WEEK 6 2016
Sun- Mon- Tue-
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Saturday - Nice weather. I spent a lot of the
day working on the little utility trailer. I was going to add a swinging
gate or ramp, but in the end just decided to construct a stakebed gate, for
ease of construction and cost.
I ran out of energy in mid-afternoon, but it's mostly done. I need to
disassemble, paint, and reassemble, then tow it back out to the friend that
keeps it stored for me.
I do need to figure out a gate latch of some kind. I have a couple of ideas,
but nothing firm.
Book #5 was Proven
Guilty (Dresden Files, Book #8), by Jim Butcher. Not bad.
Friday - A nice day. There
were a number of household chores, but I did spend a few on work stuff.
I talked briefly to someone interested in buying the boat. I thought about
it, and gave him a price, but I think he wants something cheaper. It was a
fair price though.
He is actually a live-aboard down at the marina, and invited me to stop by
Working away on things. There was a slight change in plans, more detail in
the spreadsheet, so I've been working that.
I started reading the library book from yesterday and realized: I'd read it
Wednesday - Still warmer. I went for a
walk mid-day, about six miles. Not an amazing distance, but I had stuff to
do at home. I did stop by the library and pick up a book that I had on
Almost done with that spreadsheet. It would be done, but the walk and some
errands I had to run in the afternoon cut into my hours. Tomorrow for sure.
I ordered some glide bearings for my dryer. It's squealing loud enough that
someone I was talking to, S, could hear it over the phone. It's an easy
repair, and Amazon had them in stock, so they'll be here in a few days.
S had been having troubles with her hydraulic pool cover. It's actually
stuck open right now (I went over this weekend and helped her attach ties to
keep it from flying apart in the high winds we had.)
Her old mechanic had retired due to health problems, so she finally got the
local Caterpillar repairman to come over. He checked the fluid and pressure
and motor and said they were all good. He then checked the actuator and
discovered it was bent!
It turns out that these (there are four, two for each cover) sit in little
vaults, and the vault for this one had filled up with silt and debris over
the years to the point where it restricted the actuator and eventually
caused it to bend.
In the end it took him an entire
day with S's help to get
it out. Eventually, since the bottom connected was frozen, he had to torch
it out. S used her best 'Dale
Carnegie' and convinced him to keep at it long after he suggested she just
have the vault demolished and replaced instead...
Tuesday - Some sun, though still rather cool
Continuing working away at the spreadsheets for the contract closeout. I'm
getting into a rhythm, but it's still slow.
Monday - Still cold and windy, though the rain
let up after mid-morning.
Working on the inspection stuff, for the close out change order. It's moving
along a lot better than the end of last week, when I was under the weather
and it seemed so hard....
It looks like Ted Cruz beat out Donald Trump and Marco Rubio in Iowa, while
Hillary Clinton just edged out Bernie Sanders on the Democratic Party side.
Sunday - Some light sprinkles in the morning,
turning to heavier rain in the afternoon. And, as predicted, windy, with
some of the fireplace wood under the patio getting damp from wind blowing
the rain all the way across, a good 14 feet.
The continual light misting led to a lot of rainbows about town, and the
partial cloud cover let in enough sun to make a lot of rainbows. Very
S came by in the late afternoon and we worked some more on the sail cover,
getting the two sides sewn together and the throat attached. At this point
it's mostly sewn, and I'm going to take it down to Oxnard and check it on
the boat before we cut it to length.
I didn't do much else. I did watch 'Interstellar' on Hulu and was
underwhelmed. It was OK, but slow and depressing. They did manage to squeeze
in a mad scientist, which is required for any science fiction movie.