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2017-07-21 04:27 pm

Boat fixed! And adventure.

We hope it's fixed, anyway. We called them about the overtemp alarm and they could take it yesterday, and they were able to fix it by today! So, I went and got it. Unfortunately while they were hooking it up to the van, apparently the mechanism didn't catch around the hitch ball, and so when I drove out of the driveway and there was a little bump entering the road, it DETACHED from the van! There was some yanking and noise and I could see it skewing around wildly behind the van. I pulled over immediately and went out to investigate and sure enough, no longer attached. First time those safety chains have been invoked!

I ran back to get someone to help, because although probably I could have lifted the trailer while I was running on adrenaline, I didn't want to do it alone in case I slipped or something. I also kind of wanted to show them their screwup... Three guys came over to help and they quadruple checked that it was connected before I went on my way.

No damage to boat or trailer, minor damage to the bumper of the van -- which I'd slammed into with the Leaf two years prior so it's not like it was any great loss. I decided not to make a claim against their insurance -- it was their fault, because they are the ones who actually did the hookup. Maybe it was also my fault for not checking that it was hooked, but I figured they do this every day. I've had the mechanism not catch before, and I could always tell it wasn't working so I would try to re-seat it until it was solid. But, like, the van's 11 years old and I don't care what it looks like. Cosmetic damage is great: it keeps thieves away.

It's still in the driveway because we're being cheap and waiting til the boat ramp police go home at 7 so we can launch for free.
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2017-07-16 09:44 pm

"Squirrel" day

Today I did many things. Most of them were interruptions for another thing I was in the middle of. "Let's see, I'll just do this and ..." "Squirrel!" "Well, guess THAT didn't happen!" Or, "3 hours later...." I think I popped the stack enough times. But there were things I wished to get done that did not happen.

The boat is fixed! Housemates went and got it yesterday, and we launched it, but it was really windy and boat-wake-y, and the waterskiing was pretty random yesterday afternoon (plus I was really tired from my bike ride). This morning we tried again, though it was hard to get people interested. Unfortunately it was slightly windy then too, and there were some boats, I guess 10am isn't early enough. The wind dropped during the day, and I noticed a few times that there happened not to be a bunch of boats churning it up, but no doubt by the time I interested enough people it would have become churny again.

Unfortunately the boat may have yet another problem, because we got an overtemp warning, so maybe the water pump is flaky or the water system is clogged. We checked the intake, and it was clean, so we don't know. If it happens again we have another thing to try.
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2017-07-15 04:30 pm

Bike adventure

There was a rally about climate change in Providence today, outside the convention center, where there was a Governor's meeting going on. It was small, only about 150-200 by my quick estimate. There were some speakers, and some chanting ("No more pipelines! No more fracking! Send the oil barons packing!"); the whole thing lasted about an hour.

Valerie and I went down on the train (seems wrong to drive to a rally about climate change...), and I brought my bicycle! I had printed a set of maps and directions, plus I had my phone. It was hard to get settled onto the route, though, the roads never seem to match the map and directions. So there was a lot of stopping and pushing the "find me" button on the phone. Plus a stop at dunkin' donuts for lunch. All in all it took about 3 hours elapsed (I didn't look exactly when I left the rally). I picked up some speed at the end, when I'd gotten back into familiar territory and there wasn't so much stopping.

26.45 in 2:23 for an average of 11.0, which isn't too bad. Not much in the way of hills except at the very beginning, and even those were mild. And don't forget the 2.2 mile jaunt to the train station at the start!


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2017-07-12 10:42 pm

Fish cooler

We keep our house warmer than average in the summer. Partly this is because our downstairs A/C broke last year and we chose not to fix it. But mostly it's because we're green.

Unfortunately, we learned the first year we had fish that "tropical" doesn't mean "82" and there was a huge fish die-off during a heat wave. The next year we kept an eye on the temp and changed out water sometimes when it was getting too warm, and then we stuck a small fan on top of the tank to evaporate water and cool it that way, but it was a pain to get it in position. This year we have upgraded that solution. Ken took three small fans from a computer, and wired them up with a 3-way switch so we can have any amount of cooling we need, and screwed it to the lid so it was aimed in the right place all the time.

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2017-07-08 03:48 pm

A plan-free day

Nothing was on the calendar for today! So, Ken and I went bicycling. We went up Blue Hill. 10 miles to get there, one mile straight up, one mile back down, 10 miles back home. Before the ascent my average was 12.6. After it was 10.5. Strangely, it was 10.6 when I returned home. I thought the base of the hill was the same elevation as home, so my average should have improved a little, I'd think. But, the down is not really very fast because it is littered with potholes, parents, kids, dogs, horses, horse poop, other bicycles... And there was some dorking around because we stopped at the hardware store on the way home and the parking lot is large and slow. So, that's my excuse.

Turns out we actually had plans, because some of our many guests from last weekend are stopping back here after a camping expedition and before their airplane tomorrow, so we need to feed them. So I made vast food for dinner (which now just needs to bake for an hour), and also plan to make vast food for dessert because tomorrow there's a square dance and I want to bring some snacks. So I need to have decoy snacks by making a double batch or there won't be any for tomorrow.

Food and bicycling, my default hobbies :-)
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2017-07-07 08:47 pm

Boat is in the shop

I drove it a bunch this weekend, towing many children on a tube, who all had a good time, and the elder of whom kept asking for "faster", but there wasn't any faster to be had. I tried to waterski, got up on two but not one, and when I thought about dropping the 2nd ski, seemed like I was kind of sinking a lot and might not have stayed up. Jocelyn got up on one, but said that the ride was more work because she was plowing through the water so much.

The shop had said it was fine to drive it in this "running rough and not giving all power" state, even said it might be good for it, blow out crap that was in the carbs. But, no go. I ran through about 8 gallons of gas, I'd say. Put in the gas conditioner they'd given me last time, even. Hope they're done by the 23rd! I told him about the party and he seemed to think there would be no problem having it ready.
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2017-07-01 02:45 pm

not quite 100 miles

Sunday: 9.2
Monday: 25.73
Tuesday: 25.66
Wednesday: 9.4
Thursday: 6.8
Friday: 6.8
Saturday: 15.97

Total: 99.5

People more anal than I would have ridden down the street for 1/4 mile and back...
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2017-06-30 07:28 pm

final post from my trip to the dance

There turns out to be a huge windmill farm at the Indiana/Ohio border near Toledo. I took pictures out the car window. You can't really tell just how many there were from this picture. I thought it was pretty cool, just making power for free there. (Just like we are on our roof now! Which I've been tweeting about incessantly, though I haven't posted anything here about the solar panels. I guess now I have...)

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2017-06-30 07:16 pm

giant fish!

We have a pleco in our aquarium to keep the algae at bay. This is the most amazingly healthy fish ever. He's just growing and growing! For a long time he was very shy, hiding behind the decor, but now that he's like 10 times bigger than anything else, he's willing to show himself frequently. Partly, he doesn't FIT behind anything anymore!



The stripes are an artifact of having taken the picture just after feeding -- they are the food pellets dropping through the water during the exposure.
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2017-06-30 06:03 pm

1000 miles

So, I wasn't going to bother to post this, but while messing with the photos on my phone I was interested to compare to last year, so I scrolled back through LJ, and learned that in 2016, I rode my 1000th mile on Wednesday June 15. THIS year I rode my 1000th mile on Wednesday June 14, exactly 52 weeks later!

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2017-06-27 10:00 pm

Biking in the rain, just biking in the rain!

Actually it didn't rain very much, just a little splatter. Monday I drove to work and abandoned my car, Tuesday I rode back in. I had thought that there wouldn't be any specific reason for me to be at work Tuesday morning, but then there was a problem at work overnight and so I wanted to get there before noon, and, having a morning phone meeting, didn't get to leave at the crack of dawn. So, I had incentive to move. Apparently incentive works:

Monday: 25.73 in 2:31 for a lame average of 10.1. Maybe a little headwind.
Tuesday: 25.66 in 2:14 for an AWESOME average of 11.4
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2017-06-25 08:44 pm

boat woes

Went waterskiing Friday evening, boat worked really well. We'd had earlier problems where the battery was toast, and had replaced it, and while replacing it, had discovered that the wiring harness was also toast, and patched it together. So, we ordered a new wiring harness, and it came and Ken installed it today. It seemed to start and stuff. We didn't actually drive it around, just started it. Neighbors came to go boating. The motor behaved terribly for them. Started ok, but very rough when running. They came to see if we'd done it. Ken doublechecked his work but couldn't see how the wiring harness for starting could have anything to do with making it actually go. So, we're sad, because it might take forever to get the shop to look at it. At the end of last season it was behaving terribly also, and we took it to the shop this spring. The shop couldn't reproduce the problem, just cleaned everything out and all was well again. Temporarily, I guess. So sad. I hope it gets fixed before our big party in 4 weeks!

But we got the rest of the dock in, so that's all set. Still need to put out our duck-repellent netting, because the ducks have been having a field day, ew.
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2017-06-18 10:06 pm

Butterflies!

I got the pix from the Fort Wayne Botanical Conservatory. Photo credit for the one of me to David Resnick, who also has a better camera than my phone.

A good person would know the names and origins of the butterflies pictured. It was totally fun, despite the tshirt.




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2017-06-17 11:19 pm

dance dance!

I'm still in Fort Wayne at the square dance, though all the dancing is over. A couple of hack tips--mirror and hex, but mostly just dancing. Our flight was late so we only got in 3 tips Thursday night, but there was lots of dancing Friday and Saturday. Getting ready to go back tomorrow. We did one tourist activity, which was the butterfly exhibit at the botanical gardens. It was great, and I will hopefully post pictures when I get back to a real computer.
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2017-06-15 08:20 am

meetup turning into a pit of slime

I was asked to RSVP via meetup to Matt Stone's upcoming party next weekend. When I went there, it popped up a message saying their T&C had changed. Since when LJ did that I didn't read them, I thought maybe I'd read Meetup's. Under "Information we collect" I find this lovely bit:

With your permission, we may collect other information from your device, such as photos from your camera roll, contacts of individuals you wish to find or connect with, or calendar information you want to manage via the Platform.

Photos??? Seriously? They're going to spy on my phone's camera? Well, I better not ever use meetup from my phone then! Probably it's OK from my laptop, there I have a random folder under c:\yduj and it's unlikely they'll find any there.
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2017-06-14 08:12 am

Trips!

Jocelyn is in Iceland! She's going with a friend of ours. They're spending a few days in Iceland, and then going on to Norway for a week. They'll spend the summer solstice in Tromso, which is above the arctic circle. Unfortunately it will probably rain so they won't actually get to see the sun all night. Planned activities include riding Icelandic ponies and reprising Ken's parasailing adventure in Norway (Jocelyn was too young then, and has since been jealous). They left yesterday.

Me, I'm just going to Fort Wayne, Indiana, for an annual square dance convention. "The great intra-coastal wasteland", or, as a coworker of mine says, "fly-over country". I leave tomorrow, returning Sunday, so it's not a huge trip. I'm actually flying into Detroit and driving with a friend -- that seemed to be the fastest route. Kayak kept giving me choices that involved Atlanta. Um, like, can you say "not on the way"?
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2017-06-10 10:07 pm

Apparently not proud

Valerie and Jocelyn went to Pride, but Ken and I stayed home. (Perry stayed home too, but he never does anything interesting. We did play a game this evening, which he won, and this morning he and I worked together to fix a couple of bugs on LambdaMOO, so it wasn't all solo computer play for him today.)

While home, though, we did useful things: Launched the sailboat! Had some trouble with the mast, had to raise and lower it a couple of times, but eventually got it in working order. The mooring had been dragged a little ways by the ice this winter, even though there wasn't much, so I put on my wetsuit and moved it back where it belongs. Then, since I was wearing the wetsuit and hadn't had any exercise besides raising the mast twice and running back and forth from the car to the trailer, I went for a short swim. Counts double, though, because doing anything in a wetsuit is tiring. Kind of fun to be that buoyant. Then I replaced the center seat in the canoe, which had collapsed, and we'd ordered a new one, but not got 'round to installing. So, vast lakeness! Yay.

Tomorrow Jocelyn has an end-of-year swim party to attend, 50 miles away, and I'm taking her. So there will be more water play. I hope I get to swim, not sure what's actually happening at the party. The hosting parent is a nervous ninny and keeps sending emails thanking me for chaperoning. I don't really intend to "chaperone", it was simply the easiest course of action because Jocelyn has something to do both before and after and will arrive late and leave early so carpooling can't work out.
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2017-06-10 11:06 am

Seeing Wonder Woman didn't make me faster

So I rode my bicycle from work to the movie theater, 15.5ish miles, of which slightly less than 15 was recorded because the odometer is flaky. It took just about what Google had estimated (Google apparently rides about the same speed as I do). I met people with a bike rack there, and we saw the movie. I liked it. Lots of nice FX.

Friday I went to work even though I mostly WFH Fridays, because Jocelyn is taking classes at Esh and needs a lift home. Mostly Ken's been doing it, but I thought I'd do it this time, especially since I got a bike ride out of it.

Took yet another new route involving the new road. This one's problem was a one-way street going the wrong way. I could have ridden on a right-way street but it involved a slight downhill to get there, and a corresponding uphill to get back on the route, and it was mile 23 and I was tired. The route ended up slightly shorter than I expected.

25.51 in 2:28 for an average of 10.3. Like I said, I was apparently not inspired to become my own Wonder Woman...
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2017-06-07 02:25 pm
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Movie tickets

I'm sure I've mentioned my love for capitalism in the past. It's come to bite me again.

I want to see Wonder Woman.

I can't figure out how to buy tickets for a showing TOMORROW on movietickets.com! They utterly changed their interface and I don't see "change date" anymore. WTF? I guess they really don't want anyone to plan ahead. I was whining a few weeks ago that I wanted to find out whether a movie would be in theaters in a couple of weeks and wasn't able to tell. But now not even for tomorrow? I guess I'll have to get up 15 minutes earlier in order to buy tickets. If it's like last time, I have to do the purchase in two steps so I can take one ticket myself and give the others to Valerie and Jocelyn to meet me at the theater. Last time it just gave me one piece of paper and they had to hang out waiting for me instead of comfortably going in and buying popcorn.

Maybe I should go to even fewer movies in the future, because it's so hard to buy tickets. What stupidity. How do regular people get anything done with these insanely flashy web sites where it's so hard to find the button to buy things?
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2017-06-05 10:19 pm

Davis Sq travels

For those who are curious (or simply bored), I decided in the end to go Alewife. Reading my book on the T was infinitely more pleasant than sitting in traffic on Alewife Brook. Even $11 more pleasant (parking plus T fare.) I did get a charging spot -- but I hadn't really needed it, since I was only coming from work, where I'd charged up.