April 10th 2019
My cold woke me several times during the night in spite of the Allegra-D.
This is my last day here so I need to tie up loose ends and get ready to pack tomorrow morning.
I phoned my bank in Canada last night to find out why I cannot get cash from the ATMs here anymore and was on hold for ten minutes before giving up. This morning I called and got through right away. They could not find any problem. I'll try again today. I'm hoping my Mexican US dollar account will be ready today, too.
I was about to go trade t-shirts when Miguel called. He was on his way to Baja Magic, so I met him there. We chatted with Victor and then drove to Marina Palmira to pick up my steps which friends had saved for me there. We loaded them into his truck, then he went on to Costa Baja and I Ubered to the bank.
The signing at the bank went quickly and I crossed to the bank across the street and found my bank card still did not work, so I used a credit card and that worked. I hate to do that due to the extra charges, but I need to show good faith to my friends who are working on the boat.
I ordered Uber, but the driver had been stopped by police and could not come. He texted for me to cancel and I did, but Uber charged me $25 MXN -- about $2 to cancel. I appealed and the charge was dropped.
I had watched two collectivos pass while waiting and caught the third one. I paid $10 MXN -- 70c CAD -- and rode to Cinco de Febrero and got off, walked to Antonio Navarro 53.
I was relaxing when Miguel called and asked if I have a winch handle. I said, "Yes, but it is buried in the forward cabin. I'll come over." By the time I walked the one block to the marina, he had found it and opened the hatch for the emergency tiller. We found, however, that the rudder shaft was not that easy to drop. It is a job for the marina, seeing as we are paying them to do it.
We sat in the kitchen and drank a couple of light beers, made notes, and exchanged money.
As we sat, figuring, the wind picked up and the predicted weather arrived. Trees toss and doors slam. It is cooler. We concluded our business and Miguel left. I moved to my bedroom to work.
Then on the VHF radio, I heard a Pan Pan - the urgency call, one priority down from emergency. Apparently a sailboat was seen dragging anchor out by The Magote and going aground. The owner was absent and unknown, but local sailors rallied to rescue the boat.
Someone asked about tides and since no one responded, I reported that the tide was rising and should be up a foot by dusk. They were thankful as a falling tide would strand the boat and a rising tide would lift it off the sand. At present I'm standing by, listening. Apparently another boat is adrift, too, and the winds really are not all that strong. Makes a person wonder what would happen in a real storm.
I had a long nap and a shower and plan to spend my last evening catching up on computer work.
Here come the robots: A day in the Life of a Waymo Self-Driving Taxi
I checked my rate on the credit card advance and it does not appear to be worse than the bank card. There may be additional charges that do not show up until the next statement however. I won't be paying interest, though, since I always overpay the card before travelling.Quote of the Day
Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past,
I slept poorly, being stuffed up with the cold, and got up at seven. I have 3-1/2 hours before I leave for the shuttle.
Before I leave for the shuttle, though, I'll have a few hours to pack and visit the clubhouse. Then there is the three-hour drive over the mountains to SJD. That drive is almost as long as the four-hour flight to YYC and much more dangerous.
I have never worried on that trip over narrow, twisting mountain roads without guardrails most places, but I notice on Facebook that the company had a wreck in July 2018. Apparently there was only the driver in the van, and no serious injuries. Hmmm.
Miguel drove me to the shuttle. The ride across was as usual and I caught my flight without incident.
The flight Was uneventful. I slept an hour, then played solitaire for a while and watched True Lies for the rest of the flight. I know I've seen it before, but totally forgotten the content.
Coming into Calgary, we were advised there was fog and when we could see the ground, only minutes before touchdown, we saw snow.
Bert met me with my van and said the snow had just begun an hour before when he was stopped in Airdrie. We drove north and found the slush on the road hazardous. We stopped at the SuperStore for food, then I decided to go straight east rather than north, knowing the local weather patterns. Sure enough, the snow was local and by the time we got to the 591 and the north leg, the snow had stopped and the roads were bare, but wet, as it was raining there.
I dropped Bert at his place and drove home, turned up the heat, started the home computer on updates and went to bed. It was about ten-thirty.Quote of the Day
When we seek to discover the best in others,
we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
William Arthur Ward
I woke up twice during the night, once at 0130 and once at 0305, then slept until 0618 and dozed until at seven sharp, I rolled over, looked at the clock, and got up. My cold did not congest me much overnight, but I still have tickle in my throat.
I weighed and check my BP. I was pleased to see my weight is down a bit at 226.8. My BP is 103/64 with pulse at 64. Hmmm. That is low.
An hour later, I get 98/63 and 59. Maybe this wrist cuff is not accurate anymore? I'll get a second opinion from an arm cuff. This one reads 116/65 and pulse 61, then 118/61 and 61.
What's behind door number three? I got out my second arm cuff -- 127/70 and 61.
Back to the first one: 108/64 63.
As this went on, I was more getting active. At the first reading I had been sitting still for an hour.
I spent the morning settling in and after lunch I had Carolyn drive me to Three Hills to drop off the van at Danny's to get the air-conditioning repaired.
On returning, I looked at her refrigerator ice maker which is acting up and asked for a manual. She brought it over after a while.
I have things to do, but I'm groggy after my travels and think I'll have a nap.
I finished my insurance claim first, had a snack, then lay down at five and slept until eight.
I got up for a while, but was in bed by ten. Seems this cold has me very tired.Quote of the Day
Be who you are and say what you feel,
because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
Bernard M. Baruch
I woke up at 0416 and went back to sleep until 0517 and then got up for a while. I still have a cold and the congestion is mostly gone, but my eyes are glazed when I wake up and my sinuses are dry. I was still sleepy, so turned on the humidifier and went back to bed until 0715. That helped with the dry sinuses.
I weigh 227.0 today and my BP using the least generous device is 103/66 with a pulse of 62. I'm starting to pay attention again. I've got a beer belly and that has to go.
I'll do some desk work today, walk a bit around the place, then maybe go to Birch Bay. I was going to have a supper tonight, but can't be sure I won't be too tired and cancelled.
I has promised Carolyn that I'd look at her fridge, so i walked down to Carolyn's and looked at her fridge. The icemaker delivery auger is not working. I tried prying out two switches to test them, but found they were difficult and retreated home to study the question. It turned out I should just have pried harder.
I had set up accounts at Intercam Banco in La Paz and now came the time to set up online. I had put this off as I knew it might not be a five-minute thing, and it turned out to be a real job.
They take security seriously. I had been given a little device when I opened the account and every time I entered info while setting up the account, I had to type a number into the device, press enter and then type in the number that popped up. I got it done, but it was stressful. I did not want to fail and find myself locked out.
Danny called and my van was ready, so I enlisted Carolyn to drive me to town and recovered the van. The bill came to $262.83. That is higher than usual, but a hose had had to be replaced.
In the way up, I had mentioned to C that I have VCRs that I never use, She has three or four she uses all the time but they are at a repair shop and the shop has not even begun to try to repair them, so I promised to lend her one.
When we returned, I lent her the Toshiba and then decided to check out the other one myself. It is probably five or ten years since I used them.
I had supper and watched Thunderball, then went to bed early again.
Quote of the Day
Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life
I slept until seven. The day appears bright and sunny. Wind is predicted. I'm still a bit affected by the cold but much better.
Around ten, Fen dropped in for tea. She had to drop off a sweater at Jay's and came by to see if I was in. We had a visit and she headed off to Didsbury.
I got busy doing some online searching. We had discussed hearing aids and I decided to follow up on some previous research I'd done, then got sidetracked into oximeters. PVRs also came up in my searches.
I laid down for a nap and was deep asleep when some survey 'bot rang my phone. Once I realised what the ringing was, I picked it up, listened for a second and hung up, How can they get away with that? Had I been awake, I might have taken the time to lie to them. Scum.
The wind dropped by late afternoon, but by then I hardly felt like walking. Just the same, I should.
I've walked around this town for fifty years now and things have changed. One thing that has aged, but is still here is Breingan's goat shed. That is where I first looked a goat in the eye and was shocked to discover that their pupils are rectangular. I came to have seventeen goats before I finally had enough and sold them all.
Actually, I can't recall why I sold them but it took a while for my kids (children, not goats) to forgive me. The goats were good company, but impossible to fence and hard on trees.
I see the ducks are back tonight.Quote of the Day
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Iwas up for an hour in the middle of the night, then slept soundly until I woke up, rolled over, and glanced at the clock. It said 7:00. That is the third time in the last week that I have found myself looking at 7:00 on waking up. Spooky.
I spent the first hour looking over hearing aids and oximeters. So far, I have not made a decision, but plan to order both before too long. The oximeter decision is the simpler of the two. Hearing aids are more complex and the market is controlled by resellers.
I have things to do today and one at the top of the list is to figure out my accounts and make some transfers. I also should do some physical work around the place, work on the truck and mower, and order some gravel for the driveway.
Let's start with the gravel. I walked out and took pictures of the current condition. The mud is coming up through the gravel and it is time for another layer. It has been twenty-plus years since the last time. I'll look up local suppliers and make some calls...
Meantime, I realised that I had spent a lot of time looking at oximeters and not ordered one, so I went back and placed an order with Walmart. This is a top-line model with Bluetooth and a rechargeable battery. I figure why fool around with a unit that lacks features? For one thing, the rechargeable battery will be mostly useful -- assuming I use this thing for more than a few days.
Walmart was cheaper and faster than Amazon Prime, at least that is the promise for delivery. We'll see. Now, I can cross that off my list.
Mail came and I see I now have checks for the US account. I hardly ever use checks, so this will be a lifetime supply.
I got a call back from a gravel guy and he is coming tomorrow with two loads, so that takes care of that.
Then I got distracted by the Calgary Bee email list...
> Just in case the new folks do not know - there is an app (of course) for identifying bee diseases and pathogens
> Bee Health for Android and Apple
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Today is Alberta election day. The campaign has been unnecessarily nasty and neither of the leaders is coming out of it looking especially good. Our premier in particular has debased herself IMO. Although I never did agree with her assumptions and direction, she came across as a person of integrity until recently. The results will be interesting.
My cold is tapering off, but I still feel generally uninspired. The weather over the coming days is looking ideal. Summer is coming, but, just the same, we'll have more cold spells and perhaps another dump or two of snow.
I plan to go skiing at least once more before Nakiska closes ten days from now. I see the base area is already losing snow, but the upper mountain is looking good.
I'm realizing that I have been increasingly'unmindful', going from one thing to the next without thought and reading 'news' on my phone when I have spare moments, so I started the day by sitting down and thinking for ten minutes. Was I meditating? Some would say yes, others would say no, so I'll just call it thinking.
After ten minutes, I got up and went on with my day.
No matter. The 'news' is a distraction from my own real life. I need to focus on each moment and where I am more than some distant event or opinion.
Next, I did the dishes, put the wash into the dryer and checked the furnace. The ashes were getting high, so I shoveled them and checked the bin. I have enough coal for the summer. Recently, I heard from the plumber and they have time to run some black pipe now and I may get back on the job and get the gas into use this summer.
Today, though, I have to do some wire transfers. That requires a lot of fooling around and a trip to town. Also, I'm expecting two loads of fresh gravel for my driveway sometime today. At some point, C and I will walk down to the Swalwell Hall, hold our noses, and vote.
C said to walk at one, so we did and voted, then walked back. I decided to try to get moving on my international financial project and drove to town. The bank told me I could save $45 by driving to a Trochu bank with a draft, so I did. In Trochu, I was told they could not accept the deposit. So, back to Three Hills and I paid $50 to get the job done there, but not without having to phone Transferwise for more info.
I drove home hoping this works. I have been to banks twelve times or more trying to get this work done and the papers said this could take a week.
I got home, ate some of the freshly cooked chicken I bought in town and checked my email. The deposit arrived already and I am good to go.
I made a test US dollar transfer to the keel repair shop somewhere in Mexico and I'm holding my breath. As I say, trust does not come easy to me.
I'm thinking that I'll cook one of the two turkeys I bought in town just now on Friday and maybe take one to Birch Bay on the weekend.
I spoke to Jean and maybe she'll come skiing Thursday.
I'm more energetic today.
I sat down in front of the TV and watched the election returns until nine. It was the usual conjecture, 'informed' dialogue, and running tabulations of vote counts. There were no commercials so I was not driven away. It was clear what the outcome was by the time I went to bed at nine-thirty.
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The Alberta election is over and the result is clear. Only two main parties hold seats in the legislature and the conservatives have a strong majority.
Next, I'm wondering who in government will first risk the knee-jerk mass attack by the mob and dare to mention there is a lot of evidence that carbon dioxide is beneficial, not the pollutant the endless propaganda claims. When the right person stands up, the tide will turn. We can't continue with this AGW insanity.
My gravel is scheduled to come at eleven with a bobcat arriving right afterwards to spread the gravel evenly. This the first step in fixing up the front yard and entry. After that, I need to work on my front walk and front door.
The walk needs to be torn up and replaced. I had considered pouring a new one over the old and that may still be the best solution. The problem is that the current design is industrial and a new one should be more residential. Additionally, a tree which I like is crowding the space. When It comes to a new design, I am not inspired.
Today I'll continue my banking and watch over the gravel project. I should haul the drums of ashes out at some point in the coming days, too.
Maybe I should have the bobcat tear up the old sidewalk, but then I would be really committed. Another option is to get a load of sand and build a new walk over the old one using the leftover bricks I used for weights on top of hives. I probably have at least 4,000 bricks. Each is 4" X 8", for a total coverage of 888 square feet or 10 feet by 89. I only need to cover 8' X 30'. Hmmm.
The gravel came and the bobcat will be here for an hour or two. I might be able to spread gravel with my little tractor, but I doubt I'd get a good job.
I tried to do a transfer from my Canadian account to the US and it was impossible. I ended up calling telephone banking and that is torture. I'll be glad when I get clear of the TD for anything beyond simple tasks.
The bobcat showed up and accomplished quite a bit besides spread gravel.
After supper a fellow drove down from Torrington to buy a few drawn combs. I went out and found him some and guess what? I have a live hive in a stack. I wonder if there are more. I suppose I should check these guys for varroa and take appropriate measures.
I'm tired and so I'm going to bed at nine.
I may get up around midnight or one and spend a few hours tinkering. We'll see.
It turns out that my sleep patterns are normal. Who knew?
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I slept right through until four-thirty, dozed until six, and got up. My eyes were glazed again today and it took a while to clear them. I've woken with glazed eyes for the past few days and I attribute that to this strange cold I picked up in La Paz. I guess it not completely over yet. It is hard to tell. I'm not overly congested.
I was planning to go skiing today, but am having second thoughts. I have things to do and the day is looking pretty warm on the hills. Nakiska Ridgetop is expected to reach 18 degrees C. That is too warm, and that is at the top of the mountain.
I spent an hour or two plotting my next visit to La Paz. Getting there from SJD is a hassle and I have lost respect for EcoBaja shuttles. My plan is to catch the local bus to Santa Anita and then catch the Aguila bus to LP. It took a while, but I found the actual airport website and there learned how to catch the bus and also that Uber is available there now!
I got to writing on Facebook. The topic was this article:
I know, it is a waste of time, but...
I clipped the conversation to leave out the clueless interjections from the usual mob of uncomprehending commenters.
I called Flo to see if she is coming tomorrow and she said she has a bad cold, so I drove over with some Allegra-D and bought a few groceries while in Linden.
My front walk has been bothering me for some time and I figured it was beyond saving, but decided to pressure-wash it and it is not looking too bad. Next, some time, I'll have to scrape and paint the doors.
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Today I cook a turkey and expect as many as twelve for supper. I've been falling behind in my housework, so a bllitz is in order today.
I continue to waste time on Facebook. A diversion, I suppose. Facebook has proven surprisingly useful, though, for tips on life in the Baja.
I'm cleaning house. It is a big job. It is a big house. My goal is to make the travelled areas decent by the time people arrive. Jean and family will likely arrive first, but I want to be ready. The turkey is in the oven. I'm home. It is hard to realize that a week ago, I was in Mexico.
If I never had suppers, my house would likely decline into a total mess. This keeps me honest.
We had twelve for a supper of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, mixed vegetables, jellied salad, and ice cream for dessert. Most left by nine, but Bert, Fen and I chatted until after eleven.
I was in bed by twelve.
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