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Eye Exam

on November 5, 2008 - 9:24pm

11/5/08 Wednesday 11:20 pm

My mom and I went to the ophthalmologist today. Her vision and eye problems haven’t changed. I know my vision has changed but was surprised that it changed for the better. The prescription for distance is weaker because of it. I’ll go order a new pair of glasses tomorrow.

I got my flu shot today, with my company paying for it. I would have gotten it anyway, since I get a flu shot every year. I guess they’re being pro-active to keep their employees healthy. Not a bad thing.

I signed up for the Christmas card exchange. It’ll be interesting to receive cards from people around the world. Christmas is a special time of year for my mom. She’s like a child when it comes to putting up the tree and decorating it. The significance of the holiday isn’t lost on her. Her faith in the Lord is solid. Mine too.

God bless us, everyone!

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I-Cats

on October 28, 2008 - 10:09pm

10/28/08 Tuesday 11:00 pm

You know what is said about washing your car … it’s a sure sign that it’ll rain. Based on this theory, you know what happened to me on Saturday when I had 3 pc’s plugged in and turned on at the same time. There was a power failure!

It’d been about a month since I’d booted up my old laptop and desktop pc’s, both of which are at least 8-10 years old. I like to keep them up to date, mainly as backups. I take the older laptop with me on trips. My newer laptop is 2 years old. No, I don’t have a battery backup for the desktop pc. Since I don’t use it too often any more, I didn’t bother to get one.

Not that it would have made a big difference to what happened. The desktop pc was in the middle of installing a windows service pack. Thankfully, it had backed up whatever it was going to change. After the power came back on, it had to go through the process of restoring the backup. That’s where it boots up, restores, shuts down, boots up, and does whatever it does before it’s finally back to where it was before the installation. The older laptop hadn’t downloaded the service pack yet but it was in the middle of a virus scan. Not as big a deal as the desktop. And there I was writing on my newer laptop while the others were doing their thing.

My neighbor and the mail lady teased me about the power outage being my fault. Yes, I take full responsibility for it. You’d think I’d know better than to boot up 3 pc’s at the same time! The power blipped off a couple more times that day, and at least 3 times over night. Don’t know what the problem was but it seems to be resolved now.

I voted on Sunday. I know I’d said I was going to vote on Thursday but I-Cats at Burger King were meowing my name. A co-worker and I’d gone looking for them the week before. Actually, she had looked for the I-Dogs, with I-Cats being a secondary pick. If Thursday had been my last chance to vote early, I’d have done it then. Sunday was actually a better day to vote. All the people who watched the Cowboys game waited until after the game to vote. I got there before they made their mad dash to the library. A worker there said that 1,000 people voted on Monday, on Tuesday and on Wednesday, 2,000 people voted on Thursday and on Friday, and almost 3,000 people voted on Saturday. And this was just one location!

V O T E ! V O T E !

V O T E ! V O T E !

God bless us, everyone!

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Rules for Spite and Malice

on October 26, 2008 - 8:25pm

10/26/08 Sunday 11:00 pm

Spite and Malice: This is how my mom and I play the game.

Use three decks of playing cards, including the jokers. Jokers and kings are wild and can be used in place of any other card but the ace.

Deal 20 cards (or however many you want to play with) face down to each player, who then turn their top card face up. The rest of the three decks of cards is the draw pile.

The object of the game is to be the first one to play all the cards in your pile. This is done by building a pile of cards in sequence from the ace to the queen. Up to four of these community piles may be built simultaneously by the players, each on their own turn. Whenever a pile has been built to the queen it is removed from the community area, so as to make room for another pile. When the draw pile runs low in cards shuffle the completed piles and place them at the bottom of the draw pile.

Here is an example of how two people would play the game:

The first player draws 5 cards. This player doesn’t have an ace to start a community pile, so they must discard one of their cards. Each player can have up to 4 discard piles. How you place your discards is part of the strategy used in the game.

The second player draws 5 cards. This player has an ace and plays it to start a community pile. They then try to build it up so as to play top card from their pile of cards. Let’s say that the top card on their pile is a 4. They can play any combination of wild cards with a 2 or 3 from their hand on the ace in the community area. They play the 4 and turn the next card on their pile face up. They have no other play to make so they discard one of the two cards left in their hand.

Player number 1, who has only 4 cards in their hand, draws 1 card to make a 5 card hand. They have a 9 as the top card of their pile of cards. Since this player has three 10’s and 2 jacks in their hand, they have no play and must discard one card.

Player number 2 draws 4 cards to make a 5 card hand. They have 6, 7 and 9 in their hand and an 8 in their discard pile. They play these cards to block player 1 from playing the 9 from their pile. They discard one of the two cards left in their hand.

You don’t have to play any cards, even if there is a play on the board or from your hand. You play your cards, not only to play the cards from your pile, but to block your opponent from playing their cards. There is a lot of strategy to this game.

You cannot rearrange discarded cards. If one of your discard piles has a 10, 9, 8, 6 and 4 in that sequence, you cannot play the 10 without having played the 4, 6, 8 and 9 first.

Remember when I said that I call my mom a “mean mama machine”? Well, that’s when she blocks me from playing the cards from my pile. And remember when I said she calls me an “ace hoarder”? That’s when I don’t play the aces in my hand to prevent her from playing her cards. Strategy is important! :)

I hope this is clear. If you have any questions, let me know.

God bless us, everyone!

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Spite and Malice

on October 22, 2008 - 9:42pm

10/22/08 Wednesday 11:00 pm

I think Spite and Malice is a variation of Skip-Bo. A friend of my mom’s taught it to her. It’s a great game to make you think, using tactics to stop your opponent from playing the cards from their pile, while playing your own. Whoever plays all their cards first is the winner. I’ve started documenting the game. Give me another day to finish it and then I’ll post it.

I’m working on a bank that’s converting onto our product on Friday. It turns out that they have someone different than their main provider to process their IRAs. I received those files yesterday. I’ve been working since yesterday afternoon on it. I may or may not have everything ready to go by Friday. Two and a half days is not long enough to set everything up and properly test what I’m doing. If it’s not done in time, it’ll be have to be done after the fact, as a file fix.

Someone came out this morning to check on my mom’s concentrator. It’s a machine that generates oxygen. She uses it mostly at night. Everything checked out ok.

I’m going to vote tomorrow afternoon. I’ll be too busy with the conversion on Friday to do it. Please … everyone … VOTE! All our voices count!

God bless us, everyone!

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Ace Hoarder

on October 20, 2008 - 9:32pm

10/20/08 Monday 11:30 pm

Today is the first day for early voting in my city. My sister took my mom to vote this morning. I’ll go later in the week. Every vote is important. As the saying goes, if you don’t vote, you shouldn’t complain about the outcome.

My friend at work and I went out at lunch to Burger King, looking for I-dogs and I-cats. The two places we went to didn’t have either. Both said they’d already done the dogs and cats. We decided to go out after work and look some more. These places said they’d get the dogs and cats next week. We’ll try again later. Guess which ones I want.

I played a couple of games of cards with my mom tonight. The game is called Spite and Malice. We joke around during the games. I call her a “mean mama machine” when she blocks me from playing my cards. She says, “There’s a reason they call it Spite and Malice”. She calls me an “ace hoarder”. I say that I learned to do that from her. She says she learned to do it from me. Hmmm … Which came first … the chicken or the egg … ?

God bless us, everyone!

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