WEEK 43 2013
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Saturday - I stayed at the boat Friday
night, it was actually pretty quiet, except for the sea lions on the
dock nearby. On Thursday night there were two, by Friday night there
were five. Very noisy, and a bit scary to walk past in the dark.
the morning I headed back to Lancaster, and started on some yard work.
After breaking for lunch with friends I pretty much passed out on the
couch, then went back over for a conference on the iPad app, and to
watch a movie, Goodnight Mister Tom, about a child evacuee from the Blitz in London.
is still pretty hissy with Jimmy, but I brought him over to my friend's
place in the evening and he got along pretty well with all three of
their cats. I think Suzy was feral, and despite my getting her at five
or six weeks it still shows in various ways. Oddly she is, despite
aggressively following Riley, very submissive when he boxes her ears - rolling over and showing him her throat.
When Jimmy does that to her she isn't having any
of it, still angry. Well, it takes time. Tomorrow I'll let them both
out of their respective cages at the same time, and see what happens.
There was a site visit to the I&I job in the morning. Things
looked OK, the contractor seems to be moving along a bit slowly, but it
is get done, and he hopes to be out to the site in Thousand Oaks on
I did have a nasty headache after the site visit. For some reason the
contractor didn't have his fans running, and the smell of the
polyurethane grout was overwhelming, so I suspect that was the issue.
It stayed with me all day.
There was also a visit to the client about the EDR. They were pretty
happy with the update, and we decided on how to implement the equipment
code issue, so hopefully I can get that done over the weekend, create a
little report and a deliverable, and the boss can do a billing for the
In the evening I went out to dinner with a friend. We were going to go
to a comedy club, but the splitting headache caused me to beg off from
a probably dark venue with spotlights. Instead we went to Black Angus
and had a couple of nice steaks.
Thursday 24 October 2013
- Working on the EDR stuff all day. The bug is essentially a 'feature'
brought about by the expansion of the number of rows in Excel from 256
in the old Excel-2000 version to 16,384 in the Excel-2007 version. So
it was easy enough to fix, once I figured out what to do. One other
issue is documenting how to update the equipment list, and thats pretty
is also a desire of the client to use the same equipment identifier for
different stuff. I understand where they are coming from (they don't
decide on the ID numbers themselves), but Excel doesn't work that way.
I have a couple of work-arounds to discuss, then we can decide what to
do. I also need to re-run the daily's generator, and update the flat
file and report scripts based on the decision with that.
Jimmy downstairs and swapped him and Suzy in the big cage all day. Suzy
is NOT happy sharing the house with a strange kitten, hisses and
snarls. Well, she'll get used to the idea, and then they'll be best
Down to Ventura
in the evening, so I can be at the I&I site at 9:00am, then
talk to the EDR people in the afternoon. I may stay down there
overnight, if things run late.
Wednesday 23 October
- Trying to come back up to speed on the EDR stuff. It was mostly done,
but I got pulled away for a while and there was one big remaining bug I
needed to find and fix. I think I have a lead on that.
- Talked to the inspector, the contractor hasn't moved on to the next
job site yet. Serious pump problems. Amazing to watch, this guy has
wasted more in wages for guys standing around with their hands in their
pockets than a new backup pump, let alone a spare set of hoses and
check valves, would cost him. Penny wise, pound foolish. But he doesn't
take advice, so....
Jimmy seems much better, just the occasional sneeze.
Riley, on the other hand, is sneezing a lot. Until I thought to close
the master bedroom door he was continually batting at Jimmy under the
door. I can't be sure that he has the infection, but it seems quite
Working on this and that. Pretty tired. S went to work - I have no idea
how she does that...
- Doing various chores around the
house, playing with the kitten(s).
It was a good trip, we got a lot done, but it was time to head back to
Lancaster by early afternoon.
I was driving and S
was trying to nap. Jimmy, unfortunately, is a persistent little devil,
and WANTED OUT OF THE CARRIER. He meowed and yowled all the way to
Tom's Farms, where we stopped. After letting him run around the car
while stopped we decided to let him out for the trip itself. He was
pretty content just to be held and S's lap, and eventually fell asleep
without all the noise and fuss of the first half of the trip.
He isn't going to like being stuck in the bathroom all day again.
I see that the Republican's caved to Obama. So it goes, I guess. I
never thought the right could win, but I didn't expect quite so quick
and comprehensive a capitulation.
There is always a problem with playing chicken with someone
who doesn't care
if he loses...
To paraphrase Ernest
Hemingway on bankruptcy:
Q: How did you go from a
Republic of free men to a Facist police state?
A. Two ways. Gradually,