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Dyer -- I mean, Dryer update

Epic Fail

I had to exchange the plug on my old dryer with the plug on my new one, which I bought for $25 at my mom's church. In other words, electrical work. There were plenty of online guides on how to do it, but here's the rub: They all explained how to replace a three point plug with a four point plug. But the dryer I bought is actually older than the one it's replacing -- I had to replace the newer plug with the older plug, not the other way around.

Very, very carefully, I took the old new plug apart, matched it with the connections on the new old plug, and put them together exactly as the old new one had been put in when it was new, not old. I double and triple checked, and then, making sure not to touch the dryer or any metal as I did so, I plugged the unit back in.

No sparks, explosion, fire. No singed mustache.Happy and incredulous after only a few hour's of work, I turned the dryer on to make sure it would actually dry stuff.

Nothing happened.

No power. No idea why.

And so, I would like to announce that I will be hanging up everything to dry from now on. Clothes, sheets, towels, whatever. If the Amish can do it, so can I. If you happen to be Amish, tell me how you manage. Also, tell me what you're doing online.

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Space: The Fun Writing Frontier

Serenity: Keep Flying
I put aside the Slightly Off The Mark book and am going to concentrate on Beowulf: In Harms Way, which I'm up to 17,000 words on. Why? Because it's my vacation, doggone it. Slightly Off The Mark, being an adaption of columns already written, involves a great deal of organizing, formatting, editing, and revising, and only a little new writing. Rough drafts of fiction are more fun (to me). But I don't expect it'll take too long to finish the first draft, then it's back to the column book.

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At Least The Cubs Never Lost To Belgium

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SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK


            I was going to make fun of soccer last week, until I realized I’d never actually watched a soccer game. It wasn’t fair, poking fun of something I had no knowledge of, although maybe I’m the only one who feels that way. So I sat down to watch an entire World Cup game (Mexico vs. Greece). It’s good to experience new things, educate yourself, exposure yourself to other cultures.

            Now I’m ready to make fun of soccer.

            (You might be reading this after the World Cup is over, thanks to the quirks of my schedule—it’s like Star Trek time travel, only without the techno-babble.)

            Soccer’s just never been on my radar. Not only do I have little interest in sports, but I live in America, the black hole of soccer. We even stole its proper name, football, and gave it to an entirely different sport.

           When I was a kid, the only sports I had anything to do with were forced on me in gym class, whenever I couldn’t find a decent hiding place. Our gym teacher did a good job of exposing us to different sports. Sure, there was basketball and football, but in winter we’d shovel the ice off the school pond and give hockey a try. We ran track, of course, and played badminton, which involves a slow moving thingy that we would busily swing at, and miss. Or maybe it was just me missing.Collapse )

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Dark and Stormy Night
            I was unfortunately reminded the other day that my birthday is coming up, on July 14th. How would I like to “celebrate”? Well, ignoring it doesn’t seem to work, but I’ll settle for the traditional chocolate cake and ice cream or the fun new tradition, ice cream cake—which takes one of the steps out of the process.

            There’s nothing I really need for a birthday present that anyone can afford, but if you really want to cheer me up on what I’m calling “Black Monday”, I’d be very happy to see the numbers of my book sales go up. Yes, I am serious. After all, you can choose from romantic comedy, eclectic short story collection, local history with a touch of humor, and young adult skewing humorous action adventure. Or, my favorite, all four.

Having the collection will set you up for the October release of The Notorious Ian Grant, since it features characters from three of the four. And of course proceeds from two of them go to good causes, so keep that in mind if you are, or know, a firefighter or Girl Scout, or a firefighter/Girl Scout.

            (Dare I call it the “Hunter collection”? Hm … no, I dare not.)

           So if you have anywhere from five bucks to a bit more to spend, make my numbers go up around July 14th, and make me a very happy birthday boy. All the necessary links are over at www.markrhunter.com –and how crazy is it to have a website named after me?—or just give me a call and place an order. If you’ve already read all my books—and why haven’t you?—they make a great gift. Or so I tell the people I give them to on their birthdays.

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4H writing

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While spending two hours waiting for the car to be serviced yesterday, I continued working not on my writing, but on the writing of others -- 4H writing project entries. I'm the judge! What were they thinking?

I'm continually amazed at what incipient talent there is among the teens of America. I read some stuff that was as good as what I wrote as a teen -- which wasn't too bad -- and some stuff that was much better. I had to toughen myself up a lot, though ... it's so hard not to just slap "Grand champion" on all of them! Those that weren't great enough to get a blue ribbon right now are headed for greatness later, if they keep at it. Like I need the competition!

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