Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 18 July 2005
Latest Update: Sunday, 24 July 2005 1:00 p.m.
you might guess, the HOTTEST topic around the Triad is the weather. We
are having very August "dog days" like weather for the end of July.
Hot, muggy, and stormy with heat and humidity indexes reaching close to
or over 100 degrees. Needless to say I am not walking at lunch time
right. I would soak my good cloths after five minutes especially
downtown with all the cement and buildings.
As I type this it sounds like a storm is moving in. Just as I pulled
into the driveway when I returned from the gym Mimi and Shane were
walking down the street. Shane wanted me to come down for a visit. At a
little over 2 years old he is trying to talk. I did manage to
understand what he was telling me as he grabbed my hand and pulled me
toward his house.
I explained I would need to put my car away and get Duncan and Malcolm
and we would be over in just a few minutes. We stayed out for about
twenty minutes which was long enough in the heat. And, as I just
mentioned, a storm was brewing.
Well Bob just yelled to me we are under a severe thunderstorm
warning/watch. Duncan is terrified. I need to go comfort him. Malcolm
is barking at the thunder.
19 July 2005
This week is turning out to be as busy as
last week. I had to do the grocery store run tonight since I was out of
milk and Bob was almost out of drinks. Plus, we have FAS meeting
tomorrow night and I have a Friends event on Thursday after I get off
Last night I finished up the Alpine book and started another of the
Otherwise, not much in the way of news. We are busy at work on several
projects plus the standard day to day work flow.
The storm last night did not last very long nor did we get much in the
way of rain.
20 July 2005
21 July 2005
for letting me know Bob had forgotten to publish my journal page on
Monday. With the new software I am running Bob has to publish my new
weeks page to the server on Monday of each week after I write, save and
publish. He was talking to Bob last night and told him to tell me I
should post this week. Having known I had written something for Monday
and Tuesday we immediately knew what had happened.
He forgot thus no one but me saw the Monday and Tuesday posts. If you
missed them and are interested they are there. Last night we had FAS
meeting which meant coming home, doing a quick mail check, walking the
dogs, and taking off for the library, dinner and our meeting. Our
friend Paul Jones did a power point show of his trip to the Texas Star
party back in May and his and Mary's trip last year to Hawaii where
they took an astronomical tour as a side trip.
This afternoon I had a Friends event at the library. The current branch
supervisor is leaving to take a position with a branch in a nearby
county. We gave him a little going away party this afternoon. Steve
allowed me to take a short lunch and leave at 4:30 so I could be at the
party the last hour. I used the party munchies as my dinner and brought
Bob some of the leftovers for his. While he munched on those I mowed
the lawn and used my new electric blower to clean up the sidewalk and
The hot and humid weather continues with combined conditions reaching
close to or over 100 most of the week. While it is certainly hot at
least it is better than those folks out in Arizona who have had a long
run of 110 plus or those in Chicago suffering the drought similar to
ours a number of years ago. While things are certainly getting dry due
to the heat and humidity the deeper water tables are still in good
shape. If we don't get a substantial rain in the next day or so I will
need to water the plants.
22 July 2005
23 July 2005
I hope you are enjoying your Saturday/weekend
so far. It has been pretty much business as usual around the Thompson
Techno Grotto. We had a pretty good thunderstorm last night just
after dinner dumping about half an inch of rain on us in about twenty
minutes. Just enough so that I would not have to water the plants last
night or this morning.
Since the mowing has been done for the week I used this morning
for a Wal-Mart pet store run. Once back from errands I washed the
trooper to remove some of the road dust and dirt. Next, house cleaning
and bathrooms all finished up by lunch time.
This afternoon Mimi is going to call when she is ready to have the dogs
come down for a visit and playtime in their backyard. Although it is
hot her yard is nice and shady. Otherwise, I have computer stuff to do
plus sorting some files and papers on my desk and in box.
Steaks and ribs on the grill with pasta salad for dinner. Bob and I
will watch the first episodes of the recent mystery running on PBS we
have been taping.
Speaking of mysteries. I read the first book in the Blackbird Sister
Mysteries by Nancy
Martin while visiting the Bilbrey's over Memorial Day. Marcia
loaned me the next two she had already read to bring home. Bob did not
read the first one but did read the two I brought home and liked them.
I am now reading the second book in the series. I have her newest and
fourth book in the series reserved at the library. I want to get the
other two read before it comes in. Martin's books are a combination of
racy and funny. The three Blackbird sisters, all young widows are hell
on marriages and men. Nora, a society column writer for a local paper,
finds herself mixed up in local blue blood murders with her sisters,
Emma and Libby helping to solve the crimes. Nora lives on a large, tax
debt multi million dollar farm on the outskirts of Philadelphia left to
her by her parents. I highly recommend this series if you like a little
spice with your humor in mystery reading.
24 July 2005
Today was dog bath day. Dad and I played the
short course this morning due to a two day tournament at our usual
course. Since we are having dinner at Frances' tonight I did not stay
for lunch. Tomorrow dad will be 83 years old. We are celebrating his
birthday today with tomorrow being a work day for everyone.
Knowing I would be home early I planned to give the dogs their summer
bath. They are now "air drying" while Bob and I are at work at our
desks. In addition to baths I trimmer up their hair in back known as
their "pants" and under their bellies. It gets long and stringing which
eventually turns into clumps. Neither one will let me dry them with the
We watched three for the four episodes of the Inspector Lindley
mysteries last night. The television shows are based on the books by
Elizabeth George. I have not read any of the books but Bob has. Last
night he said, this is one of the few times when the television/movie
version is better than the books. While the TV shows are not
exceptional by any stretch of the imagination, like the characters and
the story lines for the most part. We will watch the last one tonight
when we get back home.
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