WEEK 24 2018
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Saturday - Nice temperatures, but very windy.
Not actually feeling all that well, slept badly.
This week in 2011 I
mentioned the ESA had the Gaia mission, to measure start positions.
Well, they just released a
data set where they've mapped 1.7 Billion stars. This apparently even
has some extra-galactic objects in it.
Book #22 was The Command, by David Poyer. This is the 8th, in
internal order, of the Lenson books. This time he finally gets a real
command, a Spruance class destroyer (essentially the parent of both the
current Arleigh Burke destroyer and Ticonderoga cruisers. Various
things happen, the most serious being a nuclear attack by Islamic
So, using the Week #23 list item format we would add:
Command, [Ship Class: Spruance,
Disposition: Nuclear Blast & Radiation damage,
Friday 15 June 2018
Hot, but not crazy. Nice in the evening, with some high clouds.
I went down to visit the Craigslist seller, the stuff was in decent shape,
and told the guy I'd take some of the posts. AH couldn't make it, but
he thinks he wants the rest. A price of $15 for a 10' long steel post,
with flange already welded on, is a good price for me, and the guy only
wants $20 for the 12' units. I might get a few of those as well.
I can cut them down easily enough.
We'll head down with a serious trailer tomorrow or Sunday (the seller says
these are in excess of 50# each!). The seller also has a bunch of
heavy duty commercial chain link stuff. I could use it, but money is
He also offered me, for free, a 14' sailboat on a trailer. He said
they were given to him, and he doesn't have the papers, but maybe I'll take
it. He took the wheels off, and the bearings are shot. But, you know,
one more task and chore and hobby won't hurt, right? If AAA says the
original owner still wants them then I'll just give them back...
Dave sent me a post foundation detail from the Green Book. Like he
said, probably overkill for this stuff.
Money is tight because I paid taxes - my amendment and the quarterly's,
By pure luck I learned on Thursday that the 49-cent stamps that I
got in December are now out of date, it is 50 cents! So I had
to go and buy a bunch of 1 cent stamps at the post office. Not a big
deal, since I had to go there and drop off the IRS and Franchise Tax Board
Weirdly, I've been using them all year without a problem.
I talked to Tim for a bit, he has some building plans he wants me to look
over, so I'll try to do that this weekend.
Thursday 14 June
I had to make a trip down to UCLA with S. It went well, traffic was
heavy but moving (until the 405 coming home) and we had a nice lunch with
the excellent gnocci at Pomodoro
Trattoria on Westwood Blvd.
This took up most of the day.
I did talk to Dave at length, 45m, about the upcoming work this winter.
I did see some steel posts on sale on Craigslist, and called the
seller. They might make good awning posts. I mentioned it to AH
and he wants to go and check them out as well - he wants to build a lean-to
next to his shop. So we'll run down to Leona Valley tomorrow.
We finished the last episode of "Sherlock". I guess Cumberbach and
Freeman are willing to do more episodes, but none are actually planned.
Wednesday 13 June 2018
Wednesday - Hot, almost 100F.
I washed the car in the morning, enough to get the dirt and grime off, then
took it into town and ran it through a wash and wax machine. I always
like to get a coat of wax on the beast before driving to the coast and the
moist salt air.
I also closed a couple of old bank accounts, that had been sitting unused
for a couple of years. The bank had started charging a fee on them, so
away they went. I was also going to deposit a check, but forgot it.
There was a quick Walmart visit, but they had no shop lights, no bookcases
with glass fronts, or several other items I was looking for. Bah.
I picked up a couple of books I had on hold at the library.
I had other things to do, but it was 3pm by then, and time to head home and
away from the craziness.
Tuesday - Warm.
Busy with various programming things. Not a lot to say there, grinding
away at understanding some new video stuff.
We now have a new 55 gallon / Day water ration that Jerry Brown signed into
law, to take effect once he's out of office. Of course the
State House and Senate are equally culpable in this travesty of political
correctness and insult to the taxpayers. And again, the democrat party
faithful that voted him and them into office, repeatedly, can't really be
left off the hook either.
Are you wondering about that $7.8 Billion in water bond spending that we all
voted for in 2014? While most of it has been used, in
a glorious FU to the voters not one cent has been approved for new
As of Jan-1-2018 no new storage is even
Monday - Working away on this and that.
Cleaned up the garage to the point where I can actually get the Explorer in
Sunday - Hot.
I didn't go grocery shopping in the morning, the larder is pretty well
Did a bit of work cleaning things up in the garage. I'd like to get the SUV
back in there at some point.