July 13th, 2019


12:30AM and counting. I always knew I worked best under pressure

Way late, which is bizarre because I was ready to write this 3 hours ago but fell down the Voice blind auditions rabbit hole. Stumbled on a 10 most difficult songs compilation, and I'm all WTF, how is Boy George a judge? Turns out the collection included clips not just from the US but also Australia, France, Brazil and UK. Trouble is the collection only showed the song, it didn't show the judge's comments after, so I had to look up a couple of them in the full versions.

This one has all the feels:
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And this one because she is so adorable but sings so strongly:
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But I'm getting behind myself.

The usual breakfast, plus a Kind bar later. Email started with a rejection from study.com, which made me seriously depressed, because it would have been great to work there. And because I didn't even get to a second interview. No other follow-ups today, hope is seriously fading. One new email, sent twice, from a guy who claims to be named John Victor, and lists his location as Milpitas. His photo & education says he's from India, but his company is based here. Anyhow, I replied asking why he sent the email twice, and why the title says manual tester but the description is for an automation engineer. No answer.

I had time to read all my favorite news sites. It amazes and annoys me that the home pages of the Canadian and British broadcasting services have more news from the USA than their own countries.

Twitch had two storm chasers on their way to Louisiana. One of them was only on for an hour or so, the other, who started out in South Dakota, is still streaming - now from his motel room somewhere outside NOLA.  

I forget what I watched on Tivo. Lunch was a smaller version of yesterday - 4 ha gow and one siapow. Siapow apparently is the Tagalog word for Cha Sua Bow, BBQ pork steamed bun. Thais call it Salapow or Sarapow, and I ate a lot of them in Bangkok, but they became an Event when I was making monthly trips across the peninsula from Haad Yai to Phuket. The bus always stopped at a spot in Pangna province just before the turnoff leading to the bridge. There was someone there who sold plastic sleeves with about a dozen big salapow for maybe $1, and I always bought one to last me the week I was on the island. That local bus ride was about 5 hours long, and this was the "are we there yet?" intersection.

Took a nap at about 2, Spook was already in the bed, and didn't move when I got in.

More storm chasers, also added favorites to my new Twitch ID. Last night I emailed the local tech crimes unit asking for advice on stopping the troller. I'm sure that's a zero priority for them.

At 3:05 there was a lot of noise outside, and my carport cam showed a delivery being made. It was the pressure washer.

Eventually I got out of bed and rescued it from the top step. Not too heavy, box in a box. This was a refurb, so no surprise that the inner box was dented. The unit was fine. It took a while to assemble, and I had to hunt for the nozzles which were cleverly hidden in slots on the side of the main unit. Then I set it aside because there was a lot of tropical storm coverage on TWC, and some stuff on Tivo. At 6 or so I asked Alexa what time sundown was, it said I had 2 1/2 hours, so plenty of time to try the washer.

Took it outside, hooked it up to the A/C outlet (had to pull out the car charger plug), screwed in the garden hose, untangled the pressure hose from the very long A/C cord. Aimed the stream at the algae and it cut it like butter. Yay!

It was sunny out there so I put the washer gun down, got my sun hat from the car and applied SPF50 to both arms.

It took about an hour to clear the ramp and the section above it. The areas around the gutter spouts also needed a squirt. But after that was done there were still a lot of rust-like stains which the washer had no effect on. Light orange, no idea what they were, because there is no source for rust - all the cars I've parked there were new-ish, and rust-free.

Disassembled the washer and put it in the shed. Went online and discovered that the orange stains are a common problem - they are caused by pyrites and ferrous minerals in the concrete coming to the surface and oxidizing. The solution seems to be vinegar, which I have a lot of from my pickling days.

The clean-up was my aerobics for the day. Plopped into the recliner, turned on the fan and watched more TWC, which was pre-empting the reruns to cover the tropical storm, which had fooled them by slowing from 6 mph to 3 mph and losing 10 mph in wind velocity. They sure know how to kick a dead horse at TWC.

Enough of that, there were two episodes of Love Island, one TMZ and one PTI to watch. Love Island wasn't so good, the women spent most of the episodes in non-revealing clothing, though it was open shirt weekend for the guys. One of them kept twerkng his pecs, highly annoying.

Except for the pressure washing, it was a depressing and boring day. I didn't feel hungry enough for more than salad for dinner, and later a can of crab meat and even later some peanut butter. Blew off pizza night. Also blew off getting a manicure.

Plans for tomorrow:
See if vinegar works on the orange stains
Watch storm chasers & TWC
There's an auction at the local auction house, but I need to not buy any more Stuff
Maybe a Goodwill run?

Vinegar is a lie, trifle can be a major production

Stayed in bed till almost noon, so the usual breakfast was sort of lunch. I peeled and sliced two of Lee's apples and drizzled honey on them for a snack.

As planned, I poured some vinegar on the rust colored concrete, let it set, brushed it and hosed it down. No change.

Spook took over the bed when I got up. Actually before I got up.

Took my shopping list to Lucky's and bought all the things for Nancie's trifle recipe. Her way everything is made from scratch - the pudding, the cake, the whipped cream. I bought a Sarah Lee frozen pound cake, canned whipped cream and Jello vanilla and chocolate pudding cups. Also bought strawberries - they were on sale and I wasn't sure I had enough in the fridge. I knew I had enough blueberries, so I passed on those. Also got some salad stuff, HB eggs, Hagen Daaaaas Irish cream ice cream squares, and a $12 bottle of cheap cream sherry (1500 ml). Nancie did not include booze in her recipe, but her historical write-up mentions sherry.

On the way home, got caught in stupidity traffic. The city is making handicap ramps on some of the corners of the road I take to and from Lucky's. The alternate route is under major construction, so not an option. Idiot city workers didn't finish the ramp, so they left the chunks in place, surrounded by heavy duty barriers, and closed off one lane at a spot where three main roads converge at a 3-way traffic light. There's really no excuse for that.

Put stuff away except for the trifle ingredients which I staged for later.

Checked in on the storm chasers, they had all given up on Barry doing any major damage and went home. Metal detect guy was with geocaching gal, and she ended her stream early too. Last night I watched my favorite over-endowed Thai DJ for a little while. She has been working out.

TWC has invested millions in deploying "meteorologists" all over the NOLA area, and even though the storm has fizzled out they continue to cover it as if it is still a major catastrophic event. There is some minor flooding, and as expected a lot of power outages because the South doesn't know how to enforce standards, if they even have them.

Delivered was a pack of Roombah brushes. Looking at the arlo cam recording it happened when I was shopping.

Tomorrow I will make a house call for a friend whose PC is being weird. Also a chance to chat. I wanted to call middle sister and talk but she was at a baseball game.

Dinner was thinly sliced beef from the Korean market with caramelized onions & garlic, in Bulgogi sauce. It was horrible - the beef was all gristle. Now I know why it was 1/3 of the price of the ribs. I never even got to the rice underneath before my jaw surrendered.

Made the trifle, it took about 40 minutes, partly because the berries had to set a while to release syrup after adding sugar. It's in the fridge till tomorrow.

For dessert I made a mini trifle, just a small bowl of cake pieces, sherry, strawberries , chocolate pudding and whipped cream. Pretty close to my usual dessert.

Watched a lot of Roy and Lone. There was an ex on the beach recording but it was just a 3-minute teaser. :-(

Two CFL games. I ffed one to the last 5 minutes and forgot to watch and deleted the other by accident. I'm not a big fan of Canadian football - they bend over backwards to pretend they are Canadian and not what they really are - a dumping ground for failed and discriminated against American players. I am surprised CK hasn't gone there, considering how much he disrespects the USA.

Plans for tomorrow:
Get out of bed at a reasonable hour
4:30 visit to friend's place
Take the undies out of the dryer and put them away