Archive for July, 2018


Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018 at 3:01 pm

Burned out.  82 discs total.  15 minutes a piece, plus an hour for logistics.  21.5 billable hours.  Took closer to 25 hours though.  It was a pain, but it’s nice to have the 400G available on the catch all drive.  I can procrastinate again.  I have another 6 (maybe 8) DVDs to burn from a different external drive, but I’m in no hurry there, as it won’t change what is stored on the drive.  I need to do some sorting before that happens.


I still have the hard drive to hard drive backups to do.  But I can sleep during those.  And there is some sorting needed before that happens.  Plenty of time in the schedule, no hurry.


Scanning is next, but not today.  The rest of the day is rest day.  I’ve been waiting for the computer battery to arrive today, which it just did.  It arrived 80% charged.


Nice to have the primary browser back online full time.


Used up the milk.  No spoilage.  The chicken/broccoli alfredo turned out well.  No leftovers.  Almost out of recipe chicken.  Time soon for another bag of leg quarters.  I think I’ll have room for it in the freezer, though I should think about peeling those crawfish tails from the fling.  They would go well in dirty rice.  Thinking about a tenderized sirloin.


Posted on Sunday, July 29th, 2018 at 6:41 pm

End of day 2: 63 down, 17 to go.  Procrastination, like karma, even for good reason, is a β!†©#.  Fortunately, I am well overstocked in DVD blanks, cases, and labels.  But I am tired.  At least the third day is a half day and not a full one.  I’ll make it.  The catch-all hard drive has lots of available space on it now.  Hardest part is doing without the main browser during the burns for the sake of RAM usage.


Cooked the third batch of sausage gravy today.  Tonight will be the chicken and broccoli alfredo, when it cools down.  Then the milk will get used up on time.  No shortage of food to eat.


I used the dentures to eat a ham, egg, and cheddar sandwich.  The teeth work well, but the gums are still a bit on the sore side where the extractions were made.  Adhesive will help, once I get the brushes to clean them.  I ordered the brushes from Amazon to get free shipping for the laptop battery.  I could have gotten then locally a week ago, but I couldn’t think of anything else as the shipping balance item.  Just as well, I’m not quite ready to use them, though the dentures work quite well.  Sharp little suckers.  Got pastrami, smoked turkey, gouda, baby swiss, and provolone as an incentive for future sandwiches.  Until then, I’ve got plenty to eat.


Feels good to be on my own time and feeling up to making use of it.  Between work, medication side effects, medical procedures, and other people making use of my time, it’s good to finally be in the clear.  The last 12 months have been an ordeal.  I’m happy to see some free time that I can call my own.

Nothing happened today

Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2018 at 8:20 pm

Well, I did make a store run.  Got DVD blanks, a prescription, cat litter, etc.  But otherwise, nothing happened.  Well, I did dishes and cooked pasta, got Myka some grass to munch.  Seriously, it was a lazy day.  I went through some old photos, looking for stuff to scan.  (Seriously, who was that girl?)  Some of them will show up here.  But I really didn’t do anything.  Don’t mind following the news in Washington, or playing guitar, or wearing Myka out.  It was a nothing day.  Nothing happened.


Posted on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at 6:34 pm

I think they’re stable and usable.































I also think I have reached the point where it’s finally all been worth it.  Today was my last doctor appointment for six months.  (Okay, one more dental follow up just to check progress in adapting.  Nothing expected to happen other than talk.)


Doctor appointment today went well.  Going to test a step up dosage on the valsartan.  Everything else went well.  Testing won’t be done for half a year.  I am off the hook.  I think I finally reached the point where I can say that it was all worth it.  Whew!


Now if I don’t get called for jury duty again.


Posted on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Six months after getting the scanner, I finally got the software installed and the unit working.  Actually a good image, considerably better than $55 price tag would indicate.  And I like the flexibility of the output, capable of doing what I want it to do, which is just placing the image in the folder I want without trying to do a bunch of other stuff.  I like its mix of simplicity and quality.  The prolonged delay says much about this year thus far.


Now the next task is plugging in the external disk recorder.  I have a bunch of DVD backups to burn.


The last of the big recipes have finally been consumed, dishes washed.  As hot as it is, doing a lot of easy grazing from the fridge, cabinet, and microwave, for which I am well stocked.  Thawed out ham and stadium bratwurst.

Session 2

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Got a second adjustment yesterday, and the plates are considerably better.  Next Tuesday should be the date for relining.  That should be the end of it, except perhaps a follow up.  Then I can learn to eat and sing, as they won’t be changing after that (hopefully).


Taking the day off today, tomorrow is the birthday party in Elgin.  First public appearance for me and Egee.  I dread it, in a way, too much gregarious attention.  But I’m determined to have fun anyway.


The weekend will be my time to catch up on chores, backups, installations, etc.  No shortage of catch up here.


Lots of baby birds on the wing, being tutored by their parents.




Bowed out of the party tomorrow.  It’s a little too soon after surgery to be out in the summer heat and carrying on.  Antibiotics still affecting my system, even though I finished them days ago.  Teeth not quite there.  Just not in the cards to be kicking up my heels yet.

Getting there

Posted on Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at 2:12 am

Gums have almost healed.  Still some sensitivity when pressed, but overall settling down.  Still eating honey roasted cashews.


Might be a busy week.  A Bryan run tomorrow morning.  Dentist appointment Tuesday.  After that, it’s up in the air.


Playing a little music here and there.

Honey Roasted Cashews

Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 1:53 pm

Had the dentures adjusted today, and they are MUCH better.  I put a Seabond strip in the lower plate, and I ate the celebratory honey roasted cashews.  It has been a looooong time since I have tasted any.


Spaghetti for dinner tonight.  Not quite ready to eat in public yet, still a bit of healing to do, so the salad bar will keep, but I definitely look forward to it.


I am more optimistic by magnitudes about the way they’ll work out for me.  I can relax this afternoon.  Things are definitely looking up.


Posted on Saturday, July 7th, 2018 at 2:59 pm

The slice and dice is finally over!!!!!!!!!  (Chomp chomp, as soon as the numbness wears off.)


Q: How do you take a pain killer before the procaine wears off, when you can’t drink fluid without drooling it all over the place?

A: Crank up the washing machine.

#6 Egee

Posted on Friday, July 6th, 2018 at 4:51 am

My 6th guitar, hereby dubbed Egee is a Takamine EG523CDX12.  (12 string)  It has just entered my possession.











#1 – Electric solid body, unbranded and unnamed, purchased with S&H Green Stamps in 1966.  I experimented it to death, since I never really learned to play it.  (I still have the amp and it still worked the last time I plugged it in a few years ago, despite a slight tear in the speaker cone.)


#2 – Ny A nylon string guitar that I bought in 1968 for Sharon, who gave it back to me when we broke up.  I don’t remember the brand, it wasn’t expensive.  I took it to college and performed on stage with it, gaining SROs at the Basement.  I gave it to a friend after getting #3.


#3 – Yammer Hammer A Yamaha FG160 dreadnaught acoustic that I bought in 1974 from a co-worker when I was working for Automatic Electric. It turned out to be an exceptional Yamaha.  I wore it out in the 24 years I played it, housed in the denim print carry bag.  Lots of fond memories and stories.  I was offered three different Martins for it, trades which I declined  (Stored in the closet.)


#4 – Meenie A Takamine G335 12 string dreadnaught acoustic that I purchased new in 1997.  18 years of joyful service until the bridge popped.  Plans are to get it fixed.  My favorite guitar thus far, with more than a few good stories. (Stored in the closet.)


#5 – Maha My second Yamaha, a FS720S concert acoustic that Vince Bell sent me when the bridge popped on the Meenie in 2015.  It is also one of the exceptional Yamaha gems, and played much the same way #3 played, so adapting to it was easy.  Most noted is the StarWars b/w hard case.


#6 – Egee The Takamine EG523CDX12 jumbo that I brought home 11 hours ago.  This one was was accepted from a friend, in lieu of money to be repaid.  It plays much like the Meenie, and it has the TK40 electronics/tuner built in.  It’s also the first time in my life that I will have two working guitars together for any length of time (assuming I survive long enough).


(6 hours until dental surgery)

The Approach

Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Friday is getting closer.  Things are going well for the prep.  Most of the recovery prep is done.  All of this week’s cooking is done, the soup diet ready to roll.  I’m pretty much ready for the third and final.


Finances have been rough the last three months, and I’ve seen the reservoir drop in large chunks.  I won’t hit dead bottom, but close enough.  At least I’ll have pearly whites to chomp with.  But I am having to reel in extraneous expenses, go back into saving mode.  It’s summer, my needs are covered.  Hunker down and catch up.


Not doing too much otherwise.  Building up my stamina, getting myself oriented.  If I stay on top of it until surgery, I’ll get through fine.  No partying on the 4th to distract me.