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WEEK 44 2003
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Saturday 1 November 2003
- got up early, had the oil changed, the tires rotated, and the vehicle
washed. I normally wash my cars myself ( on rare occasions, admittedly
) but it was 47F out!
Then I went over and helped R transport an entertainment center big enough for his new 36" tv to his house. You can just call me "the friend with a truck."
Friday 31 October 2003
- Halloween. And it was about the worst weather I can remember for it
in Lancaster: cold, windy, a bit rainy. I went over to my friend - R
always goes all out and he had more stuff this year! Skeleton(s),
coffin(s), gravestone(s), fog machine(s), pumpkin(s), bat(s), snake(s),
blacklight(s), - well, you get the idea. Picture on Sunday! He
had about 50-100 people come by, a remarkable amount of traffic when
the weather is considered!
I also visited with my brother, who had a very impressive display of his own - in a year or two he may rival R!! He just needs a bigger canvas (yard) on which to paint...
The simulation at work proceeds. We'll just have to let it run over the weekend.
Thursday 30 October 2003
- back at work. We finally have some sim results, and they may be OK.
More time needed. Looking at the parallel stuff again, I need to
reorganize things. Hmmm.
Wednesday 29 October
- not feeling well, so I took the day off.
Tuesday 28 October
- the Southern California fires continue. None are near me - though it
is partially the winds from the higher cooler desert here that are
fanning the flames below. In the evening the fires die down a bit, then
rage again during the day. I took a picture of smoke from a fire off in
the distance (forty or fifty miles, probably) this morning - it may be
the Simi Valley or Woodlands Hill blaze. By sundown the smoke had
spread all along the hills that are clear in the picture, and the
Antelope Valley was a bit hazy.
My friends parent's had to be evacuated from their Scripps Ranch home
the other day, but it survived and they are home again. The blaze came
within a mile or so of their house. Those dry eucalyptus trees are
dangerous to have around!
Smoke cloud forming to the south and east of the Antelope Valley
Monday 27 October 2003
Monday - back at work. Daylight savings time has ended so it is now dark when I get home - no painting after work
Sunday 26 October 2003
- worked on the house some more. I did much of the eaves in the front of
the house, in green, and some of the tan siding as well.
were not on tv this afternoon (they lost in OT anyway), instead there
was a lot of coverage of the fires all
about the state. It's quite an outbreak - probably the worst in ten
years or so. A friend of mine has relatives down San Diego way that had
to be evacuated - over by Scripps Ranch. Hopefully their house will be
OK as it's not too close to all that dry brush.
Another friend who lives down there said that it's been 172 days
without rain. Not a good time to fire off a flare because you are lost,
which reportedly is how one of the fires began.
Around the house I am finally running out of stuff - garbage bags,
soda, etc. The supermarket strike is beginning to take it's toll.
Picture of the Week
Photo Notes: I
don't feel up to searching the archives for a photo tonight, so here is
a shot of my painting cap. If I had not been wearing it lately, my hair
would be that greenish color now.
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