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The Heat Is Building
It was really, really hot today, in that unpleasant Phoenix-area way that is, thankfully, unusual here in Tucson. For some reason, I've felt a compulsion during this year's heat waves to spend meaningful time outside. I avoid the noonday sun, obviously, but do try to go without air conditioning long enough that reentering its artificiality feels suitably artificial. This practice came in handy today when New Silver's vents started blowing the sort of air that industrial fans blow in auto repair facilities.

Because I wanted to stay in extreme temperature shape, I even spent ninety minutes in the garage this evening -- the thermometer read 108 when I started -- sorting through what I charitably refer to as "my archives" and then assembling a rolling cart for hanging file folders without any help at all. This may not seem like a big deal to you. But if you knew how easy it was to lose control of that sort of undertaking in the Nicolini-Bertsch household, where she-of-impossibly-high-standards takes command at the slightest provocation, you would be impressed with my autonomy and stealth. I even had to fetch the toolbox!

Better still, the cart I put together came from a box I'd been moving around since 1997. Back then I bought another cart, which Kim assembled, and decided that it was so handy that I purchased a back-up. For years I've been trying to keep the box out of Kim's line of vision, fearful that she would insist I finally donate it to Goodwill. When she has seen it and, understandably, informed me that my likelihood of ever using it was miniscule, I've responded that I was saving it for the day when I would suddenly turn its potential energy into actual utility.

Well, guess what? Today is that day! It now sits handsomely in the garage, full of various empty file folders that I will soon deploy in my reorganization of my home office. Things are changing around here. I'm taking the Allen wrench by the hand. I'm going to screw things into place. If you're nice to me, I might even let you watch.

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Muse: the washing machine

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kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: June 21st, 2005 05:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh Honey, I am soooo proud of you. I will remember this day forever. You're a Big Boy now. You know what Santa's bringing you for Christmas, don't you? Your very own set of Craftsman Power Tools. I think you're ready for them now. I really do.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 21st, 2005 05:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It must be all that training in tool management you've been giving me lately. . .
From: zokah Date: June 21st, 2005 05:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
very audible laughing heard from this side of the lake.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 21st, 2005 05:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If only we were on the the other side of that body of water. . .
From: zokah Date: June 21st, 2005 05:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 21st, 2005 05:57 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Misplaced italics and a double definite article. Sorry. If only we were. . .
From: zokah Date: June 21st, 2005 06:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
well, if your going to be definite, make mine double.

Dear Mom and Dad,
Having fun.
Wish you *were* *here*.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 21st, 2005 06:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
He-he. . .
yourbestfiend From: yourbestfiend Date: June 21st, 2005 08:16 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

but funny!
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