WEEK 41 2009
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- on the road. Probably not a lot of posting...
Friday 9 October
- another half day, then up to Lancaster. This weekend I am
heading up to Dad & Moms' place. Naturally they are predicting
rain - the first since this summer, a big storm coming in. Well, so it
My brothers have been working to find a reputable, inexpensive, roofer.
We put the old roof on twenty five or thirty years ago, and it is
showing it's age with loss of the sand cover, and holes and wearing
where the trees have rubbed it thin.
Book #61 was The Wine Dark Sea*, by Patrick O'Brian. Excellent, as always. This is the 16th novel in this series, and recommended
Thursday 8 October
- only about a half day of work, then I went home sick just after lunch.
After falling asleep in my street clothes, I did manage to wake up in
time to catch the end of the Dodgers-Cardinals game. The Dodger's
managed to pull out a win in the 9th inning. So now they are up two
games in the five game series.
It's about time to update the 'books read' list.
The attentive reader will note that I made another mistake, using #55 for both Mything Persons and The Nutmeg of Consolation, with the subsequent numbering up to #60 also being in error. It's corrected below in the table, but not in the original postings.
#5 True North: Peary,
Cook, and the Race to the Pole
Acres and a Poodle*
#7 The Lord Protector's Daughter
#8 Simple Courage*
The Windwracked Stars.
|#11 Ayesha, The Return of She*
#13 Crusade: Destroyermen, Book II
#14 Shakespeare: The World as a Stage
#15 The Precipice*,
#18 Maelstrom: Destroyermen Book III:
#20 Allan Quatermain
|#21 She and Allan
#23 Treasons' Harbor*
#24 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
#27 Wisdoms' Daughter,
Far Side of the World*
#30 Captains Courageous
|#31 Irish Lace
#32 The Reverse of the Medal*
#33 The Moonstone
#34 H.M.S. Beagle: The Story of Darwin's Ship*
#35 Alone Around the World,
The Long Voyage
Letter of Marque*
#39 The Biofab War
#40 The Battle for Terra Two
|#41, The AI War (Biofab #3)
#42, Final Assault, (Biofab #4)
#44: Orbit Unlimited
#45: The Enemy Stars
|#46 There Will be Time
#47 Another Fine Myth
#48 Myth Conceptions.
#49 Prime Obsession
#50 The Thirteen Gun Salute*
Fighting Chance: How We Rowed the Atlantic in 92 Days
#54 Myth Directions
#55 Mything Persons
|#56 The Nutmeg of Consolation*
#57 Hit or Myth
#58 Little Myth Marker
Inc., In Action
Wednesday 7 October
- another long day at work. We are starting up several field jobs,
rather late in the year, and I spent a number of hours down talking to
inspectors and some contractors installing equipment. The biologist
mentioned that the Monarch butterflies would be arriving in force soon
- November - and stay around for mating through January. Her notes
said tens of thousands. Last year I had seem them in another channel,
flocking and covering the Eucalyptus tree's, and am looking forward to
seeing them this year.
There was a lead on a pirate ship - an old boat with trailer on
Craigslist, but it was sold before I could even get over to see it. In
any case I wasn't sure what length was needed - I believe the other is
on the order of 18' or so. They come along fairly frequently, so it
isn't a huge loss.
Tuesday 6 October 2009
- the nice weather continues. In the low 70's during the day, light breezes, and cooler yet at night.
A few weeks ago, APOD had an amazing night panoramic picture (64MB!) from the top of Mt. Whitney.
A much reduced thumbnail of the skies from Mt. Whitney at night. Note the complete arc of the Milky Way.
In 2006 my friend Dave and I hiked up to there, and I took a somewhat less impressive picture during the day, but from much the same angle:
Monday 5 October 2009
- I came down to Ventura on Sunday night, for a construction kick-off
meeting on Monday morning. But, due to certain issues, there was no
meeting, just me, the boss, and an inspector. But we did walk the site
and get some ideas about the upcoming work.
A friend called Sunday, he was down visiting my boat and said the Santa
Ana's were blowing, and that waves were breaking over the breakwater.
There was a bad mooring cleat that I need to call the marina about, but
the boat was safe. They are planning to tear out the slips and put in
larger, so I think their maintenance has been a bit lackadaisical.
In other exciting news: I brought a new fan down but haven't really
needed it - the night temperatures have dropped into the 60's, it's
Sunday 4 October_2009
- small chores and cleaning up about the house. The fridge is
pretty much bare, but I didn't have time to do any shopping again,
fortunately had dinner and lunch with friends.
I couldn't watch 49ers' play (not broadcast in Southern California), but they won, very convincingly. I did
watch the Vikings beat Green Bay - a great game. An interesting statistic - Bret Favre
is now the only person - quarterback - to beat every team in the NFL.
He beat all the others while playing for Green Bay, and now, playing
for Minnesota, has beaten his former team. I'm not a statistics kind of
guy, but that's cool.
night there was a performance at the LPAC: Street Beat.
This was a small drumming production, with some dancing and skits, and
was fun. When they first started with a sort of 'West Side Story' line
I was horrified - I have nightmares about being forced to that as a
child - but it turned out OK. The drumming and dancing numbers were
well done, and the plot was almost non-existent, more just a few sets
and set pieces. Recommended.
As I said: the drumming was good, but watching Taiko drummers has
spoiled me - a two minute set at a standard drum set doesn't impress nearly as
much as 20 minutes of some Taiko guy/girl just whaling away on a
drum the size of a Studebaker.