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That's Good... no, that's Bad

Truck repairs cost only $300.00. That was just exactly how much extra money I had from this paycheck. I am now completely broke. But they fixed not only the window motor, but the broken door lock AND the sagging headlight (for free), so may I add my huzzahs to sillymagpie's comments about the awesomeness of Stanley's Service Center, one of the finest service centers in Phoenix (when I was looking up their phone number this morning to ask if they did electronic repairs, I noted that they had across-the-board 5-star reviews from users). They also washed the truck and threw out the trash. Great guys.

The pay raises were handed down. They were FAR less than our supervisor was hoping for -- but as I assured him, we ARE getting them this year, so yay. And mine is hardly shabby, even though smaller than last year (and because I'm past the halfway point in my pay grade, I get more bonus cash and less merit increase), it's still considerable; of course, my supervisor does focus strongly on giving the money to those who deserve it, and while I know that my raise came at the expense of someone else's, I say... hey. This is an EASY job. If you slack, then you lose. I deserve it.

One thing about riding the bus is that I get a chance to read. Every time I read a book by Steven Brust, I am struck again by just how freaking GOOD a writer he is. Now I think I will knuckle down and read all of the Jhereg books (honestly, I don't know why it's taken me this long to start reading them -- I think it's just been procrastination coupled with "other things to read" and then being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers... I'm starting at the end via the beginning, with the "history" books... so good. So really good).

Lunch was delicious and fun - all the usual tailgate stuff, burgers and chips and really good salsa and little dill pickles and potato salad and delicious ambrosia salad; my cookies were cheered by all and I have some left, so yay. One note about said recipe (a new one), is that they didn't indicate parchment or greased cookie sheets, and there was some amount of stickage in getting them pried off. Next time, parchment.

Now I'm wishing I hadn't spent money on some useless stuff last week... ah, well, I'll pull through. Fortunately, third paycheck of the month had a little extra in it, so... and then by the end of February the raise will kick in. I'll crawl along. At least Fry's had Coke on sale last week, so I'm well stocked on THAT necessity.

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evil_little_dog
Jan. 31st, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
...are you quoting Hee Haw skits in your LJ title for this one?
wildrider
Jan. 31st, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Well, Archie Campbell in particular (he did that shtick in his comedy act, too) - I watched an episode of Hee Haw last weekend and been thinking about 'em... *g*

evil_little_dog
Jan. 31st, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
At least I remember it partially after I read it a couple of times. *grins*

Did you see that the last Hager twin died a couple of weeks ago?
wildrider
Jan. 31st, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
I was astounded to find out it ran until 1986 - after Buck left, even. The episode I just rented had George Strait's one and only appearance; I have to find the one where Garth Brooks showed up. Ye gods, I can't even remember when my folks stopped watching (of course, since it was in syndication, it's possible it simply wasn't being broadcast in Tucson).

Not surprising; most of the cast is dead now. I think Roy Clark may be just about the only one still kicking.
evil_little_dog
Jan. 31st, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
When I moved into this place and I was working on cleaning the windows on the front porch, my neighbor shouted across the street, "Hey, Grandpa, what's for supper?"

I had to blink about a half a dozen times before the memory kicked in.

I know my parents were still watching it when I was in college but I don't think they watched it up until '86 (when I graduated). We'd gone on to watching the Saturday episodes of Doctor Who by then.
wildrider
Feb. 1st, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
We started renting episodes from Netflix (glad I never bought these, since Columbia released them ONE EPISODE PER DISC) and it was amazing how much I remembered; all those stupid gags and songs were all still trapped in my memory...

sillymagpie
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
Isn't it surprising how much of those things you remember?
ljs
Jan. 31st, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
Glad your truck is fixed!
wildrider
Jan. 31st, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
sillymagpie
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you had to repair the car, but I'm glad it didn't take more money than you had. (Not much consolation.)

Dang, I must have missed the Coke sale. I've been buying Big K sodas because they're cheap. :/

Those were very yummy cookies!
wildrider
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
It was last week. I can't drink generic soda. I'd rather drink water.

Thanks!
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