6/3/17: Daily Post

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.

Other than that, it was an uneventful day.

Still depressed, not battling it any more.

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5/11/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I did some more lab cleanup.  My computer lab is almost completely clear, thanks to a few helpful students who bothered to clean up after themselves.  I also finished my grading for the semester, thus ending my formal responsibilities for the school year.

In the late morning and early afternoon, I turored my last day of the semester at Magdalena.  I will miss working there over the summer, and I don’t know what their budget will look like in the fall, though I am 99% sure I will return in August.

In the evening, I returned home. I did some work for UpWork along the way, editing for about an hour.  I need to figure out aa plan to get all of my vehicles home, and with storm chasing approaching, I wanted to spend a little more time with my family.

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5/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning taking care of a few things on the NMT campus before heading over to Magdalena for the day. I tutored until 3:00, and then I headed back to NMT for a department meeting that we had at El Camino, as it was our final one of the semester.

On my way home, I checked into my home computer remotely and did some editing work for UpWork and some LabVIEW work for a physics project that I am involved with as well.  It worked out pretty well, so I will continue to do this when I am commuting.

It is interesting the way our economy works today. When I was growing up, a “good job” meant working for the same company from the time you left your education until you retired.  Those type of jobs no longer exist, for the most part.  Instead, we live in the “Gig-Economy” where we bounce from one gig to the next. In a lot of ways, it is less secure, but in other ways, it provides a freedom not seen by other generations of workers. It also prevents stagnation, as one must constantly seek new skills and new employment opportunities.

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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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5/3/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day tutoring at Magdalena.  Overall, it was a good day, and there’s not much else to say about it.

In the afternoon and a long my commute, I did some reading and writing. I finished reading killing Patton and found it to be a great book. I never cared much for Bill O’Reilly TV show, but his books are great. I also did some writing which were stories based on writing prompts in the AVID class.

Other than that, it was an uneventful day.

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4/25/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the entire day in Magdalena.  My instrumentation class is finished for the semester, so I spent the whole day tutoring instead.  I found out that I will be teaching 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th hour today, due to meetings.

When I finished tutoring, I returned to NMT and had a meeting with a few people considering the liquid sodium dynamo project that I recently joined.  I am still in the early stages of understanding this project so I won’t say much about it yet.

In the evening, I submitted an article for Paydirt, our school news paper, and then watched one episode of Justified with Joey.  I wasn’t feeling well, and was having trouble staying awake, so one episode was all I could do.

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3/28/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy day, and yet I felt like everything was moving in slow motion.  Once again, it was spring break for Magdalena, so I spent quite a few hours at NMT instead.

I started out the day by writing two weather forecasts:  one for NM, and one for the severe weather threat in Texas.  After that, I continued cleaning up computers and getting things ready for instrumentation lab.  This week’s lab was on state machines, shift registers, and sub-VIs in LabVIEW.

At lunch time, Skyler and I tried to get one of my VHF rigs running.  On the service monitor, it worked fine, but once we took it off there and connected it to a battery and an antenna, it stopped working.  I will have to do some more experimenting to figure out what has gone wrong.

In the afternoon, I taught instrumentation lab.  I really need to find a way to make these more interesting.  I think the students have fun with the actual lab, but there has to be a better way to cover the content before the lab begins.

In the evening, I commuted home on the buses and trains.  I wrote two articles for Paydirt and read up on the news of the three storm chasers that were killed in Texas.  I didn’t know any of them, but it was still sad to see.

At home, I did some more cooking, as I did not get a chance to do all of the cooking for the week on Sunday.  I made some more burgers for my breakfasts and another stir fry for JoAnna and Joey’s dinners.

I called it a semi-early night and went to bed at 11:30 or so.

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