Travels and Images
WEEK 28 2006
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Saturday 15 July
- down to Oxnard to check on the boat. It's hard to get a report out of the yard folk, so I went down to inspect the pintles and gudgeons
on the rudder. These had some corrosion, so I had them "ground" down to
bare metal. There is some material loss, but they looked reasonably
It was a family members' birthday, so I called and wished them a Happy
Birthday. I wish I could have been there, but I've been out of town for
the last month of weekends, and chores have been building up while
leave time has dropped to zero. After working late Friday I stayed up
late, taking care of things, and then started up early in the morning.
Bills, yard plumbing, dishes, oil changes - you name it. Despite my
frantic efforts I didn't even leave the house for Oxnard until 2:00,
and didn't arrive (massive traffic) until 4:30.
So my only boat accomplishments were to look at the rudder hinges (they
seem OK, but I'll try to talk to the yard again Monday) and to replace
the padlocks on the companionway hatches with new, keyed alike,
padlocks. Now I've a key, the yard dogs have a key, and my friend in
Oxnard has a key. He's local, and it's nice to have someone trustworthy
nearby in case of an emergency...
Friday 14 July
Friday - a weird
thing. Somehow the battery went dead in my PDA/phone the other day.
After charging it was re-initialized to factory settings, all the stuff
saved on it was gone. I had used the Xbackup program in March, and ran
that, hoping to get some
addresses and stuff back. To my surprise I had reinstated all the phone
stuff, including much newer stuff. Pictures and such, memo's, they're
gone - but numbers and such from last week are still there. So, that's
It was hot today, 106F. I drove the Probe into work just after noon,
because of some meetings in town. It started to overheat a bit - maybe
15-20F over normal temps. So I turned off the air conditioning and
drove slower, and that got me to work. It was OK traveling west on the
way home, into the 10mph prevailing wind, but then started to overheat
on the freeway heading south. The temperature really hadn't dropped
much by 6:00pm.
I stopped at Carl's Jr. for dinner last night, and saw this sign: "Are ATM machine he's all not working. Sorry for the inconvenience manager". 'Inconvenience' is spelled correctly.
Thursday 13 July 2006
- went to a couple of meetings. One on the CEV, that was sort of
interesting, and another on my current project, not quite so
interesting. Future work always seems more interesting that the
drudgery one is engaged up at the minute.
The spreadsheet is looking better. The numbers are now at least "ballpark", but I hope to get them better than that.
Wednesday 12 July 2006
- progress, of a sort...
Book #29 is The Radioactive Redhead, a detective story set in the future. OK, for it's genre.
Tuesday 11 July
Tuesday - back at work. Tired. Trying to
get the inertial loads calculated. The spreadsheet given me isn't quite
right, and my spreadsheet skills are somewhat atrophied. Improving
rapidly however: I can now change background colors and do "conditional
"What's that? No-one cares how it looks? They just want answers? Durn."
Monday 10 July 2006
Monday - back at work.
Sunday 9 July
Sunday - on the road at 2 pm, back to
Lancaster. Lot's of cars, not too many trucks. A high of 108F going
down the valley, never dropping below 102F. As I neared the Grapevine
on the I-5 there were stop lights and stopped cars on the freeway
ahead. I could also see clouds of smoke in the distance, rising from
the pass that the road takes - apparently a grass fire (white colored
smoke) that was closing the road.
Fortunately I was able to exit easily, turn around, and head north on
the 99, to the 223 through Arvin, to the 58, thence to the 14 and home.
But it took time. There were lots of trucks on the 58 - I guess they heard the news on CB and had diverted long before I did.