Jean had mentioned they are going skiing today, so I loaded my gear into the van and drove to Nakiska. I was on the Silver Chair by one and few minutes later I was at the top of the mountain dead ahead in the picture and had met up with the family.
The snow was well-groomed and soft and few skiers were out mid-week, so conditions were ideal for cruising at wide-open throttle. I was pleased to find I am still in good condition for fast skiing on the steeps although we did not do many moguls. At one point, my legs turned to jelly and I sat a while, but soon I recovered and was back on the runs.
I left the slopes just before four and drove home, stopping at the Ghost to drive through the boat yard to see if anything is for sale. I did not see any for sale signs. In Airdrie, I found there wasn't a line-up at the car wash so I ran the van through. It had gotten pretty disreputable-looking from traveling muddy back roads.
The runoff has begun. There was a trace of water on the pond ice the this morning and by the time I got home the stream was running and the pond had risen considerably (below). The temperature may stay above freezing overnight and the level will continue to rise. I expect the snow may be gone by the weekend. The driveway is mostly clear of snow and ice and the mud is almost dry in places.
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Bryant H. McGill
Today Sunny. Fog patches this morning. High 12. UV index 5 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 1. Wind chill minus 5 overnight.
I see the pond has filled more overnight as expected. It is still well below the brim, but there is a lot more snow on the fields (background image), so I am sure it will be filled to overflowing by the time the runoff ends.
The month end is coming up soon and I leave Tuesday, so I have to finish the books today and get them to the accountant.
Of course, going straight at the job would be too simple, so I washed the dishes and made soup first. Then I watered the plants. They are using more water now that the days are longer and the house is warmer.
I took some time to reply to Tracey on the forum. She seems to think that she has accomplished something with the UBAC, but if she has, it is not obvious. I think I was direct, but reasonably restrained in my comments, but feel free to join in. Read it here.
The warm spell has moderated, so the snow melt and runoff has slowed. My little spring creek feeding the pond slows, then stops running overnight, but gets running by about four in the afternoon. It then continues until sometime after the sun goes down and slows as temperature drops for the night.
I spent the afternoon at the desk and made good progress. There is still more to do, but after supper I was tired. I lay down for a while, then got up and watched TV. I rarely watch TV but once in a while it is interesting to see what fantasies are being ladled out to the masses, and how low we can go.
I went to bed sometime around nine-thirty.
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I was up at three, stayed up until five, slept a bit and got up for the day. My daily rhythm is screwed up.
Today I expect to finish the books, drive to town, drop off the van at Danny's, and have the Usual Suspects over for supper.
Supper will be soup, salmon and vegetables.
I started on the accounting and wanted to print this year's Amazon activity report. I found a page and requested reports and found they were only my US activity which is almost zero. Amazon separates the US and Canadian business and sites. I'm on hold in a chat now, after a half-hour wasted searching. We'll see what comes back... It took a while, but that feature is not available on the Canadian site. Bummer. Time wasted.
I finished sorting the files and shared the folder with the accountant, then drove to town, dropped off some papers, went to the bank, and then dropped off the van at Danny's. Carolyn drove me home.
I made supper, the gang arrived, and we ate. There were seven of us. The meal was chicken soup, salmon, broccoli, kale salad, bean salad, blueberries and ice cream. Everyone left at about eight-thirty but Bert, Fen and I listened to Spotify for a while.
I cleaned up, loaded the dishwasher and was in bed around ten.
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I only learn things when I ask questions.
I'm up at 0600. It is minus two and there is a fog warning out. I came across this on Twitter (right).
I went back to bed at eight and slept until nine-thirty. When I got up again, the day was sunny.
I don't feel much like doing anything today and cannot think of anything I must do. I think I'll meditate a bit and something will bubble up to the top of mind.
I texted Danny about the van and he said I need a hose that can't arrive before Tuesday and I leave that day, so I told him to order it and had Carolyn drive me to town to bring the van home until I get back.
I'm considering going up to visit Jean but could also do some of the many things that need doing around here, like getting a load of gravel on my driveway which is very muddy today, work on the furnace replacement, start work on my front walk that needs replacing, fix the bathtub faucets that I never use, tidy the house, wash the windows... There is too much to, so I hate to even start.
I considered going to Jean's but decided to stay home and just do some things I have been wanting to do.
I noticed that Brian had posted in the forum and ventured there to read one of Doug Casey's articles in the post.
I have been a fan of Casey for a long time and share his belief that we can't really change much, but we can try to figure out what is coming down the road and get out of the way if we don't like what we see. I assume Doug is in Argentina at present.
I also looked at the references and although I somewhat doubt the actual validity of the Nolan Chart* and The World’s Smallest Political Quiz (I doubt virtually everything), I see it pegged me much as I would have assessed myself. Of course, answering "Maybe" to almost every question except downsizing government might have put me a little left of dead-centre.
That is what I think I think, but what I really think and do is likely quite different. Most or maybe all of us are hypocrites when it comes right down to it. After all, I am in the 10% and like it that way. I could easily list another dozen indications, but won't.
* We have to realise that our thoughts are expressed and shaped in symbols and although out conceptual and language models there is some congruence with reality -- defined by Philip K Dick (no relation) as "..that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away" that relationship is imperfect. Out thoughts and communications are constrained by language. We also have to realise that our capacity to sense our environment is very limited and that has an impact on what we thing. GIGO. anyhow...
In late afternoon, the power failed and we were without electricity for less than an hour. Since it was a short outage, I assume a breaker blew and needed to be reset.
I watched another Barney Miller Episode in YouTube, and episode of Covert Affairs on Amazon Prime, both on my laptop, looked at a Michael Levin video about race and decided it is the sort of thing that gives serious thought a bad name, and then a Jordan Peterson video on my phone and went to bed.
As for the Michael Levin video, the less said the better. It is one of those things it is better not to touch.
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I'm up at seven., looking out at a dull day. I have nothing scheduled until Tuesday morning.
I'm thinking of Mexico and other things, and I'm realizing that I did not particularly enjoy my mother's 100th birthday party, even though it was my idea.
What will I do today? Well, the bin auger extension has come off and it seems the metal fatigued, so I have a little work to do there. I also really need to do some cleanup and re-organizing and vacuuming again.
My Acer is suddenly becoming slower again in spite of the new SSD drive. From looking at the system, it seems constrained by the processor and for some reason, the swap file. Why it is swapping is a mystery to me. I notice some reference to Skype and see there is no longer any way to keep Skype from starting with Windows.
In my searches I discovered that apparently Skype is problematic if a user is signed in on more than one device. That is a deal-breaker for those of us who have a phone or two and several desktops running. I seldom use Skype on desktop. It works fine on the phone once I figured out the cluttered and counter-intuitive interface. It works just as well as the phone app.
A search then found me this gem and I followed the procedures and now the Samsung flies.
I did the Samsung machine first since it is more responsive. This old Samsung was fast before, but now is faster. I'm working on the Acer now, seeing as it is the problem machine -- again. I hate to spend time on this, but the time spent now will be saved many times over while using the devices
That is an unlikely title, but leads to a page with really powerful cleanup processes that work!
Well, now both my machines are running well and I have to decide which one to take along to Mexico. The Acer is smaller and lighter and that is the best choice -- if it behaves itself. I used to carry it everywhere before it began giving me grief. I suspect it will be faster if it does not have to drive the second large monitor as it is at the moment. When on the road, it does not.
I'm off to the basement to do a wash and work on the auger. I'm thinking I should take my large TV down there, too and set it up by the treadmill to encourage me to walk, and who knows? maybe run.
Surprise! I did not expect any issues on the Samsung, but ran the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM) and the system file checker sfc /scannow and guess what? There were corrupted files.
I see the geese are back today, but it seems they are just passing through so far. I see some green buds on the elms.
I went down and fixed the auger, then went out to fix the mud-flap on the van and found the job is not a easy as I thought. I can't get the drill in at the right angle and I am not feeling very ambitious, plus it is cool and dull out there, but I got it done. I also did a wash, the dishes and some tidying.
I turned on Cross Country Checkup on CBC and they were talking about couple who live separately. Old news to me. My wife and I lived apart quite a lot after we sold the bee business as we had different interests. She was absorbed in her art and there wasn't much point in being around. Later, on Tapestries, they were talking about the problems of people of colour.
Sure, life is easier for some than others, but that will never change.
End of rant.
Well, I edited this on the Acer and it is much improved. I may be able to travel with it.
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10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we both hear and see
70% of what is discussed
80% of what we experience personally
95% of what we teach to someone else
I was up for a few hours in the night and logged into the two Spanish lesson sites I have had for a while.
I went back to bed and slept until almost nine and am looking out on another dull day. I have to organize and pack today and also take a trip to town at some point.
I wondered what I consume, having had four cups already and it is just after ten. My coffee maker says 12 cups and that is a typical days consumption for me +/- but some days I drink more and some less. Occasionally, I forget to drink coffee altogether.
I just saw a robin.
I'm brain-dead today and finally thought to take desloratdine (generic Claritin) and that helped.
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Tuesday March 26th 2019
I was up at three and packed, did the furnace, watered plants and left an hour early seeing as there were fog warnings out. The roadcams did not show anything, but I would rather be there early than late.
I encountered a few fog patches, but the drive was otherwise uneventful and I arrived four hours before the flight.
I found the premium lounge and had a second breakfast. When I got to the gate, I learned that the computers were down and the staff had to board us manually.
I was first on, but we were a half-hour late wheels-up so I worried that clearing into Mexico might be as slow as last time and I might miss my shuttle. The we found the airline did not have any entry forms to fill on board and that we would have to get them and fill them out on debarking. That could be another delay.
Once off, I was handed a slip and filled it quickly, walked to customs, and found there was no line-up at all. I cleared in an instant and was at the pick-up twenty minutes early.
We went the mountain route via Los Barriles and arrived at La Paz at five. Our route took us close to my AirBnB, so I asked the driver to stop nearby.
Finding the place was a puzzle. The location shown on the map was wrong and I called the owner. The actual location was blocks away from where the map showed it to be and it took me a half-hour to find it, but just exactly where I wanted to be, very near the marinas.
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Religion is doing what you are told, no matter what is right.
H. L. Mencken
Wednesday March 27th 2019
I slept well and woke up with the dawn. I'm groggy. No food on hand. No drinking water. Only beer.
I brought my little UV-5R handheld VHF/UHF radio with me and programmed in the channel 22A marine channel so can listen to the morning cruisers net to catch up on the news. The net came on at 8 as usual. It sounds very different when I'm stuck on the land.
I walked up the street to Calle Mariano Abosolo and found a breakfast place. I had two burritos and a coffee that turned out to be instant coffee. I was surprised to find that it was good.
I had phoned Miguel and he texted back he was at the bank. We agreed to meet my breakfast place, but after three quarters of an hour, he didn't show and I walked across to the Oxxo and bought some beer, intending to take it home.
He finally showed and his wife was along. We went to a coffee shop and sat at the curb and talked. She sat in the air-conditioned truck with her phone.
Miguel is an interesting guy. He was recommended to manage my insurance claim and we have stayed in touch since.
We went to the boat and sat in the cockpit and talked business. I went below and found water and coffee and various dry foods which I'll schlep back to my apartment.
I have had to decide whether to keep the boat and repair or abandon it to the insurance company. Cash is nice. I would be getting out clean and it would be like starting over fresh. Just walk away.
I guess, for me, that would be too easy and I am looking at a repair. That means a wait, more haggling and indecision, and owning a boat at the end of it all. I'll never have a better chance to get out than I have right now and am it giving up.
That means committing to a year or two or more of boating out of La Paz and owning a boat that will never be worth more than now and which will cost me to own and sell and be a worry in the meantime.
Am I crazy? I'm thinking about it. Maybe I should fade.
I went back to the apartment and had a beer and a nap. I awoke at four and spent some time reading, then at five, walked down towards the Malecon, but decided to go to Chedraui for some groceries. I needed a walk, so I headed that way. I passed El Toro Guero on the way and stopped for a Hamburgesa a Camaron (shrimp hamburger) and carried on. In all, I walked more than a mile from my apartment (blue dot)
At Chedraui I bought what I needed and called Uber. I was pleased that I was able to ride back without one word of English even though I had to direct the driver several blocks beyond what Uber showed because Google maps has an error. I'll have to report that because it has caused me grief twice.
I reported the error and we'll see if it is fixed. I have noticed that Google Maps gets street addresses wrong from time to time.
I was up until after midnight doing some web work and research.
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Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.
Thursday March 28th 2019
I went to bed late and woke up early -- at six -- with the conviction that I should take a buyout and not repair the boat. Clearly, this is my best chance to get out if I want to. Otherwise, I am in for repair costs which could escalate and then the operating costs for years to come, and eventually the task of selling the boat at some point and I'm realizing that I'm not getting any younger.
The question is, though, am I finished here? What do I really want to do? Do I want to be in Alberta in winter? If not, where? The BC west coast is actually pretty nice from March onward and even earlier at times.
This apartment is pleasant enough, but what would I do all day if I decided to rent or buy here? Do I want to have to take the four-hour flight and three-hour shuttle several times a winter? What would I do with The Old Schoolhouse?
I spent a few hours trying to get the GPS puck to work with my software with no luck.
Then, I wrote the adjuster to see if I can just take the settlement and walk away from the boat.
Then, in the afternoon, I walked down to the water and back. A reply from the insurance indicated they are less than enthusiastic about my idea.
I made supper, then watched some TV and some video and went to bed.
I'm watching CSI Miami, CSI Las Vegas, and The Mentalist dubbed into Spanish with Spanish subtitles and I am starting to understand it.
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Jacques Yves Cousteau
Another bright, sunny day.
I went to the boat in late morning and talked to Victor, then went aboard. I spent some time there, then went to Marina de La Paz for some RO water, then returned to my apartment at Antonio Navarro 53.
I had a nap, then started walking to Chedraui. Halfway there I remembered a Spanish lesson scheduled for 4:30 at the Vista Room so I walked back to Marina de La Paz and up to the Vista Room. N0 one was there and there were no chairs, so I walked down to Topeke and called Uber. Uber whisked me to Chedraui and I picked up a few items then went home.
I had supper and watched more Spanish TV and am quite surprised at how much I understand, reading the subtitles. As for the sound, this tiny TV has terrible sound quality and I doubt I could understand much English on it.
I watched TV, then Barney Miller and one episode of Dragnet and, wow!, it was after midnight.
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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
Saturday March 30th 2019
I woke up at three-thirty and could not get to sleep, so was up until five-thirty, then slept until almost eight.
The Spanish lessons were cancelled yesterday due to confusion about registering. Apparently no one registers, but people, including me, did show up only to find the room locked and empty.
So, I saw the notice on the board and called Raymundo who is trying to get them going and explained the confusion. I'll go down today and see how it goes.
I walked over to the marina and up to the Vista Room and no one was there, but I found Raymundo sitting on the patio at the clubhouse and when he found out the time, he went up and so did I and seven others.
The session started with pronouncing the vowel/consonant combinations. Some there already knew his routine. We went through that for a while and he asked people questions.
I was not particularly enjoying the experience. I guess he noticed and said I look serious. Was I enjoying myself?
I wasn't, but I did not want to be rude, so I said, "No se." i.e. "I don't know". Later he asked us each who we were an where we were. In turn I said, "Jo soy Allen. Estoy a La Paz". His eyebrows went up and I guessed I had nailed the accent.
A while later Raymundo was asking about partners and started with a young couple at my right. They were boyfriend and girlfriend. He asked me and, put on the spot, I said, "Mi esposa es muerta." -- "My wife is dead" -- being as close as I could come to a less direct "Mi esposa murio hace cinco anos" -- "My wife died five years ago". Oh well.
That whole thing depressed me and I went back to the apartment, drank some beer and slept all afternoon, catching up, I hope, on my lost sleep from last night.
Frankly, I am noticing I am depressed generally right now. I have many choices, but none seem attractive. This, too, will pass.
On the way back from the lessons I stopped at the boat and spent a few minutes there. I encountered Victor and his son on the way. They both work in the yard and I suppose they must be rich, since this is a huge yard, but they do not act that way. Of course I am a client and one that pays, so maybe that affects what I see?
Interestingly, on Mexican TV, I see prominent, repeating ads for OpenEnglishJunior online English lessons, showing enthusiastic youngsters learning English. The ads are clearly aimed at parents with young teens with the message that English will be an asset for their children. It makes one think.
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I slept a good eight hours and awoke at dawn. I think I should get my act together. I've been a bit of a wreck. Miguel says he will be on the job tomorrow. I have today plus three more days until I leave for home Thursday morning.
I'm using the Acer on this trip and the laptop is running perfectly with the new battery and SSD I installed a while back. I prefer to travel with this machine as it is lighter than the Samsung. Getting it running well was a time-consuming job, but worthwhile, I suppose. My problem now is that Windows 10 does not have the drivers for my GPS or my radio programming cables. I'm going to have to install Linux and I have not decided whether to go dual-boot or run live from a fast USB drive.
I am not having a good time lately. My computers gave me problems and now I am having device driver problems. In recent years software and websites have made a lot of changes and keeping up with them is getting to be work. Things that 'just worked' previously seem to require technical research to get going again. I've spent hours trying to get a GPS working with navigation software with no luck thanks to "improvements" in Windows.
This morning, I went to recharge my Telcel phone plan and the website was not working properly so I had to dig into the cookie permissions on Chrome and got it working, but Telcel now took my money and I don't see my renewal. I'm about to run out of data. I can use the wifi here, but it is slow and intermittent.
So, I wrote to Telcel by email, using the Google translator. I write in English, then translate to espanol and and then translate back to make sure it is still the same. Plus, I read it myself in both languages to make sure it corresponds and change words the machine has mucked up and repeat the process until it goes back and forth without distortion.
There is a story about machine translation that goes like this: A machine was asked to translate. "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" to Russian and back. The result? "The vodka is good but the meat is less good."
I tried it just now and machines have improved: "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak" translates to: "Дух желает, но плоть слаба", and comes back, "The spirit desires but the flesh is weak." Another try got, "Водка - это хорошо, а мясо - хуже|" -- "Vodka is good and meat is worse"
Hmmmm. Pray for world peace.
This a nice mostly quiet neighborhood except for birds that hoot all day long. "Hoot hoot hoot", repeat. Others join in at a slightly different pitch. It is annoying after a while. If it annoys me, why not them?
Computers and phones are driving me crazy. Things that used to work don't. I can't even use the Telcel site due to the security features. How does anyone do business anymore?
Chrome kept wanting to turn Telcel page into English, so I found the setting and turned it off -- I thought -- and now the browser is in Spanish. Maddening!
I managed to turn it back to English and muscle through the site by hook and crook and now it seems I have 10GB of data. How about that? I don't know how I did it. I was buying five.
Anyhow, I am finding working with software and the web frustrating in a way it never was before. Am I getting senile or are they eff'ing everything up? Seems nothing can be trusted to stay the same. Anything that works simply and well can be expected to have wrinkles and unwanted features added just when you need it to work quickly.
I had been i all day and decided to take a walk around the neighbourhood. It is an interesting area, near the marina and naval centre, with some pretty nice houses, some shacks, some abandoned properties and vacant lots. Bandidos and La Costa restaurants are here, too, all within a few blocks.
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