Somewhere between hypercompetence & homeownership
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Whatever the hell that means.

Monday, June 24

Cheap Sunglasses . . . not!

Here ya go, Squib! Sorry, not posting a pic of me in them, though I suspect that after vacation I will post some pics and there's sure to be one with me in it and I hope to be needing shades the whole time.

This pic is actually a bit photoshopped to show the lenses because the OO sunglasses have mysteriously vanished from the Oakley site. I did find them still in the prescription glasses area but I had to fakey the lenses. Cool to know that I could get prescription lenses for them. The lens color is called Red Iridium, they're a reflective purplish color though they don't create a purple cast to the view. The red/purple is just in the coating. The frames are quite detailed, tapered and little 'O' indents, etc. There are small areas on the temples that are carbon fiber, though I have no idea why.

I've had a couple pairs of Oakleys in the past, but nothing this nice. Somewhat of an indulgence but I'm worth it. ;-) Hah.

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Sunday, June 23

They're here! my new Oakley's that is. Finally. I was starting to get antsy that I was getting ripped off on eBay but they're here now. The seller was not being at all communicative but he'd already shipped them off so I suppose he figured I'd relax when they got here. Goods delivered as promised. Lara's not wild about them but she said 'whatever makes you happy'. I think she was more pleased when she saw what these suckers sell for at retail.

I also finally won an auction for the walkie talkies. I am especially pleased because I paid less than I've ever seen an auction end at for this particular model. Slightly smaller than most and slightly newer model. The shipping cost was steep to me but given how little I paid in the auction, I think I came out well. I am noticing lots of similar product for more $ in retail so I feel somewhat validated for the effort and patience of working through at least 2 dozen auctions before finally winning this one.

Lara has banned me from any further eBay action.



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Wednesday, June 19

Obsessed with eBay. I haven't blogged in a while because all wasted computer time has been spent perusing eBay. The whole male/female shopping mentality thing is interesting. Supposedly, we shop differently based on gender, at least generally speaking. I would agree to that basically. I hate shopping, its not fun and it seems like a waste of time. Unless I am targeted towards a particular product. So, shopping online is more my style. I actually enjoy shopping when I know what I want to buy, at least generally and then I need to find the 'right' thing and/or the right price. Those two factors are intertwined and extremely subtley nuanced. Just ask Jenny or Lara, they can tell how weird, convoluted and over-worked my purchase decision making process is. Another major factor about me and shopping is that I am inherently cheap. I will spend plenty of money and I like quality and certain brands, etc. but I need to feel that I am getting a good deal on whatever I am buying. So, eBay presents a vast horizon of possibilities where variety, quality and value all blend in a delightfully confusing way.

My recent quest was for a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Those things are seriously expensive but I think they're a quality product so I am willing to pay more than I will for cheap sunglasses. But I can't tolerate the retail prices and I hate to force my selection by the price. Enter eBay, where the price is somewhat driven by the retail price but other factors weigh in. I was willing to consider a few styles, a few colors of frames and lenses. I also don't need them today. That flexibility allows one to shop eBay with some intelligence. I think I like that part of eBay as well. Knowledge of the product and its value is in effect rewarded.

I am also shopping around for a pair of those Motorola walkie-talkies. Lara has decided we don't need them, but I am still unconvinced. I am willing to drop around $20-30 to find out. Originally, the things were hundreds of dollars apiece. Now, you can get the newest, cheapest model for $15 apiece. I want somewhat better features than the barebones model, but I don't need the top of the line. Again, that flexibility, along with a strict price limit, make eBay an entertaining way to shop.

Pathetic maybe, but that's me.


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Friday, June 14
Now where'd I put that ark? Man, it's rainin' here! I was lying in bed last night, listening to babies fussing when it started. It built up with such intensity, I was hoping it would distract the babes and help them sleep but no such luck. This morning I told Hannah it rained so hard it started as water but turned to cats and dogs. She said "No, that was thunder." One of the daycare providers backed up my story, even adding that she heard elephants, too. Hannah was quite amused. The single worst thing about rainy mornings is getting the wee ones into daycare without getting soaked. The whole process is already complicated enough without the added difficulty of rain. After being sick awhile back, I'd switched to using the stroller. More steps involved but less strenuous and actually probably a bit quicker. Loading up the stroller in the rain would mean letting things stand out in the pounding rain. I was spared this quandry when I discovered that Lara had the stroller in the van. So I had to sprint about 100 yards, in the rain, carrying both carseats, bottle bag over my shoulder, Hannah trailing behind in her Disney rain poncho. My hood blew back about 3 steps in, and I ran the rest of the way with my head getting soaked. What a morning.

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Wednesday, June 12

I'm sorry but I just had to post this ...

oh, this is just so wrong...

Someone asked me about the wonderful t-shirt design I posted and I went looking for the link to send them. I hadn't bookmarked it so I had to do a search and somewhere along the way I stumbled across the item shown here. I sort of doubt the one I found originally is a licensed Sanrio product but you never know...

Want one for yourself or perhaps for a loved one? I also found
one on eBay and this one looks alot more legit. I don't think it comes with any attachments (the one I found did) but when you've got Hello Kitty, do you really need them?

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Too busy to 'blog? Sadly so. I was booked in meetings today from 10 straight through till 3 and most of the time, the discussions were contentious, intense and sometimes downright aggravating. What fun.

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Monday, June 10

Did I say funny? I meant to say expensive!

Whoa, I went and looked through more pages from the site I linked to just below. Lordy. The idea for the stuff is weird and funny and I could imagine owning a wearing a shirt from the collection. (if they made a men's line, and only a shirt, not pants) but then I looked at the prices, They're in Euros and Deutschemarcs (sp?) so I had to run them through a converter.

The cheapest thing was a t-shirt, it was over $500. This outfit was something like $5,000!

BTW, you can thank me that I didn't show a front view...

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Ummmmm......yeah..... ohhh-kay.....


This is funny. Funny strange. Not funny haha.

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Congratulations Cindy and John!

All of our best wishes for your future lives together. Sorry we couldn't be there with you in person, but we were there in spirit.

Post pics and stories ASAP, please!

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painfully accurate...what can I say...

not all the time, but there are times when this is a delightfully accurate portrait of me. The hairs spikier, fuller and a lighter shade than my own, but the rest is pretty much right on... The ammo belt stands in well for the murse, I wish I had a shirt like this, but I'd get my ass kicked if I did...


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Friday, June 7
The Gadget has arrived. It's not quite as versatile as I had hoped it would be. The hardware is as cool as I could hope for. It would be slightly nicer if it had a concave indentation for a finger tip to rest in, but otherwise, it's quite sweet. The software interface is not as good, its basically a keyboard shortcut device. Applescripting would allow more versatility but I am not a hacker so I will have to see if I can scavenge any cool scripts for it...


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Tuesday, June 4
So wrong it's right I stumbled across this design that is available on a t-shirt. Translation: "I'm proud of my big root" Gee, really? Y'think so? The terrible thing is that I really like the quality of the design, it's clean and clever. It's actually printed in white ink on a black t-shirt. I'd bet that you could walk down the street with it and 90% of the people wouldn't even notice or figure it out. The problem is the 10% who do get it, and of course, anyone who can read japanese.

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Workin' hard, hardly workin' Uh oh, I've jinxed myself. I was just about to write that the baby sleep thing was improving and now I hear one of them stirring. Nooooooooooo. Oh, maybe she's just wigglin' and right back to sleep.

The in-laws are back in town tonight. I have been a good boy and very pleasant, exceptionally, if I say so myself.

I have been workin' like a banshee around the house. I am confident that I am winning the Dandelion war. That aspect of the lawn is going well. The rest sucks but I am confident that I will have a decent patch o' turf by next year. These things take time and I haven't that much of it to give. On the plus side, that will prevent me from possibly trying to speed up the process and as a result, overdoing it and making things worse in different ways. After mowing, I ran the trimmer over the bits of grass popping up between the walkway stones. I hadn't done that since we moved in to this house. They looked amazingly better, good enough to make me lose steam around replacing them with stamped, colored concrete which I've wanted to do for months.

I did one slightly crazy thing tonight. At 8:30, after babies were in bed, I got out the extension ladder and went up on the roof to attempt to fix the little decorative cupola thing on top of the garage. I fixed one part but didn't have the right nails to fix the other piece that fell off. More importantly, I didn't want to screw around up there any longer than absolutely necessary. I am not afraid of heights, but I give the roof (and the potential injury) a great deal of cautious respect. A patient of Lara's, who is a roofing contractor, says "People who don't work on roofs should stay off of them." He's right.

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Monday, June 3
Jammer Oh, I want one of these.

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