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Old 11-06-2010, 04:47 PM   #6001
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:44 PM   #6002
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Since NASA gave up on Discovery yesterday and rescheduled the launch for Nov. 30, we headed home today. Drove the MH 500 miles - something I said I'd never do. But the drive was all Interstate with moderate traffic, so it wasn't bad.
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Since NASA gave up on Discovery yesterday and rescheduled the launch for Nov. 30, we headed home today. Drove the MH 500 miles - something I said I'd never do. But the drive was all Interstate with moderate traffic, so it wasn't bad.
Are y'all gonna go back at the end of the month?
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:08 PM   #6004
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Sorry about the launch abort. My neighbors who are Belgium flew to FL to see the launch. They can only stay 6 months a year, but own a home here. Maybe they will try again on the 30th.
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Are y'all gonna go back at the end of the month?
No, we have house guests scheduled for that week. This looks like one that won't get marked off my list.
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We're overnighting in a park next to a really neat RV. Earlier today we passed a motor home pulling a big boat and wondered what they did for a car once they got to their coastal destination. This RV is pulled with a pickup, so it may be the perfect set-up.

Note in the photo he's hooked up to water, electricity and, of course, cable TV...
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No, we have house guests scheduled for that week. This looks like one that won't get marked off my list.
Oh..I'm sorry.

Well, maybe you can replace this one with something even better.
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Conducted our annual visit to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet for my wardrobe replenishment. Nine t-shirts for $30, followed by a nice long stroll and impressive people-watching. A few hours later at Goodwill I scored a pair of surf shorts ($2) and Dockers ($7). Those have both become somewhat difficult to find and I was afraid that I was going to have to go retail.

I told spouse that it would be difficult to figure out which nine old t-shirts to move to the rag bag. She says she's going to nominate a couple dozen candidates.

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Was disqualified for jury duty because of my hearing..or lack thereof. Not sure if this is a good thing or not.
Your "listening" reputation probably preceded you anyway!

Around here, potential jurors who have worked with the police or who have police friends are regularly peremptorily challenged by the defense and even occasionally the prosecution. Maybe that hearing issue saved you a few hours/days.
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I am very pleased to report culture shock.

There are real stores besides the Walmart mecca back home, traffic lights in multiples which appear to be synchronized at times , some midday traffic, and real pizza and Chinese food of very good quality. Oh, and of course I MUST mention the monster fried scallops and clams.

I've been looking at the area with a very keen eye as we drive around. This area reminds me of my hometown just north of NYC. Developed yet still quaint in the residential neighborhoods. I have not mentioned the NY Yankees in Red Sox territory.

I am liking what I'm seeing while valiantly suppressing the "anywhere but East Nowhere" impulse.
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I tested all the old paper capacitors I had replaced and found, not surprisingly, that they leak like crazy, so it's a good thing I didn't just turn it on when I first got it.
The detonations/fires would have been impressive...

Now that it's working, how do you avoid further deterioration of some irreplacable component?
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Is it going to be a conversation piece, or are you going to actively use it? Is this hobby activity in preparation for your ER? Are you getting tired of law and want to get back into engineering, even just as a past-time?
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I have always thought of myself as an engineer who just happens to be practicing law at the moment (for the past 20 years). As I wind down and have more time, I find myself drawn back into the joy of just making something work properly. I can see this sort of activity taking up more time once I actually make the jump to retirement.
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Oldest son is in town for a couple of days- great to see him. Just wish he could have brought their new grandson born in early October. He just happened to be in the area for work so it was a nice, unexpected visit. We drove up to the new house we just finished in West Virginia so he could inspect where his inheritance went! I think he liked it.
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Was disqualified for jury duty because of my hearing..or lack thereof. Not sure if this is a good thing or not.

DH needs to schedule a colonoscopy in a few days, then when that's over he has to see his urologist because his PSA is elevated.

Meanwhile my momma continues to decline due to Alzheimer's.

...oh, and I'll 'celebrate' my 53rd birthday this month.

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I would have thought your previous affiliations as a volunteer would disqualify you as a juror.

If selected, I always told the defense attorney right off the bat that I was an engineer...who wants a logical person on a jury ?
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I had a sliced banana covered with low fat key lime yogurt for breakfast. WOW!

Just hanging around the cousin's house today. We are invited to an impromptu BBQ this afternoon, Portuguese style. Our hosts are from Portugal so the meal is going to be authentic food. Yummy yummy yummy...
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I would have thought your previous affiliations as a volunteer would disqualify you as a juror.
Law enforcement is not disqualified for jury duty (at least where I live). However, I have been called three times before during my volunteer cop days and was never selected. This time (number four) was because of my hearing loss. Either they don't have headphones, not enough of them or they have a large pool of able bodied people.

Hmmm....never thought I'd be an unable bodied person...in my early 50's that is...
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I went to the gym today and did a "Zumba" class. What fun ! Latin music and basic dance moves that even klutz's like me can do .
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I had a sliced banana covered with low fat key lime yogurt for breakfast. WOW!
Yum!! That sounds like a great breakfast.
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