Friday, March 20, 2015

February 2015

Sunday 01- 71/50 sunny with scattered clouds.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I finished work on the Sony laptop installing Win 8.1 and Microsoft Office 2007.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Neutron stars and Black Holes 1” from Astro 10P.
I finished reading chapter 4 of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The origins and development of the Greek city-state polity.  
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and Cassie and I went for a night run.


Monday 02- 75/51 nice and sunny
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a two mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Had to deal with a few govt health care bureaucracies over the phone to figure a few things out.
I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Cassie.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “The Galaxy” from Astro 10P.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.
I started reading chapter five of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: War, politics, and the failure of Greek city-state policy.
I started reading chapter 4 of “Physical Geology”: Plate Tectonics.
I started reading a chapter 2 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: The chemistry of the cell..
I continued reading chapter 1 in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition”: The measurement of distance.


Tuesday 03- 74/47 sunny!
I did my stretches and then we went to Sherry’s house with Cassie.

Wednesday 04- 78/55 clear skies.
A day of rest.
Worked on the laptop doing a refresh and reinstalling Win8.1. I suspect that the drive is going bad. I did a backup of all my files to an external drive and to Google Drive I the ‘cloud’ before I began.

Thursday 05- 75/49 clear skies.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something:
My laptop drive is still giving me problems so I ordered a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD to replace the defective drive.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “The Galaxy” from Astro 10P.
Kelly called asking me to drop by to help her with something.

Friday 06- 79/54 slight clouds.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.
I then went over to Bonnie and Larry’s house for lunch/dinner and watched a movie called “Never Was” (2005) nice movie.
My friend Roger dropped by and he gave me a bunch cactus to plant.
The ISS passed over our area at 5:33pm but the clouds came in at sunset and by the time it flew past the skies were overcast.

Saturday 07- 76/54 some evening clouds.
I did my stretches and worked in my cactus garden.

Sunday 08- 76/50
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I worked in my cactus garden again.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.

Monday 09- 78/52 degrees.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
FedEx arrived with my new SSD drive and I used the included DVD to clone the drive but kept getting errors from the source drive; this took many tries and many hours and I had to run it overnight for one last try, but for all my efforts I couldn’t clone the drive.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.

Tuesday 10- 75/53
I did my stretches, yoga, took Cassie for a walk.
I spent the rest of the day working on my laptop and finally found a way to load Win8.1 on to the new SSD drive; it is unbelievably fast now.
I ordered Greyhound tickets to take me to see my sister Donna and her Family in Tampa Florida. I will be leaving from Tucson and my sister Paula will watch Cassie while I am gone.

Wednesday 11- 74/52
I did my stretches, yoga, took Cassie for a walk.
My good friends Tom and Kula came for a visit and we sat in Carrolls restaurant in Yucca Valley yapping for four hours.
I got back home and packed my car for tomorrow’s drive to Tucson.


Thursday 12- 75/54
I finished packing and me and Cassie left for our long journey to Tucson. I made a place in the back of the car for her that would be more comfortable for both of us. We left a little after 11am and arrived in Tucson around 6:30pm.
My brother took me out to a Chinese restaurant; the food was very good and welcomed after the long drive and only eating a powerbar.

Friday 13- 77/52 degrees and had some morning rain in Tucson.
I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a nice little run.
Kevin and I went to the Greyhound bus terminal and picked up my tickets for the trip to Tampa on the 23rd.
We then went to WalMart to find a better backpack for my trip to Tampa.
Getting back to the resort we went to the weight room and worked out and then I swam 10 laps in the pool. We sat in the Jacuzzi for a spell.

Saturday 14- 81/55 degrees in Tucson.
I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a nice two mile run down to the bridge and back.

Sunday 15- 80/51.
I did my stretches and did my yoga. Kevin and I took Cassie for a walk
Later that evening Kevin and I visited the weight room.

Monday 16- 72/50
I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a mile run.
I worked on cutting out all the bad ceiling and searching for my sunglasses
I swam five laps in the pool, sat in the Jacuzzi and rode my bike twice around the resort.

Tuesday 17- 72/46
I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a nice mile run. I am getting my routine down for Tucson.
I worked on repairing the roof with this rubberized sealant and roof repair tape most of the day. I still have the eastside to finish but it isn’t as bad as the side I just did.
Kevin and I went to the Jacuzzi and it felt good to soak all the roofing debris off my body.

Wednesday 18- 78/49
I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a nice mile run.
I finished the eastside of the roof repair; I just hope I did enough of a good job that it wont leak anymore.

Thursday 19- 79/45 degrees in Tucson.
I did my stretches, yoga and took Cassie for a mile run.
Kevin and I went shopping to get me better shoes for the trip to Tampa.
Dang second time this week Cassie got out the door and ran from me; she has this thing for an old hound dog around the corner and I alway catch her there.

Friday 20- 75/53 degrees.
I did my stretches and called my sister Lynn to wish her a happy birthday; we chatted for over an hour.
Kevin and I took Cassie for a morning and then later a night walk.
We went to the store to buy some stuff for my trip to Tampa; I remember someone telling me about carrying baby wipes on long bus trips so I got some of those.
Kevin barbecued a pound of salmon and I cooked up some rice for dinner; we both are trying to eat better.


Saturday 21- 78/55
I did my stretches and yoga and took Cassie for a mile run. Later in the day I swam ten laps of the pool, lifted weights, rode my bike two times around the resort and sat in the Jacuzzi for a spell.
Me and Kevin went to have dinner at Mar and Paula’s house and Audrey also came over and we yammered on for a long spell about this and that and other important stuff; I had a mighty wonderful time there with my Family.

Sunday 22- 76/53
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a long walk. Then later that evening took Cassie over to Paula and Mark’s house where she will stay until I come back from Tampa where I’ll be visiting my sister Donna and her Family; this will be the first time she hasn’t sleep my bed since she was a puppy and I will miss her dearly.
I packed for my trip to Tampa Florida tomorrow.

Monday 23- 69/52
I did my stretches and finished packing and we drove to the bus station where I found that my bus was canceled because of the ice storm on Interstate 10 past El Paso. I had to call and have Kevin come back to pick me up. I have new tickets for tomorrow leaving at 11am if the weather gets better; Kevin will call the bus station early in the morning to find out.
Then I had to change hotel reservations at Days Inn and spent an hour on hold and finally had them cancel for those days, but when I went to make new reservations they put me on hold again, so I bypassed them and made my reservations online through Hotels.com in less than 15 minutes.

Tuesday 24- 61/40 degrees Tucson.
On my way to Tampa Florida!
I will post the trip to Tampa Florida and back separately in my journal.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

January 2015

Thursday 01- overcast and cold.
I went to my trailer at the resort and swam for about twenty minutes and then went and sat in the Jacuzzi with my Brother for a long spell.


Friday 02- still overcast and cold.
Kevin and I took all the ornaments off the tree in my trailer and took the tree down to a park where it will be recycled.


Saturday 03- a little warmer but not much; at least the sun is out.
My Brother and I went to Barnes and Noble to cruise for any books of interest.


Sunday 04- Monday 05- Same reason I gave as before; not sure what I did those two day; probably sitting in the Jacuzzi and watched movies with my Brother like we been doing every night since I arrived in Tucson. We watched every decent movie that Netflix offers and started on the B movies.


Tuesday 06- overcast and cold.
My sister Paula and Mark are back from Florida and I am free to go back to my little trailer at the resort.


Wednesday 05- Friday 09- Again, not sure what I did those two day; probably sitting in the Jacuzzi and watched movies with my Brother like we been doing every night since I arrived in Tucson. We watched every decent movie that Netflix offers and started on the B movies.



Saturday 10- some rain on my drive back from Tucson.
I said goodbye to my brother Kevin and left the resort a bit after 10am and arrived at home some 7 hours later; usually I make it in 6 hours but now I have Cassie along and like to linger at rest stops along the way.
Started cleaning up the house; what a mess.


Sunday 11- rained all day long.
I did my stretches and worked cleaning the house up. I am not sure that I left it this way or gremlins sneak in while I am gone and spread dust and lint all over the floors.
I drove to my other mailbox on Lear Ave. to collect my mail there.


Monday 12- cloudy with sprinkles here and there.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Sherry came by with my mail she so kindly collected while I was away in Tucson for over a month; it’s the longest I’ve been away from home since I’ve moved here in 97.
I tried to start the truck to move it out of the garage, I keep it there when I am away, but it wouldn’t start. I tried to jump it with the Cougar and that failed. So I’ll save that for another day.
I watched “Murder by the Numbers” (2002) on Netflix.


Tuesday 13- cold but sunny day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I drove to Yucca to get some supplies because my cupboards were bare; got gas for the car, shopped at Staters and WalMart.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I am trying to get my routine back to normal or what I think is normal for me anyways.
I watched “The Gift” (2002) on Netflix.


Wednesday 14- nice sunny day and a bit warmer too.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie. I am trying to get my routine back to normal or what I think is normal for me anyways.


Thursday 15- sunny day 63/41 degrees.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for her walk.
FedEx delivered my new Moto E cell phone from Republic Wireless for $99 and a $10 a month plan “UNLIMITED TALK / TEXT over WiFi + Cell. UNLIMITED DATA over WiFi.”
I watched “Thorne; Scaredy Cat” on Netflix.


Friday 16- nice sunny day and a bit warmer too.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I listened to Lecture 2 of Geography 130; what is the description of a household and how it affects the environment.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
I watched “Thorne; Sleepyhead” on Netflix.


Saturday 17- very nice and warm day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I mostly talked to friends and family while I updated a couple of computers and did backups.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
I watched “Lara Croft Tomb Raider” (2001) and “The Forgotten” (2004) “Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)


Sunday 18- 67/47 degrees... a little overcast but warm.
I did my stretches and walked Cassie.
I watered most of the plants.
I ran the Harley and the scooter for around ten minutes.
I updated and posted my Journal for December 2014.
Worked on truck but I still couldn’t get it started.
I watched “Lara Croft Tomb Raider and the Cradle of Life” (2003)


Monday 19- 73/47 degrees.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: me and Cassie playing ball.
I listened to Lecture 3 of Geography 130; a discussion about lemmings and how or if their built in form of population control relates to human society and other animals.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Stars and Star Formation 1” from Astro 10P Fall 2006 UC Berkeley: Introduction to Astronomy given by Professor Joshua Bloom.
I called and talked to my Brother for a spell; we do this everyday.
I watered the rest of the plants and did some cleanup inside the house.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.
Finally the veil of Cirrostratus clouds abandoned the night skies tonight and I was able to see the comet Lovejoy with my Celestron Skymaster 15X70 binoculars; very heavy to hold still for long periods of time. I couldn't see it with the naked eye. It was a very pale grayish blue green fuzzball with a faint tail extending about out about 20-30 diameters of the comet.
I watched season 7 episode 12 “Castle: Private Eye Caramba”
I started reading where I left off months ago at chapter 3 “Physical Geology: Earth Revealed 6th edition”; Submarine canyons.

Tuesday 20- 68/49 degrees. Later in the day it became very overcast, damp and chilly.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Perspective of telephones poles residing down the road and disappearing into the mountains (looks like it was done by a four year old).
While I listened to Lecture 4 of Geography 130; fire and its effects or environment, I sweep and mopped the kitchen and livingroom floors and I also did my laundry. I had hung my hats out to dry on the fence posts and Cassie didn’t know what to make of them and barked until I came out and put one on my head.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Stars and Star Formation 2” from Astro 10P.
I got all caught up with my astronomy reading of “365 Starry Nights” by Chet Raymo. I have been reading this book daily every year for a very long time.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.
I continued reading chapter 3 “Physical Geology: Passive and Active Continental Margins.
I read of chapter one of my old college history book “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The Minoan World.
I read a section of chapter 1 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: about Electron Microscopy.
I read chapter 1.2 Scientific theory and the scientific method in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition” Earth’s Orbital Motion.
I practiced my guitar.

Wednesday 21- 64/42 degrees with clear skies.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk; it’s kinda my day off.
I drove to Yucca Valley with Cassie for her to visit Sherry’s fur folk while we went shopping and had lunch/dinner at Carrows Restaurant.
I got home just in time to take some pics of Venus and the Moon together before they set to the west.
I spent some time on FaceBook with my friends there and zipping around the web looking at this and that, whatever tickled my fancy.
Cassie is so tired after playing with Sherry’s three dogs that all she did when we got back was sleep.





Thursday 22- 62/42
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
While I listened to Lecture 5 of Geography 130 I sweep and mopped the bedroom and bathroom floors.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “The Death of Stars 2” (don’t know what happened to 1) from Astro 10P.
Got all ready for Joey’s birthday party; put Cassie in the inside kennel to keep her warm, grabbed my guitar and put in in the trunk and drove on over. I had such a fantastic time with my friends Joey and Piper and new friends Julie and Tracy. I handed out my book and autographed them for all there. There were 66 candles on the cake that lit up the whole house; very cool! I was having such a great time of it I didn’t noticed it was way after midnight and I had to leave.  
I got home and left the front door open so Cassie could make a beeline to go pee when I let her out of the kennel and she did just that.


Friday 23- 65/45 clear skies.
I woke up late around noon and by the time I got out of bed I was way behind my schedule; must have been that contact high I got at the birthday party. I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
Folks called me and spent what time I had yapping away with them.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.


Saturday 24- 66/48 clear skies and a bit windy.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for a walk.
I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Winter.
I listened to Lecture 6 of Geography 130.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “The Fate of Stars 2”(no fate of stars 1) from Astro 10P.


Sunday 25- 72-52 clear with clouds moving in later in the day.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I messed around with my computers.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Brown Dwarfs and Stellar Explosions 1” from Astro 10P.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and we went for a night run.
I read of chapter one of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The Era of Small Nations 1200-800 B.C.E.: Phoenicians, Arameans, and the Hebrews.
I continued reading chapter 3 “Physical Geology: The Mid-oceanic Ridge and Fracture Zones.
I read a section of chapter 1 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: Subcellular Fractionation.
I continued reading chapter 1 in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition”: Astronomical Timekeeping.
I practiced my guitar.

Monday 26- rained all day long.
I did my stretches and took Cassie for her morning and evening walks. I just messed around on FaceBook and catching up on some science videos on YouTube. I setup my home phone to transfer calls to my new cell phone instead.

Tuesday 27- 63/48 and overcast.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: Rain.
I listened to Lecture 7 of Geography 130: Thomas Malthus who wrote about the relationship between population and economics.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk with Cassie and listened to lecture “Brown Dwarfs and Stellar Explosions 1” from Astro 10P.

Wednesday 28- 62/42 and overcast again.
I did my stretches and walked Cassie in the morning and evening. (day off for me)
I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: faces.

Thursday 29- 65/63 and still overcast.
I did my stretches, lifted weights, yoga, took Cassie for a mile run, core trainer, and punched the heavybag for three minutes.
I listened to Lecture 8 of Geography 130: Malthus, Adam Smith, and Karl Marx.
I did my studies; a lesson in “1100 words you need to know workbook”, and I drew something: House on a cliff.
I did my stretches, lifted 10lb dumbbells and went for my evening walk.
I finished reading chapter 3 “Physical Geology:seamounts, guyots, aseismic ridges, reefs, sea floor sediments, crust and ophiolites, age of seafloor and plate tectonics.
I read chapter 3 of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The Great Empires: Assyria and Persia 800-300 B.C.E.
I did my stretches, lifted 20lb dumbbells, and Cassie and I went for a night run.
I continued reading chapter 1 in “Astronomy Today; Fifth Edition”: Motions of the Moon.
I practiced my guitar.
I read a section of chapter 1 of “The Cell: a Molecular Approach”: Growth of animal cells in culture, plant cells in culture, viruses, and review of chapter one.
I watched season 3 episode 13 of “Elementary: The one that got away”.
I started listening to new lectures (1) of “Legal Studies 103 Spring 2007 UC Berkeley (Legal Studies 103 Theories of Law and Society”: 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen: Modern Legal Liberty and Modern Legal Equality.

Friday 30- 58/49 with rain all day and fog in the morning.
I did my stretches, yoga, core trainer (all my other exercise equipment was wet) and took Cassie for a short walk.
I was going to edit one of my books but my Sony laptop kept freezing up so I did a refresh that took three days because of the overcast skies and not enough sunlight on my solar panels.
I began reading chapter 4 of “A Short History of Western Civilization”: The origins and development of the Greek city-state polity.  

Saturday 31- overcast with a bit of rain here and there.
I did my stretches and yoga and took Cassie for a walk.
I had to make calls to friends and family while I prepared a meal for our community potluck; my secret chili casserole surprise. there were about fifteen folks showing up and we had a great time yakking and yammering about the rain and other goings on. Car battery.....

***** Stuff I Wrote this Week******

I tend to be optimistic about pessimistic people

I believe currency is the intrinsic value you yourself place on a 'thing' and what you are willing to give up to acquire it.

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