January 30th, 2004


Not a good night last night ...

Last night was not a good night on Chat for scarlatti and me.

I wish this sort of thing didn't happen. There was a miscommunication, someone had hurt feelings, someone else clammed up scared of saying the wrong things, and the session collapsed. The remainder of the evening was pained apologies and awkward, halting fragments of what is normally quite fluid, coupled with long gaps of no communication at all.

Poor communication is the single greatest threat to a relationship, or so it seems to me, and it's one of my biggest terrors. I'm scared witless of getting communication wrong and hurting someone in the process -- I've written about this before.

I hope we do better tonight. I'm very sorry, and I love her very much. I wish I was better at expressing it -- and I wish I was better at reading her signals. And, more than that, I wish we didn't have to rely on this painfully inadequate medium.
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Yesterday I manipulated my ballcock

A tale of leet plumbing.

Yesterday, the stepson grumbled about a noise in the attic. I got the ladder out, and the lamp-on-a-clamp, and set out along the z-axis to have a nose around. There are two tanks in the attic, a large cold one and a smaller warmer one. The small one was howling, singing, going large with the drum-and-bass. I took the cover off, and waggled the float up and down a bit, and the noise stopped.

For the past year or so, the water out of the hot taps has been nicely hot. Today it is hot. Great clouds of steam arising from the kitchen sink, just like the old days when IDS was in charge.

I have no idea if these two events are related. My knowledge of plumbing extends just far enough to know that the tap with the blue on it is the cold one and the tap with the red on it is the hot one. But it's good to have hot water that's actually hot, even if it surprised me when it started.

Interview meme returns

This meme was doing the rounds last June.

ang_grrr interviewed me.
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Quoting the traditional rules:
If you want me to interview you, post a comment that simply says, "Interview me." I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering the Interviewer's questions, you ask if anyone wants to be interviewed. So it becomes your turn-- in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer.