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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Harry Potter

Book 6 is now available for pre-order on Amazon at 40% off. If you need more books listed to meet the free shipping requirement, I'll will toil with the task of finding them :)

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Kinda funny

Had to go testify in Iraqi court yesterday. Really a very simple procedure overall, even if it was a comedy of errors to get there. Had to testify against some people we detained in October and it was really cut and dry stuff. The funny part was talking to the lawyers about past cases they've had. You have to understand that Iraqis in general make very poor excuses. The ones I was testifying against had RPGs,grenades, and a variety of detonators in the trunk of their car. So, the Saddam regime retired colonel that was riding in the car said someone must have slipped all that in when they were at the market. Which is no where near as good as the guy they had that claimed he thougth the RPG launcher in the backseat of his car was a curtain rod. I was kinda sympathetic to the guy who said that he did have all the weapons he was accused of but they were to kill his neighbor, not Americans.

Apparently, they had one guy that was caught with a suicide vest hanging up in his closet that he claimed was for self defense. But, I think the best was the guy who's defense was, "I have no bombs, only weapons of mass destruction." Rather an entertaining day.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

A Typical Cannon Family Holiday Weekend

Mom has a lot to post, but here are a few observations from your Pa.

Jo has already written to you about the kitty litter in the drain pipes. That is fairly typical of our holiday weekends. Of course, that wasn't the end of the story. In trying to snake the lines clean, it became obvious that the snake was just traveling the connecting line between the two bathrooms, and not heading towards the part of the line that was blocked. The obvious route was throught the shower drain in Jo's bathroom. But nothing I could do would make the snake go anywhere other than to the green bathroom.

So I tried other routes, like from the green bathroom toilet; but it was too far away. then from Jo's toilet, but its u-trap was too severe to get the snake through. Then from the kitchen sink, but I couldn't get to the obstruction from there. Then I tried taking the tank off of Jo's toilet, but could find no suitable route there; and in the process I broke the flow line inside the toilet--you know, the little thingy that operates the flow and cutoff of water in the tank. Finally, I just stuffed towels down the drains in the two shower stalls to block them, and wigourously applied the plunger to the green bathroom's toilet, until finally achieving a breakthrough.

Of course, now I had to reassemble evderything, which involved a trip to Walmart to get a new flow control thingy for the toilet. But in the process of fixing that, I damaged the water supply line, which required another trip to Walmart after Mass today. I also had trouble re-assembling the pipes under the downstaris kitchen sink. The jerry rigging that the Hodges had done would not go back together, and Walmart didn't have the parts, so it will have to wait for the next trip to Lowes.

I relaxed Saturday afternoon by taking my new sledgehammer and wedges and splitting some logs into useable firewood. I haven't done that in a number of years. After splitting up four logs into about 30 useful pieces of firewood, I was worn out, but in a kind of satisfying way.

This afternoon, after reassembling Jo's toilet, I vegged. I sat down in from the of TV, put in "Master and Commander--The Far Side of the World", broke out my bottle of Royal Navy Pursser's Rum, and lost myself in Napoleonic era naval warfare. It was wonderful. After that I didn't mind at all playing cards with DC using DC's rules.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy New Year!

Last night Kate was determined to stay up until midnight to greet the new year. We (she and I, alone of this crew) managed to do so by watching The Princess Diaries and Princess Diaries 2. At the stroke of midnight, we went outside to the main flag pole, and the two of us held a ceremonial flag raising to greet 2005; Kate, at her request, hoisting the 3rd Confederate national flag over Rosehill.