September 17th, 2001


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I have the house to myself this morning. John and Paul took Jet with them on tours throughout Boulder. They're having fun and I get to work uninterrupted. That's a pretty fair trade, all in all. It's so quiet in the house and it's nice to be able to concentrate. Of course I won't have that tomorrow, but then John will get to go to work, so that will be fair. I'll probably get in a full six or even eight hours today, plus riding my exercise bike at lunch time, and a massage at 5, all of which should help with tomorrow.

It's also perfect tea weather today. Cold and raining and windy outside. It's very nice to be able to work in slippers, t-shirt and sweat pants. The weekend was something of a whirlwind. We went out four times on Saturday to four different destinations. Yesterday we rested up. Jet only got up to eat once the night before last, and last night he was up three times, but not the six times of Thursday night. Whew.

Sleep is good. Exercise is good. Peace is good.

Jet looks so funny. We found a pile of clothing for him that now fits him when we looked through his stuff on Sunday. He now has all kinds of overalls, coveralls, cute outfits, pants and shirts with buttons to keep the shirts down, jeans and t-shirts, and all kinds of clothing that is all elaborate. Goodness. It's all the stuff people gave him and he looks like the kid of some parents that really care what their kid wears. It's kind of frightening but kind of cool, too. He looks really snazzy in black and red velvet, kind of farmerish in the tans and golds of his jet shirt and tan stripped coveralls. He's got an outfit, now, for every day and a clean sleeper for every night for probably two weeks. It's mildly astonishing.

He is mildly bemused by getting changed into multiple pieces of clothing in the morning. He's not used to having several things get put on him at once, and he really hates having multiple things pulled over his head. But he is warm in this new cooler weather, which is good.

Finally Capturing True Brew II: Tea

Oh! Right... the other story of the weekend...

So the on-going saga of trying to get True Brew II: Tea on tape has had even more disastrous consequences than so far. To sum up the action up to date:

1. I missed the episode completely when it was first aired on Wednesday.
2. The following weekend, it was showing on Sunday, but I accidentally tried to record it on Saturday at the same time, so got garbage on the tape.
3. This last weekend was the 'next' weekend where the episode as supposed to be playing on Saturday night at 7 PM.

At 6 PM I tried to check if my programming were correct, one more time. I was nursing Jet at the time and accidentally hit the 'Eject' button on the VCR. So I asked John to push the tape back in. He found that the tape had jammed, wouldn't come out and wouldn't go in all the way. Being the Techer that he is and having once worked in an electronics shop he instantly found the screwdriver, and undid the top of the box and pushed the tape out from inside the innards of the VCR.

The label on the tape had come partially unglued and had stuck to the door of the VCR, which is why it didn't come out immediately. John stuck it back in and then the VCR started acting crazy. It would fast forward for about a minute, then do some head mongering and then try to play and then immediately fast forward again for about a minute and cycle on and on without paying any attention to its inputs. Uht oh.

It was dead, Jim. Very, very dead.

So the three of us piled into the car for One Last Try at getting the Tea Episode, there was one last showing at 10 that night (okay, okay, to be strictly accurate, there's one more showing this Wednesday at 11 am, but I didn't know that) so our objective was to get a VCR, learn its inner workings, and get the episode recorded at 10. We ran over to the Sale going on at one of the local home video places and ran out with a cheap Sony VCR (the repair cost for the old VCR would have been at least $129, just to have it looked at, so we did okay) and got home and John got it all set up and ready to go by 9:30. Jet fell asleep then and we actually watched the episode while it recorded, just to at least be able to see it.

The next morning, the recording was still there. Whew. So that was try number three and the finally successful fourth try. Whew.

X-Man Results

I always did like Hank...

# 1 Beast
# 2 Wolverine
# 3 Storm
# 4 Cyclops
# 5 Sabretooth
# 6 Rogue
# 7 Mystique
# 8 Psylocke
# 9 Professer X
# 10 Apocalypse
# 11 Jean-Grey
# 12 Magneto