Travels and Images
WEEK 33 2006
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Saturday 20 August
- I was going to visit the boat, but got up and decided to get the
brakes done on the Probe. I've been driving the Explorer for the last
week, after hearing a grinding
sound in the little coupe's rear disks. So I took it over to a place in
Quartz Hill, one that is open on the weekend. Scott's good, but only
open on weekday's, and he said he was just too busy this week to do it.
The other place wasn't there. After driving the correct stretch of road a couple of times I realized the building was gone. Weird. So I went over to my brothers' and complained. He had the scoop - they'd moved across the street.
Who'd think of looking over there?
Anyhow, I got in, just in under the wire, and spent a couple of hours
at Mike's, doing this and that. It's an all new shop, seven bays
instead of the old two, but they were decent hard working folks and got
it all fixed up.
When I got home I decided to take a quick shower before heading
southwest. Then I decided to take a quick nap. Bad decision - I woke up
and it was going on midnight.
Or maybe it was a good decision - obviously I needed the sleep.
Friday 19 August
Friday - a visit to
the dentist this morning. I was hoping for a short stay in the chair,
but instead it was another hour and a half reclined. It was not all that
painful, to be honest, but it does take it out of you. I'd intended to
head north in the afternoon, visit Dad, but was just too exhausted. By
noon I called and let him know. Next week I guess.
The presentation was canceled - at 3:30, after I spent most of the day
working on it. Oh well. It does concentrate the mind and force you to
think about your process and end product. And I'm sure I'll have to do
it eventually, so I may just continue working on it (albeit at a
My powerpoint skills are improving...
Duke, impatient for his walk...
Thursday 18 August 2006
- working away on the presentation. It's going a lot slower than I had
hoped. Ten slides a day seems my limit, then I find myself just staring
at the monitor, making no progress.
My brother says he has a cat toy of some sort for me - his cats love to
scratch on it, and perhaps mine will enjoy theirs, and stop destroying
my furniture. I've no great hope, though, for the future of the armchair here. I was thinking of a walk, but
at 9:30 it's really getting too late.
No internet connectivity tonight for some reason, and I'm too lazy to
walk around recycling power on the modem and router and PC. Maybe it'll
magically be working tomorrow and I'll upload this page.
Wednesday 17 August 2006
- Book #35 is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,
by Mark Twain. A fun book - read by a good narrator in this particular
case, which makes it even more fun. About the first half is character
studies of the people of the 'little village', very amusing. Clemens'
clearly had a sharp eye. Tom himself would be almost unbearable -
always in trouble, no matter what. A little hellion. I'd forgotten a
lot of the details - I probably read this book last in high school. I
probably 'get' a little more of the cynicism too. I am not sure that is
a good thing.
Not a lot to say. Worked, went out for a couple of beers with a couple of co-workers. A long time since I did that.
Tuesday 16 August
Tuesday - work. There is a little design
review next week, so I need to come up with some slides. Bah. Also need
to give some other people my results (so far), so they
can do slides. I've been doing coding and research too long, these
project deadlines seem to come much too quickly. And it's a bit weird
to see a couple months of (admittedly only part time) work condensed to
a page of numbers and a couple of powerpoint slides.
Book #34 is The Know-It-All,
by A.J. Jacobs. This is a guy who decides to become "smarter" by
reading the entire Encyclopedia Brittannica. He doesn't really succeed,
barely getting into Mensa, doing poorly on Who Wants to be a Millionaire,
losing in a debate with high school kids, and generally annoying his
wife with endless factoids (she starts charging him a dollar for each
useless fact he recites). But it was a fun read.
Monday 15 August 2006
Monday - back at work. The CEV project
has now been renamed, it's now "Project Orion".
It doesn't use nukes,
more is the pity, but it does has a spiffy new logo, the blue
triangular patch (I'm too lazy to create a transparent gif for the
Sunday 14 August
Sunday - hiked Mt. Baden-Powell with my long time school friend and hiking buddy Roger. The other guys couldn't make it. Too bad for them
because it was one of the best day hikes I've ever done. Perfect
weather, no bugs, plenty of water, not too many people, long enough to
give exercise and short enough that my knee didn't give out. Pretty