Fortuitous Planning

A pipe burst yesterday. It’s in an unheated bonus room, so I started up my portable heater when it froze. The rest of the house was fine, so I soldiered on with my lazy Christmas Eve day. Then I noticed the water pressure in the house dropped. The pipe burst, and it was kind of unsurprising as there’s almost no insulation out there for the pipes.

The new whole house shutoff I had installed this year worked a treat, but it left me without flowing water, but …

I filled up my big bathtub last week before the cold snap hit. I happened to have been sous vide-ing some beef in a large container. I keep a 7-gallon water container filled. I always keep a pitcher of water in the fridge. And my humidifiers were all filled and misting my place into a decent humidity. Good planning and happenstance!

Then the utility announced rolling blackouts. The fire, with ample wood, was already going for heat and ambiance. I ended up “roughing it” in my house, making tacos with a big cast iron grille on the fire, and ready to read books with my well charged eInk reader in the dark. No blackout for me, thankfully, so I watched a bunch of non-Christmas Christmas movies.

The bottom line: a little bit of advanced planning paid dividends when things weren’t going right. nIt makes it so much easier to make it into an adventure instead of a disaster. Happy Holidays, y’all!

bon vivant

Word of the Day: Bon Vivant by :

Word of the Day : December 2, 2019
noun bahn-vee-VAHNT


: a sociable person who has cultivated and refined tastes especially with respect to food and drink

Did You Know?

Fans of fine French wine and cuisine won’t be surprised to hear that the French language gave us a number of words for those who enjoy good living and good eating. Gourmet, gourmand, and gastronome come from French, as does bon vivant. In the late 17th century, English-speakers borrowed this French phrase, which literally means “good liver.” No, we don’t mean liver, as in the organ. We mean liver, as in “one who lives (in a specified way)”—in this case, “one who lives well.”

Name That Synonym

Fill in the blanks to complete a synonym of bon vivant: _ _ ic _ re.


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‘Bon vivant’ — Video Word of the Day 12/2/2019
noun – a sociable person with refined tastes

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#ek201 is going nowhere so far #dxb #jfk


03:55 departure time sucks. Just sayin’. Pls Enjoy the RUH terminal 1 water feature.

In the Wild

I was in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) last week. While there, a colleague showed me his Samsung Galaxy Fold.
It was unexpected, him having this device. When he started using it folded, it looked like a small clunky generic Android phone. Then he flipped it open to take a look at a map.
That’s when it got interesting.
And then it was no longer interesting. It works, but not in a way I would like. The basically square screen one gets when opening the unit would be ill suited to reading PDFs or eBooks, or watching movies, or anything other than generic web browsing and email. Well, I guess Maps would be good, too, which was why he opened up the phone.
I’ve been casually thinking about what kind of a fold-out form factor would work for me and I can’t come up with one. I’m still stuck on the idea of an eInk tablet.