May 9th, 2019


Senior Momentum

Up and out of bed before 8. Breakfast, FB and then on the road to Home Depot. Returned the sander and battery/charger. $130 refund. $40 was the sander. Online B&D sander was $70, so I come out ahead.

It took 5 minutes to get there, half an hour to get home on the only road across the freeway, during rush hour. It didn't help that two stretches of that road had the right lane closed off. They should have waited a couple of hours - this was scheduled maintenance not emergency stuff. It's a 3-lane road merging into a 2-lane road, with traffic lights which were useless because of the backup.

Watched a couple of storm chasers. Lunch was a steamer bowl - no salad. Mochi.

Watched my usual streamers then some more storm chasers.

Gardening today was only harvesting rose petals. The roses are growing so thick the blooms hide the buds, so I pluck them as soon as they start to shed.

Colorful. The yellow are the most aromatic, red the least. A similar sized bunch had dried and are now in a ziplock bag.

Pulled a couple of bee's friends, but most are still flowering. It won't be long, though, before I'll need to rake the garden to pull them all.

Watched PTI and half of TMZ before streaming. Two chatters, but mostly talked to myself.

It looks like the $800+ insulin (in vials) estimate was actually billed at $92. Due tomorrow, there will be a receipt in the package. There was no estimate for the second order for pens. And no way to see the bill until they send "it has shipped" email. Boo hiss.

While streaming I talked myself into breaking out the flat-bottom wok and making yellow curry shrimp. That turned out to be dinner, and it was excellent. With enough left over for one more meal.
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Watched the last 2/3 of Hostile Planet: The Poles. Bear Gyllis was AWOL until the final 3-minute global warning message. Extreme close-up of his face, he has more wrinkles, and deeper, than the San Andreas fault.

Email from the head of People Ops at Polarr. The CEO punted the chat with me to him. Phone chat tomorrow at 4:30.

Plans for tomorrow:
Try to get out of bed on time
Play the piano
Get on the exercise bike
If the sander arrives early enough, buff out the scratches on the car
4:30 phone interview
howeird profile

Weeds, boredumb and job chat

The usual morning. Spook was elsewhere all night but jumped on the bed when the alarm went off. She wanted (more) treats.

Went through my usual work-day list of news sites. There is a minor princess** in Thailand who is an ace equestrian, I think she has won Olympic gold, I know she has been in charge of training the royal mounted guard. She also is a high fashion clothing designer, and was on the cover of Thai Vogue last month. Her cousin the new king has featured her prominently in the coronation activities, probably more because from 10 feet away she looks super-hot, especially in traditional Thai garb, than because she's related. I don't think she has a pretty face, though, which puts her in the same boat as the other princesses.

Was disturbed by some banging coming from next door. Went outside and Lee was beating the bottom of a big plastic garbage can with a gardening claw. She bought a tree and needed a container to plant it in.

She took advantage of my presence to dead head all my roses and pull up some ground cover which she called weeds growing at the base of the roses. When it comes to gardens, she has no boundaries. I need to take her to Yamagami's.

There are still too many bees to pull up all the bees friend plants. Maybe Saturday.

No storm chasers today.

Lunch was a steamer bowl. I never did go anywhere.

Watched TWC.

Job hunt found two more to apply for. Adobe is a PIA, they parse your resume, but they miss things and make you fill them in by hand.  All errors are a show stopper.

Got email that a package from Kaiser was in my mailbox. Huh? Insulin package does not fit in the mailbox. No insulin today, but insulin pen needles. Insulin due tomorrow. I am running low.

4:30 call came in at 4:35 and it took 3 tries. People Ops manager was using a crappy VOIP app, on a weak connection. Two strikes. The interview  was less structured than most. It sounds like they don't really know what they are looking for, and maybe they want a manager as much as a tester. I'm at a point where I'll accept any offer. I suspect it would be a short term, and after seeing their product I think they are not long for this world. Their first round of funding was 1/4 of what my last startup raised.

Delivered was the sander, it came with a battery & charger & two sanding discs. I'm naming it Bernie.

Watched PTI, TMZ and channel surfed. Pizza for dinner.

Streamed for an hour, had to ban one troller 3x. Finally found a way to report him to Twitch. They don't make it easy. Unfortunately they won't let me remove him from my followers list, so he will get notified every time I go live. Streamers have been complaining about that for years.

Did have a nice chat with 2 regulars.

Plans for tomorrow:
Go somewhere
Try to sand down the scratches on the car.

Edit add:
As it turns out, she is actually the daughter of the new king, and as part of the coronation she received some new, higher titles.