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October 2007


Just showered in our old shower with new pipes, new showerhead, new faucet handles, new water pressure. It's crazy awesome that you can turn on the water, then if you want a smidge more hot, you just turn the handle a smidge more and you get some more hot and even more pressure! In the old days it was bascially one setting for hot and if you wanted more hot, you turned the cold down. Water pressure remained the same at barely more than a strong trickle.

I'm so happy. Nevermind that there is much plaster patching to do...WE HAVE NEW PIPES! WE HAVE WATER PRESSURE LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE!


Dystopian Movie Meme

I saw this on Travis' site. She got it from Annika. You copy the list then bold the ones you have seen. Adding notes to a few was my idea...

1. Metropolis (1927)
2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
3. Brazil (1985)
4. Wings of Desire (1987)
5. Blade Runner (1982)
6. Children of Men (2006)
7. The Matrix (1999)
8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
9. Minority Report (2002)
10. Delicatessen (1991)
11. Sleeper (1973)
12. The Trial (1962)
13. Alphaville (1965)
14. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
15. Serenity (2005)
16. Pleasantville (1998)
17. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
18. Battle Royale (2000)
19. RoboCop (1987) --watched this one again on election night 2000. I figured since Bush was the winner I might as well get acquainted with the near future.
20. Akira (1988)
21. The City of Lost Children (1995)
22. Planet of the Apes (1968)
23. V for Vendetta (2005)
24. Metropolis (2001)
25. Gattaca (1997)
26. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)--didn't see but read the book recently and it BLEW MY MIND!
27. On The Beach (1959)
28. Mad Max (1979)
29. Total Recall (1990)
30. Dark City (1998)
31. War Of the Worlds (1953)
32. District B13 (2004)
33. They Live (1988)
34. THX 1138 (1971)
35. Escape from New York (1981)
36. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
37. Silent Running (1972)
38. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
39. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)--Hmm, did I see this movie or am I just remembering scenes from Ridley Scott's Apple commercial? We read the book in high school in 1984 and I dressed up at Julia for school one day.
40. A Boy and His Dog (1975)
41. Soylent Green (1973)
42. I Robot (2004)
43. Logan’s Run (1976) I've even been to the crazy fountain in Ft. Worth where they shot scenes.
44. Strange Days (1995)
45. Idiocracy (2006)
46. Death Race 2000 (1975)
47. Rollerball (1975)
48. Starship Troopers (1997)
49. One Point O (2004)
50. Equilibrium (2002)


Out With The Old

It's good that you only get to look at the insides of your old pipes when they are being replaced with bright shiny new copper pipes. I mean YIKES! This one is from the laundry hook up: This is from the kitchen:

Look at the tub spout! Blech!

Let's see a close up on that hideousness!

And that cold water shower pipe:

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Good Monday Morning!

I got up a little earlier today than normal because the plumber is coming shortly to start redoing our pipes and I wanted to do my walk and shower, etc before he comes and shuts off the water. I haven't been out in the morning for a sunrise walk in a long time and it was so lovely and refreshing. The sky was amazing, red golds, yellow golds, and all the clouds kissed with colors in all directions. (I'm sure the smoke from the fires helped, but I'll take the slimmest of silver linings where I can get it.) I'm glad I was up to see it.

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Kitchen KlusterF***s!

The continuing adventure of Kurt and Kulia as we redo bits of our kitchen. Part of this saga is getting our old galvanized pipes replaced with copper. (Don't worry, we are getting professional help with this portion of the show.) The plumber is also removing the old water heater and we got a new-fangled (but not in Europe) tankless water heater! The plumber delivered it and hung it yesterday in preparation for Monday's big New Pipes day.

Here's the new heater outside:

And here are the AWESOME safety graphics that come with it!

You can view my full set of safety graphics on flickr right here. Enjoy.


The War

Have you been watching THE WAR on PBS?

It's brutal and moving and uplifting and depressing.

We were watching Episode 4: The Pride Of Our Nation and it was mainly about D-Day (June 6, 1944) and the Allied invasion of France. One of the survivors was talking about his experience and how he and his older brother both landed on Omaha beach, the most frakked up of the invasion spots that day. This gentleman's brother didn't survive and he said that he would have rather lost his arms and legs than have lost his brother that day. The scene faded out and Kurt got up to go to the kitchen. We had already finished dinner so I wasn't sure why he was getting up. I said, "what are you getting?" and he said, "I need a drink."

And how.

And yet we (the national "we") are At War. Doesn't feel like it at all. Times are different, politics are different, the world is different. But guess what? War is just exactly the same. What's that saying? War is Hell.