WEEK 35 2009
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- well, the trip down to San Diego (Vista
actually) went well. I left after 7:00pm and there were only a couple
of slowdowns on the 405. After arrival we sat around, had a couple
glasses of wine, then hit the sack for an early morning.
In the morning we headed down to Mission Bay,
arriving about 8:30. There were already a significant number of people
there, but we staked out a place near the usual spot and set up the
awnings and volleyball nets, and even a croquet course. People began
arriving about 10:00am, and there was a good sized crowd there all day,
with a number of smaller children - to keep the adults active.
There was a rented jet ski, and that kept busy all day, the Hobbs meter recording over six hours of continuous duty.
Despite fears of heat - inland it was 100+ - on the bay it stayed
reasonable, probably in the low 80's, thanks to a nice breeze. Smoke
haze from forest fires, high up, probably helped with the temperature.
Silver linings and all that...
An excellent outing!
Friday 28 August
- a full days work, then off to San Diego.
On the way down I finished Book #50, The Thirteen Gun Salute
by Patrick O'Brian. I mentioned last week that I thought perhaps
I had not read this far into the series - this is book #13 in the
series, but a certain portion of it came back to me. The French are
trying to get a treaty with a Malaysian king, to operate against the
British East Indiamen.Two English traitors, Ledward and Ray, old
enemies of Stephen Maturin and Jack Aubrey, are helping them. Maturin
outfoxes them and the British get a favorable treaty. The French
abandon their English allies, and Maturin eventually kills them.
Then he takes them to a friends house - a naturalist - and dissects them.
Thursday 27 August
- My friend Tim is having a barbecue this weekend, down at Crown Point
in San Diego, so that sounds like fun. With a bad back I think I can
avoid having to play basketball, much to everyone's relief ;-)
I was talking
to a chemist about some soil samples sent in for a laboratory analysis.
It's interesting. There are specific values for contaminants, parts per
million or billion, and the EPA sets very specific tests and protocols
that a lab must follow. There is the test, the results, and then runs
with surrogates to make sure that they aren't false positives. There
are tests that you do on solids, then if they don't pass you do a test
with agitation in liquids. Pretty elaborate stuff...
Tuesday 25 August 2009
- back at work. From the high 90's in Lancaster to the 70's in Ventura.
Monday 24 August 2009
- took another day off.
was a bit heavier, John Derbyshire's Prime Obsession.
This is an
excellent book, about Riemann's Hypothesis, a mathematical puzzle that
has now eluded solution for about 150 years. I need to read it again,
to get a better feel for what the last few chapters were really about.
Sunday 23 August_2009
- still a bit stiff, but recovering.
yard work, housework, and much that involves ambulatory motion was not a
big item I read a couple of books over the weekend.
First there were a couple of old fantasy books by Robert Asprin, Book #47: Another Fine Myth and its' sequel, Book #48, Myth Conceptions. These are lightweight fantasy, fun, probably last read about the time of purchase, 1988.