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Date: 2005-11-30 12:44
Subject: Partially successful shopping excursion
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I found myself less than a quarter mile from Wal-Mart this evening and couldn't resist stopping in to do a little shopping. I bought 60 pounds of black oil sunflower seeds and an additional 20 pounds of safflower, which should help the wild birds survive what looks like will be a rough winter, and should give our indoor cats something fun to watch when we're not around to entertain them.

I also tried to buy the type of oil filter jebra wanted, but my bad luck obtaining one continued. jebra's father has been getting phenomenal gas mileage on his highway driving — something like 35 miles per gallon. His trick is to use synthetic oil and to alternate changing the oil with changing the oil filter at three month intervals. We've decided to follow the same program, hence my search for the Fram oil filter his dad recommended. Wal-Mart wasn't the only place that didn't carry the Extended Guard version; neither did Murray's Discount Auto Parts, as I discovered when I went there this morning. I was quite vexed with Murray's when I found that out as not only had I called before going, the clerk told me he was pulling one for me and would have it waiting fat the counter. Turns out that they had a different type (high mileage, not extended guard) and he hadn't actually pulled it. I was not happy to learn I'd be lied to. On the other hand, I did find a pair of very cute penguin-shaped cigarette lighters there. I bought them and decided to tell the boss that I'd had such a frustrating morning I'd decided to start smoking again. That part's not actually true — I have no intention to resume — but I did buy the lighters.

My best purchase of the day was a music recording of something we'd heard while we were on our way to maddiec24's house. We were surfing radio stations at the time, looking for something I could tolerate, when we happened across a totally awesome version of Carol of the Bells. I made a note of the time, radio station frequency, and our location, just in case it became necessary to track down the station and ask for their play list. When the song ended, jebra and I began chanting "Back announce, back announce", but the DJ merely gave information about the next song. We kept listening, hoping that the station's call letters would be announced at some point, and were rewarded when, after the set ended, the DJ revealed the piece we'd fallen in love with had been recorded by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

My last find of the day was the Dora the Explorer version of Candyland. Having fond (albeit hazy) memories of playing Candyland when I was small, I decided to buy one and donate it to Toys for Tots. I'll take it to one of the drop sites on my way home from work tomorrow night.
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User: johnridley
Date: 2005-11-30 13:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You could have magical frictionless oil, and I don't think it would improve your gas mileage by more than 10%. The oil isn't his only trick, he's also an economical driver. Driving style has a LOT more to do with mileage than the small amount that engine friction adds to gas consumption.

I bet he doesn't jackrabbit, and doesn't drive 85 on the expressway. Perhaps he also times lights as I do; when you see a red light, slow down early; it's better to slow down to 35 half a mile back and then coast through than to go 55 up to the light, then have to stop, then re-accellerate.

Dropping your speed 5mph will do as much as any oil will.
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2005-11-30 20:42 (UTC)
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I'm sure you're right. And recent experience proves he doesn't willingly exceed 45 mph. Driving that slow bothers me, however. Not only do I want to get where I'm going a little quicker than that, I'm afraid driving that slow will provoke someone into an expression of road rage.
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jimpage363: Krycek Sugar
User: jimpage363
Date: 2005-11-30 17:57 (UTC)
Subject: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Keyword:Krycek Sugar
I love that version. I think it's called 'Sarajevo 1987" or something odd. It's a very martial version of the piece.

My award arrived today and I am delighted. Thank you so much!
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2005-11-30 20:55 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Close. It's track #8, Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, on Christmas Eve and Other Stories.

And I'm delighted to hear you're delighted! :-)
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User: lorelei633
Date: 2005-12-02 01:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:azziriaicons & mick inkpen/hungry
I bought 60 pounds of black oil sunflower seeds

On the drive home, did you happen to notice a Bureau-issue sedan following you very closely? Maybe with a hungry Fox at the wheel? ;)
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AerynSun: Dirty boys
User: peach1250
Date: 2005-12-12 02:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Dirty boys
They're going to be in town this week but I can't afford tickets to see them. I love their version of that song. I picture Mozart or Beethoven standing in front of an orchestra with a baton every time I hear it.
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