WEEK 20 2010
Mon- Tue- Wed-
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Saturday - shopping (a new vacuum), a
few chores, a haircut, a little thinking about next weeks work -
scripts for Excel and some Access database work, and some research into
the customers existing database(s).
- home at last. Very tired though. The cats were ecstatic about my
return. I feel bad that I have to leave in a couple of days for Ventura.
Thursday 20 May
- I put in about six hours more at the house, then headed south, much
later than I'd hoped. I hit the easterly traffic crush out of the South
Bay area on the 580, and it took a good hour to go from the 680 to the
I-5. Very tiring drive, but it was good to get home.
was trying to get a handle on the plumbing, but it's difficult,
crawling about under the house in the dirt, among spiderwebs, over old
glass, rusty pipes, wood with nails, various bits of sharp bric-a-brac.
What I did discover is that there is no water shutoff valve at the meter!
It looks like a newer meter, down at a new section of fresher concrete
in the sidewalk. Our neighbors on either side have shutoff valves - we
don't. I couldn't find one at corner of the house where I remember
there being one, thirty years ago, so I asked my brother to ask the
water company to install a valve at the meter, as they should have (and
where, exactly, was the city inspector, when the new meter was
The plumbing and water lines run all through and
along the walls we need to tear down to do foundation work, but until
we can get the water shutoff I can't do much down there.
Wednesday 19 May
- working on the house - mostly gardening stuff in the front yard. I
don't like the place to look derelict, so I finished weeding, added a
few more solar lights, things like that. About eight hours of work. Too
tired to blog in the evening....
other brother had painted the den while Bob and I were in Florida. He
used Kilz, which has a good reputation, but is still latex based. I
think I'd have continued with the Zinsser Bin (shellac), but I don't
know if we want to do another coat in there.
I found a
mullioned window, free, on Craigslist, but called too late. It was 48"
high by 96" wide, which is a big window for an 11' wall. Still, I'm
looking for things to make prospective renters/buyers forget the fact
that it's a 90 year old house.
<sour grapes> It was way
over in Pacifica, and was probably too big to fit in the back of the
Explorer anyway! </sour grapes>
- on Southwest Airlines, back to Oakland. A decent enough flight. There
was a two hour layover is Austin, no big deal. We got up at 4am,
Florida time, and arrived about 5pm, Oakland time. It was a long day.
- not much happening. We checked out of a hotel in Titusville, late,
and checked into one near the Orlando airport, MCO, in early afternoon.
After that we both just sort of crashed in the hotel room. There was a
huge thunderstorm going on, which was interesting to watch from a high
rise building. Nice that it held off until we were too tired to go
Sunday 16 May_2010
- Most of the day was spent at Kennedy. We took the tour, saw Pads 39-a
and 39-b, a transporter (close up), the Space Station center, and the
Saturn V center, the various little museums at the visitor center, an
IMAX movie - lots of stuff. Fascinating. Beautiful weather, neat things
to see. Very enjoyable
- it took us all day to see this.
Walking across a pedestrian
bridge to the Space Station Processing Center we were passed by a two
foot tall human missile. Behind us we could hear a concerned maternal
"Elian, Elian, wait, stop!"
The reply was swift and unambiguous-
"No, NO! Zoom, ZOOM!"
And off he went, damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.
It still makes me smile.