Yesterday was a travel day for me, though I did get to do some visiting as well. I left my parents’ house and headed south towards Virginia Beach. I will eventually go back to Pittsburgh, but I wanted to catch up to a few friends on the eastern shore of Virginia, as it has been almost ten years since I last saw them.
I got stuck in I-64 traffic, but I eventually made it through the mess. I operated my amateur radio equipment in several new counties southeast of Richmond, and attempted to livestream my crossing of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel system, though the phone overheated, and I think I lost the video.
I ended up meeting my friends for dinner, with some of their coworkers, at Riverside Grill, just inside the Maryland border. We had a great time!
In the evening, I drove over to Ocean City, MD, and spent the night in the Sahara, which is a hotel on the boardwalk. I was able to get the place for $99, which is pretty sweet. I stayed up kinda late walking the boardwalk.
Yesterday, I spent the day driving from Pittsburgh, PA, to Jersey, VA, to visit my parents. I operated my amateur radio equipment on the VHF side. I spent the day playing on six meters and two meters, as there was a VHF contest. I operated from four new grid squares.
I drove down to Arlington to have dinner with my friends, Martha and Eric, whom I haven’t seen for several years. We had a great dinner and visit!
In the evening, I drove back into Maryland and then over the Potomac, rather than trying to go down 95 with all of the accidents.
I took a walk along the Potomac river at sunset, and I will post photos on my outdoor blog.
I arrived at my parents’ house in the evening and have had a nice visit with them so far.
Yesterday, I dropped JoAnna and Joey off at the conference and then did a little driving. I drove nearly to Erie, PA, then turned around and drove to Steubenville, OH. I did most of my driving so that I could operate my amateur radio equipment from new counties. I operated from 3 counties in PA, 2 in WV, and 2 in OH.
In the evening, I picked up JoAnna and Joey, and then we met our old friend, Atta, at a Whole Foods. We hadn’t seen Atta in years, though she was our roommate for a few days back in 2006, and a good friend for many years after. It was good to catch up to her!
Yesterday, I attended Sabbath School and church at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church. The Sabbath School teachers were new, and were quite well-versed in the scriptures and history. Church service was an introduction to Esther and Daniel, as they will begin the study of Esther next week. I will be on the road.
In the afternoon, I did some reading and some writing. I have a new short-story idea that I will probably never share on here, but I am writing it anyway. I also chatted with a few old friends.
I played on 20 meters a bit, giving the rig a good test before my road trip. I made a few shipboard contacts and one or two in the Alabama QSO Party.
In the evening, we went to the Solid Grounds Coffee House and watched a bluegrass band play. I can’t remember their names, but their fiddle player was phenomenal.
Yesterday, I started out the day by running almost six miles in 1:10. I did alright, and may have been able to go farther, but I decided not to burn myself out too much. I only have like one more day to run before I travel again.
After my run, I ran around town to take care of a few errands. I had a backpack that had ripped, so I sent it back to the factory, which took quite a bit of time. I did some light grocery shopping, though I have so much more to do later this weekend.
Probably the biggest accomplishment of the day was sending off a bunch of emails that needed to be sent. I have a few more to do as well.
I also pulled a radio from the Crown Vic to send back to the factory. My Yaesu FT-857D is deafening (S9+20dB) all the time. I borrowed another 857 from the NMT Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) as a comparison, and it sounds much better. I’m not sure what is wrong with this one, but this is the fourth time I’ve sent it back for a repair. It’s getting annoying.
I watched a few episodes of Justified with Joey to try to brighten my day.
Yesterday, I commuted to NMT to get a few things done on campus. I didn’t have a tremendously productive day, but I was able to borrow a radio from the Tech Amateur Radio Association, meet with my sodium dynamo group and my ultrasound group. I also did some reading in two different books along my commute.
I did see that the NMT Community College calendar is featuring me for the month of June. I went into Auxiliary Services to have my ID re-keyed for summer semester and saw the calendar on the wall. Apparently, I am Mr. June.
I have not been eating much lately, and have not been hungry, which has been a good thing. Still fighting depression, but losing a few pounds this week has been nice.
Yesterday, I spent the entire day on the road. I left Tulsa in the morning and drove north to try and make a few contacts on the county hunters net, as I have not operated from several counties in northeastern Oklahoma. I was not able to make a single contact.
Having burned two hours, it was an even longer drive home. I arrived in Albuquerque around 8 pm and did some grocery shopping.
I fell asleep in my chair and my animals are slowly forgiving me for being gone so long.
So far, I am not able to kick the post-storm chase blues. I may not go again, if this keeps up.