Saturday, August 6, 2016

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Well let me start out by stating that I am not whining, well maybe a little. First of all I have been told by my landlords that I may be moving in two to three weeks. That's fairly good news, though originally it was 6-8 weeks which will turn into about 4 months. Ok. While I been here at my sister's there have been several unfortunate events. On the second night of my stay my car, parked on the street, was hit in the rear door. Soon after we had an incident with the clothes washer. A month later the stove died. We had no stove for three weeks. The kitchen sink backed up and we are still waiting for the plumber. Things quieted down until this passed Friday when I woke up in the middle of the night, not for the usual reason, and my left shoulder was in great pain. I think I "slept funny" on my left arm and shoulder. It's all related to when I hurt my leg a few ago on vacation. As I stepped into a drain behind the sea wall because I was preoccupied with sunrise pictures, I caught all my weight with my left arm so I wouldn't smash my face. The shoulder bothered me for a few days but not like my leg, until two days ago.  Now my arm is in a sling and I'm not working for at least a week. I am going to an orthopedic surgeon on Monday to get the final lowdown. I have already been to prompt care on Friday and x-rays didn't show any real damage but we'll see. I am also not looking forward to moving all my personal stuff, scattered all over the city, when the time finally comes.    

Well kiddies that's the update for now. It's time for some one armed laundry. It's going to be a hot and sticky one today followed by some rain. Tomorrow looks to be beautiful and Arlene is going to pick me up because I can't drive. Oh! I forgot one thing! My car failed a state inspection because a little airbag light went on just before I hit the inspection station.
A summer to remember.
I'm outta here.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Interesting old film clip

Not much going on 'round these here parts. Of course there always something to disrupt your daily routine. I had to get my state auto inspection. I thought I was being Mr. efficient by taking my car in on the first of the month. Last night a little light indicating something was amiss with an air bag or all airbags appeared. The day before there was an incident with the brake pedal. As I drove a down a busy street after a short day of work, the traffic light turned red. There was  nothing out of the ordinary about the situation until my brake pedal sank to the floor. Though the brakes bit and I slowed down, something was wrong. Now the brakes have worked fine since but this was definitely an issue. So I bring my car in for inspection thinking the brakes will probably be ok for the moment, because oddly enough, apart from your emergency brake they don't check your brakes. Imagine that! The state of Massachusetts has been nicknamed "the nanny state", among other things. Don't do this, don't do that, all kinds of regulation, but faulty brakes, no big deal right?

I thought I might as well give it a shot. These are repairs that I had to get done anyway. I was next inline to get my sticker. The guy comes up to my car to drive it into the bay. You can't do that yourself anymore. I open the door and before the guy got in he notices the light on the dash and told me that he already had to reject my car. So I suppose I should have made arrangements to have these problems rectified before I went for my inspection. Still this will involve dealing with the dealership which is never pleasant. I told them once in the past that it's not necessary for them to call and leave a message telling me the call "concerns my car". I figured that out after, "Hi! This is Lori from Sentry Ford/Lincoln. Please call us. It concerns your car." I want to go to my regular mechanic but he's booked up until next Wednesday. So this may and probably will involve getting a rental car. Such is life.

Apart from all that, things are going along ok. I found the clip below on YouTube. It's a film clip taken from the front of a trolley going through the streets of Boston in 1903. Pretty neat!       




So that's it for now.
I'm outta here.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Hi! Remember me? And oh yeah, It's *&?!#@* Hot!

To fill you in I'm still living with my sister. So much for "6 to 8 weeks". It looks like I won't be moving back to my new place, upstairs from my old place until some time in August. We have been without a stove here for almost two weeks. That should be finally taken care of on Tuesday.
So where have I been? Right here! See me waving? I have attempted to blog several times but came up empty. Most of the time I was just bitchin' and complaining about my present situation. In some respects I feel homeless though I am hardly homeless. I have to remind myself how lucky I am every time I drive through bustling Harvard Square on my way to work or home. You can see all the tourist posing in front of the gates of Harvard. All the out of state license plates and the big crowds crossing the streets then I see the homeless guy sleeping on a park bench and I have to remind myself that all that's happening to me is a slightly annoying disruption into my fairly comfortable life. Ok so I ended up whining again. I'm sorry.Apart from all that I'm fine. Arlene is also doing well. We have been discussing another trip to you know where in mid September. This all depends on Arlene getting a few days off. It's tougher for her because she works in the school system. I hope she can because this place is in our hearts. Speaking of you know where, here are a few short videos from last month. The first one was taken after we just arrived and went to our first day traditional breakfast at Linda Jeans. Our room wasn't going to be ready for several hours so we walked down to the main drag for breakfast then down to one of the many parks by the ocean. It was a beautiful day and we watched a family and their little, very energetic, puppy. The other two videos are from the last day as we waited for the ferry and set off for the mainland.    
 


So I close by saying thank for stopping by. I'm hoping to be back regularly as soon as my life gets back to somewhat normal.

I'm outta here.