Monday, August 7, 2017

Why I Wanted To Get Away

Monday: (08/07) While having tea in the yard Lou provided a list of things to be done while I wait to go hiking. I moved all the planters from the walkway under the sunroom eaves. Then I cut a few more limbs from over our sun room then cleaned the accumulated leaves off the roof. Not a real easy task. I need to extend the handle on my push broom and use it to rake off the leaves. More like brush them off because they are stuck to the roof. My new blower came in handy for the fine stuff. That created a big pile of leaves that need to go someplace. The bins are already full so Lou got some big paper leaf bags. Next, I used my Webster broom to clean all the spider webs from the outside of the house. And that brought me to wash the outside of the house with the water brush. I also washed Ernie’s trailer while I was at it. All this brought me to about 3 pm and I still hadn’t eaten anything except a piece of Lou’s lemon pie about noon. My shower was nice because I was covered with leaf debris and totally soaked from washing the house. Lou called and said she’d bring a chicken bake from Costco for me I added a request for a berry smoothie. Since we don’t actually speak the same language, or so it seems. She bought a strawberry sundae. Tasty and about the same thing because she got caught in traffic and it was liquid when I got it. I also cleaned all my junk from the Hyundai so Lou can take it to the car laundry. It’s due for service and we can’t have the service folks think we don’t care for it. A third task was to replace the kitchen sink valve. It has an automatic valve that shuts off the water to the faucet when the wand is used. Unfortunately, it never turns fully on and often the water from the faucet is only a trickle. She requires a two valve faucet and they are rarely in the stores so I found one on Amazon and it’s on the way now.

Tuesday: (08/08) I moved the planters into place in the front of the house. I started working on the sprinklers to them and fixed the drip line to the plant on the porch. I ran out of drip ells so moved on to other tasks. I vacuumed the sun room gutter and installed foam to keep debris out in the future. I then made a run to OSH for the drip ells and some other fittings for the shower drain line. Granola and a smoothie for breakfast. Hotdog for lunch. Dim Sum treat in the afternoon. Tilapia fish with rice and vegetables for dinner.

Wednesday: (08/09) I did a little gardening while Lou and Dawn package up the limbs from the oak tree for pickup tomorrow. I filled the empty concrete planters that I placed in the front yard. I added drip water emitters to all of them. In doing that I installed a new ½” line toward the front to catch one planter on the far side of the garage door. I was then able to add emitters to a couple of planters temporarily residing by Ernie’s trailer. It also made the emitters to Dawn’s bean planters flow better than the ¼” line that had gone to them. The new kitchen sink faucet arrived so I installed it. I had to make a run to the hardware store to get a beauty cap to cover where the now missing wand was and a new filter cartridge for our water filter. Low added that I get a new can opener and while there I picked up some plants for the new planters. I change the water filter but had to add a reinforcing board to install the screws in that held up the filter. The screws had ripped out the particle board so i added a piece of ¾” plywood glued and screwed to the particle board cabinet. Sliced apple with peanut butter for breakfast. Chili for lunch. Chicago Pizza for dinner with the Hackmans in our backyard.

Thursday: (08/10) Breakfast in the backyard until we heard the garbage truck out front. We all dashed out to watch. It was interesting because we had two full compost bins, four sacks of compost and a huge pile of bundled limbs. Cheap fun. I then planted the begonias I got last night into a couple of the concrete planters. In the afternoon I was busy working on my resupply plan changes. Granola for breakfast. Cauliflower and sausage for lunch. In the evening we went to Redwood City for a movie. We stopped for dinner at Harry’s Hofbrau on the way. We watched the movie Glass Castles at a theater downtown. It was a special showing with a 20-30 minute trailer interview with the author.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

PCT Hike Delayed Again Due To Fires

Sunday: (08/06) Breakfast in the back yard. Lou insisted on my trimming some oak tree limbs from over the house. I did and Lou and Dawn got busy putting it  in the compost bin.  I continued to finalize my pack loading. One item not located was my pair of sun gloves so off to REI again. I did some more studying online. The reports of the fires on and near the trail were concerning. In fact today the park service closed all the trails in Crater Lake NP due to the two fires there. I had planned on hiking from Ashland into Crater Lake then jumping around the fire. That fire caused an evacuation notice to go out this evening. I was all dressed and having dinner just before heading off to the trail when I decided to cancel the trip until this Friday. By then maybe i can have a plan that gives me some miles. I finally found a map of the trail with the fires on it. I thought there was only two areas affected by the four fires. Not so. There are three areas. Planning this hike will be difficult. It’s not just the fires but the smoke. Lou made a Denver omelet for breakfast. LUU Noodle House for lunch. Lou’s BBQ ribs with baked potato and tomatoes from the garden.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Vintage Computer Festival

Saturday: (08/05) Slept last night in the tent in the yard. My mattress is good, my pillow needs replacement. It flattens in 5 minutes.I worked on my pack load. This should be easier since I haven’t backpacked since i came home but things get scattered. Lou made French toast and sausage for breakfast. We ate in the yard. Lou reminded me that some limbs need to be trimmed from the oak tree that are sweeping the roof. The first problem was extracting my electric pole saw. It was trapped in my shop. Next problem was a good ladder. My 6-foot ladder is far too wobbly, my small extension ladder is in San Jose and my big extension ladder was buried under a bunch of surplus wood and other things. I got the limbs cut and the roof swept then used my new blower to pile the leaves that i swept off the roof. Lou and Dawn are disposing of the limbs and leaves into the compost bins over time.I took a second shower and after that, I headed off with my latest shopping list. REI for a pillow and TP. Walmart for wet-ones and shipping tape. Office Depot for extra strength shipping tape. And Sprouts for trail snacks. I was then off to the Computer History Museum to attend part of the Vintage Computer Festival. Several computer clubs and vendors there. I attended a discussion panel about Commodore Computers. I’ own and have owned several. In fact one of mine is in the museum's collection. The panel consisted of lead engineers involved in the development of those early computers. An interesting tidbit was that the owner of Commodore which also owned Mos technology, the maker of the 6502 microprocessor (used in the Apple II) once turned down an offer to buy Apple Computer for $15,000. It’s interesting that without the 6502, personal computers would have not been developed as soon as they were. I got dinner on the way home at Los Altos Taqueria. Lou and Dawn were out to the Black Bear for dinner.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Extra Smoke At Our Wiener Roast

Friday: (08/04) I was off shopping again this morning. I left the box fan I bought last night at Walmart at the store. I was totally shocked when they told me to go back and get one from the shelf. I have a better opinion of Walmart now. I also stopped at Sprouts and got some trail snacks. Turns out to only be half what I need. I went through the resupply box inventories again. Still a few items to add. Still need to do the equipment. I was so busy with the inventories I missed the arrival of the ten fire trucks fighting a fire at the house diagonally across the street. It’s a four-plex with no one home. The mailman knocked on all the doors, called 911 and quickly departed the area so he wouldn’t be stuck in the area by all the trucks. It was a two alarm fire with two trucks from the city of Mountain View as well. Two big ladder trucks and five pumpers, an ambulance and two chief's SUV’s and another pickup. Today we were celebrating Ernie’s birthday, a couple of weeks late, by having a wiener roast in the backyard. Our guests were passed by the fire trucks coming onto the street to our house and worried it might be our fire that got out of hand. It didn’t. My phone’s battery is dying too quickly so I ordered a new one hopefully arriving before my hike. Sausage and maple bar for breakfast. Leftover enchiladas for lunch. Campfire cooked hotdogs for dinner.

My Special Power

I have a special power. It can be very frustrating to have such a power. My power is that no matter what path  I take, line I get in, or lane I drive in, it will be the slowest. What’s more, it is instantaneously effective. If I forget about my magical power and change lines or lanes, the lane I enter stops immediately and the lane I was in starts cruising along. If for some stupid reason I think that I can just step back into the previous lane I’m always shown how ineffective that is because the lines then reverse their speeds. For this reason, I really love single line check out lanes. We all suffer the same.