8/20/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon driving to Dwyer Junction, WY, in preparation for viewing the solar eclipse.  The drive was not too bad, about ten hours, including a few stops along the way.

We spent the night at a rest area in Dwyer Junction, and slept in the car.

I will post eclipse photos when I return to Rio Rancho and get things straightened out.  We did not make it home today, so I am behind on everything.

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8/19/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent some time with Joey, so that was good.  We went to a car show at the local Baptist church and saw a few neat cars.  There weren’t many cars there, but there was a row of Mustangs and a Nova that had been set up as a drag racing car.

We tried to go to the junkyard, but as it turns out that you must have a government ID to enter, which Joey did not.  Instead, we had lunch at Annapurna before going to music at Solid Grounds Coffee House in the evening.

Before going to bed, we watched Blue Streak and ate chips and salsa, so it was a good night.

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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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8/12/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day at the Duke City Hamfest, Albuquerque’s largest annual ham radio event.

At Duke City Hamfest, I attended a lecture on coaxial cable, another on STEM projects that happened this summer at Valley High School, an ARRL Forum, and another on kit building in remote locations.  The instructor of the last session has a hobby of building radio and electronic kits at parks, libraries and restaurants, which proves that you don’t need a fancy bench and all to be a “homebrewer” of electronics.

After the final presentation, I went into a class where we built a small 20 meter transceiver.  I have not tested it yet, but I think it looks good.  This particular kit had no soldering involved.  I will test the transmit side, as I do not have a high impedance set of earphones for the receive side.

In the evening, we went to Solid Grounds Coffee House and listened to Eileen and Cross Country, which was an excellent country band.  I highly recommend this band, if you ever get a chance to hear them.

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8/11/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I took the bus and train back up to Albuquerque, then drove over to the Uptown area to complete some AVID training for the Albuquerque Public Schools.  I don’t know my APS schedule yet, but I should in the next few days.

After training, I did a little grocery shopping and posted a few jobs on JobSeeker.

In the evening, we drove to Los Alamos and watched a presentation on fractals.  They had all sorts of neat patterns, hosted in the planetarium.  The science museum and the planetarium were quite neat.   They had a few desert reptiles, insects, and so on in aquariums, as well as all sorts of local information about the wildlife in the southwest.

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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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8/5/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a good day.  I started out the day by attending the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church for both Sabbath School and regular church service.  While I was there, one of the ladies at the church invited me over for Sabbath lunch.

When I arrived, there were quite a few members of our church in attendance.  We all sat down to eat, and the food was delicious.  The hosts were from Trinidad, so all of the food had a Caribbean zest to it.  I had a fruit called “bitter lemon” or “bitter melon” that was pretty good.  I had tasted it once before, as apparently, it is also a Filipino dish, but had forgotten about it until this meal.

In the afternoon, I took a long nap.  I am low on some of my vitamins, and it shows.

In the evening, we went to music at the Solid Grounds Coffee House.  While there, I went for a walk during the intermission and took a photo of the sunset.

In the late evening, Joey and I watched three episodes of Justified.  We are in Season 2, and it is as good as I remember.

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