WEEK 9 2008

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Saturday 1 March 2008

Saturday - 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:

lancaster wind report

And a map of wind speeds and directions is also available:

lancaster winds
The flag poles point into the wind and the number of pennants indicate speed.

Friday 29 February 2008

Friday - 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.:

Ventura hillside in fog

Thursday 28 February  2008

Thursday - 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

Wednesday - 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:

Ventura hillside

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

Tuesday - 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

Monday - 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

Sunday - 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 was there, 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. The U.S.S. 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.

Picture of the Week
boat near benecia bridge and mothball fleet
Photo Notes: "Sailboat, tanker, Benecia Bridge(s), and the Mothball Fleet."

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