Got up bright and early, despite having gone to sleep late. I may sleep on the couch tonight. I seem to be able to sleep better there than on the futon. Since I was up, I was able to make it over to Tire Pros just as they opened to drop off the punctured tire from the other day to be repaired. Stopped at the post office, and ran into my ex-landlady. It was just starting to rain again, so I gave her a lift back to her house, and we chatted for a bit. It was nice to catch up. We haven't seen each other for a while. Afterwards, I went home, gathered up all my non-working and broken watches (well, three of them, anyway) and took a ride in to Wakefield to bring them to the watch hospital. The two non-working ones got new batteries, so now I can tell time on two wrists, and the broken watch got shipped to their main store to replace the crystal. I rarely get down to Wakefield anymore, except on bicycle, so I stopped in a couple of other places. Unfortunately, it was still too early for either of the used bookstores to be open. So I drove back up to Wickford, picked up my repaired tire (at no charge, because I'd bought it there), stopped at Wal-Mart to buy a hydraulic floor jack (so I don't ever have to use the miserable POS jack that came with the truck ever again), and headed for home.
Spent the rest of the day staring out my window, watching the rain come down in sheets. Didn't get any in the basement, though. I was mightily surprised by that. I cleaned some, did my laundry, had some ice cream, and listened to the Dodgers paste the Phils. Four rookies started today, and all did well. Matt Kemp hit his third home run in four whole major league games. At that rate, he'll pass Barry Bonds sometime in 2012 or so. Dinner was pasta carbonara and a glass of Riesling . Mmmm, bacon.
I also finally got around to installing Civ IV. There are a lot of changes from Civ III. The neatest one so far is that there's a voiceover of an applicable quotation for each new technology when it's discovered, similar to what was done in Alpha Centauri. The big difference is that instead of some anonymous voices, the quotes in Civ IV are done by Leonard Nimoy, which surprised the heck out of me when I first heard him. Very cool.
Still raining Tasmanian devils outside, and the power just blinked. So tired of rain.