6/5/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, we packed up and headed east for a two week road trip.  We only made it as far as Amarillo.  We stayed at a Quality Inn just a little ways off I-40.  Along our route, we also punched a weak hail core (slushy pea-sized hail).  I tweeted about it and it was picked up by Albuquerque NWS as well as Channel 4 in Albuquerque.

JoAnna and I talked about hard work last night.  I value hard work and struggle, but why value struggle?  It is inefficient and stupid.  Learn something new everyday, I suppose.

Giving up fighting depression.

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5/30/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I was still fighting the depression.  I fasted and went for another run, 2.6 miles this time around.

I did finally go through my storm chase photos and added them to my weather blog.  Here is the link to the 2017 Storm Chase:  2017 Storm Chase  Please go check it out, as I have quite a few nice photos up.

Other than that, I did some more housework in an attempt to catch up on two weeks of absence.  I cleaned my fish tank and did some weed-whacking.

I also did some grocery shopping and walked around taking photos of “Help Wanted” signs.

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The Last Two Weeks

I have been out storm chasing with a few Virginia Tech alumni for the past two weeks.  I haven’t had time to post on this blog, and am behind on my storm chase blog as well.

This storm chase has been probably the best chase I have ever done.  My chase team was solid.  We caught four tornadoes in four states.  We were on severe storms almost every day.  Navigation, costs, and everything were within spec.  I did get a few hail dents, but kept all of the windows.

I did lose a former student during this time.  Unfortuately, my former student and friend, Ben Nzavi, drowned while trying to save his daughter, who fell in a lake and also drowned.

I’m in a little post-chase depression, as usual, after our last chase day.  I just dropped Kathryn off at the Tulsa airport, and said goodbye to Alex, Aaron and Dan, as they drive back to VA.  I am at a Waffle House just north of town, getting ready for my long trek west.

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5/9/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on a few things around the lab at NMT before heading into Magdalena for a full day of tutoring.  I also checked the weather constantly, as storms were firing all over eastern New Mexico, and several tornadoes were reported.

I did pick up some contract work doing technical writing/editing. I spent a little time reviewing the contract yesterday evening.  I got it through Upwork,  which used to be ODesk.  I had not done work for them in quite some time, so I had to become accustomed to the interface again.

In the evening, I took the buses and trains home.  Along the way, my bluetooth keyboard died, but it just needed to be charged, thankfully.   I received no warning, it just stopped displaying what I was typing on the keys.

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4/21/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I tutored at Atrisco Heritage Academy.  They are in the middle of their standardized testing, so the schedule is totally messed up there.  I worked with a few classes of students that I have never worked with before, and I had a great time.

In the afternoon, I rushed home and did some laundry and helped JoAnna pack up her van for her upcoming road trip.  I also worked on my Crown Vic a bit, just to get it closer to ready for storm chasing in a few weeks.

I also kept up with the potential tornado in Colonial Beach, VA, a town where I attended high school for a year.  I will post more about this on my weather blog.

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3/25/17: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the morning attending the Rio Rancho Seventh-Day Adventist Church for both Sabbath School and church.  It was the first time I had attended their Sabbath School, and it was a good day to pick.  Yesterday was 13th Sabbath, so I was able to get a quarterly for the upcoming quarter, and have started working on it.

After church, I helped Joey take down his model car display at the local library.  It was up for almost a month, and he had quite a few people comment that they liked the display.

When we returned home, we went for a short (4 mile) bike ride around the neighborhood.  I added two GPS-tracked bike rides to my biking page.  There have been other bike rides, but some of them were not tracked properly.

In the late afternoon, I put my weather camera online!  You can see it here:  https://www.wunderground.com/webcams/WU-934542/1/show.html .  I need to reroute the USB cord, as it currently runs through the middle of the floor.

In the evening, I played in the WPX amateur radio contest, making around 20 contacts.  I will play in this contest for a bit today as well.

We also attended another music concert at Solid Grounds Coffee House.  While I was there, JoAnna’s mother returned a book I had loaned to her and also loaned me a book as well.  I think this may become a tradition!

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12/13/16: Daily Post

Yesterday, I spent the day working at Magdalena.  They were still testing, so I watched on the students that had finished testing, and helped them with any homework or studying they had left for the semester.

In the evening, I walked to the convenience store in Magdalena and then returned to the school in time for the girls’ basketball game, and then the boys’ basketball game, both of which were played against Carrizozo.

I had dinner with my brother and watched several episodes of FPS Russia.  I also found a paper related to one of my projects, so I started reading that before going to bed.

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