WEEK 37 2009
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Saturday 12 September 2009
- spent the day running various household errands. It seems like I never get much done, but I do seem to keep busy. Odd.
I did go over to Mike's place and help him with his wireless router,
which wouldn't play nice with the new cable modem. Essentially
the problem was that his Linksys WRT54G wouldn't do the MAC address
cloning thing properly. I gave him my old router, no longer needed
since I use Verizon's EVDO through the Kyocera KR-2. When we went to
hook up the Vista laptop wirelessly it got horribly confused, even
though we set up the new router with the same SSID and WPA2-PSK as
before. Deleting the old one completely, re-connecting to the new one,
and four or five reboots later it was working.
Vista is such a dog. It is still better than Windows ME, but not by
much. The beautiful new HP Touchsmart at work loses connectivity - wired connectivity - two or three times a day and has to be rebooted to fix it. A reboot takes more than five minutes.
Friday 11 September
- a full day at work, then off to Lancaster. Quarterly taxes are due this weekend, got to look at some paperwork...
Phoebe, watching the kitten (from a safe distance).
Thursday 10 September
- I am beginning to have (bad) dreams about spreadsheets. But I suspect
my co-worker would prefer it to what he's dealing with right now ;-)
Notes on Mondays remarks, incoherent in an Eats, Shoots & Leaves way:
Recent animal stories:
- It was the road at the
upwind end of the runway - 60th Street West - that was coned off as no
parking. For some reason they never let you park on the runway.
- The smoke plume was from the Station Fire, not Michaels Crafts Cake Decoration Class.
- A lady in a car ahead of me at the fast food place had a parrot flying about inside her Lincoln
- There is now a ground dwelling crow in my friends neighborhood - broken wing. Good luck with the cats, birdie!
- The kitten is worming his way into the affections of my friends family (Best Emperor Palpatine Sotto Voce: "All is going as I have foreseen!")
- Yesterday, 9-9-9, was supposedly a "no cat photos day". If I'd known I would have posted some.
- At lunch I watched a hawk cruising over the plastic covered
strawberry fields behind the office. I doubt if there is a field mouse
Book #52 was Brainiac, by Ken Jennings. Jenning's was the guy who won 74 straight Jeopardy competitions. As expected from a trivia master it was fast paced, entertaining, full of trivia...
- still grinding away.
Von's has been having a promotion, 10 cent per gallon off on gasoline,
in a deal with ARCO, and since I had a lot of credits built up I went
by to pick up a card. The promotion ends Saturday, so...
Unfortunately it seems that the deal with ARCO fell through,
and the only place to get the cost break was at a Von's gas station.
seen one - and I drive about 35K miles a year - and so asked where the
nearest was. 'Goleta' was the answer. Thats about 40 miles from
Ventura, and I'm driving the Explorer this week, so a round trip would take
about 4 gallons, costing, say, $12.00. If I filled up there with a full 21 gallons, it would
save me $2.10, for a net expense of $10 or so.
I go to Von's because it's the closest supermarket to my apartment in
Ventura, not for savings or promotions or coupons, so I don't really
care, but I imagine this leaves a bad taste in a lot of peoples mouths.
Tuesday 8 September 2009
- back to work, mid-morning in Ventura.
I left the kitten with a friend - one can leave full grown cats alone, but not kittens....
Still grinding away on the open channel inventory, but it's 95% done
now. The gentleman who was to do it was shanghaied onto another task,
but a co-worker and I are coming up to speed on things. It's a bit
easier for me, since I can (usually) read my own writing in the field
notebooks and memories (faint) of what the channel looked like when I
inspected it. But I'm not a detail kind of guy, really, and am glad
that J is
and I am delighted to have someone there to cross check my work!
A friend of mine, C, hiked Mt. Whitney this weekend - twelve hours round trip. When Dave and I did it in 2006, it took us 23 hours.
Monday 7 September 2009
- still dealing with a nagging headache - I suspect it's really some
sort of neck strain, but it is nauseating to exert much effort or even
read. Laying down makes it worse, so I ended up falling asleep in front
of the teevee Sunday night. An ice pack on the back of the skull
& neck seemed to help.
In the late morning I went out to Fox Field and photographed some of
the water bombers landing and taking off. There were a number of other
people there, doing the same. Unfortunately they had coned off the end
of the runway as 'No Stopping', probably to avoid distractions to the
pilots, so the the best spot for photography without a long lens was
lost. I have just the 15-55mm on the old Rebel Xt, but I'll download
what I took and see what comes out. I suppose one of these days I need
to get a good telephoto, there is a need for it just a few times a
year, but I do tend to do mostly outdoors and it would come in handy.
Midday I was co-opted into a cake decorating class. A friend was taking
the class, but they needed a fourth participant or it would be
canceled. So, since I was offered the cake I was to decorate, the early
afternoon was spent learning to make stars and rainbows the proper
By the way, the picture below of the smoke plume was taken in the Michael's
parking lot in Lancaster, coming out of the cake decorating class.
Sunday 6 September_2009
- not feeling 100%, so just did minor chores and errands all day. And
played with the kitten....