April 03, 2007



One of the things I neglected to remember is that we are one of the few schools with enough players to have an actual junior varsity team made up mostly of 8th and 9th graders. Which has meant that the majority of games the girls have played have been against regular varsity squads. Including the one last night. I figured a small parochial school would be easier to tackle, but when you only have so many students, they all get to play from seniors on down. I also figured a church-based school would be a bit more--oh, I don't know--sportsmanlike. But they had several girls who would have been a bit more at home playing professional ice hockey.

HOWEVER, our girls did show a renewed spine in the second half, and I think proved to themselves that they CAN actually score points and move the ball and not be shoved around. It might be frustrating for them now, but I have a feeling in a couple of years they're going to be hard to beat when they get to the varsity level. Or at least I hope so.

ANYWAY, another one of those Chinese fire drill sorts of evenings, with having to pick up the kids, drop Rebecca at the park, come back and pick up the laundry and dry cleaning, go home and let Boy change into his uniform, fix some suppery sort of food, get Boy (and the camp stove he was assigned to clean that I wound up cleaning for him) to the Scout meeting, go BACK to the soccer field to watch the game, go back and pick up Boy, go home, get everyone to go wash off their grime, and work on some more scrapbook stuff for Reba.

And, as is now my habit, collapsed in the bed around midnight.

Oh, and by the way--I have figured out that our washing machine is in the process of giving up the ghost. According to the Mighty Internets, it seems to be a problem with the motor/clutch assembly. The Samurai Appliance Repair Man says that GEs are quite crappy. I was happy with ours, until now. And until I found out that the motor/clutch assembly is $168.85. I could still be under warranty, though, so maybe all is not lost. SOMEtime in here, I'm going to have to figure all this out. Hopefully before the next load of laundry needs to be washed.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 3, 2007 08:46 AM

Samurai Appliance Man runs a very deep website. I discovered, and signed up, when my dishwasher needed help. Good luck with that washer.

Posted by: Nate at April 3, 2007 09:29 AM

I believe my luck has run out.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 3, 2007 09:43 AM

Now that you have the opportunity to "upgrade", what'll it be:

Sideload or topload?

Big or regular capacity?

Avocado or stainless steel finish?

Don't they have some models that use steam and/or low-water usage? If you get the steam model you could cook vegetables in it too.

Posted by: Marc V at April 3, 2007 01:08 PM

I wish I could afford one of those Whirlpool Duets the Samurai recommends, but I would have to start selling some of my internal organs to get one. Probably going to go with a regular Whirlpool. I figure it'll only take one kidney.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 3, 2007 01:20 PM

Our $2000 Jenn_Air double-oven's electronic board went out. The hinge broke on my brother's. There are other stories

The $1000 side-by-side GE Kenmore refrigerator we bought went out after five years. Just beyond warranty. By a month or so.

The Whirlpool washer that Dr. Possum so graciously helped me to repair has been chugging along famously except for the problem that we addressed for about five years. But we don't wash for six.

I'd like a low-flow washer, but $400 and change next to $1000 and change suggests that someone else can be among the first adopters in that area.

Unless you would like to send me $29.95 to offset your carbon emissions.

Posted by: Janis Gore at April 3, 2007 02:33 PM

And the Jenn-Air has taught me that I don't want no more circuit boards on my appliances.

Posted by: Janis Gore at April 3, 2007 02:35 PM

Buy YOUR carbon offsets!? Lady, I gotta get out there and start selling off my own! I've already made 78 cents from Al Gore by agreeing not to break wind for a week.

We've got a GE refrigerator--I'm wondering how long it will be before it goes the way of the dodo.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 3, 2007 02:59 PM

When Girl and Big Daddy built this house they installed Hotpoint appliances. 1962, mind. When I came here in 1994, everything was working fine.

Posted by: Janis Gore at April 3, 2007 03:04 PM

And we still use the dryer that Lyman and the boys' mother installed in 1979 or so.

Posted by: Janis Gore at April 3, 2007 03:06 PM

While I'm at it, do you think that I can turn the woman across the street in for global warming?

Not only is she a 46-year-old running around in a 17-year-old's body, but Lyman makes the point that she's out nearly everyday with her riding lawnmower, or her blower, or washing the car.

Someone needs to put a stop to it. She makes me look bad.

Posted by: Janis Gore at April 3, 2007 03:27 PM

Yes, Miss Janis, I think you have an excellent case against your neighbor, and I urge you to send me as many photos as you have of her as she rides around on her riding lawnmower, uses her blower, or washes her car, so that I can conduct a full and thorough investigation of her profligacy and wanton destructiveness.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 3, 2007 03:37 PM