I slept poorly again, but I did sleep until five. I figure I'll do some deskwork this morning and get better organised. So far, not much has gone according to plan.
I spent an hour or more working on my Spanish, then was still tired, so, I lay down and slept another hour. After I got up again, I extended my apartment stay another two days. I was to check out after noon Monday but don't expect to launch until afternoon and even then things may not work out as planned. I have to be at the dentist at four on Monday, too, so I can see how things could collide. I may not need two full extra days, but I don't want to place myself under pressure and things so far have not run on schedule. Not nearly.
I spent time today figuring out my finances and seeing as I have bills to figure and pay in three currencies, it is a bit of a task.
After lunch, I wandered down to the boat and found Antonio and another helper making good progress sanding.
This bottom paint is an epoxy coating with copper particles embedded and has to be buffed to reveal the copper so the salt can work on it and create copper salts. Copper repels aquatic growth and the promise is that the bottom should not need much maintenance. Otherwise, the bottom needs to be scraped monthly to remove the barnacles and other growth that flourishes in this warm and nutrient-rich water.
I'm thinking now I'll catch a random collectivo and see where it goes. Should I first have a nap?
In did. I lay down and slept an hour. Now I am off on an adventure.
I walked to the boat first and see some bare spots where the paint was sanded through. Hmmm. That will have to touched up and will delay the launch.
At the dinghy dock, I met a sailor who says he has his own mooring out by el Magote and installing it cost him about the same as one month's mooring at a marina. Interesting idea. I hung around the marina a while, then walked back. I'm tired and uninspired this trip. Maybe the antibiotics and dental work are having that effect?
I had supper, watched video, did some planning and went to bed at ten-thirty. I am getting tired of The Good Wife and watched the first episode of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. I'd seen it before, but it is forgettable.Quote of the Day
Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
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I had another night of light sleep. I'm up at five and showered.
Today is the day we planned to launch Baja Magic, but yesterday I saw some spots where the paint is sanded through, so I expect that there will be touch-up today and maybe a launch tomorrow? I have a dentist appointment today at four. Good thing I extended my stay in this apartment.
By now, at seven, I see it is raining. That is unusual here and will affect my plans. I left a hatch cracked on the boat. Hope it stays dry.
While waiting for the rain to stop so I can go to the bank, I watched few language learning videos and came across this interesting vid about money. At ten, the rain has stopped for a while but is expected to resume later.
At home the day is cool, but apparently the predicted snow did not come.
Around eleven I went to the bank for money for the dentist and walked on to Soriana. I have grown a bit tired of Chedraui and figured I'll try Soriana again. I was hoping to find real unadulterated salted butter and I was in luck, but a quarter-pound stick of store brand was the only option available. There was a huge selection of margarine and adulterated butters. I bought two sticks of real butter.
Pizza slices were available at the snack bar, so I had a slice. It was okay, but surprisingly for Mexico, it was not spicy at all--boring, actually--and had very little tomato sauce.
Miguel called and said that he was worried about rain when he patches the bottom paint. Epoxy is water-soluble until set. We agreed to finish tomorrow and I'm thinking I'll be lucky to launch Wednesday and maybe should extend the apartment another day. As of now, I am booked to check out Wednesday afternoon, making things tight. I suppose I could move onto the boat before launching, but the washrooms at the yard are awful. Otherwise it is doable. I've done it before, and for a week or more.
I Ubered home and have three hours now until my next session in the chair. I'm more energetic today.
That idea fits well with my thinking, actually, but I worry when I see the word 'believe' is used in the same sentence as the word 'scientist'. Science is all about doubt, testing ideas, and suspending belief.
Oh. I was listening to Danielle Smith and her segment on the movie 'Global Warning' (Warning, not warming) and happened to hear it explained that the IPCC is not a scientific body, but rather a political one! I had suspected as much when I tried to read their reports. There wasn't much science, but lots of politics. Who knew?
The movie is an attempt to take a balanced look at the Climate Change hysteria. It is apparently not receiving much exposure from the media. Of course the media have totally bought into the climate scare, are dining out on that fable, and would not want to puncture the balloon that is feeding them.
I walked to the dentists and arrived an hour early, so I walked around the block and sat on a bench for a while. I went in at four and spent the next two hours in the chair.
This is turning out to be major work. I had just said "go ahead" and not given it much thought, but I'm having more than a few crowns replaced and one wisdom tooth was extracted today. Another goes later, I guess.
I was out by six-thirty and hailed Uber to go home. I got off at the corner and filled a prescription for a pain killer at the Yza. They had given me two pills at the dentist. They are NSAIDs and I gather the dentist assumes the missing tooth will hurt. I'll take their word for it. I go back tomorrow at noon.
Drugs prescribed here in Mexico tend to be different from what we get in Canada. The antibiotic of choice here seems to be clindamycin and this pain killer is Dolac (Ketorolacto trometamine).
Supper was an experience. I made spaghetti, but could eat only baked beans. It's like being a baby. Can't chew, drooling is uncontrollable, and a teeth hurt. I have frozen lips and teeth that are ground down for caps. I was expecting temporaries but for whatever reason that comes tomorrow -- I hope.
Given my mouth and the delays with my boat, I'm extending the apartment one more day, to Thursday.Quote of the Day
Progress isn't made by early risers.
It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
Robert A. Heinlein
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I slept fairly well and I'm up at seven. My mouth did not bother me at all. At noon, I'll be in the chair again.
At nine, my phone rang. The dentist wanted me in at ten as well as noon, so I went directly over. She did some work to mold the temporaries, then I was free until twelve, so I walked down Ocampo and got on the first collectivo that was headed west.
The bus went out Serdan to Cinco de Febrero and turned south. We crossed Forjadores and then the arroyo and then went along Margarita Maza de Juarez and on the Jardines del Sur. At least that is where I think we wound up. By that point, the roads had turned to dirt and snaked though a neighbourhood. We returned by the same route. The trip took less than an hour.
I returned to the dentist and waited a while. At noon, the dentist fitted the temps. The job took and hour, and. when finished, she looked less than happy. I'm happy though. Even if one side is a bit high, having any teeth is better than how I was with all the crowns removed.
From the dentist, I walked back to Antonio Navarro 51. Along the way, I came on a street market and discovered a beekeeper's wife selling honey. I stopped to talk and bought some very nice local cut comb honey. Personally, I seldom eat honey, but thought I would like to try the local product.
Back home, I heard from Miguel and he walked over to see me. I gave him most of the honey.
We discussed buying a dinghy and walked over to Arjona where we had received a quote a few days ago. Our counterman was not there. The counterman on duty gave us a far inferior quote. We returned to 51 and considered buying direct from West Marine in San Diego.
Miguel left and I checked online. Neither San Diego West Marine store stocks the dinghy, so that plan cannot work. I also checked out flights to Tijuana.
I managed to get the living room TV working on Netflix and watched more The Good Wife, then went to bed at ten.
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Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
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I have nothing planned today. It looks like a nice day to be in Alberta, but I won't be there until December by the looks of things. I am going to fly to TIJ instead of making a quick pit stop at home. I'll save some money and time.
I'd planned the stop at home to be sure everything there is okay and to re-start my travel medical which has a 30-day limit. Everything is okay, so far, and I can extend the coverage a few days by phone.
It took me two hours to reserve my flight on Volaris and a little more to get my CBX Bridge pass to cross easily to the US.
I walked down to the boat, the same boat that should have been in the water Monday and things are still on hold. Miguel is there working. Antonio is nowhere to be seen and it seems he actually made more work by sanding through the paint. Miguel is working alone and has discounted the job. due to the delays We found some beer in the fridge and chatted. Then I went back to 51 to work on OpenCPN and will share the charts with him.
My left lower temporary cap pulled off while chewing the comb honey so I wrote the dentist and she will see me at 6:30.
I spent some time working on OpenCPN, a navigation app and the charts for this region. At six-fifteen, I hailed Uber to the dentist and back. The temp caps are now fitted better.
I spent the evening at the keyboard and watching Netflix.Quote of the Day
I want to thank my parents for somehow raising me
to have confidence that is disproportionate with my looks and abilities.
My mouth is a bit sore, but not too bad. I took the last of the antibiotic this morning but am still taking the NSAIDs.
I decided to catch up on my accounting today, and got a good start, but at ten got a feeling I should walk to Club Cruceros for coffee. I had been listening in on the morning VHF net, but on my handie talkie, reception was poor, so I missed much of it and I figured to go to the clubhouse to see what is up. I stopped at the gate to the marina and it just so happened that Miguel had arrived at the same moment, so we chatted.
I had a coffee at the clubhouse and returned to 51 to resume my accounting... I'm due to check out of this apartment tomorrow. Will I have to extend again?
I worked on reconciliations and had a nap, then watched some video and extended my stay here at 51 for one last day. I see I cannot stay longer as I see that the place is rented on Sunday.
If I don't get anything else done this trip, I'll have the dental work done and that is something I very much needed to do. I was putting it off partly due to the cost in Canada and partly because of the amount of driving for the many appointments. Plus I find Canadian dentists a bit creepy.
I should have done this work a long time ago. My wife and I used to joke about my brother having said one time that the teeth are the most important part of the body, but having put up with teeth overdue for work and then a few days with my caps off and a sore mouth I am a believer.
Google is feeding me stories about food--mashed potatoes and shepherds pie--reality, quantum mechanics, photons, Mars, galaxies, the 737 MAX, Trudeau, browsers, cell phones, security, fuels, and climate. That's my bubble.
I am really enjoying Spotify for music and podcasts. The subscription is worth every penny.
On Netflix tonight I discovered Wild District (Distrito Salvaje). I am finding it intriguing at a time when everything seems the same and nothing seems very interesting. I watched two episodes this evening.Quote of the Day
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe
is that it has never tried to contact us.
I'm feeling better now. Today I was to launch and board, but I reserved another day here. Things go slowly and besides, Tropical Storm Raymond is approaching (right). It promises winds and heavy rain.
Readers (if any are left) know I am a skeptic when it comes to Climate Change hysteria.
It is not that I am not concerned about the impact of humans on our ecosphere (Not "The Planet". The planet will be just fine regardless of what humans do.) I am concerned about actual pollution like plastic waste in oceans, landfills, and chemical contamination of waterways. I am also doubtful that CO2 in current concentrations is a pollutant of concern and have real doubts about the doubtful and tenuous 'science' that claims it is.
That said, at some point, CO2 might become a real worry but IMO at present simply used as is a surrogate for general pollution from burning fossil fuels. IMO, the soot and less well-known byproducts are of greater concern and there is evidence that if anything man-made is accelerating the melting of glaciers, it is the soot and dust.
I like the idea of alternate energy, but also can see clearly that the solutions proposed and widely assumed to be practical are not. I also know that reducing our energy use would result in worldwide chaos and wars. This is the inevitable unintended consequence of reducing the bounty that hydrocarbons have brought us.
Our current relative peace and the huge improvements in conditions for humankind are directly a result of our use of so-called fossil fuels. If you think peacetime is hard on 'the environment", consider the effects of war.
BTW, I ask this: Is natural gas a fossil fuel? If so, why is it abundant on planets that never had life as we know it?
Looks to me like a case of "You can't get there from here".
I walked to the boat at ten. I was actually on my way to Club Cruceros, but happened to meet and met Miguel at the marina and never did get to CC.
He was sanding the bottom, so I went aboard and started cleaning and reorganizing in preparation for the launching tomorrow morning. It is good to be back on the Baja Magic and I love cleaning and tidying. There was lots of that to do.
I spent the day on and off working the and Miguel came up top and worked on the last remaining tasks. Mid-afternoon, I took some mouldy items over to my apartment to wash them and had a nap. The washer here takes forever and is one of these new smart washers that outsmarts the owner and does whatever it damn well pleases and not necessarily what I had in mind. The first run left everything soaking wet, so I set it to spin extra fast and ran it again. Same result. I give up and hung the things to drip.
Tropical Storm Raymond continues coming our way.
I went back to the boat and Miguel is trying to trace a slow fresh water leak and finishing up the wiring. We worked until dusk and called it a day. Tomorrow, we launch.
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Everything looks good at home this morning. Most of the snow is gone it seems. Here, we are awaiting Tropical Storm Raymond, expected Monday.
I am up early and should be at the boat yard around eight. Today we launch and there are things to do before and after. Once we are afloat and organised, we motor over to Marina La Paz and I also have to check out of this apartment by three. So, I did some preliminary packing, washed the remaining dishes and then took a first load of things to the marina. It is a two-minute walk.
When I arrived, Victor and Victor were lining up the Travel Lift to load my boat. I called Miguel and he arrived a while later. After an hour or so, Baja Magic was in the water and I was loading he items I had stored on shore in Victors' storeroom. It took me a while to sort everything and remember where it goes.
By two, we were ready to go and off we went. I tested the transmission shifter and am finding it sticky, but the engine and everything is running just fine. Miguel believes the issue is s sticky shift cable. I'm not so sure.
We had been assigned a slip, but when we called in, we were sent to the outer dock. I tied up and hooked up power, then filled the water and washed off the boat. It was totally filthy from being up on the hard in the boat yard, but I got the first layer of dirt off and the boat looks more respectable.
We have a water leak in the pressure water for washing and shower, so I went to work tracing that while Miguel did some final wiring work. He left and returned with parts and then left for the day. I'm alone on the boat.
I had no urge to go ashore, so spent the evening on the boat tidying and watching video.
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Last night was my first night on Baja Magic for a long while. I slept reasonably well. It's nice to be home.
The morning is breezy and rainy. The rain will further rinse the boat after the wash job I did yesterday. There is always a bit more dirt to wash off, no matter how good a job has been done and I had only blasted off the worst.
Tropical Storm Raymond called it quits south of the Baja, so that worry is gone, but the navy closed the port anyhow.
This morning I'm troubleshooting the water leak problem and finally narrowed the leak down to the hot water distribution lines, then the line to the galley sink. There are only the two branches: the head (washroom/shower) and the galley (kitchen). I had to move the hot water tank to get at the line and it's deja vue all over again. I had found that same issue--a chafed, leaking water line--on my trip to Isla San Francisco in 2018, or was it 2018?
So far, the marina staff have not come by and Miguel is spending the day at home. I'm enjoying being here on the water and getting the boat back into good order.
The marina has free Internet available here at the dock, but don't have the password since I have not have not gotten around to checking in yet. I've been using my cell data and ran out just now, so renewed as below. The $183 is pesos left unspent on my account. The 12 GB and unlimited calling North America-wide from Mexico for 33 days, the US, and Canada cost me $500 MXN, or $34.45 CAD. Compare that to your Canadian data plan. 12 gigs and unlimited North American roaming for $35? It is standard here.
The Don Cherry episode is still in the news. I happened on Steven Crowder's take on the matter. I enjoyed his comments. Yeah, Don had run his course and probably was bound to go sometime, but over this issue? If you listen closely and understand the context, his comments are not bigoted and not racist, anyhow--unless you are the sort that jumps in front of moving trains. He could have said it better, but if you are in front of a camera long enough, you are bound to screw up at least once in a while.
I worked on the water leak for a while, then, finding that the line runs under the floor and is difficult to access, put the job off to tomorrow and blocked off that line so I can have at least cold water in the taps. I tidied the cabin and then watched Louder with Crowder for a while, then began The Rubin Report episode on fossil fuels with Alex Epstein. I went to bed around ten, slept a while, then could not sleep, got up again and worked here for a while then was in bed again at midnight.
Quote of the Day
those who want to know, and those who want to believe.
I'm up at 0645 and it is daylight here. At home, it is still dark. Everything in the boat feels damp from the rain and humidity. I expect it'll all dry out by the end of the day.
Today is the Monday of a long weekend here. It is Revolution Day and Buen Fin, the latter of which is a holiday created to encourage shopping a la Black Friday in the US. Actually the real Revolution Day is actually the twentieth, but it seems that the holiday is celebrated this weekend so as to make it a long weekend. This affects my schedule. It is one week from today that I fly out and I have many things to do before then.
I listened to the net at eight, and for the first time I could hear everyone. Shortly after, Neil came and assigned me a space on 3 dock, position 319. I motored over and tied up. On the way, I found the shifter was misbehaving, so I'll add that to the list.
Miguel is home doing exercises for his back. I am communicating on Whatsapp and kicking myself for not using that app earlier. If I had, I would have saved myself the fraudulent emails and the consequential costs. Miguel replies instantly and it is secure, unlike email.
Well, usually, but I had to call him and I used Whatsapp. I was impressed. I can understand him on Whatsapp, but the Telcel line is poor. Stupid stupid me. I was told that this was what people use here, but I resisted.
Anyhow, he cannot come today. He says he is sick and I believe him. That leaves me with things undone and a week until departure.
I'm getting absent-minded.
I went to the office to register and they wanted the boat papers, so I went back and bought insurance online and returned. A thousand plus (US) dollars later, I was checked in. They say I have a contract to sign tomorrow.
Next, I walked out to Abosolo and caught a collectivo. I paid the regular fare--10 pesos--and the driver gave me back 5 since he sees I am a senior. Most times they keep the ten.
I bought a few things at Soriana and remembered why, even though Chedraui is not as large and slick, in many ways I prefer Chedraui. For one thing, Chedraui has egg whites and, apparently, Soriana does not. I returned to the boat and opened the wine I bought at Soriana. I have not had red wine for a while and although I react if I have it too often, once in a while seems beneficial.
I cancelled my Westjet flight to YYC. Now I need to cancel the flight from YYC to LAX and I'm afraid that may cancel my return flight home from LAX, too. Hmmm.
It is 6:30 PM and dark here already. Temperature is 29C.
I started watching YouTube and came across A Glitch in the Matrix. It's one of the best videos I have seen lately.
There are parties tonight now that the Baja Haha boats have arrived. I may walk around, but plan to skip it all. We'll see. The influx of gringos fills the marinas and drives up prices.
Hours later, I'm still watching YouTube. Here's another interesting video. The arguments about the improbability of evolution explaining everything are interesting, but about halfway, I dropped away. To me, intelligent design seems equally hard to explain. Could it be turtles all the way down?
There are apparently many arguing that reality as we, or maybe just I, experience it does not exist and that everything depends on the observer. There's another idea that can't be proved. Many people think the world began the day they were born. Maybe they are right? All these ideas depend on believing or at least allowing some assumptions to start.
Telcel is really fast here, at least USB tethered and in the middle of the night. It looks as if I burned off 4GB in a few hours this evening. Netflix is not the issue. I have my account set to conserve data. YouTube's default is a data hog and I don't know of a global setting to reduce the consumption. The only settings are per video. I must remember that. For all its virtues, there are things about YouTube I dislike.
I Googled the problem. Finding the answer was not straightforward or a global setting in account settings. Apparently the setting on an individual video is persistent. If I set one video to HD, that will be the setting going forward. If I set it to 144p which is fine for videos that are mostly audio. We'll see.
Okay. It seems to last for the next video. I wonder if it will follow me to another browser or when this browser updates in the background.
OK. I killed Chrome and fired up Firefox and signed in to YouTube. Oh oh, It is running on Auto, not the 144p I set on Chrome. I can see we really have to be aware. Don't you just hate how apps increasingly try to guess what you want and change your settings without notifying you?
I closed Chrome and started it again. The YouTube video I loaded now was on 144p, so maybe the setting persists on each browser. I'll have to watch out in future.
Quote of the Day
the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
I was up after midnight for a few hours, then got up at eight. I had coffee and started working on the shifter. The linkage is misadjusted a bit and maybe the transmission is stiff, too.
I troubleshot the issue and finally decided that the cable was on the wrong hole in the shift lever. I changed it and now things seem to shift. We'll see when I get out on the water.
Miguel came and we began working on the hot water leak. We located the problem hose and thought maybe we could pull the old one out through the race, but no luck. It broke off and now we have to run via an alternate route.
Miguel left to get parts and I had a nap. Now I am catching up on my expenses and schedule for the coming days. He came back and we re-routed the hot water line. Bt then it was dusk and he left for the day.
I had supper, then watched an episode of Wild District. Halfway through, there was an explosion somewhere very close by. I looked around and found that a hose had blown off my hot water tank. New hoses soften and the clamps need re-tightening after a while. This is an issue with these systems. I wonder if the water is getting overly hot since it was over 60 degrees Celsius. Perhaps the thermostat is damaged by submersion in salt water from the 'incident'.
I went to bed around nine again.
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like humans or they will treat you like dogs.
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