PBJ & Fence

We’ve captured a PBJ!

Got her fenced in!

She’ll never get away from us now!

Wait, she’s on the same side of the fence as that runway thing…

We’re over here with this really loud wedding thing…

Maybe it matters which side of the fence you’re on.


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Black Hole Sun Meets Woodstock

I was doing some research on places that we might want to head toward on the 21st to do our eclipse watching, depending on the weather, of course.

Some small towns near the intersection of the eclipse center line and major interstates are expecting as many as 100,000 people to flood in for a day. I saw articles from local planners who were trying to figure out how their water, traffic, groceries, gasoline, cell phone systems, sanitary facilities, medical facilities, and everything else would deal with that. Several compared it to what happened at Woodstock in 1969.

Stay chill, y’all.

Oh, and make sure to keep your gas tank full, have a cooler of snacks and drinks, and sunblock.

Stay inside the path of totality.

Bring patience. A metric shit ton of patience.

And have fun!


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A Year Ago

Updating my calendar yesterday and I realized that it was August 9th last year that we flew to New York City, my first trip there.

We were in the city for seven full days and so far I’ve only gotten around to sharing the pictures from the first three of them.

Okay, so while part of that is due to the fact that I take a LOT of pictures, I think more of it has to do with the fact that between my real, day job and my real, nights/weekend job I’ve been busier than God. Oh, that and the overwhelming, existential dread of daily existence and now imminent threat of civilization-ending thermonuclear war brought on by the stupidity of the American electorate and the cunning of the Russian intelligence agencies.

Wait…did I use my outside voice for that last part?

So, assuming that we make it through the next year, I’ll try to get the NY, NY trip pictures all posted for the other four days of the trip by this time next year. Deal?


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A Little Slow

How mushy is my brain?

Well, now that I’m writing this out, maybe that’s the wrong way to put it. It could be that having a mushed brain has lowered my defenses and crushed my pre-conceived notions.

Or maybe it just goes to show how dense I normally am.

What brings this on?

The realization today on seeing a postage stamp with a female Disney villain that Cruella De Vil’s last name is “d’evil,” or in my case apparently, “duh! E-V-I-L!”

For what it’s worth, I always got the “Cruella” part.

All it took was the 1956 novel, the 1961 first Disney film version, three kids and god alone knows how many viewings later, so that those two long separated and lonely neurons in my skull could finally connect.


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…I’ll Troubleshoot Buggy Apps That Don’t Work

Yesterday I wrote “In My Copious Free Time…

Tonight I saw that and said, “The heck with it!” (or words slightly less PG-13 but with the same meaning) and sat down to open up the first lesson on the refresher software that I had bought.

And it doesn’t work.

Of course.

Because, of course, because.

There’s no sound. I can see people’s lips moving and there are the occasional graphics – but no sound.

Phone’s not muted. Sound’s turned way up. Check all of the usual stuff. No joy.

Try a different lesson – same thing.

Uninstall the app. Re-download and re-install the app. Same thing.

Reboot the phone. Same thing.

Try it on my iPad. Same thing. Go through the same troubleshooting steps on my iPad. Same thing.

Look on both devices for any kind of control or setting that might explain the problem or offer a solution. No joy.

Log onto their website and download one of the lessons to run on my desktop system. Works fine – yes, there IS supposed to be sound when those lips be flappin’! But one of the reasons I spent $350 to get this package is so that I could watch the lessons and take the tests and track my progress and have the material as reference on my mobile devices! It’s informational that the videos work when streamed from their website, it’s just not particularly useful for me.

Send an email to their tech support and wonder how many days it will take them to get back to me. Let’s hope their customer service is better than that of the running gear / shoe store that pissed me off so much over the last two weeks.

In my copious free time…I’ll troubleshoot buggy apps that don’t work.

And write about it.

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In My Copious Free Time…

…I need to be hitting the books, aka the “rusty pilot” training video series that I ordered about five weeks ago and have yet to crack open.

As of today, another hurdle overcome to get back into left seat up in the pointy end of the plane. I now once again am the proud owner of a FAA Third Class Medical Certificate. Legally, today I can fly again. Practically, that’s not a good idea unless the zombie horde has the airport surrounded and they’re looking at me as an appetizer. Almost four years will leave your skill set a bit “eroded.”

Nothing that a handful of lessons with an instructor won’t cure, and once I’m safe to work on my own, building some hours in pursuit of the perfect $100 hamburger.

Once I run through those refresher videos and brush up on my radio skills and sectional map reading…

…which will happen in my copious free time…

…after I find that final boss in the most boring video game of all time (aka, converting our CAF SoCal Wing accounting books to QuickBooks Online, aka one of the top [bottom?] ten most slow and frustrating and useless programs ever written).

The daily data entry sessions with QBO now take on a bit more urgency with the extra prize at the finish line.

Excuse me, I have some accounts payables to post!

Mmmmmm – payables!

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Eclipse Anticipation

Two weeks (and a few hours) out from the total solar eclipse.

Looking at the (almost) full moon tonight, having seen it coming out of new moon as the thinnest of crescents at sunset twelve days ago (too close to the sun to be seen in the two days before that), knowing that it’s on its inevitable course to that bull’s eye in the sky on the afternoon of August 21st.

It’s awe inspiring, in the most literal sense of the word.

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