9/24/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by going for a six mile run.  It felt good to get back out there and run again, as it had been almost two weeks.  I might have been able to run little farther, but six miles seemed like a good place to stop.

After my run, I worked in my garden for about two hours.  I weeded the sweet potatoes, harvested tomatoes, beans, okra, squash and peppers, and also cut some high weeds (with pruning shears) that were growing in the row.

In the afternoon, JoAnna and I chatted a bunch, then went to the junkyard.  At the junkyard, we picked up another gas cap for the Crown Vic.  I bought a cheap-o one from Walmart, and it didn’t seal properly, so hopefully, this one will do better.

In the evening, we had dinner at Annapurna and then finished up our grocery shopping for the week.  When we returned home, I did a bunch of cooking and then called it a night.

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9/23/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I attended the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist Church for Sabbath School, Church and Potluck.  They started a new “Young Adults” Sabbath School class, and flattered me by considering me a young adult.  The sermon was on Daniel 3, as we go through the book of Daniel over the next few weeks.

At potluck, I sat across the table from a lady who wanted to talk weather.  About 3 pm, a storm rolled over the church, while we were still inside, chatting about the weather.  We got hit with a strong downburst.  During the potluck, we had propped the doors to the church open with a chair.  That chair got launched into the parking lot, and everything on the bulletin boards inside was ripped off and strewn about.  I’d estimate the winds were 50ish mph.

In the afternoon, I came home and took a nap.

In the evening, I did a bunch of housework while the others went to music at Solid Grounds.  I rearranged the living room, ran several loads of laundry, washed a load of dishes and so on.

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9/22/17: Daily Post

*I am posting a bit late, deal with it.

Yesterday, I commuted up to Albuquerque and worked at Albuquerque High in the morning.  It was a lot of fun, as they hosted an AVID mixer event with some games and such.

In the afternoon, I took the Crown Vic to the shop to see if they could figure out why I was running so lean.  They did, and it turns out I need $958 worth of work to the car.  It needs a new intake manifold and gaskets.  In the mean time, it will run okay, and isn’t doing any damage, other than perhaps running a little warmer and wearing out my probably-already-worn-out catalytic converter.  I will also have a loss of power and will burn a little coolant.

While the car was in the shop, they also managed to break my 20 meter Hamstick antenna, which is quite annoying.  They have offered to replace it, and I will definitely take them up on that.

I also started editing my NaNoWriMo project from 2015.  I only made it a few pages in so far, but will continue to edit it over the next few weeks.

In the evening I attempted to watch The Wall with JoAnna and Joey, but ended up falling asleep part of the way through.

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9/21/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the majority of the day at Magdalena.  I was really nervous about this chemistry lab, as it involved burning hydrogen gas.  As it turns out, I couldn’t get the hydrogen to light.  There was either not enough hydrogen, or it was escaping my test tube setup.   Instead of being too exciting, it was too boring.

In the late afternoon, I went to the Boys and Girls Ranches and we ran a lab using cooking supplies.  The lab only took a half an hour or so, instead of the 90 minutes we had planned, so we actually left a little early.

In the evening, I had back to back Varsity Tutors sessions with my two high school physics students.  Three hours of tutoring, after a half hour (plus hour of travel time) of tutoring at the Ranches, after five hours of tutoring (and another hour of travel time).

In the evening, I stopped by my brother’s house.  I am waiting on laundry, so I’m still awake, and likely pulling an all-nighter.

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9/19/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning and early afternoon tutoring at Magdalena, as per my usual schedule.  I tutored two AVID classes, one chemistry class, and one Math Analysis class.

After tutoring, I went to NMT and assisted with the Freshman Design class and then taught two sections of my Instrumentation Lab.  I was not pleased with how they went, and I need to order some more equipment, as I have far too many students for the number of pieces of hardware I have available.

In the evening, I walked to my brother’s house and did a few more tasks before falling asleep on his couch, again.

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9/18/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on a few projects around the chemical engineering department.  I prepped for today’s lab, cleaned up a few things around the office, and graded a few homework assignments.

In the afternoon, I worked on some Khan Academy Physics lessons and assisted with the Unit Operations lab.  Today was their last day before presentations, so many of the groups were working on presentations, rather than using equipment.

In the evening, I tutored Physics through Varsity Tutors for almost 2.5 hours, so that was fun.  I did a little writing as well, as I am working on an article for the Society for Industrial Archeology.  I also did a little reading, finishing a few more chapters in Desire of Ages.

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9/17/17: Daily Post

We spent this weekend in Magdalena/Kelly, NM, visiting a friend and camping in Water Canyon.

We spent Saturday afternoon visiting Dean and Connie, and enjoying the nice weather.  We talked about rocks and weather and school and gardens, an so on.  Dean was a friend of mine from the Magdalena school, and he recently retired, so it was good to catch up with him.

Then, we drove over to Water Canyon and slept in the bed of the truck.  It was a cool, but pleasant night.

In the morning, we drove over to the Waldo Mine.  We met the caretaker there and talked to him about the history there.  As it turns out, he is a ham radio operator as well, so we ended up talking radio as well.  After we chatted, it was time for him to close the gate, so we left and went over to the Kelly Mine, which was not very far away.

Unlike the Waldo, the Kelly is on National Forest land, so we were able to go over and see it without a caretaker.  We walked around the structures, taking photos and GPS measurements.  It was only a half a mile hike or so.  I will post photos from the Waldo and the Kelly on my Industrial Archeology page later this week.

We left there and drove up Hop Canyon and then Patterson Canyon, though we did not explore very much, as these both end on private land.  Then, we drove back to Dean’s to pick up something we left at his house, before returning to Rio Rancho.

On our departure from Socorro (we switched vehicles in Socorro), I noticed the engine light had popped on in the Crown Vic.  Soon after, the gas cap light illuminated.  The gas cap was tightened properly, so we stopped at AutoZone to get the engine code read.  As it turns out, both banks of cylinders are running lean.  I’ll deal with that sometime later this week.

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