Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Fragments - v6

What a week it has been...

FYI, tomorrow night, you can watch Santa's trip on NORAD's Santa Watch.  If by chance while you are watching, you get some of those pesky questions about Santa, the facts of his trip can be found here.  The most important thing to know, is that if Santa was travelling at 99.99% of the speed of light, he could complete his trip in about 500 seconds and that Rudolph's nose would no longer appear to be red due to the Doppler effect.

In honor of the people behind the man in the red suit that is take a around the world trip tomorrow night, the word of the week is 

Got my 25th career refereed journal article published this week.  What made this one special was that one of my then undergraduate research assistants name is on the paper.  I really enjoy working with undergraduates and getting them their first publication.  Well done Emily!  If your interested in why people do not travel, click here.

My car is in today getting its Christmas present.  A new timing belt.  I am sure it is excited.  BTW, I hate my dealership and its fake customer service.  You can put up all the signs you want telling me how great your service is but if you tell me you are going to call me in an hour with the diagnostic and you take two, that is poor service. P.S. Why bother making appointments if there is going to be a multiple hour wait just to have a diagnostic done (especially when I can see you were not busy)?

It has been fun having my parents visit.  I enjoy having them around but I can tell they are getting older.  The kids are tiring them out faster.  They are however, having a fun time together.  The love is definitely showing.

Congratulations to Robyn on getting into the high school of her choice - Academic Magnet  While the school system in South Carolina is generally regarded as 'thank god for Mississippi quality,' the Academic Magnet High School was ranked number 15 in the country by Newsweek. The average SAT score for students of the school was 1882.  I just hope she finds happiness in her new school and remembers to have some fun along with all that school work.

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Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and loving holiday.
Safe journeys all!


  1. I remember having to help my dad and husband replace a timing belt in my car. I was driving to work, and turned the corner...only to have the whole car just go...dead in its tracks. Had to have it towed home after work, and then, since my dad was a mechanic for the city government, he had the know-how, and I had it fixed in a couple of hours.

    I know just what you mean about the customer service. Or lack thereof in this great country of ours.

    Wayne,....happy Christmas to you, and thank for stopping by.

  2. I love this interesting word homunculus undoubtedly have to create a photo for her.

  3. We have two Hyundai dealerships in town and one is so rotten that people come to our side of town for service. I hear that comment nearly every time I've ever been in there. I once asked if they paid people to say that so that I felt better about being there LOL

  4. that is awesome about the school never had the chance to choose hs here we just always had to go to the hometown school come see what I have been up to

  5. Congrats to Emily and Robyn and your car.

  6. First, let me say how thrilled I am to be classified as Young Working Class in your study! I was surprised that anyone said they had "no time" to travel. That's sad! I have the time but no means, sadly.

    That's very cool--your daughter getting into such a great school. I'm happy for her (and you, assuming it doesn't cost and arm and a leg).

    Look at you, getting a comment from you-know-who! Now I feel a little guilty for deleting his/her link. Oh well...