July 31st, 2006

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from the disconnected times

31 July 2006 6:15 a.m.

Today's lesson in "I knew that" is: don't leave your room key-card on top of your laptop overnight. Unless of course you WANT to degauss it and not be able to get back into your room the next morning after going down to grab a muffin from the free breakfast.

The current inclination is to go ahead and get the AC fixed in spite of what is most likely a fairly steep price tag. They promised to have an estimate for us this morning around 9:30 a.m. Back in Twin Falls, before the AC unit melted itself into a solid lump of slag, the price tag was around $1100 if I am remembering correctly. Hard to say how much that may have increased. Waiting is the hard part, but at times I think my entire life is a lesson in patience, as far as that goes.
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at Les Schwab

31 July 2006 3:25 p.m.

Now, why am I at Les Schwab, you might be thinking? Well, we got the car from the shop this morning, without getting the air conditioning fixed but with having the AC taken out of the loop so we can drive the car home. That seemed like the most effective option, since both mom and I are running out of medication and need to get home. It's cooler today so we figured it was worth a try to just head home. We left La Grande about noon, but when we got on the road the car was vibrating badly, so we v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y drove into Pendleton, OR, to the Les Schwab that we had seen a billboard for while discussing what we should do.

Apparently we were lucky, since one of the tires had the rubber separating from the core. It turns out the tires on the car were the studless snow tires, and since it has been so hot out, and they are designed for low temperatures, the tire started to break down. It could have blown out on us very easily.

So we are replacing the tires with all-seasonal tires, and hope to be back on the road again soon. Maybe by 4 p.m. I was hoping we could get home tonight but it is really hard to say at this point...
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in Ellensburg, for the night

We decided to call it a night here, because we can still get back to Seattle early enough tomorrow to not be too remiss in taking our various medications. Which is the real reason we both have to hurry back - even though we both brought extra doses, we didn't anticipate and bring enough extra doses for the amount of time thru tomorrow.

I'm happy to be connected again - the super 8 in La Grande was supposed to have wireless access, but their vendor was having trouble getting the project completed. So that's what's up with the strangely time-stamped posts, I wrote them off line. I suppose I should have switched options to date posts from the time the window was opened, but I failed to remember that was an option until just now. Ah well.

It will be good to get home. In keeping with the weekend's theme of Murphy, the motel key-card programming machine was on the blink when we arrived, requiring them to escort us to our room and let us in with the pass-key, and then deliver our newly minted key-cards later when the machine was repaired. Fortune favored us with only a small wait for this, thankfully.

The cat probably thinks I've abandoned her again. Moh.