6/5/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we packed up and headed east for a two week road trip.  We only made it as far as Amarillo.  We stayed at a Quality Inn just a little ways off I-40.  Along our route, we also punched a weak hail core (slushy pea-sized hail).  I tweeted about it and it was picked up by Albuquerque NWS as well as Channel 4 in Albuquerque.

JoAnna and I talked about hard work last night.  I value hard work and struggle, but why value struggle?  It is inefficient and stupid.  Learn something new everyday, I suppose.

Giving up fighting depression.

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6/4/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started the day by running eight miles.  It is the longest run I have ever taken.

After my run, I did some shopping and then some cooking in preparation for our road trip over the next two weeks.  I cooked three stir fries (15 meals).

I have been messing with my weather station a lot over the past few days.  For whatever reason, the transmitter is not able to get a signal into the house like it used to.  I changed the batteries, and still no luck.  I found that moving the receiver closer to the transmitter helped, so I may mount the receiver closer.  It’s annoying though, because it used to work just fine.

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5/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I was still fighting the depression.  I fasted and went for another run, 2.6 miles this time around.

I did finally go through my storm chase photos and added them to my weather blog.  Here is the link to the 2017 Storm Chase:  2017 Storm Chase  Please go check it out, as I have quite a few nice photos up.

Other than that, I did some more housework in an attempt to catch up on two weeks of absence.  I cleaned my fish tank and did some weed-whacking.

I also did some grocery shopping and walked around taking photos of “Help Wanted” signs.

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Return From Storm Chasing

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.

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The Last Two Weeks

I have been out storm chasing with a few Virginia Tech alumni for the past two weeks.  I haven’t had time to post on this blog, and am behind on my storm chase blog as well.

This storm chase has been probably the best chase I have ever done.  My chase team was solid.  We caught four tornadoes in four states.  We were on severe storms almost every day.  Navigation, costs, and everything were within spec.  I did get a few hail dents, but kept all of the windows.

I did lose a former student during this time.  Unfortuately, my former student and friend, Ben Nzavi, drowned while trying to save his daughter, who fell in a lake and also drowned.

I’m in a little post-chase depression, as usual, after our last chase day.  I just dropped Kathryn off at the Tulsa airport, and said goodbye to Alex, Aaron and Dan, as they drive back to VA.  I am at a Waffle House just north of town, getting ready for my long trek west.

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5/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on a few things around the lab at NMT before heading into Magdalena for a full day of tutoring.  I also checked the weather constantly, as storms were firing all over eastern New Mexico, and several tornadoes were reported.

I did pick up some contract work doing technical writing/editing. I spent a little time reviewing the contract yesterday evening.  I got it through Upwork,  which used to be ODesk.  I had not done work for them in quite some time, so I had to become accustomed to the interface again.

In the evening, I took the buses and trains home.  Along the way, my bluetooth keyboard died, but it just needed to be charged, thankfully.   I received no warning, it just stopped displaying what I was typing on the keys.

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4/21/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I tutored at Atrisco Heritage Academy.  They are in the middle of their standardized testing, so the schedule is totally messed up there.  I worked with a few classes of students that I have never worked with before, and I had a great time.

In the afternoon, I rushed home and did some laundry and helped JoAnna pack up her van for her upcoming road trip.  I also worked on my Crown Vic a bit, just to get it closer to ready for storm chasing in a few weeks.

I also kept up with the potential tornado in Colonial Beach, VA, a town where I attended high school for a year.  I will post more about this on my weather blog.

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