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Sunday November 20th 2016

Today Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High plus 2.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low minus 5.

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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.

I turn the heat down a bit at night to save fuel and for better sleep.  There is no need to heat the whole house to daytime temperature when I am in bed for eight hours. I have good covers and a heated mattress pad

That pad is a nice thing to have.  I bought it when Ellen was ill, but have continued to use it ever since.  I turn it on before bedtime and the bed is pre-warmed when I get in, plus it adds a little controllable warmth all night long.

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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.

I had travel in mind when I bought it, but figured it might be useful at home, too. When I am on an airplane, lights, open window shades, and the flicker of the entertainment devices make sleep difficult. I figured an eye shade would help.

Also, on my boat the moon or dock lights shine in various portholes, with the same sleep-disturbing effect. At home, passing cars, the moon, and sun can all interrupt sleep and my clock and the LEDs on devices like the CO detector, the charger, etc. can attract my gaze when I roll over or change sleep state and my eyes open momentarily in sleep, rousing me.

The shade puts me in total darkness and the 3D design is such that there is room for my eyelids to flutter without touching. Moreover, it stays on.  I had thought it might pull off during sleep.  It doesn't.

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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Normals
Max -1°C. Min -11°C.
Sunrise 8:01 MST Sunset 16:37 MST

The mornings are very dark lately.  The days are short and getting shorter. We have been having quite a few dull days as well.  Our temperatures are running closer to normal.

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.

Although I plan to replace this furnace, it is a pet and I enjoy the fact that I have adapted and built parts of it.  It is reasonably economical, but does require attention.

Of course, any furnace needs supervision, even the newest and best since any furnace can quit at any time for reasons ranging from mechanical failure or mouse chewing to a power glitch or circuit board failure. Although most of the year, a furnace failure is just a nuisance, there are a few days and weeks a year where undetected failure could be catastrophic and result in water system freeze-up and other damage to the home and contents.

Aaron's furnace failed to start one January while we were in Florida, and the mess was serious. The entire hydronic heating system froze as well as the household water and toilets, etc.

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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?"

What we need to understand when reading or viewing any 'news' is who is 
writing it, what the reason for writing is, the source of the 
information presented, the motives of the sources, and the level of 
understanding of all the people involved in the chain of custody of that 
information, and who is paying for it to get to you. Chances are that 
you are not, so why are they bothering?

Seeing as most people consciously or unconsciously talk up their own 
best interests and points of view to a greater or lesser extent, and 
write for an audience with expectations that are real or imagined by the 
writer and the media management, we can easily see how the odds of 
getting a complete, objective and undistorted report are somewhere 
between low and negligible. It does happen once in a while, though.

This tendency to distortion, regurgitation and interpretation of other 
imperfect articles, misplaced emphasis, omission of important facts and 
outright bias is born out by what we see in most press coverage of 
beekeeping issues. Even if the original source is unbiased, has no axe 
to grind or organization to fund or job to keep, and is a good and 
honest observer, odds are high that somewhere along the line someone 
will spin the story or simply misunderstand and misreport by emphasizing 
aspects that are minor, by missing the point, or by trying to make the 
story 'meaningful' to the readership.

Any time I have had the inside scoop on a story, I have usually found 
the media reports to be variable in their accuracy, and outright fiction 
at times.

Interestingly, though, when Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk demonstrated that he 
could easily and reliably find IEDs and landmines using honey bees, The 
National Enquirer was the first to report -- and the most accurate.

Go figure. Maybe there aliens in Argentina and two-headed babies.

One thing I know is that if everyone knows something, it is probably not 
true.

 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.

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A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known,
 then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
Fred Allen

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Monday November 21st 2016

Today Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. High plus 4.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness this evening. Fog patches developing this evening. Low minus 7.

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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.

I recently mentioned an article by Dr. Mirkin that runs counter to what we have been led to believe about alcohol and moderate drinking. 

It seems that a lot of what we have been taught about foods, beverages, and nutrition has been skewed and distorted by food manufacturers who have spent large sums on 'research', advertising and publications.

Even the honey industry has been active in trying to convince people to use our products.  The story is that, nutritionally, honey is very different from sugar.  I have never believed that, especially about the honey that the pasteurizers and blenders put on the grocery shelf.

Brewers and millers are among the longest-established food manufacturers and vast sums of money directed to educational and research institutions, public facilities, and media have allowed them to dominate the narrative and establish flour and wine or beer as dietary staples.

In recent years, the Internet has made controlling the narrative far more difficult. New and cheap avenues for publication have made it impossible to choke off publication of work that runs contrary to the moneyed interests.

I read Dr. Mirkin's articles regularly because he reads the recent research, sifts through it for the more robust results and writes articles, with references. Here is an excerpt from Mirkin's article.

Even Small Amounts of Alcohol
Can Increase Risks for Cancer and Heart Attacks

The United States Public Health Service says that alcohol kills more than 88,000 people in the United States each year, and has shortened the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years. Alcohol also causes one in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years and the health damage it causes costs $223.5 billion, or $1.90 per drink.

Thirty percent of all alcohol–related deaths are caused by cancer, with 60 percent of these deaths from breast cancer, and one third of these deaths were associated with an average of fewer than two drinks a day (Drug Alcohol Rev, June 16, 2016). A review of scientific articles shows that drinking even one glass of wine a day raises the risk of cancer of the throat, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast (Addiction. Jul 21, 2016). The more you drink, the greater your risk for developing these cancers. Alcohol has also been associated with cancers of the skin (Am J Clin Nutr, Nov 2015;102(5):1158-66), prostate and pancreas. A new review of 27 studies showed that taking up to two drinks a day is associated with a 23 percent increased risk for prostate cancer (BMC Cancer, Nov 5, 2016).

Read more...

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.

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When hope is taken away from people, moral degeneration follows swiftly after.
Pearl S. Buck

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Tuesday November 22nd2016

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries in the morning. Clearing in the afternoon. Fog with near zero visibility at times in the morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 late in the afternoon. High zero.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low minus 5.

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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.

Once I arrived at Park and Jet, I concluded that I would have been better off by ten minutes or more to have ignored the GPS and taken my normal, fastest route.  Maps programs and GPSs will usually get you where you want to go, but often take a roundabout and slower route than you would normally follow if you know the region.

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. 

I looked for food and soon realized that there is very little to eat in restaurants that meets my current ideals. Everything has red meat, processed meat, white flour, added sugars, preservatives, or unhealthy fats.  Everything. Except bananas and apples.

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. 

It felt good to be back. I've spent a lot of time down here, but not so much lately.

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.

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Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
Thomas Jefferson

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Wednesday November 23rd, 2016

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light this afternoon. High plus 2.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low minus 7.

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The morning is bright and sunny. Jon had an early online meeting. Steph works this morning. The kids are chilling. I'm catching up at the keyboard.

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.

I love this little car.  It's a Chev Sonic LT .  the dash readout says it is getting 29.5 MPG, and that is on US gallons around town and stop and go freeway driving. It's a waste of money, though, since I didn't drive anywhere today.

Jon the girls and I went to Stater Bros for a few more grocery items, then spent the afternoon and evening at home.

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Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you.
Their tastes may not be the same.
George Bernard Shaw

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Thursday November 24th, 2016
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Today Mainly sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High plus 3.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low minus 3.

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I slept until nine this morning. 

Not only does it allow undisturbed sleep in rooms with flashing LEDs, LED alarm clocks, and light from passing cars, moon and streetlights, but the sleep mask I bought recently is wonderful for sleeping late.  No light penetrates behind the mask and daytime is like darkest night.

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.

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As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty,
and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist.
This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls. M. Cartmill

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Friday November 25th, 2016
Black Friday.
One month until Christmas

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing late this afternoon. Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 5.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low minus 8.

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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.

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Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.
Edith Sitwell

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Saturday November 26th, 2016

Today Increasing cloudiness near noon. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40. High plus 4.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 5.

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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.

Aaron and I have decided to go to the North American Beekeeping Conference.  We'll rent a car for the duration and stay in TX until the 18th. Since we fly from opposite directions, we have to co-ordinate arrivals and departures.

I want to be in Victoria on the 18th to take my boat over to Vancouver, so I am booking to Victoria.  I found a flight that connects in Calgary, so if I decide at the last minute to go home for some reason, I can just get off the plane at YYC and skip the last leg.

I have not been to conferences for a few years.  After all, I retired from commercial beekeeping fifteen years ago but it will be good to see old friends -- even if there is nothing earth-shattering or new on the agenda. I'm not sure that we have learned anything new in that time that changes the basics of successful beekeeping.

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.

Can Your Grandparents' Trauma Make You More Anxious?

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What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.
Lao Tzu

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Sunday November 27th, 2016

Today Mainly cloudy. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High plus 1.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. Low minus 6.

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 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.

I am now entirely fed up with Roam Mobility.   Apparently an online form is now the only way to reach Roam Mobility support, and if your data fails, you have to find Internet before you can call for help.

Bitching on Yelp may not fix the problem, but sharing my frustration makes me feel better and maybe saves others the same experience.

I hope by January that I have found a better solution for US phone service.  I simply got a T-Mobile SIM at one point, but then used a Tracfone until I found Roam Mobility and have used Roam Mobility since.  Maybe I'll just go back to T-Mobile or get a Tracfone SIM.

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.

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It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.
Deng Xiaoping

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Monday November 28th, 2016

Today Cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early in the morning. Clearing late in the morning. Fog dissipating in the morning. Wind becoming north 20 km/h in the afternoon. High minus 1.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light overnight. Low minus 9.

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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.

"Vitamin D: Latest Research -- A review of studies written since January 2015 shows that you do not benefit from taking high doses of vitamin D or having very high blood levels of that vitamin. The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults need only 600–800 IU of vitamin D per day and that blood levels of hydroxy vitamin D do not need to be higher than 20 ng per milliliter..." Read more...

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.

"Genes and Belly Fat -- If you store the extra fat in your buttocks and thighs, you are at low risk for being harmed by that extra fat. However, if you store the extra fat primarily in your belly, you are at high risk for becoming diabetic and dying prematurely." Read more...

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.

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The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
Sir Winston Churchill

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Tuesday November 29th, 2016

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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.

Out of curiosity, I had looked at taking public transit and the time shown for the trip was just under four hours.  The busses use the HOV lane. The fare is $21.50.  Seeing as I hardly used the car for more than coming and going, and it cost $244, transit might have been a better choice.  If nothing else, transit would be an adventure.

I checked Lyft and it would cost between $52 and $64, so that would have cost me half as much, and Jon's car is seldom in use, so I would have a vehicle in Aliso Viejo.

Lyft is looking better than Uber.  Uber was good, but now they are complicating things and adding tipping, etc.  Uber's big attraction was low all-inclusive cost decided upfront, a simple interface, reliable ride, and no worries about payment at the end. 

If I have to start feeling compelled to tip, I'll go elsewhere.  Beekeepers: When was the last time anyone tipped you? I don't think anyone ever tipped me.

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.

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Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.
 Joeseph Stalin

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Wednesday November 30th, 2016

Today Overcast. Fog with near zero visibility at times this morning. High minus 3.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries overnight. Low minus 9.

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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.

In fact Mexican dentists tend to be very good and many train in the US.  Of course some are better than others and the one who did my teeth last in Tijuana -- Dental Alvarez -- was excellent.  I have been meaning to go back.  I referred my son's girlfriend there recently and she was very happy.  Usually, there is no waiting.

"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.

My son lives near the Mexican border, and I also have friends who actually arrange Mexican dental tourism near Puerto Vallarta as a business". (Right)

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.

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