Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Well, the cavalry came in.

#1 Son told me, in passing, that his computer wasn't getting online, either. He offered to reset the router, and there it was! Light at the end of the tunnel that wasn't an oncoming train. So Bigger Girl has her computer back unencumbered.

Then, in speaking to my dad about the bar stools he is sending, i mentioned the car trouble. He hit the roof. The person we bought the car from is someone he knows, that's why we went there. This is the third car we have bought from there that has had a problem. The first was the now defunct Sonata, that needed all new hoses and belts and other stuff within a month of purchase, almost $1,000 worth. Then the van, which went back into theirown shop 3 days after purchase for over $400 worth of stuff that the very expensive warranty didn't cover because it was "maintenance."

Well, 3rd time and dad is mad. He had me email him, in detail, what our day had involved. He forwarded that to his friend, who called and insisted he would send a tow truck to pick up the vehicle and get it fixed.

How much will this cost? That remains to be seen, but i would imagine not as much as getting it done myself at the other place.

As for the other place, i stopped in and told them why our car was in their lot, told them the whole story, which gave them a huge laugh for the day, and let them know the car would be going back to the dealer. They agreed that the dealership should take care of it, and didn't mind that it took up a space in their lot for a few hours. In a couple of weeks, i'll go back there for tires for Sweetie's car and i told them so. They do good work, and have seen me in there before.

Between running Sweetie to work, going to that tire shop, groceries, getting the kids to school and back -- a 20 mile round trip, twice a day -- and a long doctor's appointment to have stitches out and get test results, it was quite a day.

Doctor results are that one of the biopsy sites is now infected, so i am back on an antibiotic.

As for what is wrong, the general problem is not infectious, nothing grew from the biopsy. So i no longer have to worry that i am going to infect someone with something loathsome by cooking for or cleaning up after them. We figured i wasn't, since no one else has come down with anything, but it's nice to have it official.
The future appointment with the infectious disease specialist has been canceled, as this is obviously not his territory.

Other than that, it's time for another doctor. A call is in for a referral to yet another specialist. It seems these hoof beats are a zebra after all.

Cavalry came in for the computer and the car. Anybody got any ideas on a medical intervention?

Today is:

Boy Scout Day -- celebrates the birthday of scouting in the US

Gynaikokratia -- Macendonia (women rule day, celebrating midwives and motherhood, and the goddess Baubo)

Hari Kuyo -- Japan (Festival of Broken Needles, in which all of the worn or broken sewing needles from the previous year are put in a sacred resting place.)

Hold Onto Your Head Day (because heaven knows i'm losing mine!)

Laugh and Get Rich Day

National Molasses Bar Day

Nirvana Day -- Mahayana Buddhism

Preseren Day -- Slovenia (Honors their national poet, France Preseren, a Culture Day.)

St. Jerome Emilani's Day (patron of orphans)

Vasant Panchami -- Hindu

Anniversaries Today:

Founding of Universiteit Leiden, with the motto Praesidium Libertatis, 1575

Birthdays Today:

Josh Keaton, 1979
David "Phoenix" Farrell, 1977
Seth Green, 1974
Gary Coleman, 1968
Claudette Pace, 1968
Vince Neil, 1961
Robert Klein, 1942
Nick Nolte, 1941
Ted Koppel, 1940
John Williams, 1932
James Dean, 1931
Jack Lemmon, 1925
Audrey Meadows, 1924
Freddie Blassie, 1921
Lana Turner, 1921
Lyle Talbot, 1902
Jules Verne, 1828
Samuel Butler, 1612

Today in History:

Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, 1587
Isaac Newton reads his first optics paper before the Royal Society in London, 1672
French and Indian troops set Schenectady, NY, afire, 1690
A doctor in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony suggests that two girls in the family of the village minister may be suffering from bewitchment, leading to the Salem witch trials, 1692
The Supreme Privy Council is established in Russia, 1726
The first opera in the US, "Flora," opens in South Carolina, 1735
A minor earthquake shakes London, 1750
The strange phenomenon called the "Devil's Footprints" mysteriously appear in Devon, England, 1855
Martin Robinson Delany becomes the first black major in the US Army, 1865
The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce, 1910
D.W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles, 1915
The Stars and Stripes newspaper is published for the first time, 1918
Swiss men vote against women's suffrage, 1920
Radio arrives at the White House, 1922
Allende meteorite falls near Pueblito de Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1969
The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time, 1971
After 84 days in space, the crew of the first American space station Skylab returns to Earth, 1974
The Melbourne dust storm hits Australia's second largest city. The result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions, a 320 metres (1,050 ft) deep dust cloud envelops the city, turning day to night, 1983
The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place, 1996


  1. I don't know but if bad news comes in threes.. shouldn't good news do the same? Here's hoping.