My name is Karyl F. Stein and this is my website--a place to collect artifacts related to my family and interests. Family and friends may enjoy the journal entries. Perhaps some will wonder how I prepared a certain meal and look up the recipe. Searches for technical setup or configuration help may lead to one of my articles. Others may wonder how they got to this site and quickly run away! Whatever your reason for being here you are welcome and I hope that you find something interesting or useful within these pages.
On Monday, Ann hosted a Halloween party, (this was the day after a great toilet explosion detailed earlier, but you wouldn’t have known it except the wood flooring was and still is somewhat warped in the hallway—I call it “character”). Ann planned it all from decorations to activities to snacks to the invite list. The latter was a bit of a struggle for her as I capped it and she wanted an equal number of boys and girls so neither group would “feel awkward”. As it turned out, she had an almost full turn-out with one boy and one girl not able to make it—thus meeting her desired gender split. The important thing is that everyone seemed to have fun just hanging out. Ann had started a strict schedule earlier, but abandoned it somewhat, (although it was reported that at one point Ann said something like, “come on people we have a SCHEDULE to keep!”) But that night at our bedside chat, she told me that she liked “hanging out” parties.
One of these days I will learn to just hire it out…
The downstairs toilet has been going off on its own for over a year now. It’s been annoying, but I’ve always managed to adjust or reseat some piece of equipment in the reservoir tank to buy a couple weeks of stability. But last week it got to the point where every time you flushed, the plunger mechanism that lifted to let the water into the bowl would suck the O-ring below it out of its track. This caused the toilet to go off roughly every 30 seconds and require one to stick their arm into the reservoir and push the O-ring back down to get it to stop. Although the kids would have probably thought it a great thing to do every time they flushed—and would probably be spending a lot more time in the bathroom—I decided it was time to replace the toilet’s internals. Plus, Ann was hosting a Halloween party in a few days, then William was having some friends over for his Birthday, and I plan to host the family for Thanksgiving dinner. I imagine it would look sort of strange for me to run into the bathroom and perform open-reservoir surgery on the toilet every time someone relieved themselves. So, I picked up some new toilet internals and the night before Ann’s Halloween party set to work.
I put an alarm clock in Ann's room a while ago just because it was around and she seems interested in 1) the time and 2) the weather forecast. (Not that the clock I put in her room would help with the latter, but she has several ways of getting that on her own now. I think that's because she kept asking me about the day's temperatures and got tired of my "beats me" response—I don't pay much attention to forecasts, but did begrudgingly explain some way to look up things on the computer with the caveat that "they may be wrong.")
A little ditty written after getting a little annoyed by the process and procedures for any changes implemented in response to the SOX legislation.
(To the tune of "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" by Pink Floyd)
We don’t need no Unit Test Case.
We don’t need no B-R-S. [Ed. Business Requirements Specification]
No dark audit of our checklist.
Process—leave them devs alone.
Hey process! Leave them devs alone!
All in all it’s just a-nother check in the box.
All in all you’ve got a-nother check in the box.
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