September 29th, 2018


Long Day, longer night

Nothing to do today. Had to delay lunch by half an hour because there was a ping pong final, the place was SRO. Nuked my spaghetti & meat sauce - interesting that the same brand with meatballs had lots more salt. Mango for dessert, brought along a soup spoon to scoop it out of the halves, in the skin. Yummy.

Munched on pistachios all day, some from home some from the break room.

4:30 Boss comes in all about some tests she wanted run on the crap TV, two out of three I had run and emailed her at the time. Confused the hell out of me. #3 was a bug she had found with NP but had not bothered to tell me about.

I bailed right after that so I wouldn't get trapped by amphitheater traffic control. Needed to get across Shoreline to CHM. Parked there, walked across to Starbucks and met Janice will 6:30, then CHM for the sci fi short movie festival. It was the same one from Worldcon plus one more, but due to Worldcon having the movies 4 blocks from the con hall and me having a panel I needed to be at, I missed all but the last 5 or so. Audio at CHM was awful, I couldn't make out half the dialog. Good thing most of them either didn't have any or had subtitles.

That was true of my favorite one, Multiverse Dating For Beginners.

Home, nothing delivered. Printed the rent check. Will bring it in tomorrow and see if I can trade the 10-year lease agreement for a 5-year.

Dinner was skinless chicken thigh in broth with shrimp won tons. Bland, even with the basil leaves.

Watched PTI and the very short interview with the new Doctor. Channel surfed but Geico is everywhere.

Plans for tomorrow:
Maybe do some cooking.
How Electronics

More stuff

So my cable modem, which is 3.0 and 4 years old has been cutting out a lot, and very slow. Comcast resets it by remote control and it's fine for a while. They say there are not issues in my area. So I spent some time online at work to find as newer better modem, but realized I did not know which model I had, and since I had not bought it online I had no way to check from work.

When I got home I spent some time online and ran into a nose/spite/face issue. The most suggested modems were Motorola and Arris. And thereby hangs a tale. The part of Motorola which made modems was bought by Arris. So was the part I worked for. After they laid us all off, I did not want to buy any of their products. While I was at Arris, August 2014, I beta tested their SBG6700-AC modem and it worked great. But it was also a wi-fi router and I wanted those separate - more ethernet ports that way. But it's a 3.0, so not an option anyway.

Current one is a Netgear C600, so I ordered a C1100. Should see it tomorrow or Sunday.

It will be a bit of a PIA, because I'll have to change the IP addresses of all the web cams on my web site & on the phone & tablet because new modem gets a new IP, which is used by port forwarding. I think the router settings stay the same.


Cook Like A Master Chef Day

Since I packed all my events into yesterday and was up reading till 3 am, and there was very little on my agenda, I shopped for All The Things and cooked. And watched football. And twitched.

The alarm went off at 9, and I told Google Home to shut up and slept till 10. Which annoyed me somewhat because I wanted to scan the lease agreement & take it to the community center to be signed at 10.

At about 11:30 I got to the center, dropped off the rent, but the manager was AWOL as advertised, and the receptionist did not have any of the shorter term leases to give me. Apparently the game plan for the park was 10-year leases for everyone. That's the opposite of how it's usually done - usually when your long term first lease is over, you get to go year-to-year by default. They do offer that, as well as month-to-month, but I'd be okay with another 5-year, I think. The one thing which made me not want the 10-year is a clause buried in the back of the lease which says that if you sell the house, the buyer is obligated to take over the lease. It makes the place harder to sell, and I don't see myself staying here another 10 years. Or even another 5, actually. Anyhow, I'll try again next Saturday before the photo shoot. PIA because every one of the 47 pages has to be initialed. Effing lawyers.

Next stop: Grocery Outlet because while I had all the raw chicken in the freezer for several recipes, I had none of the veggies which would un-bland them. Celery, carrots, peeled garlic cloves, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms.

Also got strawberries and grapes, because GO has great prices, and a quart of 2%, and chocolate mochi, and I found a shepherd's pie frozen lunch which was only 500 g of sodium. They did not have any frozen breaded fish fillets, but they did have a new to me brand of clam chowder and crab bisque. Dark chocolate milanos were on sale, and since I had not yet eaten and was running low on blood sugar, I bought a pack and ate some on my way home. Also got some packs of seaweed, low sodium (I was surprised), and walnut halves. Rye bread and big croissants too. I should have bought Swiss cheese but ruled that out till the one slice in the fridge was consumed.

Home, put away all the things, mostly. Cut a croissant in half, inserted American cheese and beef bologna, and nuked that for lunch. Then I got out the mango splitter and de-pitted 8 very ripe ones, sliced the innards into chunks and put them in two storage tubs in the fridge.** I felt bad about all the mango juice I didn't save.

Filled all the hummingbird feeders. No red this time.

The cats have been having fun figuring out the new arrangements. I moved one platform back to where it was before I moved the tree from the guest room to the piano room. Spook likes watching the hummingbirds from the far right window sill. They take turns guarding the neighborhood from the center window sill. Spot has been teaching himself how to open all the cabinets. And he also has been burrowing under the livingroom rug.

Watched some random college football, somehow thought the UW was playing Notre Dame away. But that was Stanford, UW played later, crushing BYU. BYU's logo is now just a Y, and it looks just like the Yahoo! logo. Made me laugh.

Watched a couple of Twitch streams, a woman whose moniker is ThatChickParker, which I had misread yesterday as ThaiChickParker. She is petite and looks like she could be Thai, but isn't. She went to Seattle today to an indoor skydiving place. 2 hours of prep for about a minute of flying. She was ripped off. But she looks excellent in a jump suit. Yesterday they toured Astoria, which was fun to watch. My first real newspaper job was layout editor/photographer for the Astoria daily paper. I missed their trip up the column. They because she has a full time videographer.

At about 7:30 I got off my butt and did the chicken thing. defrosted in both microwaves 7 drumstick/thigh combos, put three each into separate baking dishes.

First one got enough chicken broth to cover the bottom, then the chicken, and on top and between went garlic cloves, celery, carrots and mushrooms. Then a whole chopped onion. Sprinkled home grown rosemary, basil and oregano, and some freshly ground black pepper. No salt need apply.

Heated the oven to 350° while I covered the bottom of the pan with **mango chunks, about 4 mangoes worth. Three chicken combos on top, then garlic cloves, celery, carrots and mushrooms, and sliced yellow and red bell peppers. Oregano and basil.

Covered both with Al foil, and into the oven for 90 minutes, then uncovered for 10.

Mango chicken. The yellow are bell pepper strips.

Savory chicken.

They came out well. Dinner was one mango chicken serving, with mochi for dessert.

And diet cola.

Somewhere in there I removed the plastic covering from the livingroom sofa, and placed the disruptor where it would discourage pee-ing. It's in the outdoor garbage bin now.

Still to do tonight - at least one episode of My Cat From Hell.

Plans for tomorrow:
If it's raining, stay inside and watch football
Otherwise maybe go to the park & read. Or Pete's
Litterbox refills expected. Amazon says Monday for the modem. I may go to Fry's and get one instead of waiting.