WEEK 35 2018
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1 September 2018
Saturday - Getting warmer again. And the
humidity is creeping up.
Weather Underground was predicting thunderstorms and rain, which did
not happen, at all. They are getting worse and worse, time to fine a
new weather site I guess.
Sanded the house frames, and caulked the gaps.
Worked a bit on the app as well.
Friday 31 August
Friday - Warm,
I reattached the table leg. It's a "bar" table, meaning it's about 36"
high, rather than the typical 29". I only have one chair in the dining
room, an adjustable office chair, so it's fine.
Having cleaned the inside of the window I decided to do the outside as well,
which mean pulling the frames. There was a lot of white overspray,
from a half baked attempt by the previous owner at repainting at some point
in the past. Paint thinner and towels and razor blades took care of
most of that, but it's a slow process.
Since I have the frames off I decided to give the molding a finish coat of
paint, and to paint the house frame that they attach too while I was at
it. It'll take a couple of days.
Worked on the app most of the day, not much to say there, just grinding away
I did a walk on Thursday, and apparently pulled a muscle in my leg, so my
right hip hurts quite a bit. Ibuprofen seems to help, but it's still
painful when standing or trying to kneel. I was going to pull weeds, but
that isn't happening.
Thursday 30 August
Nice low heat and humidity weather.
I put glued a dowel into the new-to-me kitchen table leg. It should take
about 24 hours to dry, it being Gorilla Glue. That doesn't have the
very best results for wood glue according to the internet, but it's
certainly stronger than the wood in the old table.
I also cleaned the office window on the inside with cleanser and a razor
blade. That helped with the dimness in there.
The little USB video dongle seems very sensitive to heat, so I have a little
fan blowing directly on it, that seems to help quite a bit. The cats are
very curious about the little buzzing fan. I run it off the little
Anker external USB unit, so it doesn't actually draw power from the MacBook.
Mostly I just worked on the app, setting up views the way S wanted
them. Kind of a pain - transparent backgrounds and full screen
buttons, but so it goes.
SCE finally sent me a bill the other day, for $41. I had paid them $150 this
year already, just on general principles, and since I had apparently started
the year with a $66 dollar credit I've used $257 in electricity this
year. Well, it's been warm.
I had a bit of a sore throat all day, hopefully not a serious bug, but had
to say "no" when my neighbors invited me over for dinner, so as not to give
anyone the bug.
Watched some teevee.
Wednesday 29 August
Wednesday - A nice night on the boat, and
a beautiful morning.
I borrowed a hose from a neighboring boat and spent some time doing a
serious wash down of the exterior. I actually have lichen
growing on the shady side - growing in the "dirt" which is apparently ash
from all the fires earlier in the year (and good growing soil). The Santa
Ana's blow it out of the burned hills into the sea.
Next trip I'll take more time and do a soap and water wash.
I made a stop by the marina office and dropped off my slip fee, saving
myself fifty cents this month.
Then I cruised up to Ojai and visited with Don and Mary. I meant to
bring them some steak sandwiches, but the place I was going to get them from
had a rather gnarly and weird access and I missed it, and ended up on the
freeway exit there instead. Bah.
It was a quick visit, less than an hour, and I headed home around noon,
taking the Ca-150 east through the Ojai Valley and then down to Santa Paula.
The CA-126 was busy, but the I-5 North was crazy with trucks and
traffic. I finally realized that it was truckers and holiday traffic
starting early for the coming Labor Day weekend.
Ugghhh. I remember commuting up the Martinez in that mess, back in the
day, many times.
Home mid-afternoon, place was cool and the cats happy to see me, but not
A beautiful red Mars in the evening sky, and even a faintly visible Milky
Way. With the fire and smog haze and even high clouds I hadn't seen
the Milky Way for quite a while. I could make out all of Scorpio and
Sagittarius as well.
Tuesday - OTR. Nice 70-80 degree weather down
Time and I went out and did a few fixture audits in Thousand Oaks, complete
with pictures, then went back to the office and generated some official
reports. No surprises, we show that the District is getting a serious
under count right now, and they'll need to generate a game plan to fix the
issue. Tim has a meeting on Wednesday with the various people
I returned to the boat around 8pm, and decided to stay another night, I can
No foot or ankle issues, despite just wearing tennis shoes for the audit, so
I think I'll try starting up my walks again when I get back to Antelope
Monday - Nice still, in the 90's in Lancaster.
Did some work on the app, talked to S a bit about it.
Cleaned and did some wash. Backed up the app and my photographs for
this year to DVD.
Packed up again for the trip down to Ventura.
Left around 8:30, arrived about 10.00pm. Boat looks fine, though very
dirty on the outside. There was a flashing coming from inside the
cabin when I walked up. I think Dave had visited the boat and used the
flashlight. It has a strobe mode that comes on when the press the
"OFF" switch while in standard flashlight mode, so you have to press the
switch twice to make sure it's actually off.
The interesting question is when? I think he said that he
visited the boat on the 4th of July, but that was six weeks ago! LEDs don't
pull much power, and it's a flash about every two seconds, but still...
Sunday - Nice. Did some shopping in the
morning, didn't do much in the afternoon other than read and watch teevee.
K&J have found an apartment near Balboa Park in San Diego. They
can't move in until the first of the month, but are going to do AirBnB until
then. I think Kirk reports aboard the New Orleans this coming week.
I had picked up a little bit of Carne Asada again, this time from
Albertson's, and handed it to Aaron when I saw him briefly after
returning. He also helped me take down the remnants of the awning in
back - though 'remnants' is harsh, really the canvas just failed at the
stitches (the stitches are fine).
Went by in the evening for dinner, then we watched a couple of episodes of
'Person of Interest'. It's good, but the lead character isn't as
nearly as riveting as Raymond Reddington.
of the Week
My brother send me this, an old picture of the schooner
Forester tied up in Martinez. It
looks like the #2 mast has lost it's top hamper over the
I personally just remember it as a burned out hulk, pier
only vaguely recalling the fire in 1975.