WEEK 9 2008
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- taking it easy, relaxing at my place in Lancaster. I've taxes to do, a meeting on Monday morning,
so I'm wandering about, gathering up records and receipts.
Receipts: I went by the oil change place this morning for an oil
change in the Explorer, and when I asked for a copy of the last year's records the
supervisor smiled and pointed out that that it's always printed on
the current receipt. Oops. Then I stopped at a fund raiser car wash on
the way home and got the Explorer cleaned up a bit. I don't know if
it's been washed this year at all. I think so, but I'm not sure.
I then forgot to get a receipt for the $5.00 wash.
The wind is howling up here, and the cats are a bit alarmed. Via Weather Underground we see:
And a map of wind speeds and directions is also available:
The flag poles point into
the wind and the number of pennants indicate speed.
Friday 29 February
- my first
five-day work week of the year - the weather really has been
atrocious up to now. I'm tired, but not beat, so that's good.
It cooled off too - a
nice fog layer came in on Thursday night, a welcome relief after a
couple of days near 80F.
Here is Friday's view of the same hillside as Wednesday's
picture. Contrast and compare, as my English teacher used to say.:
28 February 2008
- falling behind on "books read" thing. I have the books to read,
stacks of them, just not the time or energy to do the reading. And
Chernow is taking forever to kill off Hamilton.
Bring on Burr I say.
Wednesday 27 February 2008
- warm, very warm. Probably over 80F in the channels. And me out there in my
winter weight denim shirt.
Here is a pic of a hillside in Ventura. It looks a bit like I imagine Tuscany to be:
In the evening I had a chance to meet with my old boss from NASA. It
was nice to catch up on old times and friends and to see what was going
on back there. We had dinner at Erickson's on the Ventura pier, and
watched the sun go down. Nice.
Tuesday 26 February 2008
- a long day, and warm. Not a lot to say there....
For some reason I can't find a set of sock liners. I have six or seven
pairs of nice thick cushioned socks and to keep my feet dry and cool
like to wear the polypropylene liners inside them, but only have about
four pairs of the liners left. I used to have more, but the washer and
dryer seem to eat them. In the last couple of weeks I've been to
a Sports Chalet, two Big 5's, a Target and a Shoe Pavilion without
any luck. Weird.
Monday 25 February 2007
- back to work. I had a good trip up the I-5, fast, nearly painless.
I'm still working on Chernow's Alexander Hamilton biography - ten tapes
or so in and I'm still not halfway through :-(
There were a couple cruise liners down at the San Diego waterfront on Sunday. One was the Dawn Princess, which looked massive
from the car. Wikipedia says she is 857 feet long and 77,499 gross
tons, which means she is indeed massive, being heavier than the
nearby U.S.S. Midway and 125 feet shorter.
Sunday 24 February 2007
- still down at Tim's. We picked up his wife at the airport, and then
drove by the San Diego waterfront on the way back. The Star of India
as well as the Mary Rose. I really need to get down and aboard them one
of these days, though I think I've been on the Mary Rose once. There was also an old
ferry boat that is being used as a
maritime museum, an unknown two masted schooner off to one side, and a couple of smaller boats up on the hard in front.
Midway was there as well, and we could see a newer Nimitz class carrier
across the way.
Update: the San Diego Maritime Museum has a web page, it's like that the schooner is the Californian, and the ferry the Berkeley. Neat.
We also took a detour on the way home, and went up the hill overlooking the
Lindbergh Field airport - it's a million dollar view up there, just amazing.