Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Another frustrating day the The Holes

Up with the Google Home alarm (I have retired the Bose alarm clock) but discovered much to my surprise and disappointment that the new weather station clock has no backlight, so it is useless in the dark. I will look for one which has a clock large enough to see (most don't) and a backlight.

On the road by 8:30, no traffic, speed limit almost all the way. Grabbed an egg and a Coke in the break room, which had been gutted of snacks during the two days it was not stocked. One wonders by whom. They were supposed to stock it today but did not.

Quick check in the Hole, internet was still down and the trouble ticket had no activity.

So I took a keyboard and a gamepad and my laptop over to Hole 2 and did as much of the smoke test as I could.

Lunch was Saffron Road chicken marsala and cantaloupe.

About 2:30 there was nothing more I could do there so I hauled the TV to the Hole and tried to do audio tests, but it needed internet. And couldn't even tether to my phone because (a) it was not the phone number associated with my test gmail account so the connection was rejected by Google security theater, and (b) I haven't paid for the tethering service with Verizon.

I'm expecting the internet to magically re-appear late Monday or overnight Mon-Tues.

While I was testing in Hole 2, a couple of engineers turned on the 85" TV and watched the Colombia-Belgium FIFA match. Once again, Belgium cheated, play-acted and bullied their way to a win. 2-1, no penalty round.

Back at the hole I wanted to hook up the test TV to the antenna but it needed the internet to launch the TV app. Go figure. I may file a bug.

So I watched what TV there was on the Samsung. That's the non-Android TV I got Boss to buy for me so I could plug Android things into it and know the TV was not messing with the tests.

5:30, home in 95 degree heat, high humidity too.  Traffic was light but not at the 101 on-ramp so I took my usual back roads home.

I need ice cream and fruit, but will wait till it cools off and go in the morning.

Dinner was macaroni & cheese & tuna. Ice cream for dessert.

Spook has been out and about more and more. But she still runs and hides when Spot chases her. But then she turns around and attacks. It's called strategy or something. Tactics?

Watched the news on the other channel, and it was less about fires and weather and more about news. Yay. Sports guy is a jerk on this channel too, though.

In flag news, the Coast Survey flag is all torn up on one side, I don't know how that happened, but it happened a long time ago, so I ordered a California state flag. Walmart sells them online for $8. 3'x5'. I won't hang the new USA flag till the next flag holiday. That's a long ways off.

I wanted to fly the Thai flag, but won't until they return to democracy. That's also a long ways off.

Read some more of Seanan's book, Down Among the Sticks and Bones. It unfortunately is hinting of blood and gore, but I'll wait till that actually occurs before I give up. It is in the Novella category where there is some stiff competition:
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Two others are fantasy and/or unreadable.

Delivered was the huge pet water fountain and in a separate envelope 10 filters. Cat treat meat sticks were in with the fountain, I nearly missed them. Spot likes that the top of the fountain is drinkable. He has a habit of knocking the tops off of water fountains. Spook has not paid a visit yet.

Plans for tomorrow:
Morning grocery run
Maybe start the 2-day process of making a loaf of sourdough bread. I think I need more white flour.
Coffee with Janice
Maybe put away some T-shirts.

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