WEEK 21 2013
Mon- Tue- Wed-
Picture of the Week
17 March 2002
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Saturday - Back in town, running various errands
and doing various chores.
to his CV my grandfather enlisted in the USN on the day war broke out
in 1917. In 1918 he was appointed an officer, ensign, aboard the USS Radnor, a just launched transport ship.
he in one of these pictures, I wonder? It wouldn't be unusual for an
ensign to be assigned to oversee a painting crew, or involved in the
process of casting off lines amongst a herd of army landlubbers...
- OTR. Met
with the VRSD folk in the morning, and got a better idea of what the
EDR updates need to be, and of what the database looks like, and what
sort of reports they need out of it. Right now they are apparently just
creating an Excel file by typing in data, so anything would be an
At noon I headed home to Lancaster. Traffic was already building up -
actually it was already heavy going down to Ventura
yesterday - and I was glad to beat the bulk of the Memorial Day traffic
out of town.
Thursday 23 May 2013
- OTR. Down
in Saticoy, talking to the VCWPD and their GIS guy. I think we are on
track to make a fairly decent historical imagery thing - it's much the
same as their Roads department uses, which should be OK.
After that I went by VRSD, and discussed some updates to the EDR stuff
I wrote a couple of years ago, and some newer database work. Since the
VCWPD meeting ran long I need to go by VRSD tomorrow and get some
downloaded data from their IT guy, who, while a part timer, does work
Out to dinner with Dave and family at Joe's, in Santa Barbara. Nice
food - I had the meatloaf - but deafeningly loud.
The boat looks OK. I was a bit concerned that it'd be an all night
party session, being just before the Memorial Day weekend, but it was
quiet. There was a bit of a wind blowing - maybe 15kts, and I secured
the roller jib of the boat in the slip next to me, which was coming
Book #23 was
of Chaos, by John C. Wright. This is the third and final book
in the Children of Chaos series. Not deep stuff, but easy escapist
reading. I'd say it was a bit cluttered and hurried, compared to book
Wednesday 22 May
- A nice day. Working away on this and that. I'll be heading down to
Ventura tomorrow for a demonstration by VCWPD on their historical
imagery and GIS tool they've added. Oddly the email I sent to confirm
never arrived and my inviter called me to see if I was coming. Late in
the evening I finally received a "bounce" message from my server.
I had sent my brother a CV of
my grandfather a while back, and it's interesting to look at. The USN
was experimenting with destroyers in the early part of the century, and
he served on a number of them, upon transfer to the USCG. The first six
classes were limited production vessels, the "Thousand Tonners", and
were considered large, for their day.
It's interesting to see that the Herndon,
shown in British livery, ended up in Russian service and was sunk by a
U-boat in 1945.
- It's interesting to note that it was the USCGD
Conyngham, not the USCGC
Conyngham. The "D" was for destroyer (the ship was
originally a USN destroyer), the "C" is for cutter, and is what all the
Coast Guard's ships all use now-a-days. For example, the Coast
Guard recently took possession of the USCGC Margaret Norvell,
a "Fast Response Cutter".
From a Coast
Guard web site:
"Cutter" is basically any CG vessel 65 feet in length or greater,
having adequate accommodations for crew to live on board. Larger
cutters (over 179 feet in length) are under control of Area Commands
(Atlantic Area or Pacific Area). Cutters at or under 175 feet in length
come under control of District Commands. Cutters, usually have a motor
surf boat and/or a rigid hull inflatable boat on board. Polar Class
icebreakers also carry an Arctic Survey Boat (ASB) and Landing Craft.
Fugitives of Chaos, by John C. Wright, successor to last
Children of Chaos.
- I'm a bit sunburned from the pool in San Diego :-(
- It's nice down here in San Diego, and having spent time sitting by
the pool reading I felt it incumbent upon me to take the
opportunity to investigate the pump and filter system. At one time it
was well documented, but after a number of fairly major repairs and
pipe replacements - and the passing of its maintainer, it's become a
problem and mystery.
The biggest problem seemed to be reports of a major leak in the
rooftop solar heating panels, but looking at things it seemed like
there were actually two
rooftop solar hot water systems - a solar hot water pre-heating system
for household tap water, and the pool heating system. The leak was
probably in the tap water pre-heater loop as we could see a giant crack
in the roof holding tank from ground level.
The mystery part involved the function of the three multi-position
valves, so I started turning them,
ringing the changes. I knew I hit the roof bypass when the pipe I was
leaning on suddenly turned too hot to touch - an initial slug of
probably 200F water passing through on it's way to the pool. So the
valves were (1) intake to pump from spa/pool, (2)outlet from pump to
spa/pool and (3) root solar heating loop on/off. Which all makes sense.
Happily there was no leak in the rooftop pool heating system, so I left
the pool set to heat
each afternoon when the pump/filter/crawler goes on.
I also "fixed" the
shear pin for the pool cover by inserting a 1/4-20 brass bolt and nut.
It should be small enough to shear when the cover hits the stops, but
strong enough to hold under
normal use, I think.
We went out for belated Mother's
lunch with my friends mother, at
I had a nice quiche, but my friend got one from an over that had
tripped it's circuit breaker apparently - cold and inedible, so it had
to be sent back :-(
After a few other chores we headed home to Lancaster - nasty traffic in
the southland, so it took over four hours. Oh well, so it goes.
Hot and windy here in Lancaster...
So, this week's Picture
of the Week is of a family heirloom of sorts:
an ash tray made out of a piston (I use it for spare change, not being
family story (from my Dad) is that it’s the piston head from
engine of a Florida rum runner that was captured by the USCGD
Conyngham, CG-2, (nee
Conygham,DD-58 ) during Prohibition, while my grandfather was
serving aboard as exec.
the captured vessels were being sold at auction, but they were just
bought by the gangs and returned to service, so the Coast Guard started
destroying them and their engines.
The Wikipedia picture of the
Conyngham below is pretty blurry, I should see if I’ve a better picture
of her in Coast Guard livery, somewhere in granddad’s stuff.