I woke at five and got up. I looked around for my tin hat, put on and and read the news. Nothing much. Odd.
Anyhow, Last evening, Rick told me that I'm needed in Vancouver a day earlier than I had expected. A quick check of flights shows that it would cost me $700+ to change my flight and the direct flights are sold out, so the trip would take all day. Additionally, Magic Moments is on the hard at Westport waiting for transmission work and bottom paint.
I looked at the weather in Sidney on Feb 4th, the day I would be taking MM across the fifty miles to Vancouver and rain and snow and temperatures around freezing are predicted for that day.
I still have a bit of headache and my digestion is not quite right. That probably affects my outlook at the moment.
News is sparse this morning.
So far, here in La Paz today at 0730, the day is cool at 17°C, overcast, and windy. Predictions are for little change over the day, but warming to 24°C by noon. At home, the moderate weather continues. Whereas some years we have temperatures around minus forty on this date, currently, the temperatures are hovering around freezing
I'm a bit disoriented and uncomfortable today. My head and gut are not quite right and I am uncertain about the coming week. I'm trying to beg off the boat show, but realise they have been counting on me. I've been counting on going, too. We'll see what develops. If I don't go, I have to do some re-thinking.
I did book a flight to Sudbury for March 5th last night, so that much is certain, as well as an appointment with Dr. Ford on the 4th.
At the moment I feel too crappy to do much except continue researching the electrical system on this boat. That's fine. It is a job that needs doing. I'll walk up the dock to coffee, though, at 0930.
I skipped coffee. Did not feel much like it today. I tried begging off my Vancouver trip, but it seems the really need me there. We'll see. I still have my ticket and I see the shuttle has lots of space.
Here is an article that looks more sane than many.
My estimates for the death rate from the limited data I see and rumours is much higher than the few percent widely touted. I'm guessing it is in the teens and maybe as high as 50%. Time will tell. The truth will out. Meantime, I really don't want to be in Vancouver next week or flying out of there the week after.
I got dressed and ready to go to Walmart when I realised I am faint and should stay home. I went into the aft cabin and tore up the bedding to look at the electricals. I had already moved to the forward cabin but have been putting this job off by researching in advance.
It seems it is becoming clear that this is an escaped bio-weapon and also that it is more contagious and lethal than has been let on. I hope I am wrong.
The MSM is far behind the game and reporting old and outdated numbers. FWIW, I am not reporting everything I see. , but this is going to be very big by the looks of things.
I'm feeling faint today and spending time working on understanding the electric al system on this boat. I noticed the solar was not charging as much as expected, so am studying the controller. It looks to be turned down too far for the batteries.
At 7:10 PM, I am achy, light-headed, and have the sniffles -- and my ears are ringing. Too much looking at the coronavirus, I guess. I'm pretty sure I can't catch it by looking at a screen. I'm glad I gave Cooper notice about not going to Vancouver.
I learned a lot today about the wiring but all I am good for now is maybe some Netflix. Ugggh.
I was turning this off when I see this is now out in the open.
I'm guessing the CBC denial of the Canadian connection will be exposed as a lie, too, soon.
I have been wondering when this would come around. After all, Trump is in trouble for wanting to know the extent of Biden's abuse of power and now the worm is turning.
And no, I have no dog in this fight, but I think that if we are going to be honest, what applies to Trump should apply to Biden. Let's face it. If we look closely enough, everyone is a sinner in someone's eyes. Personally, I think Trump was quite right to wonder what kind of hanky-panky was going on and hold their feet to the fire to find out.
Did he endanger anyone's security? Who knows, and who knows what right the US has to be in there in the first place?
The US screams bloody murder if the Russians show any interest, but go around invading countries and interfering in politics all the time. Just sayin'.
Maybe I should just stick to Netflix.
I watched several Cheers episodes and am off to bed.
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It's two and I am up long enough to drink some cold coffee and wake up that I can get back to sleep. I ache a bit and suspect a fever.
I was having one of those dumb circular dreams, one I have had before and when it added something new, a yellow peanut butter jar lid, on the fifth? go round, I got up.
I went back to bed shortly after and slept until 0614.
I'm up but feeling crappy. I ache all over, my head is vague, and I don't feel like doing much of anything except go back to bed.
I had breakfast and feel a bit better, so back down the rabbithole I go.
Back to the pandemic:
From the NY Times. Definitely downplaying the story and ignoring all the reports of bodies being carried out and burned, videos from China, etc. Hope they are right.
I'm hoping to be well enough t go to the swap and shop next door at nine. Meantime, back to the electrical...
I did paddle across to the swap and bought nothing. I should have bought the snatch blocks I saw, but did not realise what a good deal they were.
I returned and slept an hour and am now back awake -- sorta. Outside, the day continues dull, but the wind has died. Rain is predicted for this evening..
This worries me and has been obvious to me for a while. We have elections for a reason. Elections are the time set aside for overthrowing the government if that is to happen. Elections are supposed to settle things for a set period of time during which adversaries should be able to work together and business can be done.
Well, I am hardly one to panic, but from the start I have spotted this a a potential Big One. Now the MSM is admitting it. This from the NY Times:
The numbers we are given are days old and without doubt incomplete.
It is raining!
Interestingly, right about now, the decision is being made to release the radioactive water stored at Fukushima into the ocean.
I fixed the little inverter that I use to conserve battery. I was going to use it instead of the big inverter for Aaron's CPAP machine, since this one had lower parasitic draw, but it would not function. Just now I took it apart and now it works!
I am feeling a bit better. I'm still light-headed, but was thinking of going to Walmart, but now it is raining quite hard. Rain is a fairly rare event here in La Paz.
I slept another hour. I may go for a short walk, but in my present state everything looks grey and depressing and I am weak. Hope this passes soon.
What a surprise!
I'm off to bed at six. I'm not good for anything more.
In bed, I watched more Cheers and am now remembering why I wasn't much of a fan of that show back when it was current.
I woke several times before midnight, got up briefly and went back to bed. I'm still faint.
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My goodness. It is the third already. I've been a zombie. I'm up at three-thirty and feeling somewhat better. Outside, it is raining heavily and steadily.
We're getting more news and people are trying to predict where this pandemic will go and no one has enough information to predict accurately. It is no secret that any official numbers out of China are even more untrustworthy than from other governments and it seems clear that many deaths have been ascribed to pneumonia, not the CV. Moreover rumours and actual videos suggesting that many deaths have gone unrecorded seem credible.
So, IMO, any projections are based on pure speculation and as they used to say, back when truth mattered, GIGO -- Garbage In, Garbage Out.
Here is a worthwhile video, but again, not enough facts to predict anything much. I'll spare diary the long list of reading I have done to come to the conclusion that we simply don't know.
I'm going back to bed and hope to wake up fully recovered.
I got up at seven and am feeling better. The day is overcast, but maybe I'll make some plans and probably cancel the Sidney flight. Next, after that, I'll have to decide when to return to Alberta.
I'm sort of depressed and directionless at the moment. Being sick skewed my perspective and I have given notice I'm not going to Sidney but still have that option. The grey skies add to my blah mood. I need to get out for a walk. I think I'll go to coffee.
I discovered the hatch above the vee berth leaks a little. Good to know. Otherwise the boat is watertight in the rain.
But maybe not
And that reminds
me of this...
does relate to the above in the sense that Black contends that
Huawei stole Nortel's technology by spying and Canadian naivety.
I went to coffee and then to the Celestial Navigation club/class after. I had never used a sextant but now I have.
On my return, I wondered why I had not heard from Transport Canada and discovered that Transport Canada had called my Canadian phone instead of faxing me back. I called and the number given only takes messages. I faxed them to fax me.
I cancelled my flight to Victoria. As much as I am loyal and would like to be a team player, instinct says, "No".
Now I have to book a flight to Canada. Sometime.
If you think I've been obsessed and brain-dead the past few days, here is proof. I forgot to update the entry page at month end, so If you have seen this page before now, you are resourceful. It was hidden.
If my writing seems disjointed, to add to my misery, my keyboard is playing tricks on me. If I don't watch, suddenly my typing shows up somewhere random on the page, meaning much editing and insertions or missing words or letters.
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I slept well and woke realising that I have been here a month and my health insurance is for 30 day trips.
I was to return to Canada today, but canceled that. I suppose I should extend my insurance.
All is quiet on the coronavirus front this morning so far. Regardless, facts are sparse and doubtful anyhow.
The news today is the Iowa primary. It proved to be just one more notch down in the Formerly relevant Donkey party's orgy of deliberate self-destruction.
This Ben Garrison cartoon sums it up well. Love him or hate him, as I have said before, Trump is well named and a master of misdirection. When it comes to manipulation, he is far out of everyone's league. It is not even nearly a fair match.
He maintains a public facade designed to distract and fascinate the predators while he quietly undercuts them and goes about draining the swamp. He knows they will destroy one another if he just stays out of the middle and lets the circular firing squad go about its work.
I wasted the morning and much of the afternoon writing to Transport Canada and now that I check ZH, I see it is getting interesting. I took a screenshot of the current page as it scrolls constantly and today is precious. Click and expand to enjoy.
I wasted more time, the found an OT in Three Hills of all places who thinks she can write that report
Then I went for a spin in the dinghy, out to the Magote, the town beach, and back. The Nissan is running well and my $350 dinghy is holding up well.
On return, I lay down or a nap and got up around dusk.
This simple medical matter has been a huge waster. I'm going to have to stop wasting days like this.
I was quite into the electrical for a few days and made progress. I have the back room torn up for work, so I should get back at it. I'm not very ambitious the last several days and this medical matter has been a huge distraction.
Looking at my calendar I now have to decide when to go home. I decided on Saturday. That had the best fare and gets me home. Then I needed a shuttle so I went to the Ecobaja site and went through the work of finding a ride. Firefox warned me it was possibly malicious but I figured it was safe enough if I pay with Paypal.
There was only one seat on the shuttle I need, so I went to pay. Firefox had warned me that site is dangerous and when I got to payment, it said Paypal but was not paypal so I called Uber and went to the bus station and purchased there.
I mentioned the Firefox warning the site is dangerous and she said it probably is. I love Mexican honesty. I walked out and wandered down the Malecon towards home.
I had forgotten how absolutely gorgeous the Malecon is at night. This an amazing city and the Malecon is the heart. I should get out at night more.
People and dogs, kids skating, tricycles, food vendors, exercise and yoga groups. Everyone is out on the Malecon at night.
I read abit, then went to bed. I slept a while, then woke and could not sleep. I noticed some slight allergy that made me twitchy. By midnight, after going back and trying several more times, I gave up and took some Benadryl, the only 'cure' I know.
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I woke at six and feel okay. I spent an hour our or two at this keyboard. It is driving me crazy as it the cursor has begun to randomly jump to another line if I am not looking and the touchpad has lost sensitivity.
Computers are starting to drive me crazy. At one time, they just worked and if they didn't the solution was simple--usually. Now, the machines are have become unpredictable and what should be simple and obvious is hidden away.
ZH is on a tear lately.
Twitter Goes Full Tilt, Suspends
A small victory and a larger one today. The small one first:
I dropped the glass lid for my frying pan the other day and broke the knob off. I bought epoxy and glued it on but with the heat of cooking, the knob came right back off. So much for epoxy. I charged my drill, drilled a hole and threaded a wood screw up through the knob. Now it can never fall off. The repair is invisible, too. Looks like new.
Next, the toilet. This electric toilet has had a nasty habit when flushed of re-circulating waste back through the bowl for a while as it flushes. Ugly. It eventually cleared but in the meantime...
I researched online and found one other user with a similar issue, but if he found a solution, he did not post it, but he also suspected the bleeder tube which serves some unknown purpose, but is the only link between the inlet and outlet.
Emboldened, I pulled the top and found the hole is only 1/8". How could that account for the amount of crap circulating? Regardless, I drove a screw into the hole, replaced and screwed down the top and presto! the problem was solved!!! Sometimes it is something small causing a big problem and the answer is simple-- once it is discovered.
I go in and flush it every so often just to see the clean water circulate.
The day is bright an warming up, but I seem to be spending the day here on board dealing with things. There is a lot to do before I go.
I am also making spaghetti again. I do plan to go out later, though.
I got back to the electrical work again and I also defrosted the fridge -- accidentally -- when I turned off the switch while playing with the panel. It needed doing anyhow seeing as I plan to leave it on when I am away.
Strangely, my mind is not as clear now as it was when I was sick. It is taking me time to reorganise.
I worked on my files until nine-thirty and went to bed.
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I woke at three-thirty, got up, and had breakfast, then went back for a half-hour of dozing and got up again.
I now have two days to get ready to go and Saturday board the shuttle at nine. By midnight Saturday I should be home.
The weather here is actually pretty crappy for La Paz as I remember previous Januarys and other cruisers say the same. Some are going further south. It is not all that bad, really. The days are in the seventies, but we're having rain and a lot of wind. I'm running the heater at nights.
I've been staying in the marina rather than going out as I was sick and now am working on making sure all systems are working right before I leave and leaving a list with Miguel. He will tidy up any oversights in the reworking but has his own problems, having been diagnosed with heart valve issues.
Here is another example of where idealists are dropping the ball. It is unbelievable, really.
Miguel came by around two and we talked for an hour, then I had a nap. After, I raised the outboard and dinghy on board and washed the bottom, then spent the rest of the afternoon organising.
I had supper and continued my preparations into the evening and went to bed.
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The pandemic is old news and although the pandemic continues, the MSM is catching up.
Just the same they are careful and only report official data so if you want to stay ahead of the panic and see the real news, including some that is sketchy -- and you have a critical enough mind to sort through it -- consult Zero Hedge for a wider view. If this continues to spread at the apparent (unofficial) rate, we will see some hoarding and possible lock-downs even locally as the authorities react drastically trying to catch up.
I have my work cut out for me today getting things sorted here on Baja Magic so I am ready to depart at 8 AM tomorrow when I head for the bus station to board the shuttle to SJD at 0900. I fly out of SJD at 1510 hrs and arrive at YYC at 1942.
It will be interesting to be home.
I heard a diver working nearby and asked his price to scrape marine growth off my hull. Enrique says $500 MXN or about $26.63 US ($35.44 CAD at today's exchange rate). Luis, my current diver charges $30 US so there is little difference but it bears watching. I'll do a bit of scraping myself, but not much.
I am working getting ready to go but not getting much done. In fact, though, there is not a lot to do since I plan to be back before too long.
I've been here almost a month now and plan to return soon, so deciding what is necessary requires some strategic thought. There is no sense hauling much of my stuff back and forth, and I keep some clothes her, but actually should duplicate more common items rather than carrying them everywhere. I often cannot recall what is where and bring things I don't need, so I'm also making an inventory list so I know what is here when I leave. I take pictures, too.
There were a few issues with the electrical, so I spent an hour or two itemizing work to be done while I am gone.
I was tired around 2030 and went to bed early with an alarm set for the remote possibility that I might sleep past six tomorrow.
I don't have much left to do, but a few things can't be done until morning
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I woke at 0130 and got up, made coffee, had breakfast and started my day. I'll lie down later but right now I am awake.
I went to bed an hour later and next woke at 0538. I got up and made a second breakfast. Now for the final packing and lock-up. I leave here at eight or so.
I was ready to go at eight, walked the marina office and paid the slip, then Uber whisked me to the Terminal Turistico.
The shuttle left at nine. Along the way I listened to two women who had been on a Nautilus Sailing School course talk incessantly. I did not get involved or mention that I am sailing instructor. I was amazed at the amount they paid and that there were six students on board the boat for the lessons. We charge about half what they paid and limit the course to four.
My flight lifted off shortly after three and at 7:24 we landed at YYC. I had misplaced my Canadian SIM so was relying on Fongo and Bert seemed to lose that number sometimes. Moreover when I called Bert before lifting off, Don answered. Bert had left his phone there, so I was concerned about communication for the pickup, but it all worked out.
There is snow here and I found that refreshing. The drive was uneventful. It was one of those bright overcast nights and I enjoyed the winter desert landscape as we drove. I went from one desert to another.
The house was at 47 degrees F. I turned up the heat and unpacked the groceries, showered and crawled into bed under the electric blanket.
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I slept well and woke at 5:40. The house was still at 62°F. It is only minus ten out, so I am thinking the slow rise confirms that there is a lot of heat inertia in this building. It takes along while to raise or lower the temperature and that is a good thing. We survived the minus forty with hardly any fuel consumption and this is likely why.
My weight is down to 224.4 this morning. When I left here in early February, I recall my pants were tight, which I found odd since they were almost falling off not too long before. Now, on the trip home, I found they were falling off again. Odd.
I checked Zero Hedge again and sure enough, the pandemic is developing a predicted by the realists, not the wishful thinking and reporting by authorities or the MSM. This thing is in the wild now and bound to take Africa and India in a big way. Once established there, how can we keep it out here? It'll just keep going around and around. Rumour is you can catch it more than once. The genie is out of the bottle.
I leave to readers to look for themselves. Here is one article that stands out:
These rumours have
been persistent with a increasing amounts of confirming data
arriving but not from official channels. If true, it could
create panic. The danger is not just illness. The
entire global supply system is already wounded, but could collapse
and with it the house of cards we call money.
Here is a sober, worthwhile video from
There is far too much happening to paraphrase.
I'm settling in and by eleven this morning, the house has finally warmed. I'm catching up with things. It is good to be home.
Interesting observation: My old Samsung with an older processor and 4GB of RAM is about a quick as the new gaming laptop. The only difference is that although the primary drive is SSD the second drive on the new machine is a conventional 5400 RPM HD and the Samsung has been converted to 100% SSD. It has become very clear that SSDs are the way to go and not just any SSD. The Silicon Power SSD I put into then Acer was a waste of money.
Which one should be the killer machine? I can't see much difference.
Meijers brought ribs and I cooked cauliflower and broccoli.
At one point we got to talking about old vinyl and 78s. I went into the north end to look for my gramophone which I have not seen lately lately and discovered that a door had blown wide open. I don't know when, but I assume it happened while I was away. I had instructed the caretaker to walk through the house to check for open windows and doors each visit. I am guessing she forgot.
My friends left around ten or so. I washed dishes and went to bed.
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