4/19/18: Daily Post

Yesterday was stressful.  I started out the day by commuting to Belen and then picking up a U-Haul truck and car dolly.  I got there an hour before the place opened, so I had some breakfast at Blake’s.

When the place opened, I was able to get the truck and dolly.  It was neat, too.  The lady working there was from Magdalena originally, and also used to teach at the Seventh-Day Adventist academy near my house.  I told her I attended the Rio Rancho church.  It was a neat, chance meeting.

I went to Magdalena for a bit, and tutored there.  I missed out on the Boys and Girls Ranches this week, unfortunately.  I spent some time working with the juniors at NMT, helping them with their project.

In the late afternoon, two of my students, and a coworker from Magdalena were able to push the Malibu onto the dolly.  I drove it back to Rio Rancho.

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4/17/18: Daily Post

April 16 will always be a difficult day for us Hokies. I didn’t feel up to posting.

The last few days have been strange.  I’ve been in a whirlwind for the past few weeks, getting things knocked of my list for Upwork.  Now that the work is in their hands for a few days, I’m not quite sure what to do with myself.  I have other work to catch up on, but I can’t seem to do it.

I was supposed to tow the Malibu to Rio Rancho tomorrow, and it is a huge worry.  Yesterday, U-Haul called and told me that they didn’t have a tow hitch.  I went to plan B, and figured I would remove the front bumper and attach a tow bar.  Instead, I spent about two hours removing the bumper, broke several of the stupid plastic clips, and there is no place to attach a tow bar.  Now, I don’t know what I’ll do.

Anyway, I have a busy day today.  Let’s see what doesn’t work today!

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2/8/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the early part of the day tutoring at Magdalena. They had a half-day for parent-teacher conferences, so the day passed by quickly. I tutored where I could, but for the most part, it was a homework day in most classes.

After tutoring, I ran a few errands and then worked at NMT. I skipped out on the Boys and Girls Ranches, as I was in the middle of a phone call when it was time to go.

My Varsity Tutoring appointment was also cancelled, so I spent more time updating computers for NMT.

In the evening, I messed with my vehicles. I checked the oil in the Ranger and the Malibu, and attempted to start the Malibu with no luck. I ended up pushing it into another parking spot, just to rotate the tires a bit.

I had rabbit and dumplings for dinner with my brother and his family before falling asleep on the couch again.

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9/12/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I had a busy, exhausting and sad day.  The Malibu will not run again in a useable fashion.  I spent part of the day totally decommissioning it- removing antennas, radios, cleaning stuff from the glove box, trunk, and under the seats.  It took several hours, as I removed some of the cabling as well.

In the morning, I worked on the car until it was time to tutor at Magdalena.  I tutored, half-heartedly for several hours.

After that, I went back to NMT and taught two sections of instrumentation lab, plus a makeup session, back-to-back-to-back.  It was six hours of solid teaching.  I also did some work on the Physics Cavendish experiment, starting out the user interface and laying the groundwork for the file-writing capabilities.

After I finished that, I worked on the car some more, and also organized my truck, as I had piled much of the Malibu’s content haphazardly in the truck.

I walked to my brother’s house, but he had gone to bed by the time I got there.

I fasted the entire day, and today is a lot better, even with the slight headache.

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9/11/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day with bad news.  I went and worked on the Malibu for a bit, adding coolant and running it.  It was incredibly hard to start, even jumping the battery from the truck.  I also noticed that there is coolant leaking from the head gasket, though it could be leaking from the valve covers down to the head gasket area, but I can’t get in to see.  Either way, things don’t look good for my car.  And I like that car more than I like most people.

After that, I did some work around the chemical engineering department.  I graded some assignments and worked on a few things for this week’s lecture and lab.

For lunch, I met with the dynamo group and caught up on the last month’s worth of work.  I picked up the latest software backup and schematics.

In the afternoon, I tried to track down some paperwork, and kept tabs on the Unit Operations lab while I wandered around campus.  I also tried to track down some packages I ordered several weeks ago that have never arrived.

In the evening, I ran back-to-back Varsity Tutors sessions, both of which were successful.  That platform is working out beautifully.

I then went for a walk, and then to my brother’s house for the evening.

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8/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I hitched a ride with a few teachers to Magdalena, worked for several hours, and then rode back to Socorro with my brother.  We had some Arby’s lunch and then I went to Unit Operations Lab.

Unit Operations Lab went well, and there are only a few things that need to be addressed by next week.  That lab is starting to stabilize, where a little work makes big improvements, though I have plenty I want to work on still.

In the late afternoon, I added some more coolant to the Malibu, and I didn’t see where it was overheating any more.  Even so, I took the bus and train home (and brought my truck down to NMT today).

JoAnna and I sat outside in the nice weather and chatted until bedtime.  Overall, it was a good day.

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8/29/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent a frustrating day in Socorro.  I started out the day by knocking out things from my to-do list at an accelerated pace.  Everything was going well.  Then, before I drove to Magdalena, I topped off the coolant in the Malibu and drove west.

I only made it as far as Box Canyon, and the car had overheated.  I pulled over and found that I had forgot to put the radiator cap back in place.  All of the coolant had boiled out, hence the overheating.  Once the smoke and steam cleared, I struggled, but was able to restart the car.  I drifted down Sedillo hill a few hundred yards before it overheated again, so I pulled over, let it cool off and then repeated this process the entire way back to NMT.  Along the way, I met a friendly state trooper who wondered what I was doing.

Once I arrived at NMT, I parked it for a bit, then added some coolant.  I restarted the car and watched for smoke or water from the tailpipe, or “chocolate milk” in the oil, none of which showed up.  However, the car overheated again.  I don’t think I added enough coolant, and so by heating the car up, I really just removed the big bubble of air that was in the radiator.

Either way, I have to figure something else out.  I missed a day at Magdalena, and that hurts my pay, as well as my reputation for showing up.

After all of that, I entered my six hours of teaching labs that ran from 2 PM to 8 PM.  I assisted with the Freshman Chemical Engineering lab.  We ran a small steam engine and demonstrated that process.  I think everyone enjoyed that demo.  After that, I taught two sections of instrumentation lab, my first of the semester.  I didn’t go super smoothly, but I think it went alright.  We soldered, and everyone seemed to have a good time.

After that, I walked to my brother’s house and put an end to this disaster of a day.

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