So, did anyone pay attention yesterday to see whether the groundhog saw his shadow, or whatever? I’m totally clueless, but looking out the window i’m thinking 6 more weeks of winter is pretty likely. The one thing i did hear about, current-events-wise, is the loss of the shuttle Columbia on re-entry early saturday morning. A terrible loss for our country and for the families of the astronauts aboard. I know they assume those kinds of risks when taking the job, and it’s only the second shuttle losts in 204 shuttle missions to date, and it’s the first American craft ever lost during re-entry, but statistics don’t make the shock any easier to digest. I just hope this doesn’t discourage our country from continuing our efforts in space exploration, or provide the politicians with an excuse to screw up the program. Cause we know the reason NASA is working is because the politicians have pretty much left it alone… Unlike the conflict in Iraq, which is a whole other story…

Felt like a really short weekend, as i spent the better part of saturday in Ian’s basement garage. I changed my oil myself (sweet) with his help, and helped Patrick troubleshoot his sub. Then Ian and i dove into his suspension system, swapping out his Sprint springs for some stiffer (and a little taller) B&Gs. The Sprints were just riding too low, and combined with the supercharger his front axles were taking too much stress and warping pretty regularly. Also, he was getting tired of making everyone get out of the car just to clear the parking garage ramp. 😉 It’s still lowered quite a bit, the new springs look good – it looks a lot more sleek than my off-road-edition Maxima. The shocks are a bit bouncy after being compressed so far on the old springs, but after 12 hours in the garage before we had it all back together, i think it will be awhile before we even consider replacing any more suspension parts. The garage has no windows, and i usually don’t wear a watch or anything when i’m working on a car (obviously – there’s a reason why Grampa is missing a finger, i’m not looking to make that a family tradition. 😉 So by the time we finished up and were ready for a test drive, it was almost midnight, and i’d been in that garage since before noon. We had no idea that much time had passed, and i basically went home when we were done and crawled thru the shower into bed. I’m still sore today. 😮 But as Mr. Silver Lining, i’d have to point out that i learned a ton about the suspension system and feel more comfortable tearing into my car. And i discovered a few more tools i need to buy… which may not be totally a good thing. 🙂

My tax return came thru friday afternoon (yeeesss!) so i’m good to go $-wise for awhile, i have a nice buffer in my account so i can be less scared of paying bills. I blew a bit of it on a new alarm clock that actually works (finally) and a couple sets of Mariners tickets, for my birthday weekend and for the last series of the regular season, as tickets went on sale saturday and i wanted to get those two sets before they sold out. I hope to hit quite a few games this season, but i’ll just be doing the $6-get-in-the-door tickets whenever i can. I bought two for the 26th of april, so whoever’s my best friend between now and then gets to join me for the birthday game. 😉 And the bidding starts…. now