May 24th, 2019


Another late night

Up on time, though the alarm failed to sound, and only one of the two bedroom lights came on. And Spook was nowhere to be seen.

Shower burped a few times but settled down quickly. Expected some of that after the water shut-off yesterday.

Breakfast and online check. Several job queries, none fit me. Phone call from a contract agency which got me the Netflix job, they had something in a lead QA position which sounded like a stretch, in SF, but at least it's a direct contract. Recruiter was a little scattered, did not send a job description.

Turkey franks on buns with sauerkraut and dijon and a side of creamed corn. Ice cream sandwiches (Neopolitan) for dessert.

Played with my Streamlabs app, Discord and Nightbot with a little success. Added a couple of commands, including  command to list the commands.

Watched the usual streamers, and built a multi-window view of four storm chasers, but it was too early in the day for anything exciting.

Delivered were the Jockey shorts. UPS said they delivered, but I didn't see a package in the usual places. Read the notice, and it was a handoff to USPS and in my mailbox.

Watched PTI and TMZ, and then a fascinating NOVA item on finding a Viking army camp and burial grounds in and around Repton, England. During which they proved two of the warriors were father and son, died years apart but buried together with honors.

Time to head to Sunnyvale Theater. The rec campus has all new, pretty, readable signage. That only took 25 years. I was the first one there, at 6:55 for a 7 o'clock meeting. Only 7 others showed. Three musicians, a choreographer and her young daughter and one other actor. There were 3 men from the rec department staff.

Bottom line is many improvements have been made to the theater, including scheduling - they were completely behind the resident theater group having uninterrupted use of the space during shows. The only news was the group which ran the children's theater summer program has gone under, and it was too late for SCP to start a program, so what to do during the summer?

Meeting over before 8, they asked us all for our ideas, and were very responsive. I wish I'd been to the first meeting, which was much better attended. 

Home, salad, dinner was chopped liver and greeben in a bowl, strawberries in whipped cream for dessert.

Streamed for over an hour, no trolls, lots of conversation in the last half hour.

Plans for tomorrow:
None really.
Depends on the weather. Looks to be warm enough to go to Bayshore Park with the camera. And my folding crutch, in case I walk too much.

The Day of the Dead


Every night before I go to bed I tell Google home it's bedtime, and she does this:
1. Tells me the weather for tomorrow
2. Reads the first item on my calendar for tomorrow
3. Asks me what time to set the alarm for
4. Says goodnight
5. Turns off all the lights in the house (usually only the bedroom lights are still on by then)

1:30 am SmartThings turns off all the lights

So at 1:25 I told Google it was bedtime, and nothing happened. Had alexa turn on the bedroom lights and walked over to the Google Home device. It was very warm, and none of the usual things made it light up, let alone be responsive. Unplugged it again and left it on the floor overnight.

First thing this morning, went online and confirmed I had done all the things, but did them again anyway, no change. Looked for the Google RMA department, could nto find it. Google support sends you in a loop, never gives you a phone number. But the FAQ did say the warantee was 2 years, so I looked up my records, and I bought it in November 2016. More than 2 years by more than a little bit.

So on to Google store, ordered a replacement. The regular price today is the sale price from 2016. Free shipping!**


After breakfast and the morning online stuff, I grabbed my camera, put in a fresh battery, grabbed my folding cane and went out to the car intending on going to Baylands park. The door opened, but when I got inside the car it said it didn't detect a key fob. Sure enough, none of the buttons on it worked either. So back inside, looked up online how to change the battery (very non-intuitive). I needed a 2025. I had every other coin battery in the world, but not a 2025.

Got the spare out of the kitchen drawer, drove to Fry's and bought a 4-pack. Replaced the battery, and it worked fine. My battery meter said the one I'd take out was very dead.

My sciatica was killing me all through Fry's, so let's not go walking in the park.

Watched storm chasers on Twitch instead. Saw some tornadoes form, and one of the streamers was also live on The Weather Channel. Very cool.

**4 pm, the replacement Google Home was on my doorstep. It only took 5 minutes to set up since all the data from the dead one was on the cloud.

We can haz electrical devices.

No lunch as such, just nosherie.

Watched PTI and deleted a repeat of Gold Rush which was labeled by Tivo as new. Dinner was a production.  Salad first, then whip up a batch of McCormick brown gravy on the stove, reheat a batch of beef stew from the freezer, boil water for pasta shells. Dinner was beef stew mixed with pasta shells, with brown gravy. It was very good. Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches and baklava dessert.

Paused dinner and Paradise Hotel  2/3 in to stream. Totally talking to myself, and none of the bots were working.

Spook has pushed away her plush triceratops and is now curling up with a battery driven toy which is a solid plastic ball with a wand topped by a feather poking out the top. It rotates for a few minutes when I press a button, and whips the feather around. But she plays with it as a ball when it is not spinning.

Plans for tomorrow:
It looks to be warm and sunny enough to go to the egret nesting area with my camera.
Maybe coffee with friends after