2/16/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning at Albuquerque High. I wasn’t sure I would make it in, though, as my train was almost an hour late. I emailed the teacher and said I would be late, if I made it at all. Instead, the train booked it, with short station stops and made up some of the lost time. I was only about two minutes late.

In the afternoon, I did some car maintenance. I checked tires and oil, and attempted to jumpstart two cars that are sitting in my yard. No dice on them, but I’ll try again perhaps on Monday.

In the evening, I attempted to watch the 1956 copy of Moby Dick, but I proved to be too tired, and ended up falling asleep.

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2/15/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning and afternoon tutoring at Magdalena. Thursdays are always busy there, as that is the day where I pull a few advanced students out of Chemistry class and work on another project with them. This time around, their project is building a small radio kit. They have all learned to solder and are learning radio and electronic basics. Yesterday was particularly fun, as they have a four day weekend (off for President’s Day).

In the afternoon, I rode with a few students to the Boys and Girls Ranches for more tutoring. There were four NMT students that helped as well.

In the evening, I had a Varsity Tutors session with one of my physics students. Then, I headed over to my brother’s house where I worked on updating a document for the dynamo project.

Overall, it was a busy day, but typical for a Thursday.

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2/14/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in meetings. I started out meeting with the Physics department, working on the Cavendish experiment.

After that, I met with the programmer for the Dynamo project. I picked up the the latest copy of the software and will back it up this evening.

After that meeting, I went to the department meeting.

In the afternoon, I taught the fourth section of my instrumentation lab. Yesterday’s lab was about converting analog signals to digital signals.

In the evening, I was not feeling well. I fell asleep on the bus and on the train. I’m not sure what came over me, but I woke up in time to get off the train.

I brought home some appetizers from Jasmine Thai to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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2/13/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the early part of the day at Magdalena tutoring. I was there early to help with before-school tutoring, as well as first hour Algebra II. I also tutored my standard fare of two sections of AVID, Physical Science and Chemistry.

In the afternoon, I drove to Belen and tutored robotics for St. Mary’s School. I had a lot of fun yesterday, even though my other tutors were unable to attend.

In the evening, I went to HR Block and had my taxes done. I was dreading this, as I knew I wasn’t getting a refund (and would owe money instead), so I am glad to have it (mostly) resolved. I’ll need to send a check to the IRS when I have the money available. Blech. Oh well, at least the government didn’t get a loan from me for free.

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2/12/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena. I stayed a little later than normal, as there was a substitute teacher in one class. I try to help out when there is a sub, as things can be a little crazy with a sub.

I spent the afternoon working with the Junior Design class. I started out working with a group that needed help working with a thermocouple reading program. I had one already written, so I modified it a bit for them, and they can do the rest. I also had some suggestions for my horseshoe group.

In the late afternoon, I worked with a student on a plastic welder. We have owned one in the department for a few months, and we finally had some time to play with it. As it turns out, it is easy to use, but some trial and error is required to see which plastics stick to what. It does take some finesse as well. Practice will make perfect though, and we had fun playing with it.

I also attended air rifle practice, and updated my outdoor sports blog.

I went over to the Physics lab and did a few tests on my Cavendish Experiment software. I took some photos and may post them somewhere on this blog perhaps this weekend.

In the late evening, I had dinner with my brother and his family. My Varsity Tutoring appointment was cancelled, once again.

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2/11/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the gun show in Albuquerque with Joey. I saved a dollar on each of our admission tickets with an online coupon, and we parked a little ways away and walked to the show, saving us $5 parking fee.

The gun show was fun, as usual, though I had zero money to spend this time around. Instead, we wandered and looked at all the neat guns and reloading equipment. I need to pickup a few pieces of reloading equipment in the near future: I need a set of .223 dies and to replace the bent decapping/expanding rod for my .38 Special dies.

In the afternoon, I had two no-show Varsity Tutoring appointments and a third that never confirmed. Instead of three appointments, I had zero.

I did housework, laundry, and cooking instead.

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2/10/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I ended up chatting with JoAnna all morning, which was great. We had a good time.

In the afternoon, we went to Annapurna and worked on a few things. She was getting some stuff organized, and I did some reading. I read two chapters in Atlas Shrugged and two journal articles from the SIA Journal.

In the evening, we went to Solid Grounds Coffee House and listened to a blues musician whose name is escaping me at this time. He has been there before, and I think this time was the best. He had quite a few funny blues songs.

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