July 8th, 2019



After the usual morning stuff, and verifying none of the storms were being chased, it was time to address some of the stuff on the annual inspection sheet from the park. They wanted the driveway power washed, which is a crock - there is no reason to do that unless they want it clean enough to eat off. I'm chalking that instruction up to their incorrect assumption that I park oil-dripping cars there. The driveway did need some cleaning, so I hosed it down, got most of the leaves off which had jammed into corners and against the sides. Cleaned the dirt out of all the cracks and seams. There is some algae growing on the ramp, I should see if Lowe's or Home Despot has something I can splash on that.

Next item was also bogus - weeding. I'd been weeding all month, yesterday when they inspected there were none left, I think they don't know a California poppy when they see a bunch of them growing like weeds.

Clean off the steps and walkway - that did need to be done. Mostly dried exploded poppy seed pods and leaves from the dogwood across the street. My broom did not do an adequate job on the carpeted steps, I got closer with the dust buster, but I should try my real vacuum, though it is not designed for steps. I don't have a working outdoor a/c outlet on that side of the house (long story) so would have to shut Spook into a room and open the front door, run the cord from the piano room.

So much for the inspection notes.

Indoors, replaced fairly new batteries in the kitchen indoor/outdoor temp/humidity station and it started picking up the outdoor sensor again. Measured each of the three original batteries and they were each down about 1/8. Should not have made a difference.

The "meh" Duncan Hines chocolate cake & icing was fed into the disposal. I may or may not try something from scratch.

Spook slept on the bed most of the night. She wandered back to the floor of the guest room, but in the morning when I went in and petted her she came back to the bed. Later she sunned herself on the bedroom window sill which has the not-open window. Hmmm. I wonder if the pheromone diffuser on the other side has outlived its usefulness.
Watched some Roy Rodgers. Both were early episodes before Dale Evans was married to him. In the first one she ran a cafe, the second she owned a ranch somewhere near Roy's.

No real lunch, just a Kind bar. Did a load of laundry - shirts. Spook helped.

Finally got off my butt and into the car. Drove around to the other side of 101 and found what I think was the site of the fireworks display - a school with a huge park behind it. No trees, lots of open space and public access to the paved sports courts. Acres of room to set off serious fireworks, and in the right direction and distance.

Continued on from there, settled into the Bat Cave Starbucks by Lucky's. I call it that because a couple of years ago for about a year the strip mall was putting up new facades, and had scaffolding and boards up around the outside & door, making it cave-like. After seeing that there were tables free with a nearby outlet, I got the laptop from the car and sipped on a chocolate cookie crumble frapp. I did not last long - there was zero eye candy, and the air con was freezing.

Home, put the shirts away and ironed about a dozen Hawaiian ones. I should probably Goodwill half of those.

Been exchanging messages on FB with someone I had a huge crush on, who married, had a kid, and I haven't heard from her since - until a couple of months ago when she messaged that her son was in college down here, and she was planning to visit. She lived in Toronto, we met first when I went to Hamilton for an IRC chat party, and then again in winter of 2000 when the company I was working for sent me to Toronto to teach a class. Anyhow, she wants to know if she can visit when she's here. Of course she can. If I'm still here. She's talking October.

Dinner was a crap shoot. Mini beef meatballs and mixed veggies microwaved, then poured onto a couple of slices of sourdough rye with mustard and swiss cheese. Acceptable sandwich. Lamyay for dessert.

Plans for tomorrow:
Job hunt
Vacuum the front steps. Maybe the carport steps too - easier because there's an outlet on that side.
Lowe's - algaecide. I bet they have it in the pool supplies.
Bring in the garbage bins as they are collected.
Look in Nancie's Southern Cakes book for something very chocolate. I have flour, eggs and milk. Maybe need a GO stop for icing

It Must Be Monday

Because before I even woke up, my phone was blaring my notification tune, because next door a-hole neighbor tripped the carport camera sensor. Instead of being a normal human and walking across his porch and down the steps to get to his back yard, he goes down the porch front steps and tromps along the 2-foot-wide gravel path between my carport and his porch. Bozo.

Also knew it was Monday because before I even had breakfast three different phone numbers with the same area code and prefix and first 2 digits rang my phone. Followed by three email messages from different recruiters at the same agency, all Indians, with the same job description. I sent them all one email reply saying figure out who wants to handle this. One of the three responded and phoned. Just after I sent him the "okay to submit me" email, one of the others emails asking when he can call. He was the one whose subject line began "As we discussed" even though we had never discussed anything.

It's for a contract at Tivo. I'd love to work there again, but the last two times I applied - crickets.

Another opportunity came up later in the day, a rare manual test position at Amazon.

And the rest of the day was recruiter-free.

Drove to Lowe's, they had exactly what I was looking for, a solution which claimed to get rid of mold and algae on driveways in 30 seconds. Bought three containers - they are designed to hook up to a garden hose.

Took those home, sprayed a can's worth on the driveway ramp with the green stuff. Rinsed it off. Not any noticeable improvement. Read the directions, it said leave the stuff on for at least 15 minutes, so I attached a second container and sprayed again, then went inside for an hour. Back outside, the part of the ramp which was not discolored was cleaner but now the algae is brown-orange.

Earlier I had tried diluted bleach, and it did a slightly better job. I think tomorrow I'll buy more bleach and pour it on directly. There's also a theory that vinegar will work, but I'm not believing that.

Finished the curried shrimp on rice for lunch. Around 12:30 I was feeling very tired and a little dizzy. BP meter said 94/53 which is pretty low for me. Pulse of 59 a tad low too. Hgl was also low - 88. Self-medicated with some ice cream.

Spook had claimed the bed, so I took the livingroom sofa. Fell asleep 3 times, deep sleep, disoriented waking up each time.

Moved to the PC, watched a couple of storm chasers who were within a few miles of each other, both of them got rained on but no lightning or funnel clouds.

Back to the recliner, watched some Roy Rodgers, PTI, Lone Ranger, To Tell The Truth. I really should have played the piano.

Dinner time, I noshed on some turkey bologna, then decided to do something with the 8 skinned chicken thighs I'd defrosted overnight.

Yellow curry. Deboned the thighs, cutting the meat into bite-sized pieces as I went along. Put a little peanut oil in the wok, braised the chicken pieces and set them aside.

Trying to open the second of three cans of coconut milk the electric opener broke, so I went to manual. Poured the three into the wok, added about 2 Tbsp of yellow curry paste, then raided my lazy susan for bamboo shoots, baby corn, straw mushrooms and water chestnuts. Had to fish the latter out of the wok - they had turned gray. I had 4 more cans so no worries. Let that simmer for a while, added the chicken and turned the burner down to low. Simmered for 90 minutes, stirring from time to time in between segments of TMZ.

The liquid was too thin, so I dissolved 2 Tbsp of corn starch in a cup of warm water and added it. Stirred it in and let it simmer, but it needed more, so one more dose.

The mixture may need more curry paste, but that can wait until I eat it. I figure this batch will fill at least 4 freezer containers. Tomorrow morning will label the lids and ladle the portions in. One will go into the fridge the rest in the freezer.

What else? Oh, garbage and garden bin were collected early, but the recycles were later. In the mail were two items for people who don't live here, and another piece of spam from Sirius. Nissan includes a free 3-month trial, which I am not interested in. But unlike Ford, whose remote app worked without Sirius, Nissan wants $10/month after the trial period, so now my app doesn't work.

In other news, I looked up one company, and found it would cost $700 to have the car delivered to Las Vegas. I doubt I can make the trip without getting stuck somewhere with an empty battery. There's no way to tell. As far as I can tell there are no maps which show the chargers along a route.  And Spook would cry all the way.

Plans for tomorrow:
Curry --> storage
Pour the last container of algaecide directly onto the ramp
If that doesn't work, I need more bleach anyway
Inventory the lazy susan - I may or may not need to make a curry ingredients run.