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A fall morning at 1207

 

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Thursday October 10th 2019

Today Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 6. Wind chill minus 14 this morning. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 11. Wind chill minus 14 overnight.

I slept well and am up at eight. 

We're off to Malta for breakfast. Aaron has a doctors appointment at eight-thirty and I'll ride along.  After that, I must attend to my brakes, so the plan is to get the parts in Clifton Park.  I phoned around.

After Aaron's doctor appointment, we had breakfast at a local cafe and drove to Advance Auto at Clifton Park where I bought brake pads and one rotor.

   
A lining had separated from the backing and scored the rotor.

Once back, I pulled off both wheels and changed the rotor and the pads. After a quick road test I was done.

I was amazed at how far gone the brakes were.  My brake shop had reassured me they were okay not too long ago. When I took them apart, the pads were worn to nothing on both sides and the lining had detached from the backing on one side of both sets as well.

I could have changed the pads in Toronto, I suppose, but wanted to get here on schedule and once the wheels are off, one never knows what will be found--and how long repairs will take. Better to do that somewhere where I expect to have a day or so to deal with it.  As it was, the job, including getting the parts took several hours.

Next, we drove to several bee yards where I watch Aaron pull the last of his supers.  There wasn't much honey.

I have been exhausted today, so when we returned I had a nap while Aaron went to an ice cream social.

Later, we went to Lake Ridge, a classy restaurant across the road from Aaron's to use up a gift certificate he had been given as thanks for being called out of bed to help two lady beekeepers he knew who had accidentally dropped a beehive nearby while moving it at night.

On our return, the Democrat contenders were on TV.  Aaron began to watch and I did for a few minutes, but when the first three questions to the candidate were about LBGTQ+... rights, and the candidate went on and on I concluded the whole thing is a farce and the candidates and constituency are unaware of the real pressing issues and went to bed.

Sure, those questions have importance, but when choosing a candidate to run for POTUS, are these the first questions one should ask? 

This not my country, so I should mind my own business and worry about the dangerous clown at the head of government in my own country. Just the same...

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Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable,
 let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself,
and see if we may not eff it after all.
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Friday October 11th 2019

Today Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High 10. Wind chill minus 14 this morning. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 9. Wind chill minus 12 overnight.

I slept well and am up at seven-thirty.  Today I drive to Goodwood to see my cousin, Don.

I asked Aaron this morning how that TV show had gone and he said the entire program was set up to deal with how the candidates stood on LGBTQ+ issues.

That explains what I saw last night.  I'm not sure that is reassuring.  To my mind the increasing tendency to divide people in to groups with divergent agendas--Identity Politics--is very dangerous.

To my mind, people are people and some animals are or might as well be people, too. Although I am aware of physical characteristics and aware that there are genetic tendencies, I am also cognizant  that individuals are individuals and appearance, although significant, and gives an initial and superficial hint of what to expect, appearances can be deceiving.

As for the LGBTQ+ thing. There are things people almost always lie about and one is sex. Just the same, people are preoccupied with sex and gender and these matters tend to be top of mind for many. People are like dogs, sniffing one another over constantly.  The media are always looking for trouble and if they can't find it, they make it up.

How the Media Help to Destroy Rational Climate Debate

Here is an interesting read:

Reality Is Not What It Seems – and Neither Are You!

We drove to 'Mom and Pop's' for breakfast, said our good-byes, and I headed for Goodwood. 

As I drove, I wondered if I had torqued the bolts on the calipers, so stopped and checked.  Yes, I had.

I followed my GPS and found myself turning off the Thruway at Utica and following back roads and through slow residential and downtown streets in numerous small towns. 

Taking this route meant low speed limits, stops, and turns on a variety of roads whereas my usual route leaving the Thruway at Syracuse was simply a matter of driving on a four-lane all the way to the Canadian border. Although Google said the time was comparable, it took at least an extra hour and was tiring due to the many intersections and turns.  I am losing faith in Google.


The fast Route


The route that Google chose for me.
Notice all the little dots on this route.  Each is a new decision point.

I arrived at Don's farm at six-thirty. He was waiting with steaks and vegetables for supper.  I ate a lot more steak than I normally do.  We visited until nine and I went to bed.

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I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees.
Emiliano Zapata

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Saturday October 12th 2019

Today Sunny. High 10. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 4. Wind chill minus 6 overnight.

I slept poorly, possibly due to the large meal, and got up at eight-fifteen. I had breakfast with Don and we chatted a while, then I got underway.

Google Maps had shown me a reasonable route last night, so I followed its directions and found that it the route had changed and now took me through downtown Newmarket.  The night before it had avoided that slowdown and the twelve red traffic lights.  Googled again!

After the backroads trip yesterday in upper New York State and this slow route today, I am losing faith in Google maps for finding optimal directions in real time.

The drive from New York to Sudbury was colorful and I regret not having taken more pictures.  The one at left hardly does the scenery justice.  I arrived at 1207 mid-afternoon.

I did a wash and spent some time with Mom. She wanted to go outside to get some fresh air, so she rode her electric wheelchair out on the drive to look at the gardens. It was dull and breezy, so we did not stay out long.

After supper, I went shopping to get potatoes and while I was at Walmart I bought a 32" Smart TV on the chance that Mom might find the ability to stream movies and TV without ads useful, seeing as cable is a wasteland. We'll see.

I took it home and set it up.  I'm impressed with the quality of picture and sound and the streaming options on such an inexpensive unit.  I watched Netflix until midnight and went to bed.

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Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why.
Then do it.
Robert A. Heinlein

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Sunday October 13th 2019

I slept well and woke at six sharp.  Today is our Thanksgiving supper, so I have a turkey to cook.  The days are getting shorter and fall is upon us. It is rainy and cool out and the predictions are for a dull day.

I've noticed lately that everyone is driving newer vehicles than I am.  My car is 1993 and my Ontario van is 1998. My Alberta van is 2009 and the truck is 1999.  The most I have ever paid for a vehicle is $11,000. 

For the most part, I do my own repairs.  This Ontario van cost me $7,000 back in September 2005 and since then I have spent about $2,500 on tires, brakes, and a new starter.  I had some dashboard issues last March and had to re-solder the circuit board.  Otherwise, it has been trouble-free and has hauled my 3500-pound boat down the highway without complaint.

It had 246,000 km when I bought it and has 320,000 now. That works out to about 13 cents per km plus insurance and fuel. The engine runs like new, but the salt in Northern Ontario roads has done the body some damage.

I wonder what it would have cost to buy new or to rent?

I took the turkey out of the fridge.  It had bled on the shelves, so the first job was to wash the shelves.  Then I got out the turkey pan and found the turkey won't fit. Nicole raises free-range turkeys for sale and Mom had asked Nicole for a small turkey.  Apparently 18 lbs is Nicole's idea of small.

Around noon, I cooked the turkey and the potatoes.  Mom was nagging me to put the turkey in early and it was far too soon, so I slowed the cooking by turning down the oven and turning it up at the end. It turned out perfect.

Sarah and Sid arrived at 4:45 and Sarah mashed the potatoes. We sat down at five-thirty and had a congenial meal, then retired to the living room to play euchre.  I had never played before and at the end am still uncertain of the rules, but Sid and I managed a draw with Mom and Sarah, both of whom are pretty sharp at cards.

We agreed to divide the turkey tomorrow, they left, and I went upstairs to watch the new TV until midnight.  I am still watching Lethal Weapon.  It is lame, but harmless.  It is sorta a chick flick/action series.

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Do not wish for quick results, nor look for small advantages.
If you seek quick results, you will not reach the ultimate goal.
If you are led astray by small advantages, you will never accomplish great things.
Confucius

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Monday October 14th 2019

Today A few flurries or rain showers ending near noon then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of rain showers. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 5. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Fog patches developing overnight. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low minus 3. Wind chill minus 7 overnight.

I slept well and woke at eight, got up and made an omelet.  My egg whites are used up, so I used eggs and found I prefer the egg whites.

Sid and Sarah are to come over today.  I phoned both to find out when, but neither answered.

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Hope rises and dreams flicker and die. Love plans for tomorrow
and loneliness thinks of yesterday. Life is beautiful and living is pain.
Hunter S. Thompson

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Tuesday October 15th 2019

Today Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming south 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High 10. Wind chill minus 8 this morning. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming clear near midnight. Wind south 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low plus 1.

I'm up at six and feeling energetic. I have to start getting ready to return home.  I figure I'll go Thursday.

I showered, made breakfast, drank two cups of coffee and went back to bed at seven.  Next I knew, it was 0830.

Sharon visited in the morning, then we had lunch.  I had a nap after and did some deskwork, then Mich came by and that was the afternoon.

We had supper, then I put the garbage outside, but did not take it to the road as it was raining. I drove to an acquaintance of Mom's to gather details on a walker Mom had admired, then took back a coffee maker to Walmart and returned to 1207.

I watched some video and went to bed at ten.  I had intended to re-wrap the boat today, but the wind and rain discouraged that plan.

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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow.
It empties today of its strength.
Corrie Ten Boom

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Wednesday October 16th 2019

Today Mainly sunny. High 18. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness late this evening. Low 6.

I got up at eight and realized that I had not taken the trash to the road.  Nicole said the truck had already gone. I drove out and checked and it seems both trucks had come early today, so we missed the pickup this week.

The wind is still blowing hard from the east and there are whitecaps on the lake.  I should have wrapped the boat yesterday when the weather was good. 

The forecast for today and tomorrow is for cool weather and more wind.  Wind makes wrapping difficult.  I have yet to go inside the boat and it has been six months since I did, but things appear okay from outside.

I shared what I learned about walkers with Nicole and Mom and will leave the purchase to them. I need to concentrate on getting ready to go tomorrow after lunch.

It is pouring rain, discouraging my plan to be outdoors, so I went through my to-do list, then renewed my travel insurance and paid online for the new breakers for Cassiopeia.  At 3:15, I checked in for tomorrow's flight.

Greta Thunberg To Poor Countries: Drop Dead

I find Greta's odyssey sad and a prime example of child exploitation, ignorance, and open hypocrisy. Anyone who bothers to look into the back story will see how adults fed the anxieties of an autistic child and exploited her. She shows every sign of cult influence. In no way was her stunt 'low-carbon'.  The boat is made of plastic, the crew reportedly flew home afterwards and there were other unpublicized aspects that simply did not fit the fable. 

She would have commanded much less 'fossil fuel' if she had simply flown. Air travel is actually quite frugal on fuel per passenger mile compared to some other methods of transport.

For a counterpoint, look here.  Sure it is a bit over the top, but so is she.

Personally, I do believe that there is probably some limit to how much carbon dioxide and other byproducts of human civilization it is wise to release into the atmosphere, and I am concerned about overfishing and plastic pollution, but I very much doubt we are anywhere near that limit for CO2.  We have much bigger worries right now than fossil fuel use, although it could become an issue in time.

So far the visible benefits of warming -- anthro or natural -- have outweighed the imagined harms. It is clear that increased CO2 has caused planetary greening, which we assume is a good thing from a human perspective.

If any warming has occurred from human activity, so far, it has been beneficial also. This quite obvious when we note that most humans choose to live in the warmest regions of Earth and tend to gravitate away from the colder regions.   The Canadian population is a great example, with the largest percentage of our population huddled along our southernmost border.

As for the claims of increased natural disasters and sea rise, objective measurement has shown that, in fact, the frequency of disasters has either stayed constant or has declined in recent years and the increased insurance losses claimed are due to the tendency to build expensive structures in vulnerable places where none were located before.

And, what about the polar bears? In spite of the rumours, they are doing just fine.  Read this and this.  And this. And walruses? Well, seems they have always gone ashore en mass  and are easily stampeded.  It has also been suggested that the film crew may have triggered the event by their presence. Any connection to changing climate is tenuous at best, but writers always try to tie things to CC to be sure of being published.

I hear that Greta's Children's Crusade is headed for Alberta. Hmmm.

It has rained all day and into the night, restricting my outdoor work, so I am catching up on deskwork.  Tomorrow about now, I'll be over Manitoba and a bit later--God willin' and the cricks don't rise--at home in Swalwell.

I rediscovered The Good Wife watched Netflix until midnight.

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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Thursday October 17th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming west 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this morning. High 16. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight A few clouds. Low plus 1.

I slept well and woke at five. I dozed a while, then got up, made coffee, scrambled eggs and got to work packing.

I leave here at one-thirty.  Bill has promised to drive me.  I'm flying out on Air Canada at 3:15.  It is that or take the bus to YYZ and that seems like an ordeal after the trip up and my experience on the 400 coming up by bus and when driving to NY and back.  Flying over all that traffic looks to be the smart decision.

I packed and started getting Carpe Diem secure for the winter

I had intended to be east this summer, but did not make it, so I had not been inside the boat for six months.  I wondered how things were surviving in there.  The tarps were getting frayed and need replacing before they are subjected to a snow load and mold is always a worry if the interior gets damp, but I had left a fan blowing over a bin of calcium chloride to remove moisture.

Even though the tarps were falling apart, the interior was looking good.  I looked at the spare tarps on hand, discarded several, then drove to Princess Auto and Canadian Tire to get new tarps and rope.  On returning, I pulled the new tarp over the old ones and was finished in time for my ride to the airport.

                 
   Threadbare tarp                        The new tarp                 The interior is looking good

Before leaving, I also had to deal with a rear quarter window in the van.  The driver's side window had become stalled in the open position.

The one on the other side had earlier become stalled in the closed position. They are electrically activated and the motors are vulnerable to moisture, it seems.  I'll maybe repair the activator sometime, but for now, I just needed it closed.  The solution was to pull a pin and force it closed.

Bill came by at one-thirty and drove me to YSB. My flights were routine and Bert picked me up at YYZ at eight-thirty.

We drove to the Superstore for groceries. After, I bought gas and dropped Bert at home, then drove to The Old Schoolhouse.

I'm glad I hired a gardener because the place looks good and coming home is uplifting, not depressing. I walked in and checked the temperature.  It was sixty-five.  I had set the  thermostat for forty, so I assume that the day's sun had warmed the house.   The plants look good.

I turned up the heat and checked the bin.  As C had mentioned by email, very little coal had been used in my absence. I put away the groceries and went to bed.

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Whatever you want to do, do it now.
There are only so many tomorrows.
Michael Landon

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Friday October 18th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming west 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 13. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Clearing this evening. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 4. Wind chill minus 6 overnight.

I woke just  before four and, having slept about six hours, got up and checked the furnace. The feed auger had not started, leaving the burner starved, so the house was still a bit cool. 

I checked my BG and read 5.8 which is a vey good morning reading for me. I always wonder if the cool room affects the results.

I have a big list for the next twelve days before I fly to la Paz and need to get started.  I'm glad I'll be in Mexico.  A tooth is beginning to act up.  It is one that had a root canal but still has feeling.  The Carstairs dentist claims it has caries and maybe it  I don't trust the locals here and

*    *    *    *    *

I began by catching up here and in the kitchen, then lay down for a half hour. Now I need to prioritize.

Here is a sensible article about Climate Change.  I say sensible because it reflects my view, and IMO, the reasonable viewpoint.

Apocalypse Not Now

"Yet, there are a plethora of scientists and climatologists who are adamant man is the primary cause of the warming trend. According to the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (MLSO) in Hawaii, CO2 levels have increased by 30% since 1958. There’s little doubt mankind is responsible for the rising CO2. But has that been the primary cause of the warming trend we’ve been in since the 1970s? That highly-charged question, the answer to which many believe is an inarguable yes, is of enormous importance. Those experts could be right but there are some aspects that still baffle me.

"One odd thing, for example, is that the “scientific consensus” back in the 1970s was that we were in a period of man-made global cooling (I’m sure there was considerable dissent about this conclusion back then, as well). An irregular cooling trend had been in place for around forty years leading up to the end of that decade, especially in the US where the hottest decade, even compared to recent times, was the 1930s.

I spent the day so far at the the keyboard, but have not accomplished much. On the radio there is talk about Greta in Edmonton.  It's a huge big deal. People are stupid and fall for the craziest schemes. I have given up hope of sanity in our politics and on the streets.

*    *    *    *    *

I did dishes and watered the plants and ate the bright red small ripe tomatoes C had left for me.  The tomato plants in the south window have been a mess this year, but I did get a few tomatoes and there are more coming.  The home-grown tomatoes are nothing like the ones in the stores.

*    *    *    *    *

I started out to get the surveillance system working again, then decided that since the system is six years old to look to see what is more current.  I can now access the cameras from my laptop, but my Android app is NFG still.  Probably time to upgrade and LOREX will not be on my preferred list.

*    *    *    *    *

Well, that is done.  I ordered a new Tonton 8CH Full HD 1080P Security Camera System, 5-in-1 Surveillance Video Recorder with 4PCS Outdoor Indoor Bullet Cameras and 4PCS Dome Cameras, Face Recognition and Night Vision (2TB HDD Included)

Often I look and look and never buy, but this time I decided to decide and not put off the decision. I looked at wireless cameras, but figure they still need a power outlet and wires for power and may be troublesome compared to the sorts for which  I already have the wires run, albeit under rugs.

*    *    *    *    *

Now I have to decide whether to go to the FACS meeting tonight in Calgary.  It is always nice to see the folks, but sometimes I cannot hear the speaker and it means two hours driving for a two-hour meeting, and 200 km at a cost of $25 for gas alone. Of course, I could do a bit of shopping along the way...

Fact is, though, that I need to keep nose to the grindstone to get the heat problems solved. I have twelve days to get a furnace, install piping and ducts and vents, or do at least part of the job. The furnace ran fine while I was gone and used far less fuel after I reduced the temperature in the building to 40°F, but winter is coming and I cannot keep relying on coal.

*    *    *    *    *

Well, if you believe that headline, you'll believe anything the MSM publishes.

That yacht is far from zero-carbon.  In fact it is made of carbon fibre!  Ands, as a sailor, I know for certain the boat did not sail up to the dock.  It certainly powered in with its diesel.  And I'm betting it was plugged into electricity the moment it docked. The poor kid is being grossly misinformed and misleading others in her ignorance.  What a sad story.  What kind of parents would allow this and how is she going to feel when she eventually finds out how she has been used?

Here is an another expose on the hypocrisy and child abuse involve in the Greta stunt. Read more: Greta Thunberg Sailing Towards Public Criticism.

Greta has been in the news all day, along with the hypocrisy of our prime Minister denying he will have to raise taxes to pay for his unbridled deficit spending if he is--heaven forbid--re-elected.

*    *    *    *    *

Enough diversion.  I have to get back to work.  Either that or watch Netflix.  First, though, I'll review the past few months again, starting from the summary I made back on September 12th.

August

  • On the 15th of August I flew to YYJ, boarded Cassiopeia, and set out for Silva Bay
  • 16th: Sailed to Vancouver
  • 17th: Did a refresher with a client
  • 18th-21st: Waited for next assignment at Granville Island on Shearwater, then Corus
  • 22nd: Clients boarded. We went provisioning
  • 23rd: Vancouver to Selby Cove
  • 24th: Selby Cove to Ganges Market, then Grandma's Bay At Beaver Point.
  • 25th: Beaver Point to Tod Inlet
  • 26th: Tod Inlet and Butchart Gardens
  • 27th: Tod Inlet to Mill Bay, Cowichan Bay, Genoa Bay, Burgoyne Bay, and Maple Bay
  • 28th: Maple Bay to Telegraph Harbour for the afternoon, then Preedy Harbour overnight
  • 29th Preedy Harbour to False Creek to anchor
  • 30th: Disembarked at Granville Island.
  • 31st: Rode with Colin to Sidney on Last Tango.  Stayed overnight on Etesian

September

  • 1st: Spent the day on Etesian and in Sidney
  • 2nd: Boarded Cassiopeia and anchored at the Spit overnight
  • 3rd: Bought and installed new batteries. Ordered chain
  • 4th: Recruited to accompany a cruise. Went to Bedwell Harbour to moor, Poets Cove for lunch, and dinghied to Port Browning and back
  • 5th: Poets to Ganges
  • 6th: Ganges to Montague. Hiked Gray Point. Hummingbird Pub for supper.
  • 7th: Montague to Annette Cove. They hiked, I rested.
  • 8th: Annette  to Roche Harbor. Sculpture garden. Hotel for supper.
  • 9th Roche Harbor to Stuart Island. Hiked 2.9 miles overland to school and back
  • 10th: Stuart to Van Isle and Sidney. Back on Cassiopeia.  Bought and painted chain.
  • 11th: Installed chain, Flew Home.
  • 12th: Went to the doctor and had an ECG and X-ray. Doctor doubts cancer.

I'll have to continue this summary later.  Right now, it is too much to contemplate.

I sat down to watch Netflix and found my phone would not cast to my TV. It seems Chromecast was not receiving.  I wasted an hour or so troubleshooting and found that the solution was to simply shut off the TV, the Chromecast, my phone and the router, then restart. It seems that DHCP gets confused sometimes.

I then watched The Good Wife until midnight and went to bed.

Two weeks from now I'll be going to bed in La Paz.

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Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels;
it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.
Michael Crichton

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
Anne Frank

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Saturday October 19th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 11. UV index 2 or low.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 5. Wind chill minus 7 overnight.

At three, I was a wakened by a small travel alarm I carry in my toiletries bag, which happened to be on the dresser. 

This same thing has happened a few ransom times before.  Rummaging around in the bag, I inadvertently turn the alarm on and find out later that night when it goes off at three.  I seldom, if ever use that alarm anymore, so I wonder why I carry it. I guess it is a low-tech backup.

I should tape the switch. As soon as I wake up enough to get back to sleep, I'll go back to bed.

It was four-thirty by the time I went back to sleep, and I woke again at seven-thirty.  I got up, made coffee and breakfast and got to work.  I have installed a new thermostat and am working on calibrating it and determining the hysteresis.

At one, C and I did the one-mile walk.  Swalwell streets are freshly paved, making walking more pleasant for us and for the little dog.

I did deskwork until five, then went to town for some cash and a few items, then returned.  I felt burned out and around seven sat down and watched Pine Gap until ten-thirty, then went to bed.

I enjoyed the series. It is pretty well written, filmed, and acted.

More on Pine Gap.

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