My iPaq finally has given up the ghost. This little handheld that I bought as a demo unit on sale at Radio Shack for like $50. It worked well for me as a gadget, wireless chatter, and other things until it settled into its fulltime role of MP3 player in my car. It even survived a rain filled microburst on the Heartland AIDSride (with a little help from Compaq warranty services). But yesterday it refused to hold a charge. Luckily I have acquired a Dell Axim X5 from work (color) which has taken its place. Kudos to Dell, btw, for shipping me a car charger overnight on my 3-5 day shipping choice.
Our house is notorioius for leaving laundry to fester for much longer than it should. Some sits in the dryer to be "wrinkle rid" over and over and over again. Other times, we end up with stuff in the washer which develops a kind of wicked funk that requires rewashing. So when I smelled the funk this weekend it seemed normal to me until we opened the top of the washer and noticed the water never drained and it had created some kind of blue toxic soup that quickly permeated the house.
Needless to say, it was time for a new washer. We inherited ours from the previous owners of the house and knew when they day came that one of them went to that great laudromat in the sky, they both would go. Murder/suicide on the appliance level.
So, in an effort to save money and bit of the environment, we chose the washer you see here. A front loading vortex of liquid doom. I still don't understand how it works having watched it go through a couple loads now. It uses some special detergent, I'm sure created to get me to buy something new, and seems to apply a kind of quantum force to the clothes that removes dirt. I'm tempted to open it while it is running to see what happens but the bright LOCKED light on the front keeps me from doing it
You may have noticed my new picture on the right. Once again I've decided to undertake a grand event. This time, I'm riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles, 585 miles, in 6 days on my bicycle. Two years ago I took on the Heartland AIDSride from Minneapolis to Chicago. Next June, I'll be at it again. To do this, I have the task of fundraising $2500 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The link on the picture to the right will take you to a donation page if you are so inclined. Thank you in advance if you do. It certainly will go for a worthy cause.