Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Strange Omens

Well, earlier this week, everything seemed to be looking up. I finally got a call from Dish Network to set up an interview. And out of the blue, I got a call from Million Dollar Elm Casino to also set up an interview.

Then last night, Cox Cable cut off my internet service, even though I'd paid them. And this morning, service was restored without my even calling. So that was weird.

Then this afternoon, Million Dollar Elm called back to cancel the interview. The lady said that they had changed their procedures or some such nonsense, but I'm guessing that they saw something on my application that they decided they didn't like. Or maybe they talked to one of the folks who conducted the three interviews I've had with them before.

So that was weird. And then, I opened up my freezer to get some ice cubes for my Diet Coke and saw this:

It's some kind of stalagmite sticking up out of the ice, but I have no idea where it came from. I couldn't find any place where water might have been dripping in the freezer. For all I know, a ghost sculpted it. I've never seen anything like it before, at least not in an ice cube tray. It's a mystery.

Like this whole damn day. Ominous, man. Ominous.


Anonymous said...

Cox probably just had an outage.

Health Affairs said...

It is caused by the rapid freezing of the water from the outside in. Near the freeze over of the entire cube the ice expands rapidly inward and forces a small geyser out of the cube which instantly freezes as it expands and dumps all the remaining heat it has to the cold air and freezes in place.

I have seen this many times especially when I use cold water to make the cubes.

TheyStoleFrazier'sBrain said...

Good to know, although I liked to think I had stopped an invasion by Cthulhian tentacle-things from beyond. Or maybe those intelligent water-strings from Orson Scott Card's novelization of The Abyss.