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Monday January 1st 2018
First Day of 2018

Today Mainly sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 20. Wind chill minus 44 this morning and minus 32 this afternoon.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Temperature rising to minus 13 by morning. Wind chill minus 25.

I woke up at 0530, congested again, but after a good night's sleep.  I had not taken any medication.  My mistake.

Weight 217, BG 6.8.

I had breakfast and coffee, and went back to bed for an hour, then got up, finished cleaning the kitchen and read a bit.  I have gotten into the habit of reading news on my phone.  Little of it is of any importance, but I do.

The one article of any consequence was one about ditching Excel for decision-making.  I have ranted  for decades about "Excel Hell" , pointing out that any spreadsheet (SS) with more than a few cells is bound to contain hidden errors that have a 50/50 chance of being disastrous if the results of the SS calculations are believed uncritically and used for loans or business decisions.

Of course, I use spreadsheets all the time, but I am not by nature a believer and doubt everything.  That makes me inclined to always consider the credibility of any result and to run an parallel analysis, mentally or on an envelope.

If you want to prove something to someone like a banker, though, and veracity is not  a priority, Excel is an ideal tool.  People believe printed reports.  Besides, any projection -- no matter how it is generated -- is fiction anyhow, and out of date the moment it is printed.  Just reading and discussing a projection generates new ideas that alter the plan to some degree.


The diary lies in shambles after almost two weeks of my being ill, uninspired, distracted, and busy.  Reconstruction is underway and gaps may or may not be filled.  Much of my trivial daily details and musings are forever lost in the fog, however.

Narrative is just narrative, though, and descriptions are just descriptions. I am always impressed that it takes much longer to describe and explain an experience than to live it.  I'm also acutely aware how two-dimensional and incomplete the best attempt at writing is doomed to be.

To write up twenty-four hours truthfully and completely would take weeks and would prove ultimately impossible.  In sooth, nothing can ever be fully described or explained -- or even understood.

I find that observation both ironic, and fraught with implications.  Nonetheless, I write.


I spent a lazy day, reading and poking around.  Had a nap in the afternoon.  Lay down for a few minutes and woke up an hour and a half later.

Mid-afternoon, the temperature rose to minus twenty, a veritable heat wave and I walked down to Carolyn's to get some coffee.  I had run out.  The tractor would not quite start.  I can see I'll have to use the magnetic block heater.

I had tried yesterday and found the battery quite low.  Maybe there is a leak or I left something on.  At any rate, I charged it overnight, but the engine was still at minus thirty when I tried it just now. Even though the air had warmed, it takes time for the metal engine block to warm.


I'm realizing that installing my home heat will not be hard now.  Somehow, I had imagined that running the vent stacks would be the hard part, but now see I can likely go through the roof.  I had thought to go out the walls as that seemed closer, but the rules about distances from doors and windows adds complication.  For the roof, the main constraint is height above nearby peaks, necessary to avoid downdrafts.  I'll have to find the code again and study up.

I've noticed extreme reluctance to get going on that project and am becoming aware how attached I ma to my faithful old furnace.  It's a pet and hard to give up.  What would a day be without several trips downstairs to look at the fire and the augers to give meaning to life?

The dry air has been causing me sinus bleeding, so on my way home from Orams' the other day, I  picked up a room humidifier.  I already have one, but it had been dropped and the reservoir cracked, making it useless.  On arriving home, I immediately filled it an turned it on high. 

The humidifier puts about two US gallons of water a day into the air in my bedroom.  I keep the door closed, but had not noticed much moisture in there until today after supper. 

Now the room feels humid and there is fog on the window.  I have to assume that the bedding and rugs, etc. absorbed water over the past five days and have finally reached equilibrium.  Also, I suppose that the warming outdoors to minus eighteen from minus thirty-six is reducing the drying effect of my home heating.

In the coldest, weather this week, running full time, the furnace was barely able to keep the rooms warm, so I had increased the input to high gear to allow some spare capacity to deal with the extreme cold, but now I shifted back into second to lower the stack temp, decrease fly ash, and increase efficiency.

I went to bed early and found congestion woke me up.  I decided to haul out the CPAP machine on the chance that the pressure might assist breathing trough the plugging.  It did, but I find the mask keeps waking me and after a few hours, gave up on it.

I have not used the machine for a year now, and had decided it was not helping, but tonight, I found it helped.  Maybe I should try to find a better mask.

Yesterday's post.

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.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Tuesday January 2nd 2018

Today Mainly sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High zero. Wind chill minus 25 this morning. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Low minus 15.

I woke up at 0300 and found I was wide awake, so I am up. 

When I woke up, San Jose del Cabo was on my mind.

I had stopped in at a travel agency the other day in Strathmore and had a chat on a chance that the travel people knew more than what I had found online.  Apparently not, but the chat confirmed that the idea of shopping near SJD in the three hours between my arrival and my shuttle on Saturday might be practical

I have been vey unclear about the whole Cabo/La Paz area and have confused the names and places, so I am working on getting a better understanding. 

I will need groceries and had thought I'd get off the shuttle at Soriano in La Paz, but maybe I have time to stock up in San Jose. I arrive at SJD at 1030 and my shuttle to La Paz leaves SJD at 1330. That gives me three hours -- theoretically.

Soriana Híper - San Jose Viejo is five and a half kilometers from the airport and looks doable by cab.

I made coffee and am cooking oatmeal porridge.  I did not bother weighing or checking signs today, seeing as the time of day is wrong to fit into the series.

The outdoor temperature is up to minus nine at three AM, and I heard more trains than usual last night.  I suppose that the holidays caused staffing problems and the extreme cold may have discouraged moving trains. Steel gets brittle at minus thirty-five and breakage goes away up when the temperatures plunge, so maybe the railways waited out the cold.


At 0450, I went back to bed and slept until 0703.  I again used the CPAP machine out of curiosity.

When I got up again, I put the card into the computer and read it with Sleepyhead, free analysis software.

I used the device for a total of 4.24 hours in four sessions, and during that time had a calculated AHI of 0.23, with no hypopneas and just one small clear airway event. 

SnoreSnore was W-Avg: 0.07 0.00 0.06 0.18 0.30. (No idea what that means).

Basically, I learned was that I am not experiencing obstructive sleep apnea. I did have one central, i.e. a moment when I stopped breathing for no physical reason.  Centrals are sometimes caused by getting too much air, not too little. CPAP does not help with that.

An AHI of 0.23 is pretty good.  That is with the CPAP machine, but I assume that it reflects on my sleep without the device as well.

More info here:
         Sleepyhead Users Guide 
         Glossary

The long and short is that I don't seem to have shown any obstructive sleep apnea when using CPAP and probably don't need CPAP.  The machine did seem to help push air through my congestion, though, and the built-in humidifier was helpful.

The warming weather has made a difference, too, since with warmer weather outdoors, indoor humidity increases.

My jade trees are in full bloom.  During the cold weather, my houseplants used twice the water they usually do.

Tomorrow, I meet Orams in Canmore.  We have reserved rooms for two nights at the Canmore Rocky Mountain Inn and plan on three days in the mountains. Thursday, we plan to spend an afternoon skiing at Nakiska.  We check out Friday morning. 

Saturday morning, I have to be at YYC at 5AM for my 6AM flight to Jan Jose del Cabo. So, I have to pack for the mountains and for Mexico today and tomorrow morning, and I need to decide if I am going to Victoria and the Vancouver Boat Show on the way back from La Paz.  If so, I may need to pack more than if I am only going to Mexico. I'll need some warm clothes for Vancouver.

Seeing as today will be warm, I'll haul out the ashes today as well, to clear the decks for later.

I began by starting the tractor, installing the snow blade, then plowing the drive. That turned out to be a bit of a job since I have not yet figured out a pattern and the end of the drive is a large area.  I've come to the conclusion I'm not very efficient at this. A plow also tends to be messier than a blower, leaving snowbanks and bits of snow that escape the blade.

   

  

The temperature rose to freezing, so I shoveled the furnace and took out four drums of ashes, then put the van in the basement to warm and dry out. I want to vacuum and clean the van before I go to the mountains tomorrow.

Needless to say, I am feeling much better, but my sinuses are still raw and when I blow my nose, the mucous is red.

I went to bed early, at 2030.

Yesterday's post.

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.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Wednesday January 3rd 2018

 

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing this afternoon. High minus 4. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Low minus 12.

I slept an hour or two at a time, got up to blow my nose and drink water, then slept some more.  I tried the CPAP at first, then gave up on it and around midnight, took an Allegra-D.  That allowed better sleep, but did not completely eliminate periodic waking due to congestion.

I hate to take combination drugs like Allegra-D, which contains both anti-histamine and decongestant when I want just a decongestant and prefer to select my own antihistamine and/or analgesic, and dosages separately, but due to issues with illicit drug manufacture using the pure product, pseudoephedrine is not sold separately anymore.

I have a busy morning and hope to be out of here by around one.  At eight, I lay down for a few minutes to rest and woke up an hour later, refreshed.

Today is a beautiful sunny winter day, slightly below freezing at minus seven and predicted to warm to minus two here.  In Canmore, where we will be the next two nights, the weather is expected to be similar.

I have to be home Friday to pack for La Paz, where the weather is plus twenty-four.

Maybe I should have headed straight out to the mountains to take full advantage of the trip, but I had the van inside to vacuum and I also was still not feeling 100%.  I cleaned out the van, loaded all my ski gear, packed everything I might need -- 3 pairs of skis, snowboard, boots, snowshoes, parkas... and finally left at about 1300. By then Jean and family were already in Canmore getting skis for Kenzie.

The drive is about two hours and I took the back road through Cochrane and Morely.  I arrived just in time to check in and got a room near theirs. We went downtown for groceries, had supper in the room and went to bed early.

Yesterday's post.

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.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Thursday January 4th 2018

Today Mainly sunny. High minus 3. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low minus 9.

We are early risers and I met Chris and Nathan in the breakfast room at 0630 when it opened.  There was a good selection and the cost was included in the room charges.

 

 

Yesterday's post.

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.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Friday January 5th 2018

Today Mainly sunny. Becoming mainly cloudy this morning. Clearing late this afternoon. High minus 5.
Tonight A few clouds. Low minus 9.

I slept very poorly, maybe three hours total.  Badly enough that I gave up and got up early. I went over my notes and records and organized my thoughts.

 At nine, I called CRA and straightened things out, then wrote emails and left for home at ten.

I had stopped for a few item along the way, including a nasal spray.  In spite of the risk of nose bleeds, I was ready to take that chance for a good eight hours of good sleep.

As I drove, I noticed my neck was sore and I had time to go to the chiropractor so I called, found he had time, and drove up to Three Hills.   The adjustment took a few minutes and we went over my x-rays from before.  They showed some aging, but nothing bad.  I had worried since I had wrenched my neck twice in the past year.

I had headed home with plenty of time to do chores and pack, then, on arriving, I found I have little to do. 

I watered the plants and took Jean's advice to rinse my sinuses with brine and applied the Dristan. Yay!  No nose bleed.  I went to bed at 4 PM.

I woke up briefly a few times, but slept undisturbed.

Yesterday's post.

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.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Saturday January 6th 2018

At midnight, my alarm roused me from deep sleep.  I snoozed the alarm and lay there for fifteen minutes, then got up and made coffee.  I had made it through the night without being disturbed by congestion.  I had a little build-up, but not enough to be stuffy and interfere with sleep.  The flushing and Dristan worked!

Weight is 215.2, BG is 5.6, and BP is 119/76 Pulse is 63.

I'm glad I decided to go to bed at four yesterday afternoon.  I had been running on only maybe three hours of bad sleep from the night before.  With luck, I got in eight hours.  It was not uninterrupted, but came close and was just what I needed after so many nights of bad sleep.

I rinsed my sinuses again, ate my oatmeal, fired up the computers, then went for a shower. I have still to pack.  I don't need to take much.

A hot shower is a great way to wake right up when groggy from being jarred awake unnaturally out of cycle, like by an alarm. There is nothing like hot, hot water blasting on the head and spine to get kick-start the system.

Maybe a cold shower would do the same.  I'm not inclined to try it though.  It's been decades since my last cold shower at kids' camp.  As I recall, the experience is 'bracing'.

It's one-twenty-nine now and I need to be on the road by three-thirty to meet my taxi in Airdrie at four-thirty.

I want to be at YYC by five.  I have yet to pack and do a few odds and ends.  I've checked the roads. 

I suppose I should go out and make sure my tires are round and that the van starts.  I'd hate to find a problem at the last minute.

I walked around the van and made sure it started, then I went back to chores and packing.

I left ten minutes late and made it up enroute, arriving one minute after the agreed four-thirty.  The cab was waiting.

The cab dropped me off at my terminal and before long I was at the gate.  I have lounge passes, but was happy to sit with the reg'lar folk.

The flight took a bit over four hours and I slept through the first hour.  Then I played majong on my tablet.  Now I am sitting on the patio at SJD waiting for my shuttle to leave.  I might waiting be three hours unless someone does not show for an earlier one.

I had thought to ride downtown here in San Jose del Cabos and shop locally, but right now, I am happy to just sit here. I've arrived.  I'll worry about shopping when I get to La Paz.

Speaking of La Paz, we flew over Isla del Espiritu Santo fifteen minutes before we arrived.  It will be five hours from that moment until I finally get back there by ground transport.

It's just as well I waited nearby.  There was space on an earlier shuttle and I arrived in La Paz two hours earlier than planned.

Comng into La Paz, even though I have only been here once was like coming home.  It was good to see all the familiar places.

A five-dollar cab ride later I was at the boat.  As I boarded, I passed the power pedestal on the dock and noticed it was falling apart.  Once I was aboard and connected the batteries I found I had no shore power to charge them. 

I then remembered that the power had failed during the night before I left early in the morning and realized that the batteries had been left partly discharged.  At the time I could not puzzle out what was going on in the time I had.

So, the batteries were down and things were not working right.  There was not enough to run the inverter and the low voltage alarm squealed in protest.  I turned on the solar panels which are normally off at the dock to avoid over-charging and went to the marina office.

They sent two fellows over to work on it and they eventually decided the problem was my power cable, not their pedestal. 

I plugged into another pedestal nearby and my charger started right up,  The problem was the pedestal, so they fiddled some more until I suggested the wires that were being connected we possibly the wrong ones and maybe to switch them.  They did and it works.

I was reluctant to be too assertive for a number of reasons.  One was that the colour coding can differ from country to country.  In Canada, the green one they were hooking up for power would be the safety ground, but here? who knows?

These guys were not electricians by any stretch of the imagination either and that worried me.  Even if they got my boat working without causing a reverse polarity indicator, they could well electrocute someone like a diver cleaning a boat or corrode metal parts with stray current.

Even electricians make these mistakes.  I found one such pro error when I installed ground faults in the Pine Hill boat house.  The breaker blew promptly and blew again until I exchanged two wires from  the original installation. Ground and neutral were mixed up by a pro.  A potentially dangerous situation.

Anyhow, it works, but the connections are haywire.

With batteries charging, the only remaining issue was that the electric toilet did nothing. No flush.  No sound.  It seemed to be disconnected electrically and after troubleshooting I found that it was.  When I had connected the battery grounds on my return, I had not noticed the small connection terminal for the toilet and it had been missed.  Once that was connected, no problem.

I had planned to shop for groceries, but all I really needed was water, coffee, refried beans and tacos.  I have oatmeal and raisins on board.   The nearby tienda had what I needed and I did not even look at price, but the total was less than it would have been with taxi rides to Soriana and back.

That done, I, did some writing, settled in, and plan on sleeping well again tonight. The weather is cooler than the last time when nights were sweltering, so that will help.

My sinuses are still plugging a bit and the mucous is pink, but the flush works well and I have Dristan for the night.  When  will this end?

It's now seven-thirty and i should go out and stroll the malecon, but I have been up since midnight, so maybe it is time for bed soon.

Imagine.  I was at home this morning and I have been here since three this afternoon, plus I went on the two and a half hour drive across the desert.   Marvelous.

I flushed my sinuses, applied Dristan, and went to bed at 2045.

Yesterday's post.

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.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Sunday January 7th 2018

Today Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness late this morning. High zero.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Low minus 9.

I slept well, only waking once. I had no congestion, but was a bit chilly, not cold, but I am used to sleeping with lots of covers and this boat has no heat and I have only a thin blanket.  I put on socks and used the mattress pad for a quilt.  That worked well.

I awoke at 0405 and got up, made coffee and oatmeal and began my day.

BG is 5.8, BP is 122/75 Pulse 57.

Sinuses are fairly clear.  My nose ran a bit once I was up and when I blew it, the results were hardly pink.  Maybe the sinuses are clearing up.

I at first assumed that the bleeding was something to do with that terrible, lingering cold I picked up at Christmas, but had never seen that before.  Then I wondered if I have a sinus infection. If so is it viral or bacterial?  Is there anything to do except wait?

Yolanda, the paralegal, promised to be here at ten-thirty to discuss some legal things I need to do for proper documentation, then my day is clear. Are the stores open on Sunday here?  Sunday is still observed as a day off in Mexico.

I'll have to see about taking the free marina shuttle downtown and ask if the bus to Costa Baja stops here.  Otherwise if is a taxi for 60 pesos each way or walk two miles -- and back.

At 10;30, I was expecting Yolanda.  At 10:51, so far, there is no sign of her.  I called yesterday and received no reply and am beginning to wonder if this the standard here.  Hugo said he would do the job and then went AWOL and incommunicado for three weeks. Yolanda agreed, then set up an appointment and did not show.  What gives?

Anyhow, I would like to go downtown, but wonder if she will show after all.  What is an hour =/- anyhow?  I have things to do here, so maybe I'll start doing them and see.  Here's the early morning view looking aft from the cockpit.

Well, I finally got a message from her.  She was in her office here at the marina all along.  She had said to meet at the marina, but not where, so I assumed the boat.

I did not know she has an office here, and in fact it is new since |i was here last, and unmarked.  How could I know?

Anyhow, her phone had died but she did receive my email on her office computer when I gave up on the phone and emailed.  So it was good that I wrote as well as called.

We had a good meeting and she suggested I sail to Cabo and check out, then check back in here in La Paz.  That means a 140 sea mile trip, half on open ocean in a boat that I have hardly sailed and have yet to get to know completely.  Also I may have to go solo, so that would mean careful planning for rest stops and refuges along the way.

I caught a ride to the mall with her and spent an hour or two at Soriana, Sears, and the mall shops, buying nothing since I have no car to put things in and had to carry anything I might buy until my return to the boat and I had yet to find everything I needed.  One main item was a warm duvet for nighttime.  Walmart was the likely place and that was four klicks away.

Yolanda had recommended Uber, saying Uber has just arrived in town, so I took out my Uber app and sure enough it worked and I had a ride to Walmart for 50 pesos (~three dollars).

I bought groceries and a duvet there and caught another Uber to Marina Palmira for eighty pesos (~5.50) .  Much cheaper than cab and no need to discuss price or pay in cash.

I had supper on board, had a rest, then went to the poolside movie night at seven.  The opening item was a ventriloquist video which everyone seemed to enjoy and showed a huge audience in the theatre where it was filmed, but I found boring and incredibly stupid.  It made me wonder about people.  Really wonder.

The feature was The Big Year, a flick about bird watching and that I estimated to be a huge bore, too, but it was preceded by a chat by the guy who puts on the movie night and apparently he is an avid birder and about to go on a world tour to spot birds. His life total in over 1,000, which apparently is big.  The prospect for the film looked better, but still not good.

The movie, actually, was pretty good for a Hollywood film. Although centred around birding, it had a typical, predicable, enjoyable plot about the competition between birders. I quite enjoyed it in spite of myself.

I returned to the boat, had a snack and went to bed around ten, snuggled under my new red duvet that was heavy enough to be a futon and slept soundly.

Yesterday's post.

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.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Monday January 8th 2018

Today Mainly cloudy. High plus 1.
Tonight Overcast. Low minus 7.

I had the best sleep in a long time. I slept like the dead, waking only once in eight hours.  At seven I woke, but dozed until eight, dreaming Ellen was here. Very pleasant.

She's been gone almost five years.  Hard to believe.

She was the one expecting to live to ninety. Me, I expected maybe sixty-five, but I'm still standing. Life is funny.

When you hit seventy, people around you start falling like flies.  I never used to read the obits, but lately, I take a glance now and then just to make sure I'm not in there.  So far, so good, but I recognize more and more familiar names.

BG 6.2 BP 129/79.

Anyhow, I have decided to step back and take my time deciding how to proceed with the boat papers. I'm happy here.

Colin wrote this morning and that reminded me of the CRA (tax) issue.  I'd forgotten.  Last Friday seems years away in the past. I have to submit some documents.  I'll do that shortly.  I have them here on disk.

When I jump into a new world, I become totally immersed.  My thoughts here  now come often in (very) broken Spanish (not when writing this in English) and my thoughts are of my surroundings.  Canada is out of my mind except when I check my home twice a day by online cameras or get email from home.

Speaking of learning Spanish, my grasp is poor.  Although I can formulate some thoughts and phrases in Spanish, I do that from my own limited and somewhat uncertain vocabulary. 

Sadly -- for me -- when addressing me, people use their own much larger and complex cache of words and conjugations and not my tiny and uncertain horde. 

After I miss some of the stream of words coming at me, I am lost.  The experience reminds me of playing in a concert band and losing my place in the music. There is a tendency to stop and try to recover, but the moment has moved on.  The only solution is to instantly get over the lapse, drop the thought, and jump to the present. 

It is hard to do.  Plus, so much of meaning is in the context and a few missing words may be the key to understanding the rest.

Another comparison is reading Morse code on  ham radio.  One must  stay in the present and not get stuck on decoding any one symbol in the stream.  What is missed is missed and gone. Stay in the present.

I fully intend to become fluent in Spanish and have been listening to Collins Spanish on Audible (pretty good) at home and while driving, and using a phone teaching app to learn some basics.  However, one of the best tools I have found is the Google Translate app on my phone.  I can speak English to my phone and it shows me the Spanish and says it aloud.  That way I can learn what interests me at the moment, not what some app thinks I should learn.

Learning is a strange thing. My memory is very situational.  As I mentioned a few paragraphs up, I had totally forgotten the things that were on my mind all day Friday and am immersed in my reality here.

Language is the same.  If I learn and can repeat a word or phrase while doing something like driving or working on my furnace, that does not mean I can remember it when being asked a question by an Uber driver.  Thank goodness for the Uber app.  It sets the pickup and dropoff points, the arrival time, and handles the money.

It's 1400 and all I have done is read, write, and wash dishes. So far today, Fit says I've made 183 steps.  Maybe the secret to my good health is how big my home is in Swalwell.  I do 100 steps just going to the washroom and back.

Here are some recent step counts starting yesterday and going back to Christmas:
7,064, 5,035, 6,414, 3,811, 5,980, 7,937, 4,672, 10,507, 6,213, 7,989, 3,574, 1,639, 3,882...

I see I broke 10,000 once.  Hmmm. That was cooking and cleaning. Never left the house that day.

This article reminded me...

When I quit drinking back on November the fourth -- after almost blinding or killing myself by stumbling and falling, then blacking out, possibly with a concussion, while out drinking and dancing -- I wondered how difficult it would be. I had quit for a predetermined times before, but never forever. This time is forever and deciding that was the hardest part. The rest, as it turns out, has been far easier than I expected.

Why did I not do this before? Forever is a long time and I hate to commit for such a long time because I try to keep my promises to myself.  Adding to my reluctance to commit was that I somewhat expected that I might feel left out or be considered a spoilsport and wondered what will I do at a bar when the server expects me to order a drink. I certainly don't want sugared drinks. (Somehow the calories and alcohol (similar metabolically to sugar) and sugars in wine and mixed drinks had not bothered my scruples.)

As it turns out, the benefits -- other than not killing myself or someone else, saving money, having more time on my, hands and not feeling groggy some days -- were not particularly spectacular. Nonetheless, I have no regrets and it turns out that the people around me are not especially enthusiastic drinkers, so I fit right in.

Also, it seems that things have gone to the limit and are turning back.  Drinking is going out of style, and although the governments and usual stoners have great enthusiasms about legalizing mary jane, the silent majority  are saying enough is enough and reevaluating the worthwhileness of intoxicants. 

Many are also realising  after watching the governments doing a money grab that these products are just another consumer push to stimulate spending and the economy, no matter what the social cost.  Many are also seeing the the supposed benefits are illusory.

I wandered up the dock to the supply shop, looked around and returned.  I had supper and pulled out the boat manuals.  Among them I found some charts the previous owner had been wondering about.

Then I played with the ham radio a bit and then watched several episodes of Orphan Black. It's good enough to entertain.

I'm off to bed at 2145.  I hope I sleep as well as I did last night.

Yesterday's post.

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.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Tuesday January 9th 2018

Today Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries late this morning and this afternoon. Wind becoming north 20 km/h then increasing to 40 gusting to 60 late this morning. Temperature falling to minus 14 this afternoon.
Tonight Periods of light snow. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60 diminishing to 20 this evening then becoming light before morning. Low minus 18. Wind chill minus 27.

At 0455, I got up for the day, having slept well, but not like the night before.   I had come awake several times during the seven hours, but had only limited congestion and no problem falling asleep again.

BG: 5.6.  BP: 102/57(low)
 The sinus problem continues, but is less problematic.

I have nothing scheduled today other than maybe going uptown to buy tools and reviewing the various manuals. 

I don't think the ham radio antenna is working, so maybe I can fix that.  I hear a little activity on 3.935 now, before dawn, but not much else.  I have not checked the propagation reports.  I'll have to listen on the Sonrisa net frequency and see what happens.  Right now, I hear some US nets on 80 meters, but they are weak.

I did hear some activity on the sonrisa frequency, but it was weak and I did not listen much.

Later, I pulled the panels apart and traced the wiring. As far as I can tell, the ham radio and tuner are working as designed.  Maybe propagation is lousy or maybe the marina is a bad radio location.  I'm not noticing obvious local interference though.  The static seems to be general background noise.

I chased paper problems all morning, launched the dinghy and mounted the motor, then read manuals, had a nap, wandered over to the local supply shop and the nearby convenience store and returned. I then added more air to the pontoons and went for a short cruise around the marina.  By then it was dusk, so I raised the dinghy onto the davits and changed for the evening.

By then the radio was showing a bit more life, but the bands are pretty flat. Sunspots have been scarce lately I hear.

I keep flushing my sinuses and tell myself they are getting better.  I'm not having nosebleeds and the mucous is less pink, but there is still some plugging.

I was going to watch video, but have been tired all day and see it is after nine.

Good night.

Yesterday's post.

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.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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