WEEK 36 2018
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8 September 2018
Saturday - Hot and dry again.
One of the dogs couldn't hold it overnight, so I had to wash and dry the dog
Not much to say, pretty quiet around here. I don't think I took the
car out all week.
Friday 7 September
Friday - Warm,
but not intolerable.
Dogs seem content enough. It's cool enough that I don't need to let
them in the garage. I think there are some emergency supplies on a
shelf in there that they'd be sure to get into...
Not much else going on. Doing some chores around the house and some
Thursday 6 September
Hot, in the high 90's officially. Actually it was 102F on my front
porch in the afternoon. But 11% humidity meant that it was actually a bit
cold under the swamp cooler vents.
I talk from time to time about the temperature/humidity/cooling capacity of
swamp coolers - here's a chart I found online.
These are "best" values, I probably get 3-5F warmer
temperatures out of my older, ducted, system.
I cleaned up the rest of the yard, removing all the debris that has
accumulated there since the 4th. Ladders, blocks, bricks, pieces of
timber, line posts, flower pots, you name it. There were even some
bags of concrete mix, but at 90lbs each I had to have the neighbor help move
them (I would have just left them there, but discovered last time that some
dog was actually digging into the bags!).
The wheelbarrow we were using to move concrete bags had a low tire, and I
couldn't find the inflation attachment for the big compressor. I used the
little portable power pack and it's built in compressor instead. First
time I've used it for that - worked like a charm. I've used it as a 110V
portable power source a few times now, but still haven't used it to jump a
Worked on app stuff, specifically reading about databases on IOS, in the
afternoon. This is Patrick Alessi's book, that I bought more or less
on a whim a few weeks ago, used for a few dollars.
S came by and dropped off the dogs in the mid-evening, along with food and
stuff. There are only three to wrangle now, so it's a bit easier to deal
She also brought by a DVD of Kirk graduating from OCS, and I made a few
copies for her. There were issues with playback at first, then I
realized that the USB 2nd monitor was setting off the built in DRM in OSX,
despite this being a DRM-free home-made disk to start with. Unplugging
the monitor temporarily fixed that problem.
I tested that the DVD copies work by playing them on the other (Windows 10)
laptop. Seemed OK. It's 2018 and Microsoft Windows 10 still uses a 3rd
party player. And they wonder why they are losing market
Budd was annoyingly clingy the whole time, trying to stay on my lap and
demanding attention while I tried to burn the disks. I mentioned this
to S who was in the other room doing dog stuff.
"He's warning you about me, saying STRANGER - DANGER",
she told me.
He's brave. The other cats just ran and hid, leaving me to my certain
No treats for them tonight!
Wednesday 5 September
Wednesday - Warming up, in the mid 90's.
I re-attached the molding, then put the solar screens back up. I still
need to make the magnetic attachments for the house windows, but it'll do
for now. I need to get some glazer's putty for the molding screw holes as
I also pulled some weeds in the yard - tumbleweeds for the most part.
They are still young and green, and not as prickly as they will be when
dried out. R&S want to leave their dogs here for the coming
weekend, so I've been getting things organized out there.
(Yard work: As long as I take some Ibuprofen first, then a hot shower first,
then do the work, slowly and carefully, then take another hot shower
afterwards, things are OK, if a bit sore...)
While I was working the trash man drove by - they usually don't come until
3pm or so, so I didn't have any cans out. Murphy's law at work I
guess. The one day this year when both trash bins are full is the
week he come by early and it doesn't get picked up.
Working on the app, trying to get past working on the Settings page, but
there is still more to do there...
I was give a little USB fan at Christmas, and have been using it for the
last week or so to cool the little USB video dongle. Today it gave
out, the RPM's starting to vary and to slow. I thought maybe we were
having a brownout, but it was just the fan failing.
I have another, one that goes under a laptop, but can't find the power
adapter, although I know I had it in the western office a few weeks
Tuesday - Warming up.
I put some RustOleum gloss white on the frames and molding, it'll take
another 24 hours for that to dry.
I put up a temporary awning, using one of those blue plastic tarps. It
will fail even quicker than the canvas if I leave it up, but I don't plan to
leave it up for more than a few days.
Monday - Labor Day. In the high 90's
in Lancaster, with the humidity just dipping into the teens. Ugghh.
There were a few clouds, off in the distance, but nothing to rain or even
give shade around here.
I did a bit of checking. In the POTW there is only a railroad trestle
across the river in the distance, which dates the picture to pre-1962, when
the first automotive bridge was built. Until then there was a ferry
terminal (visible in the mid distance) and apparently a commuter train
The hip joint was killing me.
Standing upright isn't too bad, but standing up, sitting down, bending or
even turning over in bed is extraordinarily painful. I can't think of
anything I did to strain it, but I must have done something.
I did prime the house window frames and the screen molding from the frames
I'd taken down.
Pretty tired all day - it's been a long and not particularly restful
weekend. In bed early.
Sunday - Nice. Did some shopping in the
morning, cleaned a bit around the house.
R&C came by, with the kids, and I showed them around the property.
They were polite, but I think a bit taken aback by the condition of
things. It's still pretty rough, I guess.
I really need to finish prime the master bath, then finish paint the place,
then do the floor. The only major part is the bathroom finishing, and
that's really just a couple of weeks of work. Painting should go
quick, and the floors I'm going to have done, not feeling like spending days
on my knees.
Help never showed up for the eaves work, and I'd really like to get the
place painted on the outside before winter, but I'm not sure that will
I had ordered some hamburger with blue cheese from Albertson's, and donated
that for a little BBQ get-together next door with the neighbor. It
tasted OK, not as good as I recall. It is also, we discovered,
extremely flammable on a outdoor grill...
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.