July 28th, 2020


Monday Nofun Day

Up at 7, Spook was shower cat. Back to bed till 9, she left when I brushed my teeth. She was everywhere today.

The usual morning routine, called the doctor's billing department, it went to "leave your number, we'll get back to you" I did but they didn't. I probably left enough info that they don't need to.

Boots is no longer on the adoption menu :-(

Called the body shop, my rep was not working, they had no clue. About 5 pm a tech called and said they are waiting on a pair of 19¢ clips, it should be done tomorrow or Wednesday.

Plumber confirmed 12-2 pm window tomorrow.

Delivered to the PO boxes: 3 pairs of compression socks & a 40" plush panda. Picked those up around 10:30 pm when it got cooler. Also took in the garbage bins.

Delivered earlier was an Arris Surfboard cable modem. I had beta tested an earlier model when I worked at Arris. Surfboard is Motorola's trademark, but Arris completely redesigned the modem, and it is smaller and faster and less prone to overheating. Major redesign improvement.

Cox doesn't have phone tech support so I had to wait 10 minutes for chat support on my phone to get the modem activated. (no Internet, needed to use data). The chat box on the phone was awkward but we got it to work. Tech knew her stuff.

Ordered 3 sandwiches and some chips from Capriotti's, they advertise a lot on local TV. Set a 7 pm delivery time, Door Dash delivered 15 minutes early. I had the Waygu beef cheesesteak for dinner. The beef was excellent, so was everything else inside, but the roll was narrow and soggy. I have a pastrami sandwich and a sausage sandwich in the fridge. The chips were okay, still have 3/4 of a bag left.

I wasted too much of the day trying to get the Roomba to work. Finally called iRobot support, 20 minute wait but good tech - she couldn't understand why a factory reset didn't let me connect, so I gave her the serial number and it seems this unit has been registered 42 times. The first one wins, and only the original owner can free it. iRobot can't see the owner info. So, packaged it up and got an RMA from Amazon. Ordered a new one directly from iRobot.

Also delivered was the Canon scanner. Its software is non-intuitive but once I stumbled on the settings I was able to set it up almost the way I wanted. It has a center feed, with guide brackets on both sides, easily adjusted for different photo sizes, but an edge feed would have been better.

If it does 2-sided I haven't found that yet, but I scanned a dozen photos of various sizes as JPGs, to a folder on the PC. Ordered a USB extension cable so I could place the scanner in a more convenient location.

Come to think of it, I can put it on a tray table.

Watched 90 Day - pillow Talk. It's very entertaining. successful 90 day couples critique and badmouth the current contestants.

Nuked NFL Live.

BASFA zoom meting 8-8:30
Streamed 8:45-9:30

Last night I watched a lot of the protests in Portland. The feds are out of their minds. They need to go home. Portland folks are smart, they use lacrosse sticks to catch tear gas cannisters and lob them back. Industrial fans and leafblowers disperse the gas back into the feds' faces. Plastic shields pushed up against the fence block the rubber bullets and gas cannisters. laser pens annoy them.  And now the feds are targeting medics and reporters. This is what the 1st, 2nd and 4th amendments are supposed to  prevent.

Plans for tomorrow:
Toilet install noon-ish
Car may be done in the afternoon
Ask about a cat named MeowMeow who looks like a B&W calico

And now Cox Internet/TV is down. Scared me I thought it was the modem.
Back on in 20 minutes


Woken up just before 8 by a spam caller claiming she was following up on a letter I was sent about getting better Medicare coverage. Spam because I'm working with a medicare expert, who said I can't change anything till open enrollment in October. Hung up on the spammer.

Up by 8:30, the usual morning things, no storm chaser because no storms. Too early for protest marches on a work day.

Scanned some more photos. Tried to What'sApp my sister in Israel but she couldn't not hear me. Tried my sister in Baltimore who said she had the same issue with Israel, and use Facebook messenger. Israeli sis needed 45 minutes, so I called her then. That worked well. She said she didn't think the photog who took her wedding photos would still have them. She already had the album replaced before, shortly after the wedding when all her stuff was stolen from the rental car in Italy. She says I was at her wedding, and there were photos of me. It's a puzzle why the parents and grandparents didn't have any. And yes, it was the week after my college graduation. She wants more pix of her children when they were little than I expected, but that's do-able. She has wedding photos of the two daughters I have the most of, so that saves some scanning.

Plumber arrived at 1, toilet replaced quickly. Same company as last time, different tech. 

Email from UPS said they had a package for me to pick up, so I took the Roomba return there, had the bad luck to be behind two sets of customers who needed many pages faxed and were not prepared. Took 20 minutes.

The package to be picked up was some syrups from SodaStream, the outer box was completely destroyed. The syrups were packed 4 each in two very sturdy boxes, and though they has syrup stains on and in them, none of the containers had been breached. There was also a well protected glass bottle of apple flavoring which was intact.

Stopped at the mailbox, in the storage bin there were two packages. One was an ebay shipment of a lot of undies from China, a week earlier than expected, and a bottle of Vitamin D from Amazon. My last bottle was gel caps 10,000 units. After consulting my doc's web site and double checking it seems I only need 800 units a day, probably less since there is a lot of sunlight here and I make lime sodas all the time. This bottle was 1,000 units per capsule, closest I could come to 800.

One gripe about the 12-pack of undies is this brand attaches the cleaning instructions to each unit with a tiny safety pin. PIA to remove them all.

So far the new toilet has passed its first test. I miss having the push buttons on top and am back to a lever on the side.

Body shop rep called at 3:15 to say he was picking my car up from the dealership where it had been inspected & tweaked. He had some things to do on it at the shop, and it would be ready tomorrow noon-ish. Text at 5:15 from the shop said it was done, but they close at 5:30. Also, the text was not from my rep so I don't trust it.

Had to look online to find the gas cap lever on the Sentra. Can't be seen easily from the driver' seat, have to be outside the car. Ditto the hood release. I'll fill it up before I drive it to the shop.

Spook has been experimenting with ways to use the too-small cat bed. I hope she likes the bigger one on its way from Chewy.

No new adoptable cats listed.

Streamed for an hour again. One local chatter and one from Chile.

Half a Capriani's pastrami sandwich and some chips, and watermelon for dinner.

Plans for tomorrow:
Call the shop. If the car is ready, head out there with a fuel stop on the way. And remember to bring the check from the insurance company.
Nails appointment, if they have any openings
I may need to bring the car home to charge it.
Return the ClearClick scanner
Note 10 phone should arrive. Need to install the Verizon sim and may need to authorize it.