8/8/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day moving equipment in Socorro.  There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I am almost finished.  Perhaps I will be able to move onto other projects after I finish with this nonsense.

I commuted to Socorro with the Malibu.  It will live down there during the semester, available for my commutes to Magdalena.  It took a minute or two to get started, but then it ran the whole way without any hiccups.

In the evening, I commuted home via train and bus.  JoAnna picked me up at the bus station, and we spent the rest of the night chatting and having a good time.  We sat outside in the pleasant evening.  Joey came out and showed us photos from the Joan Jett and Boston concert he had attended a few weeks ago.

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2/7/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, I remained moderately productive.  I finished out my Spanish homework and took a Spanish exam.  I don’t think I did well on the Spanish exam, which was quite disappointing.

I also spent some time going through an old hard drive, where I found my old amateur radio lectures.  The lectures on there are far better than the ones I was planning on presenting, so I’ve been cleaning those up.  They include content from both the Technician and General class licenses, and are much better organized than the ones I was making up for this semester, so I just have to update them for the new question pools.  I haven’t taught the course in around six years, even though I felt like I taught it not too long ago.

Joey and I did some reloading.  I feel like my shop is always a total disaster- I got my Lyman case trimmer up and running, only to strip the screw that adjusts the trim depth. I can trim .243’s like a beast, but nothing else.

I also did some yard work and house work.   I did most of the cooking for the week, and then I made salon and green beans for a nice family dinner.

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1/24/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, the weather was decent in the morning.  I went for a run for the first time in several months. I ran the mile in 9:38, which is my best time since high school.  By the time I had finished running and was walking h0me, the wind had picked up considerably.   I did some light yard work and then some grocery shopping and cooking.

Once indoors out of the wind, I also completed a Spanish quiz and read the next chapter in the Spanish book.

Speaking of reading, I’ve been reading quite a bit this year so far.  I’m averaging a book a week, and am now reading a book about capturing John Gotti.

In the evening, we had a family dinner together (burgers, Grandpa’s lima beans, and hot chocolate).  Joey and I played around trying to get Civilization II running as a network game, but had no luck.  Instead, we played with BeamNG Drive for a bit before calling it a night.

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1/16/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, we met up with a friend of ours to watch the new Star Wars movie. It was good, I thought. I would even rank it above The Empire Strikes Back. They had special effects, but they weren’t a substitute for the plot, characters or dialogue, like they were in Episode I. In other words, the special effects were invisible- they added to the plot rather than substituted for it.

After that, we had lunch at Annapurna and chatted for quite some time. It was good family time together.

In the evening, I worked on a few projects on my computer. I finished the first round of editing with my story. I will read through it again and make sure that I like it. I need to change some character names (I named my characters after people I know, just to put a face and actions to my story), and then perhaps I will look for an agent.

I already have a sequel mapped out in my mind, perhaps for this year’s NaNoWriMo, as well as some parallel story lines that will cross paths. I am writing this story in two dimensions- time and place (yes, yes, that makes four actual dimensions, but follow with me). Most sequels track characters through time. Instead, mine will track these characters through time, but other novels will track other characters around the same time and through the same events. Eventually, they will all cross paths.

Anyway, I need to finish up some Spanish homework today, so I’m going to work on that this morning.

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1/8/16: Daily Post

Yesterday was an expensive, but productive day. I started out the morning by meeting with a plumber and a heating and cooling technician. The heating and cooling technician couldn’t find anything wrong with my thermostat, but he did reposition it for free. We had it mounted vertically, and he moved it to a horizontal orientation, and so hopefully that fixes the problem with it randomly resetting.

The plumber had good news and bad news. Only one pipe froze and burst, but it was the housing for the mixing cartridge in the shower. They are pressure balanced so that the cold water pressure and hot water pressure must be equal. Therefore, a crack in one side causes both sides to have low pressure. $643 later, and a hole in the wall behind the stove, and we have a working shower again.

I set up a power supply for my amateur radio equipment. I needed to crimp some connectors onto the wires and move the power cord, both of which were completed.

I also cleaned off my reloading bench and will start reloading again soon.

I read the December 2015 issue of Modern Casting. My favorite article was,”Lodge’s Recipe for Growth,” by Shannon Wetzel. This article discussed the growth of the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet foundry, and how they have increased in spite of the bad economy.

In the afternoon, I posted on my Ghost Towns blog about the Eagle and Phenix Mills in Columbus, GA. This was a large cotton mill around the time of the Civil War, and now, it is condos.

My girlfriend has also determined through a few months of homeopathic techniques that she is no longer allergic to dogs. What this means is that Dog-Dog can now run around the house. He was super excited about this, so much so that he wore himself out and slept in front of the wood stove.

In the evening, we had dinner together: hamburgers, tomato slices, green chile, asparagus, and a bunch of teas and hot chocolate. It was nice to just stop everything and have a meal together, so this will become our Friday evening tradition.

Also, here is a photo of Abe, the cat (actually taken this morning, but you get the idea):

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