WEEK 16 2014
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Picture of the Week
17 March 2002
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Saturday - Down in SD.
- On the road, down to San Diego. We got a late start - midafternoon -
but there was so much to do that it wasn't a big deal.
arranged for the boys to come by and mow the lawn, and for my friend C
to spell T at watching the cats. T came by and we talked for a bit in
the early afternoon - she was surprised that I was still home!
Traffic down to SD was surprisingly light for an Easter Friday.
Thursday 17 April
- I'm out of town tomorrow, down to San Diego, so I spent the day
running around, doing various chores and errands.
most important was the battery. It died again, just from having the
doors open for a half hour or so. A big truck battery should be able to
run a couple of dome lights for days!
A friend suggested an
Optima battery from Sams Club, but since I wanted to get the alternator
checked, as well as the battery, it seemed like Sears was the place to
go. On a Thursday mid-morning it was nearly empty, and I got right in.
The first thing they suggested was new terminals, as the ones on there
had the bolts rounded off. I agreed to that - I had to, or they
couldn't get them off! Then, while I went off for an early lunch at the
mall, they tested the alternator and the existing battery.
fully expected a $100+ battery recommendation when I got back, but
instead they said that the battery was holding at least an 80% charge,
that the alternator looked good, and that they couldn't see any reason
to replace either.
Huh. Well, those terminals were bad, but I honestly didn't think they
were that bad.
rest of the day was similar chores. Getting the swamp cooler
consumables - pads, a new pump, descaler filters, etc. Shopping. Doing
By evening I was
exhausted. I had planned to do some office work for the levee
inspection stuff, but was too tired to focus by early evening. I'll
take it with me to San Diego I guess.
Wednesday 16 April
back from Ventura to Lancaster mid-afternoon, after a last field
inspection for punchlist items, and an office visit with the PM, Tim.
Back about 5:00pm. Good to be home. The young cats were suspicious and
took twenty minutes for Suzy, and nearly 40 for Jimmy, to come and
visit the strange man in their house!
Riley, of course, was blase about the whole thing.
Ive a bit of office work to do, but was simply too beat to do anything
functional. Tomorrow I've errands to run, chores to do.
- OTR. Down
in Ventura on work.
Down in Ventura on work.
Down in Ventura on work.
Enjoying just doing a ten hour day, instead of the twelve and thirteen
hour days we've been working.
Still playing Words With Friends in the evening, using the iPad and the
phone as a 4G bluetooth modem. Each turn seems to take about 5MB. This
is due to the
ads, since I'm running the free version. But with a 2GB limit it isn't
a big deal.
So far I've won one game and lost two (both to S).
It's been cold at night, and I miss the little heater. I guess it
burned out, drying the boots that got wet inspecting last week. At
first it wouldn't turn off, then it wouldn't turn on. I unplugged it
and threw it away as being a hazard.
I've been enjoying the little refrigerator. It's not so much that I'm
enjoying cool stuff, per se, but that it allows me to store bagels and
margarine and other food preparation stuff, so meals aboard are more