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There's been a flurry of activity on our street lately. So far:

- us: moved in last December, had a new roof put on
- people across the street: moved in a few months ago, currently ripping down aluminum siding
- Mike and Kirstin (two houses down across the street): moved in a few weeks ago, already got a new roof, getting new siding
- people three houses down across the street: moved in a few months ago, painted the wood siding, getting dormers and a new roof
- house down the block on our side (don't know who bought it): sold a few weeks ago, removed the screening from the porch, getting a new roof and removing the (asbestos?) siding

Busy, busy, busy...

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Well that's nice to know:
Air conditioners: why leave off for three minutes?
> Most window air conditioners have a little sticker next to the
> controls: "Do not turn on until this unit has been off for three
> minutes."

> Why not? What happens if you turn it off, then on again one minute
> later?

The air conditioner compressor motor may not be able to start when the "high side" is near or at operating pressure. When the machine is off, the high side liquid passes thru a small tube into the "low side". When the "high side" and "low side" have the same pressure, the compressor can start without any load.

If you try to start with a load, the machine may still start with a grunt. If it can't start it will quickly overheat and the motor's internal thermal protection will trip. The machine will turn off the power to the compressor motor and will not turn the power on again until the motor has cooled.

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Yes, miracles CAN happen:
Yes, that's right, a car is finally in the garage

And don't forget to check for BEES!
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More here.

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Dear readers, I have a game for you. Well, it's probably not that much fun, so let's call it a challenge. I've discovered that I have a way of saying *exactly* the same thing multiple times. It could be within the context of an IM conversation, message board postings, or even things I wrote in high school. Take the following example.

Recently I've become reacquainted with a friend of mine from high school/college. Compare what I wrote to her in an e-mail the other day:

"Why am I having memories of Band I with Mr. Lanning? :)"

With what I wrote on her senior picture, May 1997:

"These last 4 years have been fun. I still remember band with Mr. Lanning! Was that fun or what. :)"

Right down to the damn smiley face.

So, yes, I implore you, dear readers, to find such highly amusing cases of déjà vu here on Or, just have another beer. I know you will.

On second thought, have the beer, but help me out. "Déjà vu" doesn't seem to fit here. Yet I can't think of a better term. Dear readers, what would you label this phenomena? Other than "strange"?

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You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant

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DOB 2/16/79. I'm a web developer at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. I like lots of old music, including The Who. I spend a lot of time working with computers. And my favorite TV show (when I actually decide to watch TV, that is), obviously, is The Simpsons.

In May 2002 I officially graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in computer science. In 1997 (man that seems like a long time ago) I graduated from Washington Park HS. Yes, I know, that site isn't very impressive, and no, I haven't touched it for several years.

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One of the best experiences I have ever had was on a trip called Western Field Studies. This is a 33 day adventure throughout the western United States. Students travel on a school bus to national parks, monuments, forests, and places of historical interest and camp out (in tents or under the stars). I was a part of trip 25, which took place in the summer of 1996. A first for WFS was we took along a laptop computer and kept up a web site. That link will take you to the 1996 site, where there is a link to the current site.