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I slept right through the night and awoke just before six. I turned up the heat, went back to bed and dozed for a half-hour while the house warms and the coffee is made, as has been my habit lately. I find this time useful for pondering insights that come from the night's deeper sleep.
A while back, I ordered a Travel 3D Eye Mask Sleep Soft Padded Shade Cover Rest Relax Sleeping Blindfold for US$1.29, delivered, on eBay. (right). It arrived while I was away, so I tried it out the last two nights. Wow! It really works. It is comfortable and I sleep better.
Speaking of sleep on airplanes, I have tried the U-shaped pillows -- I have an inflatable one -- and concluded people are using them backwards. IMO, they make a better chin support than neck support and find they work better turned around. I usually don't bother with it, but I probably should.
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I weigh 215.4 again today. It seems it does not take much to throw me off track and add a pound or two, even if temporarily. Beer is a total no-no. I am realizing, too, that I have to reduce the amount I eat as I get smaller if I want to stay smaller.
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My search for the chart at above right took me back to November 25, 2011. I write things, then forget that I have. The information there about wintering is worth a glance. That is also when I first received the Heilyser evaporators.
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I check the furnace daily and it is running well. I see, though, that the bin auger switch is sticky and I'll deal with that before I go to LA.
Counting mites on drop boards can get difficult once the count gets into the hundreds and it is easy to lose count if distracted, so I ordered a clicker for a couple of dollars on eBay. I should have done this a long time ago.
To the Calgary beekeepers today in response to this question: " How meaningful is mainstream news reporting about beekeeping, to beekeepers?"
Well, I went out and checked the drop boards just now, at noon. I saw one mite on the first and three on the other. That is an excellent result. Of course the bees are clustered and not active, so more mites may drop when the cluster loosens.
I spent the morning at the desk and the early part of the afternoon in the coal bin, playing with the bin auger control. It took a while, but I got it working the way I want. It must for the next week while I am in LA,. I have friends watching things, but I am the mechanic.
While I was working, I listened to Cross Canada Checkup on my phone. The topic was False News. It is interesting to watch the MSM ask questions with answers they do not want to hear, then filter the responses.
They just don't get it.
I'm off to the Mill for supper.
A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life
to become well known,
I weight 215.4 today and yesterday, so I am on a plateau again.
Today is a busy day, getting ready for my early morning flight tomorrow.
It has taken a while, and a generational change, but are now seeing new paradigms emerging in many areas of thought as information has become free and new voices are heard. Old taboos are now ignored and longstanding 'public knowledge' is debunked. New shibboleths are gaining dominance. Many are no better founded in fact that the old ones, and some are dangerous.
As I have said before, if everyone knows something, it is probably not true.
At 0733, the southeastern sky is brightening.
When hope is taken away from people, moral
degeneration follows swiftly after.
I woke up at 0239, dozed a while and got up. My alarm was set for three, but If I am awake, I get up. I have things to do before I go and first thing, I checked for fog. If it is foggy, the trip to YYC will be slower and I should be there by 0600. That means leaving here at 0430 at the latest if the roads are good or earlier if not. So far, the fog is north of me and east. Roadcams (below left) look good.
I take that back. The roads near Carstairs due west of me (middle) show fog. East of Calgary (right) is OK for now. I'd better leave early, though, and go south.
I have the furnace and alarm systems to check and to finish packing, then I am off.
I was ready by four-thirty and drove south, following an alternate route using the maps app on my phone and dodging the fog. I encountered only a few patches of light fog until I got down to The Kathryn/Keoma road, then the fog thickened a bit, so I turned west and took the back way into YYC.
Having left early in case I had to drive slowly, I arrived more than the two hours early recommended for international flights and found I was through security and in the lounge with more than two hours to kill in the new wing of YYC.
Once on board, the time passed quickly. I watched Key Largo and napped. I had brought my pillow and eyeshade along and they came in handy.
Soon I was on the ground in LA and picking up my rental car. The day was bright and sunny, but not too hot for my Alberta long sleeves, trousers and sweater.
I had a few hours to kill, so went to Venice Beach for an hour, then found the 405 and turned south towards Aliso Viejo.
Traffic on the 405nwas heavy and the trip was tiring. I was not driving well, but made it to Songbird Lane. I lay down and slept two hours.
After supper, we worked on a large jigsaw puzzle.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than
My rental car (right) cost me too much, but I figured I need a car. I don't actually. I figured I might want to drive to San Diego at some point, but I am realizing now that the traffic is punitive, at least until after the holiday.
Jon the girls and I went to Stater Bros for a few more grocery items, then spent the afternoon and evening at home.
Do not do unto others as you would that they should
do unto you.
Everyone got up at about the same time and we met in the kitchen to make coffee and prepare the turkey. I suspect the meal may happen a bit later than planned, but maybe the bird will cook faster than I expect.
It did, and was ready an hour early. In the meantime, I had run up to get more groceries. Then we prepared the potatoes, apple pies, potatoes, and squash, and got the table ready for the crowd. There will be eleven at the table.
The guests arrived. We visited, then had supper, sat a while and had dessert. Then it was over for another year. After the guests left, I went to bed early and slept well.
As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I
craved factual certainty,
Today is Black Friday, but we have no intentions of shopping. I imagine Black Friday is an event that has run its course. It has for us, at least.
Aaron is nagging me about flights to Galveston, so I'll reserve today. The process is complicated by the need to mesh this trip with the others around that time to make best use of time and money.
We went to the beach and I never did get around to reserving flights.
After a swim, we walked to Main Beach and had lunch at Slapfish, then drove back to Songbird Lane. I slept the rest of the afternoon. I have been feeling a bit off, and the others have had some sort of bug, so maybe I am getting it.
After supper, we played Apples to Apples. Board games are a good way to pass time and for inter-generational conversation and value sharing. They also can be a lot of fun. We laugh a lot.
Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.
Everyone slept in today except me, it seems. I was up at seven and did the dishes, then worked on my flights to and from Galveston.
Finding a car for Houston is my next task, and they are getting very costly. The car rental itself is reasonable enough, but taxes are piled on in some states and almost double the price. The price I am paying here in California is quite shocking and I blamed that on the Thanksgiving crush, but maybe high prices are the new normal. So far, finding a cheap one in Houston is proving difficult.
Jon and I went to Costco to shop. I have a card; he has let his lapse. We spent an hour or two, and when we came out, it was pouring and we returned to Songbird Lane in rain.
I spent an hour or more researching cheaper cars in Houston with little luck. We napped, had supper, then I drove Jon and Steph to Costa Mesa to see a friend perform at the Tiki Bar.
I returned home via Newport Beach and the PCH, but I missed a turn in the dark and found myself at the east end of the Balboa Peninsula.
That was fine since I went that route to sightsee, but when I checked my phone for driving directions for a direct route out, I found my data plan had failed. I spent a half-hour on the phone trying to get the data restored, then gave up and drove home. I know the area well enough, but guidance would have been nice. I have a two perfectly good Garmins that do not need data, but had not thought I'd need them, and could rely on my phone. Wrong.
What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the
world calls a butterfly.
It's 8 AM and raining and I am up before everyone. Jon and Steph were out late and the kids are on holiday.
I took the time first thing to file a Roam Mobility support ticket online and write them a one star review on Yelp. At 0935, it's an hour since I sent the support request. No response yet.
Everything looks good at home. I don't see any snow drifts. In 2013, I returned from Thanksgiving in California to find I could not drive in to my house and had to wade through drifts (right). Each year is different.
Here are a few of the cameras at home, as seen this morning on my phone.
With no response from Roam Mobility, I managed to restore data on my own by tinkering. How? I ignored their instructions and changed the APN to T-Mobile. Suddenly, I had five bars and fast data.
We did not do much on this breezy, cool, rainy day except computer tasks, watch a bad kids' movie and eat leftovers. We also spent an hour at the pool and hot tub at the resort nearby. The holiday is less exciting without Mckenzie.
It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or
white, as long as it catches mice.
This is my last day here at Songbird Lane. The holiday has passed with less excitement and activity than in the past. The kids are growing up and trips to the zoo, the beaches and the parks don't appeal as much.
Today looks sunny with a predicted high of sixteen.
I see now that the latest is, now that everyone is taking thousands of units of D daily, that we are not deficient in vitamin D and that more than 1,000/day may be harmful.
Dr. Mirkin is on a roll today. He has been reading the latest research, and as we are seeing, it seems a lot of old work was poorly done and done without the analytical tools available in the present day.
Around ten, I took Daisy out for a walk around the neighbourhood. Fit says I have done 4,050 steps today and 1.48 miles. Google Maps says I walked 1.45 miles. That's close.
I spent the afternoon researching travel plans and organizing my notes. I have a complex schedule and it is a huge job.
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even
fools are right sometimes.
I was up at 0630 and out the door by 0800. I drove up the 405 in stop-and-go traffic and, after dropping off the car, arrived at the terminal and was through security by 1040. My flight left the gate at 1150. Although I returned the car at 0950, it took almost an hour to return the car, shuttle to the terminal and pass through security, even with Nexus.
The flight was uneventful and we landed in Calgary around 1600. I caught the parking shuttle to my car and was home an hour later. I checked the furnace and the grate was tipped, but it had just happened, so all was well.
Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who
count the votes decide everything.
I have a dentist appointment at one. They have nagged me with texts and emails. I'm going to have to tell them to stop.
I went to the URL in the text and the choices were pretty much on or off for emails and texts. Who needs four texts to remember an appointment, continuing even after confirming?
Supper is at The Mill tonight.
I drove to the dentist and found that my appointment was just for cleaning. I have two teeth that need a filling and a crown each. My insurance apparently covers the root canals and fillings, but not the crowns. I was told with a straight face that the crowns will cost me $1,500 and that is after they use up most of my insurance for the root canals and fillings.
"I think I'll have to look into having the work done in Mexico", I said.
"Oh, no", the woman at the counter said, and her assistant nodded in agreement. "That is a bad idea", implying Mexico is bad and dangerous and all the Mexican dentists are second-rate.
"Why?" I said, "The rear four root canals and crowns on my left side were done in Mexico years ago with no hassle -- and for less than what the two crowns alone are quoted at. If I am going to have to spend money anyhow, I don't want to use up my insurance, too. I'll look into it.
I bought some groceries and drove home.
I have to drive back that direction to The Mill for supper by six, but have a few hours to kill in the meantime. It is very chilly out, with a wind and no sun. I was feeling chilled and turned up the heat in the car.
When I got home, I made soup.
I went out to the van to go and for some reason I checked the headlights. The same one -- right side low beam -- was out again. It is the one that has been a purplish off-colour and has quit once before, then started working, so I expect it is shot. I had thought the off-colour was some sort of special effect. Guess not. I'll have to buy a pair tomorrow. These are $125/pair.
I took the car instead and joined the group for supper at The Mill, then drove home.
Debt is a trap which man sets and baits himself,
and then deliberately gets into.
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