Sun. April 29, 2018 – ‘chicks to hatch and eggs to lay’

Busy day again.

61F and scheduled to be clear and sunny. Another great spring day.

Daughter got a waitress costume for her birthday, it’s the cutest thing ever, but I’m nominated as chef this am, and she’s a taskmaster! She’s already handed me the walkie talkie because “the customers don’t like it when she yells across the restaurant”.

n

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24 Responses to Sun. April 29, 2018 – ‘chicks to hatch and eggs to lay’

  1. SteveF says:

    Heh.

    An idea: instead of using the walkie-talkie, have her work on improving her memory by taking the orders verbally and having to remember them for the inconceivably long time it would take to walk over to the chef.

  2. Nick Flandrey says:

    That and she edits the order to reflect the parts she understands. I hate when wait staff do that. Took me 3 tries to get her to repeat Mom’s order accurately, eggs, over easy, extra googie. All three parts are important!

    fun morning though, I was able to grump out all the negative and nasty things I’ve heard or done in kitchens 🙂

    n

    Added, and abuse the customers! Wife was laughing, older daughter didn’t understand… younger daughter (and waitress) ratted me out for dropping the eggs… which allowed me to grump that you NEVER tell the customer you dropped their food, you just serve it anyway, which had wife laughing.

  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    Oh, and sometime in the last week was my 13th wedding anniversary, which contributed a bit to my hectic week. Two cakes and two celebrations in the same week….

    n

  4. JimL says:

    36º and snowing on the north coast. Just got home from the 3rd race of the weekend. I have 1 hour to prepare to leave for the final one – the kids’ duathlon. All 3 kids are signed up and are going to participate. Of the 29 that are signed up, I know at least 3 will show.

    Congratulations on the anniversary. My first wife and I are working on year #14. She hates the “first wife” thing. I see it as a perfectly acceptable way to introduce her to people.

    Yeah, she hates my beard, too.

  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    My older daughter did her first 5k yesterday while I had the younger at softball. Then she swam for an hour at swim team practice. Took a nap and was too awake for bedtime.

    added- and after all that exercise she mentioned that she wanted ‘to do that bike ride thing’. Which is the annual MS150 here in Houston yesterday…..

    Crazy amount of energy in the young…..

    Meanwhile, my butt and thighs are screaming from all the kneeling I did yesterday, and I feel hung over from being in the sun too much while washing the truck.

    Bah, grumpy old man indeed….

    n

  6. DadCooks says:

    Anniversary congratulations for @Nick and spouse.

    And a big two thumbs up for pissing off the feminists with the waitress costume. A good lesson in responsibility and work ethic.

  7. SteveF says:

    Oh, and sometime in the last week was my 13th wedding anniversary

    My first wife and I are working on year #14.

    Congrats and prospective congrats. My (second) wife and I passed 13 years last month.

    She hates the “first wife” thing.

    See if she likes “not yet ex-wife” any better.

    On occasion I’ve introduced my wife as “This is X. You can call her my wife because we haven’t filed for divorce yet.” Pisses her off, for whatever reason.

    That and she edits the order to reflect the parts she understands. I hate when wait staff do that.

    Grr. Yah. Or when the cook staff get pissed off about what the customer wants. If it would result in greatly increased work for the chef, that’s one thing — tell the customer he can’t get that or that it will cost a lot more. But when the chef thinks that the customer’s request is low class and then deliberately screws it up, that really really pisses me off.

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    Waitress, bartender, RN, always work available, often at your schedule and part time, anywhere in the country, and CAN be well compensated. Good fall backs if not in a career path.

    n

  9. CowboySlim says:

    From Greg:

    Microsoft lost the case and was prepping Campus 2.0 in the Issaquah Highlands to comply with the judge’s split up order when Bush won the 2000 election. After the appeals court overturned the verdict in Feb. 2001, the Ashcroft Justice Dept. opted to drop the suit and settle.

    IIRC, the Clinton admin was using the same head, hired, private lawyer that then, with the MSFT case on hold, proceeded to work for AlGore’s recount efforts down in FL.

    Sheesh, same lawyer, can’t recall name and to lazy to google, but how would Bush ever let that case continue?

  10. Greg Norton says:

    Sheesh, same lawyer, can’t recall name and to lazy to google, but how would Bush ever let that case continue?

    David Boies, famed for wearing Lands End suits to court to demonstrate that he wasn’t frivolous with clients’ money.

    Al Gore was grasping at straws in November 2000. He was so desperate that he even had Kendall Coffey on the case for a while, and *every* Floridian over 30, including that ol’ judge, Sanders Sauls, who handled the hearing in Tallahassee, knew about Kendall Coffey without Googling.

    (You may have to Google Coffey, however, if you aren’t familiar with the name.)

    The Dems learned. I’ll give them that. Obama put Perkins Coie on retainer in 2008, and the firm has its tentacles in the party so deep that it handled the payments for the Steele dossier in 2016.

    I don’t think the Bush Justice team took the Boies involvement with the 2000 election mess personally. It is all one big club in DC. Reagan established the precedent of vacating the antitrust suit against IBM in 1981, and Ashcroft was simply following that Conservative path to let the market decide Microsoft’s fate (which it has).

  11. Greg Norton says:

    Mannequin Skywalker rides again!

    SpaceX did the obligatory “Hitchhiker’s Guide” “Don’t Panic” reference and gave Elton John a nod with the Falcon Heavy launch, but someone at Blue Origin digs “View Askew”.

    https://mashable.com/2018/04/29/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-rocket-launch/#nTw9M7WZBaqR

  12. paul says:

    Sometimes I just have to wonder…

    I make hummingbird water a quart at a time. I have for years. I store it in the fridge in a plastic HEB spaghetti sauce jar. Today I had an idea!!!! Why not put 4 cups of water into the empty jar and see how full it is and then I don’t need the measuring cup to fill the tea kettle. I never noticed the side of the jar is marked “32 ounces” until today.

    Doh!

  13. Bob Sprowl says:

    Introduce your wife as ‘My current wife.’ Keeps her on her toes so to speak. Of course she’ll kill you for saying that.

    But it does eliminate trying to remember what the value is in the wife counter. lol

    Bob

  14. paul says:

    Ok, this is odd. I had a file on my site called “LC162b.zip”. Longhorn Clock. It changes system tray clock. It was fine on XP. I can’t get it to work on Win7x64. So I deleted it from my files folder.

    And it’s kicking up a couple dozen failures a week in my stats. So I looked, found the site, https://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/157465-longhorn-systray-clock/ , it has a download link that goes to another site…. and the download link there goes to /my/ site.

    Shrug. I added a readme to the zip file. All sort of fixed now. It’s just 186 KB. Nothing like the iTunes folk grabbing the songs (at a few MB each) I had in my files folder.

    Now… what to do about the geniuses trying to get into my non-existent WP and WordPress folders and pages?

    /wp-login.php
    /wp-admin/
    /wp-content/plugins/ (lots of various file requests)

    I’ll sort it out eventually.

  15. lynn says:

    The wife and I (and a couple of friends) went to look at an open house today, 5902 Evening Sun Court, Richmond, TX 77469. Sigh, who puts the laundry room in the hot garage in a half million dollar house ? So I would need to add a $40K laundry room off the kitchen and convert the third stall of the garage into a kitchenette and living room to make the garage bedroom into a suite for the daughter. That is too much work.
    https://www.har.com/5902-Evening-Sun-Court/sale_52037192

    The nice thing is that the house 84 ft above sea level which is 14 ft higher than my house. And behind the railroad (a natural levee) from the Brazos River. And plenty of room to add a mancave XXXXXX gameroom.

  16. lynn says:

    “Sprint and T-Mobile Agree to Merge, in Bid to Remake Wireless Market”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/29/business/dealbook/sprint-tmobile-deal.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

    I am actually in favor of this. The wife and daughter have tmobile smartphones so I have a dog in the hunt (a very small dog).

  17. RickH says:

    @paul : those attempts to access wp-admin stuff are just bots looking for vulnerable sites. And not very smart bots.

    If you wanted, you could add those pages, with a polite (or not-so-polite) 404-type message.

    Or, you could redirect them to localhost (theirs). Or to a honeypot page like these guys: https://weeblr.com/documentation/products.sh404sef/4/going-further/security/security-anti-spam.html .

    Or just ignore them (that’s what I do, since I am too lazy to do the other things, although I usually have a polite 404 page).

  18. Greg Norton says:

    “Sprint and T-Mobile Agree to Merge, in Bid to Remake Wireless Market”

    Looks like the Sprint name will go away in the deal

    Southern Pacific Railroad Internal National Telecommunications

    Gone to join GTE, Contel, and many others in the telecom hereafter, but Sprint has been dead firm walking for about 20 years.

  19. lynn says:

    Looks like the Sprint name will go away in the deal

    Southern Pacific Railroad Internal National Telecommunications

    Gone to join GTE, Contel, and many others in the telecom hereafter, but Sprint has been dead firm walking for about 20 years.

    Ok, SPRINT is a cool acronym.

    Who would have thought that the phone market would be all about wireless now ?

    I am unhappy with AT&T at the moment. I have five AT&T landlines at the office using a Panasonic PBX and voice mail. I currently pay $300/month for the five landlines with “free” long distance in the USA. AT&T is practicing this stupid bundling in order for us to get a discount. This year to maintain the $300/month price, I have to add another stupid thing. The previous bundling thing was a http://www.winsiminc.co website for $30/month (we don’t use it). I cannot remember what the new bundling thing is at the moment but it is equally stupid.

  20. lynn says:

    Lady, our 15.4 year old dog, is doing much better after her extreme haircut with sedation earlier this week. Being a spaniel, the wife had the groomer cut her hair down to the first coat (spaniels have two coats). Lady looks kinda naked but we want to delay that next grooming as long as possible.

    This afternoon we went for a 1.3 mile walk. Lady rode the first half in her wagon and then got out for about a half mile walk. Her hips have firmed up and her back legs have a good gait after she warms up a little bit. When she gets up from her Serta dog sofa, the back legs are a little wobbly for about 20 or 30 ft and then they firm up. In fact, she even ran off the leash down the driveway to the back door, ready to go in and get her treat (we treat a lot).

    So, will Lady ever get another hair cut (grooming) with sedation ? I am leaning against it and the wife is too. Her hair will be pretty long by October. But we have to get her toe hair trimmed every 3 or 4 months or else she gets sores on her toes. And those hurt her. Of course, she used to get those toe sores when she was walking two miles with me each night. We don’t do that anymore so maybe she won’t get them anymore.

  21. lynn says:

    Introduce your wife as ‘My current wife.’ Keeps her on her toes so to speak. Of course she’ll kill you for saying that.

    Youse guys are living large. I would get a beating if I did that.

  22. Greg Norton says:

    AT&T is practicing this stupid bundling in order for us to get a discount. This year to maintain the $300/month price, I have to add another stupid thing. The previous bundling thing was a http://www.winsiminc.co website for $30/month (we don’t use it). I cannot remember what the new bundling thing is at the moment but it is equally stupid.

    $300/mo for voice on top of what you pay for data? Or is data included?

    I pay $50 for copper line and a $0.10/minute long distance plan which we rarely use.

    $300 for five copper lines with free long distance would be consistent with that pricing, but I’m on a special “do not call” list for extra-grumpy ex-employees so, except for the stray door-to-door sales contractor, they don’t make attempts to sell me bundles. “No soup for you!”

    When the power in our area was out for 24 hours a few weeks ago, the neighbors were amazed that I had phone service. As Dr. Pournelle pointed out many times, it isn’t a Dark Age until we forget that we could once do certain things like land people on the moon … or call the power company when the lights went out.

  23. paul says:

    Thanks Rick.
    I’ll probably ignore what I can’t fix. I don’t want the clutter files.

    Hmm. It would be evil to leave a batch file to format C:\ or delete My Documents at boot time. 🙂

  24. lynn says:

    $300/mo for voice on top of what you pay for data? Or is data included?

    Nope, data is not included. I have two AT&T DSL 12/1 Mbps lines which are $60/month each. The business land lines are about twice the cost of the residential land lines.

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