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Quick weekend update

Friday I got out of work early and got my new driver's license photo taken. Amazing how much different I look. Kinda bizarre. I think the glasses make a big difference, though. After that I was already in the area, so I swung by the Harrisburg East Mall to watch Mike in action @ Radio Shack. And action it was! It was crazy-busy, so I walked over to the food court and got an Orange Julis (yum) and then checked out a couple stores. Got to finally chat with Mike for a bit when things calmed down. Friday night Heather, Liz, and I watched Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants which Heather gave me for my birthday! Great movie. :-D I officially have run out of room on my DVD shelves. :-P

Saturday, Heather headed out in the morning. I did laundry, went grocery shopping, and then baked lots of cookies. Mike worked late and then came over to finish off watching all the LOST-season-one-DVD-special-features. We are officially finished! Watched every last inch of them. :-)

This morning we had a congregational meeting (congrats to the re-elected councilman, including my father who is starting his 6th year of being VP) and then church. Church was good. After church, I got some stuff ready and then Mike came over and we left to go to our pre-concert rehersal.

Note about the concert. It went swimmingly. Awesome. And so much fun! I do wish the audience had been bigger, but hopefully everyone who was there will tell at least one friend and we will start to grow again! Mike and I were both lamenting about how it seems to be that we were just getting used to the group and settling in and feeling like we belonged... and now it's time to break for the summer. :-/ The reception afterwards was lots of fun, too. I got to meet Mike's boss, Steve (who is interested in joining in the fall)... omg, that man is hilarious. :-P He is also a cookie monster. LOL. Good times, good times.

We came back here after the concert and we finally managed to find all the tools necessary for changing the brake-lights on a 1989 Buick LeSabre. Let me tell you, no simple task. Luckily my father has 5,000,000,000 tools in the house and the garage and the barn and we managed to find a friggen torx screw driver. After that it was only about another 20 minutes of fighting with coroded bulbs, gook, and stuff. Good to be fixed, though. Especially for a total cost of $1.99. Thanks to dad for the free tool rental. ;-)

We were definitely not hungry after all the food at the reception, so we just started watching LOST (2nd season). We've still got a bunch of episodes to download/watch/etc. I've come to the end of my free downloading, but apparently Mike got some iTunes credits on a box of cereal. Not that I'm expecting them to take us that far. :-P The next up for watching is 23rd Psalm, which I love.

Okay, time for bed! A long week ahead.



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May. 22nd, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
I know this is only a tiny section of everything you mentioned, but I saw the torx reference and was like "oooo I know what that is!"

Anyway, those screws seem to be most common (from my experience) in automobiles and certain electronics (xboxes and similar proprietary, "do not open unless you're certified" type things). I'm going to guess that the "gook" you referred to was located mainly between the bulb and the socket?

If that's the case, it's actually a combination of electrical conductive material and also a sealant. It helps ensure that the contacts between the light bulb and the socket are secured, but also keeps all the junk and debris from getting mixed in.

It's nasty goop, but really functional. Kind of like silicon sealant - it keeps gaskets fully functional, but it feels so gross on your hands...

Weeee this is random.
May. 22nd, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Hehe...
Oooh! That was most informative. :-) Yeah, I read a bit about Torxes but we were still angered by the fact that you NEEDED one to get to the friggen light that was out. There are another 3 bulbs on the back on that side that you can get to without one. *rolls eyes at buick*

That's probably what the goopy-gook was. I got some on my hand... eeww.
May. 22nd, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Hehe...
It normally doesn't help when things are rusted like crazy, but most of the time you can squeeze a flat-head screwdriver into a torx... no guarantees it won't bend the screwdriver, since I *have* ruined two or three doing that before.

Mostly when dealing with very small torxes, because the head for the screwdriver is thinner.
May. 22nd, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Hehe...
That's exactly the problem we had! Before my dad found his set of Torx, the only flat-head we could fit in there was 1/8" and not exactly made of high quality stuff. :-P
May. 22nd, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
What kind of cookies were they?

Don't forget to bring the DVDs to graduation! :-p

Congrats on the concert! Someday I am going to see one of these... Maybe I'll write you and Mike some songs to practice over the summer break. >:-D

(You're on broadband. BitTorrent is your friend.)
May. 22nd, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
A batch of oatmeal-raisin and a batch of oatmeal-chocolate chip. And to my surprise, there are still some left in the kitchen! =-O But then it was a hell-a amount of cookies.

Definitely won't. :-P

Thanks! My mom caught it with my camcorder, so as soon as I can get my USB 2.0 card up and running, I should be able to post bits and pieces or get a DVD burner and send it to ya. :-)

BitTorrent is not my friend if I still want to work for the CIA. :-P
May. 22nd, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
Finally, another person who realizes that you can put something other than raisins in oatmeal!

Ooh, a DVD would be nice.

Hey, the CIA hires electrical engineers. Hmm... ah, what the heck. *applies*
May. 22nd, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
I got to meet Mike's boss, Steve
That means you just met him yesterday? haha. I met Mike's boss before you. :-p
May. 22nd, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yup. Mike was very confused about that. He could have sworn I met him before... But I didn't. :-P What a card that guy is.
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