15th January 2018

A find from my childhood

Sixty years ago, the railroad was important. Here, at least. The tracks ran from tip to tip to tip, and trains meandered from vale through vale to vale (we have very few hills here). I was part of all that. And no locomotive seemed more ubiquitous (from my shortsighted perspective) than the GE 70-tonner.

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4th January 2018

In the shadow of a storm

Since midnight, we’ve been in the middle of a developing #weatherbomb. Or as Shania put it, in a song, “That don’t impress me much”.

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29th December 2017

Stopped in a stuff store

Today I worked on my retail list. In a big city, the specialty stores are there just for people like me: the occasional random shopper.

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17th November 2017

Plug the hole

One of the greatest causes for stress among teachers comes from an unexpected quarter. The mug. Your mug. When life is driven by that next cuppa Joe, getting to the staff room and finding that your (in the most personal sense) carefully chosen tankard has been “borrowed” by an interloper (nice term for a substitute teacher). After all, having your name and personal motto on the side of the thing only carries importance when it is in your hand, right?

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3rd November 2017

Proved proactive

I anticipated the bulb failure mentioned yesterday, and headed off to the “parts store” at the crack of dawn. Literally; I had the sunrise in the rear view mirror. Not important. What does matter is that with the information I already had, plus the car owner manual which had very different information, plus the lookup tools available to the guy behind the counter… I purchased an assortment of tiny jewels and headed home. Cheap jewels, about $20 total. If I had insisted on LED technology, I could have quadrupled the bill.

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2nd November 2017

The hyperflash

I anticipate. In practical terms, that means that before the car reaches the corner, I turn on the appropriate flashing light (four-way flashers are designed for a whole other purpose). Also, I’ve never been comfortable with sticking my arm out the window, given that other drivers ignore such gestures.

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1st November 2017

You bought dross, dude!

Bill from the Globe probably said it best: “All that glitters is not gold”. I don’t have much of the stuff around, even counting a stockpile of obsolete electronics, but I care about the concept. If you want to put your money into tiny tablets with a fancy logo, at least let the base metal be genuine.

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21st October 2017

A closer look at their rig

The last our breakfast meets with the last of the summer folks. Some people need to winter in places like FL and TX; this was our chance to wish them a warm season with no more hurricanes. Discussion turned to mining techniques and some thoughts about RV life. I have experience with neither, so my interventions were limited.

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18th October 2017

Look forward to years of driving in circles.

The little green machine came home this afternoon. What with the service up to date, we can look forward to years of driving in circles!

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15th October 2017

(Re)creating new sounds

Should I brag about it, or keep it secret because enhancing my nerd cred is wrong? Oh what the…! This afternoon, after a short training session from someone via YouTube, I installed the necessary software, downloaded the necessary content and changed the internal sounds on a small synthesizer.

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