I know you’ve all been sitting on the edge of your seats waiting for this one…
My shipment from Wal-Mart arrived about 2:30 yesterday. All items were undamaged; surprise.
I wanted to try a different brand of paper plate, and received them…crap. Real paper, and limp as noodles…scratch that one.
I’ve been getting my paper plates as Sam’s for years; they are the lightly plastic coated variety. They were about $17 for 600.
We use paper plates exclusively as it keeps us from using the dishwasher. Certainly there are times we need hard plates for steaks as an example. X’s supreme nachos on a paper plate don’t do well under the toaster oven broiler.
I did chicken strips yesterday. I cut three boneless breasts into strips, and soaked/marinated them in buttermilk for several hours before letting them dry out some, and then breading them with pancake mix, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, then deep fried…they were very tender…the wife said they were tainted; more for me.
As I waited for the groceries to arrive, it seemed logical to leave the gate unlocked, and to my surprise, I had a knock at the door.
It was the “engineer” working with the fiber network install people, getting a layout and a plan to run the fiber cable; yes, it will be fiber right up to the house; no joints like they do with coax cable…well, not near as many.
The fiber splices they use are technical marvels. Not coax splitter, where one loses several db at each joint. A good friend of mine worked for Dynatel, a division of 3M that made the splices back in the eighties. It was a ‘factory’ of sorts, and he was just one of the minions. The ‘reject’ percentage was huge, and bigwigs from corporate HQ investigated, and found that the splices were contaminated. My buddy, who is too damn smart for his own good, began doing his own investigation, and found that under a microscope, the cutting blades used in the splicing kits, were rusty and jagged, causing an imperfect cut in the optic cable, which lead to way too many db loss in each splice.
He reported his findings to management, and got promoted. He eventually got his computer science degree, and moved up the ladder until he retired.
The engineer indicated that the “installers” preferred to dig, instead of bore under things like sidewalks, patios, and other concrete barriers. Digging, he said was safer, and with a little less liability.
So, we continue to wait for the next leg of the installation. I should go down to their office and pick up my free Roku box before the 1st.
I have done some research on replacing the fuel filter on my Ranger…ugh. Looks like scootching under the truck is unavoidable.
I did decide however, to make the wife a buttermilk pie. She will be surprised when she wakes up.
I have also decided to make a quick cheesecake for myself…and the wife too, if she so desires. She doesn’t really care for this one…don’t know why…oh yeah I do; it’s the graham cracker crust she doesn’t care for…more for me.