Wednesday, January 19, 2000

It’s been quite a day. I woke up this morning with a sore throat and severely upset stomach, so I spent the day in bed. I was lucky enough to get an order, though, including a CD of cartoon theme music. Lots of fun there.

But a major winter storm’s coming, so I had to go out at 3:30 to get new tires on my truck, plus chains, and a few bags of sand for the back. I went to a local Costco first, and after standing in line at their tire service for a good ten minutes, was informed that they were all out of tires that fit my truck. This, despite them having signs out advertising tires that fit my truck. *sigh*

So then I ran down to Merchant’s Tire and Auto to buy four new tires. That went swimmingly, except that (dummy that I am) I just bought the four all-weather tires and left the store with the tires in the back of my truck. As I was driving down the road, I called Mom and she gently pointed out that there was no way we were going to be able to install those tires ourselves. So I called Merchant’s back and they confirmed that they’d be able to install them tonight. Great! I went to a local Super Trak and grabbed a set of chains, then dropped my truck off at Merchant’s.

I wandered over to a local Giant’s, bought a copy of PC Magazine and Yahoo! Internet Life (which had two articles by Jon Katz, frequent /. contributor), then ate dinner at McDonald’s while I read my magazines. Then I wandered back to Merchant’s, where they were behind-schedule. Fortunately, they had a TV on, so I was able to catch an episode of CBSCity of Angels (it stank — fair to poor acting and cliched storylines). I didn’t make it home until 9:00, at which point I put on the chains, put the truck away, drank a mug of hot tea, took a shower, and went to bed.

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