February 14th, 2018


Another Boring Day in Paradise

It's winter again. Cloudy, breezy, temps have dropped back into the high 40's at night and below 60 daytime. I miss summer.

Slept like a log, Spook was on the bed at 6:30 to wake me up, and again at 7:30 when the lights came on. Zoe is still acting like she is scared of me & the world.

At work, I went to Craig's List and my favorite shelter, The Dancing Cat, had a link to their parent organization, The Silicon Valley Pet Project, which had a link to a web site for advertising pets you want to put up for adoption. Nothing else to do at work** so I slurped up photos and videos from Facebook of Zoe, and created a profile. Which has not been approved yet, so clicking the link may not work.

**I was supposed to have two units from our guy in London, who is in town for a team off-site (which is why the place was empty when I went yesterday). One is in the hole, the other he left on Boss' desk this morning. I drove over there and collected it.

His email said they both need to be updated using an SD card in one and a micro SD card in the other. I don't have any of those at work, none of the other machines use them. All the others update from USB or wi-fi. I have some at home, but no way am I driving home and back for that.

Manager for Asia messaged me that he was bringing over a TV, but this is the guy who keeps giving me non-working machines to test, and when I picked up the London unit (which is actually from France), he was updating the firmware. He didn't make it before lunch time, or after. 5:35, as I was putting my lunch box in the car, he drove up with the TV. So I unlocked the hole, punched in my door code, and we screwed the stand onto the bottom of the TV, plugged it in and fired it up, then we left. I had to lock up after us.

Best Buy, to see if they had any low capacity SD cards, they did not, and what they had was about 4x as expensive as I was willing to pay. BB&B next door was also a planned stop. My orange bath mats were faded and dirty, and were in the washing machine (Goodwill will get them eventually). Got some dark blue ones. Looking at the receipt when I entered it in Quicken, the cashier missed the biggest one, so I got out of there for $50 less than expected. I didn't notice at the store, I was distracted by a huge display of Soda Stream cartridges by the checkout counter. SodaStream has had some near-fatal delivery problems, stemming from them manufacturing on the wrong side of the Jordan River, using the wrong labor force. Looks like they are back.

Home, lots delivered. Prostate meds in the mailbox, on the front porch an Amazon box with 100W equivalent (14W actual) LED bulbs which are now in the office lamp, putting out way more light than the 23W CFLs which were in there. Plus an ultrasound washer for my dentures. I put some pennies in with some dish soap. They came out looking the same as they did when they went in. Hmm. Will try the dentures tonight.

A little later, also on the front porch, a big box from Jet.com, 16 lb bag of cat food, 32 oz jar of treats, and a smaller than expected jug of Downy softener. And lots of packing paper.

Got tired of reaching behind the #2 recliner to open and close the shades, so I moved it back under the thermostat (I had moved it across the room for the Nest installation) and the two small cat platforms which had been there are now side by side under the window sill. They had been one on top of the other for a couple of years. Spook is inside the one with the tube. The other is more Zoe size.

This is a pre-bullying photo.

Re-did my Twitch feed, made it simpler, and just a slide show of one of the models from December. It can switch to full frame of me on camera. It's only feeding when my PC is on, which is not very much. If you check it out other times, it's supposed to display a sign from Engrish.com.

Lunch today was broccoli beef steamer. The break room only had 3 people in it when I popped that into the microwave, but before it was done a whole roomful of people came in to make rude noises with the espresso machine and coffee dispenser. And then they were gone. Some very pretty backsides, which is all I see from my table when they only line up at the coffee machines.

Dinner was the last of the Thai curry chicken wings, mashed potatoes and some green peas. Dessert was mango chunks and blueberries - both frozen - while watching PTI and Summer House. I'm going to kill the schedule for the latter, they wear too much clothing too much of the time.

The girl who won gold on the Olympic half-pipe was amazing. And fun. Churros and ice cream between runs - someone brought her a churros ice cream sandwich with home made ice cream. Munchie of champions. I expect to see her on a Cheerios box. All-American girl, parents are Korean immigrants. Legal ones. As far as I know, there are no "dreamers" on the Olympic team.

Oh yeah, first thing I did when I got home was find 4GB micro and full size SD cards, and copy the bits from a USB drive I made at work. Will bring those in tomorrow and update the French boxes.

Plans for tomorrow:
Post a Fat Ash Wednesday greeting on FB
Call Bof A to find out why my credit card payment was canceled. I think Quicken messed up.
Don't Vote

About Florida

It's too late. The guns are already out there.

The only answer I can see is martial law, send the army to everyone's home and confiscate all the guns. But that's not an answer because there will still be a lot of guns hidden away. Or it will start a not-at-all-civil war.

And don't talk to me about Australia. That country was built on a prisoner culture, and their head of state is still the Queen of England. No wars were fought for them to gain their independence - since they are not really independent.


Fat Ash

Slept in, not feeling very motivated. Odd, because for the first time in a week I have a lot of work on my plate. I think I got to work about an hour later than usual. Made up for time I spent working at home last night.

No break room stop, I wasn't that hungry, and had stuff in my lunchbox. Made a tuna salad sandwich as part of getting ready for work, using two frozen slices of bread but salad from the fridge.

Updated the box which needed to be tested today (London manager leaving tomorrow) and it updated just fine but wouldn't get past the welcome screen. Emailed London manager, he gave me the clue I needed, which was adding a file to the USB drive which had let me boot the other unit (which he did not need to bring back with him).

Found time to call B of A. Once again, the app sent me to the wrong department, and when I was transferred to the right one I got a rep who wanted to argue, but she was happy to get her manager on the line, and once he heard the issue, he said he would figure out a way to refund the late fee. First person I talked to said she would reinstate the payment.**

Found lots of issues, ended up staying an hour late to finish. He wanted a second set of tests run that Boss had put together a couple of months ago, but frankly it was a waste of time because it is mostly a video format test, play every possible video format and make sure it works, except this box did not support half the formats. Lots of FAIL.

On my way home I stopped by the Official Hole and left it on Boss' desk.

The place they put the team is horrible. Too small, cramped, people are elbow to elbow and back to back and equipment is all over the place. Nice break room, though, if you like your break room to have a stripper pole and stage. The facilities clowns called it a fireman's pole, because it goes clear through the ceiling to the top of the second floor, but that raised padded area it lands in is for pole dancing.

Home, traffic was lighter because it was late.

Nothing delivered.

**Checked online, BofA did charge me, but did not make the payment, so I did that.

Dried off and boxed up the lame ultrasound (I ordered a better one online at work). Still need to RMA it.

Dinner was turkey leg - I still have a lot of those in the fridge freezer - mixed veggies topped with shrimp. Longans for dessert.

Watched PTI, and some of the Olympic slalom, and half of The Bachelor. One very confused woman bowed out. She did a lot of face sucking while she was saying goodbye. This bachelor doesn't seem to have a preference, all the woman who are left are very different, none of them seem to have a strong connection to him. Each date he adapts to whomever is there. I'll watch more later. The "missing person" girl is still in the race. Amusing because if she is given a rose, she gets to bring him home to her momma, the one who reported her missing when she was actually filming the show, and had told mom not to expect to hear from her till it was over.

Did a little on the Twitch stream, learned how to layer things, and how to create different views which can easily be switched between. One is a slide show, the other is a full screen of me from my PC camera.

Plans for tomorrow:
Maybe CHM, I can't remember if I made a reservation, so I emailed to ask, and be put on the wait list if not.