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WEEK 27 2007
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- Book #47
by Dell Shannon. It's a hard boiled detective novel, a police
procedural, set in the grim and gritty world of Los Angeles homicide.
Or, rather, that's it was meant to be. Written in 1964 it comes across
today as quaint. Teletypes. Stopping into drug stores for lunch and to
use pay phones to contact central. Cars without air conditioning. A
bank robber who successfully robs several banks in a row! The police
issuing concealed carry gun permits to citizens! A murder every week!. It was a Luis Mendoza
mystery - there have to be dozens of books in the LM series, which continued being written up into the 1980's (I think).
It was miserably hot in Lancaster. Bah.
If I didn't have to be at work next week I'd have taken a few more days
off, and gone to see my father in NorCal.
Friday 6 July
- time to head home. We managed to delay the return until noon, then it
was back on the highway. A very hot highway...
Incredible. It averaged 110F-113F in the Central Valley.
5 July 2007
- The marine layer and fog hung in most of the day. Which was great, a
wonderful change from the desert, and the reports of 110F+ back in
Lancaster and the central valley just made it more delicious. What a
great time to be at the beach.
And where does that time go, anyway? It just seems to vanish.
Wednesday 4 July 2007
- Happy 231st to the U.S. of A!!
It was a good trip down to Cayucos, and the weather was wonderful. Until
Wednesday afternoon, anyway
Bright and Sunny! Surfing, tanning and football...
Then it got a little misty to the Southwest.
The fog rolled in from the south. The sun bathers and dog walkers are
hanging in there...
But were vanquished. It was cool and windy. The beach emptied out...
The lack of crowds meant that the sheriffs had plenty of time and men
to patrol the beach for once,
and routed all the evil fireworks people. But the neighbors managed one
Tuesday 3 July 2007
- I was going to stay and work for the entire week, except Wednesday,
but since everyone else has taken the rest of the week off I think I
will do the same.
A cursory check of the Explorer, just before the trip to the
beach, 200 miles away, revealed this:
Just surface damage, lucky for me.
Monday 2 July 2007
- back at work.
Sunday 1 July 2007
- The cats and I enjoyed the patio, before it got too hot. In the
evening I went to a nice barbecue with friends.
On Friday last they were running groups of people down to the Space
Shuttle area, to see Atlantis
in the Mate/DeMate facility. I wasn't going to go but a couple of other
engineers talked me into it.
There was a huge
crowd, and they were being bused down in several mini-vans for a half
hour peek. Apparently
anyone who could get onto Edwards AFB was allowed - military,
dependents, civil service, civilians of all sorts and sizes and ages.
So it took about
an hour of standing in line to get to the vans. By the time we were
embarked they'd found a couple more vans and that was helping. They'd
also moved the line out of the hot sun into the shade of the cafeteria
There is a photo, down below, of Atlantis.