Saturday, October 28, 2017

Rest Then Work

Saturday: (10/28) Soft Boiled eggs for breakfast. I took Dawn up to San Mateo for an event. While she evented, I got gas and had lunch at Heidi’s Pie. I didn’t know there was any place in our area had gas prices higher than in Palo Alto ($3.39). San Mateo wins ($3.89). Some stations were $1 more than the normal prices most areas like where I got gas, just 6 blocks away, for $2.89. I enjoyed a Google Maps twilight zone experience with it directing me to make u-turns heading back and forth on a half-mile stretch of El Camino but never nearing the actual target station. I tinkered on my computer until Dawn finished at her event about 1700 then we went to Jack’s Cafe for dinner.


Sunday: (10/29) I mostly relaxed all day except for a grocery shopping trip. I also reorganized the stuff in my study and moved the new sofa bed in three. It is our guest room as well. Oatmeal for breakfast. Leftover cabbage with leftover BBQ ribs for lunch.  Asparagus, cauliflower and veggie meatballs for dinner.


Monday: (10/30) I never really got going today. The radio in the new RV died yesterday. Today I spent some time trying to fix it. The unit is dead so I started looking for a new one. I picked up another black bucket for the sanitary hoses and a heavy duty container for the gas grill and added those to the RV storage. I made chorizo hash with eggs for breakfast. Baked beans and dogs for lunch. Chili for dinner.


Tuesday: (10/31) Lou wanted the dinette table lower so I lowered it by cutting off the leg and lowering the wall bracket. Then, I made a plan for wood usage to make some drawers and drawer dividers. Also started installing some of the electrical materials. Leftover chicken in a sandwich for breakfast. Chips and hummus for lunch. Courtney joined us for dinner. Baked potato asparagus and roast beef for dinner.


Wednesday: (11/01) Off shopping for wood this morning. Home Depot didn’t have what I needed so I checked at Lowe’s. They had the ⅛” tempered hardboard and birch plywood for the closet drawers and dividers in the kitchen and bath drawers. They also had some nice plastic edging that, combined with double sided foam tape, secured the hardboard dividers in the drawers. After lunch i cut and installed the dividers in the drawers. Lou has been Scotchgarding the cushions and locating containers.  Granola for breakfast. Super burrito from Super Taqueria for lunch. Beef stroganoff for dinner. Dawn’s Chayote apple cobbler for dessert.


Thursday: (11/02) I built a little panel to hold the three battery/inverter monitor panels. It’s a box about 5”x16”x2” that will be mounted over the refrigerator. I also made a shopping run to Madco Welding supply looking for cable lugs. They didn't have what I needed and referred me to Buckles Smith Electric. They ordered what i needed and I can pick it up tomorrow. Granola for breakfast. PBJ sandwich for lunch. Spaghetti for dinner.


Friday: (11/03) I stowed some more items in the RV. Then I mounted the meters in the panel I made last night. I went shopping in the morning for some screws and also stopped at Buckles Smith Electric to pick up the cable lugs they had ordered for me. They were the wrong lugs for #4 rather the #4/0 cable. The difference between ¼ inch conductor and a ⅓” conductor. In the afternoon I made another run for tiny screws to mount one of the panels. I also visited Harbor Freight Tools for some saw blades, hole saw blades, and a multi-tool. I also picked up a chainsaw and wagon that were on sale and on my list. At home I assembled the wagon and installed the screws in the panel meter. It was threatening rain all day but just a few showers in the afternoon.  Granola for breakfast. Lunch from the China Wok. Dinner at LUU Noodle House.


Saturday: (11/04) It was a rainy day drying out later in the afternoon. A little stowing of stuff into the RV in the morning. I also attempted to install the new radio but need to enlarge the opening from a 1.7 din to a 2 din opening and need a box support for the radio. It’s on order. In the afternoon I installed the monitor panel above the refrigerator. I made home fried potatoes with pork cubes and fried eggs. Leftover breakfast fr lunch. Lou made hamburgers with tater tots for dinner.


Sunday: (11/05) I inspected and checked and double checked then drilled holes from the refrigerator compartment into the new battery compartment. I then pulled in the cable for the solar panels and for the monitor panel above the refrigerator. I got to the point of needing some cable clamps and foam sealant to be able to close up access panels. So off to lunch and shopping I went at about 1400. Visits to three Orchard Hardware store did not yield the appropriate cable clamps nor sealant. The visit to Harbor Freight provided a bi-metal hole saw set to cut the metal storage box walls for some cable routing and some heavy duty huge cable ties. With the new early darkness due to DLS, I didn’t get back to work outside. I did finalize my layout and wiring and ordered, even more, materials from Amazon. Lou and Dawn were in San Jose all day with a meeting and shopping. Granola for breakfast. Lunch at Los Altos Taqueria. Leftovers for dinner.


Monday: (11/06) I spent the day on the roof of the RV. I secured the cables with cable clamps in the refrigerator vent, drilled a hole for the cable to exit through the roof and then sewed up the vent screen and installed the cap. Then I cleaned the used solar panels and installed them on the roof. I finished up with that as it was getting dark about 1730. Before my shower I trimmed my beard and cut my hair. Finally making a little progress on the RV solar. Lou and I had breakfast at Bajis Cafe in Mountain View. A really nice place, our first time here. We’ve been missing something great. Fruit bowl for dinner. Leftovers for dinner.


Tuesday: (11/07) The RV roof was too wet to work so Lou and I visited Lowe’s where I got my cable clamps that I needed for the solar cables on the roof. They had the elusive ½” metal insulated camps that I wanted and didn’t find yesterday. On the way home we visited the Sunnyvale Goodwill store and got gas before stopping for dim sum and shopping at an Indian market for produce. At home, after lunch, I got to work and installed the cables to each solar panel, anchored the cables and the splice boxx and sealed all the PV mounts, cable clams and the box. I completed these items just as it was getting dark. I did have to make another run to Orchard Hardware, the closest hardware store for some stainless screws. I don’t seem to be planning my projects as well as I used to do, but they still get done, eventually. I have all the roof item done now except for the final cable connections to each panel which I can’t do until the lower wiring is completed. I received my elusive black sealing foam and my tire pressure monitor system so lots to do tomorrow. Granola for breakfast. Dim Sum for lunch. Chili cheese baked potato for dinner.


Wednesday: (11/08) I started by reinstalling all the solar panels to their mounts. The sealant was mostly dry. I then finished pulling in and securing the cables through the refrigerator vent, sealed the penetration holes and closed the access panel. Then I cut the holes through the storage compartment walls for the DC and AC cables. I also figured out the placement in the rear compartment for the new subpanel for incoming power and where to mount the low voltage boost transformer. I had to cut off its handle to allow mounting on a ledge in the compartment leaving most of the compartment for storage. My final task of the day was to program the Tire pressure monitor sensors and install them. I found I couldn’t install the front sensors due to the hubcap obstructing the installation. Tomorrow I’ll try to cut the hubcap to allow the sensor to fit. Lou and Dawn were off to appointments, classes, and shopping. Granola for breakfast. Lou made a nice chopped chicken salad in her new CusineArt food processor for lunch. Roast beef with asparagus and pasta for dinner.


Thursday: (11/09) A rainy day. Lou and Dawn were off to appointments in the morning. I relaxed inside and worked in the office. I met Lou and Dawn for lunch at LUU Noodle House then we went down to San Jose to our credit union and looking for cabinets and counter tops. We stopped for dinner at Sweet Tomatoes in Mountain View.


Friday: (11/10) I enjoyed a fall hike with my San Jose Mid Week Hikers at Windy Hill OSP. 9.5 miles with the last half in rain showers. Actually a great hike. When i got home showered and had some lunch I check with Lou who was down in San Jose at the rental watching the neighbor's tree being trimmed. It’s a huge tree. The tenants mentioned that their heater wasn’t working. I checked it and it was working fine. I did notice they had installed a smart thermostat. I gave up on them many years ago due to the inability of most people to know how they work. I had reinstalled a simple thermostat many years ago. May have to do it again and replace the one they installed. While there I replaced the filter. Lou and Dawn went their way home stopping at thrift stores. I did some grocery shopping on my way home stopping at Grocery outlet for cheese, lunch meat, and hummus and again at Sprout’s for my ciabatta bread. Breakfast from Happy Donut, an egg cheese, and bacon croissant. Some fruit and yogurt for lunch. Tater tots and shrimp with carrots for dinner.


Saturday: (11/11) I started my RV prep efforts by installing the new 7way trailer light connector on the umbilical cord. Next, I started installing the fuses, shunts, and switches. I cut and crimped lugs on some cables until I ran out of both. More are on order. In the evening we went to a storytelling event. A day of low fiber. I made corned beef hash for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Mashed potatoes and chicken for dinner.

Sunday: (11/12) A little grocery shopping run first thing in the morning, after the Sunday morning news shows. At home, I installed the power cables that go from the rear left compartment, where the power enters the RV, to the new mid right compartment where the inverter and batteries are going to be. Lots of crawling around underneath the RV on my nice new crawler. Now waiting for grommets and clamps. The clamps arrived later in the afternoon. Cecilia came by in the afternoon. She’s been back East for a while. She and Dawn took a walk. When they returned I had finished up and we all chatted for a while in the RV/ Hobbs, our neighborhood cat really wanted to join us inside. Yesterday he convinced me he should take a nap in the RV. I had no problem with it but when Lou found out, she quickly convinced her to exit the RV. Leftover corned beef hash for breakfast. A chicken sandwich for lunch. Chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner.


Monday: (11/13) I had an early 0800 dentist appointment to start my day. In addition to cleaning, I had a filling repaired. Fortunately, they can be repaired sometimes now rather than replaced so no painkiller to have to wait to stop numbing and no drooling after the visit. After that, I stopped by the REI in Campbel to browse around while I waited for a noon appointment at Normandin Jeep to have the start/stop feature looked at. It stopped doing that a couple of months ago. It had to stay so they gave me a rental and I returned home. At home, I began installing the cables for the AC power to and from the new inverter. I also got the table saw out and started building the drawer compartments in the bottom of the closets. They will be drawers and leave plenty of space above for clothes. I glued up some pieces before stopping for the day. Today I was fasting for a procedure tomorrow so no meals for me. Lou and Dawn ate out so they wouldn't tempt me.


Tuesday: (11/14) I was up really early to get ready for my procedure. Lou went with me as my driver. She got to do some shopping nearby as she waited. All went well. I finished my procedure about noon. Lou took me to Applebee’s for lunch. I enjoyed a chicken wrap and French onion soup. Lou made beef stroganoff for dinner. Lou’s strawberry shortcake for dessert. Nice to be able to eat again.

Wednesday: (11/15) Lou and I headed off to Normandin Jeep in San Jose to pick up Tigger, our jeep. We stopped for breakfast on the way at the Country Inn in Cupertino. The jeep wasn’t ready yet. In fact, they had trouble locating it. They finally found it, no charge for the “repair”.  They replaced the battery. The error showing on the screen was Start/Stop disabled due to battery charging. This, I told them when I scheduled the appointment. This battery replacement took over two days to complete. We had not turned in our loaner car until we knew our car was ready. We left and stopped at a couple of thrift stores and a restaurant supply store looking for a cutting board for the RV. I noted that the Start/Stop hadn’t worked since we left and the error was still showing on the screen. We returned to the dealer and complained about the fact nothing was fixed. The service adviser said it may take the IBS (Intelligent Battery Sensor) a couple of days to know the battery is OK. Sounds like a story to me but we’ll give it the 48 hours to see. They did replace the battery which, when I checked it when I saw the code at first, was OK. I’m not going to be happy if it doesn’t magically start working. Unfortunately, this problem doesn’t generate any error codes, just the message and disabling the function. At home, Lou made chicken salads for lunch. I worked on the closet shoe drawers. I installed the runners, took measurements and cut out the drawer parts and glued and nailed them together. Leftover beef stroganoff with Brussels sprouts for dinner.


Thursday: (11/16) Heavy rain all day. Busy day though, just not working on the RV. Lou and i visited three Lowes stores. I wanted a couple of more pieces of birch plywood and Lou was looking for carpet for the closet bottom and shoe drawer bottom.  The first Lowe’s only had two 2’x4 sheets left. When i got the other pieces last week, there were a dozen. These two were not the best. We visited the Coleman Avenue Lowes and they only had two sheets as well but they were good. We did have to visit the Brokaw Lowes to finally find the carpet and also find what we needed to know about the new flooring we need for the RV. Finally sucess. We also visited the San Jose City Hall to get a business license which they now require for home rentals. We also visited a couple of restaurant supply stores looking for containers and cutting boards. Still no luck there. Lunch at Super Taqueria. Grocery shopping at Sprouts on the way home. Still raining. When we arrived home we noticed our neighbor’s cars lights were on. It turns out they were not turned on just on. The flashers were on but not flashing and turning on the flashers did nothing. Then we discovered there was about two gallons of water on the floor of the left side of the vehicle, source unknown. Vacuumed that out but couldn’t find a fuse to kill the lights. Ended up disconnecting the battery until tomorrow. Breakfast at Bajis Cafe on the way South. Lunch at Super Taqueria in San Jose. Lou made potato soup for dinner.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Picchetti Stevens Canyon Loop

Friday: (10/27) Breakfast at Jack In The Box. I met my fellow hikers at Picchetti Ranch Open Space for a hike up into Stevens Canyon. This is one of Cornell’s hikes. There are a couple of rather steep sections but it’s only a 7.5 mile key hike. A good workout. Nice to see some of the folks I haven’t hiked with in a while. I stopped for some dim sum on the way home. At home, I found that I received my new Fantastic fan, a couple of battery switches that I didn’t expect for a couple of weeks and LED lamps for some of the interior fixtures of the RV. I took a shower and headed down to San Jose to meet Lou and Dawn. Lou found a nice loveseat sofa twin bed at a thrift store there yesterday. Today everything was 50% off so she bought it. She needed the tie down straps that were at home to tie it on the top of the Jeep. I took the slow way home to keep my speed down with the tall load. On the way, I got a call telling me that Lou and Dawn had been in an accident. She had rolled forward while stopped at a signal and hit a car. Nothing serious. At home, I got a couple of 2x4 studs and made a ramp and slide the sofa off the top of the Jeep, placed it on a couple of carts and stowed it outside pending disinfecting and cleaning. I covered it with a tarp for the night. Dinner was a hotdog and cheese sandwich.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Outfitting The New RV

Tuesday: (10/24) Corned beef steaks with eggs and potatoes for breakfast. A little office work in the morning. Then I installed a new faucet in our small bathroom where the faucet continually ran. Cheaper and easier to replace than fix a ceramic faucet. I also moved the hose on the RV sink and removed the unused water filter spigot. Lou and I went out looking for flooring, containers, and other stuff. Along the way, we got dim sum for lunch at Dim Sum King. Leftover corned beef and cabbage for dinner.


Wednesday: (10/25) I spent most of the day moving stuff into the RV and building a shelf for the water storage cabinet.Gnocchi and wieners for lunch.  In the evening Lou and I went out container shopping. We had dinner at Los Altos Taqueria.


Thursday: (10/26) Oatmeal for breakfast. I started by going through my electronics and office stuff and stowing in a cabinet. I installed a couple of paper towel holders. I went through the spare parts box. Then set up the water and sewer stuff in new 5 gallon buckets. During all this I purged about half of the original load. My solar parts order arrived from AMsolar so I went through the items and started preparing to install the system.   Porkchop chili and rice for lunch and dinner.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Windy Hill Hike

Monday: (10/23) My usual hiker's breakfast from L&L Hawaiian a maple bar and a sausage, egg, cheese English muffin. I met my fellow hikers at Windy Hill OSP and we hiked up Hamms Gulch to the trailhead and picnic area at the top of the hill by Skyline Blvd. The hike was finished around 1300. Lunch at the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley with some of my fellow hikers. I received the trailer hitch drop receiver adapter and reinstalled the towbar and skirt. Still need to change the electrical connector from a 7 pin round to 7 pin blade connector. Lou made Gnocchi with sweet corn salsa and chicken for dinner.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Time For A New Motorhome

Monday: (10/16) We got up early and were ready to roll but had some business to complete with our credit union for financing the new motorhome. Leftovers for breakfast and lunch. We finally departed about 1245. We stopped in Greenfield for a snack from the Rancho San Miguel Market. We were trying to get to Pismo by 1700 but our late departure assured we couldn’t possibly make it so we took our time and stopped for a break in Paso Robles. At the top of the long steep downhill run into San Luis Obispo we stopped to disconnect the Jeep. I had removed the tow brakes from the motorhome and we didn’t need to be pushed down the hill. We pulled into the campground in Oceana about 1800. For dinner, we went to the Country Kitchen restaurant.

Tuesday: (10/17) We started the day by moving out of the RV and placing everything into the Jeep. At 0830 we stopped by Sky River RV to see if we could get some paperwork that our credit union needed. The finance person wasn’t in so we went to breakfast returning about 1 hour later. We started the process of completing the paperwork. Nothing was going smoothly so we didn’t finish most of it and our walkthrough until about 1530. There was some work that wasn’t done to repair one of the compartments that was damaged by a blown tire. We went to a late lunch at Pismo Fish and Chips while the shop worked on it. After lunch, we returned. The shop had completed the structural repair and ordered a new floor pan so we moved into it and gave them our old motorhome and departed just about 1700. We thought we might have to spend the night in the RV store lot since the old one was no longer insured. We moved the new RV to our campsite and started cleaning it. It was actually much cleaner than our old one but we prefer to disinfect it so only our own cooties are present. About 1900 we stopped for the night and went to dinner at the Rock and Roll Diner. We enjoyed the best Nachos we’ve ever had. It was made with real cheeses and tri-tip beef. We share the nachos and a slice of cheesecake.  So now enjoying our first night in our new to us motorhome.

The motorhome is a 2006 National Surf Side 29 foot class A. Same length as our previous motorhome but this one is taller and has to slides. Mush roomier. It will take a little getting used too.


Wednesday: (10/18) We packed and prepared to go. Since the hitch receiver is higher on the new RV and because the skirt arms would bang against the rear of the coach, I remove the towbar and stowed it in a compartment. Ou will drive the Jeep home. Breakfast at the Station Cafe. We looked at a couple of thrift store for a rug for the new RV, none found. We looked several places n95 masks. They are in short supply due to all the fires. I ended up ordering them through Amazon. We stopped by the RV dealer and picked up a couple of refrigerator signs that had been forgotten in our move out. We parked the RV outside the RV park by a neighborhood park. The electric step bumped into the curb and wouldn’g go down all the way. When I left it retracted normally. When I returned to depart it again bumped into the curb but when i closed the door this time it didn't’ retract. It didn’t sound right so I opened the window to look out and sure enough it was out. It took about 10 minutes to get it up so i could leave. Interestingly, there is a switch that leaves the steps down when you're camped. But, it does nothing if the engine is running. I really don’t like this and will probably modify it so that there is a way to power off the steps such that the door switch has no effect and I can be more sure the steps stay up while we are on the road. I finally met Lou at the gas station. Filling the motorhome tank was interesting it only took about 53 gallons but it required using three credit card. Each one was limited to only $75. Usually Visa is $100 and MC is $125 and that is the card services limitation not the dealers. Not sure what happened but it sure makes more work because very few service stations bother to have working receipt printers any more. They want you to have to go inside their store to get the receipt hoping you’ll buy something from the store. We finally got on the road toward home. We stopped in Paso Robles for lunch. Nice Chinese buffet for me. Lou was off to enjoy the gardens at the Paso Robles Inn. Next stop was Gilroy for a visit to a thrift store and Walmart’s. Nice to stretch our legs. We got home about 1930. At Walmart we picked up a roasted chicken which was dinner.


The RV drove nicely. There are lots of things much nicer than the old one and a couple of things not as good. Nice ride up to 70 mph then gets rougher. The cruise control works much more smoothly and doesn’t search gears going uphill and nicely downshifts as needed going downhill. Handles well. Lots of new sounds. Low says it leans on the right side. We’ll have to have the suspension looked at when we have the front end aligned. We parked in our driveway in the same position as the old one and the two slides go nicely over the flower beds and down hit the fence. It is only a couple of inches longer but about 18 inches or more taller.


Thursday: (10/19) Leftover spaghetti for breakfast. First order of business was to mail off the pink slip for the old RV to the dealer. I got copies of the new RV keys made. We only had one set, needed four. The hinges on our dinette sets bases snag on the cushions when the cushions are removed. I cut cardboard sheets as a protective layer and tacked it down with upholstery tacks. Also got a good quality duct tape to patch the cushions which Lou installed. We spent some more time cleaning the front of the interior. Grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Lou made stew for dinner. After dinner Lou and I went out looking for blinds, storage containers, wire storage drawers and such. We want to make the storage efficient.



Friday: (10/20) I made corned beef hash with eggs for breakfast. Lou was busy completing the cleaning and disinfection of the RV. I was busy all day planning the solar installation and locating materials. I selected to battery and inverter location and cable routing.  We did take a trip to the Container Store to look at storage boxes and such. Bread custard for lunch. Split pea soup for dinner.


Saturday: (10/21) Leftover corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. I crawled under the RV looking at possible cable routing and checked out the route to the roof through the refrigerator venting. I collected actual lengths for my cables. Then I started work on the panels. I got the cabless off the panel that had the water leak on the terminal compartment and built a test setup with the solar controller and a battery so I can confirm all the panels are working. They didn’t seem to be working on the last day before we said goodbye to the old RV. I didn’t get any of the panels actually test because Lou reassigned me to  installing the drawer under the sink and building a storage compartment from hidden space in the bathroom. Leftover sauerkraut and pork for lunch. Leftover stew for dinner.


Sunday: (10/22) We did a shopping run mostly looking at and for storage boxes of the needed sizes. I tried to test my solar system components. I hooked up the controller and a battery and tried to test my panels. On our last outing the solar system didn’t charge the batteries. I wanted to be sure what was good and bad before ordering the items needed to reinstall the system. It turns out the panels are all good, the controller is bad. I was then able to order what I needed from AMsolar. I then could get busy cleaning , organizing and purging the items that were and will be in the RV.I Yogurt for breakfast. LUU Noodle House for lunch. Corned beef and cabbage for dinner.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Moving out of the RV

Monday: (10/09) Lou made an open-faced ham and egg sandwich for breakfast. Busy all day moving out of the RV. Leftovers for lunch.  I made popcorn for Lou and Daw’s dinner. I picked up dinner from Los Altos Taqueria.


Tuesday: (10/10) Popcorn for breakfast. More RV move out this morning. Dawn took me to Costco at 1000 so I could get a new house battery for the RV. I pulled out the existing expensive AGM batteries. For lunch, I got some dim sum and did a little grocery shopping and storage box shopping. We used all the boxes we had. So much stuff was in the RV. In the afternoon I swapped out the inverter charger and batteries and removed the solar panels and system. Almost done. Lou made a corned beef sandwich for dinner.


Wednesday: (10/11) A wasted morning. I had an 0800 appointment to get the Jeep serviced at Stevens Creek Jeep. It is due for an oil change and has a problem with the start/stop feature. The dealer service line was empty. I pulled up and the service manager greeted me and said they had zero mechanics in today and evidently np service reps either. He said they can’t find any and when they get one they don’t stay. A similar though lesser problem was experienced at Normandin Jeep in San Jose for the last service. So nothing done today and tomorrow is very unlikely. The oil change can be anywhere, the start/stop problem can only be repaired by them under the lifetime service warranty. So we’re at their mercy. I still have lots of time on the oil per the onboard service adviser. I stopped for breakfast at the 85 bakery for a couple of breakfast savory pastries. At home, I collected the maintenance history for the motorhome. It was smoky outside from all the fires up North so possibly a good reason to stay inside. I got a call from the RV dealer and our pickup day is now set for next Tuesday. Lunch was leftover BBQ ribs. For dinner, we all went to Super Taqueria.

Thursday: (10/12) Lou made biscuits and gravy for breakfast. In doing so she killed her food processor. Had to finish dicing by hand. I finally started the loan process for the new RV. I also sealed the roof from the solar removal and removed the Unified Tow Brake control box. I also fished out all the stuff that found it’s way from the “office” drawer in front of the passenger way back under the dash. I planned to remove my Link 10 battery monitor but decided to just leave it. It has a 500 amp shunt the provides the current sensing and it would have to remain. It would also leave a 2-inch hole in the wall that would have to be patched. Getting a new one seems like a better deal, all considered. In the afternoon we went to Kaiser in Mountain View to get our flu shots. On the way home, we stopped at the Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto libraries where Dawn returned books. Leftover macaroni and cheese with Portuguese sausage for lunch. For dinner, Lou made sauerbraten with baked potatoes.



Friday: (10/13) I had the pleasure of paying bills in the morning. Then outside and finished up the items on the RV. I removed the macerator and the driver and passenger sun shades. Swapped back one of the AGM batteries for the sealed battery. I forgot that the batteries were in a sealed space so can’t have a battery that vents. I also wired up one of the valve stem extensions. It was missing a nut which seems to be a 5/16” 28 thread nut which isn’t available anywhere I’ve looked. And finally, I removed the Datastorm dish from the roof. All ready to go now. We went out to dinner and over to IKEA for a walk. Lou made shrimp omelets for breakfast. Smoked pork chops and baked potatoes for lunch. Dinner at LUU Noodle House, Desert at IKEA.


Saturday: (10/14) Loaded the RV with the limited items we’ll need on our trip Monday. Otherwise relaxed. Pineapple upside down cake for breakfast. Wieners and cheese for lunch. Salmon with Spanish rice and broccoli for dinner.

Sunday: (10/15) A relaxing day of mostly watching TV. Granola for breakfast. Mexican spaghetti for lunch. Pork with potatoes and sauerkraut for dinner.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Code Camp


Saturday: (10/07) Up early and off toward San Jose. i stopped at A Good Morning for a breakfast burrito to go. I arrived at the Paypal campus in San Jose for the Silicon Valley Code Camp. I attended presentations on Go language, Map and Location API’s, IOT, Machine Learning, Cloud Functions, Lean Startup for Engineers, and Chrome Extensions. A sandwich for lunch was provided. It finished up about 1800 for the day. More tomorrow. Lou fixed BBQ ribs and baked beans for dinner.


Sunday: (10/08) Another burrito for breakfast from A Good Morning Cafe. I returned for the second day of Code Camp in San Jose.Presentations on  History of JavaScript, All About GIT, All About Bots, How To Raise A Robot, and Phone Password Security. Sandwich provided for lunch. Unfortunately, I didn’t win any of the door prizes. It finished up about 1600. At home, Lou made shrimp with peas and rice for dinner.