March 20th, 2018


My childhood TV was Pinky Lee and Winky Dink and Romper Room and Captain Kangeroo. Mr. Rogers was after my time. In college, for some reason that escapes me now, I had to have a course in early childhood education. Since even then, I didn't give a shit about early childs or educations, I conned the professor into letting me write a mini dissertation for the credits. I wrote it on the potentially damaging effects of Mr. Rogers' messages. Yep, I ripped Mr. Rogers and his sweater to shreds.

My Twitter feed has been loaded with Mr Rogers praise recently. I think it's some kind of anniversary. I remember none of the details of my paper, but I still have lingering skepticism of his preachings that get evoked with every tweet. Based on nothing.

Oh, and I got an A on the course and a note from the professor that I should 'expand and publish'. I thought he, the professor, was a crock of shit, too. I knew everything then.

Today that now famous air conditioner arrives. Just in time, too... it's really heating up here. It's 64 degrees in here now. I'll need to drag out some sweaters to put on when I test it. The past few years, I've pulled out and set up the A/C about mid-May. But last year I didn't even turn it on until June 22. I do like to be prepared, though. I hate hot so much.

And having it operable by Alexa will be a treat. I thought operating my shades by Alexa would be a parlor trick but, turns out, it is far easier and quick to use Alexa for moving them up and down than digging out the remote or firing up the app. I suspect the A/C will be the same way.

Tomorrow is house cleaner day so today I need to make sure I move stuff to where it belongs so she can actually clean. And make up a grocery list cause that's where I'll go while she's here.

And I'm out of breakfast burritos again. So I'll be making some of them this morning. And sewing.

I started a new book last night that promises to be a good one. It's the latest Thomas Perry. About a bomb maker. Kind of especially creepy in light of what's going on in Austin. Thomas Perry tells a good story but always always has one giant pull-you-out-of-the-book mistake in every book. It's now gotten to be a treasure hunt. The last one he had a character in Victoria, BC hail a cab to Vancouver (140 miles) and get there in minutes.

Ok, time to get off my butt and put some pants on it and get started with the day.

Well... It's here...

I just asked myself... if I knew then what I know now, would I have ordered it? refused delivery? Been happy with either of those decisions? I'm not sure I have answers!

First of all it is HUGE and I mean gynormous and when I say big, I mean this is R2D2's older, NBA playing brother. Fortunately, the UPS guy brought it right to my door which was very unusual and very kind. Just getting the box from the hall to my inside was a struggle.


My original plan was to get the box to the living room and unpack. Not happening. Unpacking where it was wasn't a piece of cake. Moving it was not possible.


I tried several tricks and none worked for finally I just wrestled it slowly down the hall while the cat watched. And then I got the rest of it unpacked and the other bits and pieces unpacked and plugged it in and turned it on and the circuit breaker did not even squeak. YEAH!!

It has a lovely round magnetic remote that sits on the top in the center when not in use. Looks nice and keeps it from getting lost. Alexa likes it ... Alexa, turn on cool. Alexa, turn off cool. Nice. Also it has an app.

But mainly it is so big.


It comes with a nice bracket that fits in the bottom of a window for venting except I don't have a window. So I'll turn it vertical and stick it in the sliding glass door but I have about a 36"x4" gap that I need to fill with something. Maybe styrofoam. I've got time to noodle that out before it gets hot.

It is way more quiet than the other one and more attractive all the way around. (The other one required an ugly vent situation and it was not that attractive itself.)

The main thing right now is how big and heavy it is. There is no way I could ever package this up to send it back now or if it breaks or ever. So I think I'll like it and hope it stays healthy.

Now I need to clean up this mess.


Edit later: In comments jaywil totally solved the door gap issue... a pool noodle!!!! Genius. And a legit excuse to go to the dollar store. Perfect.


It came with foam to fill in the sides there and clearly, I need a longer noodle but I used this short one for proof of concept. Very cool.