6/29/17: Daily Post

Yesterday was a busy day for me, even though I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I had hoped to accomplish.

I spent the day applying for jobs on Upwork.  I had several good hits and one awkward interview that was probably a scam.  We’ll see how they pan out.

I also finished an application for a National Geographic Grant.  If I get that, I will have some funded storm chase time with some high school students.  We will see how that goes as well.

I ran a bunch of laundry, and did some general housework.  I swept off the sidewalk, as that hasn’t been done in ages.

I also did some reading and some paying of bills.  Nothing too exciting there.

Overall, it was an uneventful day.

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6/28/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I started out the day by going for a 3.46 mi, 40 minute run, even though the temperature was quite warm.  I might have been able to go for longer, but I was afraid of overdoing things in the heat.

I spent part of the day working on a few projects around storm chasing.  I worked on a grant application from National Geographic and sent a few emails concerning a possible LabVIEW opportunity.

In the evening, I had dinner at Havana Restaurant, a Cuban restaurant, with my friends Laura and Ryan.  I had not seen them since last summer, so it was good to catch up with them.

In the late evening, I tried to photograph a few Iridium events (19 and 72), but was unable to do so, though I saw both of them moving.

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6/25/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we woke up at the Field Day site in Datil Wells Campground, NM.  We had breakfast with the other ham radio operators and I did a quick forecast.  I had received several messages about chasing storms from my Virginia Tech storm chasing crew, and sure enough, we were in an Enhanced Risk area.  We packed up at the Field Day site, and JoAnna and I headed home to pick up Joey.

He jumped in the car and we headed north to Las Vegas, NM where we intercepted a cell that was showing rotation on radar.  We could clearly see the entire base, and there was no organized wall cloud, and no tornado.  We did take one big hailstone to the center of the roof after seeing an occasional pea-sized hailstone, so we headed south out of the storm.  I will post the entire writeup on my storm chase blog later tonight.

We returned in the evening and unpacked.  I was pretty well beat from the Field Day and the storm chase, so I went to bed early.

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Return From Storm Chasing

Yesterday, I spent the entire day on the road.  I left Tulsa in the morning and drove north to try and make a few contacts on the county hunters net, as I have not operated from several counties in northeastern Oklahoma.  I was not able to make a single contact.

Having burned two hours, it was an even longer drive home.  I arrived in Albuquerque around 8 pm and did some grocery shopping.

I fell asleep in my chair and my animals are slowly forgiving me for being gone so long.

So far, I am not able to kick the post-storm chase blues.  I may not go again, if this keeps up.

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5/8/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the bulk of the day working at Magdalena.  I tutored quite a few classes before heading back to the NMT Campus to work on a few things there.

At NMT, I did some lab cleanup and a whole bunch of grading. I am waiting on one more thing before I submit my final grades for the semester.

I’ve entered the final week before storm chasing, and it is really hitting me how much I still have left to finish out.  I have some minor car repairs, batteries to charge, and APRS to set up.  I have to finish packing, and make sure I have everything arranged in my garden for my departure.

Even so, I’m looking forward to it!

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2/27/16: Daily Post

Yesterday was super-productive and yet really relaxing.  I started the day by going for a run; it was a slow mile-time, but I am fighting a cold, and so my chest started hurting part of the way up the hill.  I made it a mile, though.

After my run, I worked in the garden and the sheds.  I added four feet to my garden bed, cleared a ton of weeds, and found where my next tree will go.  I also cleaned up my small shed, moving stuff over to the big shed and organizing the small shed.  I will discuss this more in a garden blog post later today.

I put a magnet mount on my large shed, and will use my Kenwood TS-130S in there so that I can work counties while reloading.  I’m really liking the way my sheds are coming together.

I also swapped quite a few emails with an old friend about a storm chasing project.  I don’t know if it will go anywhere, but we’ll see.

In the evening, I did my grocery shopping and cooking for the week.  I also made dinner for the family, so we sat down to a nice family meal.

Overall, it was a great day!

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1/17/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, I updated my “About” page and avatar on here.  I like this photo, even though it is several years old;  if you understand this photo, you’ll understand me.  My girlfriend took this photo on the 2013 storm chase.  The day had busted, no tornadoes, but a weak squall line was moving northeast through Nebraska at sunset.  I was sitting on the hood of the Malibu, backwards Virginia Tech cap, watching this storm when she took this photo.

I did a little yard work yesterday, as well as finished out my Spanish homework for the week.  It was a pain to submit it, but it arrived on time.

I tried to take a needed break, but was ambushed by pets:


After all of that, we went and saw “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” in the theater.  One of the local movie theaters is doing a classic movie deal where they show a classic movie on Sundays.  I loved that movie, and it was neat to see it on the big screen.

Well, it is a holiday today, but I still have plenty to do.  Good day, and thank you for reading my post.