WEEK 20 2016
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Saturday - Warm, but not hot. Glen came over
and we put in a full day on the planter, digging it out and laying most of
the base courses. I had some inflammation issues with my hands and
back spasms so G had to do most of
it, but he's getting faster and better at it as we work.
Friday - OTR. Keeping busy
on the project. I input the data so we have a digitized version, also
all the recent images from the project, and made a backup. The
contractor will finish Monday or Tuesday, I'll probably have someone cover
for me rather than drive all the way down for four hours of work.
On the road back to Lancaster I saw this:
The driver, and people going east, were
having a bad day...
The house looked good on return. Glen did some yard work but with
finals approaching didn't have time for much else. We'll work on the new
The two cats were very very happy to see me. Suzy will share space with
Glen, Jimmy hides under the beds still.
The contractor is making good progress, he'll be done tomorrow or the
following Monday. Yay!
Nice weather, a marine layer overcast in the morning, mixed clouds and sun
in the afternoon. Apparently it's in the 90's in Lancaster.
Still, I'm eager to get home. A month on the road every weekday is plenty.
And the sea lion noise is getting worse and worse. It probably woke me up
five or six times last night - I ended up taking a nap (sadly, not billable
Things were going swimmingly on
the app, built about four or five layers of nested objects, got them to
display, compile without error. Then I noticed the text in a UILabel
wasn't centered quite right. "Hmmm"
sez I, "Guess I'll set the vertical
alignment to center!".
Only, this being *%#@!
can't vertically align text in a UILabel. Only horizontally.
Wednesday - OTR. Hump Day.
Things are proceeding well enough. We are trying to get a couple of items
associated with the contract finished, but are depending on others to show
Working on the app between field visits. Trying to make the logic for two
similar things one block, rather than two. It's coming along OK I guess.
The cat sitter reports the new Kindle showed up, so that's good.
Tuesday - OTR.
The old moon over the marina, early morning.
The contractor is almost done with the 4th reach, and moving on to the 5th
and last. This job might actually end on time!
I did a bit of work on the app, at least keeping the project warm, if not
particularly hot. Refactoring stuff, sigh.... I even downloaded some
sample book bits on refactoring and OO programming. Pretty dry stuff.
The sea lions were particularly loud for a bit. I finally stuck my head out
and discovered: the harbor tour boat was nearby and the passenger's were
shouting and yelling at them, exciting them. Stupid, rude, and, I
believe, illegal. A guy a few
boats down was playing his radio, too.
Yesterday somebody across from me decided his twin diesel's needed
exercise...at 7pm. Sheesh.
Monday - OTR. Down to Saticoy for inspection
work in the early am hours.
I was very early, so I napped for an hour before going to the work site.
Dave has very kindly let me use a 27" monitor in the office for my MacBook,
so I am trying to get back into things. S has made some substantial changes,
so the complexity has increased and I am trying to simplify through more
reusable and general purpose objects.
Sunday - Calm and warm in the morning. I laid
around in the morning, but had more energy than Saturday.
There was house cleaning, yard cleanup, laundry, shopping, checking air and
oil for the Explorer, and the usual assortment of odds and ends to take care
I did put in the rest of the tomato plants, plus two Anaheim peppers and two
Bell peppers. I have two spots left in the planter still.
I finally ordered a new Kindle, the old one having page turn button problems
and not displaying graphics in technical books well (or at all, sometimes).
I feel a bit guilty about it, I'm trying not to spend money if I don't need
to, but... I bought the mid-lineup Paperwhite, which should hopefully serve
me for another six or seven years.
The cats are pretty needy, demanding to sit on my lap. They are not quite
terrified of Glen, but not exactly comfortable with him either, particularly
Jimmy. Well, another week or two and I'll be home.