And then there was one

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4002 has been wiped and removed from the desk. Only 4001 remains to be copied onto 8000, and I’m in no big hurry for that 36 hour stretch. So now on the desk, 500, 2000, 4000, 4001, 8000. 19T on desk, 5T off. I can sigh. It will be a long while before I buy another drive.


Ordered a tail light lens for the driver side. I couldn’t take the mismatch of old and new.


Had one of two tenderloin burgers yesterday. I had been considering buying a grinder, but I decided that unless I change my ways in the kitchen and start grinding meat on a regular basis, the cleaver is my best option. It takes a little elbow grease, but it works very well. I minced the 8 oz round and split it in two, one quarter pound in the skillet, one in the fridge for later. My oh my, what a treat, a tenderloin burger with gouda. Such vanity.


I’m not certain yet, but the hydralazine may be giving me dreams. Just what I need, waking up dreaming all the time.

Well, I made a store run and got another pound of the tenderloin. Its not going to be on special again any time soon. Two pounds is not excessive. More would be, but I will make them count.


Looks like a wet cool day. Not going to get too ambitious today. But I might do the guitar/preamp configuration for recording.

Incompatibility

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Half way through loading the 8T drive. The 3D and general content drive, along with the boot and catch-all drives for MBP1 are onboard. That leaves the boot and catch-all for MB and the media drive. 40 hours down, 40 hours to go.


One compatibility issue is that my phone sends tiny data packages when it’s active on the office desk, and I get charged 1¢ every couple of minutes. Not sure of the exact cause, but I have an idea, since it just started doing it a few days ago. So I have to turn my phone off when it’s in the office. It would cost me about $8 a day to leave it on, and the text messages would drive me nuts. If I forget, the phone will remind me when it sends me a text message after it charges me 1¢.


Got the tail light lens installed. It’s so much nicer than the driver side lens. I may have to get one for the other side, just for vanity sake.


The hydralazine seems to be working for me. Not crazy about the three times a day, but I feel much better over all, more energy and ambition, and no side effects.

Copy

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The first leg of the backup copy onto the new 8T drive is in progress, with about 8 hours to go. 4000, containing 2.17T, is taking about 32 hours to complete. Next are catch-alls 2000 and 500, and the boot drives from both laptops. The four drives total about 800G, a little over 12 hours to copy them. At that point, I can erase 4002 and store for future use. It might act as a primary in case one of the two current primaries (4000 and 4001) fails. The final leg will be to copy 4001, containing 2.47T, which does’t have a hard drive backup yet.


Needless to say, this won’t happen quickly. It’s likely to be spread out across a couple of weeks. But I will be pleased to have everything on at least two hard drives, with most of the primary data on DVD burns. One reason that I like this system is that it handles the shift in hard drives as I increased from 500G and 1T to 4T drives. Many of the major folders got reassigned to new drives, and it made chaos out of 4002. This move to the 8000 will restore mirror order.


It has cooled back down again, though not chilly. It will be 40s and 50s for the next week, warming back up on the weekend. Not a full blown spring, but not winter either, which is not too unusual for this part of Texas. I can live with it.


Debating whether or not to get a beef tenderloin while it’s on special. They put way too much good stuff on special for Valentine’s.

Well, I decided to grab three 8 ounce tenderloin steaks rather than a roast. Spending $75 on a cut that small seems a little excessive with nothing in particular to celebrate except my good health, and while the separate cuts were a little more costly per pound, it wasn’t that much more. That will satisfy my vanity without splurging excessively. One is in the fridge, two in the freezer. The one in the fridge will be a hamburger.


Pork loin and turkey thawed and ready to munch. Not looking at any massive recipes this week. Going light, and I have plenty of options for that.


One thing that dawned on me today, that one thing that the internet has removed from our lives is “Put your money where your mouth is.” It might be an idea for a web site, for 10% of the bet, the site holds the credit card payments, and the payout is 90% to the winner. How to determine the winner in this day of conspiracy theories is the ringer.

Happy

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Palp

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Well, the new diuretic isn’t working for me either. Accelerated heart beat (upper 90s), chest discomfort, and I also attribute part of my tiredness to it as well. So a new one, will be three times a day (yuck). I’ll either pick it up late this afternoon or tomorrow morning.


In the low 60s outside, due to be in the 70s this afternoon. Nice to get back on the warm side, with the sun shining, however brief the cold snap was. It will be nice to open up the house.


The baked potato soup is yummy. Took me long enough, but the wait was worth it.

8T

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Just ordered an 8T external hard drive (USB3) as a backup drive. This will allow me to erase the 4T drive that I am currently using for backup and use it for future storage or as a replacement, as it has very few hours of spin time. The purchase is more a case of convenience than need, as I need to restructure the backup from shifting drives. The price was right. It should arrive next week, but could be sooner, as I paid sales tax on it. Intrastate deliveries are usually quicker than estimated.


I am about to order parts for the truck, a rear light lens (passenger) and a shifter rebuild kit. With weather getting warmer and inspection coming up next month, will be working on the truck, and having the parts on hand will speed things up.


Starting on the baked potato soup. I am finally feeling perky enough to get active in the kitchen, and the timing is good, as today is the expiration date on the milk. And tonight is forecast to be in the the 30s. It should start warming tomorrow, a brief dip in the temp.


Playing in Photoshop…

Somnulence

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ZZZZZZZZZZ. I have been sawing logs at an unprecedented rate since I got back from Bryan. I can’t even begin to judge how many hours I’ve slept. Best guess is 20-22 out of 36. However, I am starting to get a bit of energy back. I handled washing dishes and refilling the ice bin and stuff like that, but no major cooking yet.


I may do a sausage gravy instead of baked potato soup to use up the milk. We’ll see when I get the energy. It has climbed out of the 30s and is in the low 40s. It will warm back to the 70s tomorrow. Just depends on which way the wind blows.


My blood pressure is back down in the normal range, 118/77. So the diuretic is doing well with the hypertensive. Traces of a reaction, but nothing alarming. It is taking care of the edema, the fluid weight is being shed. It might have something to do with how much I’m sleeping and how tired I’ve been. Never judge the long run on the first few days unless it’s severe. But I am paying attention to the details.


Myka has been highjacking my La-Z-Boy on a regular basis. As soon as I get up, it’s fair game to her, unless I’m in the kitchen or bathroom (treats and oat grass potential). When it warms up again, she’ll probably be back to sleeping in the front room.

Follow up

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Medical week is over. Prognosis, barring a twist of fate, I should live to a ripe old age. No, I mean a riper old age.


The ophthalmologist said I had 20/20 in my right eye and don’t need glasses as long as I’m comfortable with my slightly imbalanced vision. The cataracts are still quite small and don’t need surgery for some time to come. The spots on my irises haven’t grown, so not a problem. All told, a thumbs up for a man my age.


The lab results for CBC and CMP and a couple of others came back yesterday. Only four things were not in normal parameters, and those were only barely outside the parameters. My blood sugar is good, my cholesterol is good (triglycerides are a tad high, HDL a tad low), my blood structure is good, my kidneys are good, no signs of cancer, no Hepatitis C, everything looks rosy.


So all in all, to quote myself, I’m in pretty good shape for a man my age… I should have many years of being ornery left in me, a member of the hard to kill.


Driving home with dilated pupils was a trip. Everything was starry, radial rays galore for each source of lights, like I was wearing camera filters. Depth of field was also quite shallow with such wide open apertures. The day was overcast with small amounts of frozen precipitation. So the sun glasses were a bit superfluous. When I got home, my eyes were sore.


After some ibuprofen and a good solid sleep, I am much improved. I didn’t even bother eating until after I woke, breaking an 18 hour fast, which was longer than the fast for the lab work. I didn’t bother to eat on the road. I munched lightly, a little poundcake, further eating to follow, though I’m not ravished. I’m thinking hot buttered cornbread next.


36°F outside. But it’s the last of the cold snap for weeks to come according to the forecast. 60s to 40s is the trend for the next couple of weeks. The many flowers that were coaxed out by the 70s of the past week are wilting. But I expect to see more. And it was a nice taste of things to come. I am tired of the cold.


So onward through the fog. And in memory of Oat Willie, I will be planting a new tray of oat grass for Myka today.

The last leg

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Well, it’s 40°F outside. So much for the blossom inducing spring weather we were having.


Having a bit of a reflection on the nature of living medicated. I am the survivor of an emergency abdominal aortic aneurysm patching surgery back in 2012. The bright side is that I survived 100:1 odds and that I’m still around to talk about it. The dark side is living wth the results. Granted, there are issues I haven’t discussed, and won’t. They aren’t life threatening and don’t make that big of a difference in my life. But the one major difference is hypertension.


My body, with the aneurysm, was in a condition for which my body was responding as life threatening. An when the surgery took place, and the aneurysm was altered, my body went into death shock. The cardiovascular system contracted violently to retard blood loss. This is very common in firearm wounds where blood loss is a life threatening occurrence. The body tries not to loose blood in panic mode. When repairs are made and blood replenished through transfusion, the vascular system relaxes when sensors tell the brain that things have returned to normal parameters.


In my case, the typical male adult abdominal aorta holds about a cup of blood. Mine was holding about a gallon. With the aortic patch installed during surgery, the body has never since returned to what it had become to see as normal parameters. Hence, my body never got the signal to relax the cardiovascular system. An example is my arms. My veins and arteries used to be obvious, protruding noticeably. Nurses who drew blood always were happy to see me. Now my circulatory lines in my arms are invisible, and the nurses have to poke and prod and get a second opinion. A good one will hit it first time, and I always complement them.


So I am running a tight fluid system with a strong pump, and the resistance from the arteries sends my blood pressure way into the dangerous zone. Untreated, my heart pumps very hard, experiencing a constant exercise session, and it builds mass in the cardiac muscles (especially in the left ventricle), which is not good. So I take angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) that tell the brain to relax the cardiovascular system These medications work in the lower brain, areas where conscious thought can not directly reach. Meditation has some effect, but it is fragile and not always effective. The secondary nervous system can have better results, acupressure in particular, hot water therapy, and aerobic breathing, but it is fleeting and not practical for full time control.


So that leaves me with an ARB regimen, probably for the rest of my life. ARBs are drugs that essentially affect brain function. They all have an effect that is a bit sedative, a bit fatiguing, and a little dingy. It’s harder to become inspired toward creative work, which is one of my pursuits in life. I don’t do 3D work nearly as often as I used to. Granted, “been there, done that” plays a little of that. I am more inclined to music these days. But still, I have lost a good portion of my chronic intensive edge. I am more sedentary and passive than I used to be.


Add to it that the ARBs play havoc with the kidneys. So a diuretic is usually an accompanying dosage. Edema is a constant watch. I have just started a new diuretic because of a reaction of the pulse regulation mechanism in the brain with the hydrochlorothiazide. The newly prescribed chlorothiadone seems to be handling the edema handily and not causing me some of the peripheral side effects as before. After two doses, I am hopeful.


The results of the blood tests are coming in, and they look good. My cholesterol is normal. My kidney function is adequate, and that was without diuretics in my blood stream. I haven’t seen the comprehensive metabolic panel yet, but I usually do quite well on those. All in all, I feel pretty good about the state of my being as a complex organism.


I have started accepting the slower pace. I am still alive, physically self-sufficient, still contributing to society in my own ways. The alternative of having been dead for nearly seven years is a judgement call, but I’m a tough one to bring down. Diminished by age and health is just part of the cover charge for still being here.


Tomorrow (today, actually) is the last leg of medical week. A run to College Station to have my annual follow up with the ophthalmologist. I don’t expect any cause for panic there, my vision is still acceptable. And I’ll do a little socializing in Bryan while I’m there.

Fiddling

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Hey riddle riddle,
The bat and the griddle.
The frau plumped up her balloon.
The little frog waffed to flee such a night,
And the fish plan to sway with the prune.


Okay, okay, I got the day off…

Vampire

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Had lab work and physical today, and a new diuretic, as soon as I go pick it up from the pharmacy. Came home for a couple of brats and a nap first. All looks good on the physical. Didn’t have to go to the hospital for the blood draw, had it taken at the clinic.


Still on the dingy side from fasting and staying awake. But that is the last of it, at least for four weeks until the follow up. Tomorrow, there are no medical appointments. So I get plenty of time to chow down and catch up on sleep. Got a marinated sirloin thawed and ready to dice for tacos. Baked potato soup to be made tomorrow.


Myka is doing quite well. She is back fully to her rascally self.

Nippin’

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If you don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?


Myka had a digestive distress starting Sunday, that peaked on Monday morning before dawn. She was blocked, her back legs moving to try to work it free. She was wasn’t eating or drinking anything except oat grass. I left her alone in the front room where she was passing time, and she came around. I saw unusual items in the litter box, and she started perking up. I gave her treats and oat grass and wet food. And I took some cat nip and rubbed it into her scratch pad, and she went bonkers. So I know that she has recovered now. A definite relief that there needs to be no vet visit.


Today is the dentist appointment, a little less than two and half hours away. I don’t expect much of anything, just a quick inspection and discussion. I’ll spend significantly more time waiting than actually seeing the dentist. It’s a simple six month check up. This is the only one that requires payment, and it will be a minimal visit fee.


I need to alter my sleep schedule. I’m losing way too much daylight. I can stay awake for the appointment today, tomorrow afternoon will be the test, with fasting from midnight on. Medical week begins.


Enjoying the spring weather. I’ll have the house open again this afternoon. I’ve switched from alpaca to denim.

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The dental visit was gratis, so I won’t be out of pocket for any of the visits, except gas money. And I need to go to Bryan anyway.

Headway

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Making headway in several places.


First, it got up to 74°F today. It wasn’t for long, but it was certainly welcome. More warmth is on the way. Hello spring.


Second, there is room in the freezer. Not a tremendous amount, but nonetheless some progress. Chicken fettuccine alfredo tonight.


Third, got the internal hard drives mostly clean. I still have to shave down some archives from 3D Sky and 3D Bar, but most everything else has been moved to the externals. A burn day coming after medical week.


I’ve gotten through the first four segments of Millennium (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, et al). Six hours down, three to go.

Fire and ice

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The gradient temperature range (Δ) for the continental US at 3 am CST for 1/31/19 is 113°F. It ranges from 64°F at the Florida Keys to -49°F at Fort Frances, Minnesota. It’s currently 47°F here.


Skipped another Music School. Last one I attended was in September. Not that I haven’t played music with others, the list is fairly long, though not this last month. But that is typical for January.


Closing in on spring as we move into February. I am looking forward to an early spring, as we’ve had for the last few years. I could survive the disappointment if it lingers, but I’m looking forward to wild flowers and days with the house open all day.


I am gearing up mentally for next week. Four medical appointments (counting lab for a blood draw).


The spatulas are in Brenham and should be delivered today. Spatula Madness!

Another cold blast

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Feeling the effects of the galavanting polar vortex, 25 mph/G 35 winds from the north. Got caught yesterday in the store. The wind was calm when I left the house, blowing hard from the north when I arrived four minutes later, and was raining hard after getting all of three items. So the change from tropical bulge to arctic express was very short order, 70s to 30s in one fell swoop.


Grabbed this and that from the grocery after it quit raining. Looking at baked potato soup again, as well as split pea. Been mostly grazing the last couple of days. And I probably will for a couple more. I might do an alfredo, as I’ve had chicken on my mind. Shrimp thawing in the fridge for cocktail. February will not be a hungry month.


Have projects to tackle, but not getting much done on them. I guess I will when the time is right.

Hambone hospitality

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I couldn’t think of anything else for the title, despite the fact that I have no hambones in the house. Pork loin, ribs, sliced ham, but no hambone. So much for traditional split pea soup or baby limas. I have one serving left of loaded supreme pizza. Interspersing that with pork loin tacos.


I lubed all the chairs. They don’t creak and groan like they used to do. Now only the wood talks. Having a much quieter time.


Six days until February. Eleven days until medical week. Mostly just holding down the fort, an occasional store run.


Glad to see the government shutdown end. I have waxed eloquently elsewhere, so I won’t pollute the blog with those sentiments.


Spatula madness… I ordered five non-stick spatulas (turners) online on Thursday, two nylon, two melamine, and one silicone. These are all long base, designed to slip under large objects like a big burger to flip it. I also found one locally that had two metal bars connecting the handle and base. Among the six, I should find one that fits every situation. I only had one left in the holder, and it was purchased in the early 80s. Yeah, I may have gone a bit overboard, but there are distinct uses for each.

Ping pong

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It’s raining and cooling back down again, squelching travel plans, after a brief southerly breeze that allowed the house to be opened and Myka to get outside when I went out to dig up lithium grease in the truck to lube the chair so it wouldn’t squeeze while I am recording, which led me to check out hardware cloth online to Myka-proof the screen door. Is that Rube Goldberg enough?


Break that down. Had a brief warm spell, but that is gone. The front rolled through and turned back the Gulf breeze that had it in the 70s today. The house was open, a nice breeze airing out the house. Was a pleasant day, but expecting back near freezing tomorrow night.


My office chair was getting irrationally squeaky, so I went out to the truck to get some white lithium grease for the moving parts in the swivel and rocker beneath the seat. I left the main door unlocked, because I was only going to grab the grease, a 30 second task. But the grease was hiding beneath other stuff, and it took longer. The extra time gave Myka enough of a chance to find the courage to slip through the screen she had broken free at the base. She was not in a mood to be contained, and she slipped off to the neighbors and other flaked my attempt to circle behind her and guide her back toward the door.


I went back inside and waited, knowing it was futile to try to corral her. A pickup pulled into the neighbor’s driveway to turn around, and that was enough to convince her that maybe being outside wasn’t such a good idea after all. I let her come in of her own accord and closed the door behind her. And as with every jaunt outdoors, she got a dose of Advantage Multi. Thank you, truck driver, whomever you were. I don’t think that she will be venturing out anytime soon.


I will be repairing the screen door before spring, but it will be reinforced with hardware cloth. It will be Myka-proof. I’m not going to watch her bust another screen by launching herself at the door to scare the strays that wander onto the porch when the weather is warm.


Got the melody and chords down on Picture Cards, but not the words without reading them, and the picking is still on the rough side. But I’m making progress. Pretty.


A note to song writers, never start a song with “I was sitting at home”, especially “I was sitting all alone at home”.


Too cold to go to Music School tomorrow. Price of gas nudged up for a couple of days, but seems to be dropping again. Not that the two are related, as the tank is too close to full to top it off.


Baked potato with pork loin, cheese, and avocado when I get hungry enough to quit snacking.

Daylight in your eyes

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Picked up the Blaze Foley song Picture Cards. Got it in the book, correct chords and all. Now to learn it.


Got the stick shift fixed. The bolt that holds the lever to the stub was loose and backing out of the slot. Strange bolt, with an offset wedge in the middle with a flat face for the slot. Took it off, cleaned it up, a couple of threads sheared 120° from wear, but no loss of grip when I reassembled it. So I’m back on the road as needed. I will rebuild the shifter in the spring. The bushings are gone. New habit to learn in shifting.


Today is MLK Day, no mail or bank. One more round of spaghetti to go, so I’ll be thawing pork loin (diced in baked potato).


Saw the eclipse for a couple of minutes, directly overhead. Neck craning in the cold of a winter night has its limits.

Cold, cold world

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Edging toward freezing tonight. Not a hard freeze, but nonetheless not a night to be outside. It will start warming tomorrow.


The shifter on the truck is having a problem, twisting to the left, making it difficult to shift into first and third gears. I think it might be the pin on the driver side of the stub. It needs new bushings anyway, so a kit from San Antonio is $15 plus shipping. It might be cheaper, and it could run about $60 if it needs a new stub. But better than $300 for a new Hurst. Done all my homework, so I’m ready to take a peek when it warms up.


Moved the oat grass temporarily from the widow, because of the freeze. It’s sitting where Myka can see it, but can’t reach it. Poor girl. She so wants to splurge on salad.


Pretty much over the HCTZ reaction. I just hope the edema doesn’t return.

Reaction

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Wednesday evening, I had a cardial reaction to the 25 mg hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), having upgraded from a steady 12.5 mg. for a case of edema. It wasn’t as bad as June ’17, but but it was enough to keep me on my back for 12 hours until it faded enough for me to move around without aggravating it. I did a lot of meditating and rhythm therapy to take back control from the chemistry. So I’m off of it, my last dose behind me. What will replace it, if anything, won’t be decided until early February.


Thursday was a slow day, I slept most of the daylight away. I wasn’t going to do anything to risk a return. But Friday was a bit of a make up day. Garbage, bath, spaghetti, and laundry, maybe. I may wait until tomorrow so that I can dry it without letting it sit in the washer overnight. Things have come around, but there is no hurry. The spaghetti sauce is ready for individual boils of the pasta. I’ll need more parmesan in the next day or two. No need to rush to the store.


Temperatures are supposed to be dropping in the next hour or so as a north wind comes sweeping in. Should be close to freezing tomorrow night. Enjoying the last of the upper 60s for a few days. Glad I got a bath in before it turned cold.


First full week in February will be my medical week. 5th, the dentist 6 month follow up. 6th, primary for a full exam and blood work. 8th, ophthalmologist in College Station for the annual follow up. I should get it all behind me, with new scripts, perhaps.


Nice to have the weekend off to sit through the cold snap.

Planning committee of one

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Looking at my medical appointments for February and other upcoming events. Dental (6 month), ophthalmologist (12 month, College Station), and primary (6 month and blood work). And I’ll have a bank run to Bryan next week that coincides with a Music School. All sorts of stuff going on in the next three weeks. But not so much for the next week.


Sketti tomorrow. Today was a light grazing day between major dishes. It felt good to go light for a change.


Been doing computer house cleaning, made pretty good progress. One folder left to manage, 130 archives to trim of useless formats. It’s not taxing, but it does take time and rhythm. It’s good to see the gigs melt away from the internal drive.


It was a dull gray and cool day, and a chance of rain later today and tonight, though I don’t expect much. Not going anywhere anyway. I got all my errands run yesterday.

Truggling

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Truggling / truggle isn’t a word in the Oxford English Dictionary. In slang circles, it derives primarily from “struggling”, a sense of losing badly on a regular basis. But there is another slant on it, a typo from “truly” > “trugly” which got upgraded to truggle, and carries a meaning of someone who is a total joy with whom to spend time. There is also the slant derived from “tree juggling”, which can be either juggling saplings or juggling while hugging a tree. And then of course, there is the truggling artist, one who is financially comfortable, but trying not to look like it.


Now far be it for me to say that I’m rich, but I have a small cushion. In the song Rich Man, Poor Man by Peter Yarrow and Peter Zimmel, there is the line: ‘A rich man eats when he wishes, a poor man whenever he can.’ In that case, I’m rich.


I haven’t been particularly productive recently. But part of that is the medical thing, a shift in focus to repair and maintain physical issues. And there is the shift from visual to audio. The Egee has made its mark on me. So I’m still technically an artist. But the spark is not at its brightest. So truggling does bear some merit, but again it’s January and Trump is president (in the legal sense).


I am extracting .max files from download archives before storing them away on the external. Doing what I can to keep it tidy.


And to note, I’m dropping the paragraph periods, which were required prior to the current version of WordPress. I can make the period, then delete it, and it will keep the spacing. That had gotten really old, glad to see it gone after all these years.

Complete

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Wrapped up the shopping this week. Everything for music, the truck, travel, et al, has been acquired. The kitchen is stocked. I don’t need squat. Come March is truck insurance, but until then, day to day routine only. Feels good.

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I’m ready to start calibrating for recording. I’ve got everything I need now. Time to play find that sound. I figure two weeks to try everything and make a judgement about a lot of standard options and get them documented for future reference.

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Doing fairly well. Not complaining and not going out of my way to find complaints. Hanging around and doing the usual. Weather about to turn cooler for a few days, but it will perk back up on the rebound at the end of the week.

Tater soup

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I just cooked the potatoes for baked potato soup. I still need to peel when they cool a bit. Pork loin to go in it, rather than bacon. I also thawed spare ribs.

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The new ladder got its first duty today, stripping the grunge off of the cab roof and forward shell roof on the truck. I was impressed with how stable it is. Money well spent. Making progress on the spiffing up.

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The weekend was pretty slothful, and my body appreciated it. Watched familiar movies for the most part.

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The preamp/driver foot pedal for the Egee arrived today. I didn’t realize that it had a XLR output. So I ordered a couple more microphone cables, same as before. I didn’t get one for the instrument microphone either, so this gives me a cable for every device, 3 mikes and the preamp. I probably won’t use more than 2 at a time, but it makes ready for a duet and spares are always handy. I also ordered 3 bank deposit bags for the microphones. I think that’s it for purchases.

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Got an increase for the hydrochlorothiazide to 25 mg. Edema is off and on with the irbesartan. Got a lecture about going to the emergency room if I experience a reaction, a reference to the reaction I had with the lisinapril in 2017. I imagine the script will be ready tomorrow.

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Ellen hasn’t made it home yet. She is in a rehab facility to get her on her feet again. I’m glad that she is getting care during the recovery.

Garbage day

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The sanitation department for Brenham just performed residential pickup here for the first time in two weeks. Thanks to Christmas and New Year’s and the period between them being a holiday for the pickup crew, we went Friday Dec 21 to Friday Jan 4 without a pickup. Now the recycling center was open for those who were desperate enough to haul theirs to the bins.

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I had two bags, neither that large. The house across the street had 11 bags. Now the normal twice weekly limit is 3 per, so today as make up, the limit would theoretically be 12. So that would leave the question of if a limit was enforced today. With all the family gatherings and parties, I could envision some pretty serious piles for those too lazy to truck theirs.

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Feeling better, now that I’m getting a chance to rest a bit. That much is obvious with last night’s ladder purchase. I went to Lowe’s last night, expecting from their online store to find one of four available 300 pound test multi-ladder for $60, on sale, half price. Turns out an inventory error happened, and they had none. So I bought a ladder of the very same design, except 375 pound test. It cost me $100 plus tax, not half price, but with a larger discount. The ladder weighs 35 pounds, as solid a ladder as I’ve ever seen. The adjustments pieces are all very heavy steel and there are no quick releases or other whistles. It acts as both a two sided step ladder (4-7 ft) and an extension ladder (8-14 ft), thanks to the hinge in the middle. It fits easily inside the truck’s camper shell. It’s the last ladder I’ll ever buy. When I can no longer move it into position, I’ll have no reason to be on a ladder. Until then, I’m set.

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Anyway, that was the last item purchase for a while. It was planned for well over week, though the extra $45 wasn’t. Not seeing anything impulsive ahead. Now I can sit tight, I’ve got everything I need for a while.