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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1/15/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started the morning by going on a run.  I went a little over two miles, though I’ll have to check to see how much over two miles.  One of my tracker apps crashed, so I’ll have to see if it recorded it totally.

After that, I finished up the work that needed to be done to the van.  I had left it on the jack in the street in front of my house, with one tire at Firestone (awaiting a replacement) and the brakes disassembled when we ran out of light.  Yesterday morning, I was able to get the driver’s side brakes back together (new pads, checked the rotors) quickly, having sunlight instead of a flashlight.  Then, I drove the Crown Vic to Firestone, picked up the tire, put it on, switched the van’s direction, and then did the passenger’s side brakes.  Those took only about half an hour, having learned the lessons I needed to learn on the driver’s side.  I reassembled them, then drove the van to Firestone to have the tires rotated.  I only have one jack, but I have free rotations at Firestone, so that’s why I did it this way.  Now, the van is set, with two larger tires in the rear and two stock ones in the front.

In the evening, I finished up my LabVIEW Core II training and worked on getting eQSL set up.  I think I am ready to start logging contacts in eQSL, finally.  I also read a chapter of Atlas Shrugged.

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1/10/18: Daily Post

I spent yesterday morning and early afternoon tutoring at Magdalena.  I won’t be able to work this many hours there once the semester is underway, but for now, it’s good to make up for lost time.

I did make one contact on amateur radio during my commute between Magdalena and Socorro.

In the afternoon, I began updating the computers in the chemical engineering computer lab.   I have a ways to go on that project, mostly because the internet is slow in my building.  Therefore, every Windows update takes forever, and half of them time out before they have completed.

In the evening, I did some work reviewing the dynamo LabVIEW code.  It looks like the programmer decided to go with an event-driven state machine as the main architecture.  I need to learn more about this to learn which architectures hold which advantages over the others.

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1/5/18: Daily Post

Well, WordPress lost my post. Thank you, I love redoing things, it’s a totally worthwhile use of my time.

Yesterday was a tough day. We took Lester to be cremated. We went to Terrace Grove, in Belen, which was the same place we took Miss Curiosity years ago. I will never forget the sound of permanence when the furnace door shut.

In the evening, I updated my amateur radio logs and played some Civilization II with Joey.

We also had a good Christmas leftover meal, and it was perfect!

I originally had more to say, but I think I’m about done now.

Good night. Thank you for reading my post.

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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12/1/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by breaking into Jones Hall and using their shower. Then, I took the bus to Albuquerque and tutoring at Albuquerque High.

I got really depressed during tutoring, and I still haven’t really recovered from it.  I was helping some students with studying for the ACT, and I ended up getting every single writing question wrong.  I wish I could say it was sloppiness, but it was my own incompetence.  Anyway, I started looking into the ACT, and based on my SAT scores, I wouldn’t have done very well at all.  Who am I to be tutoring, teaching, or even writing in this blog?

I did force myself to go over to the National Weather Service and help them run Skywarn Recognition Day.  We only made a few contacts.  I met some new people and said, “hi” to a few that I knew while I was there.

Then, I came home, went to bed, and have slept for the past…16 hours.

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11/19/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, the highlight of my day was finishing out the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes amateur radio contest.  I needed 100 contacts for my participation pin, and I managed to snag 107 contacts in all.  It was quite a bit of work, but I was able to do it.

I didn’t do much else, however.  I did some housekeeping, some cooking, and some general cleaning, but I did no writing, work, or much else, for that matter.

I am about done with the cold, however.  I am disappointed that I did not go for a run, but I wasn’t up for going outside in the cold, and then once it was later in the day, I was playing in the radio contest instead.

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