10/11/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I tutored at Magdalena in the morning. I knew I was not going to be working at Magdalena on Thursday, so I tried to divide up those hours between Tuesday and yesterday, and was only a few hours short.

In the afternoon, I went to our department meeting, then to help with Unit Operations Lab.  Once I saw Unit Operations Lab was running smoothly, I went to a meeting with the Dynamo group for an hour.

In the evening, I had my regular Varsity Tutoring session cancelled, but was able to pick up an hour and a half “instant” lesson.  I really struggled with the lesson myself, but hopefully, it was some help.

Then, I drove the truck home.  Correction, I drove the truck to Bernardo, and realized that I had left my medicine in my office, so I drove back to my office, picked up the medicine, then drove home and went straight to bed.

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10/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I drove to NMT and worked there for the day.  It was Columbus Day, so there were no shuttles (hence driving to NMT), and no classes at Magdalena.

First, I worked on the Cavendish experiment in the physics department.  I am having trouble getting LabVIEW to see the Omega DAQ device.  So far, I’ve tried installing the drivers and NI VISA, but no dice yet.

In the afternoon, I helped with the Unit Operations lab, and then started grading.  I had quite a bit of work to do, catching up on the grading, but that is almost complete.  I will have to post midterm grades soon.

In the evening, I shot one round of targets at air rifle practice, and then drove over to Sourdough Mine (a new restaurant in Socorro).  My shooting was not spectacular, but I logged it anyhow.

Sourdough Mine was alright.  I got the roast beef po’ boy, onion rings, and chips and salsa.  It was nothing special, but it was good.

At some point, I was too tired to work and fell asleep in my office.

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9/13/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I was able to come up with a solution for the Malibu.  From my phone, I requested a $50 Walmart Gift Card from MyPoints (I had been earning one for six months, and it was ready to use).  Then, I bought a tow bar on the Walmart App, and am having it shipped to my house (arriving Monday).  I will tow the Malibu to my house, park it in the back yard, use it as a green house (and probably sell the virtually new tires).

I split the day between Magdalena and NMT.  I started out by tutoring at Magdalena.  I tutored AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.  Then, I headed back to NMT for a group meeting and then to assist with Unit Operations Lab.

In the evening, I commuted home along the buses and trains.  One guy that rides the bus with me is also a former storm chaser from Colorado, so we had a lot to talk about on the ride.

In the evening, I went to Flying Star for dinner and to do some work. I finished reading two more chapters in Atlas Shrugged, as well as one chapter of The Desire of Ages, and quite a few issues of Machine Design Today (an technology e-zine).

Overall, it was a better day than I’ve had for a few days.

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8/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I hitched a ride with a few teachers to Magdalena, worked for several hours, and then rode back to Socorro with my brother.  We had some Arby’s lunch and then I went to Unit Operations Lab.

Unit Operations Lab went well, and there are only a few things that need to be addressed by next week.  That lab is starting to stabilize, where a little work makes big improvements, though I have plenty I want to work on still.

In the late afternoon, I added some more coolant to the Malibu, and I didn’t see where it was overheating any more.  Even so, I took the bus and train home (and brought my truck down to NMT today).

JoAnna and I sat outside in the nice weather and chatted until bedtime.  Overall, it was a good day.

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8/29/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent a frustrating day in Socorro.  I started out the day by knocking out things from my to-do list at an accelerated pace.  Everything was going well.  Then, before I drove to Magdalena, I topped off the coolant in the Malibu and drove west.

I only made it as far as Box Canyon, and the car had overheated.  I pulled over and found that I had forgot to put the radiator cap back in place.  All of the coolant had boiled out, hence the overheating.  Once the smoke and steam cleared, I struggled, but was able to restart the car.  I drifted down Sedillo hill a few hundred yards before it overheated again, so I pulled over, let it cool off and then repeated this process the entire way back to NMT.  Along the way, I met a friendly state trooper who wondered what I was doing.

Once I arrived at NMT, I parked it for a bit, then added some coolant.  I restarted the car and watched for smoke or water from the tailpipe, or “chocolate milk” in the oil, none of which showed up.  However, the car overheated again.  I don’t think I added enough coolant, and so by heating the car up, I really just removed the big bubble of air that was in the radiator.

Either way, I have to figure something else out.  I missed a day at Magdalena, and that hurts my pay, as well as my reputation for showing up.

After all of that, I entered my six hours of teaching labs that ran from 2 PM to 8 PM.  I assisted with the Freshman Chemical Engineering lab.  We ran a small steam engine and demonstrated that process.  I think everyone enjoyed that demo.  After that, I taught two sections of instrumentation lab, my first of the semester.  I didn’t go super smoothly, but I think it went alright.  We soldered, and everyone seemed to have a good time.

After that, I walked to my brother’s house and put an end to this disaster of a day.

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8/14/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was my first day back to Magdalena Schools.  I was able to get a few questions answered, and started out my week.  It looks like I will be able to work 15 hours a week, and will cover an AVID class or two (depending on the day), the Math Analysis class, an Algebra II class (on certain days), and the Chemistry class.

Yesterday was also the first day of my new transit schedule.  I returned to NMT, updated my calendar, and got on the bus.  We arrived in time to catch the 5:51 pm train in Belen, instead of the 7:01 pm train, so I arrived in Albuquerque earlier (and farther north!)  I made it home by 7:45 pm, and it was still light outside.  I actually beat JoAnna and Joey home!

I checked into an amateur radio net on my way home.

In the evening, JoAnna and I talked and watched the sunset by the small thunderstorm that had formed near my house.

I don’t remember laying down, but I did, because I woke up when my alarm sounded this morning.

Overall, it was a good day.

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8/8/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day moving equipment in Socorro.  There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I am almost finished.  Perhaps I will be able to move onto other projects after I finish with this nonsense.

I commuted to Socorro with the Malibu.  It will live down there during the semester, available for my commutes to Magdalena.  It took a minute or two to get started, but then it ran the whole way without any hiccups.

In the evening, I commuted home via train and bus.  JoAnna picked me up at the bus station, and we spent the rest of the night chatting and having a good time.  We sat outside in the pleasant evening.  Joey came out and showed us photos from the Joan Jett and Boston concert he had attended a few weeks ago.

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