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Wednesday November 20th 2019

Today Cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries this morning. Clearing near noon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High plus 1. Wind chill minus 8 this afternoon. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 9. Wind chill near minus 11.  

I was up after midnight for a few hours again.  It is a quiet, cool time and a good time to get things done.

At 7 AM, it is 21 degrees Celsius here in La Paz and that feels chilly.  I put on a sweater.

Around noon, I went to the office and signed the marina contract. 

I am totally out of food, so I ate at the Dock Cafe.  I ordered the burritos de pollo and they were fantastic.

I don't often eat out as that meal cost me $200 MXN.  A can of very excellent baked beans is $16.80 and it makes a meal.  My digestion really likes the beans, too.  Enough pollo (chicken) for four meals is $78.60 MXN, so I eat at home unless I have friends who want to go out.

I returned to the boat and was doing odd jobs when I received a phone call.  It was a neighbouring Club Cruceros member, Bill.  He he saw my ad on the bulletin board and happened to have a spare dinghy he bought off a departing friend for $350 US.  I went over right away, blew it up and bought it.  It is filthy and needs a wash, but it is hypalon and looks intact.  It is not a thing of beauty, but is at least as good as the one I lost.  I'll clean it up and we'll see how well it holds air and often I have to blow it up.

I had considered spending $2750 US on a new dinghy as I really really need one. They are a lifeboat, a tender for shore trips, and a general convenience. However, that is a lot of moola, so I posted and ad and figured with patience something would show up, and it did.

The wind is strong from the south today, but I wanted to get away from the dock and test things out, so I untied and pushed off.  I still don't have a boat hook and I could have used one in the tight space, but with aid of a passerby, I got out without hitting anything or anyone. 

Once out there, I pulled out the genoa.  I really was not ready to sail, so lines were tangled and in the way, so I had a few problems. Things got caught in things.  I am sure if anyone was watching, I put on quite a show doing 360s and luffing...

In places like this everyone watches everyone.


Looking south up the channel in La Paz Bay.  My marina is on the left.

I sailed downwind to the pier, then back upwind and dropped anchor on the bar to test the windlass. My plan was to have a swim, the first since arriving.

I leave the VHF on all day, every day, on 22A.  22A is the Club Cruceros calling channel. It is like a party line and I was just barely anchored when I was called on the radio. Rum Runner was worried I was on the bar.  Who is Rum Runner?  Dunno.  As I say there are no secrets here, Eyes are everywhere, all the time, and everyone watches out for everyone else.

I guess I was on the bar, but the depth was 12 feet and I draw maybe six now, seven to be safe, and the tides today are just a metre. I thanked him and explained I am just testing my ground tackle and am not staying.  I imagine there could be a risk of swinging into a shallower spot.  Dunno.

After the call, I dropped a wrench to the bottom on a rope to verify my depth sounder reading just to be sure I was not shallower than I thought.  I could not see bottom but that does not mean much.

The electronic depth gauge said nine feet below the keel. The wrench said 12.5 feet +/- from water surface to bottom.  If I draw 6 feet with the new keel, then the sounder should now say 6.5 feet, not 9.  So, I need to calibrate the sounder for the new keel and stay out of shallow water.

The new keel is amazing and the boat goes upwind like it never did. This boat was a barge upwind. Now it rocks.  Baja Magic now compares to Cassiopeia upwind on a first test, with genoa only. 

The rudder that Victor made is fantastic, too.  It is larger than original and that is good as the new keel is deeper.  The rudder balance is different, though, and steering is almost too easy.  I have to put on a little brake to get the right feel.

I had my swim, a short one, and rinsed off with the new stern shower, then motored back into the marina. The wind was blowing in onto my dock, so docking was easy. 

This marina has dockhands who are always on watch to catch lines and fend boats off.  A lot of patrons cannot handle their boats close to docks and some of us who can sometimes need a little help.

I am always of two minds when it comes to 'help' docking the boat, but appreciate it here where things are so tight and I am so new.  Also, I had some issues the other day with the shifter not changing  promptly from forward to neutral to reverse as reliably as expected, meaning I had to be much slower and careful in case Baja Magic did not stop on command.  The issue seems solved, but one cannot make assumptions when 20,000 pounds of boat is approaching an immovable object.

When I appeared in the narrow channel, one of the dock hands saw me and was gesturing to ask where I was going. "¡Tres, uno, nueve!", I shouted and he and his pal were at my space, 319, waiting, when I arrived there.  I landed like the expert I am supposed to be and they said. "¡Excellete!" and tied the boat up. After they were done and gone, I re-tied to my satisfaction.

I organized my thoughts, then caught a collectivo to Chedraui, bought some food and called Uber to get home since I had once again forgotten to take bags and was reduced to carrying an cardboard box which would be awkward on the bus, but frankly I prefer the bus. It is cheaper, usually about as fast and more entertaining.

*   *   *   *   *

So, here I am back at the boat, eating and enjoying canned beans for supper, and finally starting to think that maybe I did alright restoring this old boat here in a foreign country rather than taking the cash insurance payout.  There is something about getting out on the water in a stout, comfortable boat that makes me glow.

If I had taken the cash, I'd be in the clear with no attachments. I'm getting older and if I fall off the face of this planet or have a stroke I have this asset in a place where no one in my family really knows how to cope. Selling a boat here takes forever and the price paid is seldom what is hoped.

I'm starting to like this marina, too.  At first I was apprehensive.  I had mixed feelings. I like being downtown, but it is another half-hour getting out of the Bay and it is tight in here.  The desk staff is not overly friendly, but I did meet the manager and that is how I got in.  We'll see how this goes.

This marina supplies potable reverse osmosis water on the docks and I assumed it would be low in solids, but I happened to check today and the solids are double or triple the Red Deer River water that is put into my RO system.

After supper, I watched Wild District, again and went to bed around nine.

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Thursday November 21st 2019


Today Sunny. Wind up to 15 km/h. High plus 3. Wind chill minus 14 this morning. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 10. Wind chill near minus 13.

It is 21 C again this morning at four.  I'm up.  I slept well.  Six hours seems like enough for now.  Today I go to the dentist and get the permanent caps.

I accidentally left the VHF on overnight and heard a little chatter on 22A. I was awake anyhow, so got up, but missed it.  Never did figure what was up.

Anyhow, I feel great.  Things are finally coming together. I have been here exactly three weeks and only yesterday got out on the water. I'm very glad I extended my stay a few days.

My mouth feels fine and my hands feel better than they have for a while in spite of or maybe because of pulling lines.  My arms and chest are good, too, in spite of winching yesterday.

I got out the electric heater to take the chill off and got to work organizing.  I have four more full days here and a half, then a week in Aliso Viejo.

It takes me the better part of al day to pack up and leave, so that leaves four days to finish up the boat and dinghy and finish the dentistry.  Looks doable. 

I'd like to be ready on my return in January to be ready to have guests aboard,  I have a list.

After breakfast, I lay down again and slept until seven.  Now I am up again and must get ready to be at the bank after nine and the dentist at ten.

I caught a collectivo to my bank and then back to the marina as I had forgotten my dental receipts. Uber took me to the dentist's and I arrived right at ten.

I sat in the chair a little after ten and was surrounded for the next three hours by two dentists and two assistants. Fitting the crowns was a big and exacting job.

Around one-fifteen we took a break as one crown needed to spend a little time in the oven to recover its gloss.  I was told I could walk around for forty minutes while that was happening and I walked to Oxxo and bought some nachos. Eating them with a frozen mouth was interesting.

I returned and waited a half-hour more, then was back in the chair until three.  The job was done.  I walked down Ocampo hoping for a collectivo going my way but ended up walking all the way back to Baja Magic. 

Miguel showed up a while later and we worked on the boat until dusk when he left.  I puttered around and watch more Wild District and went to bed at nine.

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Friday November 22nd 2019

Today Clearing late this morning. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light near noon. High plus 5. Wind chill minus 15 this morning. UV index 1 or low. Tonight A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 4. Wind chill minus 6 this evening.

Today I was originally booked to leave but changed my departure to Monday afternoon and I am glad I did.

I'm up at seven after a good night's sleep.  It is 18 in here but today I am not feeling cold.  My bite is still off-balance and I can understand it as they installed ten crowns yesterday with my mouth held open for three hours and frozen.

*    *    *    *    *

I installed BlueStacks on this computer a while ago.  The app runs an Android emulator on a Windows computer. It is designed and promoted for gaming, but will run most apps.  I originally wanted to see my surveillance cameras on my laptop and the fastest, simplest app was Android only. There is a native Windows app for the cameras, but it is cumbersome.

The Android app has worked flawlessly for surveillance.  Then, today I realized that I can run the Android Tides app on the laptop as well (right).  Bingo!

*    *    *    *    *

I broke a piece of one winch a while back and today tore the winch down to see what else might be needed and was amazed to see that it is like new inside.  This winch is twenty-five years old.  Back in Canada, they get corroded inside if not routinely re-oiled. 

*    *    *    *    *

Normally, when I was moored at at Palmira, I did not think much about tidal currents.  The marina is enclosed and the channel is wide coming and going, but here in the narrows tides matter both in the marina and when leaving for the Islands as the currents can be pretty strong.

Tides today are quite large for this region, ranging from six inches to three feet.  That creates strong side currents in this marina.  I don't plan to go out but I'll be watching.  These currents also affect my travel to the channel exit at Punta Prieta, carrying me along at up to three knots, or holding me back by that much. Seeing as this boat only makes about five knots under power, that means being almost stalled when going against the flow.

*    *    *    *    *

Miguel is coming today so I have to make a list.  I'd rather be alone, but we have to get this job finished.

I saw passersby glancing at my dirty, sad-looking dinghy (left) as they passed and decided to clean it up, so it happened I was washing the 'new' dinghy when Miguel arrived.  The dinghy actually looks pretty good (right) once the first layer of grime is off. I'm half-done. There is more to do.

*    *    *    *    *

Miguel finished the new bypass hot water line, then we went to my bank to get him some cash.  I owe him the balance on the work about now and he wants to buy his wife a car. Good excuse.

From my bank, we went to his bank to make the deposit.  I suppose I could have just transferred it, but... It took about twenty minutes just to deposit about fifteen hundred dollars. Banks are something else, and not just in Mexico.

Then he wanted to buy me a beer so we went up the street to a bar and had a few.

From there, we went back the boat and he was trying to find why my cockpit radio does not work. Meantime, I placed an ad on the club bulletin board for some young clients of his who seek a bluewater boat.

By then, it was almost five and I ran to Seamar to get an Internet cable.  We have free wifi here at the marina, but it is awful due interference between the marina wifi and all the boats with hotspots. 


The signal outlined in yellow is from the strongest of Marina de La Paz wifi routers, but it is obscured in a fog of other systems on the same channel.  Looks like ten or more.

As I returned, Miguel was leaving. It seems I am in the only space on this dock without a pedestal, so the cable is scarcely long enough but I managed to make it reach. I checked the connection and it is very high-speed.  Bonus!


The speed test was through my VPN, so names Vancouver when the connection is actually local here in La Paz.

I played around figuring our Internet sharing from the laptop and after an hour (it seemed) finally got it working, but only for a while. 

An email arrived just now suggesting I check in for my Volaris flight on Monday afternoon.  Here, the check-in can be 72 hours in advance, so I did. I'm now checked in.

If people still think Mexico is a backward country, I have to say it is is not.  Granted, there are vast disparities in classes and regions, but in many ways Mexico is ahead of much of the Anglo world.  What worries me is the worst ideas from the Anglo world are bleeding over.

The fish get active at dusk and they are jumping and thrashing around the boat here in the marina tonight. Some are quite large and they can make quite a racket splashing and sometimes hitting the hull.

I'm thinking of going out sailing tomorrow and checking the tides.  I see I get a strong lift out of the Bay until one, then the tide wants to bring me back home. That can work.

My bite is still off, but getting better.  I think I'll plan on seeing the dentist on Monday before I leave.

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Saturday November 23rd 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 7. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers before morning. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low plus 2.

I'm up early again and have a big day planned.  I am thinking I'll go sailing and check things out. I also have to tidy and investigate a few last items before I sign off with Miguel.

My mouth is still a bit sore and my bite is still off a bit, so I'll have to see the dentist before I go.  I knew it would be foolish to fly away the day after having this much work done and I am glad I extended my stay here. The fact that the work on the boat is not yet complete after three weeks is another good reason.

I was going to go sailing today, but think I will spend the day getting everything working and test the dinghy outboard.  I'll need it for my trips to the Islands in January. I also need to organize my thoughts and accounts again.

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I'm working from stern to stem, not stem to stern, washing the cabin sole (floor) and washing rugs.  There is a lot of dirt from the repair work and the summer. I'm going through the storage and sorting.  So far, I'm missing my fuel line and deadman line for the outboard.  I was going to test it, but without those items, I cannot.

After supper I was beat and lay down for a nap.  I woke again at nine.

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Sunday November 24th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of rain showers changing to 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers this afternoon. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 50 gusting to 70 early this afternoon. High 6. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light near midnight. Low minus 1. Wind chill minus 6 overnight.

I woke at nine last night, was up until after one, tidying and sorting, went to bed, slept, got us again sometime later, went o bed again at three-thirty and am now up for the day at 0630.  The wind is blowing into the marina from the west and into the boat.  It is twenty-one degrees C.

My bite is settling down, but the empty wisdom tooth socket is still a bit sore and the new teeth clack a bit when chewing.  I assume that is due to the several that have proven to be a little 'high'. High is not necessarily bad if I adjust since my rear lower left molars were getting quite worn and close to the gum.

Adrian writes:
Allen, you seem happier now that you are back on the water and have something to do. What kind of fish are they? I don’t recall ever notingthat you go fishing yourself.

Very true. No doubt about it, and now that I am happy here I leave tomorrow for California. 

As for fishing, the ones around the boat I saw were described as mullet, but there is also a long, thin, barracuda-like fish and others.  The ones that come in  at dark and make noise, I have not seen up close and besides, it is dark.

I do intend to fish someday, but fishing is not just as simple activity. Species and locations are regulated.  There are seasons and there are parks and protected areas. Some reef fish are toxic.  A license is required.  And, to top it all, if I catch a fish of any size, It would last me weeks.  I'd have to freeze it and that would be it for fishing for a week or two.

Oh, well.  I expect to be happy in California, but really don't know what to expect except turkey, a borrowed car and walking the dog.

I now have two big days ahead.  There are things to do before I go tomorrow afternoon at 6:54 PM from the local airport. 

In Tijuana, I disembark at 8 and walk across to Otay Mesa where someone will pick me up for the hour's drive to Aliso Viejo.

My main jobs today are to clean and store things, to understand the new chargers, and put the dinghy away before my departure so I compacted the bedding in the aft cabin, washed the floor, and threw back the cushion to expose the batteries and chargers.

I photographed all the charging devices so I can study them online and took note of the last remaining halogen light fixtures are in the forward and aft cabins with replacing them in mind. 

Miguel appeared mid-afternoon and looked over the electrical. We started the engine and found the alternator does not seem to charge. The starter was a bit unreliable, too, so these parts will be going to the rebuilder while I am gone.  He hooked up the power to cockpit VHF and it works now.

I hauled the dinghy onto the deck and washed the bottom.  The more I look at this dinghy, the better a bargain it seems. I left it raised for now so it does not cover the hatches and block the light.  I'll lower and lash it before leaving.

Miguel left around suppertime.  I ate and then had a long nap. I was up later for a while.

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Monday November 25th 2019
One month 'til Christmas

Today Increasing cloudiness. 30 percent chance of flurries late this morning and this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 early this morning. High plus 1. Wind chill minus 13 this morning. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries early this evening. Clearing this evening. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 13. Wind chill minus 5 this evening and minus 16 overnight.

I'm up at 5:30.  It is still dark and a pleasant time to sit in the cockpit to enjoy the quiet.

Today I pack, close up the boat, lash the dinghy and Miguel will drive me to the airport around five.  I fly at six forty-five.

At twelve-thirty I visit the dentist to have her check my bite. It is still a bit off but is settling down. 

The wisdom tooth socket is still sore and I also have slight sore throat so I think I'll ask for amoxil prescription.  It is easier here and now than  later in the US. I tend to be susceptive to strep so I might as well be proactive.

I got to work sorting.  The event has a bright side.  I have a new, better keel, and the flooding ruined a bunch of junk that was in storage under the benches inspiring now me to throw it out. 

A previous owner had equipped the boat for offshore, stashed a lot of spare parts just in case something happened in a remote place, and never threw away anything he replaced.  As a result the storage areas were full of stuff that might be useful some day, but occupied valuable storage in the meantime. Much was ruined by the saltwater intrusion, so I saved what was compact and useful like gaskets and O-rings, and threw out the rest.

Throwing things away is not easy for me.  I am from a generation that fixes things or repurposes them, and keeps them around if they might have a function some day.  In Mexico, throwing things out is easier, though.  Everything goes into the trash.  Simple.  At home things must be sorted and transported distances to various facilities.  After all that, my understanding is that a lot of it goes to landfill anyhow.

I caught Uber to the dentist's and she adjusted the bite a bit and since I have a slightly sore throat, prescribed azithromycin.  I bought a few items at Oxxo, and called Uber to return to my dock.

Back at Baja Magic, I finished tying down the dinghy, sorting and storing items and putting the covers on the windows.  I was done nicely by five and Miguel showed up about then to drive me to the airport.  I  paid next month's marina fees as we left and paid Miguel the balance of our account.

I checked my bag and went trough security, then had supper at the cafe inside.

We boarded the flight a bit after six.  I was surprised to find my self boarding an A320 rather than the smaller jet I took last time.  That trip was with Califia Airlines with a stop at Loreto along the way.  This is flight is on Volaris.

I liked the other plane better.  It was roomy and comfortable.  The seats in this are cramped and the seats are not well padded.  I was quite uncomfortable for the two hours, but managed to sleep and when I wasn't, played solitaire on my phone. It is amazing how that game passes the time.

We landed on time and walked into the terminal.  I retrieved my bag and checked my phone.  Jon emailed that he had accidentally driven into Mexico and was waiting to re-enter the US.  Since they were not intending to cross, they did not have passports and Steph and Brendan did not even have ID, so we contemplated maybe staying in Tijuana for the night.

Shortly after, he wrote that they had made it back to the US and would be picking me up shortly.  I crossed the CBX bridge and waited a few moments, then they drove up.  The drive to Songbird Lane was a bit over an hour with no stop and go along the route.

I was in bed a bit after ten.

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Tuesday November 26th 2019

Today Increasing cloudiness. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 4. Wind chill minus 16 this morning and minus 6 this afternoon. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 11. Wind chill minus 11 this evening and minus 16 overnight.

I slept well and am the first up.  At seven, it is light here in Aliso Viejo, CA. Outside it is cool but predicted to reach 20.  That is chilly after being in La Paz for three weeks.  In Swalwell, it is also 20 degrees, but 20 degrees Fahrenheit, not Celsius. That is much colder than here, but it feels cool here after three weeks in Mexico.

I'm open-minded on the whole climate thing, but see that more and more people are getting suspicious that it is a fraud, and a deliberate one designed to destroy our way of life. A careful examination of the facts seems to indicate that it is, especially when the longer term history of climate is considered and credibility is given to records over the past century and a bit longer and the records going back to Roman times

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I'm not doing much this morning, just relaxing.  After lunch I took Daisy for a walk.

Yesterday Miguel and I discovered on Baja Magic that the alternator does not work, so he went back today and pulled off the starter and alternator to take them to a friend who reconditions electric motors.  had assumed that he would have done that earlier, but had not, assuming they were okay.  The engine was unharmed since all openings are above where the water level when the boat leaked.  Having been submerged, I knew these electrical items were bound to be damaged.  Regardless, the starter still turned nicely, but looking at the pictures sent today, it might well have quit soon.  I see rust on the flywheel ring gear, but it is sound.  I wonder about the flex plate if there is one.  I have been contemplating a bigger, newer outboard and maybe I should have  amount made on the stern so an outboard motor can be used as a go-home motor.  I did push the boat many miles with the outboard once when I ran out of fuel.

Steph came home.  I called Rick and we talked about my boats, then Sarah and Kalle came by.  I have not seen Kalle for two years so we had a good visit.

I went to bed at eight, nine BCS time.

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And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
Ron White

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Wednesday November 27th 2019

Cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries early this morning. Periods of snow beginning this morning. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 8. Wind chill minus 20 this morning and minus 14 this afternoon.
Tonight: Periods of snow. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 12. Wind chill near minus 19.

I woke after midnight and was up for an hour or so, then went back to bed.

At six-thirty it is cool here again and it is predicted to be cool and rainy for the next three days. Expected high today is fifteen and rainy with flash flood watches. Chances are we won't see twenty until the day I leave for home.  Jon does not bother with central heating, so I am dressed for the cold.

Checking at home the past day or two, I learned that C is sick in bed but all is well at The Old Schoolhouse from what I see on the video cameras. There is not much snow, but snow and drifting are predicted for tonight.

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finally he accomplishes everything by doing nothing.
Laozi

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Thursday November 28th 2019
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Today Periods of snow. Amount 2 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 7. Wind chill near minus 16.
Tonight Periods of snow. Amount 2 cm. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 15. Wind chill near minus 17.

Today is Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is later in November this year than some years.  At seven AM, it is pouring rain and predictions are that it will rain all day and into tomorrow.

The future has a a way of becoming the present and although we can imagine how it will be, when it arrives it is never as dreamed.  Sometimes it is better, sometimes worse, but always different.

I expected the weather to be warm here, and compared to Alberta, it is but compared to La Paz, it is frigid.  Other years have been warmer and we were at the beach and even swimming.  Today that is out of the question.  Even without rain, the temperature is 8°C.

 

At home, things look normal (below).  We have a bit more snow and are expecting a cool streak over the coming days.  It is expected to be plus nine when I arrive home, however.


This is a low-res image to save bandwidth over the 'net.  The actual recordings are hi-res.

All over Northern Ontario, roads are closed and there are power interruptions due to a winter storm.

Everything was ready and the turkey cooked by four.  We did a bit of the annual puzzle and then set the table for supper.  Kaylee drove to Laguna to get her grandmother. Max and Arlene arrived with a ham. 

We had wine and snacks, then supper.  I was tired, having had a touch of something earlier in the day, but recovered after supper. 

The girls and Brendan left for the night and the adults played Jenga until nine or so.

I was in bed before ten.

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I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way.
 I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house,
we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.
Jon Stewart

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Friday November 29th 2019

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 9. Wind chill minus 17 this morning and minus 12 this afternoon. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 21. Wind chill minus 17 this evening and minus 24 overnight.

Thanksgiving is over. 

Today is Black Friday but there is nothing I really want to buy. The rain has stopped, but it is still dull and cool and predicted to stay cool until I leave.  I can't recall such a cool Thanksgiving in all the years I've been coming here.

The kids and I are talking about going to Chuck E Cheese's today.  Most of them have outgrown it but we had fun last time and the girls want to check out the Chuck E. Cheese Recycles Pizza Conspiracy Theory so I guess we'll have pizza.

I don't see anyone getting sued over this 'conspiracy theory'.  Frankly, imagine it has been a goldmine for the company and is selling an awful lot of pizza to Chuck E Cheese to curious people like us.  As I recall, their pizza is expensive and not especially great.

At nine, the sun is coming out so maybe the day will be brighter than it appeared earlier.

After a long hiatus, I see the United Beekeepers of Alberta Council (UBAC) has posted a blog and a newsletter at their website.

By ten the rain stopped and by one the sun was out and the day warmed a bit. 

Katrina and I took Daisy for a long walk, then at two Jon, Kalle, Katrina, Brendan, Steph and I went to Chuck E Cheese's to investigate.

I bought cards for Brendan and Kalle and the rest of us waited for our pizza.  When it arrived, we decided that the pizza was cut rather roughly and that the pieces had squirmed around on the pan but it was all one pizza and not made up from leftovers. So much for the conspiracy.

We returned to Songbird Lane.  Everyone scattered and I lay down for a nap. I slept two hours and when I awoke at six, everyone was upstairs, maybe napping, too.

I got up, had supper, then went back to bed.

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Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences.
It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.
David Suzuki
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Saturday November 30th 2019

Today Periods of light snow ending this afternoon then clearing. Fog patches this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High minus 11. Wind chill minus 20 this morning and minus 14 this afternoon. UV index 1 or low. Tonight Clear. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 23. Wind chill minus 20 this evening and minus 27 overnight.

I slept from four yesterday until seven this morning. That is thirteen hours, but I was up a few times for a few minutes during that long nap.

I've felt chilled and a bit tired since I arrived here and maybe caught some bug or am adjusting to some fairly extensive dental work.  My teeth on the left bothered me for a while yesterday and I figure it takes a while for it all to settle down. Fact is, too, that it is chilly here and my son does not use much central heat.

At home, my driveway still looks passable.  It is cold there, though, with the daily temperatures never reaching freezing.

At noon, I've only see the two girls down here in the living area. Everyone else is sleeping in and maybe Jon is working in his office upstairs. I spent the morning doing searches and organizing my files.

Jeff and Sarah dropped Brendan off and Kalle came by for a short visit.  Jon and |I were going to take the dog to the beach, but there was a major sewage spill up at Crystal Cove and the beaches are all closed.  We could walk, but it is hard to keep Daisy out of the water.

Frankly, I think the risk has dissipated as the spill was Wednesday afternoon and not a large as originally thought, and the water samples are done weekly.

I ordered a gas furnace--finally--and it should arrive while I'm home in the next weeks. So I am committed.

Daisy asked to go for a walk, so we went around the block.  I'm not myself. I'm a bit weak and tired, but otherwise okay.

After supper, we watched The Irishman for a while, then I  went to bed at eight.  We got maybe one third into the film.

The Irishman is well done and somewhat interesting, but slow and long and of a sort one can walk away from with the intention of maybe returning later, but without much conviction to do so. 

I'm not a big fan of movies which feature real historical persons, as this one does. Jimmy Hoffa is featured and dialogue and actions are invented as obviously the writers were not there at the time and other than public events and possibly meetings, conversations were not recorded.

Such portrayals IMO distort history either deliberately or innocently. Fact is, though, that people will always do that and create legends.  Religions are built on such imaginings.

A prime example of such is 'The Little Drummer Boy', sung at Christmas and a most egregious example of embroidering that should make thinkers wonder what else is embroidered and augmented.

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That’s where the fruit is
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