WEEK 29 2019
Tue- Wed- Thur-
Picture of the Week
Years Ago, This Week, 2003
Years Ago, this week, 2004
Years Ago, this week, 2005
Years Ago, This Week, 2006
Years Ago, This Week, 2007
Years Ago, This Week, 2008
Years Ago, This Week, 2009
Years Ago, This Week, 2010
Years Ago This Week,
Years Ago This Week,
Years Ago This Week 2014
Four Years Ago This Week, 2015
Ago This Week, 2016
Years Ago This Week, 2017
One Year Ago This Week, 2018 ,
Friday 19 July 2019
Thursday 18 July
Hot-ish, and very windy. I'm not sure how windy, but probably gusting
into the 30mph range. A good test of the sun sails, which came through
I'm not sure how windy because everything reported by Weather Underground
was obviously wrong, 5mph gusting to 11mph for one site, and so on.
And they no longer use KWJF as a source (the airport) but rather little in
town stations which just report local micro-climates. Oh well.
In any case I was under the weather, really dragging with flu like symptoms
from the shingles shot yesterday, so I didn't do much other than read and
watch some tv. Not as bad as two months ago, but definitely knocked
In the evening I was feeling better, mostly just tired.
Wednesday 17 July
Hot again, not as hot as the last couple of days.
I went into town in the morning and received my shingles booster shot.
Afterwards I went by Lowe's and picked up some new gravel for the turtle
tank, then to Harbor Freight to get a pump to empty the 80 gallon tank
easier, and an inexpensive torque wrench, since I can't find either of the
two I own.
By late afternoon I was feeling the effects of the shot: tired and listless,
despite an energetic start to the day.
The other day I received in the mail a letter from the Los Angeles Public
Health Department. The county has given them the go-ahead to start
charging septic system owners fees. They actually don't do
anything for the owners, but they are going to collect a fee
regardless. Like the rest of Blue California the county is broke, and
scavenging under the cushions for change. The tens or hundreds of
thousands of homeless living in the county are a real health threat (can you
imagine the quantity of feces and urine being deposited daily in the dry
river beds and arroyos?), but there is no way to get money from them.
I assume the cost will go up every year.
Tuesday - Hot again. I was working out in the
back yard (east side of the house) and actually felt a bit dizzy from the
heat, so I took some breaks and hydrated like heck.
I assembled the sun sail bits and placed it where it will shade the east
(main) office window. Since this is the third one it went pretty
fast. The design is actually just the 'temporary' design I used as
shade for the dogs earlier in the year. Eventually I will have a real
patio out back, and don't really want to spend too much money on it.
I called the termite people and scheduled the work for next week, Tuesday
and Wednesday, and went over a few things with them. I'll have to
clear stuff away from the walls in the house and garage, and find a place to
keep the cats while they are drilling holes and injecting poisons.
I'll probably figure a way to put them in the storage container - build a
temporary door/window and enclosed area, with an a/c to keep things cool.
Dr. G and I exchanged texts, it's been a couple of months since we
communicated, I was honestly getting a bit worried.
There was an interesting documentary on TCM about the Apollo project.
It was a bit confusing, because I didn't realize at first that the film
clips were jumbled, shots from one flight intermingled with another. This
was Al Reinert's "For
All Mankind", released in 1989. It was good, lots of shots I
hadn't seen before.
The moon was full, and a definite yellow/orange, as opposed to yesterday's
silver. A friend who had 'gone below' said the air pollution was
horrible, so that may explain it.
Monday - Hot. Up around 103 I think, but
A brilliant silvery moon in the evening. I would think that indicates
a clear sky, as compared to the red or orange moons, but so few stars were
visible that it was hard to tell. I went outside at 3am, but the moon
had not yet set, and the moonlight glare off of the RV structure washed out
any celestial sights.
I found my old Telrad
finder box the other day, I think the Celestron 8 Classic has an attachment
plate on it already. I'll have to see. Not that one needs a
finder for the moon, but Jupiter and Saturn are visible I think. It will be
prudent to fill the yard's remaining dog holes before stumbling around in
This would have been Dad's 96th birthday. Hard to imagine.
I remember once telling him that we were going to throw him a huge party for
his 100th. His reply was "100 years old? Don't wish that on me!"
In the morning I went into town for the shingles booster, only to discover
that they had been trying to contact me as the injection had been
rescheduled for Wednesday. My fault, I hadn't checked my phone
Since I was in town I picked up another sun sail and ancillary hardware at
This was annoying, as usual, taking maybe twice as long as it should have
because of mislabel and unlabeled products. I bought a 10' piece of
chain, for example, and memorized the number since I didn't have my phone
and there was no pen nearby to write the number down. But that turned
out to be pointless because that number was for buying the whole
spool, 100', the price-per-foot SKU was a completely different number
and they had to have someone go do a stock check on it.
Later at home I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the yard - the dogs dug
dozens of holes, each one needed filling and packing down. I picked up the
old bones, and a bunch of other debris. Most animals won't poop near
where they eat and rest - Chihuahua's have no problem with that.
Sunday - Hot again. It was about 105F, but
only 9% humidity, so the house stayed tolerable. As in high 70s
indoors, when I would run the cooler on high.
I bundled up all the dogs and their appurtenances and brought them back to S
& R in the morning. Afterwards we did some shopping in town.
S had picked up a new bread machine at the coast, only $5 at the senior
center thrift shop for use there, so she gave it to me on return (she has
three or four already). We made a point of buying some bread flour and
gluten whilst shopping.
It was nearly noon by the time I returned home and put away groceries, and I
didn't do much for the rest of the day, just some reading. Dinner was next
door, and was delicious steak.
The new anime season on Crunchyroll is pretty bad.