One of those kind of days

I’m glad there is pumpkin beer in the refrigerator, because I need it.

I wanted to pick up some kind of fuel additive to use on my generators. I have one that runs beautifully, and one that acts like it’s on life support. When I ran them a couple of weeks ago, one would only run if I left the choke on. Home Depot was our first stop.

My brother said to get one of two specific products, but they didn’t have either one. I found something that sounded like it would do the job and bought it.

My Dad and my Grandfather each had small generators. Even after 20 years they started right up with a couple of pulls. I whined to my brother about that, and he said it’s all because gasoline has ethanol in it today. I can see how that might be the problem, but the information doesn’t help me right now.

At Home Depot, I decided to drop my iPhone in the parking lot. I’ve had some variety of iPhone since they first came out. Never so much as scratched the screen. Today the phone landed flat, face down. I now have five spiderwebs across the screen along with a selection of long cracks. I’m fairly sure tiny pieces will start coming out soon.

We went on to the big Albertsons. Old What’s Her Face wanted a couple of things we can only get at this store. Someone gave her a bunch of cucumbers and she needed some dill.

I picked up a big slice of jackfruit. This thing is about the size of a small pizza and over an inch thick. It may sound like no big deal to you, but I live in Idaho. This is fairly exotic stuff to me.

Once we got home, I tried the fuel additive in the generators. One started on the first pull and runs like new. The other one will fire on one pull, but not run. Doesn’t matter how many secondary pulls you give it, it won’t fire again. However, if I wait fifteen minutes I get one more pull that fires up briefly. I spent about four hours playing this game, then gave up.

My brother is the fix-it guy in the family, but he lives in Nevada. He said it sounds like the fuel additive is trying to clean something up, but it’s taking its sweet time. There is a slim possibility that it might dissolve some bad stuff overnight and fire up tomorrow. If I can just get it running, the additive will do its job the way it’s supposed to. Right now it’s just a gunk bath. Equal chance it might not work, too.

I tried the jackfruit this afternoon. It’s pretty good, but I don’t think I’d go out of my way to try it again. The seeds are huge and kind of vulgar looking. They remind me of testicles when the ranchers cut their male animals. That’s not the part you eat. The edible part surrounds the seed. It’s yellow, kind of slippery, and grows in cells around a core.

There is a lot of jackfruit left. I may Google it and see what else I can do with it. Eating it is fine, but maybe there’s a good cocktail recipe out there.

When I got finished with the generators for the night, my wife had ordered me a new phone. I was due for an upgrade and that helped. We are perpetually broke, so we’re adding it to the phone bill. With any luck, I’ll own it before I break it this time.

I hope your Saturdays went a little better than mine did.


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49 responses to “One of those kind of days

  1. Oh gosh, what a rotten day. Sending sympathies. Mine was a lot better. I finished the plot points for my next Jazzi, and #4 went on Bookbub and is doing well. Wish I could send some of my good luck to you. You had a bad day. Are you a Libra like me? I know we’re both Rats:)

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  2. Not sure what a jackfruit is, lol.

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  3. Not a fun day. Hope you get the replacement vision.

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    • The phone will come eventually. Then I have to figure out how many apps have a password I’ve forgotten. I might have to have the generator repaired. None of it is worth worrying about tonight. Maybe I’ll know more tomorrow.


  4. Hi , living in England I have not seen jackfruit so I looked it up, not sure I liked the look of it! But I can’t judge until I try. It’s supposed to be a good meat substitute. Here’s a link for recipes
    I hope you can get that second generator going that sounds like a real pain, as does the phone. The iPhone is so expensive, I have a lovely android .have a good Sunday.💜

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  5. I’ve dropped my phone 100 times. Then like you that one time got me spyder webs. I also cut my finger on a shard. Glad you got a new one for sure. Hope the rest of the weekend goes well.

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  7. I’ve never heard of, seen, or eaten jackfruit, but I I looked it up online and they look…huge.
    I was freaking out about the phone until I got to the part where your wife ordered you a new one. What a nice surprise that must have been. No dropping this one!
    I wanted to work on my WIP today but ending up dong some editing and writing blog posts. Hopefully tomorrow I can add to my word count.

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  8. My dad just texted me literally five minutes ago to tell me about his crappy day (lawn mower broke, and just after he spent hours fixing it and was ready to use it, a storm came through). Then I read about your day. Mine, by comparison was great! Did some spring cleaning and played lots of game. Maybe the moral of the story is, being lazy is good for the mental health 😊

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  9. Fingers crossed that othe generator starts working! I hope your night went better than the day did. I didn’t do a lot apart from browse online, visit a few blogs, and read. It’s nice to get to relax like that! Have a good Sunday 😊

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  10. Sorry about the phone. Hope the generator issue can be sorted.

    Regarding the jackfruit: it tastes better if you add stuff to it. You can use it in sweet or savory recipes, depending on what you add to it. I often use it as a meat substitute. Try looking up a recipe for pulled jackfruit (jackfruit pretending to be pulled pork) which you can then have in a sandwich or something… You might like it that way.

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  11. Things can only get better, right? Oh wait. This is 2020. After the giant meteor hits none of it will matter anyway. Cheers! 🍺

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  12. Sorry about your phone, Craig. My was due for an upgrade years ago, I’m just to lazy to do the admin to get a new one. I hope you have a good week.

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  13. D.L. Finn, Author

    I hope you get your second generator going, I know old gas causes issues we’ve has problems with that too and always use an additive. One of ours is touchy with oil and shuts off. Can’t say how many times I’ve shattered a phone, a lot though. Hope today is going better for you.

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  14. Sounds like a rough day. Hope you found a good cocktail recipe.

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  15. Hope you can get those generators going. You never know when you’ll need one, and the middle of winter isn’t when you want to mess with them.

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  16. Sounds like one of those days, Craig. Isn’t it strange how that happens? I think there’s more to it than coincidence. I hope today goes a lot better.

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  17. That sucks. Did you manage to fix the other generator? Hope your phone arrives fast!

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  18. You poor thing! I spent the weekend locked in my writer’s cave, ignoring the world. 😀 But I could relate to your woes. We’ve lost power a few times in August. Twice the generator behaved (but the internet went down), once the generator refused to turn over, and my fix-it guy is out of commission for two more weeks. Hope Sept. brings better luck.

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    • Everything is fine on the homefront. The generators are for camping. I want to take care of them, because they don’t exactly give them away. I’m jealous of your writing, but will hold off until I finish promo season. Who knows, I might actually move some copies of all the projects I worked on this Spring.

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  19. That sucks about the phone. I’m expecting something like that soon here since I just paid off mine and the two sons’. Glad you still had the pumpkin beer!

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