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Wednesday January 1st 2020

Happy New Year!


229.4 6.3

Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Risk of freezing rain this morning. Wind up to 15 km/h. High plus 2. Wind chill minus 8 this morning. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. Flurries beginning overnight. Risk of freezing rain overnight. Local blowing snow overnight. Wind becoming northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 overnight. Low minus 3. Wind chill minus 4 this evening and minus 11 overnight.

I woke at five and by then the house had warmed. I ate what I could find for breakfast and did some writing and went back to bed at seven and slept until eight.

After that, I worked at the desk catching up.  In just the last several days, I discovered that Quickbooks 2014 is crashing.  I've traced the cause to the latest Windows updates that cranked up file security against threats.

It is year end, so flakey accounting software is something I cannot put up with for long.  I thought I could work around the Win 10 protections, but after a few hours I gave up.  After fighting with Win 10's file lockdowns I concluded that the 2014 software is just too elaborate and old; it assumes privileges it cannot be granted in today's world and and can no longer function in this highly secure OS.

I have considered upgrading QB for a few years now but I have been concerned that a new version might not load my 2014 version file.  However I downloaded a trial copy of QB2020. installed it and it loaded the file in question without issue.

That whole project cost me several hours and some hassle, but it now I should not have to worry for a while.  Surprisingly, QB2020 looks the same as the old version and does not correct a few glitches, but it runs.  Satisfied with the trial, I went online and bought a copy on a New Years sale price.  Accounting is not something to fool with.

For those who don't have my needs, and run a small business, I came a cross a dandy free system, wave.  I'd switch if I were not so entrenched in the QB universe and if my accountant did not use QB.

It's a nice day but I did not go outside.  In fact I did not dress and at dusk I am still in my new gown.

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Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously
never encountered automatic weapons.
Douglas MacArthur

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Thursday January 2nd 2020

Today A few flurries ending late this morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Risk of freezing rain this morning. Wind becoming north 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning then light this afternoon. Temperature falling to minus 5 this afternoon. Wind chill minus 12 this afternoon. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 14. Wind chill minus 10 this evening and minus 17 overnight.

I'm up at 5. It is dark, and will be for another three hours. Our day will be a mere eight hours long.

The next few days look warm, but in a week, we can expect much colder weather.

Now that the accounting software is taken care of for now, I can concentrate on other things.  I still have a day's work looking things over and correcting and another month of entries before I am done, but I can quit worrying about the software.

Next, back to heating.  I have some emails to write, too.

I went out to move the van as I am expecting a delivery today and was surprised to find it snowing, with a strong breeze from the north.  I hope we don't get much snow.  I have a load of coal coming this week.

Well, next, I got distracted by Mom's situation and looked up Hydraulic Patient Lifts

I was amazed at how elaborate and well-designed they are. They are like a shop crane (right), only fancier and a twenty times more costly.

I decided to clear some snow so I can get deliveries and so that the coal truck can come before I leave.  I

I'm hearing today from people who will be coming down to La Paz and also heard from Miguel.  He has to see a a cardiologist, too.

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Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
George Bernard Shaw

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Friday January 3rd 2020

229.0  6.4

Today Mainly cloudy. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light this afternoon. High plus 2. Wind chill minus 18 this morning. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 4. Wind chill minus 9 overnight.

I'm up at 5:30.  I started the day with an hour on Duolingo.  Duolingo runs very well on the new phone.  I'm finding this phone to be better than expected and maybe better than the Pixel XL, which has been until now the best phone I have owned.

The morning got busy with replies to my enquiries about a patient lift for Mom and plans for friends visiting me in La Paz.  Figuring the best air routes and fares takes time.

The cardiologist's office called and moved my appointment up to the 6th at 0845 from the 10th.  Seeing as my flight was to leave at 0945 on the 6th, that is not early enough, so that meant time canceling the flight and planning a new one.  Aaron wants to spend several weeks down there so I am trying to figure how that meshes since he is waiting on his passport to arrive and won't know when he can go until it does.

Then Quickbooks 2020 came in the mail so I had to install it.  Of course Intuit, the inappropriately named company that produces this kluge does not make installation easy, so there goes another hour, or two.  And, of course my tinkering the other day trying to get the old version running added a few wrinkles.

At the same time the new glass for my Pixel XL came and it seems I had ordered the wrong one.  Gotta love Amazon free returns!

So, here I am comfortably at home, unable to decide how soon to go to La Paz.  We are still at the shortest days of the year and coming up on the coldest and I can go south, but I have things I want to do here.

I decided. 

First I shoveled ashes, then I reserved a flight to SJD on the 7th, the day after the cardiologist.  I'm not getting anything done here, so I may as well go south. The sooner I go, the sooner I return. I still plan to be in Sidney Feb 4th and Vancouver right after for the Boat Show.  Will I go direct from SJD?

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If your actions inspire others to
dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams

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Saturday January 4th 2020

229.0  6.4

Today Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness near noon then 60 percent chance of rain showers or flurries this afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming northwest 40 gusting to 60 late this morning. Temperature falling to zero this afternoon. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Clearing early this evening. Wind northwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming west 20 this evening then light late this evening. Low minus 9. Wind chill near minus 12.

I woke at 1 and got up and discovered that my lower right back is acting up. I took an ibuprofen and it is better, but not great.

I had a sore right hip while down east, not the sort that affects walking, but which bothered me lying down.  I suspect sciatica.  I have not been walking enough.

It is 0852 and the sun is coming up.  So far, I have accomplished nothing except play with the new phone and do some Duolingo.  Weather is mild.  I must get outside.

The new phone has a different launcher and so that has wasted some time. Also, simply using a photo is almost impossible unless it is located in the actual designated photos folder, which mine are not for other reasons.

Here is an intelligent discussion between two men who actually understand the complexity and uncertainties surrounding the issues.
Climate I: Is The Debate Over?

I cleaned off the coal bin and brought in the tarp to dry overnight.  Of course it began to snow. Otherwise, this has been a nothing sort of day.  I was feeling off again.  No migraine, and the backache has eased, maybe due to ibuprofen, but I was feeling a bit weak. So, this has been pretty much a nothing sort of day. 

I did study Spanish though. With Duolingo and also using this YouTube series.  Once in a while I come across someone I think is especially smart and in-tune.  This guy definitely is.

Quote of the Day
If your actions inspire others to
dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams

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Sunday January 5th 2020

Today Mainly sunny. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. Wind becoming southwest 20 gusting to 40 this afternoon. High zero. Wind chill minus 15 this morning. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Clear early this evening then partly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries before morning. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 after midnight. Low minus 7. Wind chill minus 6 this evening and minus 13 overnight.

I woke at 0444 and got up.  My back is still acting up.

I was concerned about Mom and did some phoning and writing.  We're getting a lift to make it easier to move her from bed to chair to wheelchair and Nicole is going south to get it.

Then I made chili.

It's now 0920 and Tracy just texted that he is bringing the coal around eleven. The day is bright and sunny. I almost hate to leave to go south.

I spent time on Facebook's La Paz Gringos page this morning, checking out how best to get to La Paz once I land at SJD.  I'm tired of Ecobaja Tours' shuttle.

Asking questions pays unexpected dividends. In the process, I learned that Swoop offers flights from Edmonton to SJD for $165 every Saturday.  I also asked about obtaining Permanent Resident status in Mexico and am considering that option although I still plan to stay in Canada most of the year.

Win 10 is supposed to be self-repairing and is to a great extent. but I ran the system file checker under powershell on the new Acer:

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> sfc /scannow

Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.
For online repairs, details are included in the CBS log file located at
windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For offline
repairs, details are included in the log file provided by the /OFFLOGFILE flag.


PS C:\WINDOWS\system32>

So there!

The coal came and now the bin is full for my departure.  That makes things easier for MLE.

I took the picture here with my new phone. 

Some of the reviews suggested the camera on the UMIDIGI F1 is not all that great but the picture is clear and detailed.  I'll have to compare it to my Pixel XL.  I imagine there will be a difference.  The XL has a fantastic camera.

This F1 claims an enhanced camera compared to the other similar UMIDIGI models, so we will see.  The one picture above seems a bit oversaturated, but maybe not.  I'll run a side by side test when I have a chance.

I texted Barb to see how she is doing and she invited me down for tea, so C and I walked over.   The day looked bright and warm, but the breeze was from the south and chill.

I retuned home and spent time on Facebook scoping out possible alternatives to Ecobaja shuttle and found that Swoop flies to SJD and to San Diego for under $200.  I can sometimes get flights from TIJ to LAP for CAD $163 return and TIJ is easy to reach from SAN by Uber for $33 if I have much baggage or public transit which may be just as fast for $4.

I heard that Nicole had successfully bought the lift and would be at 1207 by eight.  I should know in the morning if the lift is an aid or not.

My brother called and he is getting excited about Mom's condition and was thinking of installing a shower in the breezeway.  I said that Mom was never a shower person and always preferred baths.  Besides it is too soon to assume that the present situation is stable.

I went to bed early.

Quote of the Day
Those who have knowledge, donít predict.
Those who predict, donít have knowledge.
Lao Tzu

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Monday January 6th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of flurries early this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light early this morning. High minus 2. Wind chill minus 6 this morning and minus 15 this afternoon. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 15. Wind chill near minus 19.

I was up for an hour after midnight and went back to bed. It took me a while to get to sleep.

My alarm jarred me awake at five.  I had not yet set the alarm to start softly and ramp up.

I got up, weighed, checked blood sugar (230 and 6.4) and made coffee.  

I have to be out of here by seven or so to be in Calgary at 0845.  It is a one-hour drive, but it will be the main rush hour when I hit the Deerfoot.

I must remember to check in at 0945 for my flight tomorrow morning.

I should be home by noon or so and then must pack for the flight tomorrow. I'm still getting my head around to it.

I got to the cardiologist's on time.  The session was not what I intended.  I went for an appraisal, not to have my prescriptions changed, screwing up my travel insurance.  He insisted on writing me a prescription for a statin in spite of my telling him I won't take it after my previous experience, and reading the reviews. I've read that two thirds of people prescribed statins quit them within two years.

It cost me $209 for that annoying meeting when all I went for was to get clearance to teach, not have my stable condition rendered unstable for six months thanks to that clown. Who knows what he will write?  I hope he does not screw that up, too.  I should have had this done in Mexico where they at least listen.

I drove home, angry, stropping at Walmart for canned goods and then C and I went for a walk.

I came home and started packing, discovering that I really have made a mountain out of a molehill in that regard. I hardly need to pack anything.

EML came over and we ran through the plants and furnace one more time.  Now I have a few hours to kill packing and then to bed. I leave here at six-thirty tomorrow.


Pixel XL                              UMIDIGI F1 Play

Comparing the two phone cameras, the Pixel XL (left) is the clear winner.   The images here may have been cropped a bit and are presented at 75% quality as JPEGs but the artifacts and washed out areas in the UMIDIGI photos are obvious.  That said, most people would be delighted with either and the UMIDIGI is 1/3 the price new...

Okay.  I cannot get my Public Mobile data to work on the new phone, so I went looking and came across https://willmyphonework.net/.  Hmmm.  Seems there may be a band problem.  MY plan renews tomorrow, so maybe now is the time to downgrade the plan to voice and text only.

Quote of the Day
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
Erica Jong

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Tuesday January 7th 2020

Today Becoming cloudy this morning. Snow beginning this afternoon. Local amount 2 cm. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High minus 9. Wind chill minus 20 this morning and minus 12 this afternoon.
Tonight Periods of snow ending after midnight then cloudy. Fog patches developing overnight. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light overnight. Temperature rising to minus 5 by morning. Wind chill minus 17 this evening and minus 7 overnight.

I'm up at 0300.  I have three hours until I leave and not much to do.  First, check for fog...

It looks as if I am leaving just before a really cold period.  That is good and that is bad.  I miss the deep freeze, but I leave my house in the hands of others.

I left at 0630 and two hours later was at through security at YYC in plenty and finished breakfast. 

I had sat down in Chilis and had the worst omelet ever for $18.  The 'omelet' was whipped egg with nothing else and only two eggs by the look of it.  The home fries were dry and awful and I was not offered a coffee refill until I was asking for the check.

Six hours later I was through migration at SJD and walking toward terminal One to catch a local bus to Santa Anita.

As I walked, a car stopped and asked if I was looking for Uber. I said yes.  Uber is not allowed on the airport property, but the cars are unmarked.  I'm not sure this fellow was actually Uber since he seemed confused, but he drove me to Santa Anita and I paid him in cash.

I had decided to try something different this time and take the bus.  Information on the routes is sparse.  It seems that Aguila Buslines and Ecobaja Tours have merged.  I had problems with them when I was leaving La Paz back in April due to the confusion of the change of ownership.

In the terminal office I was told the 4:30 bus was canceled and that the 6:30 bus takes four hours to get to La Paz.  All this was in Spanish and drove home to me how bad my Spanish is. It s  a good thing that everyone is so kind and so interested in my welfare.

I summoned Uber and went back to Terminal Two.  By now I was ready to see if I could get onto the next EcoBaja shuttle.  Uber let me off at the airport gate. Ecobaja had space, so I sat down and waited a while, then rode to La Paz, arriving at the marina around seven.

In retrospect, I realise that the bus through Santa Anita is a local bus that runs the mountain route to serve El Truimphe and Los Barrilles, etc.  (the eastern route on the map). I was actually looking for the highway express bus that runs up through Todo Santos and likely leaves from San Jose. Okay. (The route to the left up the Pacific coast on the map).

The boat was just as I left her. I went a board and settled in, then wen to bed.

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You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at.
Tina Fey

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Wednesday January 8th 2020

Today A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of flurries this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. Temperature falling to minus 22 this afternoon. Wind chill near minus 29. Risk of frostbite. UV index 1 or low.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind up to 15 km/h. Low minus 28. Wind chill minus 27 this evening and minus 37 overnight. Risk of frostbite.

I slept through to two and was up a while then slept until seven.

I listened to the morning net at 0800 then rinsed off the boat. After lunch, I walked up the dock and spotted Gina, who I had met on the shuttle, so said hello, then Miguel walked up.  I asked him to drive me to the gas station to get some fuel for the outboard.

I returned with the fuel and lowered the dinghy and the outboard.  I installed the new fuel line I had bought online on spec, then I pulled the starter cord.

First pull, nothing, but the motor started on the second pull.  The motor was at full throttle and lurched forward against the dock.  I killed the engine. No harm done.

I pulled the cowling and discovered the linkage had come off and was also slightly seized by salt. I fixed that and re-started the motor to discover that the carb float was stuck again.

If the carb is not drained when putting away the motor, the gas evaporates and leaves a residue that glues the float needle open. This happens to me fairly often with this outboard.

I also found the dinghy leaks at seam to the hull, so I lifted the engine and will lift the dinghy tomorrow to glue it.

Next, I summoned Uber to go shopping and bought groceries at Chedraui. On return, I tidied a bit and was in bed at 2120.

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Tina Fey

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Thursday January 9th 2020

Today Becoming cloudy this morning. Snow beginning this afternoon. Local amount 2 cm. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High minus 9. Wind chill minus 20 this morning and minus 12 this afternoon.
Tonight Periods of snow ending after midnight then cloudy. Fog patches developing overnight. Amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light overnight. Temperature rising to minus 5 by morning. Wind chill minus 17 this evening and minus 7 overnight.

I got up early, too, at 0430.

I spent the first few hours getting organized and catching up.  At 0800, I listened to the net.  We are experiencing the largest tides right about now and high winds are predicted for the coming weekend.

I had noticed that the head (bathroom/shower) was looking a bit grungy and the grease marks where the water had risen during the flooding that had not come off easily with the cleaners I had on hand,  so I bought some spray cleaner yesterday and put it to work today.  When I was done, I was quite amazed at the improvement. 

I lifted the dinghy and found the separations.  I can see I have some work to do.  It will have to dry well first.  Then I walked to Sea mar and got the refund for the cable I had returned yesterday.  It had been quitting time and the clerk's boyfriend showed up and she neglected to credit me and I did not notice until I was back at the boat.

The cable works well and my Internet is roughly ten times faster than at home.

Next, I walked to Lopez Marine and did a bit of shopping, buying only some sail tape to patch the cover for the binnacle which has an annoying rip. I may buy some other items later.

After that I had a long nap, and then discovered that i could not access my international bank account since I was out of Canada and had not been able to forward my Canadian number and it was designated for two-factor authentication.  I had neglected to add my Mexican number.  At any rate, I managed to puzzle out a workaround and eventually, did the business.

I also watched some YouTube.  This is worth watching. Professor Jonathan Haidt speaks at UCCS. Very.  Of course I always believed in raising free range children and was one myself.

I cooked chicken thighs for supper and then spent the evening shopping online.  I completed my first purchase on Amazon.mx using my Mexican card and astonished myself.

A while later I got an email that my card was refused.  I used my Mexican card and I thin I got my address wrong so will have to see exactly what the bank has on file.

I had taken the carb off the Nissan outboard and so I disassembled and cleaned it one more time. This has gotten to be a routine. I'll put it back on the motor tomorrow when it is light out.

So, it is 10:45 and I'm feeling satisfied with myself.  It was a good day and, as my union buddies back at the  Inco motor winding shop advised, I left some work for tomorrow.

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Life is tough, but it is tougher when youíre stupid.
John Wayne

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