My lovely, young, bride asked me yesterday “Why do you like ‘The Martian’ so much?” After a minute of thought it boils down to this: Mark Watney, a man actually a victim of disaster, doesn’t act the victim. Aside from showing us on Mars; where we should have been making regular trips to, from our base on the Moon, over 20 years ago. (And, yeah, I know it’s a movie.) I’d go there tomorrow if I could.
Made a run to the bank to cash a check for SWMBO. Tried dropping the money off with our financial lady; but they don’t accept cash. So, tomorrow, I’ll have to re-deposit the cash and get a money order or cashier’s check for them. The Joy! But, mostly, I like doing things for SWMBO. Mostly.
Just tried out that hook-to-the-hose car brush washer thingie I got at Home Depot last Saturday. Yep, need to save that shit for a much warmer day! But, it works. Would have worked better if I hadn’t gotten into a hurry cause my hands were freezing; but it works.
Sun finally came out and it’s really not that bad out there. Still kind of cool. So I loaded the “new” rider-mower a friend gave me into the back of the truck and am going to take it to another friend that fixes small engine things for a living. Would rather give my money to him than to a “faceless” corporation. Saw that our grass is really starting to grow and will need cutting in the next week.
Did manage to sit out in the sun between bouts of getting my regular chores done. Hung a hanger-thingie on a garage wall to hang the new whack weeder on. Made some more jigglers. (Orange and Lime layers this time.) Took the Dog for a walk then kicked his ass around the big room awhile. (He loves both!)
And that’s really about it. Normal day, mostly. SWMBO finally got home. Gonna spend some time with her!
Which was mostly an SSDD Saturday until I decided to get the Hell off my Old Ass. So I went out and tested the new pressure washer I got last week. Had to go get some gas first though. But it worked just fine once I figured out that using the “soap” nozzel was not going to put out the pressure I was looking for. The other nozzels worked just fine! So I kinda sorta went over the truck and got the worst of the caked on mud washed off.
My new course from the Learning Company came in the mail. “New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System.” The first two lectures were pretty good. Hopefully the next 22 will be the same.
SWMBO got home from the Genealogy Library and took me to Denny’s for dinner. I had the chicken & pork quesidilla(?) but couldn’t eat all of it. It was good but I just wasn’t that hungry.
Then we went to COSTCO and got a whole bunch of stuff but not what we actually went there for. They were out of that. So we consoled ourselves with $100 of other stuff.
Then on to Home Depot where I bought a new, gas-powered, straight shaft whack weeder with a blade attachment so I can get after those <whateverthehellthey’recalled> bushes out in the back 40. All told we walked out of Home Depot $300 poorer. (Oh, bought 2-25 ft pressure washer hoses too.)
Made our usual stop at Safeway on the way home. I bought, don’t tell anybody, whole milk this week. I figure once every 5 years (or so) isn’t going to hurt me. What will happen is I’ll forget it’s whole milk and spit it our cause “it tastes funny.”
Pretty much started out your normal, ssdd, kind of day around here. Then it pretty much stayed the same. Pretty much all damned day. Pretty much. Not that I’m complaining. Beats the alternative.
Hasn’t rained much. Yet. So I did get to take the Dog for a walk around the back 40. Getting on time to make a bit more noise on our walks to, possibly, scare away any bears that may be lurking back there. I have two fears about this place: 1) Running into a bear on our walks, and 2) I won’t live long enough to watch the neighbor’s from Hell youngest kid fry for killing his parents in their sleep some night. I’ll bring the popcorn.
Talked for a bit on the Club Repeater with KE7PHU, who finally got a decent radio and was testing it out, and AC7YX, who was trying to put off household chores and thought talking awhile on the radio would accomplish that. It probably did. Good to hear Ray on the radio again!
I get to pick SWMBO up at the QFC tonight around 1915. Which is always fun cause I really like her coming home. May take the Dog with me. May not. He really doesn’t know how to wait.
Made a run to the Post Office, so I stopped and got one of those DQ $5 lunches. That ought to last me until dinner!
Took the Dog and went and picked SWMBO up. Got home and was getting settled in when she said I should take her for a Chicken Sandwich at MacDonalds. In Town. So I did. (But just cause it was her.) And now we’re back from that and settled in again. Pleasure being out with her!
I’m going to bed.
I may not even finish a post for today; it’s so boring around here and I have done absolutely nothing worth posting about. Unless one counts learning to aim and fire the A-10 weapons in X-Plane. Mission accomplished then!
Oh, took the Dog for a walk but it was windy and rather cool. He doesn’t understand why I don’t like walking under branches while the wind is blowing. (Could be cause I’ve almost been beaned by a falling branch, or two, before while walking on a windy day? Hmmm … ) But we made the rounds.
Spent an hour or so updating the MCARC website. Fun! Listening to WebSDR. Finishing up the laundry. Moving antenna’s around.
NMARES meeting at the QFC was interesting tonight. Unusual. They seem to be getting more members, and, more importantly, more members showing up. Cool!
And that’s it. Ain’t y’all lucky!