WEEK 24 2012
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Saturday - On the road again, up north to visit my sister in Fremont. Light blogging, probably, for a few days.
I did get paid yesterday, that's nice. Sadly the teller who looks a bit
like 'Seven of Nine' wasn't on duty when I deposited the check.
"Sir - if you want cash back you'll have to sign the deposit slip
- Back in town. I was going to head north to visit my sister, but the
Explorer needed some work done. It's been running warm, so I had the
oil changed, the radiator flushed, the tranny fluid changed and new
spark plugs put in. The plugs were kind of seared, I'm not sure why
that would be. The serpentine belt looked good so we didn't change that
out. It'll be up for smogging in a month, and it was time for the
200,000 tune up about 20,000 miles ago. I feel better about it now,
though it's another $366 out of my pocket.
Six weeks of plant growth:
Beginning of May
Middle of June.
I want to get those paver's in - that project stalled when I injured
myself last year - but getting time to do the work has been an issue
these last few week's. Ah well, I'll get to it, and a thousand other
household jobs, eventually.
Thursday 14 June 2012
- OTR. Another longish day, 12 hours or so. Some office work, but also
some looking for new digs with the boss. We've pretty much outgrown the
current digs, and there are issues with our current landlord (or
rather, the guy we sublet from). It's a wonderland of office space out
there - the economy has obviously been a disaster for the owners of
small business parks - great for us as we can pick and choose. Mostly,
there are still a few pitiable souls living in the past boom times,
demanding to see the company's IRS returns before even allowing an application. The boss politely declined, and we didn't started laughing until later.
Our brand new CAD system crashed, a hard drive failure after three
days. The draftsman is delayed, re-doing some drawings, and the boss
needs to get the office thing sorted out, so I headed back to Lancaster
in the evening. Nasty traffic, huge chunks of the I-14 were blocked off
for construction. At one point there was a tire and bits of car debris
in the only open lane, which made for a lot of swerving and swearing
Wednesday 13 June 2012
Wednesday - OTR. Up at four and on
the road down to Ventura before 5. A long long day, too, not done until
after 8:00 in the evening.
There was no shore power down at the boat - power out to the whole end
of the marina. Not a huge deal as I have batteries, but it meant that
there was no hot water in the showers ashore in the morning. And my
coffee pot runs on 110V. As does the electric razor. I should get an
inverter eventually. I still don't have the propane stove fixed up. I
should work on that stuff, along with about 100 other things.
12 June 2012
- Work below canceled for the day, so I stayed and did another
outstanding task: smogging the Probe.
It's only used rarely, a grand
total of 972 miles on it since the last oil change in July of 2010,
the (intermittently functioning) odometer. So I took it in for an oil
change, then topped off the tank with 91 octane at Chevron. Then it was
off to the mandatory "Check Only" smog station that a friend had
And, on the third (and last) attempt it passed - apparently it was
running too cold on the first couple of attempts. Odd, since it usually
runs warm and it was about 100F out. There was a fan blowing on the
radiator and I had the heater on, to keep the temps down while idling.
Turning that off brought the temp up from the "N" to past the "R" in
the "NORMAL" range.
For a grand total of $191.74. Bah. The cost of a new main halyard!
- Oil Change, $26:30
- Gas, $12.45
- Smog Station, $59.99
- DMV, $93.00
It was warm, officially 99F out at the airport, but probably 100+ in
town. The car was running warmer than usual, even at freeway speeds, with the air conditioning off.
One of the reasons I don't drive it much.
The swamp cooler continues to perform splendidly, over 30F of cooling!
The new pads, the lower exhaust speed, the root cause is ???
- Very, very tired. Did some errands, bills and chores.
Book #54 was Hammerhead,
by Jason Bond. Read sometime in the last couple of weeks. This I would rate as mediocre first book (sci-fi), but
with signs of possible improvement by the author. The writing is
decent, protagonist and his two friends well characterized, but the villian is cardboard and the plot structure and tech
Sunday 10 June 2012
- Got up early, collected my sailing partner Kirk, and headed down to
Oxnard. I let him do the driving, all the way. It was a quiet Sunday
morning on the freeway, but time on these freeways: 14, 405, 118 and 101, is a bit
stressful at any time, and it's good practice for him.
We spent a bit of time getting the boat ready to go. I'd already put a
lot of stuff in places where it wouldn't shift at the first wave, but
there was more, and the kayak to be moved off the boat, sail covers and
ties to be fixed up, and so on. We also checked the oil level in the
Yanmar, and it was fine, so we didn't add any or have to suck any out.
We had a good time. The wind were light and variable, and I don't think
we reached boat speed under sail at any time, but we practiced tacks
and jibes, and basic boaty stuff, and had a good experience. There was
a heavy swell to go with the light wind. The boy got queasy first, then
myself, so we popped a couple of the Dramamine II (meclazine) tablets,
and all was well. We even had lunch a bit later.
We saw a herd of dolphin's go by, under the boat, and that was cool.
The wind was so light that we didn't make it out to the islands, sadly,
so anchoring off Anacapa or Santa Cruz will just have to wait. We
finally had to motor back to the harbor when the wind died almost
completely, late afternoon. By the time we were done cleaning and
packing and stowing it was nearly 8:00pm. Docking was OK, I muffed the
turn but a strong man with a new boathook was at the bow and we didn't
We had the option of staying over, and sailing a second day, but in a
spasm of worry over getting back to work I decided to call what we'd
done a success and head home. There wouldn't be any wind the following
morning - it doesn't start until about 10:00, and the weather forecast
was a repeat of the previous day, and we wouldn't be able to overnight
at the islands, and would have to motor all day to get there and back,
so it was probably best.
Still it wasn't as much time on the water as I'd hoped for. Ah well, that's sailing!
I let him drive all the way home, too, on the dark freeways. A
bit more traffic than in the morning, and several times he had to put
up with the morons who try to tailgate you and intimidate you into
changing lanes or speeding up, despite there being passing room. He
kept his cool and just waited them out, which is hard to do at any
age, but especially at 18. Kudo's to him.