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Oxygen Mask

By M Davies   /     May 31, 2006  /     Medical Issues, Mommyhood, NEPA, The Pre-Dooce File, Wacky PA Weather  /     0 Comment

I don't know how, but somehow I managed to contract some sort of cold in 90+ heat.  The official WeatherBug reading right now is 89 degrees.  I don't know how its possible to get sick when its this warm out, but my body managed to find a way.  Not to mention the fact that I'm in the 3rd trimester now and get winded doing anything.  It's also 90 and hot and humid which makes me huff and puff worse.  My nose is clogged and no matter how many times I blow it, it is still clogged.  I did manage to take a Sudafed 12 hour, which is doing absolutely nothing for my symptoms.  I hope it cools off soon or my nose opens up.  Otherwise I may need an oxygen mask to walk around outside.

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Product Review: The I-River

By M Davies   /     May 30, 2006  /     The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

I have owned an iPod for several years now…..since the summer of 2003 (note:  I'm not sure what generation iPod mine is) and I am in love with it.  I used to burn oodles and oodles of mixed cds with stuff I'd like off of the radio, but the iPod saved me from doing all of that work only to have the cd scratched up or lost.  Anyway, with my other vehicle (the bug) I used to run my iPod through the tape deck using one of those fake cassette tape type dealio's.  It worked pretty well, and since I had 2 AC outlets in the front, I could hook the iPod to the AC to have it charge.  When I moved over to the Jeep, I couldn't run the same setup because I only have one AC outlet and a CD player.  Obviously the fake cassette tape setup wasn't going to work.  For Mother's Day Gabby (Rich) bought me an FM transmitter for my iPod…..its called the I-River, here's a pic of it:

You hook it up to your AC outlet (where your cigarrette lighter goes) and connect the other end to your iPod's earphone jack, set the Iriver to your station of choice (for me its 90.3) and tune your car's radio to that channel and away you go!  In the short time I have been using this, I have experienced no interferance of any kind.  It works as good as if it was hardwired to my car's audio.  Although, the Iriver website says it is retail 69.99, Rich may have gotten it more cheaply locally.  My only complaint with this, is that my jeep does not have a second AC outlet like my bug did.  I can't charge it while I am playing it.  That is the only drawback.  I will have to think of some kind of creative solution to get around that…… Here's the website, if you want to check it out.  I highly recommend it

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Type 43

By M Davies   /     May 28, 2006  /     The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

So in my new vehicle, there is this thing on the dashboard that says "Type 43".  It had me puzzled for a good week and a half before I decided to do some internet research on it.  The way that the "Type 43" is displayed it looks like it is a error message or some kind of display telling you to check something.  I did look through my jeep manual, but it mentioned nothing of the sort.  I also consulted with other people as to what this could mean, but nobody had any good ideas. Of course my brother and I made our own guesses: 

  • You have to be in the car 43 minutes before the airbags work
  • The car will self destruct in 43 minutes
  • You have to be at least 43 years old to survive a car crash.
  • Etc, Etc, Etc

But in actuallity it is the name of the dashboard panel components?  How stupid.  Why not just put "Dashboard Type 43" or something like that?  I thought something was wrong with my car right from the dealership.  I had my bitch all charging up and it was ready to go apeshit on someone.

Anyway, here is the article in case you wanted to read it: It is the holy grail of Type 43 information.

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Question: What is Bondo?

By M Davies   /     May 28, 2006  /     NEPA, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

Answer:  This is the official color of Noxen, Pennsylvania.

I found out that Noxen apparently has their own website:  http://www.noxenpa.com/

I have wayyyyy too much time on my hands today.  While I'm waiting for something to do, I'm going to read up on the annual rattlesnake round-up.  That should be interesting bedtime reading.  No, its not bedtime, but it still ought to put me to sleep.

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The science of horizontal bird shit

By M Davies   /     May 27, 2006  /     The Pre-Dooce File, The WTF File  /     0 Comment

When you climb the steps to get to our second floor, there is a small crank window at the top of the steps.  The crank window opens on an outward angle.  The first 3 days this week (Sun-Tues), it was really cold so I had pretty much all of the windows in the house closed (including the crank window).  I woke up on Wednesday morning and there was bird shit on the crank window.

I am not talking the white kind, I'm talking diahrea type bird shit in about 4 different areas on the window.  The window was closed the previous night, so I'm really puzzled as to how the bird shat on it.  The only 2 viable solutions I could have come up with was that the bird was sitting on the roof, and pooped and then when it fell, the wind blew it onto my window. Crystal also had a theory that the bird maybe have been flying toward the house at an upward angle and shat in mid air and the wind blew it onto the window. Either way, I have no idea how I'm going to get this bird shit off of my window.  It is an angled window, so I can't clean it from the inside.  I could splurge for the windex that you can hook up to your hose, but I'm not totally sure that its going to reach because the window is on the 3rd floor. 

Anyone have any creative ideas how to clean my window?  I am all ears.

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Z and BO

By M Davies   /     May 27, 2006  /     Family, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

My cousin Z that was coming over every weekend several times a day stopped by again this week.  I shouldn't complain because its the first time he's stopped down in several months, but I am just hoping that it will not cause him to start coming down every day of the week again. 

He stopped down on Wednesday, of course right within the first 5 minutes of when American Idol started.  I couldn't hide from him unfortunately because my door was open wide (it was hot).  So, I swallowed my pride and answered the door.  He asked "Is Michelle home?"  Um, what?  Don't you know who I am?  I said "I am Michelle" (in a DUH kind of way).  His Dad and girlfriend were all over each other on the sidewalk.  Z had terrible BO that was absolutely horrifying.  They stayed for 5 minutes (did not come inside thank god….) and left.  Not before asking at least a half dozen nosey questions about my pregnancy and family.  Ugh…..I hope this kid doesn't think he's going to stop down all summer long when I have a new baby.  I will be low on sleep and I will snap.

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