3/10/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Deming.  I started out the day by attending the Deming Seventh Day Adventist church.  The sermon was on the state of the dead, as told by one of the fundamental beliefs of the church.  After church, they had potluck.

In the afternoon, I went and helped with the rock show.  The winds were so strong, part of the tent broke.  We called it a day, and disassembled the booth.  With the broken tent and the lack of customers, we decided to leave a day early.

In the evening, I did a little work for the dynamo before going to bed.

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3/9/18: Daily Post

I started out the day by helping JoAnna set up her booth again for the Deming Rock and Gem show.  Most of the booth was still set up from yesterday, but there were still a few changes that needed to be completed.

In the late morning and early afternoon, I took a trip to Field Trip to Mexico.  I parked my car in the duty free lot on the US side, and walked across to the town of Paloma, Chihuahua.  I will post a page of photos from this trip, as meager as they will be.

I did not buy anything when I was in Mexico, as my card would not approve international transactions, so I did not bring home any souvenirs.  An hour later, I was back in the United States, and heading back to meet JoAnna.

This marked my first trip to Mexicio, even thought I’ve lived just north of it for the past 13 years.

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3/8/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, we set up the booth for the Deming Rock and Gem show. It took us a little while to set up, as it is an outdoor show, and we had to set up the tent.

In the afternoon, I put in quite a few hours for Upwork. I have so much to do for this project, and I’m not behind schedule yet. I wrote around 4000 words though, so that was good. I also spent some of the time organizing what else needs to be written.

I also tested out the 40 meter antenna and radio in the van. For this trip, I moved one of my HF radios to the van and gave it a good road test. I made several contacts. I also updated my logbook.

In the evening, I did a little reading, finishing out another chapter in Atlas Shrugged, and answering this week’s discussion questions.

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3/7/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent a good part of the day in meetings. I started out the day meeting with the Physics department about the status of the Cavendish experiment. Soon after that, I went to a meeting with the Dynamo programmer and picked up the latest version of the software. I thought we had a department meeting, so I rushed over to that, only to find that it had been cancelled.

In the afternoon, I did some work in one of the chemical engineering labs and signed some paperwork as well. I took some pictures of serial numbers for inentory purposes, and chatted with a few students.

We also had a faculty candidate presentation, which dealt with electronic materials and quantum dots.

In the evening, JoAnna and I drove to Deming in preparation for the Deming Rock and Gem show.

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1/1/18: Daily Post

Happy New Year!

We spent the day on the road, driving from Effingham, IL, to Tulsa, OK, nearing the end of our annual road trip.

I started the day well. I got up early and fueled up the car. I wanted to go out in the -9 F degree weather, just because I could. It was miserable. My car lurched sluggishly to the gas station. I fueled up and went inside. I decided to get a nice steak and cheese sandwich for breakfast from the gas station cafe. As soon as I did, I was given a coupon for a free sausage, egg and cheese biscuit, one for a donut, and one for a chicken sandwich. It was apparently a big promotion for their new cafe, so I got all of these, saving the chicken sandwich for later.

We began our drive, stopping in St. Elmo, IL, at a Native American trade shop. I picked up a few late Christmas presents before continuing west.

Along the way, I made some contacts with amateur radio, on 20 meters, playing the new “Grid Chase” game. I activated a few grids, and will post more about this on my amateur radio blog.

In the evening, we had Missouri Hick Bar-B-Q, effectively destroying any hope I had of eating fewer calories than I burned on the first day of 2018.

We also stopped (in 1 F weather) to change a headlight on the Crown Vic. It was cold and miserable and took quite a while to pry the frozen clips up to release the headlight.

We called it a night in Tulsa, OK, and spent the night in the Clarion Inn.

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12/31/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we began our long journey west back to New Mexico.  We took our sweet time getting ready, as nobody wanted to go out into the cold weather.  Also, we planned only to go as far as Effingham, IL, so we didn’t even have that far to travel.

Our travels were no big deal, either.  We took I-71 south to Columbus, OH, stopped at a Whole Foods for a few groceries, then headed west on I-70.

Along the way, I did play on the amateur radio (40 meters).  This year, there is a new game to play called “Grid Chasing” and I made a few contacts along the way.

We did hit one major snag on our travels.  My fuel gauge is not very reliable, and we thought we had enough gas to make it to our hotel (and cheap gas).  We were wrong.  We were four miles short.  I have a gas can in the trunk, so I went to put some of the gas from this can into the fuel tank of the car.  The can was designed by a complete moron.  It has like ten different safety mechanisms that prevent gasoline from pouring down the spout.  Instead, it ran out of the can at the mouth, drenching me, and the side of the car in gasoline.  I tightened up this fitting and it helped a little bit.  Then the gasoline dripped slowly out of the spout, taking a full twenty minutes to fuel up… in -3 F degree weather.

I would like to take this time to thank the inventor of this can.  Surely, this was a safer design than a traditional gas can.  I mean, what could be safer than drenching one’s self in gasoline, on the side of the road on New Year’s Eve in -3 F degree weather?  (Oh yeah, with windchill, it was -18 F).  Thank you for nothing.

Thank you for reading this post, and happy New Year!