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Old 10-20-2010, 11:46 AM   #5861
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We're enjoying two nights in the Napili Sunset near Kapalua on Maui's west side.

It's a completely different Hawaii from the urban version I've lived in for 20 years. Our 2nd-floor condotel room looks down on the beach (northwest) from the center of the arc of Napili Bay. There's a great pile of rocks on the south for tidepooling and a couple of shallow reefs in the center for snorkeling. The shorebreak is literally 20 yards from our lanai so you can barely be heard from one end of the condo to the other. Yesterday on the tidepool we watched from one side of a rock as four (!) honu cropped limu from the other side. One larger-than-expected surge popped a guy with a three-foot shell on top of the rocks, where he first finished snacking on virgin limu territory and then eventually struggled back in with the next surge. We could've reached out to shake a flipper and written our names on his shell. No carvings or tags on him-- they might just be too common here to merit labeling.

Kapalua airport's runway looks about as big as a flight deck. (You can watch the landing from anywhere in the cabin, but there are crosswinds. Spouse noted that the pilot put down the right wheel considerable sooner than the left one. I kept my nose in my book and chose to remain blissfully ignorant.) “Baggage claim” is a shelf at the edge of the runway where the handling vehicles park. They only fly during daylight hours.

Last night was dinner in the cutely-named Cafe O'Lei. (Maybe the owner is Hawaiian-Irish-Spanish.) Good food, great view, enjoy your leftovers for tomorrow's lunch and don't look at the prices. This morning I sipped Kona on the lanai while watching more honu surface in the bay. The sunrise highlights Molokai to the northwest and Lanai to the west. I'll bet the whalewatching from here (starting next month) is absolutely stunning. Today we'll do some snorkeling and then see if we can find a couple of good seafood places. (Snorkeling always makes me hungry for seafood.) Maybe this afternoon we'll see what the winter's first big northwest swell does to Slaughterhouses (Honolua Bay? Mokuleia? I forget) and drive around Kapalua Resort. Or maybe we'll find other ways to spend the afternoon.

Yesterday we were talking story with the staff at a snack shack when the manager came over and asked me “You there, where are you from, with your local accent and your Maui HC&S t-shirt?” Local accent? Me?!? She says her son goes to Kapiolani Community College on Oahu and feels like he's been plopped down in the middle of “Bright Lights, Big City”. After a couple days here I can understand how he feels.

Ironically we're enjoying this idyll tranquility because I'm here for a late-afternoon meeting, one requiring actual professional attire of pants/shoes/socks. We probably never would have thought to visit here otherwise, yet we're already planning our next trip. I'll have to strap our inflatable Handiracks on the rental car's roof and rent a standup board. Molokai can't be that far of a paddle...

So, Freebird, how's that winterizing thing coming along?
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10:00 AM Dr. visit for a follow-up. Return library books.

Put together a collage of photos for SIL's upcoming surprise retirement party.

Took a nap.

Looked briefly at the motorcycle to try to figure out why the driving lights up and quit working. No power to the switch but fuses are okay. It has to go to the shop soon for servicing anyway so I may leave that to them to figure out.
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Sort of playing hooky/w*rking from home today...getting around to wrap up some organizational duties in the office (recently moved in with DBF) - I got fed up with our his & hers sorting/purging for the spring yard sale...this crap is piling up in the hallway...nothing feels organized - and I have reached my pigstye limit! Chaos does not work for me! Since he is having a few weeks of w*rk hell and we have been running around like crazy, I figured I'd start to attack this. Feels good!
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Farmers market, grocery store, laundry (clothesline) made large pot of vegetable/ham soup.
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Like that's a bad thing?
It does upset the cat.
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Did some woodworking and took the boat out for the last ride of the year. Just ordered a pizza, and now I'm waiting for the Blackhawks game to start
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Just e-mailed PenFed 16 attachments of scanned tax returns, pension statements, bank-account statements, brokerage/IRA statements, rental property leases, tax-return-release agreements, and signed copies of a half-dozen of their forms.

At least they say they'll verify the balances of the accounts we have at PenFed.

They actually specified that we had to include all pages of a brokerage statement (Fidelity numbers theirs "page 1 of 6" and so on). Now I'm going to get a bunch of nosy questions about the covered-call transactions we didn't care to discuss with them...
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Got thank yous from several folks.
Got a picture of a new stray cat.
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Bought an old TI-55 programmable calculator at the Goodwill for $3. (It is vintage 1977. I had one in college). It came with the original manual and the groovy naugahide zippered belt pouch, but no charger. So when I got home, I removed the charge pack and rigged the calculator to operate on a regular nine volt battery. Works like a champ now, and the retro red LED display is pleasing. Now, I just need to refresh my programming skills.
I had the same TI-55 in college. Bought in 1977 too, to replace my first calculator, which was a Novus made by National Semiconductor. The TI-55 had shortcuts for rectangular-to-polar conversion and back, which were useful for complex number arithmetic, which again was much handy for numerical solutions to network or transmission line problem calculations.

Alan, being an RF guy in college, probably still remembers this kind of problems given on a quizz.
A load of impedance 75-50j Ohm at a frequency of 10MHz is driven with a coax of 50 Ohm impedance and a dielectric constant of 2. Design a single shorted stub to tune the SWR to 1:1.
By the way, SWR above stands for Standing Wave Ratio, and not something you enter into FIRECalc.

I would still have this calculator, even if it is now obsolete, if it weren't stolen in a house burglary.
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...So, Freebird, how's that winterizing thing coming along?
Boat pulled from lake, winterized and shrink wrapped on contract...CHECK
Winter wood delivered and stacked outside...CHECK
Underground water line to garden drained...CHECK
Mousetraps set in garage...CHECK
Mouse corpses removed...IN PROGRESS as needed
Snowplowing service arranged...CHECK
Air conditioner unit removed from master bedroom window..CHECK

Wood carried up from woodshed to stay dry in back porch...
First sign of little white stuff out of sky...CHECK as of this AM

Grumbling about living at 43N latitude...CHECK

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the....
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We made another Goodwill run this afternoon. Considering how much the two of us have donated in the past month, and considering how many others are doing the same thing, we wonder how Goodwill can possibly handle the huge quantity of donations they receive.

We speculated that perhaps they have a big unmarked truck driven by masked employees, that secretly moves donations to the local landfill in the middle of the night...
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We made another Goodwill run this afternoon. Considering how much the two of us have donated in the past month, and considering how many others are doing the same thing, we wonder how Goodwill can possibly handle the huge quantity of donations they receive...
Probably a boon to the many budding freegans in the area.
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I had the same TI-55 in college. Bought in 1977 too, to replace my first calculator, which was a Novus made by National Semiconductor. The TI-55 had shortcuts for rectangular-to-polar conversion and back, which were useful for complex number arithmetic, which again was much handy for numerical solutions to network or transmission line problem calculations.

Alan, being an RF guy in college, probably still remembers this kind of problems given on a quizz.
A load of impedance 75-50j Ohm at a frequency of 10MHz is driven with a coax of 50 Ohm impedance and a dielectric constant of 2. Design a single shorted stub to tune the SWR to 1:1.
By the way, SWR above stands for Standing Wave Ratio, and not something you enter into FIRECalc.

I would still have this calculator, even if it is now obsolete, if it weren't stolen in a house burglary.

The TI's escaped me in the early-to-mid 70's, as I was unable to afford one of the TI caculators.

I was eventually able to afford an HP-35 with its RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) from 1975 or '76 -- don't remember. I thought RPN was pretty cool, but only after I got used to it (the reverse polish notation), and yeah, cooler. Still have the calculator and it worked the last time I plugged it in (and don't remember when that was, but it may have been in this century), the battery has been toast for a looong time.

The HP-35 sure beat the hell out of carrying a CRC math tables book to class every other day. Does anybody remember CRC Math Tables Books?
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Yes, the RPN definitely has snob appeal.
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Got some friends together and attended the local Diwali Mela (Hindu festival of light) celebrations at the Convention Centre. 5000 people, mostly Indo-Canadian, but some yarmulkes, hijabs and other traditions too (including Caucasians like me). A wonderful evening of great Indian food, hendi painting, beautiful saris and silks (men included) and a two hour music and dancing extravaganza. The place was a sea of colour and rhythm. I don't have any pictures, sorry!

Admission was free, but visitors were asked to bring a donation to the local food bank. Definitely an annual event for me from now on! And next year, I will have my hands painted!
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The HP-35 sure beat the hell out of carrying a CRC math tables book to class every other day. Does anybody remember CRC Math Tables Books?
I must have thrown that CRC math tables book out decades ago, but yes I remember it vaguely . I seem to recall the HP-35 was pretty pricey back then. Wasn't it something like $400?

Currently I have an HP 12C (love that RPN) financial calculator. Used to work for HP.
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