Friday, November 21, 2008

Bullets -- I mean Bullet Points

  • The 2008 racing season is done, both for the major sanctioning bodies and for me. I didn't end it how I would have liked, but all in all I can't really complain: in 9 events, I averaged 66th percentile in class, 78th percentile in raw times, and 74th percentile in handicapped times. Daniel, my codriver, will have finished just ahead of me in raw and handicapped averages, and way ahead in class. I would have liked to have broken 80 in all 3, but dwindling attendance made that very difficult. Only 2 events had 70 or more participants, and only 4 had more than 60. One had as few as 39 drivers, although I did turn in my best performance in that event, coming in 4th.
  • Amanda is still sick. Really sick. The last couple rounds of chemo have been so uneventful that I'd forgotten how sad she looks when the neutropenia really hits her. She's downstairs right now under 2 blankets and has been there for about 4 hours.
  • Alastair has picked up a little cough that plagues him when he's sleeping. It pretty much goes away when he's up, but I'm starting to get a little worried about him.
  • I am still without an employer, but that doesn't mean I'm unemployed. I've been very busy and have only fallen about 2 weeks behind my typical salary levels, even after 6 1/2 weeks of "unemployment". And I have a lot of work slated for the near future, so I'm not too worried.
  • Gas got cheap, but you already knew that.
  • The stock market and I are in complete agreement about the president-elect. Stocks rose briefly on 11/4, but have been puking on themselves consistently since then. Thank God we don't need to rely on our investments right now...
  • Hillary will be our next Secretary of State. Oh lordy. I thought we got our fill of crotchety old women with Madeleine Albright. Granted, I thought she was pretty cool, even for a Liberal, but Hillary's not stable. Hillary belongs in a stable.
  • Facebook is the new black.
  • Daniel picked the single coldest and most ruthlessly windy day in recent memory to have me help replace his brake pads & rotors. We did it in 1 hour, which might be a personal best. But it was very cold, so we were motivated. We tried to do the fluid, too, but my power-bleeder's European-car cap blew its seal, so that will have to wait. Until warmer weather.


Anonymous said...

So did this last round of chemo actually help?

Anonymous said...

I am a raging liberal so just know I am your friend out here in the middle of Indiana. Hope Amanda and Little A all feeling better, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am glad you are finding work. My husband lost his job of 23 years last December, and somehow we are better off now than before. I wish you the best.
- Carol

Maureen said...

I picked up the new GnR today and immediately thought of you.
Hope you all are doing well - I will try to visit again soon. When I do, I might mention how Slash is ok, but damn, Axl put out a good album. ;)

Katy said...

Hope you don't mind some advice from a stranger. My daughter also had the same sort of cough thing going on for about six months, from 18-24 months. It was the most frustrating thing because each night I'd swear that the next day I was going to call the doctor, but then she'd wake up and be perfectly fine and I wouldn't do it. I guess coughs get worse at night because of loosening muscles or something like that. We have a couple of long haired pets in the house, and I found that each time I dusted and vacuumed her room it would get a little better. Maybe it's some sort of allergy? When I mentioned to her doctor at her 24 month appointment what we had gone through he pretty much glossed over it saying that kids will go through that sometimes. She's had nothing like that ever since and now she's almost 3.