I’m flying to Florida this afternoon, where I’m going to be doing a lot of work on the house, attempting (once more into the breach) to prepare it to sell or, if we can’t, rent. I’ll have laptop with me, and phone as a hot spot, but I’ll probably not be on line all that much. Then going to DC next week for a few days, then back to FL. Not sure when life will be back to normal.
The server on which this blog runs is being physically moved overnight, so if there’s no site, that’s why.
As you can see, the move seems to have been successful.
Patricia’s mother died on Friday morning after a long decline, and the church service is scheduled for Monday morning in Columbia. We’re at LAX now waiting to board. I’ll have my laptop with me, so I’ll be blogging. I’ll be heading to Seattle straight from there Monday evening for the Newspace conference.
I’m attending the suborbital researchers conference in Broomfield next week. I must know people in the Golden/Boulder/West Denver area. Is there anyone could put me up Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (June 1-3) nights?
I’m headed up the Space Tech Expo in Pasadena, so not sure how much blogging I’ll be doing for the next couple days.
We’ve done about as much as we can do to get the house ready to sell, and have a non-stop flight from Miami to LA this afternoon. Things probably back to normal tomorrow.
We needed to go to (south) Florida to take care of things and get the house ready to sell, because we don’t seem to be able to rely on anyone long distance. In my experience, if unsupervised people here don’t do things half ass, they do them quarter ass. As the old saying goes, a sunny place for shady people. I had to fix two toilets today that had needed it for months, among other things. And how many south Florida people does it take to change a light bulb? Apparently an infinite number, if they don’t actually own and live in the house.
Anyway, Patricia also was badly in need of a vacation, so I’m writing this after a relaxing home-made dinner of sockey salmon with pineapple salsa and chardonnay procured at (amazing that they finally exist here!) Trader Joe’s, overlooking the Atlantic and listening to a nice wind riffle through the palms. One of the disadvantages of the east shore, of course, is no sunset over the ocean, but it was still pleasant to watch day turn do dusk from our balcony. For those curious, here is where we are staying. Old Florida style, but modernized enough to be quite comfortable so far. We plan to sleep with windows open to the sound of the ocean, though in a couple months, that will be less advisable.
We’re in Florida, dealing with our house there, and hoping sell it. Posting may be sporadic.
Doing some plumbing stuff, and the gate valve that controls water to the house won’t open. Handle turns nicely, though. Probably stripped threads or broken spindle. I’m cursing the plumber who installed it, as opposed to a ball lever.
And of course, we’re going out tonight to see Climate Hustle. So I guess no shower for her in the morning. I’ll have to fix it tomorrow.
For those curious, I did end up replacing the valve with a ball valve. The handle had sheared off, and I couldn’t even get it apart to see if there were replaceable parts. It turned out to be sort of a PITA, because I didn’t have a lot of length to work with on the pipe, due to it bending as it came out of the ground, but I managed to solder it in. It will be a huge improvement for future plumbing projects. Including the current one, in which I’m replacing a charcoal water filter with a four-stage reverse-osmosis system.
I know it’s been down since last night. My provider apparently had a major SNAFU, and the whole farm was down. Just came back on line a few minutes ago.