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Wednesday March 1st, 2017

Environment Canada forecast
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Sunrise, Sunset, and Moon Times

Snug Cove.  Wash, walk, depart at eleven, sail, motor, calibrate wind instrument, arrive Vancouver. Study.

I spent the evening rewriting my presentations from last week.

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 not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

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Thursday March 2nd, 2017

Today Mainly sunny. High plus 2.
Tonight A few clouds. Low minus 10.

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I have a full day of study ahead.

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The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves”
Shakespeare (in Julius Caesar)

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Friday March 3rd, 2017

The session began at 1800 and ran to 2200.  The Instructor examiners had reconsidered a bit and changed the plans to be less ambitious. We wrote some tests and made some presentations.

Saturday March 4th, 2017

We met a half-hour early this morning.  The day is cold and rainy.  We did some work onboard Calinda, then went out and did dockside presentations, followed by sailing on 244s.

Sunday March 4th, 2017

More of the same in changing weather.  Gord, Mat and I were out with James on one boat and were caught in a brief snowstorm . One of the guys ran over the fenders were to retrieve on his turn at the man overboard exercise and they stuck under on the keel of the boat.  We could not get them off, so that was the end of that.  We could not continue. We got an incomplete.

We motored back in and wound up the session with evaluations.  Most if not all of us have some additional work to do. I knew this going in and put off doing several prerequisites until I actually need to use them since some, like first aid, expire and are not of much use unless required.  I've taken it at least twice in the past.

At the end of course interview, the instructor examiners (IE) neglected to ask me for my instructor evaluation form -- a form to evaluate our instructors -- which I had filled out partially, but which asked questions with no simple answer with choices ranging from "Agree" to "Disagree" and some which I would prefer not to answer. That suited me fine.  No sense flogging -- or lying to -- capable, well intentioned people who were faced with an impossible task in bad weather with equipment that was less than ideal and with whom I will have to work in future. This is just the first stage of several in a continuing process. 

Sometimes it is best to tell white lies or remain silent.  That was not in my nature when I was young, but with age comes wisdom and discretion (or is it self-interest and cowardice?)  Living comfortably in society requires constant lying about many things and lying about lying.  It starts with the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus...

Although the IEs worked hard and planned, they were dealing with an ambitious new format from head office that attempts to combine two previous courses and remains to be finalized.  They were trying to put it together and we were guinea pigs. The two parts were mixed together confusingly.  Although I did learn a lot, the take home lesson came from witnessing firsthand to a medley of things instructors should never to do to students. 

CIPU struck again.  Clear If Previously Understood.  All of us were clearly highly motivated, but out Instructor Examiners had difficulty understanding what we did not understand about their expectations and the clinic suffered on that account. A lot was assumed.

I've taught a lot of courses and written a curriculum and it is always interesting to be on the receiving end.  As a rule, if an intelligent, motivated student fails to achieve the expected goals, the instructor has failed every bit as much as the student.

Gord and Richard left right after, so I am alone again on Cassiopeia.  I'll stick around a few days and take Cassiopeia over to Shelter Island for drydock, then fly out.

For me, it was an ordeal, but a worthwhile one.  Some had some sort of flu bug and I think I got it.

The following days...

I stayed around Vancouver a day or two, feeling under the weather and suffering from aftershock from the clinic. The clinic experience was intense and disruptive.  That is probably a good thing.  I like/need to be challenged.

In that time, I had breakfast with Colin, read and walked to the store a few times, and rested.  Time passed.

By Wednesday, we decided that the people in Sidney needed some work and that I should take Cassiopeia over there instead of Shelter Island.  That suited me fine and on Wednesday, I did.

The trip over started pleasantly under sail with mixed sun and cloud.  Actually, I had planned on going to Thetis Island along the way to meet the new manager about the Thanksgiving Rendezvous, then stay overnight along the route but the wind favoured the track due south to Active Pass and so I changed plans and notified Sidney dock.

Callum texted to warn me of a low low tide at 2000 hours and was concerned that if I arrived late the entry to my dock would be too shallow for this deep keel boat.

The entry can be challenging.  I have to back down through the narrow channel (right) shown at a normal low, and perspective makes the channel look wider than it is. A low low tide is down another metre, so what we see here is not all the rock.  Some is underwater.  Cassiopeia needs seven feet of clearance.

The wind soon died and I motored through Active Pass.  By the time I was passing Prevost Island, the sky darkened, rain fell and visibility dropped to a few miles, so I activated the radar.  At least I tried to activate the radar.  I got nothing, but after a while, zooming in, I got partial scans.  I could see well enough through the rain, though, and scurried back towards home.

I went straight in and was at my dock, tied right behind Shongololo, by four.

Thursday March 9th

The next few days went by as a blur.  I moved onto Shongololo to begin work on her and found the boat very comfortable. 

I bought Shongololo because Dawn said I should. It's about that simple. Dawn is Cooper's ace salesperson and one day she phoned and said I should buy this boat.  So I did.  I had checked with Colin and he said to do it and we'll resell if a good offer comes along.

Buying a 'stinkpot' went against my instincts as a sailing purist and drained my cash, but something felt right and I had Colin, Dawn, Dave, Callum and the whole crew behind me.  The numbers looked okay with promise of improvement with the right owner (That's me).

*   *   *   *   *

These last two weeks I was not sleeping well, and feeling crappy, crappy enough that I actually thought I actually might die.  Who knows?  It may have been the bug, it may have been bad food, it may have been wine or too much wine, it may have been the stars (forgot to check) or none of the above -- the usual culprit. 

I was weak and faint sometimes, had palpitations sometimes, and my digestion was not right, judging by the end product. No matter.  It was inconvenient, but I was not worried. I remember thinking, "Jeez let's not die right now.  I'm too busy.  I have no time for that". Que sera, sera.

I have also been putting myself under an irrational pressure to get home and only to go somewhere else right away. It makes no sense.  I do need to get to Mexico for some dental work before these teeth get worse, and that has to happen before April 15th or the chance is gone, and I know I have only some many years to spend time with Mom. Add to that the fact that I have unused ski passes and snow is melting.

I put myself under pressure and it makes no sense. Ridiculous, really.

And, oh yes, I should really block out ten days for Vipassana meditation that might relieve all this pressure...  That might be as big a shock as this clinic.

March 18th, 2017

I've been immersed in my boating and neglecting this diary. I've also been a bit under the weather.  Jose reminded me that a few people still read these pages and may be wondering...

I'll fill in more shortly.

For now, people have been asking about bees, floors and lids.  Frankly, I have lost interest and been too busy to reply to individual requests, so have posted on the Calgary Yahoo group and put up some pictures in the forum.

 

Sunday March 5th, 2017

Three Hills forecast: Today Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. High minus 9.Tonight Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 15.

Monday March 6th, 2017

Three Hills forecast: Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High minus 8. Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 19. Wind chill minus 25.

Wednesday March 15th, 2017

Three Hills forecast: Today Mainly cloudy. Clearing late this afternoon. Wind becoming south 20 km/h this afternoon. High 8. Tonight A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness after midnight. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Wind becoming northwest 20

 

Saturday March 18th, 2017

> Lots of liquid honey But the capped honey looks grey. This can't be mould? The bees would not put up with mould, would they? So grey looking capped honey is okay? What do you think?

Some bees leave an air space between the honey and the cappings and their combs look white. Others cap close to the honey and the frames look darker. It is unlikely that the honey is mouldy, but combs can mould a bit over winter. AFAIK, that dies not seem to hurt the bees.

A picture can tell more than words. If you send me a picture, I can probably tell at a glance.

(Later) This comb looks to me to be about as nice a comb of feed honey as anyone can ask for.  It is also a comb with a bit of colour, and bees tend to like coloured combs better than new, white ones at times like this.  If you warm it to body temperature and scratch a a bit of its surface with a fork, the bees will love it.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
 by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged,
 not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

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Sunday March 19th, 2017

Three Hills forecast: Today Mainly sunny. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this morning. Wind becoming west 20 gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 7. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight A few clouds. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 11.

I awoke to a bright, beautiful day, on Shonololo, tied up on the inside dock at Port Sidney Marina.  Forecasts here always emphasize the worst weather that might occur on any given day.  As a result every day tends to be a pleasant surprise and today was one of those bonus days.

I began by adjusting the fly bridge engine controls.  The levers were a bit loose and I used the allen wrenches |I bought yesterday to tighten them.  I then did a few other little tasks and untied from the dock, motored out of the marina and crossed to Sidney Island to anchor for the day.

I caught a mooring ball, launched the dinghy and went for a long walk on the beach and the park, then returned and motored back to Sidney. By then it was five.  I walked uptown for some groceries, returned to the boat, wrote some email, watched Life in Pieces on Netflix and went to sleep early.

As time passes, I am increasingly aware of how attitudes and mores shift in society.  Topics which were once taboo are now presented openly and ideas that were once taken as gospel are now considered politically incorrect.  It is quite bizarre, but a feature of human society.

Some societies change more quickly than others, but looking back in history, one can imagine the turmoil -- social and personal -- that resulted when a king would suddenly declare a change from one religion to another.  We don't have kings, but we have Hollywood and Hollywood is always looking for a sacred cow to slaughter and a new one to consecrate.

Some of what was illegal and punishable in my lifetime is now legal and mainstream and some things that were legal and mainstream are now illegal.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose...

I have been writing in the Calgary beekeepers Yahoo! group forum

> What happens to the sawdust and coffee grounds when the bees get into the hive? Is it thrown out or do bees actually try to use it?

I really don't know and I doubt anyone does because the materials gathered are so various and the needs and activities of each hive can be so different, even from hour to hour and day to day.

Most of our 'knowledge' of colony behaviour is general and an average of observations of many bees in many hives and not necessarily predictive of what any one bee or any one colony might do. Whether we believed it or not at the time, we have all observed things that are contrary to what we are taught about bees. One most notable case in our outfit was that a marked mated breeder queen went missing for days from a nuc right next to our home then mysteriously returned. Was someone playing a joke on Ellen? Possible, but I really doubt it. Winnie the Pooh was right: "They might or they might not, said Winnie-the-Pooh. You never can tell with bees."

With that caveat, I'll venture a guess that in many cases the benefit and utility of the actual material is low or zero and what we observe comparable to what starving people do when they resort to using sawdust as filler in bread or eating non-nutritious or even harmful materials to pretend in desperation. Much of this material appears to be indigestible although perhaps trace minerals or some component can be extracted.

When hives with apparently adequate supplies of bee bread gather apparently useless materials, though, we ascribe the behaviour to a gathering instinct. Maybe it can be compared to some human sports and games that people use to keep busy and a sense of purpose when nothing useful is available or urgent.

We also often see one bee undoing what another bee has just done (again much like humans) so it is not hard to imagine that what one bee considers valuable and brings in, another might just haul right back out.

We could look on the hive floor and examine what the housekeepers are hauling out in any specific case and hazard a guess, I suppose, but we'd still not know for absolute certaIn. In cool weather, much of the debris is right on the floor or at the doorstep although sometimes the bees carry things a distance away and drop it.

Intriguing question.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
 by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged,
 not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.
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Monday March 20th, 2017
First day of spring.  A local grower says we are three weeks behind.

Three Hills forecast: Today Mainly sunny. High plus 3. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness after midnight. Low minus 9.

It's cloudy today, but warm, with a light breeze. I'm still fixing little things as I find them.   When will I go home?  I don't know. They are still working on Cassiopeia and the plan is to splash her tomorrow.  I had somehow visualized that I would leave after that is done.  I am past knowing what I am doing.  I just go day to day.

I had thought to cast off the lines and go back over to Sidney Island or maybe Tsehum Harbour to  drop by to see Cassiopeia on the hard, but I spent the afternoon wrestling with a toilet.  It was not in my plan, but, as they say, s*it happens...

There is a washer/drier on this boat and I had a wash to do.  As I loaded the machine, I got the notion to clean out the filter and dumped the lint into the marine head and flushed.  All good until -- nothing.

An electric marine head is no ordinary toilet. An electric marine head has an pump/macerator that pushes in salt water and pumps the toilet contents down a hose to the tank, grinding them to a mush with a sharp stainless steel blade in the process, acting much like a kitchen garberator.

Well, hidden in the lint was a penny and the chopper had stalled dead.  I checked the electric circuit and, yes, there was power, so I began my adventure. 

How hard can this be?  The fact the former owner left two boxes of vinyl gloves on the boat should have been a clue.

I began the disassembly.  A previous DIY genius had lost a screw and decided that mild steel was as good a stainless, and the rust made extraction difficult. so that was my first challenge. I found a penny and a screw in the chopper and began reassembly. Two hours and contortions that would make a yoga master envious I was done. 

Nope.  There was a leak.  Another hour and I was done. (Yeah, those are seeds from a cantaloupe I had thrown in before it jammed -- and the penny).

Some might consider a job like this to be odious, but I enjoyed it, especially seeing the device function better than ever after I was done.  There had been some hair and other clogs that I removed in the process. 

Is working with sewage dangerous?  I wonder.  I have not heard of plumbers suffering from any more disease than the populace.  I'd worry more about being a teacher.

 

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
 by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged,
 not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.
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Tuesday March 21st, 2017
First day of spring. 

A local grower says the Saanich Peninsula is three weeks behind normal.

Three Hills forecast:: Today - Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of rain showers or flurries near noon. Clearing this afternoon. Wind southeast 30 km/h gusting to 50. High 7. UV index 3 or moderate.  Tonight - A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness after midnight then 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers before morning. Risk of freezing rain before morning. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low zero.

Another cloudy day with rain, but also periods of sun.

My day began with web work for two clients.  That took a few hours.  Callum called and they intend to splash Cassiopeia at 1430, so I will be going over to bring her back.

I resigned as Thanksgiving Rendezvous organizer today.  When I took on the job, it was just that job, not involvement in endless inconsequential meetings about nothing.

In the afternoon, Callum reported that they cannot get the rudder shaft back into the bearing and the launch will be delayed. Apparently, when we tried to rotate the bearing to examine the housing, we distorted it a bit.  It is plastic and maybe all we need is a bit of sanding.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
 by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged,
 not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.
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Wednesday March 22nd, 2017
Another cloudy day with rain, but also periods of sun.

Forecast here is gale-force winds and some rain. 

Nonetheless, the day turns out to be mixed sun and cloud.

Callum is in Vancouver today, but I did meet with Jess briefly to discuss what can be left on this boat when in charter.

After that, I motored across to Sidney Spit and caught a mooring ball.  I did odd jobs and by mid-afternoon, decided to get some exercise by going in to shore.  I motored the dinghy a long way in over the foreshore as it was high tide.  On the beach, I wandered around the site of the old brick factory, then saw a squall coming and headed back.  The outboard acted up and would not go up to speed, but it did run well enough to make way and I got back to Shongololo just as the heavy rain hit.  It was a good thing the outboard did run as there is no thwart to sit on in the dinghy at present and rowing would be very difficult.  Worst case, wind would have carried me ashore as I was in a bay.  I am careful not to be where offshore winds could carry me out to sea if I can help it.

Goes to show that my care not to trust a dinghy outboard and keep in mind what is likely if power id s lost is prudent.  I did have my phone, but had neglected my handheld VHF, which I should always carry in the dinghy to call for nearby boats if I have a breakdown.

I returned to Sidney and spent the evening making a stew and crawling around in the engine room.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
 by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged,
 not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.
 Read yesterday's post

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Thursday March 23rd, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Clearing. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 11. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight A few clouds. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 3.

The day is beginning sunny.  I have a big day planned.  Splash Cassiopeia, Do some web work, Silicone the shower, fuel up Shongololo...

Callum called and said they were going to install the rudder.  I should take Shongololo over, fuel up and meet them at Vector.  By the time I fueled they were done so I returned to Port Sidney.  Docking was difficult.  A strong gusty wind kept me off the dock, but with help, I managed to tie up without incident.

I was pleased with the small amount of fuel this boat has used. The bill was $245 and that fuel heated the boat for several weeks and took me to Fulford and back, Ganges and back, and to Sidney Island four times.  That is only 55 nautical miles

At noon, Dawn drove Ryan and me over to Vector.  Ryan put the final touches on the bottom paint and left.  The yard splashed the boat and I motored out to the fuel dock.  The bill was only $123 and that covered over 100 nautical miles of travel on the engine and two weeks, plus, of Espar heat.  Sailboats are cheaper to run than powerboats, by 75%, I'd guess from today's fills.

From there, I motored through the gale to Port Sidney marina to dock the boat.  I tried to back down to my space, but could not hold a track in the strong winds and tied up on H dock to wait for the wind to die.

I then went uptown to catch a bus to Victoria to look into new electronics, but could see that by the time I got the the store would be closing, bought a few tools, and walked back.

I had supper and worked on a client's web site, then watched some life in Pieces, and went to bed.  Before I did, though, I walked out through the gale to check on Cassiopeia 'way out on H dock.  She was just fine.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
 by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged,
 not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

I correct, revise and augment entries in the previous several days first thing each day before writing new diary entries.
 Read yesterday's post

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Friday March 24th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Mainly cloudy. Fog with near zero visibility at times this morning. Wind becoming south 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High 10. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Wind becoming west 20 near midnight. Low minus 3.

Here at Port Sidney Marina, the wind howled all night.  I was up at two-thirty and did some web work, and did some cooking, then went back to bed.

I woke up at 0830 and went out to bring Cassiopeia back to the dock, then finished some web work for a client.

The radar on Cassiopeia started acting up on the way over from Vancouver.  It only paints the sweep of a part circle.

Callum thought I should spend $5,000 on a new system.  I didn't think so and wanted to troubleshoot, so he went up the tree today to take a look.  I'm too old and heavy.  He is young and very light.

I had suspicions since, apparently, last summer, the dome had gotten loose and they had to re-rivet it to the mast.  In the process, the cable was stretched, but they were sure it was all okay.  I was not so sure, and not sure enough to spend big money without at least checking first.

I know that inside the dome, the radar array (antenna) sweeps a circle driven by a belt and a motor and the electronics send out pulses and then listen for echoes. It is all very precise and timing is crucial.  The display has to know exactly where the array is pointed at any instant to know where on the map to paint the bogey. Any dirt or a flaw in the belt could disrupt the process and then error-checking would blank the signal for safety sake.

It turned out there was nothing mechanically wrong, so what could the trouble be?  Since the radar worked for a part circle, I deduced that the electronics in the display must be getting the echo signals but not getting the expected periodic sync signal after an interval to say exactly where the antenna is pointed.  If that was the case it would not report the echo signal on the screen. 

Doing so without certainty of direction would show boats and land in the wrong place and therefore be dangerous.  Thus the blank spaces.  Either the array was not moving properly or the position signal was not getting to the display.

I noticed that at close range, more of the circle was shown and as I ranged out, less was shown.  That made sense, since for a greater range, the array must sweep more slowly to give the echoes time to return and to scan detail in a greater circumference.  If the display expected a handshake or a sync signal at some specific time interval, it would paint less of a circle before noticing no handshake and quit until the next sweep, and that was what I was seeing.

Callum was doubtful, but  he took pictures of the connectors that confirmed damage.

   

I searched online and found the connector for $20.  He then found one locally and we'll see if that does the trick

After that job, it was noon and I returned to Shongololo and finally siliconed the shower, a job I had been putting off.  That went amazingly well. 

Next, I removed a sliding side door and found that one brass roller had been stuck and had worn a flat spot. I freed it and now the door moves better, but with a bump each time the roller turns.  Time for new rollers, I guess.

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 and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be accepted without question.
Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

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Saturday March 25th, 2017
Only nine more months until Christmas

Three Hills Forecast: Today Sunny this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 10. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Clearing overnight. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 5..

I woke up at 0630, feeling great.  I see blue sky.

Although Cassiopeia is back here at the dock, tied up behind Shongololo, I'm still living on Shongololo.  It's a lot of work to pack up and move and I am comfortable here, more comfortable in fact, than on Cassiopeia -- I think.

It is hard to compare, though.  They are so different. 

I feel a bit disloyal.  After enjoying Cassiopeia and sailing for four years, I am now finding Shongololo and powerboating superior in some ways, particularly on calm and cold days.  When I get on Cassiopeia yesterday I found I don't feel the same as I once did. In the years I have owned that boat, I always felt I was home when I stepped aboard.  Yesterday, I felt a bit like a stranger. 

What I don't like about powerboating so far, if my recent fill-ups is indicative, is the fuel cost.

I have more repairs to do today.  I'd like to go out to anchor, but there is a strong wind warning for this morning.  I also need to walk uptown to get a few things.  I'm thinking I should also study for an exam seeing as I am feeling better than I was for the past few weeks.

I pulled the door off again for the third or fourth time to get measurements and pictures and filed  the flat spot a bit since, although the door now slides freely, it rolls with a thump as the wheel turns.

I did laundry, had a nap, then I went uptown to the hardware store, returned some items, bought a rat tail file, and walked out to Allbay Marine, a mile and half out Resthaven.  I needed some pins and a joker valve and figured I'd try doing the ten thousand steps today.

I got to the store in time, but, as it turned out, they close at four on Saturdays.  I got what I went for but did not have time to browse much.

I walked back to the marina, stopping at the grocery store along the way, then cooked supper.  After supper, I changed the joker valve. on the electric head.  The job was simple seeing as I had loosened things up and learned a lot on my last encounter with the white beast.

I was surprised to see the new joker valve was not much different from the one I took out.  I had expected the old one was a bit swollen and distorted, but the differences were small.

Word is that if you can see light through the valve, change it.  I could see light through both, but maybe a little less through the new one.  Maybe.

Google Fit says I did 9,205 steps today, and I did not carry my phone all the time I was on and around the boat.  Google Maps says I walked 4.0 miles.  Add to that whatever walking I did earlier and later.  4 miles, 9,205 steps, yields 2.3 feet per step or 4.6 feet per stride.  I've always wondered how accurate Fit's guesses are.  I've measured my stride at six feet in the past, so I'd say, from this, within 10% seeing as all the steps I made were not large ones.

I came close, but did not make 10,000 steps and I did a lot of walking.  It was pleasant and no effort.  Do I have the patience to walk four miles daily? If I do, I'd be surprised.  Nonetheless, I feel good afterwards.

Hey! Wait! Maybe I did do 10,000 steps.  I looked at the Fit map of my walk and parts of the hike are missing.

Compare the two tracks -- the one I made from memory of where I went (left) and the one Fit recorded (right). Fit missed my walk back to the marina from the grocery store and, earlier on, had me cutting across a block where it would be impossible to walk and part of another.

Was this due to a flaw in Fit's programming?  Or was it due to the GPS dropping out?  If it was the GPS, was it because the phone was in my pocket by my leg and sometimes covered by my hand? 

Whatever, the lapses are cause to worry when using GPS on chart plotters and phones for navigation in narrow, rock-strewn channels since accuracy and consistency is important when rocks are hidden under the surface nearby.

That reminds me. On the radio today, there was a segment on cell phones and cancer, bringing into question the possible risk of having microwave transmitters close to our bodies over periods of time.  The risk could be higher in weak signal areas since the phones use more transmitter power when they detect difficulty communicating with the towers.

Cellphone in your pocket? CBC's Marketplace investigates why you might reconsider

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Sunday March 26th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Sunny. High 11. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness this evening. Clearing before morning. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this evening. Low minus 2..

I woke up at 0730, feeling groggy.  I slept fairly well, but found that in spite of having taken desloratadine (Claritin) in the evening that I was a bit congested sometime after midnight and had slept fitfully for a few hours.  I was not completely asleep but not awake enough to get up.

The forecast today is for rain here at Port Sidney Marina.  I stayed in all day, working on the boat and various projects.  I took off a door again and worked on the rollers. Seems they are seized and although I loosened them, they still do not roll.

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Monday March 27th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Cloudy. Clearing late this morning. High 12. UV index 3 or moderate.  Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Clearing overnight. Low minus 2.

I woke up at 0400, and got up, had breakfast, and went back to bed.  I dozed a while and woke up to a calm, sunny morning.  The tide is all the way up today.

The bill came for the electrical work on Cassiopeia.  It was minor work, but came in at four times what we had discussed.  I wrote a request to have them review and will see what happens.

I took off a door again and my job today is to find replacement rollers.

I could not find any nearby so loosened the existing ones and they will have to do for now.

I did a few more things, like take down some headliner on Cassiopeia to check for enough radar cable that we can cut some off and add the new connector (there is), but was very tired and lay down.  Two hours later I awoke.

I ate and then walked up town to the hardware store and then the grocery store.  I returned home and cooked turkey legs, ate again and did some browsing.

My Nexus 6P phone screen has lost its gloss and now attracts fingerprints and water marks. I searched and discovered that phones and touchscreens have an oleopohpic coating that repels fingerprints and makes them slippery.  Apparently, it can wear off or be lost if detergents or alcohol products are used on the screen.

Further searching indicated that there are a variety of aftermarket coatings available, but ratings were not five star for the most part and the shotgun pattern of opinion, informed and less so, seemed to converge on this: None last as long as the factory glaze,the products are expensive, they take a long time to arrive, and are difficult to apply. In short, although some were satisfied, most were less so. 

Since the intent is to repel oil and water, I wondered if Rain-X would work and Googled. Of course I was not the first think of the idea.

In forums, opinions varied and there was the usual mix of intelligent discourse and less useful conjecture and uninformed opinion.  One person said car wax works well in a way that sounded convincing. Screen protectors that have the coating are also available and some liked them while others said, "No way".   Again, it is a crapshoot as to which ones are good and which are no better than -- or worse than --  a naked phone and no clear consensus was apparent.

I could not find anything I found authoritative.

When I was in the hardware store this evening, I came across a spray bottle of Rain-X and it was not sealed, so I put a tiny drop on my phone without cleaning the screen, spread it around, then dried it off. 

The car wax was open, too, and who would miss a tiny drop, but I figured the application of wax was more difficult to do on the spot since it has to dry then be buffed.  If Rain-X proved to be a dud, that was next.

I could see an immediate difference and that improvement continues until now, several hours later.  The phone does not attract fingerprints and my finger slides like on a new phone.

Time will tell.

*   *   *   *

I went back to Maxthon again today.  For years, Maxthon and its predecessor, MyIE2, was my favourite browser, following in the long line of browsers over the years beginning with Lynx, then Cello, Mosaic, Netscape, MSIE, Opera, along with, sometimes, Firefox or Safari, Maxthon again, then finally Chrome.

Maxthon is lightning fast compared to Chrome.  I'll have to turn of the Chrome extensions one by one to find the culprit -- unless it is Chrome itself.  Chrome runs a separate process for each page and soon eats a lot of resources if many tabs are open.  Word is that Chrome has memory leaks, too, which would be surprising, coming from Google, but who knows?

Chrome was getting terribly slow and I was wondering if it could be the cause of my crashes and freezes and BSODs.  Maybe, and maybe it is not Chrome, but some extension.  I'll have to test, but for now, I just need to get things done without a long wait and freezes.

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Tuesday March 28th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Fog patches this morning. Wind becoming west 20 km/h this afternoon. High 12. UV index 3 or moderate. Tonight Clearing late this evening. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low minus 2.

I slept poorly, probably due to having eaten too much, too late in the evening.

I did various jobs on the boat.  The curtains were a big job. 

There are fifteen pieces on nine windows.  They all look pretty much alike at first glance, but they are several different widths and two different lengths. Moreover there are two fabrics that look similar.  Someone had shuffled them around.  I suppose they went to the was and when they came back no one could figure out which was which and just put them on in a way that covered all the windows.  The result looked okay at casual glance, but more careful examination showed the pleats were far apart on some and crowded on others.

Moreover, the curtain track is damaged in several spots and is an RV style that is going obsolete.

I sorted them all out and called Nancy.  She can fix the tabs tomorrow.

I walked up to the grocery store in the rain and bought some fruit, then stopped and bought a bottle of red wine.  Although red wine bothers me sometimes, usually if I have not had any for a while, it is okay.  I enjoyed the wine and watched Blacklist.

Blacklist is an interesting variation on the spy/cop intrigue genre intended to appeal to women, I think. As with all these sorts of series, they are pure fantasy, but pass the time when i am too tired mentally to do anything and too awake to sleep.  I really must learn to meditate properly -- if there is such a thing as properly.  I'm sure my mind contains much more useful entertainment.

I went to bed early, but awoke around eleven.  Nope.  I cannot drink red wine with impunity.

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Wednesday March 29th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 13. UV index 4 or moderate.
Tonight Clearing this evening. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low plus 1.

I slept very poorly, and had to take Benadryl to finally sleep well.  When I did, I slept until 0900.

The day began stormy, but by noon we had sun.  We had planned to do the radar, but Callum keeps putting it off.

The aft head (toilet) refused to flush again, so 'm going to have to tear it down again.  The job should go more quickly this time as I am more familiar with the workings. I do have to bail it out though first. It is full to the brim.

I did discover a leak in the aft cabin window and began work on that, and pulled the boom car out on Cassiopeia to examine it.  I can see  the rollers are worn, explaining the way it drags on the sides of the boom slot, so I drove it over to Blackline, a Selden dealer,  to let Brent look at it.  I chose Blackline since Blackline has a good reputation.

He had said to come over anytime and that he was always around, but when I got there was told that he was out ion the yard.  They called him on the radio and he was busy and not alt all eager to see me.  I asked the receptionist how long he would be.  She said twenty minutes.  I gave her my number and went up to the little pub in the trees and had a beer. Seems that if I order a beer, the default is a sleeve -- 17+ ounces, nit a standard drink -- 12 ounces --  and that is a bit much.  I'll have to remember to order a bottle or can in future. 

I went back to Blackline and Brent still was not back, so I said, I think I'll just go elsewhere.  The receptionist call him again and he came up, but did not seem any wiser about it than I, and I had to show him the wear.  Anyhow, he will look into a replacement. 

I drove back to Sidney and along the way, I remembered that Sundays and Wednesdays are all you can eat cod night at the fish and chips place on Resthaven, and since I have the van, drove over and had three pieces of fish and some chips.  It was excellent, and exactly the kind of thing I should never eat.  I was there quite a while and had another two beers with t he meal -- small ones this time.

 I returned to the boat and was not feeling like doing much.  I watched two episodes of Blacklist and decided the charm is wearing off it is getting too ridiculous.

I went to bed and slept poorly.  Seems I just cannot drink anymore and expect to sleep.

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Thursday March 30th, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Sunny early this afternoon then a mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this afternoon. High 13. UV index 3 or moderate.Tonight Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this evening. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low plus 2.

I slept poorly until I took two Benadryl sometime after midnight, then slept until 0845.  The sun is shining and the day looks bright.  There is a light breeze.

Looking at the news, I think we are seeing that the climate change meme has finally jumped the shark, finally run to the end of its rope, and not a minute too soon. Trump has called the IPCC's hand, and what has been common knowledge -- that IPCC consensus was achieved by including only those who agree with the hypothesis, misrepresenting their degree of concordance, and discrediting the dissenters, cooking the data, relying on models which repeatedly failed -- is now something we can talk about.  Guess what comes next.

From the beginnings of recorded history Planet Earth's climate has been changing, sometimes rapidly, and at other times less so, in cycles as long as centuries and millennia or as short as a year that interact resulting in periods of warming and periods of cooling that are sometimes long and sometimes brief.

Through recorded history, the priestly and ruling classes have convinced the common people that their powers are responsible for the good changes and that some iniquity in their society (not them) is causing any adverse changes in climate experienced.  In that case, sacrifices are required to propitiate or diminish whatever force is seen to be behind the changes.  Today is not different. 

Regardless of what we are told, many of the scientists that IPCC says believe that man is the principle cause of current climate changes actually only agree with an obvious, less extreme position --  that man obviously has some effect, but nobody really knows how much of changes are simply due to natural causes.

I have work to do today, but am waiting on Callum who promised to be here and isn't.

This turned out to be one of those days.  Callum, it turned out has a migraine and is really sick and won't be in. I decided that I would deal with this toilet -- again, and also put the car back in Cassiopeia's boom. 

The car runs in a slot and carries the clew of the sail out and back down the boom.  Wheels keep it centred in the slot, but the wheels and the casting have worn to the point where the car drags on the sides of the slot. I can get a new one, but it will take two weeks.

Then I put the screws back in the window and checked again for leaks.  There are two, but I have not solved how to deal with them.

What is holding up the toilet job was the bowl full of bad stuff that would not go down, so I borrowed at shop vac from Ryan and that cleaned out that mess.  Then I decided to go across to Sidney Spit and anchor seeing as I can work as well here as at the dock.

I anchored on the third try.  On the first I could not get a solid hold.  On the second a sailboat came up and grabbed a mooring ball a bit too close for comfort, so I moved again.  I was not getting a good hold anyhow and I plan to stay  the night.  I want to sleep, not wonder if the anchor dragged and I am on my way down the channel.

Once settled, I got back the toilet and pulled it apart, a job I know well by now.  Guess what.  The toilet was just fine, 100%.  The line to the holding tank had to be plugged.  Why?  Nothing had gone down that should clog it.

I had nothing to blow out the line, but, hey, I had the vacuum and the hoses matched perfectly.  The line gave up its contents easily into the vacuum, but with a monumental stench. Apparently the line was now free.  I reassembled everything and flushed.  Presto! Done deal.

When I dumped the contents of the vacuum into the basin, I looked for a hairball or some obvious obstruction from the line, but saw nothing except a few large flakes of saltwater scale.  Apparently it does not take much to impede these electric toilets. 

I'm becoming a toilet expert, but don't call me.

So, then, I washed everything off and put the vacuum outside.  I had opened the engine room hatch in the middle of the cabin and after I took the vacuum out onto the deck, I backed into the cabin.  A split instant later I was lying on my back three feet down in the bilge.  Wow!

I took inventory and was amazed that I am unhurt.  I hit the back of my head on something and there is a damp spot, and one knee eels a tiny bit sore but otherwise.

I've fallen flat a few times now in this life and fallen backwards into a hole twice that I can recall.  There is never any  warning. One minute I am standing.  The next I am flat.  Makes a person think.

Anyhow, the toilet works -- for now.

Next I decided to run a wash to clean up the rags and clothes after that job.  To do that, I am running the generator. It is not quiet and the sailboat people are probably glad I moved.

So much for the peace and quiet I came out here for.

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Friday March 31st, 2017

Three Hills Forecast: Today Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming south 30 km/h this afternoon. High 14. UV index 4 or moderate.  Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low zero.

At 0220, I woke up and realized the anchor alarm was screaming.  It is so quiet I hardly hear it at first..

I had forgotten to add 35 feet to my habitual 100-foot setting and the tide has carried us around.  On Cassiopeia, I sleep at the bow. On Shongololo, I sleep at the stern and that is 35 feet farther from the anchor. When we swing in a circle, tethered by the bow, the stern -- and the sensor -- swings that much farther from the centre than the bow.

I checked the depth -- 4.5 metres and the tide is rising -- and reset the alarm, then got up.  My head tends to be full of ideas in the middle of the night.  I was remembering that i need to upgrade the bilge pump and mark the anchor chain. No sense trying to sleep for a while. I was surprised to have absolutely no sinus or nasal congestion. 

For the past two weeks or so, I have been taking loratadine nightly as a preventative after previous nighttime congestion problems and still had congestion.  Last night, I did not take any and have no congestion.  Go figure.  When it comes to my body, I can't make rules. just have to take things as they come.

I did not eat anything after about 1800 last night since I have read that eating late can cause poor  sleep.  I do tend to get hungry in the middle of the night, but current thinking seems to indicate that twelve hours fasting overnight is healthy in many ways.  Next bite, 0600 or later.  In the meantime, water will have to do.

I don't feel any aftereffects of the fall other than a slight bump where my head hit. I see, though there are several blood spots on my pillows.

I went back to bed after 0330 and slept well until 0655.  I feel great today.

I see we are about 200 feet off the Park dock, having swung during the night.  That is just fine at this time of year.  In summer, when things are busy, less ideal.

I motored back to Port Sidney and did odd jobs.  Callum went up the mast and worked for an hour only to discover that the tech had given him the wrong connector, so we have to finish on Monday.

I was busy until five, quitting time for the dock crew.  As they were walking out, I said hi and are they gone until Monday?  "Yes", they said, they were all going up to Powell River to bring down a Westcoast 46 (or maybe a 64) -- a very nice boat. Would I like to go along , they asked.  I was tempted, but said no since I had spoken with Bruce about meeting on Saltspring.

I finished up my chores and went uptown for groceries, then motored over to the Spit again and anchored in the dark

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