3/25/18: Daily Post

Yesterday, I drove with three students from Provo, UT, to Socorro, NM.  The conference was over, so we headed back to our normal lives.

We did our best to make the drive fun.  We stopped at the Moab Grill in, well, Moab, for lunch.  Once there, we did a little wandering around town.  I took photos of “now hiring signs” and they got ice cream.  We also found a little geocache and signed the log.

We also stopped by Wilson Arch and climbed to the opening.  I had passed through there many times, though mostly at night, so it was neat to go up and see the arch.

We made one final stop at the Beehive on the way out of Utah.  I was disappointed at the amount of trash around it…

We arrived in Socorro around 12:30 or so in the morning, so I went straight to bed (my office).

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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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12/31/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we began our long journey west back to New Mexico.  We took our sweet time getting ready, as nobody wanted to go out into the cold weather.  Also, we planned only to go as far as Effingham, IL, so we didn’t even have that far to travel.

Our travels were no big deal, either.  We took I-71 south to Columbus, OH, stopped at a Whole Foods for a few groceries, then headed west on I-70.

Along the way, I did play on the amateur radio (40 meters).  This year, there is a new game to play called “Grid Chasing” and I made a few contacts along the way.

We did hit one major snag on our travels.  My fuel gauge is not very reliable, and we thought we had enough gas to make it to our hotel (and cheap gas).  We were wrong.  We were four miles short.  I have a gas can in the trunk, so I went to put some of the gas from this can into the fuel tank of the car.  The can was designed by a complete moron.  It has like ten different safety mechanisms that prevent gasoline from pouring down the spout.  Instead, it ran out of the can at the mouth, drenching me, and the side of the car in gasoline.  I tightened up this fitting and it helped a little bit.  Then the gasoline dripped slowly out of the spout, taking a full twenty minutes to fuel up… in -3 F degree weather.

I would like to take this time to thank the inventor of this can.  Surely, this was a safer design than a traditional gas can.  I mean, what could be safer than drenching one’s self in gasoline, on the side of the road on New Year’s Eve in -3 F degree weather?  (Oh yeah, with windchill, it was -18 F).  Thank you for nothing.

Thank you for reading this post, and happy New Year!


12/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I slept in late.  I don’t think I even got out of bed until the afternoon.

We had decided to take an extra day in Medina, and so we had a relaxing visit with Aunt Barb.  JoAnna did some cooking, and I did some work on the Dynamo project in the evening.

I have started compiling my end-of-the-year checklists and such.  I don’t actually know how I would function without having checklists and spreadsheets to keep track of things.  I like to know how I was doing last week, last month, last year, etc., to see if there has been any improvement.  I don’t feel much different, but I do like to see if I am running more often, or reading more books, etc.

We are beginning to pack up for the rest of our road trip, so I am going to shut down this computer.

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12/29/17: Daily Post

I have been updating my Christmas page along with the rest of this blog. A few years ago, I realized that I was forgetting when things happened, so I started writing them in my Christmas Trips page. Some of my writing feels redundant now, so bear with me if you happen to read both.

Yesterday, we went to Chardon to visit JoAnna’s brother and his family. We had a nice visit over a homemade chili dinner. After that, we went to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert at the Q in Cleveland.

The show was great. They did “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” again, which is a good show. They had a brief tribute to Dave Z and Paul O’Neill, important folks in the band that passed away this year. The band will never be the same without them, but it was nice to see that the show continued in their honor.

We crawled home slowly, as the falling snow was coating the roads and making them quite slick. We arrived in Medina safely, albeit late at night (early in the morning).

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12/26/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we spent the early part of the day hanging out with my parents and loading up the car in preparation for our continued travels. It is always sad to leave, as we had a good time while we were there.

We drove to my grandfather’s house in Barclay, MD, and visited him for a little while. He turned 96 a few weeks ago and was happy that we stopped by and visited him.

After visiting Grandpa, we continued north to Philadelphia, where we met up with Joey’s father at the Whole Foods on 22nd street. We had dinner there and closed out the place in the evening, chatting about teaching and jobs and such.

We decided to spend the night in Philadelphia, rather than traveling much farther east. We called it a night at the Quality Inn near the Philadelphia airport.

I wrote another 1500 words in a new story. This makes three days in a row, one short 1500 word chapter at a time.

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