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12 to Midnight, Family and Friends

Oh, about 5’9″

12.01.08 | Comment?

I haven’t been very good about keeping informed on what I’ve been up to, so hopefully the title of this post clears that up.

Seriously, I’ve got a backlog of news. Some is personal, some is just newsworthy stuff from the ‘net, and others I can’t quite talk about yet.

I had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with my family. My in-laws drove 3 hours to spend the holiday with us, and I know the kids enjoyed seeing them almost as much as they enjoyed seeing the kids. The weather has been pretty screwy around here, with the temperatures fluxuating from cold to hot and back within a few days. On Thanksgiving I switched off our furnace and turned on the A/C. A few hours later we found a puddle of water in the laundry room and a mystery was finally solved. Since dropping more than $4K on a replacement HVAC unit a month ago, we’ve had this strange fluxating weather I just described. We’ve also had mysterious puddles of water appear in the laundry room. We assumed they either came from putting too many clothes in the washing machine or from a leaky hose. Since the problem was intermittant, we hadn’t been able to pin down the exact source… until Thanksgiving.

Armed with a flashlight and some strong suspicions, I climbed into the attic and discovered that the crew had not tied the condensation pipe to the drain. Water from condensation was dripping out of the pipe and onto the attic insulation instead of into the elbow joint that led to the drain. The water was dripping between two walls down to the laundry room floor and coming out near the washer and dryer! After crawling over ductwork and insulation, I reached the elbow joint and connected the pipe to the drain.

Unfortunately, I had to rip out some drywall in the laundry room and run a dehumidifyer for a day and a half. It’s kinda a big mess. Yes, I’ve called the HVAC folks but I haven’t heard back from them. I’ll be following up with them today.

In other news, I’ve been working on a short story for a special project. It was slow going, but over the Thanksgiving break I was able to make headway and now I’m to the climax. I should be able to finish it by mid-week, do one round of edits, then let it sit for a week. I wrote it in first person and I’m toying with the idea of rewriting it in 3rd person. It’s less than five thousand words, so I don’t think it would take very long. We’ll see if I have time.

Finally, today is the first day of our second annual Midnight Charity Project. For the month of December, 12 to Midnight will be offering fans several ways to contribute to the Autism Research Institute. If you’re a gamer, take a few minutes to follow the link and find out how you can help the cause.

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