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26 November 2016
Saturday - Rain!
It started off sunny, then a front - as predicted - came in. We
actually received some rain, though not a great deal. But it's nice to
have rain and winds for a change. I missed the stuff earlier in week in the
AV, when I was on the road.
The first few drops just after lunch,
The leaves mostly blew off the tree in front, and away down the street,
which means fewer for me to rake up!
In the evening I made a nice fire. Budd was interested in it, but not
obsessed. More interested in the scents on the stacked firewood
One thing I did when I pulled out the old cassette player earlier in the
week was to try to run it off some old (unused) batteries I had. These
dated to about 2006/2007, and had an expiration date of MAR 2012. I
thought 'maybe', but they were
dead, dead, dead. Had they been stored in a cold place they might have still
been good, but the garage where they'd been stored probably averages 90F in
the summer and 33F in the winter, so after 10 years storage it just wasn't
It also had a 110V cord, so I can just use the car inverter for now.
I've thought from time to time about building a super-insulated fridge,
with, say, 12" insulated walls and door, to be run off of solar power to
store things like batteries for the long term. If you can keep things at a
low temperature the chemical rx are much delayed. But for many things
you want to keep above freezing, so as not to get ice crystals
forming. I'm not sure how to design the radiator though - the copper
pipes are actually a 'thermal short' to the inside of the cooler when the
cooling system is active. Some sort of ducting and lids to keep them
from absorbing heat when the system isn't actually running I guess.
Friday - Bright and sunny.
Black Friday. Not that I've gone out shopping on this day in years.
And the feeling from friends and relatives is that they are tired of the
greedy nonsense too. I wonder if we've hit "Peak Black Friday"?
I had a flare up of pain in the bad tooth, and that was unfortunate, but so
it goes. Probably just some sort of mild infection at the surgery
site. I'd felt some 'head ache' symptoms on Wednesday, but had hoped it was
just holiday stress...
Of course the endodontist office was closed today....
Thursday 24 November
I went over to R&S's place, and had an enjoyable time.
Wednesday 23 November
Wednesday - Not too much going on.
I created a spreadsheet for a recent audit, per the District's request, and
sent it off to T.
It was a friend's belated birthday party, so that made for a nice evening,
then home early and back to bed at a reasonable hour.
Tuesday - OTR. I did some office work,
looking at a District clients report, then did a cold call in person on a
business that we'd been unable to contact, and found out when the best time
for their audit would be (early in the am, they are a surgical practice).
Then, late morning, back to Lancaster, where despite my plan to 'get things
done' I really just crashed, fighting to stay away until 8:30. I guess
I'm not truly recovered from that long term infection.
I had let Budd roam free while I was gone. All the felines have all
their eyes and ears, no visible wounds in fact, so that's good. There
is still sporadic (and startling) outbursts of snarling and hissing though.
Monday - OTR. The audit went pretty
well. I met up with CB and we drove out to Westlake, and went through
several large country club type buildings. The staff were polite and
helpful, and we got it all done. Then we went back to the office and
tabulated everything for the county, so that task is in the can.
It was late, and T wanted me to check on a couple of things, so I decided to
stay the night.
Sunday - OTR, down to Ventura. Coolish and
A bit of shopping in the morning. I'm going to a friends for
Thanksgiving and offered to buy the food.
I also did some chores and deferred cleaning before leaving. It's
amazing how much doesn't get done when you haven't been feeling well. And
it's been a while, months even, since I felt "good".
I found an old Radioshack cassette player, and an AUX out cable compatible
with it and the Explorer's radio input. I tried using a portable CD
player first, but it skipped horribly. I have a lot of cassette tapes,
so the plan is to use the player, and the car inverter, for books on tape
stuff until I get around to having the radio replaced. I don't think it's
been long since I bought it, maybe 5 years, so I'm a bit annoyed at the
unnecessary expense that Kenwood's lack of commitment to build quality is
going to cost me. Maybe I'll just go all MP3, and skip the hard media.
my blog, the radio was replaced in December 2009. So the original
Ford AM/FM/Cassette/CD lasted 11 years, and the replacement Kenwood
AM/FM/CD/USB only 7 years.]
In any case it was a long and tiring commute down to Ventura in the pouring
rain. I didn't dare listen to anything, being far too busy
concentrating on the slick wet road and crazed drivers.