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Old 08-09-2014, 07:36 PM   #14821
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:38 PM   #14822
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:43 PM   #14823
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Took the dog for a walk on the beach. Watched a bunch of videos to learn the different programming interface for the Mindstorm EV3. (I coach my sons FIRST Lego League robotics team - and we upgraded from NXT to EV3 this year.) Helped DH demo and put in an upstairs window. First of 5 he plans to do this week. That window is in - now he just needs to trim it out.

Older son is at basketball practice, younger son just helped me make black bottom cupcakes - which are now in the oven. The house smells amazing.

I plan to do NOTHING this afternoon.
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Pulled the leaking radiator on my VW Jetta diesel. All plastic frame and aluminum fin stock and tubing. Cheap, light and a sorry product. Leaked at tube about 3/4 of the way up from the bottom. Car only has 155,000 on it and is maintained to the 10's. It was 100 F out and maybe a bit cooler in the garage, but I was soaked to the skin after I pulled it.

Now to wait for the new one.....$346.00 at the local parts house (has to be ordered). Online at a German import retailer is $140.00. Both are probably Chinese knockoffs. (OEM from the dealer is probably made in China also and probably $500)
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Replaced squeaking alternator belt on Jag. But first must remove AC deive belt. 1/2 hour.

Did some branch management. Stacked branches from recently cut tree.
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Went to church, ate breakfast out, rearranged photo studio in basement and made a big(ger) mess. Got ancient photo printer running - now have to order new cartridges. Played with new camera (reason I'm reassembling old studio)...
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:15 AM   #14828
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Got our property reappraisal from the county, and the value dropped nearly 9% since the last one, three years ago. That will mean a small reduction in our tax bill next year.

So at least where we live, there has apparently not been much of a rebound.
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Finally got basement in order. Can call it a studio now lol.

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Lost several hours of my life dealing with AT&T. I've kept a basic land line service and DSL service going at a reasonable cost by calling "customer retention" yearly and negotiating a lower rate. Now they have had enough of landlines and DSL and insist that I move to a cable internet and VOIP phone to continue to play. So I grind them down to a decent monthly rate with no installation charges, but check my order on-line to verify and there is a $99 installation charge shown.

Spent the next 2 hours talking to various drones on several continents that claim there is no way to simply call the person that wrote the order to verify that the $99 charge is in error. "No sir, we cannot call that person" Really? You're the friggin' phone company! So I called back and said, OK, cancel the order and let's renegotiate. Miraculously I had the original person that wrote the order on the phone in minutes.

Oh and by the way, cost for just internet, no phone? Same price, but slower download speed.

Installation next Thursday, more anecdotes to follow.
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Walked the dog on the beach in the AM.

In the PM read a book aloud for an hour. I recently learned that our town has a "radio station" that reads newspapers and books to people who are blind or otherwise incapable of reading. Went for an audition a few weeks ago and have been put on as substitute news paper reader (live broadcasts) and book reader (recorded). So far I've done one substitute reading of the NYT and one of WSJ. Just started recording the book today. Pretty interesting volunteer gig.
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I recently learned that our town has a "radio station" that reads newspapers and books to people who are blind or otherwise incapable of reading.
I did that for a number of years when I first retired. Broadcasting is on a subcarrier that requires a modification to a "normal" radio, but they provide them to their clients. Had to go in to the studio to do the live reading, which was a hassle.

Then I found another service they provide as an adjunct to the radio reading service. It's called PTP (Personalized Talking Print). I had a regular gig reading the Wall St. Journal every Monday morning (just the headlines and some of the regular pieces, along with lead articles).

The way PTP works is that each client has a voicemail box. If someone wants to hear the whole article because they were intrigued by the headline you read, they request it by leaving a voicemail for you. Then you pick up those requests later in the day or next day, and read that article directly into the requester's voicemail box. Pretty slick system!
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Walked the dog on the beach in the AM.

In the PM read a book aloud for an hour. I recently learned that our town has a "radio station" that reads newspapers and books to people who are blind or otherwise incapable of reading. Went for an audition a few weeks ago and have been put on as substitute news paper reader (live broadcasts) and book reader (recorded). So far I've done one substitute reading of the NYT and one of WSJ. Just started recording the book today. Pretty interesting volunteer gig.
What a wonderful service! I'm sure it is much appreciated by the listeners. I'm going to add this to my volunteer gigs to look in to when I retire.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:25 PM   #14834
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DW and I went to the lake to do a dry run of trailering the new pontoon boat tomorrow.. Might need to call the tv station to send a news crew cause it's either going to be hilarious or there might be a murder.. We don't perform well together on projects like this..anyway, the boat needs service.
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What a wonderful service! I'm sure it is much appreciated by the listeners. I'm going to add this to my volunteer gigs to look in to when I retire.
FYI, here is a link to the place I'm involved with. There are likely similar places where you live (but I don't know for sure):

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Changed things up - took the dog for a walk on Mission Bay rather than at the beach. Was feeling ambitious and walked further than my normal walk.

Help DH put in window #2 of the 5 windows we're in process of replacing. My help is limited to manhandling the new window into place (a 2 person job) until he can put the first screw in. The other part of the help is cleaning up the bits of stucco that he has to chip off to get the old window out. He's working on the second story - so the stucco gets a bit scattered... so lots of sweeping.

2 windows down - 3 to go for this phase of our home improvement.
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Went to the gym, registered for the cardiac rehab class the hospital encourages people with heart issues to take, and stopped by the store on the way home to get flowers to shoot in the basement. By "shoot" I mean with a camera.

I'm not sure if I qualify as having heart issues even though I have two overlapping stents in a heart artery. The docs all say I'll fully recover and will have no restrictions in a couple more weeks. So we'll see. Right now I'm still on half-weights at the gym but slowing moving toward back to full.

But if they're going to take 18 weeks to tell me to "don't smoke, eat healthy, and exercise regularly" I'll drop out.
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I'm not sure if I qualify as having heart issues even though I have two overlapping stents in a heart artery.
Really?
Couldn't possibly be into denial, could we?

Just take good care of yourself. There is useful help available, it sounds like.
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Really?
Couldn't possibly be into denial, could we?
Naw, not me...

But I have made some changes. I'd quit smoking a long time ago, don't need to lose weight (5'9", 147 lbs this morning) and exercise regularly. Doc says my cholesterol levels are already well below most people's, borderline being too low. The diet could use some improvement though fortunately not too drastic.

But I'm sure gonna miss pepperoni, ham, bacon and double cheese pizzas. Sniff, sniff.
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gonna miss pepperoni, ham, bacon and double cheese pizzas.
Right. The ham is overkill.
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