10/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning tutoring at Magdalena.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I woke up in my office around 3:30 and did some work for an UpWork project and some grading for my instrumentation class before heading into Magdalena to tutor.

In the afternoon, I drove back to NMT and tried to make contacts in the 10 meter contest.  I never heard another station, nor a reply to my calls.

Once I arrived at NMT, I helped several groups with their chemical engineering cars before teaching two sections of instrumentation lab.

After that, my Varsity Tutoring appointment had been cancelled (student’s school has been closed, thanks to Hurricane Nate), and so I put in a few UpWork hours before walking to my brother’s house for the evening.

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9/8/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was my first day tutoring in Albuquerque High.  It was pretty neat, actually, as one of the tutors was someone I had worked with before at another school, and another tutor was one of my old students from Magdalena.

I did some work on the Dynamo project and also did some cleanup of my external hard drive and cell phones, as I have pictures scattered on all of these devices.

In the afternoon, I answered amateur radio questions for the folks at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church who are studying for their exams.  After the study session, I attended the prayer meeting that they have every Friday night.

We watched Antz, but my lack of sleep caught up to me halfway through the movie.

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8/27/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent most of the day in an amateur radio class hosted by the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church.  I was not expecting that to happen, but it did.  As it turns out, several folks I know were leading a class at the church for the Pathfinders; some of the teachers didn’t know I knew amateur radio and some of them weren’t from the church and didn’t know I attended this church.

However, I did start my day out with a 4 mile run, and, while the time was awful, it felt good to get back out there again and run.  It had been three weeks since my last run.

In the evening, I cooked, cleaned and shopped.  I changed the cat boxes, added salt to the water softener, and played with my weather station to try to get it working.

Overall, it was a busy day.

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8/14/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was my first day back to Magdalena Schools.  I was able to get a few questions answered, and started out my week.  It looks like I will be able to work 15 hours a week, and will cover an AVID class or two (depending on the day), the Math Analysis class, an Algebra II class (on certain days), and the Chemistry class.

Yesterday was also the first day of my new transit schedule.  I returned to NMT, updated my calendar, and got on the bus.  We arrived in time to catch the 5:51 pm train in Belen, instead of the 7:01 pm train, so I arrived in Albuquerque earlier (and farther north!)  I made it home by 7:45 pm, and it was still light outside.  I actually beat JoAnna and Joey home!

I checked into an amateur radio net on my way home.

In the evening, JoAnna and I talked and watched the sunset by the small thunderstorm that had formed near my house.

I don’t remember laying down, but I did, because I woke up when my alarm sounded this morning.

Overall, it was a good day.

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8/13/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Duke City Hamfest again.  The only session I attended was another Skywarn Training, hosted by the Albuquerque NWS.  I like attending these, as I get referenced quite a bit for storms and storm chasing.

In the afternoon, I did some shopping and some cooking and cleaning.  I made jalapeno and cream cheese wrapped in turkey bacon, caprese, breakfast hash with hamburger, potatoes and peppers from my garden, and green Thai curry with ground turkey.

I also sat outside in the evening and posted to several of my blogs.  I also applied for a few more jobs on UpWork, so we will see how that goes.

Overall, it was a good day.  I will start at Magdalena tomorrow, and am looking forward to it.

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8/12/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day at the Duke City Hamfest, Albuquerque’s largest annual ham radio event.

At Duke City Hamfest, I attended a lecture on coaxial cable, another on STEM projects that happened this summer at Valley High School, an ARRL Forum, and another on kit building in remote locations.  The instructor of the last session has a hobby of building radio and electronic kits at parks, libraries and restaurants, which proves that you don’t need a fancy bench and all to be a “homebrewer” of electronics.

After the final presentation, I went into a class where we built a small 20 meter transceiver.  I have not tested it yet, but I think it looks good.  This particular kit had no soldering involved.  I will test the transmit side, as I do not have a high impedance set of earphones for the receive side.

In the evening, we went to Solid Grounds Coffee House and listened to Eileen and Cross Country, which was an excellent country band.  I highly recommend this band, if you ever get a chance to hear them.

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8/10/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day in Socorro, finishing up the move from the storage space.  Finally, it is all done.  I have like two emails to send (which I will do sometime soon), and it is finished.

After I finished with the move, I worked on the absorption column software in the Unit Operations Lab.  I am about 1/2 done with it at this point, though there is still a lot to go.  Not to mention, I also have the distillation column and the heat exchanger software to write, safety equipment to order and chemicals to order.

In the afternoon, I ran into a first responder who was in town for explosives training.  He is a ham radio operator, so we had a good time talking radio.  He had emailed me and asked to tour the college club’s radio station, so we spent an hour or so chatting in the radio station.

I missed the bus, so I worked on a few more things before heading to my brother’s house for the evening.

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