling for Tom Herman to take the Longhorns helm, but I don't think he's leaving Cougar High anytime soon. Not with the big fat contract he signed and the performance he's getting out of that team.

But, I could be (and frequently am) wrong. (See: windshield wipers)


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