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Old 08-13-2014, 06:22 PM   #14861
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Went to Berkeley Springs, WV for lunch with DW at a Mom 'n Pop diner, we each had salads. $20 with generous tip for the waitress who was no doubt the owner's daughter. Walked around, wandered into the Museum of Berkeley Springs and noted among other things a giant crystal.

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We have had family in town and been playing tour guide for the past week. Yesterday was paddle boarding and kayaking at the lake. Today was the alpine slide and going to the hot springs. It's been a fun week!
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Had our septic tank pumped.
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Went for a walk this morning, after doing a few errands. There's a wakeboard park nearby; often fun to stop and take photos from the fence line. Kind of risky though - these guys see a camera come out and they start hot dogging. The guy in this photo was no spring chicken, either lol.

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I went out to run a few errands. DW asked me to pick up some clothes hangers, there's a Container Store nearby so I stopped in. They have every possible color, looked them over and asked myself "what color do we need?", saw my favorite color and bought a box of purple hangers. Go figure - I thought she'd be happy.
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Had our septic tank pumped.
The excitement never stops at your place....

It wasn't much better here. Gym day, I'm almost back to full bore and feeling great.

Spent an hour and a bit trying to figure out why the wireless network stopped working, only to learn that I didn't even need to have a separate wireless router. There's one built into the DSL modem!

It's been here for several years and at the time I didn't pay attention to it since we had only the one computer. Simply removing the unneeded element and setting up the other fixed all.

Played with the new small graphics tablet I got for the notebook computer. If you like playing with graphics Wacom makes some neat stuff.
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Had our septic tank pumped.
Thanks for the reminder. I need to get this done before winter. Weird thing is - I accidentally ran a sprinkler line directly over the tank access panel. So I need to take out a small section of sprinkler line every time it gets pumped
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Took my car to the dealer for wild, erratic warning messages concerning the brakes, ABS, and JSC. Got it fixed and got out of there for $0.00, NOTHING. What luck!

(Yeah, OK, I screwed up and missed a recall...). Possibly our time would have been better spent pumping out a septic tank.
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Old 08-14-2014, 07:11 PM   #14870
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Oh. For a second there I thought you said "excrement"...

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I accidentally ran a sprinkler line directly over the tank access panel. So I need to take out a small section of sprinkler line every time it gets pumped
I'll trade ya. I spent the past several days (OK, 2-3 hours early every morning this past week) clearing out trees and brush that had overgrown the path to our septic system so the pump truck could gain access. Cutting the stuff was the easy part. But dragging all of it 75 yards behind the house to my burn pile was some serious work.
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I'll trade ya. I spent the past several days (OK, 2-3 hours early every morning this past week) clearing out trees and brush that had overgrown the path to our septic system so the pump truck could gain access. Cutting the stuff was the easy part. But dragging all of it 75 yards behind the house to my burn pile was some serious work.

Whoa! That's a lot of work. Mine is just in front of the house in the lawn. But I feel your pain with the burn pile. I have 3 of them drying out out now after the recent storm


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Had lunch with a ex co-worker and friend, just doing some catching up and he mentions a job opening that needs my talents as a Senior IT person, he asked me to send my resume to him later today. Don't understand, I have gotten several calls, emails, and invitations to lunch, this week, to talk to me about jobs that are open and I need to look at, they are offering good money (first thing I ask), but I really am not interested, but I don't want to hurt their feels and burn bridges with friends.
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Apparently some people just don't comprehend the concept of "retirement".
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Ha! No hilarity... we were quite pleased that we worked well together...so much so, that we toasted each other's work with a shot of tequila last night!
My husband and I had to switch roles in loading and unloading our car trailer and parking in the garage. He use to always be the one driving and have me direct him. Only problem was, even though there were no accidents and vehicle was parked correctly, he wouldn't listen or watch hand signs. It took a long time to move the vehicles. I suggested we switch roles, I drive and he directs. We get the job done usually on the first try. I listen! lol
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We went to a show last night to hear "New Flamenco". An excellent performance. DW had some moments of cognitive dissonance, saying when she shut her eyes it sounded like a classic flamenco guitarist from Spain but it was being played by a "tall skinny white guy from Canada".
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Thanks for the reminder. I need to get this done before winter. Weird thing is - I accidentally ran a sprinkler line directly over the tank access panel. So I need to take out a small section of sprinkler line every time it gets pumped
Just curious. Why don't you route the sprinkler line around the tank access panel?
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Just curious. Why don't you route the sprinkler line around the tank access panel?
Great thought! I think I will when they come to pump it this time. I'll have to dig back 4 feet or so in each direction in order to bend it enough to miss the lid, but that will be eliminate the future hassle of taking out a small piece of pipe every time they pump the tank.
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My father in law is staying with us for a while in our guest cabin. The plan is to build another house on our property where he will live along with my DW's sister and husband, still a lot to come together. The FIL sold his house and had a lot of his stuff shipped here including some of his ham radio equipment, he hasn't used it in years but talks about it a lot.

Have spent some time over the last few days getting a radio and antenna set up for him to use. Radio is about 150 watts and I've strung a wire antenna between some trees behind the house. He isn't able to help much but gives me the direction I need and I've found a lot of good information online when needed. He's a retired electrical engineer/electrician so very particular about his equipment set up, lol.

I'm not a ham operator but have been able to get him going- he likes to work CW and you can see his sending skills were a bit rusty but already improving. We've tuned the antenna for the 20 meter band but he has made contact with others across the dial and really seems to be be enjoying himself. My DW is really happy that we've got hem engaged in a hobby as it gives him something new to do with his time.

I found an app for the Ipad that translates code by listening through the speaker, it's a bit hit and miss but when you hit the sweet spot, it works amazingly well. He was impressed by the technology too.

Now that we have the radio working well, it's time to see if we can get the antenna another 10-15 feet in the air. He likes to tinker but isn't able to do a lot so has lots of suggestions. There are also an amazing number of buttons and options on his radio and he's starting to remember how they are used. I've learned a bit and I'm able to return us to the basic set up when he sometimes gets too many options working and isn't able to send or receive.

He's talked with people in a few spots around the US and has been hearing quite a few hams from Europe as well. I know there are a number of hams on the ER forum so thought they'd be happy to hear about someone who has been off the air for a while getting back on the air.
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Started the day with a walk on the beach with the dog and my sister.
Hurried home, showered, ran the vacuum, then took the kids and my sister to see "The Giver" at the movies. I had been worried, based on the promo, that they had taken a lot of license with the movie... but that wasn't the case. It was a great book, and they did a good job with the movie.
Now I'm waiting for my FLL Robotics team to show up. They should show up any moment. Nothing like a roomful of 11 year olds to amp up the volume in a house.
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I went to the gym this a.m. for an acquafit class. Later I met former co-workers for lunch (I retired 7-2-14). I was all ears for the terrible and deteriorating conditions they reported at my former place of employment. I breathed a sigh of relief that I am now more or less a lady of leisure and accountable to no one.
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