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Matt Eichler
Date: 2009-01-15 07:18
Subject: Grumble
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It's -20 F this morning. (That's -29 C, for all the folks not in the U.S.) I want to crawl in a hole and hibernate! With the windchill, it's -36 F right now! Many of the rural schools in Minnesota are simply closed - too dangerous for kids to be outside waiting for buses in this weather! I still go see my second graders this afternoon in south Minneapolis. We won't get to go outside - it will be a squirmy afternoon with them.
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Matt Eichler
Date: 2008-07-23 07:42
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I was in the hospital E.R. yesterday. Turns out I have a rather serious strep infection that had started acting away at my joints and other parts of my body. I'll have to keep an eye on my heart functioning now too - could have damaged the heart valves.

One thing I have to say - for anyone who designs medical equipment or who applies such equipment, why must the adhesive be such that it rips out hair? I have a rather hairy chest and arms....what do you know, now I have 5 small bare "waxed" patches on my chest and torso, and a couple of waxes stripes on my arm from the tape used for the IV.
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Matt Eichler
Date: 2008-05-15 16:02
Subject: a picture
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Matt Eichler
Date: 2008-03-30 15:07
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Matt Eichler
Date: 2008-03-26 10:15
Subject: Upgrading from Windows Vista Business to Windows XP Pro
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I finally did it. I've been wanting to "upgrade" this laptop to Windows XP Pro. Despite having what was necessary to run Vista, supposedly, it was pokey. It was a Gateway with 2 Gb of Memory, Vista would have nicely eaten 4Gb if it had the chance. I had turned off all the fancy graphics crap, putting it in a mode where it basically looked like Windows 95 in terms of graphics...still bloat. Copying a single small file shouldn't take 5 minutes with the spinning pointer of death.

I had to use a program called nLite to go fetch the Hard Drive drivers so that XP would recognize them. Gateway nicely had the XP versions available - they probably had a number of people "upgrade" as I had. Once I got that all figured out and a new install disk burned, it worked like a charm.
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Matt Eichler
Date: 2008-02-09 12:55
Subject: Catherine Dahlheimer Hagel - supercentenarian, great-great aunt, and Minnesota record holder
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Mood:hopefulhopeful
As of today, Catherine Dahlheimer Hagel now holds the record for oldest Minnesotan.  She is also my great-great aunt. Over the last years, she has become very quiet, but still participates in daily activities. She lived alone on her farm until she was 100 in Rogers, Minnesota. Since that time, she has been a resident of a care center in Suburban Minneapolis.  There was an article in the Minneapolis-St. Paul StarTribune about her today.

She was the oldest living Minnesotan for a number of years before holding oldest Minnesotan ever. Her sister-in-law, childhood friend, and neighbor previously held the record. She is the 4th oldest living person in the United States and 7th oldest person living in the world. She is now 113 years and 73 days. I turned 31 today and am thinking what it might mean to live for 82 more years...nearly 4 times my current age.  I also think about the longevity in my family, my living grandmother is 83. My other grandmother died 2 years ago (February 10, 2006) at the age of 91. One of my grandfathers lived until 75, the other died long before I was born, when he was 37 - he happened to be the nephew of Great-Great Aunt Catherine.

I was supposed to celebrate my birthday with my dad, who also has his birthday today, but the weather is not so great in the country, so we'll celebrate another day.  It is blowing and drifting snow there.  I guess I'll have time to work on my dissertation!
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Matt Eichler
Date: 2007-12-11 20:13
Subject: cell phone ettiquette
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Mood:irritatedirritated
I can understand having to take a quick quiet call while in the coffee shop, but this man has done me in...seems to have come in to the shop having a long telephone call, very loudly. There are two rooms in this coffee shop, one where the coffee is made, which is noisy, because of the coffee equipment and people coming in and out, and one in the back that is formerly the smoking room, generally treated as a quiet room, 4 people in here studying, two women on a couch having a quiet conversation, gentle music. The phone man comes in hear and continues his conversation on the phone. And he's annoying about it too, telling bad jokes, and narrating his time here to whoever happens to be on the other end. "I'm going to take off my coat now. Hold on! No! I said HOLD ON!" Cell phones are convenient, but they allow for such rudeness. Hold a conversation where others do not have to listen to you. This is my fear of cell phones being allowed on planes too.
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Matt Eichler
Date: 2007-08-06 07:34
Subject: Family reunions, oh my!?!
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"I read your blog." I looked at the woman who said that to me, my Mom's cousin. "I found your blog on the Internet." This just didn't mesh for me....I always thing anyone who finds my LiveJournal blog is another LiveJournal user. I had never really thought about others finding my stuff on the Web. I guess that's how it goes!?! Read moreCollapse )
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Matt Eichler
Date: 2007-08-01 19:33
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A major freeway bridge collapsed in Minneapolis (I-35W), close to the University. I was not on the campus today. Now a storm is coming through. Tons of cars and semis are in the bridge. No one knows how many are dead. There are semis on fire. My stomach is tangled up. Local media=
http://www.wcco.com
http://www.startribune.com
http://www.kstp.com
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Matt Eichler
Date: 2007-07-03 12:45
Subject: I'll show 3M!
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Mood:mischievousmischievous
I sprained my ankle Sunday night. I fell down the stairs of my house (and I was even sober!) I was talking on the phone at the time. Maybe this is showing me that I can only do one thing at a time.

Anyway, the ankle was all swollen up, so I went to the E R on Monday, and had to wait quite a long time (1.5 hours). They did the standard x rays, and said it was sprained. Then a cute guy, about 23, came in and bandaged my leg with a compression bandage (ace bandage), put a brace on my ankle, and got me started on crutches.

I can't really stand the ace bandage, they slip, the clips don't always work well, they seem to stretch out and no longer be so compressing, etc. I remembered back to my days on the farm, and remembered how we used a product made by 3M called Vetrap. Vetrap is a flexible cohesive bandage that is like a cross between tape and the ace bandage. It sticks only to itself (no major leg hair ripping). There is a human version made by 3M as well. I can't remember the name of it, but I've had it used on me before. The human version is called Coban. Coban is much more expensive than Vetrap. Vetrap 4" by 5 yards = $1.79. Same size Coban = $4.99. Isn't that nuts!?!

Anyway, I took a trip to the local farm and horse equipment store, and purchased a few rolls of Vetrap. I tried to get not so wild colors,picking out brown, white, and black. They tend to have many bright colors, neon green, yellow, purple, red, etc. I came home and used it....much better...nice compression, and no slipping. This stuff, however, is meant for one time use, so when you want to shower or take it off, you just cut it off, but it still holds in place much better!

The wrapper on the Vetrap says "Veterinary use only", but I'm using on myself! I'll show them!
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