Water Cooler Technology

The new office I work in has a classic Water Cooler with the big water bottles that you flip over. There is a tremendous improvement in this technology. In the old days, you opened bottle and you flipped the bottle over quickly, hoping, praying that you could turn the bottle over fast enough and aim properly so the bottle landed in the cooler opening and you didn’t spill the water all over the floor.

These days, the opening is sealed with a cap, and the cooler punctures the seal. You can turn the bottle over as slowly and carefully as you want. There is no fear of dropping the bottle on the floor and spilling gallons of water on the floor.

Domain Name Auction

I helped a friend win an auction for an expired web site domain name. Apparently, when a domain name expires, the domain registry does not immediately release the name to the general pool. First, they hold it for 30 to 45 days, giving the original owner about a month or so to get their act together and renew it. After that grace period, the name is released to selected partners. If the name had been registered through Network Solutions, the largest .com registry because they were first, it is released to Snap Names.

Before the name is released to Snap Names, you can place a free backorder for the name. You give them a credit card and agree to bid a minimum of $60 for the name if it becomes available.

Over the weekend the name was released and the auction started. 32 people were in it. The rules are little different than an ebay auction. Only those people will backorders can participate in the auction. That means that once it starts, the pool of participants is fixed. Also, if a new bid is made near the end of the auction, the time of the auction is extened. This give everyone a fair chance, and increases the amount of money Snap Names can earn from the auction.

For most of the auction, I was the high bidder at $81. I had put my maximum bid at $200. On the last day, first I upped it to $500, then $1000, and finally $2000. Every time some one upped their bid, I was already there with a higher number.

It got pretty nerve-wracking at the end, because in the last minute, someone placed a new bid. This extended the auction another 4 minutes. When it was finally over, I had purchased the domain name for $1601. This auction also included 1 year registration on Network Solutions.

I am the legal owner of the domain name, but I spent my friend’s money. It may seem like a lot of money to me, but does not compare to the current record: property.com for $750,000.

Fishing in the Rain

Today we planned to go on a Cub Scout fishing expedition. Our Cub Scout den is working towards their World Conservation Award and fishing is one of the requirements. We planned to go to a private pond in a friend’s backyard up near Hillsborough. He built the pond 4 years ago and stocked it with bass and catfish. It is a popular spot among Scouts looking to do more than “Try their best” at fishing. They want fish and this is the place where you can fish with hot dogs.

We needed to go to Wal-Mart and get another fishing rod (for Grace or Peter, but that’s another story), so I suggested we go to the Wal-Mart in Hillsborough, eat lunch up there (it was at least a different set of fast food restaurants) and head to the pond for fishing.

It had been raining all morning and it was in the high 50s. I spoke with our other den leader as we headed into Wal-Mart and cancelled the den meeting. We figured since we were here, we might as well go fishing. It was barely drizzling at this point. What’s a little rain? Imagine, the parents want to stay in the rain and the kids would rather be inside.

We bought a fishing rod (for Peter, and Grace got his old one), some Canadian Nightcrawlers (big ass worms) and a fishing tool with pliers and several knives because I had forgotten my Swiss Army knife.

We drove to our friend’s house all ready for some fishing. It was raining pretty steadily by this point. We got all of our stuff and found a spot along the pond where the grass was low enough to get access to the water. Meg tied the hooks to the line. I baited the hooks and we were off.

I helped Grace cast. I told her if we were vegetarians and loved muddy, dead oak leaves, we would be very proud of her. She caught about five of those. Peter was able to fish by himself. He’s great at casting. But he didn’t catch anything either. Even Meg, our master fisherman, didn’t have any luck. The only time a fish nibbled, I was holding her rod and there was too much slack in the line for me to effectively snag the fish.

After a little while our children told us they were cold, wet and miserable. And ready to go home. I was having a good time because it was nice to be out in the rain without worrying about getting wet. We were already wet. It was cold, but it didn’t really bother me. Since I don’t have my own fishing rod, there was no pressure for me to catch any fish. I am also free to help Grace as much as she needs.

After removing our muddy shoes and wet jackets we got in the car and drove home in the cold, driving rain. The heat in the car was blasting. Peter took a long hot shower when we got home. Another Cub Scout elective completed.

Books Never Written

Some familiar, some funny and some just plain bad.

Under the Grand Stands by Seymor Buts
To the Outhouse by Willie Maket, illustrated by Betty Wont
How to Survive a Bear Attack by Ben Eaton
Walking to School by Misty Bus
How to Check a Pulse by Izzy Dead
Where Have All the Animals Gone? by Darin Dabarn
The Yellow River by I.P. Daily
Over the Mountaintop by Hugo First
The Numbers Game by Cal Q. Later
Rusty Bed Springs by I.P. Freeley
Falling Off a Cliff by Eileen Dover
The Joys of Drinking by Al Coholic
My Life with Igor by Frank N. Stein
Supporting Athletes by Jacques Strappe
I Was Prepared by Justin Case
Green Spots on the Wall by Picken and Flicken
Caulking Made Easy by Phil McKrevis
The Future of Robotics by Cy Borg and Anne Droid
What to Do if You’re in a Car Accident by Rhea Ender
Breathing Lessons by Hal E. Tosis
Why Should I Walk? by Iona Carr
Deep in Debt by Owen A. Lott
Taking Tests by B.A. Wiseman
Pie by Don Cherry
Computer Memory by Meg A. Byte
Gotta Go by C. U. Later
How to Serve Your Fellow Man by The Cannibals
The Membership List by Ross Terr
The Giant Clock Tower by ‘Big’ Ben
All About Flowers by Chris Anthymum
Boy Scout Brigade by Pat Troll
The Lost Scout by Werram Eye
Late for Work by Dr. Wages
Ten Years in the Bathtub by Rink Lee Prune
How to Eat Cereal by Poor A. Bowl
Smelly Stuff by Anita Bath
Technology in the 21st Century by Rob Ott
A Safe Hitchiker’s Guide by Ren Tacar
Things Women Can’t Do by B. A. Mann
The Art of Being Discreet by Anonymous
Bubbles in the Bath by Ivor Windybottom
Microsoft Business Practices by Eve Hill
Gotta Go Again by D. I. Aria
Interesting Places Around The World by Ben There & Don That
101 Ways To Die by Sue I. Cide
Household Book of Tools by M.C. Hammer
Paris Monuments by I. Phil Taurer
The Bearded Chinaman by Harry Chin
How to Exercise by Eileen and Ben Dover
Magical Bed Wettings by Peter Pants
101 Ways to Diet by I. M. Hungry
Getting Fired by Anita Job
Great Restaurants by Bo Leamick
Crossing a Man with a Duck by Willie Waddle
A Sailor’s Adventure by Ron A. Ground
Green Vegetables by Brock Ali
Raise Your Arms by Harry Pitt
Long Walk Home by Miss. D. Bus
Sitting on the Beach by Sandy Cheeks
Window Coverings by Kurt and Rod
Wheels in China by Rick Shaw
How To Dance by Sheik Yerbouti
Something Smells by I. Ben Pharting
I.Q. Competitions by Samar T. Pants
Depressing Jobs by Paul Bearer
The Skyline by Bill Ding
My Life as a Gas Station Attendant by Phil R. Awp

Fun Pie Facts


Apple pie is the favorite flavor among one out of four Americans, followed by pumpkin, chocolate, lemon meringue, and cherry.

Before pie was America’s favorite dessert, fruit pies were commonly eaten as part of breakfast in the 19th century.

The term “upper crust” refers to early America when the economy was difficult and supplies were hard to come by. Only affluent households could afford ingredients for both the upper and lower crusts of a pie; thus, the term “upper crust” was born.

Shoo-fly pie is a wet-bottom molasses pie that was originally used to sit on windowsills to attract flies away from the kitchen.

Facts about Bras

The first bra was patented in New York in 1859 by Henry S. Lesher.

Did you know that 75% of women are wearing the wrong size bra?

There are many stores, from department stores like Nordstroms to lingerie boutiques, that offer the services of a “certified bra fitter.” I cannot find who offers this training or what it entails.