Travels and Images
Picture of the Week
Saturday 18 January 2003
Saturday - called my friend D last night and
canceled the weekend visit I had planned. Since I could barely speak for coughing
he sounded rather relieved not to have me about, but sympathetic. Watched
a lot of bad tv today, read some, played with the pc, felt much better actually.
Still coughing and sneezing a lot - but the aches and pains and toothache
have subsided mostly.
My friend S stopped by with some soup for me, and used the DSL to
check on some web stuff - her dial-up connection was having fits today for
some reason. Nice to have some company - I hope she doesn't get what I have...
Tried to put Win2000 on the Sony laptop. What a mistake. I'll put Win2k
Friday 17 January 2003
Friday - still sick. Went to work and infected others
Thursday 16 January 2003
Thursday - out sick.
Wednesday 15 January 2003
Wednesday - seven hundred dollars poorer, but with running
water. It's a deal.
The leak was where Bill, the gentleman from American Leak Detection, said
it would be, and exactly what he said it would be. A hot water pipe was
on top of, and touching a cold water pipe. The copper pipe used was the
cheapest legal schedule, M, and over time the subtle movements due to repeated
heating and cooling had worn a hole in one pipe, and the resulting stream
of water then finished by making a hole in the other. Bill had deduced from
pressurizing the cold side, and seeing warm water run, and pressurizing
the warm side and having air come out of the warm pipes that this
would be the case. He then used a metal and sound detector to find
where the pipes crossed, and then drilled, carefully, and jackhammered,
carefully, a foot square opening in the slab. It was a bit easier than most.
So here is a picture of the result:
Pipes under the floor. The lower two had been touching.
The top pipe was not leaking, and we don't know what it was for.
The repair was fairly quick, soldering, air and water pressure testing
performed, and then the hold was backfilled with sand, and a concrete patch
put in place. The concrete should be dry and hard by now, 24 hours later,
and I can put the carpet pad, the carpet, and the furniture, back.
I can recomment American Leak
Detection as being fast, competent, and professional.
Balboa Insurance, on the other hand I will soon drop. From
first to last, indifference and evasions. After I finally comitted to spending
the money to fix the leak myself they claimed that an adjuster would come
out during the work to check on possible slab and foundation damages. No
such person ever showed,
I am home sick with the flu, or something, anyway. Working on the page
I see that once again my links have been mangled by something. This is getting
tiresome. Back to Wordpad for the fixes I guess.
Tuesday 14 January 2003
Tuesday - took the cats over to a friends. My good friend
C at work says that when
the contractors tore up her floors that the cats went crazy, and peed on
everything for weeks. My hope is that when they come back there won't be
anything different for them to notice.
Phoebe didn't want to get in the cat carrier. He has clear memories of
trips to the vet and rectal thermometers it seems. "No, No, NO!!
NO! I will NOT go in there, NOT
a CHANCE.....mmmmmm......salami" Of course, the friend who
is taking them in for the day is also the friend that took him to the vet....
Monday 13 January 2003
Monday - was another Monday. But I did make
some advances, got an old code (1993) compiled with PVM. Parts were missing
and parts were in (very) non-standard Cray Fortran and had to be massaged.
Of course, it doesn't actually run
yet. I also put the big monitor from the old windows box onto the Linux
box, it helps to be able to see what you are doing! But now the windows
box won't boot - either it dislikes the new, small, monitor intensely, or
maybe the grinding noise was the diskdrive, not the fan like we all thought...
Going home, late, there was a
40 minute wait because of construction at the corner of Rosamond
Blvd and Sierra Highway. Actually there was
no construction - they had put up barricades and lights blocking
a lane, but not done any work. So around ten thousand commuters had to file
through a single lane. If there is a god, then the way to St. Peter's gate
for highway contractors will be a
detour through purgatory.
In other news, I seem to be coming down with a cold, and a toothache at
the same time.
Tomorrow the plumbing contractors are coming to jackhammer up my floor.
I finally got an answer from the insurance company, "
no", so it's out of my own pocket. But I had to leave an irate message
that they were "unresponsive" and that I was changing companies next week
before they would even deign to give me that answer. How do these people
stay in business?? The answer wasn't unexpected, my father told me that would
happen, but the delay in answering is outrageous.
Sunday 12 January 2003
Sunday - a nice sunny day in the valley.
The San Francisco Fortyniner's lost, terribly, to Tampa Bay. The Oakland Raiders,
however, won handily.
Not a lot else to say. Went to dinner at the 'Blue Koi' with friends.
Picture of the Week
Photo Notes:This was a little fountain
in an outdoor restaurant in Santa Barbara. I particularly like the subtle
shades of color on the background wall.