October 17, 2002

The dog in the night?

I suppose if one has a 30-year-old water heater, one should expect it to die, but still...early estimate for replacement and installation: $1,100.

"Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of..." the Royal Society of Chemistry? Yup. The great detective is being awarded an Honorary Fellowship. About damned time, too. I still have my copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes, given to me for my 14th birthday. It's kind of fun to look at the frontispiece, inscribed in my father's hand. (Note: I'm still writing about this, even though Batty beat me to it yesterday). The book is showing its age, but then so is its owner, so I guess that's fair enough.

Now here's a thought which pertains to blogging as well as newspaper columnizing: "The problem with writing a newspaper column is that you are forced to be wise and provocative on deadline, whether or not you feel wise and provocative at that moment." I grant you, the story has to do with the NJ Senate race, but it seems like an apt expression for bloggers as well.

Posted by Linkmeister at October 17, 2002 03:35 PM

See, that's my problem. I'm feeling neither "wise" nor "provocative" at the moment. What I am feeling is mighty damn depressed. :-( Now, the question at hand, did you test your thumbnail capabilities yet? ;-)

Posted by: Lee at October 17, 2002 06:40 PM

And would you look at that? My frown was separated from itself! Oh well, we seem to have another issue as well. This little jewel is not remembering me as it should be. Must test this thing one more time and then work on it if necessary. Always something, huh? lol ...

Posted by: Lee at October 17, 2002 06:42 PM

Looks like I'll be checking into this for a bit ... See you inside. ;-)

Posted by: Lee at October 17, 2002 06:43 PM

if there is a cookie problem, i would recommend the surreally.org support board for the solution. 'tis something about the 'var host = ' thingy.

so, testing your cookies here.

Posted by: kd at October 18, 2002 12:06 AM

yeah. check the support forum at dot org. easy solution. cookies are broke.

Posted by: kd at October 18, 2002 12:06 AM

Thanks, kd! I followed Dan's instructions, and this is a test comment for it now. If it works, thanks again and again!

Posted by: Lee at October 18, 2002 05:43 AM

And it worked! YEA!

Posted by: Lee at October 18, 2002 05:44 AM

Tech support space provided at no extra expense. :)

Posted by: Linkmeister at October 18, 2002 08:31 AM

$1,100!!!! That's an outrage. You can do it yourself for the cost of the appliance plus a few bucks for fittings, or get a knowledgeable friend or neighbor to help you for the additional price of dinner. If you must go with pros, figure 1 hour of labor (or less), plus the cost of the heater.

Posted by: etc. at October 18, 2002 01:04 PM

Well, etc., you gotta know the circumstances. Pull a 100-gallon tank and a 60-gallon tank out of a very small space under the house (through a 30-inch wide opening in a gate), then replace them with two 40-gallon tanks. Hook those up to the solar panels and the electric system again. Haul the old tanks away. Took two guys from 3:30pm till 8:15pm last night. And we haven't seen the invoice yet.

Posted by: Linkmeister at October 18, 2002 01:20 PM

You have solar panels!!!
I am so far behind things. My house is 60-70 years old. If we cut the roof for solar panels, our home would fall in...

Posted by: toxiclabrat at October 18, 2002 01:36 PM

i'm glad i rent ... and i am testing this new cookiefied linkmeister thingy .....

Posted by: kd at October 19, 2002 01:20 AM

If there were ever an ideal place for solar panels, Hawai'i would be it, right? ;)

Posted by: Linkmeister at October 19, 2002 08:08 AM