Sure, I spent most of the day doing "housework," but the weather was okay (cool but dry) and I got a lot accomplished. Cleaned the kitchen, got 80% of the laundry done and SWMBO made dinner. Cool!
On our Friday Date last Friday we went to see "The Green Hornet." I could have waited for the DVD myself, but we enjoyed it anyway. Had a friend along with us. Hope he had a good time.
Not too much going on around here. Went to the annual meeting of the Gold Mountain Repeater Assoc next to the fair grounds in Silverdale yesterday. Boring. And I didn’t win the raffle either! But the ride was nice even with it sprinkling off and on.
Still studying for my General ticket. Test will be Feb 12th. I think I’ll pass it this time. Would like to get on 20-meters and start making some contacts! Been listening to PSK31 on 20-meters and have seen people from Japan and Russia "typing" back and forth with people all over the U.S. I’d like to get into that.
And that’s about it. Things around the house are pretty much SSDD all the time. I get up, spend a couple of hours browsing the jobs sites, get some house work done, check mail then walk the dog for awhile and not much else. I’ll be glad when hot weather gets back even if we no longer have the other property to escape to for a couple of hours.
Made a "new" website/blog for my Ham club. nm7e is now on line and raring to go! No one at the club wanted to pay for a site we could call all our own; so I put us up at all the free sites I thought we might use. wordpress.com, YouTube & Flickr. That should cover just about all the bases as far as I can see. I only hope it lasts well beyond me.
Not much gong on around the house. Still doing housework and meals. Laundry yesterday. Still setting up the Planer SWMBO bought me. Walking the dog. Ignoring the cat. Wishing I had fish to piss off.
Playing with Music Creator 4 but just ain’t getting it.
Still studying for my General ticket. I should pass the next test Feb 12th. Thinking about handing out flyers at the local Safeway advertising our Ham Club. Maybe doing something like that would get more people interested in being a Ham in general; and our club in particular. We need more members. (Actually, we need younger members!) Most of the folks in our club are pretty set in their ways and, it seems, tired of passing their knowledge on to the Newbies. But that may be a false perception on my part.
And that’s about it from around here.
So, I get a message from my youngest daughter (whom I don’t have much contact with):
"did your sister from Los Angeles ever get ahold of you to tell you about your brother?"
I write back and say "no." and get:
ok – so this might sound as crazy to you now as it did me at the time and you should know.
< ?xml:namespace prefix = o />About 2 1/2 – 3 years ago i get a call out of the blue from a Hispanic lady down in LA. At the time, the phone was in Stans name when he lived with me. She said she was looking for her long lost brother Stan King. I said my brothers name is Stan King and she said he would be in his fifties and so i told her my dad’s name is Stan King. She asked if you’re brothers names were Anthony and George and I said i think so and then she flipped out happy. She said she was your sister. From what I thought, i thought your sister had passed away at a young age right? I told her she couldnt be your sister.
She said she was the offspring resulting from an affair that your father had. Here’s the weird part. She said that he had an affair with her Hispanic mother and shortly after joined the KKK and booted her mother and their children out of town so no one would find out he had Mexican kids and she never saw him since. She wanted to get ahold of you to let you know that your brother had passed away. Please forgive me because I don’t remember which one she was talking about and I didnt keep her name or number because i was a little freaked out. I don’t know if she said George or maybe one of her siblings. I’m sorry, i don’t remember but i thought you should know and you can investigate if you’d like.
So, it’s Internet Search Time! And guess what? After several misdirections I Found My Little Sister Mina! Too cool. Of course, I didn’t know that until she called me back after leaving a couple dozen messages at different Mina’s. I’d swear the last time I saw her was when she was 6 but she claims I saw her when she was about 18. I have absolutely no remembrance of that. She just turned 45 (she can’t be that old!) and has almost half a dozen kids of her own. Cool!
So, we talked for a couple of hours getting caught up. Turns out my brother Tommy died about 3 years ago from medical complications and/or Epilepsy. I can’t really miss him any more than I already have as I haven’t seen nor heard from him in about 10 years. Sorry he’s gone but there’s not much I can do about it.
Now to try to find my brother George. Haven’t seen him since 88 and haven’t heard from him at all since 92 when our Mom died. Last I heard he was living down Denver, Colorado way…
Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs. Hillary got $8 million for hers.
That’s $20 million for the memories from two people, who for eight years repeatedly testified, under oath, that they couldn’t remember anything.
So, where we off to next? I supposed I could do the "update" thingie except that I really haven’t been doing that much. Had a nice couple of days, weatherwise, so I, naturally, went to the property and moved dirt. Have about 1/4th the crawl space emptied out. Cool! I just love being out at the property.
Or I could tell you how I laid around mostly yesterday sleeping cause I woke up feeling like warmed over cow puke; but you probably wouldn’t be interested.
Had a meeting with one of the contractors today and we managed to cut almost $50k out of the house budget. Won’t get to put in the radiant heating and will have to change the materials in the wall between the ’house’ and the "shop" but I can live with both decisions. Oh, we’ll have to put a regular roof up also instead of the metal one; but SWMBO can worry about replacing it with my insurance money when I kick off. I really want to get this house built!
Just not much going on. SWMBO took me to FodGathers for pizza (I had the all you can eat salad bar and stole a slice of her pizza) then we walked through the junk store next door and Ace Hardware. Thinking about getting a laser level thingie.
One of my brother-in-laws called last night wanting to talk to his sister but wound up talking to me for a couple of hours last night. (SWMBO was off to the office like she does most Wednesdays.) I wound up buying him a web site (www.rmsproductions.biz) so maybe he can make some money selling his 3d Max render stuff. Hey, if it doesn’t work I’m out a whole $45 for the year! Hope he gets it going. I put up a temporary site for him…
The "Great Experiment" seems to be going okay still. I do miss the morning news. Kinda. Been watching CSI and CSI Miami (on dvd) a lot. I supposed I could get off my lazy fat ass and put up a small antenna and watch the morning news; but Seattle may still switch over this month to digital transmissions anyway and I don’t have the converter box nor a digital receiver on my tv. Oh well.
Let’s see. I don’t believe anything else of non-importance has happened around here. Did I remember to say that I found homes for both of the puppies? Did. They gone. Switched over from Vonage to the MagicJack and that seems to be working well.
No headlines tonight. Busy doing other things.