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WEEK 42 2013

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Saturday 19 October 2013
Saturday - Still at the San Diego place. More dishes, laundry, gardening, etc.

In the mid afternoon I went over and watched a girl's soccer game with my friends Tim & Donna, whose child was playing (their team won). Then we went to their place, had a nice talk and dinner, watched Detroit lose, and then it was back to Scripps for me.

The kids have hamsters now:


I believe that it's Sugar on the left, and Chocolate on the right.

And that's Foxy, the new (to them) Pomeranian in the background.

Friday 18 October 2013
Friday - Working at the San Diego place. Removed the pool cover motor, steam cleaned the family room floor, did bunches of dishes, etc.

Jim is excited by getting the run of the place for an hour or two at a time. The lady of the house has an elderly scotch terrier that will put up with his affectionate advances for a while ... but not indefinitely.

Jim, reasonably still while eating...
Jim - he didn't have a huge appetite for a couple of days, but it seems to be coming back.

Thursday 17 October 2013

Thursday - Spent the morning getting ready for a trip down to San Diego. There's a bunch of stuff to do around the house, including a bunch of laundry, but we got out of town in the late afternoon.

Traffic down, on a Thursday, was nice.

We took Jimmy, since he needs daily medicine doses, and it's just easier to do it myself. Since my friend's mother has no cats he can have the run of the house, or at least a bedroom, which he'll enjoy.

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Wednesday  - Up in the early am hours and down to Ventura, then Ojai, then back to Ventura, then back to Lancaster. A long day. There wasn't actually much going on at the job site, the contractor is still having problems with his pumps....

Left the old laptop at the office for my friend to pick up.

I had to rush back to Lancaster to bring Jimmy to the vet. He had a terrible head cold, to the point where he was having trouble breathing and wasn't eating. I went to a new vet, once that gives a first visit for free. It took nearly two hours to get through the visit, but I have a bunch of medicine for him, the main one being Amoxycillin for the infection, and also an appetite increaser and an anti-nausea med. The anti-nausea med is a small pill that apparently tastes HORRIBLE. Giving cats liquid I can do, but pills are really a pain to get down them.

I'm glad I've kept him separate from the other cats, mean as it feels. I may have to keep him quarantined for another week to ten days....

Tuesday 15 October 2013
Tuesday -  Working on this and that. I'm to go down to Ventura tomorrow for a site visit, so trying to get things organized before then.

I'm giving away the old Sony laptop, so I took some time to remove a few things from it. Not much - it's been sitting gathering dust for months since re-installing system from the backup partition and then updating to XP current from the web.

Monday  14 October 2013
Monday -

Sunday 13 October 2013
Sunday - A quiet morning, not much going on. Doing various chores around the house, playing with the kitten(s).

It was a friends birthday, and his parents were in town, so we all went out to Don Cuco's for lunch. It was nice, we had a good time. Interestingly enough his mother had a Droid Razr M that was working well for her. Her one complaint was that she couldn't reliably text, even while riding as a passenger, so I showed her how to use the voice text option. I may have created a monster there... R's stepfather was there, and he had a Samsung Galaxy S4, and it was dead as a doornail. He'd been having problems with it from the get-go, and I mentioned that I had seen various reports of serious issues in the press. Monday he's taking it into the Sprint store to fix/replace.

Worked on stuff for work. I tried to watch some football, but there were no teams I was really interested in playing.

I see that the media is still trying to hang the furlough on the Republican's, but apparently it isn't sticking very well.

Essentially Obama wants full control of the budget, contrary to history, law and custom. When the Constitution was created the budget was very deliberately placed to be in the hands of the House, since with the most representatives and the shortest terms they were considered to be most representative of the actual citizenry. Deadlock was, essentially, considered a feature and not a bug.

Personally I think they should just stay shut down, maybe shoot for a new record, 1.5X or 2X the number of days they were shut down last time...

The only personal inconvenience I've noticed is that APOD, Astronomy Picture of the Day, is shuttered. Small and Petty are the watchwords for this administration's approach.

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Conejo Creek 
Photo Notes: Arroyo Conejo Creek, June 2013.

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