Monday July 1st 2019
I was considering going to Gull Lake this afternoon, but decided against. Jean is in Bentley and rain is expected in the afternoon. I am making progress on things here and hate to lose momentum. It seems every time I go away it take me a while to settle back into the groove here. I'll go up later this week. Maybe. I wanted to go to stores for various things and the stores are closed for Canada Day.
So far the day is bright and sunny, so I'm headed outside to do a few things. Rain is expected around four this afternoon. I'll be interested to see how accurate the forecast is.
I was fairly ambitious but got waylaid by Duolingo and spent an hour or two playing with Spanish lessons on my phone. Their phone app can be addictive once you get past the stupid fruits and cows part.
By the time I went out to do the trailer, the wind was picking up and the temperature dropped, so I went in and watch some video. So much for ambition.
Then I thought about doing something practical and went back to Duolingo until I started to make mistakes from boredom.
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I slept restlessly and awoke groggy. I wonder if maybe I got a touch of food poisoning the other night. The day is dull and I am un-ambitious. Thus a visit to the Calgary beekeepers forum...
The day turned brighter and I am feeling more energetic, so even if the day is cool, I'm headed outside for a bit.
Nope. I fiddled around more with Duolingo on the desktop now. Now I'm going outside.
Nope. I got a phone call and I'm teaching a cruise and learn sailing course out of Vancouver July 12-14.
I had already contacted Miguel about postponing my trip to La Paz longer and he said work will not be done by the 7th. He also says that the temperature in La Paz was 47 Celsius (117 F) today. He is also feeling unwell. So, I'll switch my flight -- again.
I had spoken with Rick this morning and he says Cassiopeia's steering is still stiff so we may have to dry-dock the boat for a day or two to check that out and I should be there, so this is all falling into place -- sorta.
I went out and looked at the Crossbow trailer, mounted the winch and turned the sailboat over. The crossbow has been sitting in the weeds for a few years. It is a perfectly good sailboat and I have only a few things to do to get it on the water. I'll load it next and wash it off.
I loaded the boat onto the trailer and set to pressure washing it. That took a few hours and the breaker blew every few minutes, slowing the process
I was not quite done at eight when the light began to fade and mosquitoes started to buzz me. I came in for the night. Once inside, I went back to Duolingo and racked up more points and had a total of 1110 points by the end of today. That is twice what anyone else posted.
Now I'm going to watch video and let the others catch up. This was pretty good day.
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I'm up at 0620 and the day looks promising.
BG is back down to 6.3 and I can't figure it out. I ate ice cream last evening, followed by spaghetti. That should have sent it up, but somehow the results are down from recent numbers. Go figure.
My plan is to work on the Crossbow further and see if I can get the boat ready for the water. A few fittings were causing issues, so I'll see if I can deal with that.
Friday looks like the best day for the Stampede. Not too hot and less likelihood of rain, and no weekend crowds. Actually, though, the entire Stampede period looks cool and cloudy. Calgary weather is at right.
Okay. Here is the prediction for today (right), posted on the 29th, four days ago, followed by today's prediction posted today. I'd say there is not a great deal of correspondence between the two except for the highs and lows.
The prediction for tomorrow (left) is more telling. Five days out (left side), they were really a long way off and anyone planning based on the forecast would have an unpleasant surprise. The precipitation prediction, while not congruent, is closer than the temperature prediction, however.
I did few sessions of Duolingo first thing. Breakfast is next.
Miguel wrote and apparently the keel will be much slower arriving in La Paz than predicted. ETA is now the 20th. Good thing I changed my plans and decided to go to BC instead.
I went out and started work on the Crossbow. It is looking easier than I had thought. I will have to go to town, though to get some screws, etc.
I came in a while and racked up more Duolingo points. I'm at 1429 now and it is lunch time.
I went back out and turned the boat over again. I see I have some wood work to do with the centerboard and the rudder and have to get some parts in the city when I am there.
I then came back in as the day was cooling and racked up more points on Duolingo., watched some video and then more Duolingo.
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Today is cool and rainy.
I began by playing on Duolingo for a while, then posted on Calgary beekeepers a bit.
It is noon and I am expecting a call to have tires installed on my van, so I'll be driving to Three Hills this afternoon. I called and they say they will know in an hour if my tires are on the truck or not.
I've racked up 478 Duolingo points so far today, and 2982 in total. Apparently I have learned 313 words so far.
I received a call and my tires are at the shop. I'll be there at two to have them installed.
I now have 3116 Duolingo points and frankly, I still hardly understand any Spanish. There is a long way to go before I am conversant enough to carry on more than a very basic conversation. Savvy?
I drove to town, got a ride to the IGA to kill time, then drove home on new tires. I want to save the winter tires with studs for winter, so I now have summer tires for long summer runs. I have a road trip to La Paz by in the back of my mind. I know it sounds crazy, but crazy I am.
I could go more or less straight down, stopping at Aliso Viejo to see Jon and family or maybe also go by Granville island (GI). Its a 48-hour drive (in your dreams). Maybe Jon or one of his kids would go with me the rest of the way? I'm open to offers for all or any part of this trip.
Going to GI only adds four hours. but then I am driving I5 with all its weirdness instead of I15 with its straight-through simplicity.
The hardest section is in Mexico since night driving is out of the question. Too many cows and goats on the road. And there is talk (always) of banditos.
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I did watch the beginning of the Stampede parade on TV, but quit when the commercials started. I'd seen enough anyhow.
The doe was back nibbling at the brush pile again this morning.
I posted some videos from the CDBA field trip to Swalwell, showing the outdoor extracting.
I should mention we were about twenty feet from some strong, foraging hives but the bees showed no interest in the open honey.
I have 3443 Duolingo XP now and 340 words rated strong.
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I woke up at 0611 and got up. As consciousness returned, I was aware that I am remembering words I was finding difficult yesterday. I started off with a shower, coffee, an egg white cheese omelet and Duolingo. I figured if I am on a streak, I should ride it.
The day began dull, but by seven, the sun was shining through the clouds. Predictions are for a warm day. What to do? So many options.
Continuing my appraisal of the accuracy of forecasts, here is today's Calgary weather. On the left, the prediction made July 3rd, and on the right, today's. Click or hover to zoom.
My impression is that the predictions are not as accurate as one might wish, especially in regard to the precipitation. Wind is off, too in magnitude. temperature, too. Given that the prediction given is for typical weather for this time of year and could have been written a year ago with a good probability of similar accuracy, I'd say it is a fail. People have been fooled by oracles since the beginning of history.
That said, it looks like a good day for Stampede, but it is a weekend and there will be crowds since a decent sort of day is predicted.
Here is the Calgary guesses for the coming week.
I spent the day doing I don't know what. I was busy, but not much seems to have been accomplished although I did add 355 more Duolingo points. I'm up to 3776 XP and 413 words.
I watched some Netflix, did more Duolingo, and went to bed.
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I woke upearly again and had breakfast and had done 50XP by six.
It is another damp, misty morning here in Swalwell. I'm thinking I am going to do something significant today. It is too easy to let the time slip by without making progress on projects.
Even if the yard and the Crossbow and other projects are lagging, I am pleased with my Spanish progress.
I've decided I am going to the Stampede today and I'll do some shopping along the way. For one thing, my kitchen faucet handle corroded off yesterday and I need a new one. I'll also get some small parts for the Crossbow.
I drove to Airdrie and I drove south, the day cleared and by the time I got to Airdrie, the sun was out -- a bit. I stopped at Marks and bought a pair of shorts, then the faucet at Canadian Tire.
From there, I went o Home Depot for some screws. I was disappointed at the selection, but got what I need for now. From there, I drove to Princess Auto, only to find the store has moved fifteen minutes back in the direction from which I had just come.
I backtracked and got the hitch carrier I wanted and drove to Victoria Park. I had noticed a little occasional grinding in the brakes previously, but now it was worse. Not only that, but parking was $25 and a thunderstorm was gathering. I headed out of town.
I had intended to go back north up the 2 and get gas at Costco, but found I was eastbound on memorial and passed the #2 exit, thinking maybe to park at Marlborough and take the C-train to Stampede Park. I was very undecided.
Once there, I decided to see if a brake shop was open and sure enough just one was but was closing in a half-hour. He agreed to take a glance even if he could not do any work today, so so I headed back south to 17th (now called International Avenue) and was told that the driver's rear pad was shot. I had already guessed, but now I knew.
A Jiffy Lube was next door and I went there next since I figured I need a change. The kids opened the hood, said the oil looked good, but needed a top-up. They added a quart and would not take any money. This little cluster of businesses has nice staff. Two freebees in a row. I noticed also that the transmission shop next in the line was one that had gone good work for me super-cheap many years ago.
Since I was in the East End, I called Ken and Wendy, thinking I'd drop by along this easterly route home. I seldom take this route any more.
It turn\s out this is Wendy's birthday, so I stopped to pick up some flowers along the way and discovered a Costco nearby, so I got the cheap gas after all.
I visited for a while, then continued home, arriving a little after six. I was planning to pull the rear wheel and maybe assemble the hitch rack, but as i stepped out of the van two mosquitoes found me. I came in and here I am. Tomorrow I have to order parts.
The handle for the new faucet fits the old one, so I simply changed handles-- for now.
Three full days are left before I fly west.
I did 99 points on Duolingo and quit. I am beat and it is only 7:23.
I watched some Netflix then got back to Duolingo.
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Islept until nine. I had been up for a while during the night, had breakfast and went back to sleep. I tried Duolingo for a while when I was up, but was making errors and was only made things worse so I quit.
The day is not dull and not bright so far. Forecasts are for a warm, cloudy day.
I have three days to get things done before going west, so I began by pricing the parts for the van in Airdrie, then checking to see if I have refills for my prescriptions. next came some tidying and catching up on the keyboard.
Next, I'll get going. Maybe I'll pull the van into the basement where I can work on it regardless of weather or bugs. Later, when the grass dries, I'll mow. Once I know what the van needs, I'll have to drive to town.
I may have to give up on getting to the Stampede this year as I can see I am coming up against my Thursday deadline. Looking ahead, the weather on the coast for my cruise and learn looks good.
The day brightened and I decided to cut grass. I can get the whole place cut in a day. Only, I didn't. I hate mowing lawn and came in and answered emails from my clients for the cruise Friday and watched video instead after completing the front.
I see the ducklings are out. There must be two families because one mother can't have raised that many. They share. A doe came and watched me as I stood on the deck, then hopped away.
It's 8:30 and I am bored. There is too much to do and nothing seems appealing. Mow the lawn, medicate the bees, fix the brakes. Uggggh. Sometimes any of these seems pleasant, but not tonight.
Duolingo is getting less fun. I've picked all the low hanging fruit and the bugs are becoming obvious. I did, however complete my daily allotment and trust the glow will return.
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I have two days now to deal with the remaining tasks and to visit Jean if I do. I've decided to skip the Stampede.
I did my daily dose of Duolingo and met my quota. I am finding this less fun as time goes by. The voices are muffled no matter what device i use compared to the clarity of Audible's audio. I have not heard from Fen about going to Gull lake.
C has been depressed for a week now and is not walking.
Here is an interesting article that more or less expresses my current appraisal of the global climate situation.
We must remember that climate models are just models. GIGO. Some fit the facts for a while, some appear to work longer, but as Yogi is said to have proclaimed, "Predictions are difficult, especially about the future". Things happen. As another said, "The plans of mice and men are aft gang aglay."
And next is an article that suggests we may have a bigger problem and this is a real worry I have wondered about as long as I have been aware of climate. being a ham radio guy, I am more aware than most of the solar cycles, long and short. Whereas small temperature increases over the past centuries have been hugely beneficial for humanity on the whole, even a relatively small drop in global temperatures could cause incredible global turmoil, wars and starvation and we have had such episodes in the past. periods of cooling always result in suffering and turmoil.
And here is what appears to me to be the voice of a sensible scientist. I have found many such articles written by ordinary, non-publicity seeking scientists but the media is always looking for the extreme. The discovery that the world appears to be on track to continue on the track it has for the past two millennia is not news and does not get much ink (or funding), but any theory and it is only theory, that suggests an impending disaster gets headlines. Fact is, I am more concerned about the certainty of an eventual meteor strike, a major west coast earthquake, or a worldwide volcanic (or nuclear) winter than the continuation of gradual and moderate climate change.
Right about now, we could use some warming here in Central Alberta. It's July and it is cold here and wet. The warming over the past century has lengthened our growing season considerably, and I am told that then increased CO2 is resulting in more robust crop growth.
Fen called and she has to go to Strathmore this evening so she suggested I ride along. I guess Gull Lake is off the table for today.
I went out and burned some trash and called Rick in Sidney. He says the fridge on my boat quit and they also had to change the galley sink faucet. Odd indeed. I had exactly the same issues here at home. Fridge and fridge quit. He also had to do some work on the stove, but I have had nothing of the sort here, though -- yet.
The day continues damp and dull. I did some chores and had a nap mid-afternoon.
Fen phoned at 4:30. Her electrician is in Didsbury, wiring her house, so she'll be late getting here. That gives me a chance to do some more chores. The sun has come out. Work on the van, or cut more grass? I have an hour.
Fen came by and we drove downtown to Jay's to pick up a bike she had lent. Ruth and Barb showed up while we were parked there so I spoke to them about doing some gardening for me.
Next, we drove south on Highway 21 to Strathmore where she bought a bench she had found on Kijiji and we had supper at The Roadhouse.
We drove back to Swalwell, loaded Fen's wooden horse sculpture that Water Valley Al made and which has been in my7 basement for two decades into her truck and she headed home. I did some Duolingo and went to bed. Current standing: 425 words, 4193 XP.
I'll write more later. It's four-twenty AM and time to go back to bed.
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