Monday, May 17, 2010

Day 153

It was finally dry enough today for me to go up on the roof with a caulking gun full of Henry Patching Cement and try to put an end to the nagging roof leaks. I've done this several times and I still have no idea what I'm doing. I've hired other people to patch the roof too, but they didn't know what they were doing either. Since water can seep through the tiniest crack or opening, you basically just spread the black tar-like sealer anywhere that you even remotely think might be the source of the leak. Unless a meteor falls on your roof or something, you're never going to actually see a hole in the roof. I found a couple of seams in the asphalt roofing material that looked like they might have gotten brittle and cracked, so I spread a big glop of the Henry Patching Cement around and hoped for the best. I also spread the stuff around all the areas where I remembered the roof had leaked before. When I was finished, I think I had as much of the messy cement on me as I had spread on the roof. It's supposed to rain this week, so we'll soon see if my efforts did any good.

When I turned the computer on this morning, I noticed that the clock had reset itself to 1969. Whenever this happens, it often means that the lithium PRAM battery on the motherboard has gone dead. I just replaced this battery last week however, so that probably isn't the problem. I like to think I know a lot about computers, but whenever I try to fix things myself, I usually just end up making matters worse. Truthfully, I probably don't know any more about fixing computers than I do about fixing roof leaks. Maybe I'll just leave the computer on instead of turning it off at night, since the problem only appears when I boot up the computer in the morning. Some people say that the hard drives will last longer if you never turn the computer off anyway. One thing is certain though. Whatever I do will end up being the wrong thing. I have a feeling that everything will be fine until then next time I'm two hours away from an important deadline. That's when the computer will choose to die.

I need to start getting more sleep. I seem to walk around perpetually tired these days. When I woke up this morning, I didn't want to get out of bed at all. I could have easily slept another two hours, but the dogs had other ideas. Their little internal clocks are so finely tuned that I probably don't even need the watches I wear or the clock on my computer. If I'm even five minutes late in fixing their breakfast, they both start barking and pestering me until I get back on schedule again. Of course, once they've been fed and had their walk, they go straight back to sleep again. Now, that's the kind of life I'd like to lead.

Dalmatian of the Day

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  1. I love the expression on this Dalamatian's face :-).

  2. This is Susie. She had just delivered a litter of puppies when she came to Dalmatian Rescue. We were able to find good homes for both Susie and her pups.