WEEK 23 2019
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Saturday - Hot, into the 90's. The
humidity was nice though, a rare 15% or so.
I took Sam for a mile walk in the morning, she was very very happy. C always
walks her: her nails are short from the abrasion of in-town sidewalks and
I wanted to know who made the house clapboards since I'm painting and have
some repairs in mind, so I investigated those that I had seen laying across
the rafters up in the garage attic. It turns out that of the three,
only one matched what is on the house, and there is no manufacturer
identification or number on the back. Bah. It is some sort of
pressed fiberboard, textured to look like raised grain wood on one
side. It isn't beveled.
Since it had been sitting there for 30 years it was 3/8th of an inch deep in
dust and dirt. It took a lot of cleaning to examine the entire 10 foot
Afterwards, since I was already filthy from cleaning it I took the
opportunity to get almost all the rest of the leftover junk out of the
rafters - old insulation, boxes, cardboard soffit inserts, steel pipe,
plastic pipe, random bits of lumber. Then I had to user a blower to
get most of the dirt out of the garage into the front driveway, and a
hose to wet it down and sweep it off to the side yard, so that it doesn't
just blow back into the garage. I was lucky it wasn't windy, but it
was a real mess none the less. What was salvageable I put into one of the
This took five hours, into the early afternoon, then I knocked off. Very
tired, arms, shoulders and legs all had a good workout.
I'd received a couple of texts with pictures during the day from my brother,
of an old desert ghost town. My response was that I could see myself
living there. It turns out that it was
Calico. I think I made a very short stop there, many years
ago. He also went by the mine in Boron and took their tour: looks
interesting, I've never been.
Friday 7 June 2019
Friday - Hot,
in the 90's.
The termite guy texted a half hour before our appointment, said he "was
double booked and wouldn't be coming by: did I want to reschedule?". I
didn't even bother to answer - I had seen him use an automatic system on his
iPad to schedule it, so it was clear then, and afterwards he had two weeks
to get it right. I guess these are all small time scam artists, doing
the minimum, not really the people you want working on your house.
But now what? I'll look into doing it myself I suppose.
Pretty angry for the rest of the day.
I spent about an hour on the phone with the credit union people, getting my
account straightened out. My money was fine, but they had an opaque
and byzantine sign up method for online access - even with the help of tech
support it took that long to get it working properly. I had them send
me the HSA sign up information afterwards, I'll look it over this weekend.
Dog and cats are getting along OK. I wonder if they remember Sam, I've dog
sat her numerous times?
I guess with most of my friends on the road that my song should be Good
Time Charlies Got the Blues. Though I'm not actually sad or
upset, I'm happy for them. Perhaps a bit envious.
Thursday 6 June 2019
Thursday - Hot
I did a bunch of first-of-the-month chores: laundry, sweeping, mopping the
tile areas, vacuuming all but the master bedroom (where the cats were
hiding). I was too tired and busy last weekend to get to them.
C and family came by in mid-afternoon and dropped off Sam. They
are off to Hawaii for a week or so. Sam remembers me, so that's good.
Budd refused to run away, just watched from a safe distance, or from on top
of the cat tree. When it was dinner time he just calmly walked by her,
a foot away.
S is off to visit her daughter in SF. She took the shuttle van
- it sounds like a horrible experience from the texts she sent. I
wonder what the airlines will do when automated driving means it is an easy,
painless, cheaper and quicker way to go distances below 500
T is off to Oklahoma with his family shortly. I sent him a link
to "Choctaw Bingo"
on YouTube. Heh.
Went to dinner with A and S at the local Mexican joint,
Azteca. Good food. I had a beer, second this year...
There was some sort of police activity being shown on the TV behind the bar:
looks like the San Gabriel police used a smoke or teargas grenade to get a
suspect out of a small house, and set it on fire. As they knew it
would. Deliberately setting fire to a house to get a suspect is
verboten, but a teargas grenade into a small, older, wooden structure works
just as well for that purpose and is quite deniable.
Hot. It was 100F on the front porch at about 2:00.
I finished cleaning up the back yard, put the sun sail back up (though I
couldn't find one of the turnbuckles and had to use a spare. Did
various things about the house. Put the sun screens back on the french
Tuesday - Hot, into the 90's.
We've had significant vertical development of clouds almost every afternoon,
but no rain locally. Someone said we got a bit the other night, but I
didn't notice any signs of it.
Started cleaning up the back yard, in preparation to dog sit a friends pet,
starting Thursday night. It's kind of a mess out there right now. I
need to get that sun sail back up, clear some weeds, still.
Apple is having their big shindig. Lots of new announcements.
It looks like my iPhone 6 is aged out, and won't be supported by the next
version of iOS, iOS13. Well, I bought it four years ago, this July,
that's a pretty good run for a smartphone, since it actually debuted the
year before that's five years of support by Apple.
It seems that the on-board chip is an A8, and the current generation would
be A12 or A13, faster and more powerful and especially: more on-chip
RAM. Oddly the outwardly identical 6S uses an A9 chip and is still
Apparently the only currently produced phones are the XR, XS, and
XS-Max. Verizon, however, is still trying to sell the X at full price,
probably has a warehouse of them somewhere. I can pick up an XR for about
$450, for the base model.
Surprisingly my ancient laptop will still be supported by the newest version
of OSX. This is mostly due to the slowness of Intel in producing
better hardware and the slowness of Apple in incorporating it. There
is a new Mac Book Pro I believe, but very pricey.
They are doing massive changes to Xcode and UI stuff :-(
Monday - Warm. Up to about 90F.
I did a bit of trim painting, and also a small section of the eaves
underside that we hadn't done last week. Sprayers are sure a lot
faster, but the brush does a better job of coverage. The shoulder pain is
about the same.
I'd like to start the main house painting, but there is still a great deal
of preparation to be completed.
A few weeks ago we had vast numbers of Monarch Butterflies passing
through. Today is was small gnats, who landed and got stuck in the wet
I was exhausted by the time I'd done 5 hours, and pretty much just took the
rest of the day off.
I did return some books to the Bookmobile in mid-afternoon.
Dad passed ten years ago today. Hard to believe it's been that
long. Not a day goes by when I don't think of him, and Mom.
Sunday - Warm again.
Did some shopping with S in the morning, picked up various things.
Mostly just took it easy, did some reading.
Book #23 was Uncompromising
Honor, by David Weber. This is the 19th book in the series.
It's interesting enough, for a 19th book in a series, but the huge galaxy
wide war is won in a single battle by Harrington, after she gets mad.
A little strange.