February 25th, 2019



All the things and then some accomplished today, and it was a lot of aerobic exercise.

Stayed in bed till 10:30 because I was up very late and I knew I had a lot of work to do and was not real eager to face it. I had it all planned out in my head since waking up, which made it more daunting.

Wore a t-shirt for a change - I have about a hundred of them, hanging in the closet arranged by subject. Upper left is theater, then sci-fi then humor followed by shirts with my name on them. Lower left is Thailand, then international travel. Upper right is right to left - Seattle then CA travel and X-rated.

So from the upper right came Niles Canyon RR. Purple & yellow on blue.

Breakfast banana & HB egg while I checked FB and the full backup of drive E, my 8TB drive which has about 4 TB of photos and videos and all my docs. It takes all day, backing up to an 8TB NAS drive. I turn off the display most of the day. Also have to make room for the new series of backups by deleting the previous Drive E backups.

There was one storm chaser active and later the metal detector guy. But first:

-moved the coffee table and recliner off of the main rug
- tossed all the small throw rugs and the TV antenna pieces onto the sofa
- vacuumed the big rug
- rolled up the big rug along its short side and leaned it against the piano
- vacuumed the carpet
- took the full kitchen trash bag outside to the garbage bin and moved things to clear a path for the new rug from the laundry room to the living room
- emptied the vacuum into the now-empty kitchen trash
- maneuvered the big rug into the living room, and little by little unfolded it and pulled it into place
Spook helped. She loved playing on all the bumps and ridges like it was an E ticket ride

The new rug is a lot longer and wider than the old one, so only one of the three throw rugs was placed partway under the sofa and partway out to hide the surround sound speaker wire
- moved the recliner back in place onto the new rug
- moved the coffee table back in place
- rolled up the two not-used rugs
Plopped into the recliner, turned on the fan, and recovered for a bit. Got some soda water & ice from the kitchen and plopped back into the recliner again.

Online, checked to confirm Goodwill accepted area rugs. Put the three rugs into the car, drove them to the big Goodwill between MV and Sunnyvale, and donated them.

On to Ranch 99 which has car chargers - my battery was down to 20%, good for 33 miles. None of the chargers was free. Parked in a waiting space and went shopping. Lamyay, mainly.

Back to the car, someone else had plugged in to the next available machine. Boo hiss.

Home for a pit stop, then to Grocery Outlet. Both charging stations choked on me. Evgo support was no help, wanted to blame it on my car.  Bought some stuff on my list at GO then home and plugged the car into the trickle charger. It's too cold and windy to go back to GO and try again tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

Home again, low blood sugar from all the exercise, medicated with ice cream sandwiches bought for the purpose at GO.

Watched more live streams, then baked some popcorn chicken and ate it with hummus** and nuked some creamed corn. Dessert was mango chunks and grapes. Watched most of the AAF game, Birmingham Iron vs Atlanta Legend. I don't know how Atlanta rates a team, or where these people came up with the stupid names. Birmingham won, both teams showed why their players are not in the NFL. I think 90% of the passes were dropped. Few of the running plays got past the line of scrimmage. They don't do kickoffs and extra points are only 2-point plays, kickers only get to punt and kick field goals. I think if kickoffs are banned so should punts be. Just give the ball to the other team x yards past the line of scrimmage.

** Next time, use the ranch dressing dip

Drank one more tall can of Thai tea. Love that stuff.

Collected the rest of the garbage and wheeled the bin to the curb. No longer recycling, so there is more in the garbage bin because Sunnyvale has failed miserably to find buyers for most of our recycled waste.

Watered all the indoor plants. Spook likes to dip her paw into the water under the big orchid to groom herself. It's charming to see her jump onto the table and lay down under the big leaves and do that. If I try to video her, she bolts.

Plans for tomorrow:
Phone interview at 10 am with Tesla QA manger. They sent me a URL to log into during the call.
Try to top off the car battery at GO
Maybe get my nails done
Maybe get a massage

Getting Closer

Up with the alarm, but got caught on the tablet, this time with a new novel by one of my favorite Sci-fi writers. The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal. I like her writing because she has a knack for surprise twists and a positive message, but this one begins with much of the east coast being blown off the map.

When I went to take a shower, AG called, missed it. Monday morning I should have expected it.

But I was also waiting for a 10 am Tesla hiring manager phone interview, so taking my meds & breakfast was a priority.

The call went well, he asked all the right questions, no coding required. The deal is a contract-to-hire arrangement, which is reasonable these days.

The car had been plugged in overnight, but only got up to 60%, so I went looking for chargers. The ones at Grocery Outlet are flaky, the next nearest is supposed to be in the Great America/Levi's parking lot but I couldn't find it. Could be in the garage, but that would cost $$ to park. Next on the map was in the convention center [free] garage a block away. After a lot of driving around, I found a fast charger but it belongs to Blink, a network I had not linked my card to, and online it wouldn't link. So back to Ranch 99, which had a free DC charger. I plugged in and was planning on staying in the car, but remembered I had a short shopping list so I ducked into Nob Hill Foods for half an hour. Expensive trip, I bought a whole cooked Dungeness crab, and all their S-B 82% chocolate bars which were $2 off. Also some Polident and band aids. The plastic ones because the cloth ones unravel. And some HB eggs. And a Sarah Lee banana cream pie.

Home, only junk mail. Put stuff away. Gave Spook some treats. Watched a storm chaser on Twitch who was pointed at a light house on Lake Ontario in NY which was awash in wind-blown waves. Turned on the TV, TWC showed his stream and played an interview with him.

Caught up with the metal detector guy and the regular storm chaser who may actually have a storm to chase tomorrow.

Nuked the rest of the creamed corn for an appetizer, then took apart the crab, put the big shell & innards in a plastic bag and the good stuff on a plate. Brought out a bottle of bleu cheese dressing, poured some of that into the little bowl the corn had been in, got out a fondue fork and a walnut cruncher. Grabbed some paper towels, filled a glass with cola and sat down in front of the TV to watch TWC and bull riding (flip between them to avoid commercials) and little by little consumed the crab with blue cheese dressing as a dip.

Spook loves crab, so I tossed her small pieces from time to time.

This all started after 3 pm, so not lunch or dinner. Dessert was a small piece of banana cream pie which was not quite defrosted yet. I'll leave it out for a while before putting it back into the fridge.

Vacuumed up the mess, Spook found one more large piece to hunker down  on.

Email from the Tesla recruiter with all-good feedback from the hiring manager, and asking me for dates/times which would be good for me to go for an on-site visit/interview. Yay!

No actual dinner, but I baked some Pepperidge Farms apple turnovers, have eaten 2 so far. And a large spoonful of PNB. And an ice cream sandwich. Ginger ale with real ginger.

Watched PTI, today's only Tivo recording. Bachelor is recording right now, probably will watch it tomorrow.

Emailed the Blink support folks when their online registration didn't work, they said they will take my info and set it up through the back end. That set of chargers are almost as convenient as the ones at GO, 2 miles further. But in the garage, and there are several 240v ones as well as the two DC chargers.

Spook has been mostly trying out various spots on the rugs, but seems to prefer wedging herself between her scratcher/bungee balls toy and the sheepskin rug. Go figure.

Printed the rent check. Used less electricity but way more gas.

Plans for tomorrow:
Call AG if he doesn't call first
Online stuff till after lunch.
I don't think Tesla will want me to come in tomorrow, so get my nails done
Hang out with the laptop at Starbucks
Maybe check out The Umbrella Academy on Netflix
Watch The Bachelor - home visits. Should be interesting. He's a chameleon. All the parents will feel comfortable with him except maybe the black one.