March 22nd, 2016


Stuff & such

Another restless night. Up at about 12:30 am feeling like maybe I was having an insulin reaction, but my Hgl measured high - 224. Back to bed. Spook had been sleeping at my feet, but when I got up she followed me into the kitchen and never came back to the bedroom.

Up with the alarm at 7:30, I'd already moved rugs & furniture away from the toilet. The installer had called and said to be ready at 8:30, for his 9-11 window, so I was, but he didn't show up till 10. I was surprised it was just the one middle-aged guy, hauling toilets is heavy work. He didn't use a dolly, either.

The job was done by 11, he said use the other bathroom for 24 hours (the grout needs to set). Not a problem. The new john is shorter than I thought it would be, but not by much.

As soon as he was done I hopped in the car and took my 401k rollover check to Scottrade, where they processed it and gave me a receipt. They said expect to see it show up tomorrow.

By this point I was very hungry, so I took my laptop into the Safeway a few blocks down and got an iced mocha & a croissant at the in-store Starbucks, which has more seating than most dedicated *$s stores. Fired up the laptop, job hunted and Facebooked. 

Next stop, Great Clips two doors down for a haircut after parking the laptop in the car. And then back to Safeway for a major freezer re-stocking (I was out of all the good frozen dinners & wings) and also bananas & cantaloupe. Turns out they had a sale on the latter pre-cut-and-peeled and plastic containered, 3 for $12, each container about a melon's worth, with whole fresh melons selling for $4 each. Saves me the cutting and disposal-ing. Also got some soft cheeses and a sourdough baguette (tomorrow's lunch) and some more pocket pita, another lunch (I have lox & Hammas in the fridge). Paid for it all with the EDD (unemployment) debit card.

Next door was Petco, I checked to see if they had any of the cat calming spray, but it was under lock & key and way too expensive. Spook had hidden in the guest bedroom closet while the toilet installer was here. I'd like to see her get more comfortable defending her home. Probably not gonna happen.

All through this trip it was raining, which surprised the heck out of me because yesterday they were forecasting sunny skies till Thursday. And this time it was more than a trace. NOAA's Los Altos site says 0.20". Sounds low.

Home, delivered was a Samsug Galaxy player (think Android's answer to the iPod Touch). I'd bought it to see if it could replace the iPod Touch I'd bought to use in the car, but it won't recognize a micro-SD chip, and doesn't have enough internal storage to store any significant music. I tried 64GB and 16 GB, but really wanted the advertised max of 32, so I went to Fry's. This time the electric charger was free, so I hooked the car up while I was in the store.

Next on the agendas was a massage, and I lucked out this time and the person assigned to me actually knew what she was doing.

Home, tried the 32GB chip, no change. It won't mount or format. I'll email the seller and ask to return it.

Then a light awned, and I took out the laptop to see if I could install iTunes on it. It worked fine. Plugged in the iPod Touch, and it worked, no errors. Next step was to re-install iTunes on the big PC and plug in the Touch to see what missing file it was complaining about, because whatever it was, I knew it would be on the laptop. And guess what? iTunes installed without errors, and the Touch connected without errors. So now I'm uploading all my music to it.

What else? Talked to Automation Guy. He said Apple turned him down, but it was an entry level job, which the recruiter had not mentioned. He has an interview this week at Amazon, though. He's still waiting for his unemployment insurance debit card.

Dinner was the last of the Boston Market frozen dinners from my last shopping trip. Ice cream for dessert. Watched half an hour of "the 101 Best Gadgets Of All Time" - 45 to go. The order they are in is a major WTF, and when it comes to computer storage inventions they are way off base. They think the first floppy disk was the not-floppy-at-all 2.5" version. And they rated it higher than the CD. And the zipper.

Checked my eBay sales, one bid, three items have watchers, all have at least 5 views.

Plans for tomorrow:
Nothing specific.
More job hunting, such as it is. Maybe at the local Peet's/Specialty's
Try the new iPod Touch in the car
Maybe take a stab at replacing the broken motion-sensing carport light. I have the replacement in a box in the laundry room.

...that ends well

Nothing on my plate for today, so I tried to sleep in, but couldn't make it past 9 am. Did my morning stuff, a lot of online job hunting, and ordered lunch online at the local Specialty's. Went to pick it up, but the pickup spot was hidden behind a long line of people waiting to order at the counter. Luddites. many of them police officers. Good thing there was someone looking for people who had online orders, and she found mine behind a couple of cops. I found a table, ate lunch, then set up my laptop. As I was pulling into the place a recruiter called with what sounded like a good job prospect, so I started with that. He also sent a not so good one, which I declined to follow up.
Lots of activity online about Brussels. I emailed my two former co-workers, sending condolences and asking after them and theirs, and also telling them that I and most of my team are also former.

Both replied, one was on vacation in Morocco, but his mother works at the Brussels airport 4 days a week. This was not one of those 4 days. The other was in town, his brother works at the train station but it was his day off.

When I posted on FB, a cousin replied that her daughter, my cousin the MS victims rights champion, was supposed to have been in Brussels (by train) but a gall bladder attack had grounded her in Brighton. And one of my theater friends had just returned from a business trip yesterday from Brussels.

Starbucks wasn't so lucky. One of theirs from Seattle was killed at the Brussels airport Starbucks, and they have closed all their stores in that city indefinitely.

There was a lot of people-watching to be had at the lunch place. And a lot of noise, so when Automation Guy phoned we had to take it to text. At about 2, I drove home and chatted with him. The iTouch was so fully loaded that the car needed extra time to slurp up its catalog, and keeping the car switched on let me use the hands-free phone feature too.

Spent some time on the porch with the laptop, and fielded a recruiter call. First Indian I've talked to whom I could understand, and wasn't trying to use me as finder fodder. He said his job was to identify good candidates and forward their info to someone else who will wave it under the nose of the company which hired them to find someone. It sounded like he had a good lead on a big name firm in SF.

Gave neighbor Lee a tour of my gardens. She shot down my theory that the front hedge is some kind of rosemary herb. She said it would make you sick to eat it. She liked my rosemary plant, though. She also liked the colorful flowers I planted by the mailbox, and she harvested seeds from some of the deadheads to plant in her garden and maybe also in a bare patch of my front garden.

Finally tackled the broken motion sensor carport lights. After I'd chipped the cover off which hid the single screw, it took my industrial sized screwdriver to pry the unscrewed unit off the wall. It had been painted over several times, and was probably original 17 years ago. Installing the new one was routine until the final single screw-in. It took a while to realize my electric screwdriver was too thick to reach the screw head. Had to hunt up a manual screwdriver, and even then lining it up without really being able to see the screw hole took too much effort. After a while my hand was shaking so much I stepped away, sat on the porch and had a glass of milk, and then came back 15 minutes later to finish the job. I was fighting the clock - had to do it while it was still light. It's done, and it works. LED lamps are as bright but don't have as much throw as the old filament lamps. It seems to be working, though.

Dinner was reheated pizza and some creamed spinach. Mint chip ice cream, sandwich and thin mints for dessert. Watched an episode of Elementary, Lucy is getting more screen time these days. She's also doing some directing. Lately things have become a wee bit formulaic: the killer is usually one of the innocent looking people they interview along the road to finding the killer. This one had so many red herrings it smelled like a banquet at Sons of Norway.

Automation Guy had asked if there was a way to transfer the EDD debit card funds into our regular bank account. I had the same question. I punched in the URL listed on the back of the card, registered the account online, and yes, you can enter a routing number and account number and set up manual or automatic transfers. So I sent the balance to my checking account and Catch-22 set in, with no funds on the card, it would not let me set up a recurring transfer each time $$ is deposited. That's a FAIL.

Plans for tomorrow:
Career planning orientation 9:30-3:30. The counselor who was supposed to spend an hour with me after has bailed, saying it is a full session, which means it will run overtime, and she "must" leave the office at 4:30. This does not send the kind of message I want to hear from someone who is being paid to help me find another job.

Probably will end up doing something with people at the session. Or go to an open mike meetup.