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A Three Dog Night.

We don’t have any dogs so it’ll be a 3 heater and one cat night.

First off Jan and I want to wish our good friend’s Nick and Terry Russell a wonderful 20th Anniversary.

Nick And Terry

Many, many more guys. Hope we’ll see ya’ll soon.

Well last night’s low was 31°, and the high today creeped up to 40° and that was about it. And then tonight we’re looking for either 21° to 23° depending on which weather service you want to believe, Of course neither one is ideal.

With these upcoming temps I had planned to set up my heat lamp in our water bay to keep things warm. But I found my heat lamp bulb hadn’t survived storage in the basement and the lamp wasn’t much better so around 11:30 I drove over to the Santa Fe Tractor Supply to pick up a new set.

The temp was about 37° so I had no problems with ice on the roads, but it had rained last night and again this morning so as the temp drops it’s going to get messy.

If fact, based on the predicted dangerous road conditions tomorrow morning I’m worried about whether or not we’ll be able to get to the hospital tomorrow morning for Jan’s lithotripsy procedure.

And with all businesses and schools already closed tomorrow, when a call came in from the hospital around 11am, I was expecting a cancellation, but it was just a confirmation call. But I wouldn’t be surprised to get a call tomorrow morning.

They’re saying tonight will be the coldest in Houston in 22 years. Yikes!

I know Jan just wants to get it all over with, but we’ll have to see. Hopefully it will work out.

By the time I went out to set up the heat lamp in the bay, it was 31° and ice was everywhere. I even had trouble unscrewing the hose connections so I could disconnect us from shore water. I also put a remote thermometer in the bay so I can monitor things.

I was happy to see the temp in the bay quickly climb from 30 to 39°, so hopefully that will take care of things.

About 8:30 I went outside to check on the truck for tomorrow morning. Rime ice was already coating things so I unstuck the wiper blades and left them folded out so they won’t be froze to the windshield tomorrow. I also got the truck door unstuck and open. But it did take a bit. I went out a couple of hours and repeated the process, and I’ll do it again before I go to bed. Hopefully we’ll be able to get in the truck tomorrow.

Stay warm out there.

The Word of the Day is:

Thought for the Day: 

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience. – Shelley Winters 



I Give Up . . .

Back at work this morning, I gave up.

For the last couple of months I’ve been trying to move my client’s website and online store off the in-house Linux server and up onto Godaddy. But so far everything I’ve tried has been a dud

To do that I need to set up a new version of Zen Cart on Godaddy and then copy the Zen Cart MySQL data from the Linux server and then just install it on Godaddy’s version.

Yeah, right!

Well it would be that easy except that access to the MySQL file is password protected. And the password is not any of the ones from my list of the previous guy’s passwords..

But I kind of figured out a workaround only to find that the data file itself is encrypted. Why the hell, I don’t know. There’s no reason for it.

And even worse, it’s encrypted with AES-256 encryption, the same standard used for online banking. So good luck breaking that. So now it’s down to grunt work.

We presently have about 1680 products in the database, so my fall-back is to just start copying the individual products over one at a time. It’s likely to take several months, but as I told Jan if I’d done this to start with, I’d be done by now.

At least it’ll keep me off the streets and out of trouble. Well, one of them, at least.

We had originally planned to have our left-over El Pollo Loco for dinner tonight, and then eat out tomorrow, but the incoming weather intervened. With tomorrow, we’re expecting temps in the low 20’s with freezing rain, sleet, black ice, and snow flurries/snow. Sounds like a good day to stay home.

So as soon as I got home we turned back around and headed back up FM646 to have dinner at our local favorite, Pho20.

We both started out with their delicious House Crunch Salad, with Miso Dressing and Tempura Crunches. Then while Jan again went with the Hibachi Chicken,

Pho 20 Hibachi Chicken

I once again got the White Chicken Pho with Vegetables.

Pho20 Pho

Really good and enough to bring home more than I ate to start with.

Before heading home we made a detour by the nearby HEB for a few things.

Tomorrow I’ll double check that our fresh water tank is full and then disconnect us from the Shore Water for the next couple of days, since we’re looking at 23° tomorrow night and 26° on Wednesday.

Since we’re looking at possible icy road conditions Wednesday morning, we may find that Jan’s lithotripsy gets rescheduled. We’ll have to see.

The Headline of the Day:
One in four non-believers pray when crisis strikes.

Thought for the Day: 

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak. – Jay Leno


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