10/14/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we had another day at the show in Moab, UT.  I started out the day by helping set up, then walking to the Moab Seventh Day Adventist church, about two miles away.

The church was nice and the people were quite friendly.  They invited me to stay for potluck, which I did.  I ended up chatting with all of the children, especially one of the girls, who was interested in all aspects of science.

In the afternoon, I helped at the show some more, and then we set up camp again at the KOA.  It was considerably colder yesterday as compared to Friday, so we ducked into the van a little earlier at night.  I read a chapter in Atlas Shrugged and did a little editing of a book that I wrote a few years ago.

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10/7/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out by attending Sabbath School and Church at the Rio Rancho SDA Church.  It was a big deal, as it was the last day for a guest pastor from Jamaica, so we wished him farewell.

In the afternoon, we met up with one of Joey’s friends and they played on some trampolines for a while.

In the evening, we had dinner at Annapurna’s and then went to see the Kipsies at Solid Grounds Coffee House.  The Kipsies are one of my favorite acts to play at this place.  They are a bluegrass band that plays all sorts of neat songs, including a bluegrass version of Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allen Poe.

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10/6/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I tutored at Albuquerque High in the morning.  We spent almost an hour working on a calculus problem where we are filling a conical tank at a given volumetric flow rate, and want to know the rate of change in the height of the tank.  It is a real, practical problem.  We went around and around, and then got to the part where we can relate radius to height and substitute that before taking the derivative.  This means we didn’t have to know the rate of change for the radius before solving the problem.  Then, it was pedestrian.  It was a good exercise!

In the afternoon, I met with the STEM folks for Albuquerque Public Schools and talked amateur radio with them.  There are some neat things on the horizon there, so we will see where that leads.

I also did a Varsity Tutoring session with a new student.  We talked about PSAT, geometry and violin, as she plays violin.

In the evening, we picked up my car from the train station and chatted and listened to music.  I also finished reading Chapter 6 in Atlas Shrugged, while I set up my (new again) phone.

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10/1/17: Daily Post

Yesterday morning, we went to the east side of town for a race.  JoAnna did well in her 5k and had a good time.

After that, we went to Cool Springz, which is a trampoline park, to meet up with a new friend and her family.  We watched Joey and the new friend bounce on the trampolines for two hours and had a nice chat with the parents.  We will meet up again soon.

In the afternoon, we did some shopping and looked at some scrap stainless steel.  The steel was of no use to me, but for someone making a food truck, it would be great.  It was all stainless steel from a commercial kitchen, so there were warmers, pot and pan racks and so on.

In the evening, I saw Lester with something in his mouth.  It squeaked.  It was a tiny baby mouse.  I got him to drop it and then went looking for the rest of them, as this one had a little fur, and its eyes were not yet open, so I knew there were more.  He was too little to have made it far.  Anyway, long story short, we found a total of four baby mice with no mother around.  We have them in a box (away from the cats), and a live trap set nearby.  I need to be more cold-hearted, I suppose, but I couldn’t kill the baby mice, nor sentence them to death by throwing them outside.  Hopefully, we’ll catch the mom and turn them loose in the field not too far away.

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9/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church.  I was able to attend the Sabbath School and the church service, which is always fun.

In the afternoon, we went and attended a friend’s birthday/retirement party.  It was a great time, with two live bands, tons of good food and a crazy storm.

Speaking of a crazy storm, I watched a storm form from my house, just before we left for the party.  I was looking southwest into the precipitation core and thought, “hmm… that storm has some nice structure…”  Little did I know that this storm produced a tornado 25 miles from my house!  I’m the worst storm chaser ever.

In the evening, we watched another band at the Solid Grounds Coffee House.  I went out for a walk at the intermission and ended up getting rained and (BB-pea-sized) hailed on.  My clothes are still soaked.

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9/27/17: Daily Post

I forgot to post this one, as it crashed on my tablet and I ended up having to rewrite it:

Yesterday (Wednesday), I spent the early morning hours working on a few projects for the chemical engineering department.  I have been slowly catching up on my grading, and perhaps I will be all caught up by next week.

I tutored for several hours in the Magdalena schools, tutoring Algebra II, AVID, Math Analysis and Chemistry.

In the afternoon, I caught up to a former student who was on campus for a visit.  He was in the very first class of chemical engineers I taught, way back in 2008.  It was good to see that he was doing well.

We had unit operations lab in the afternoon as well, so I assisted with that class until it was time to catch my bus and commute home.

At home, I really became busy.  My Varsity Tutoring appointment had been cancelled (substitute teacher, no new content that day), so I did some housework.  Of most effort was cleaning on the top of some cabinets and hanging up some decorative coffee mugs.  I think it worked out though, so it was worth it.

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9/26/17: Daily Post

I mislabeled yesterday’s post, as it should have read, “9/25/17” not “9/26/17,” but I have fixed that error.

Yesterday, I commuted to Magdalena and tutored all morning and into the afternoon.  My standard schedule there for Tuesdays is to tutor a section of AVID, Math Analysis, Chemistry, lunch, and then a second section of AVID.

In the afternoon and evening, I cancelled my instrumentation lab and instead worked with the freshman chemical engineering car groups. As it turns out, most of the mentors for the freshmen are in my class, and we wanted to have a good meeting between mentors and freshmen, so I was happy to postpone lab for a day.

Later, I tutored two physics students for Varsity Tutors.  Both of them are doing well, and I am proud of them.

I then drove to my brother’s house for the evening.

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