June 15th, 2002


Farscape and Mufflers

Had fun in Somerville last night. Went up to Ellen's to watch Farscape with the Buffistas. We watched Bottle Rocket first, which was quirky and fun. Farscape was the first part of a two-parter, and ended, as Tom W noted, with a cliff-hanger involving an actual cliff. Was fun helping to explain some of the back story to the people who were new to the show.

Driving up only took about ninety minutes. There was minimal traffic, and I'm starting to get a feel for where things are in Somerville. Going home was a nightmare. They were doing some kind of work on the I-93 bridge, so they took four lanes of traffic down to a single lane. Then they did it again right after the tunnel. Yeesh! No doubt these are the same swinging geniuses who are doing the planning on the Quonset project. Took two+ hours to get home in the middle of the frelling night. Plus the muffler blew out just as I was leaving Ellen's. Very, very loud.

Went to Midas first thing this morning, and had a new muffler put in, along with an oil change. $222. They also had to weld the pipe immediately behind the catalytic converters to close a crack. It's a temporary fix, but it's better than paying six hundred bucks to replace the converters on a car with 170,000 miles. Much incentive now to get serious about looking for a new vehicle. I really do need something new before going to Canada in August.

It was kind of a crappy day out. It stopped raining around noon, but it never did clear up. After I got back from Midas, I did some clean-up type stuff in the basement. Cleaned the chain saw, then installed a stationary tool wheel set on the woodworking bench, so I can push the bench to wherever I need it and then set it in place, instead of having to haul it about. Very handy. Tomorrow I need to get the piles of stuff off of the table saw, so I can start working on the bookcases.