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More hideous white stuff from the sky.

Should all melt by noon. This was a snowstorm in the middle of a heat wave! Some complex meteorology there, but I don’t feel like explaining it.

Turns out it would cost $100 to UPS the Art Installation. It’s fragile, would require acres of foam peanuts etc etc.

No way I am going to spend $100 shipping the thing. I mean, yes, yes, yes, it is adorable, but I know Max would prefer the $$$$.

I had a long conversation with the Shipping Place clerk about the economics of shipping. Turns out that this is UPS and Fed Ex’s response to Amazon’s virtual monopoly on b2b shipping. Courier delivery services can’t complete, so instead they shift the costs on to hapless personal shippers so that they can still maintain a profit margin.

Anyway, now I’m thinking the Art Installation becomes a graduation present that I hand-carry to CA in May.

Haven’t yet made plane reservations for the May trip. What I would really like to do is make a road trip to CA, which would necessitate acquiring a new-to-me vehicle – which I am 60% convinced I’m gonna do anyway – and finding someone else for whom the idea of a Rilly Good Time involves stopping in every roadside attraction on Route 80. That last one seems impossible. Really, no one but me likes road trips.


In other news, the Saturday Tax Bwana clusterfuckery factor is under control so that it’s now entertaining. The other three preparers have good senses of humor, the wisecracks roll. All we need is a laugh track, and we’re a sit com!

And I’m trying to figure out whether there’s any compelling reason why I shouldn’t spend the rest of my life in bed streaming Monk episodes.

So far the only reason I’ve come up with is that there are only 125 hours of Monk episodes.

So, I’d be cutting my life span to six days. Or I’d have to watch a lot of reruns.

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Feb. 18th, 2018 02:21 pm (UTC)

I love road trips, you are not the only one. Spent years of my life "on the road."

Feb. 18th, 2018 04:49 pm (UTC)
Road trips are the best!
Feb. 18th, 2018 04:38 pm (UTC)
USPS anyone? You pack it carefully yourself, they do the rest.
Feb. 18th, 2018 04:41 pm (UTC)
Problem is the glass door. It's got to be plunked in a bigger box and surrounded by packing materials.
Feb. 18th, 2018 05:37 pm (UTC)
Well, May is in like two weeks. Plus that kind of gift is better delivered in person.

I don’t get it, so he’s graduating law school... and then he’s staying in school for public policy...?
Feb. 18th, 2018 09:23 pm (UTC)
He worked with the Innocence Project last semester and became very interested in criminal justice system policies. For example: Defendants are most often convicted on the basis of eyewitness identifications. But the standards for introducing that particular type of evidence are far less scientifically rigorous than the standards for introducing , say, expert testimony or forensic evidence. He sees that as a major systemic problem that works against defendants.

He's taking the California bar this summer. At this point, he wants to be a public defender.

Feb. 19th, 2018 05:15 pm (UTC)
The cute guy made a glass window memorial and shipped it to the SIL - the "shipping box" has to be made with a 1x2 frame, and use rigid Styrofoam sheets to fit the glass. Cheaper than driving to Cali, but not as much fun. Besides, Max is your kid...you need to be there.
Feb. 19th, 2018 05:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I am going out to CA in any event because... law school graduation! :-)

But I like Cute Guy's solution. You probably don't have pictures! But I'd like to hear more about it.
Feb. 18th, 2018 06:03 pm (UTC)
What about renting a car for the road trip? A number of people I know with older cars have done that instead of upgrading their regular rides.
Feb. 18th, 2018 09:24 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea.

Wouldn't want to do a 3,000-mile road trip solo, so I'll see if I can persuade anyone to come with me. And if I can, I'll rent a car.
Feb. 19th, 2018 04:03 am (UTC)
I have never seen a single "monk" episode.
Feb. 19th, 2018 03:03 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you'd like it actually. :-)
Feb. 19th, 2018 05:12 pm (UTC)
prolly not, or it would have caught my eye while it was on regular TV...
Feb. 19th, 2018 03:00 pm (UTC)
I love road trips but then my irrelevancy is already well established ;)
Feb. 19th, 2018 03:02 pm (UTC)
Heh. :-)

Interested in taking off from work for 10 days or so and driving to California? :-)
Feb. 19th, 2018 10:37 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how tempted I am to go but I would surely be fired if I did.
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