10/7/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out by attending Sabbath School and Church at the Rio Rancho SDA Church.  It was a big deal, as it was the last day for a guest pastor from Jamaica, so we wished him farewell.

In the afternoon, we met up with one of Joey’s friends and they played on some trampolines for a while.

In the evening, we had dinner at Annapurna’s and then went to see the Kipsies at Solid Grounds Coffee House.  The Kipsies are one of my favorite acts to play at this place.  They are a bluegrass band that plays all sorts of neat songs, including a bluegrass version of Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allen Poe.

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9/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church.  I was able to attend the Sabbath School and the church service, which is always fun.

In the afternoon, we went and attended a friend’s birthday/retirement party.  It was a great time, with two live bands, tons of good food and a crazy storm.

Speaking of a crazy storm, I watched a storm form from my house, just before we left for the party.  I was looking southwest into the precipitation core and thought, “hmm… that storm has some nice structure…”  Little did I know that this storm produced a tornado 25 miles from my house!  I’m the worst storm chaser ever.

In the evening, we watched another band at the Solid Grounds Coffee House.  I went out for a walk at the intermission and ended up getting rained and (BB-pea-sized) hailed on.  My clothes are still soaked.

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9/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was quite uneventful.  I started out the day by attending the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church, where we began our study of Daniel 1.  That part was interesting, though I was hurting for sleep and struggled a bit to stay awake.

After the service, we had a potluck, which was delicious as always.  After potluck though, I came home and napped for several hours.

I woke up in time to go to the music at Solid Grounds Coffee House, which is always a good time.  This time around, they featured the writer for “Wide Open Spaces,” the song made famous by the Dixie Chicks.

In the evening, I went to bed soon after I got home.  I think I slept all day.

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8/26/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started the day by attending church at the Rio Rancho Seventh-Day Adventist church.  I didn’t attend Sabbath School, but that is about to change as the pastor and one of the elders approached me about making a devotional each week for Sabbath School.  I said I wouldn’t be there a lot of weeks (I’m on the road a lot) and they said that would be fine.  I gave them a list of dates I will be in town, and so my first one will be 9/23.

After church, I came home and slept.  I am catching up on sleep I didn’t get all week.

In the evening, Joey and I went to Solid Grounds Coffee House to hear Roger Dale perform.  He did pretty well, and it was a good show.

Then, in the late evening, Joey and I watched a few episodes of Justified.

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8/19/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent some time with Joey, so that was good.  We went to a car show at the local Baptist church and saw a few neat cars.  There weren’t many cars there, but there was a row of Mustangs and a Nova that had been set up as a drag racing car.

We tried to go to the junkyard, but as it turns out that you must have a government ID to enter, which Joey did not.  Instead, we had lunch at Annapurna before going to music at Solid Grounds Coffee House in the evening.

Before going to bed, we watched Blue Streak and ate chips and salsa, so it was a good night.

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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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8/5/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a good day.  I started out the day by attending the Rio Rancho Seventh Day Adventist church for both Sabbath School and regular church service.  While I was there, one of the ladies at the church invited me over for Sabbath lunch.

When I arrived, there were quite a few members of our church in attendance.  We all sat down to eat, and the food was delicious.  The hosts were from Trinidad, so all of the food had a Caribbean zest to it.  I had a fruit called “bitter lemon” or “bitter melon” that was pretty good.  I had tasted it once before, as apparently, it is also a Filipino dish, but had forgotten about it until this meal.

In the afternoon, I took a long nap.  I am low on some of my vitamins, and it shows.

In the evening, we went to music at the Solid Grounds Coffee House.  While there, I went for a walk during the intermission and took a photo of the sunset.

In the late evening, Joey and I watched three episodes of Justified.  We are in Season 2, and it is as good as I remember.

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