Week Ending 10/6/18

Not a bad week……………………………………………

As always, first the chronology:

9/30/18 – Sunday – Up early and usual morning routine. Out to pick up Gary for church. Home and had more coffee and another bagel. Downstairs to do the blog. Back upstairs for lunch. Downstairs and called Spectrum to get a dispatch for the cable problem. Then dressed and out to the Morton building to do a few things. Back to the house and off on the motorcycle to Gary’s for the Sunday afternoon get together. Home and dinner. Computer updates. Did some work on things for the motorcycle. Upstairs to bed, Big Bang and sleep.

10/1/18 – Monday – Up at the usual time and usual morning routine. Got cleaned up and out to the Morton building for some work while I waited on the Spectrum technician. Spent some time with the Spectrum guy then Todd and I went up to Chick-Fil-A and met Kathy for lunch. Then Todd and I went over to meet Mike at his place at 1:30. Then across town to pick up some wood he needed for his media room. Back and dropped off Mike and his wood. Then back home with a couple stops. Did some things in my room and in the Morton building. Met Mike, Julie and the grand kids at Yoki Chinese Buffet for dinner so the kids could see Uncle Todd before he went back to New York. Home and some chores in my room. Then bed, TV and sleep.

10/2/18 – Tuesday – Up early and usual routine. Had to take Todd to the airport this morning to fly back to New York. Dropped him off and headed back home. Changed clothes and went off for an early lunch, stamps and gas for the lawn mower. Home and started mowing. Finished up around 3PM. Inside to cool down and clean up. Then dinner. To my room to chat with Mike and Gary on the radio. Computer updates. To bed, TV, Big Bang and sleep.

10/3/18 – Wednesday – Up at the usual time and usual morning routine. Out and put the mower on the trailer and took it up to Mike and Julie’s house and dropped it off. Then over to the gun range and tried out my 10 round magazines I bought while in New York. Home and waited for Kathy then took her to Hometown Pizza for the buffet. Home and filled out an application to work part time at the gun range. Then out to pick up Gary for dinner at the church. Dropped him off at home and came home. Had some dessert. Then to bed, computer updates, TV and sleep.

10/4/18 – Thursday – Up at the usual time and usual morning routine. Then out for my haircut. Stopped in the Morton building to do a few things on the way home. In the house and handled some banking issues. Kathy came home and we took the Chrysler over to Shelbyville. Did banking, lunch at BurgerKing and shopping at Lowes. Home and unloaded the car and did some other chores. Then in the house and organized some things. Kathy took a nap then we had dinner. Downstairs to chat with Mike and Gary on the radio. Computer updates. Upstairs to bed, TV, Big Bang and sleep.

10/5/18 – Friday – Up at the usual time and usual morning routine. Kathy went up to Mike and Julie’s to babysit some people coming to look at the installation of electronics equipment in Mike’s media room. I cleaned up the kitchen then came downstairs to start some things. Made phone calls and did computer backups. Did some router work to eliminate some problems. Then upstairs for lunch. Kathy came home and I help her put away groceries. Then out to the Morton building for some work. Back in the house and had dinner. Back to the Morton building to finish up a few things. Back inside and some chores around the house. Then to bed, TV and sleep.

10.6.18 – Saturday – Up early and usual morning routine. Then took the truck up to Mike and Julie’s to help Mike with some electrical work in his media room he is building. Had lunch up there. Around 3PM finished up. Hooked up the trailer and loaded the mower and came home. Off loaded the mower and put everything away. Kathy and I went to Shelbyville and had Mexican at a place we haven’t been to for awhile. Then home and finished cleaning some things up in the Morton building. In the house and dessert. To my room to pull emails and do computer updates. Up to bed, some TV and sleep.

Now the specifics:

Todd’s visit was great.  I didn’t want to see him go back.  I’m not sure he was thrilled to go back.  But time will tell.  He is vested soon at FDNY and may decide to make a move.

Todd and I went to the gun range last week and I went again this week to check somethings out with my 9mm.  Saw a sign that they were looking for sales associates at the store.  I looked into it and the benefits alone are worth a lot.  Free range time and 5% off on all purchases.  So, when I came home I got online and filled out the application.  They asked some very specific questions about prior employment and I had to simply say “I don’t remember”.  As a result I seriously doubt I’ll hear back from them.  But it would be a good way to spend a couple days a week and keep me off the streets.

I finally figured out what I want to do in the HAM shack to make more room.  I need a 18″ by 3′ desk with shelves to put along side my existing table.  So, I drew up some plans and determined what I would need in terms of wood to get started.  Kathy went with me to help and I ended up spending around $250 for the wood.  Of course I’m doing it all in Oak so the wood is extremely heavy, sturdy and expensive.  But it should be very nice when I’m done.  Need to draw up the plans in formal format and then let Mike look at it.  With his approval I’ll start building.

The Spectrum service is not back to what it was but is much improved over what it had been the last couple months.  I still get T3 and T4 errors occasionally and can seldom get a bonded uplink, but the 20 minute outages have ceased.  I’ve taken a few hits but they have only lasted a minute or so.  Improved but still not back to what it was.

OK, that’s it for now.  I plan to post some pictures of Todd’s visit along with a little more information.  Until then, have a great week and I’ll blog at you again next week.

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