WEEK 52 2018
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Monday - New Years Eve!
This is actually my first New Years at the house in Antelope Acres, last
year I went into town and stayed overnight with R&S.
Overall it's been a pretty good year. I've verified I'm in good health
and begun some deferred dental work.
I made less progress on the property rehabilitation than I'd hoped, but it's
not a big deal, I've been cool when needed, and warm when needed, so it's
It's quiet and peaceful out here, and much less stressful than living in a
declining community in town. I have good neighbors, and my walks
(apart from occasional loose large dogs) are much more pleasant than they
What has suffered the most are my programming tasks: moving takes a great
deal of time and attention, so that's been in short supply.
Next year, hopefully.
My neighbor AH was going into town to get some tools for fixing his old Ford
Ranger, so I tagged along, and we picked up some fuel for our respective
pellet stoves. I actually had more bags of pellets than I thought,
stashed away on shelves in the garage, so I've over a dozen bags now, and
feel much better about things.
I think the pellet stove will run about 12 hours, unattended, with the
hopper full. A hopper is probably 1/2 or 1/3 of a bag. I have a couple
of different brands of pellets, one has significantly less ash than the
I went to A&H's house for dinner. They had a nice bean soup for
dinner, and then we all sat around and watched Star Trek: Discovery, on some
Blu-Ray disks. ( I like STD so far, the plot changes quickly and usually
unexpectedly, and there are some amusing parts. There are politically
correct bits, and some huge plot holes as well, but so it goes. )
At midnight we went outside, but it was a fairly subdued celebration out
here in the 'Acres, one gunshot and a series of muffled booms off in the
It felt very cold, perhaps it kept people inside. Officially it was
41F, which is ridiculously high, I'm sure it was below freezing even at
midnight. But either General Fox Airfield has a bad sensor, or Weather
Underground is reporting it wrong - I've noticed this discrepancy several
I should get my own recording system. It's supposed to be 19F tomorrow
Nothing really stands out as "The Book of the Year".
The Otto Prohaska books were good, as was the C++ and the Simon Winchester Perfectionist
book, but nothing that really really really surprised or impressed me.
I suppose The Wright Brothers was the most illuminating,
making Wilbur and Orville more human - remarkable humans - rather
than the vague heroic legends I grew up with.
The Lenson books were fun, but not so much that I want to personally buy the
current volume, just out this December. I suppose I should put it on
order from the library.
Link to the Historical Listings:
Including this years 50 books, we are up to 971 total.
Year in Books, 2017 (42)
Year in Books, 2016 (68)
Year in Books, 2015 (53)
Year in Books, 2014 (53)
Year in Books, 2013 (53)
Year in Books, 2012 (101)
Year in Books, 2011 (151)
Year in Books, 2010 (98)
Year in Books, 2009 (84)
Year in Books, 2008 (54)
Year in Books, 2007 (64)
Year in Books, 2006 (53)
Year in Books, 2005 (50)
But who's counting?
Sunday - In the 20's overnight, warming up to
around 50F during the day.
S went shopping for me, since I don't have the Explorer running yet,
and dropped them off. We had breakfast next door with the neighbors.
She's off to visit her father and ailing mother-in-law on the new years, and
R needs to visit his mother at the same time.
Actually, given that R is NASA, perhaps he can go any time, they're
on government shutdown I believe.
29 December 2018
Saturday - Typical winter weather.
R came by, and picked up the dogs. He needed a piece off the derelict
Mercedes out back, a glow plug relay, and it was a good chance to pick up
the critters. They were very happy to see him!
Book #48 was The
Official I Hate Cats Book, by Skip Morrow. Amusing, in a kind of
I'm a bit short on books, but I did finish the Oregairu light novels, in
unofficial translations through Volume 11, online. I'll apply a couple
here, to bring it up to 50.
Amusing still, though the plot is starting to flag a bit towards the
end. I don't really follow this stuff, but from comments on the
translation sites I guess the author started some other works and lost
interest? So the readers are all left hanging, though I think there is
finally a Volume 12 out, in Japanese.
Book #49 was Oregairu, Volume 7, by Wataru Watari.
Book #50 was Oregairu, Volume 8, by Wataru Watari.
Friday 28 December
Friday - Clear
and cold. It is supposed to be down into the low 20's tonight.
It's predicted to be cold enough that I actually brought out the little
electric heater for the dog tent, I'm not sure that the 60W bulb would keep
it warm enough for the critters.
Went into town with AH and returned the loaner fuel pump meter. My
mechanic isn't available until the new year, but it's no big deal.
Thursday 27 December
Cool but sunny. About 24F in the morning.
AH and I fiddled around with the Explorer, trying to determine the exact
cause of the failure to start. The fuel pump gauge showed zero
pressure, so we know it wasn't working. The question is, why? At 273K a
simple pump failure is understandable, but it could be the inertial switch,
or the relay, or bad wiring.
At the suggestion of my mechanic, Scott, we tapped on the fuel tank near the
fuel pump assembly, and it started. This pretty conclusively
means it is the pump, always the leading candidate, but since it's over $100
for the pump and probably $200 in labor to replace it one wants to be sure.
Wednesday 26 December
Wednesday - Boxing Day Cool but sunny,
with some clouds.
I had another dentist visit, for a crown build up, in the morning.
Since the Explorer hasn't started in several days I borrowed a little old
Toyota corolla from the neighbor - kind of fun to drive!
The visit went fine, and I picked up a fuel pump gauge from O'Reillys, and
dropped off a card with another friend, before heading back.
No more doctor or dentist visits for a couple of weeks, then some oral
surgery in the middle of January.
Tuesday - Christmas Day!
i went next door to my neighbors place, A&H, and had a lovely dinner
with them and their family.
I did speak to my brother M, who was invited and invited me, but we both had
Monday - Christmas Eve.
My shopping is, more or less, done. Nothing ordered online has
arrived. I've heard rumors of major delays in shipping, that 'Prime'
is more like five or six days right now. Well, everyone is an adult or
older teenager, no big deal, they'll understand.
Sunday - A typical winters day for the AV.
Not much to say, doing a bit of reading, taking it easy.
Book #47 was The
Perfectionists, by Simon Winchester. Very interesting.