August 7th, 2016


Fair Enough

The one morning I was planning on sleeping in, the "crew" shows up before 8 am, and starts masking the windows. I was showered, dressed and drugged by 8:30, but when I tried to go out the carport door (the car was in the carport, and I had explicitly told the crew chief NOT to do any work there if the car was there) I couldn't because not only had they masked the door, they had pulled the steps 5 feet away from the house.

So I went out the front door, walked around to unhook the car, put the charger under the seat, drove to the end of the street and parked it.

Since it was too early, I decided to take mass transit, but I couldn't brain so instead of driving to the park and ride lot in north san jose, I went to the one in Mountain View way in the opposite direction from where I was going.

Changed rail lines and took a bus the last leg, and got there at 11, which is when they open.

The plan was to stay till late and see the demolition derby at 5 and take night pix of the carnival rides, but by 3 I was pooped and dehydrated and my back hurt. Very sharp pain, haven't had that in years. It's been sneaking up the last few days.

So at about 4 I left, walked across the street to the bus stop, but it was clear that the bus would never get into that lane because there was a miles long line of cars going to the fair parking lot. So I walked about 1/2 a mile to the next stop, and waited with two other people. It was a long wait. We saw three buses go by in the other direction before one reached us, and it had a strange thing on the reader board. The strange thing, it turned out, was it was not terminating in the transit center. And because it didn't park when it got there, and the stop is before the sign for the light rail entry, I missed it, and had to get out at the next stop and walk back another 1/2 mile.

Caught the train, then waited a long time at the transfer station for the one for my line. This time only 2 trains for the other line passed before mine came. And when we got a few stops into residential SJ, the driver ordered us out of the first car and into the second because he was taking the front car out of service. The second car was empty, so no problem. Until we got to the next transfer point, when about 100 riders packed into my car. It was very uncomfortable, except that it was mostly trashily dressed women. Turns out there was a Kenny Chesney concert in Levi Stadium. The all got out there, including most of the people who had gotten on where I did. Nearly empty the rest of the way.

But the delays were not over. Trying to make a left turn onto Central, I got caught in a never-ending red light as the increased-for-the-concert light rail cars kept the crossing gate down. I finally made a right turn from the far left lane and escaped.

Home, the crew had long since packed it up (it was still light but 7 pm). They are far from finished, but most of the main house is now a pretty light blue, and some of the trim is white. The doors have not been touched (they need to be white) and all the porch trim is still brown, as is all the top trim around the house. The lamp by the kitchen door is ripped out, I have no idea why. It's sitting on the side of the driveway with the porch furniture.


They have a lot of work left to do, I don't expect them to work on a Sunday. But I'll be up early anyway, just in case.

They're going to need me home Monday, though they haven't mentioned this, because they will need to open the doors to paint them. I'll email the supervisor tomorrow.

In the mailbox was a second notice for my Medicare bill, payment was sent to them the day it was due. It should have reached them several days before the notice went out.

Plans for tomorrow:
Tech Museum (drive this time) for free 1st weekend deal
Coffee with Janice
Not expecting any house crew activity, but who knows

Oh Look, I started a journal post and then got distracted

An eventful but boring day. Not so boring afternoon. Disappointing evening.

So here it is Sunday, and being as the paint crew is a pair of Hispanics, I was expecting them to take the day off. Imagine my surprise when my alarm went off at 7:30 am and they were already here. And they were masking the windows. I got up, showered, dressed and yelled at the crew chief - through the masked carport door - that I had told him not to start when my car was in the driveway. I had to go out the front door and around the house to the car because he had pulled the steps away from the side of the house. :-(

Unplugged and moved the car. Had to ditch my plans to go anywhere because they were going to need the doors open to paint them, and also needed to use the facilities because they would be here all day.

I mostly played on Facebook, eBay and Amazon, and read a lot of the latest Kindle book, Quantum Tangle (Targon Tales - Sethran Book 1) by Chris Reher. Other than a few typos and cut & paste errors, it's well written, has a fairly novel hook, but I'm at the point where I'm not sure if he can sustain the conceit. Or some word like that, used to describe a plot arc.

Since I had told Janice that I was not going to the museum, we rescheduled our 5:45 coffee klatch to 5, and I was hoping the crew would be gone by 4:30 so I could get there in time. They were almost done, so I walked to my car. By the time I was driving past the house, they were getting into their car.

They did a good job, only minor fixable mistakes. The house looks way more cheerful. There is still work to be done, the front strip needs to be cleaned up and more soil laid down. The carport steps need to be re-carpeted. Lots of trash has to be hauled away and their ladders and tools are still parked behind the house.  I have no idea what time they will show up tomorrow, but I think I will relocate the car tonight since it is fully charged.

Got to MV 10 minutes early, Janice gave me a USB drive with videos from her Fiji trip to make into DVDs. She said she will take care of the photos herself, a sale at WalMart or WalGreens or somewall like that. Bottom line is she had a much better time than expected, the two girls she took with her enjoyed it very much, the village she adopted is recovering from the cyclone now that the gummint has pulled its head out of its butt. Apparently the villagers were given debit cards for the local Home Depot-like store. By this time next year she expects her hostess to have a real bathroom and kitchen.

J has been trying geocaching, and not doing very well, not finding anything at the places she has been going to with one of her other friends. So we found a cache on her app which was across the street, clearly near the Tesla chargers by the Computer History Museum. Long story short, the GPS in the app was inconsistent, and the jerk who wrote the most descriptive notes for the cache was lying, but with some reverse engineering and the one hint on the app, I was able to find it in a couple of minutes, after J had got all turned around. Interesting collection of stuff, apparently the little box has been there since 2004. J wrote a note on the page of notes, and I put my bizcard in.

Home, was expecting to see the NFL Hall of Fame Game, which I'd programmed the Tivo Bolt to record. But instead there was nothing. Totally riled, because this was the third time with two different units that something scheduled was not recorded, I pulled the bolt out, grabbed the Roamio from the bedroom and put it where the Bolt had been, and took the old model 3 from the bedroom floor, put the cable card from the Bolt in it and hooked it back up in the bedroom.

The Roamio claimed to have the game recorded, and the info was correct on the title, but the actual content was ESPN's Spanish language channel broadcasting a soccer match.


So I gave up on that, did some Facebooking, and then remembered I had to update the software and listings on the Model 3. That took a while, but when it came up for air, it was on ESPN, which was filling time where the Hall Of Fame Game repeat was supposed to be, with shots showing the two teams leaving the sidelines, the game had been canceled on account of the field not being in good condition. I guess they were channeling Rio. :-(

So it wasn't just the Bolt. But still, it should have recorded the time slot, so it is history. I need to cancel the automatic renewal of its subscription, and when it runs out in a  couple of months deactivate it and sell it on eBay. I got it for the 4K support, but it FAILs at that too.

Plans for tomorrow:
Depends on what time the crew shows up, and more on when they wrap up. If they are done in time, I may go to a class at NOVA at 1:30.