Category Archives: Day to Day

Thankful

Y’all know what tomorrow is. I have a lot to be thankful for.

A home. A family. A good job. So very blessed to have all I have.

I complain to much about what happens and not the results of what happens good or bad.

I need to change that. I will change that.


The boss called me today about my new part-timer, and she’s the lady I mentioned the other day.

He asked me if I was going to talk her up to him. I told him I didn’t need to. She’ll show him. I have all the faith in the world in that. She impressed me when we worked together years ago.

I’m thankful I’ll be getting some help.


I’m thankful that at fifty-three years old, I’m still working and learning.

I learn little things to make my days easier at work every day.

Tomorrow morning I’m learning yet another thing on the truckβ€”oxygen sensors.

I have splurged and bought ze fancy French onez.

Bank 2 Sensor 1 is failing, causing the fuel system to work in a closed-loop, according to the log.

I don’t understand all of it, but I know where that oxygen sensor is and how to change it.

This is causing misfires. I can’t feel them but the OBD can read them. The truck starts a little rough but settles in quickly after starting out if the drive. My MPG has actually increased by .5 miles per gallon.

If it weren’t for the OBD reader and a check engine light, I probably wouldn’t notice.

It’s good to learn new things. I feel like I’m tweaking this here and there and I can’t really complain about twenty-two year old parts failing.

It happens.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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No Help

I’ve been without help at work for about a month, maybe a month and a half.

Today I stopped by one of my stores in the way home. I wasn’t supposed to be there but I got lucky.

I ran into Deena.

Deena was the department manager over wireless when I first started working that store. She’s always on time, a hard worker, neat and presentable. Great with people.

She had a few health problems, which luckily she has overcome.

And lucky for me, she’s looking for part-time work.

We were a good team as vendor and department manager. We would be great working together in the same capacity.

Building relationships in business, not just because of business, can play out pretty well for you sometimes.

Over time we became friends. Good friends. Friends who might even end up in trouble with HR together. We have a similar dark sense of humor.

I’m hoping this works out.

Sometimes you have to go through some crap to get to where you need to be.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Out, Again

The wife and I took off for a bit of Christmas shopping today without the kids.

Lists have been chopped down to 25% at least. This makes me happy. I have to find a few more things for the kids.

She started asking me what I’d like for Christmas.

Almost any bladed tool/weapon makes me happy.

Mostly id like to be surprised.


I have a lot of wants but not many needs. I need my family, a roof over my head, a working vehicle, and a way to make money. Then I’m pretty much good.

I need God.

Everything else is a want that I can work toward and decide if I want to afford it or not.

Short today but…

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Long Week

I pride myself on getting it all done and having my Friday afternoons free.

That wasn’t the case today. I didn’t make it home until 7:00. Left in the dark, arrived back home in the dark.

At least I’m not working tomorrow. No, tomorrow it’s a day with her shopping for Christmas. Some time alone together will be good.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Run

I was in two locations today for work. I left the second one to head out to another city for my daughter’s ring ceremony at school.

The road I took was Flat Rock between Heath Springs and Camden, SC. It’s a good run. Easily twenty miles, and today, I pretty much had it to myself.

So I could open the truck up and run. No traffic. No other cars. No cops, luckily. (Nothing against the cops, everything against a ticket. πŸ˜‰)

So I ran. It’s just a simple happy thing: a radio, a straight stick truck, and an open road.

Not a thought in my head for twenty miles.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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The Hits

They just keep coming.

We have a β€œregularβ€œ shipment each week to be worked at each store. In it are all the minor parts and pieces, demos, signage, and such that you see but never really think about as a customer.

Last week it was late, really late. Like it showed up on Friday late. So there is a scramble to get work done from last week because of that. And now the shipment for this week hasn’t arrived. It’s Wednesday.

Next week is a short week due to Thanksgiving. I would be thankful if my gear would show up.

I’m not a perfectionist, but I do the job to my satisfaction which is above what is expected of me by my company.

This is frustrating.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Power Outage (The Ongoing Crisis)

We don’t know what happened, just that there’s a prolonged outage.

It’s a good thing I’m of a β€œstay ready and you don’t have to get ready” frame of mind as far as having flashlights, warm sleeping bags, extra battery packs for the phones, etc.

And I have attachments to cameras for lights and such. All LED and low power consumption with plenty of batteries.


I’ve got the kids bagged and covered, which sounds like I’m transporting them to a black site, but it’s sleeping bags and extra blankets. So nice and warm. At least it ain’t the coldest night of the year.


My daughter informed me that the sleeping bag makes her colder and that β€œshe doesn’t like it.” She’s 17, and now I’m worried about her. I don’t even want to figure that statement out. It hurts my brain.


Times like this, I wish I had a generator, but there’s very little need for one here due to outages and weather. It’s just another thing I’d have to maintain that isn’t being used.


No coffee tonight. Nope, I had everyone go ahead and get a hot shower while we still had hot water in the water heater. I’m sitting here enjoying a nice cup of warm chocolate. Yep. It sucks. Lol.


The power dropped out at about 1830. The wife had to pick up our daughter at school late because of guard stuff and me and the boy were enjoying CoD team matches and cooking supper.

I’d just pulled the lasagna and bread out of the oven, and that’s when the power went out.

Some good points:

1. It’s not summer. Summer power outages and trying to sleep during them are torture. I can’t stand it. Sweaty and hot in bed is okay sometimes, but not when you just want to sleep.

B. Supper was done, and it was still hot. At least we had a good meal. Power is also out in part of town, we hear, so takeout may not have been an option.

3. This ain’t the end of the world. Its just an inconvenience of the modern world. You’re ancestors got along fine without ever having heard of electricity.


Hopefully the power will be back on by morning so we can get off to work and school not looking like wartime refugees.

I’m about to lay down and read now. I’ll add to this in the morning.

The time is 2030.


While the power was out I took this:

A study in dark and light, black and white.

I used the flashlight balanced on the windshield and an iPhone 13 Pro. I like it. Completely dark garage, otherwise.


And the power came back about twenty minutes ago.

There is nothing like being almost out reading a book and then suddenly being blinded by the modern world fairing back. The light, the sound. Beeps and whizzes and whirs.

I was really enjoying the silence.

And that’s today’s adventure.

Work was work.

We found out someone hit a pole causing the outage. I pray they’re okay.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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The Final kNight

This was the last big show of the year. It’s my opinion, and it’s incredibly personal to me, so it’s most definitely skewed is that this show would have won one of those medals up for grabs at state.

I haven’t had the opportunity to see the entire show. I was sick for a bit and missed a couple of Saturday’s. Then the wide was sick.

Then the band had several kids down and sick with covid, and others were quarantined due to close contact so they had to miss state competitions.

The only regret I feel is for the seniors. They lost two years out of this with the tornado and covid.

But they all came across as supportive of the younger kids and told them how impressed they were and happy that they all came together. They’re family.

All in all, not a bad year.

Sometimes you can’t count wins in trophies and medals.

These kids are the North Central Silver Knights Marching Band. Two of them are mine by blood, and my wife has pretty much adopted the rest of them. By no fault of my own, I have a lot of kids I watch over in a way. And I could not be prouder.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Reading Rainbow Was Wasted

Dear β€œLady” who almost broadsided me today.

The signs are there for direction, safety, important things happening right now. They aren’t just to add a splash of color to the roadside.

Yes, please do speed up and merge safely; that’s appreciated.

I know you could see me. I don’t know where you were hurrying to. But I’ll bet it wasn’t worth my life.

Also, I can guarantee you in the battle between metal truck and plastic minivan; I know who would have been coming out to the better.

And for the love of God, don’t sit at a stoplight with traffic blocking you in screaming and cursing at a complete stranger. There’s no strategic advantage. At the best of times, it’s a bad idea. Nowadays, it’s the absolute worse thing to do.

If I were a β€œbad” guy, I could have done you serious harm. You had no way out of your position.

But I’m not. You’re lucky it was me.

Also, way to speak in front of your two kids in the back.


PSA TIME

On the inside of your car, these turn signals usually appear as green arrows facing the direction of the intended turn. On most cars, the turn signal lever is located to the left of the steering wheel. Shifting the lever up indicates a right turn and shifting it down indicates a left turn.


And here’s a neat trick. On the outside of your vehicle, some lights indicate which way you intend to go so that the rest of us won’t be ignorant of your actions and not just ignorant like you.

I’ll let you figure out the speed limit signs. Here’s a hint. They aren’t suggestions.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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1999 Ford Ranger Project: A Day Off

I have to admit I did not have an enjoyable morning. The shudders and stutters are back.

I drove around a bit, and things cleared up. I was thinking that it might be bad plugs or wires again. But these shouldn’t have gone bad within the time since I’ve changed them out. I’m going to check them, but I did some research tonight and I may have found the culprit.

From what I’ve read on the Ranger Forums and a few other places in conjunction with some 1-A Auto videos, I believe I have seen all my symptoms for this being the problem.

I worked ahead today to lessen my load Thursday and Friday.

Tomorrow, I’m going in.

And a day off wrenching will still be better than a day on the floor in retail. Also, it’s a paid vacation day, and I need some time in my hands and out of my head.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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