WEEK 15 2016
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Saturday - Light rain in Channel Islands
harbor all morning, off and on.
The harbor seals have taken over the end of "B" dock, and are wrecking the
already decrepit slips. They are also so noisy that I have to wear earplugs.
If it's like this continually I'll request a change of slip. But it's
hard to move the boat when you can't start the engine!
The battery is not charging, nor is it running the lights, weird. I'll have
to get my multimeter out and check things. I thought I heard a little "pop"
when installing, but don't see any blow fuses, but the wiring layout is a
I replaced one of the halyards, but the attach string pulled through on the
other, and now I've an empty sheave up there. Not a big deal, with roller
furling I don't need one for the jib, but one of these days I'll have to
lower the mast and redo things. The wind fly is gone too.
I also replaced the after mooring lines, and bought and wrapped a tarp
around the mainsail. My friend shoulders mean that the uncompleted sail
cover is going to stay that way for a while. I should learn to sew I guess.
After I'd done that I wondered why I just didn't take the sail off for now?
It needs cleaning anyway.
Then there was a bunch of cleaning and getting my tools and belongings in
In the early afternoon I headed home.
RIP Riley, 1998-2016.
Riley has passed away, my cat friend of almost two decades.
I was on travel for work but had friends checking in on him every day.
Friday he was sunning himself in the upstairs bedroom, they reported.
When I arrived home today he was laying quietly near the sunny spot
downstairs. It looks like he just laid down and didn't get up.
We all have to go sometime but I'll miss the little guy, crotchety and
perverse as he was, right up to the end.
He'd had a nice long life, but had recently lost 1/3 his body weight and was
weak, kidney failure.
I dug a little grave and buried him this afternoon in a favorite blanket and
some of his toys. I guess I'll build a little flower bed there.
May he find the great beyond to be a field of fat slow mice, inattentive
birds and warm laps.
Riley playing with a toy on Valentine's Day.
My brother sent me this:
this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone
here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills
for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are
warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health
and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong
again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times
gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small
thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one
suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are
intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the
group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend
finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be
parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands
again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the
trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never
absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
How I hope so.
Friday - OTR. Went into the
office and did a few more things. Talked at length with the boss about the
upcoming work. He'll make sure to be there every morning he said, to be sure
that the contractor is on the right track.
I researched batteries, but discovered my best choices were not available
locally. So I settled for exchanging the old cores for the some Group 27
batteries from West Marine. Surprisingly they were just a couple dollars
more than Interstate or Diehard. I wonder who actually makes them.
I installed one, and it doesn't seem to work. Hmmm. Well, have to see if it
OTR. Down to Ventura.
The draftsman couldn't make it, he had some medical stuff to do with his
broken leg, but I printed out his as-built s and went over them, marking up
the 11x17's for him. Minor stuff for the most part, though we need to do a
field measurement on some stuff that was incorrectly place by the original
It looks like the restart is on, the board approved the contract change
order, so in a week or two I'll probably be out there inspecting again. It
should be short, it's a 20 day contract, so I won't be on the road too much.
Tim and I took an hour or so to put flyers out in the neighborhood where the
construction will restart, so the locals aren't too surprised.
I'll stay on the boat.
Wednesday - Warm.
I didn't get down to Ventura, I'll head down tomorrow. Stuff to do here...
Tuesday - Warm. Like 90F warm! I actually had
to turn on the swamp cooler in the afternoon.
I mowed the front yard, finished painting and assembling the tailgate
on the trailer. Still a few things to do, but it's 90% rehabilitated now.
Not much else to say, just working away on the app. Making progress.
I will probably head down to Ventura for some work related stuff tomorrow.
Monday - Warm and sunny
Working on the app, getting the logic for the new levels started. Always
takes longer and is harder than I realized.
Sunday - Warm and sunny.
A small amount of grocery shopping in the morning.
The afternoon I spent driving around Antelope Acres, looking at various land
properties. My idea was to buy land, cheap, then build a house, cheap.
"No battle plan
survives encounter with the enemy." - Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
Lots are way overpriced. Those that aren't have serious downsides - too
close to major roads or undesirable neighbors, or both.