Sunday, December 11, 2005
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
It's been quite an interesting wknd so far. (This will ramble a bit, but I'll clean it up when I get home. I'm writing this on the way to the boat in the car @ 4:19. ]
We started this trip off brite and early yesterday, my friends picked me up at. 7 am and we made it all the way to 62nd on the first leg.
Then the grinding noise started, we hopped out to see what was dragging and it turned out to be the left rear wheel. We popped it off and saw that the recent brake work he had done did not include attaching the brake assy with the bolts to hold it on.
It was quite interesting breaking down in NYC (is that a song?). People would walk by and stare, but noone offered to help. The cops offered to giive us a ticket until we pointed out that we were broken down. The officer then said "oh" and left us to fend for ourselves.
So you would think that you could get a simple 15 minute repair in a city of 8 MM people. It's not the case. We called AAA and they sent a truck who offered to tow the car to a garage that could not do repairs until Monday. We sent him away thinking we could repair it ourselves and limp back to a garage the could give us 2 std bolts.
I started googling furiously (I love using that verb) on my blackberry 7290. I found many repair shops, but noone did repairs on the weekends, incl the 'emergency' #s I found. I started looking for parts companies, but no good either. (So much for telling people that I live in a city where I can have anything delivered any time I want (incl women).
So we decided to press on with our trip since there were 3 of us and we had another car we could use. We then had a movie moment where 1 of our party could not finish the trip so we patched him up and left him with provisions for the wait for the rescue party.
So this is the story of my first "brake job", I've always been too afraid of working on my own brakes, but emergenvcies have a way of making heroes out of us. The brakes are really simple to figure out if you are an engineer [I'll incl details when I get online]
So then we finally arrived in MD and relaxed after the long drive by telling the tale with a few more details so far. Our hosts then asked if we could do them a favor, loading 2 hay wagons into their barn's hay loft. [Details and photos to follow from david's palm treo. I have really bad phone envy. I forgot my camera, so I have to rely on other people's snaps]
[Enuf for now, I'm getting "blackberry thumb" syndrome]
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Too bad summer is almost over, this would have been great: link
Here are some great links to protect you from hackers: http://www.bgnews.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/08/18/430612e66490c
Thursday, July 21, 2005
The New York Chapter of Women for WineSense is delighted to present its first
fundraising event, which will benefit autistic children. Leonard
Lopate, show host for WNYC radio, will be our special speaker and
will share his personal experience as a parent of an autistic child.
The tasting will be led by Martin Sinkoff, Director of Marketing for
Pasternak Wine Imports. Martin will discuss the wines and estates
owned by Chateau Lafite Rothschild in Chile, Argentina and Portugal,
and will provide a unique view of how globalization is changing the
wine world. We are pleased to announce that 100% of the profits from
the evening will be donated to the Autism Society of America.
About Regional Restaurant: “Regional, a breezy 70-seat trattoria on the Upper West Side,
celebrates lesser-known culinary gems from each of Italy's 20 regions"
Friday, July 01, 2005
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Sunday, March 27, 2005
P.S. On CNN, they featured this graph of baby names; also try this color test.
Friday, March 25, 2005
p.s. A friend's research sailboat recently rescued 49 Haitians stranded at sea.
p.p.s. There wasn't a single pony in the Pony Express, just horses! [Other strange facts]
Thursday, March 03, 2005
I also enjoy Sunclocks: Shadowfacts, others: World Sunlight Map, 3D Satellite Globe, NASA View of NYC, the Handwriting clock, Calendar/Clock, Cuckoo Clock, humanclock.com, and a photo thermometer: Photo Meteo. One more clock