WEEK 16 2012
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Saturday - Working hard in the yard,
until early afternoon. Between the heat and humidity it was necessary
to wear a bandanna under a hat, and change the bandanna often. Yuck.
After a rapid start the pace of new books read has certainly dropped.
Book #43 was a free Kindle book: The Wisdom of Father Brown,
by G.K. Chesterton. This another anthology of stories, fun to read,
though poorly formatted. I have to say that I am out of practice
reading mysteries, I didn't get any of the stories before Father
Brown's solution. A few I can put down to the foreign country of
England a century ago, but basically I suck at mysteries, always have.
In fact, if I figure one out before the official denouement I usually
Watched Puss In Boots (2011) in the evening. Entertaining.
- Down to Ventura. My friend's boy needed to change the oil in a marine
diesel to be eligible for a Sea Scout promotion, and since it is spring
and my boat diesel needed an oil change... It went pretty well. The
tedious part was tracking down an oil filter for the Yanmar 2GM20F,
West Marine didn't have it, the boat yard across the way didn't have
it, the marine engine rebuild shop next to the boatyard didn't have it,
the shop the rebuild guy sent us to only dealt wholesale. Eventually I
just went up to Ventura and picked it up at the Yanmar dealer.
We then ran the engine a few minutes to warm up the oil, sucked the oil
out the dipstick tube, changed the filter, and added the new oil and
started it up. Worked fine. Then it was back north to Lancaster.
We even took photo's, in case there was any question of whether the job had really been done.
Even though I just bought the parts and mostly watched K do the work I was exhausted by the end of the day.
Access is limited, fortunately it's a small engine...
My engine is the non-European Japanese made model, and the filter reflects that.
Thursday 19 April 2012
- I know I kept busy, but ???
My father's first ship in WW2 was the USS Action (PG-86). She was a Flower Class corvette, built in Canada as HMS Comfrey K.277 and transferred immediately to the USN who renamed her the USS Action and manned her with Coast Guard personnel. He didn't have a picture of the ship, and I still can't find one on the internet. Even www.navsource.org just has the drawing for a preliminary plan made for the USN.
A few years back I heard from someone that after the war she became a
small cargo ship and was lost somewhere in the middle east. I never
brought it up with Dad, I figured it would depress him.
A bit of recent sleuthing turned up the following history and probable fate:
So it looks like the Norwegians had her for a few years, and that she
was never a whaling ship, and that after 1967 she spent her time in
trade in the middle east, finally running aground near Ashrafi Island.
The tonnage is about right for "dry" loading, particularly after the
war-specific items were removed.
A picture or two of the wreck might finally settle things, but I can't find on of those either, though it is supposedly a fairly popular dive site.
Wednesday 18 April 2012
Wednesday - Yard work in the
morning, more sprinkler stuff, then a whole bunch of business
stuff dealing with various banks and online things.
In the afternoon I messed around with the swamp cooler, since it was
approaching 90F and is supposed to get even hotter, and I don't want
the cat to fry while I'm out of town working. The old cooler is pretty
much beyond repair, so I need to get cracking on the replacement,
that's been sitting in my yard since last fall.
I ran across a link to the USS Potomac
online. She was Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht when he was
president, then was sold out of service. She was Elvis's yacht for a
while, used to smuggle drugs under another owner, eventually sank and
was refloated. My father and I saw her shortly after that, having seen
an article in the paper (late 1980's?) and driving over to see her. She was in really bad
condition. However a trust bought her, and managed to come up with
enough funds to rehabilitate her. She has a good business doing
charters and history tours on San Francisco bay.
17 April 2012
- The soldering went well. I cut off what few connectors that actually
stayed on the wire, then soldered in some lengths of the #18 solid core
that I bought at Radio Shack (along with some solder). Then I tested
the rear circuits to make sure that they worked, removing one sprinkler
head to let the sand and grit flush out. Everything seemed to work, so
I sprayed the joints with a liquid tape, repeatedly. Tomorrow I'll wrap
things in tape and spray again, then bury the thing (finally).
The afternoon and early evening were spent on a little bit of iPad
programming, and a lot of dealing with app "provisioning". Holy cow,
what a messed up system. I spent hours getting certificates and enabling keychains and getting iTunes work and to talk to the device ... only to discover at the final step
that the innocent iPad software upgrade I'd allowed a few weeks ago
(why not?) had upgraded the pad to iOS 5.1 and that my Xcode could only
provision my tablet for versions up to 5.0. And that the new Xcode
required Mountain Lion instead of Snow Leopard
($35), and that Snow Leopard required 2GB of RAM, not the 1GB I had. So
I ordered 2GB($35) from Amazon (from Crucial, really) and called it a
- I liked the Koi photo below enough to use it as my desktop background, after a bit of cropping to center the fish.
The morning was mostly spent on various paperwork issues for taxes,
taxes, and various attempts to remedy issues with household accounts.
The afternoon was spent putting the final sprinkler repairs in play,
and trying to fix the cut wire. At 7:30 pm I tired of crimped
connectors and called it a day. I'll just solder it tomorrow, and put
some liquid tape on it, it'll be faster and probably at least as
The sand and grit in the line is working it's way down to the sprinkler
heads. Some can be taken apart and cleaned, some just have to be
replaced. I'm using the brass head replacements, which seem to last
more than a season or two. I'd prefer to put in all brass, but it's
expensive and I think you pretty much have to do all of them at the
I read some Ipad stuff for an hour, but it feels like a lost day...
I also verified that the controller on the dryer is giving up the
ghost. I've suspected for a while that there were issues, so being
around and about allowed me to verify that it is (1) running at full
hot, no matter what heat setting is used, and (2) not stopping. I've
ruined some shirts and clothes in the last few weeks, but just put it
down to their age and inattention on my part. So, one more thing to fix
at some point.
- The nice weather has returned. Instead of working on sprinklers I
spent a lot of the day working on the Ipad programming thing. I'll work
on the sprinklers tomorrow...
Since April 15 is a Sunday this year the official day to send in
quarterly taxes is tomorrow.
Baseball has started up. The Dodger's are 9 and 1 so far. One of the
players is still batting .445, Matt Kemp. In fact someone pointed out
that one of his hits in the last game, being just a single, lowered his stats. Heh. A good
problem to have!