8/17/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, I remained in Albuquerque for the day, as there was a National Instruments – Albuquerque LabVIEW Interest Network (ALVIN) meeting.  I used to attend these every month, but my attendance dwindled over the past few years.  Even so, it was nice to be back, and nice to attend again.

In the afternoon, I had the tires replaced on the Crown Vic.  I had around 40,000 miles on those 50,000 mile tires, and I received a notice that they had been recalled, and to bring them in for a free replacement.  When it was all said and done, I had put 40,000 miles on tires, and had them replaced with free 65,000 mile tires, so I really can’t complain at all!

I also drove over to Vitamin Cottage to join their 62nd anniversary.  Included in the event was a free candy bar, a free ice cream sundae, a $5 off coupon, and good deals on food we already buy.  I did my grocery shopping early.

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8/15/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day working in Magdalena, tutoring several classes.  I tutored two AVID sections, a Chemistry class, and a Math Analysis class.  We had a fire drill as well, and that is always fun.

In the afternoon, I had one appointment get cancelled.  Instead, I filled in with another appointment, working on a project a little earlier than expected.  However, by doing so, I forgot about a third appointment, and ended up cancelling that one myself.  Oh well, one for three, I guess.

In the evening, I walked to my brother’s house for Taco Tuesday, which is always wonderful.   I ended up working on several projects until I fell asleep on the couch again.  Nice to see the semester has started the same way every other semester has gone- me working until I fall asleep on the couch.

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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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8/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, finishing up the move from the storage space.  Finally, it is all done.  I have like two emails to send (which I will do sometime soon), and it is finished.

After I finished with the move, I worked on the absorption column software in the Unit Operations Lab.  I am about 1/2 done with it at this point, though there is still a lot to go.  Not to mention, I also have the distillation column and the heat exchanger software to write, safety equipment to order and chemicals to order.

In the afternoon, I ran into a first responder who was in town for explosives training.  He is a ham radio operator, so we had a good time talking radio.  He had emailed me and asked to tour the college club’s radio station, so we spent an hour or so chatting in the radio station.

I missed the bus, so I worked on a few more things before heading to my brother’s house for the evening.

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8/7/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in meetings at NMT.  We had our annual department retreat, and by retreat, I mean we hung out in the same room as all of our meetings, but we did so all day instead of for an hour.

I left the meeting quite depressed, but that is okay.

In the evening, I met up with my good friends, Laura and Ryan, for dinner.  They will  go back to graduate school, as their semesters start again soon, and so I caught up with them one more time before they left town.

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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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8/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I drove to Los Lunas to take my National Instruments Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (NI-CLAD) exam.  I had passed this exam years ago, but had let my certification lapse.  Since letting my certification lapse, the exam changed.  I did not do well on the practice questions, so I was not hopeful…

I PASSED IT ANYWAY!

It was a good day.  After I passed the exam, I started driving home, only to realize that I had left things in the locker at the test center and had to return to Los Lunas to get them.

It was still an okay day.  I then went to the junkyard at the south end of Albuquerque to browse around for car parts.  I did that until the pouring rain hit.

I attended the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist prayer and reading group in the evening, where we studied a chapter of The Desire of Ages concerning the raising of Lazarus.

Overall, it was a good day.