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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

It wasn’t until I saw myself in the mirror this morning that I decided that today was the day I was going to get a haircut. I knew I needed one, of course, and I’d been thinking of getting one some time this week, but this was payroll day and I wasn’t going to take the time to do it today. Until I looked in the mirror.

What if the FedEx guy had come to the door before I took a shower and gelled up my hair like a madman, instead of after? I would have had to put a hat on! I mean, I’m not here to impress delivery drivers, but I would be embarrassed to be seen by the garbage man or even a politician looking like that. I didn’t even want to see myself with that 360-degree mop of white around my head.

But I was determined for once to get it cut as short as I had in mind when I walked into the salon. Usually I can say “a little shorter” only so many times before I just give up, but today I kept my glasses in my lap so that every time I heard “how’s that” I could check it out and give clear cut directions. As usual, I came away satisfied, but this time with more hope that I won’t be disappointed the next day. (And, as usual, we won’t know that until tomorrow.)

Plus, it didn’t take much time out of my busy day. In fact, I think it took less time than it usually does when I have to stand in line at the bank. (And it was a much more personal experience. Thank you, Cindy.)

11 July 2006

Streaming driveway.

Yesterday when I was walking out to the mailbox I noticed a wet spot in the middle of my driveway. Today when I got home from the hair salon it was a little pond, with rivers and tributaries. There must be a leak somewhere, because it got worse later this afternoon (when I took the photo above). Now I have to try to track down my landlord before the whole place is under water. I tell ya, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. Never fails.

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The good thing about not having any Giants in the All-Star Game is that none of them could do what the Padres’ Trevor Hoffman did, which was blow a lead, blow the save, and lose the game. The National League led, 2-1, when Hoffman, the outstanding closer, came into the game in the ninth. Michael Young’s two-out, two-run triple off Hoffman gave the American League a 3-2 win and, more importantly, home field advantage in this year’s World Series. After eight innings of great pitching, it took Hoffman about ten minutes to blow the NL’s chance at its first All-Star win since 1996.

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