August 29, 2003


For the last couple of weeks, following my vacation time, I've felt malaise just sink into my skin, feeling like it is making a home. I read the news less and less because I can't believe a lot of what I'm reading. My sense of humor is still intact, apparently one of the last senses that dulls as you descend.

So, if you have a good laugh, post it in the comments.

The most recent setback? I'm trying to pull up the kitchen flooring safely and it turns out to be extremely tenacious. It's going to take a lot more work than I originally thought. Sometimes life feels like you're moving through stone-cold molasses.

Posted by James at August 29, 2003 12:16 PM
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Is it stuck down with glue? Is there some solvent you can use? (Yeah, not quite as safe but at least it's not too cold outside to open the windows.)

Or is it nailed down? Took me a while to get the hang of prying nails out of concrete, anyway...

Posted by: julie at August 29, 2003 2:29 PM

Once I find out whether it is safe to pull up the top layers, it looks like the adhesive may clean up relatively nicely with boiling water, believe it or not.

And that helps a little.

Posted by: JP at August 29, 2003 2:49 PM

Or you could do what my dad keeps doing and putting the new floors on top of the old ones. Of course their is now a half inch step between the living room and the dining room/kitchen. His contractor actually recommended this because the old floors were too difficult to pull up and made a mess when you did.

Posted by: Bob at August 29, 2003 3:55 PM

I believe the man called for laughs.

I put "funny" into Google, and got Now why didn't I think of that?

There's also

I'm always cheered by looking at New Yorker cartoons. Go to and browse. Search under "third martini," choose the J.C. Duffy cartoon, and you'll see one that's hanging in my cube.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 2, 2003 1:50 PM

More funny stuff. In case you missed it, here's a link to the NPR interview with Weird Al Yankovic from August 22, 2003.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 2, 2003 1:52 PM

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