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As someone recently pointed out, I am very much a "glass half empty" kind of guy.   That being said, occasionally there is a beam of joy in the misery that is my life.   Today,it was coming home a

It is a perfect day in Paris too. Had a lovely walk around the 9th this morning, and will soon be going to meet a friend for lunch, it will be nice to eat outside.

Because of some holiday, the subway is very empty today.

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Found a 2005 inexpensive wine (Tilenus Bierzo) in my basement that I thought was long past drinkable. Tried to open it and cork disintegrated. Like sand. Poured thru a coffee filter and it smelled pretty bad. Sat in a decanter for an hour or so and it was freaking delicious with a roast chicken.  :) 

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We finally bought a "new" car. It's new to us - a certified pre-owned Volvo. Considering I've been driving a '99 Camry, there's a lot learn with all of the electronics. Our fear is that we won't recognize it when we go to look for it.

 

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3 hours ago, bloviatrix said:

We finally bought a "new" car. It's new to us - a certified pre-owned Volvo. Considering I've been driving a '99 Camry, there's a lot learn with all of the electronics. Our fear is that we won't recognize it when we go to look for it.

That's what we did when we purchased at the end of 2015.  At the time, our CPO deal added 2 years (they now only offer 1) to the end of the warranty that came with the car (4 years). So we essentially have (had) 6 years of warranty on an almost-new car.  Only thing that had to be repaired under warranty was a silly washer that sprays one of the front headlights when the windshield wipers are on.  Seems like something that was guaranteed to fail, and it did...one of the weirdest non-essential things i've ever seen on a car.

And our Camry was a '95 - it was a trooper.

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9 hours ago, bloviatrix said:

We finally bought a "new" car. It's new to us - a certified pre-owned Volvo. Considering I've been driving a '99 Camry, there's a lot learn with all of the electronics. Our fear is that we won't recognize it when we go to look for it.

 

Congrats. Love our current volvo (xc40).

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Significant Eater, who has worked tirelessly during the pandemic to make sure her team and her coworkers stayed safe during these perilous last months and when and if (and some have) people return to the regional office, received the highest award bestowed by her agency bureau, from the director of her agency bureau. Called, in fancy terms, the Director's Mission Achievement Award...

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The COVID-19 Response and Re-Entry Team led the Bureau's pandemic response with the goal of ensuring the health and safety of their colleagues while enabling the Bureau to deliver on its integral mission.  The team implemented a thoughtful pandemic response plan that facilitated key decisions; rapidly adapted the Bureau's operating posture - at Headquarters, regional offices, and in the field...

As she works no more than 10 feet away, I can tell you that at times it has not been easy...there's lots of stress and pressure and she never backs down.  I'm very proud of her...and be glad that civil servants often take their jobs quite seriously and do their work for all of us. I married well.

And a friend sent her these...

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On 11/20/2020 at 10:29 AM, bloviatrix said:

We finally bought a "new" car. It's new to us - a certified pre-owned Volvo. Considering I've been driving a '99 Camry, there's a lot learn with all of the electronics. Our fear is that we won't recognize it when we go to look for it.

 

I have a fondness for Volvos and every time I see a C30 I feel great regret for not purchasing one when I had the chance (Volvo was actually offering 0% financing with free service for 2 or 5 years - can't remember which, including oil changes!).     

But I couldn't justify paying CAD $48k plus taxes and fees, and then having to use premium gas. Still, I covet every one I see.

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Our company is giving us all bottles of Veuve Clicquot and boxes of chocolate truffles in recognition of this crappy year.  I wonder if this is lieu of our yearly bonuses, or if they now have extra money since there are no office holiday parties at fancy restaurants.

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11 minutes ago, StephanieL said:

Our company is giving us all bottles of Veuve Clicquot and boxes of chocolate truffles in recognition of this crappy year.  I wonder if this is lieu of our yearly bonuses, or if they now have extra money since there are no office holiday parties at fancy restaurants.

Fingers crossed for the latter.

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If you have a pair of binoculars, or maybe a telescope...if you live outside the city, lucky you. But even from our 15th floor bedroom window, this is pretty cool.  And the next time is a long ways away...

Jupiter and Saturn Head for Closest Visible Alignment in 800 Years

 

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It will be the closest alignment of Saturn and Jupiter, the largest planets in our solar system, since 1623. But that conjunction, just 14 years after Galileo built his first telescope, was 13 degrees away from the sun, making it almost impossible to view from Earth, said Amy C. Oliver, a spokeswoman for the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian.

 

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The housing for the refrigerator water filter decided to go kerblooey today, gushing water into the fridge and onto the floor.  N had to make a frantic effort to find the water shutoff valve and to clean up the kitchen.  Why is this a RTBC though?  Because in a holiday miracle, GE Appliances support not only happened to have a technician visit slot open today (with the next slot not available until the 21st), but he called within 10 minutes of me putting the online request in, came by less than 15 minutes later, and was able to figure out a temporary fix to the problem while the replacement part is on order.  And, we won't have to pay until the repair is totally complete, which should happen next Tuesday.

GE Appliance technicians were a great help in fixing our oven too.  Maybe the appliances themselves aren't top quality, but the customer service sure is.

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My ability to take pictures of planets is really not that great, as I don't exactly have the right equipment, Couple that with the light pollution...

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and you end up with that.  But as close as they've been in 800 years, that's Jupiter and Saturn.

P.S. They're really not that close to each other, unless you think around 400 million miles is close.

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