Nov 23

It is time to get your RV in for its annual inspection to keep your Warranty Forever intact and your RV protected!

Didn’t I just do that last year?

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See! Sometimes life is just worth it. Nice to know I get out internationally though.

Tuesday morning bright (I wish!) and early. SWMBO has been home a week today. Thanksgiving is Thursday and the turkey breast is already thawing out in the fridge. It’s damned near freezing outside but not raining. Yet. Rsync is copying my re-ripped music collection to a backup USB drive for “just in case.” (ONLY 54 Gig & .ogg format this time.) Enigma marathon going on in Audacious. (Turned low so as to not wake SWMBO.) Think Pink Floyd is going to be next. (So she’d better be awake by then cause I’m turning it up!)

Didn’t sleep worth beans last night. Kept up a running dream of building a 80 TB server that woke me several times with those “Ah Ha!” thoughts. Which in the light of day (well, it is almost light out at 0600) make no sense at all.

And, if I’m going to have a running dream keep me awake most of the night, why, WHY can’t it be a dream about the times we went to Black’s Beach or even one evening when SWMBO and I first got together? (Probably cause that’s heart attack territory for me now. Getting old.)

I’ve been thinking: I have 5 raspberry Pi’s laying around doing nothing (and 3 already dedicated to particular functions), so, why not make one a NAS for the RV, one a wireless router for the RV, and one a media server for the RV? That’d leave two to “play” with. And I can always get more if I need them. They’re cheap.

And light. Which is an important factor when dealing with an RV. A Raspberry Pi & 4 TB USB drive would weigh, what, 2 lbs? Way lighter than even a laptop. And I could mount it on the bottom of the cupboard over the table to keep it out of the way. Room for all three there. Hmmm.

Did I think this before? Can’t remember.

I want to learn to sing. Oh, I can sing; as long as I’m by myself or in a choir/group. Nice (usually) deep voice (if I’m not trying to sing right next to SWMBO and her falsetto/high pitched voice). But singing by myself every song turns in to a “Robert Goulet On Mary Jane Special” song. I can sing along with Puddles Pity Party (love his Sounds of Silence!) and a lot of other bass voices; but have real problems singing in front of people. REALLY good in the shower though. (And I can sing there too!)

Y’all have a nice day! And a great Thanksgiving! (Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.)

Nov 22

Areas of frost after 1am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Calm wind.

As the AP reports, experts are “baffled” that in unvaccinated Africa, where there have been no lockdowns, there are very few covid cases and deaths are a tiny fraction of those in Europe and the US per capita. Personally, I blame the Internet. Or, the fact that some bushman in deepest Africa gets better, faster, cheaper Internet than we in America do. I’d like to thank all our ISP’s for that if I may.

During my visit to the Doc last Wednesday he had a chest (and left knee) x-ray done. When he came back he said he had “good news and bad news.” Like, Oh Shit.

Good news is that my knee doesn’t look as nearly fucked up as I thought it would and may require only stopping the pain for awhile to get it on the road to recovery. Good luck with that. I figure I’ll have to lose only 40 lbs or so to stop that pain.

The bad news is that my Doc thinks that my heart is a bit swollen. Probably from the covid but we won’t know until I get to my new appointment with the cardiologist. (Luckily the same cardiologist I saw for the stress test last year.)

But now: Checking “My Chart” it says in the X-ray results: Heart and mediastinum: Cardiac silhouette is normal in size. So, WTF?

Is this where my Doc jumps out and yells “PSYCH!”?

We had our Date Day (first in 12 weeks!) last Friday at FPH in Port Orchard. Nice being out with her. Nice that she was home and able to go out for brunch. Nice that she’s still My Girl.

Not a whole lot going on. Took SWMBO to the Genealogy Library yesterday so she could play with her other genealogy friends. I did some “damn I forgot to get …” shopping at Walmart and ate at Popeye’s. (Turns out I’m a KFC guy. Popeye’s just didn’t taste right.) Got her home just before her O2 bottle ran out. (We’re getting to refill stage …)

Took her to church today. Turns out I just cannot sing with a damned mask on. But, she got to show me off. Some ladies came up and said “I didn’t know you were married!” Go figure. (I’m sure they were just kidding. Maybe.) No thunder or lighting. No earthquake. I didn’t burst into flame. Almost like I was supposed to be there or something.

Otherwise: SSDD. Which is mostly what I strive for.

Everyone seems to be in such a hurry to scream ‘racism’ these days:
A customer asked, “In what aisle could I find the Polish sausage?”
The clerk asks, “Are you Polish?”
The guy, clearly offended, says, “Yes I am. But let me ask you something. If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian? Or if I had asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German? Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog would you ask me if I was Jewish? Or if I had asked for a Taco, would you ask if I was Mexican? Or if I asked for some Irish whiskey, would you ask if I was Irish?”

The clerk says, “No, I probably wouldn’t.”

The guy says, “Well then, because I asked for Polish sausage, why did you ask me if I’m Polish?”

The clerk replied, “Because you’re in Home Depot.”

Nov 17

SWMBO Is Home! WooWoo!

She called me at about 1600 yesterday and told me to come pick her up. It was a long trip (for me) to Seattle (via Tacoma), during rush hour(s) (which totally sucks), and I had to watch traffic and google maps (for directions), sat through 7 cycles of the same traffic light, and drove around the hospital looking for a parking space (three times), but eventually made it.
Had to show my papers (covid vaccination passport) to get in. First time I’ve ever had to prove I was healthy enough to get into a hospital.
Seattle by night is really kinda pretty with all the tall buildings and lighted windows and all, but, SWMBO was prettier when I walked into her room at the hospital and got to give her her first hug in 10 weeks.
So, the drive home was a lot better. What traffic?
The O2 company dropped off an oxygen generator and 4 (four!) 5-hour O2 bottles. And 50 ft of tubing so SWMBO can get to various places around the house without dragging the machine with her. Cool! Brought it all inside and plugged the thing in and she’s working just fine. Hopefully she’ll be able to get off the O2 completely soon. (Well, except for the 21% we all need.)
We gotta make a run to the Naval Hospital Pharmacy for some of her meds today but that’ll be easy.
So, SWMBO is home after 10 weeks in the hospital for the covid and we could forget she almost died but we won’t.
Now on to the important stuff: what am I to make for dinner for two?
Y’all have a nice day!

Nov 15

WET! WET! WET! Windy!

We even lost a tree at the opening of our road. Luckily, someone else had to whack the thing into pieces to move it out of the way this time.

It is very wet and windy out there today.  Dog and I had a fun walk this morning. Didn’t really get wet until the very end; which is okay with me.

Just heard a report on the radio from the Sheriff “Vehicle is about hood deep into the house” so I’m going to pay attention to that for a moment. Hearing lots of reports of downed wires on fire around the area. Earlier someone was trying to call 911 for a boat that was without power or anchor being blown about in the wind with someone onboard. (One of our Ham guys got involved in that one. Which is one of the reasons we do this Ham stuff.)

Know I haven’t posted in a couple of days. Been busy around the house trying to get things done. Getting a LOT of scanning of old documents out of the way. Also trying to re-season all my iron skillets and stuff. And the all-clad steel frying pan. There’s got to be a way to make them all more non-stick than they are!

SWMBO will probably be coming home sometime this week. Over the weekend they drastically lowered her liters per minute to 3 and she tolerated that well enough that they (the infamous they) started talking to her about coming home this week. Woo Woo! I have a Doctors appt Wednesday but otherwise I can be in Seattle in a couple of hours. Gladly. (I HATE driving to Seattle. She’s worth it though.) Already have her Go Bag (minus the Glock) in the truck. (Just kidding. She doesn’t have a GLOCK…)

Once, when I was still married to my -ex, we were eating dinner and what I meant to say was “Honey, would you pass the butter. please?” But what I actually said was “You Ruined My Life, Bitch!” It was an honest slip of the tongue.

Stopped raining and the sun came out so me and the Dog tried to do a tour of the back 40. Man, the ground is squishy! Feet were soaked within 10 feet of the door. Water pooled in places I’ve not seen water pooled before. Water was pooled on the downhill side of the path! (I am NOT kidding.) Couldn’t get to the back of the property so that’ll have to wait.

Noticed that I have not renewed the tags on my truck. They were due last July. Ought to get off my fat ass and get that done tomorrow. (DOL isn’t open today. I figure doing it online will take some time too and I might be driving to Seattle soon so need the new tags asap.)

Anywho, Very Wet & Windy SSDD around here. Think I’ll change out of these wet socks.