Sep 05

Sometimes I Really Do Think I’m Going Slightly Old-Guy Crazy

Luba01-01I spend WAY too much time alone around here. I’ve forgotten how to interact with people in inter-personal (age appropriate) relationships. I need to get out more but find that I can’t stand most people. Most. Not All. And that’s probably a failing on MY part and not theirs. Fuck. I don’t want to be a “Hermit,” but I don’t really want to get out either.

Probably the Depression talking. Today is probably the last really nice day of the Summer (around 80) and Winter is imminent so we’ll be ass-deep in rain and cold Wx again. Even the “Tree of Winter Doom” out back is starting to change colors. Maybe I ought to seriously consider moving to Yuma for the winter?

Otherwise, not a whole lot going on around here. Enjoying the last few days of Summer. My poor friend “just stopped by” to pick up some more of those ICF blocks and caught me and the Dog sans clothing. Dude, that’s what you get for not calling first!! He took it in stride though. Which was good cause it was a nice day and we were in our own back yard. Deal with it.

I can see your panties are in a bunch, Lois.

SWMBO and I had a pretty nice Labor Day weekend this past weekend. Had our usual Date Day Saturday and Monday we went out and about getting things at Home Depot and having a late lunch at Burger King. She stopped by Jo Anne’s Fabrics while I sat out in the truck watching the girls walk by.

Oh, we bought an uprite 20.2 cu freezer at Sears to replace our chest freezer. Which still works great even after about 20 years. Tired of digging through the top layers of frozen stuff to find things that went mummified 8 years ago though. I believe there are things at the bottom of that freezer that have been there since we first moved into this house 9 years ago. Maybe an uprite will fix that. (Maybe it won’t.) We’re going to try anyway. And even if it doesn’t completely work out, at $540 it’s not a too spendy experiment. Should be delivered Saturday.

Other than that: Both SWMBO and our Renter are driving me NUTS. For pretty much the same reason.


Getting tired of these damned headaches. Have had a couple of real croppers (meaning I had to try to freeze my head through the night) and I feel like I want to get one right now. Wx changes will cause me to have a migraine and that is about to happen big time. You think I’d be used to them by now.

Bought the tool-thingie I need to make my own cat 5/6 cable when we stopped by Home Depot for the new bathroom fan for the MILA. Figured since I bought that 800 feet of cat5 cable at St. Vinnys for $15 I might as well splurge for the crimp thingie to make my own. Now, when I tear out the ceiling in the basement I may be able to run cable throughout the house. Cool!

Anywho, had tuna sandwiches for dinner to use up that tuna I made the other day. It’s about time for SWMBO to get home and the MCARC Net to start. Was a really nice day outside today. Hope it’s not the last until next July!

Jul 02

Sometimes I Hate My Life

imageI am SO fookin’ sick of the weather in Western WaRshington! Look, either get sunny and warm or rain! Make up your damned mind already! This is worse than following that dipshit on the freeway that can’t decide how fast he wants to go.

Just not a whole lot going on. Regular chores (when I feel like doing them) and our walks. The people chopping down trees (Lumber Company?} haven’t gotten to the part near us yet. Think they’re pretty close though.

Trying to figure out how the wireing on those solar panels I bought work. Wired one way I can get 12-20 volts. Wired another I can get 30-60 depending on the sun. So, which do I want?

Marilyn MonroeTo power my shack (radio’s and computers/monitors to interface with the radios) do I want 3 or 4 batteries with invertor. Would input be 12 volts or 50-60 volts? Do I wire the panels (and batteries) in series or parrallel?

See, all I really know is I have 4 solar panels and I want to 1) run my shack off them, and 2) use one to power the Caravan/RV and my radio stuff while camping out. (This one is the easier one to figure out.)

Other than that I have NO idea what the fook I’m doing.

When I say “run my shack” I mean the 3 radio’s (that currently run on battery power), either my laptop or the Pi and a monitor. I want my “Shack” to cost zero bucks to run and be up and running during power outs or other emergencies.

I don’t think there’s any way to run my whole house on solar. Freezer, dishwasher, washer and dryer; all big users of electricity and I use them most every day. Or every other day. Except the freezer. It’s on all the time.

imageMost of the electronics and stuff like that could be run by solar, I think. Probably not my computer and 3 monitors. Maybe not the NAS even though I have the drives turn themselves off after 15 minutes of non-use. Big tv could. Pi media player could. Probably the cable modem/router.

Well, it finally rained a bit. Just enough to get part of the garbage burned. But at least it made up it’s mind on what to do. For a moment.

SWMBO got home and took me to Safeway for some “stuff.” Nice being out of the house with her!

Got in the last part of the NMARES Net and listening to them talk about W7LDE’s antenna’s.

Think I’ll go lay down and read a bit.

Jun 03

Really Ready For Summer!!!!!!!

imagePretty much SSDD every day this week. SWMBO had last Monday off (with most of the rest of America) but other than that nada. Couple of nice days but more cloudy and cold (and some rain). Sucks! I am SO ready for Summer.

Not sure if things are going to work out with our Renter. The nicest thing I can say is that “our lifestyles just don’t mesh.’ The worst I can say is “Every time I hear their boom box car (which drowns out everything (everything!) else) or their friend who has to yell everything he says (which drowns out everything else) I inch a bit closer to exercising an eviction notice. I like the quiet country living and I’m not getting it (on the weekends at least).

imagePlus me and the Dog can’t take off all our clothes and go for walks with their friends gathered out there. Which sucks. I don’t care if they are mostly all male (which brings up a whole other boatload of questions). One of the reasons we moved here is when the wx gets nice, me and the Dog take all our clothes off and go for walks.

Mostly it’s the noise though. There’s a shit load I can ignore if it’s quiet.

Got contacted by the Yeasu repair people: it’s going to cost me $290 + shipping to get my radio fixed and back. Said an eprom was shorted (???) and the faceplate was missing characters (which seems to be a regular complaint of 857d owners). So, paid that and hopefully my radio will be back well before Field Day.

Burgers and Baked Beans for dinner tonight. Think I’ll be glad for my cpap later!

May 25

Another Week Gone By Already? Damn!

GPNG-021Weather varies from cloudy and kinda cool to sunny and HOT and me and the Dog try to dress for it all. When we gotta get dressed that is.

Been busy doing yard work stuff, including whack-weeding about .5 miles around the edges of the property and the trail the Dog and I walk several times a day. Way Too Much Whack-Weeding! I’m too old for this crap.

Other than that just not a whole lot going on. Sometimes being “retired” just ain’t worth it.

The Yeasu folks got my radio and let me know they’ll get to it when they get to it. Could take 2 to 6 weeks just to be diagnosed.

Set up my real spray paint machine to paint the fence out back. Took the fence apart so I wouldn’t spray the house at the same time. Was spraying one section when the pressure hose split. They Waz Paint Everywhere! Wasted about half of the paint before I could get it turned off. Aaarrggghhhh! So I would up doing one face of the different sections by brush before I ran out of paint. Have to get some more. Put the fence back in place to get it out of the way.

Ex-Renter shit: Got word that he told a friend that he was going to invite some people to help him move his shit and try to kill us all before the Sheriff could kill him. Basically suicide by cop. So the Sheriff’s went over to talk to him and he cancelled coming over. Good move…

Later, when they went back to arrest him for several No-Contact violations, the idiot fought with them. So, he got arrested for Criminal Mischief, Official Misconduct (no-contact stuff), and Resisting/Interfering with Police on top of the other felony’s. His bail is $100k per charge.

I was going to get rid of his “stuff” before all this. His lawyer (scum sucking lawyer) mailed me a letter saying I didn’t have the authority to evict the ex-renter (which I did according to the lease) and “asking” that I keep his stuff until he can get it. (Which won’t be for awhile now unless he can make $300k bail.) So I’m thinking of piling it all under my deck and covering it with a tarp. And charging him $100/mo for storage.

So, interesting week even though I didn’t get out of the house that much. SWMBO gets to pick the restaurant tomorrow since I chose the all-you-can-eat place last Saturday. I really look forward to our dates!

Picked SWMBO up cause it’s Friday. Nice!