Tuesday, February 28, 2012

28 February 2012

No entry for this date in 1948.

I slept magnificently well last night (note: I harp on sleep because I've been abysmal at it for years now), only woke up a couple of times and not until 5 the last time. Really had a great workout this morning, too, although I had trouble doing the leg press at 405. Think I slept on my left leg wrong.

Came home, read most of the morning and spent much of the afternoon working on a post for Car Lust on 1929. We've not gone past the '50s very much and I only did a couple of times so this is new for me, I really know very little about the early part of last century. Made. . .ummmm, "Calico Beans" for dinner, what we like to call 'bean shit' (old frat-days tale there). Ate too much, had to take some Alka Seltzer to keep my stomach from feeling like I'd swallowed a softball covered with Tabasco. No walking as it is raining/snowing, though the snow part isn't supposed to stick or anything; we'll see tomorrow. Instead we did some cleaning.

Just got an email from Fiona saying she's leaving for LA tomorrow for an interview; I do hope she gets it as she wants to live in southern California, although I should miss her greatly were she to go.

Monday, February 27, 2012

27 February 2012

On this day in 1948: A newspaper clipping showing 4 basketball players mid-game:
IN KANSAS CITY LAST NIGHT -- Sammy White (11), Washington forward, reached out a long arm for a bouncing ball under the U.W. basket as the Huskies whipped Wyoming 57-47, in the NCAA consolation game. No. 3 is Wyoming's Low Doty, while the Wyoming player reaching for the ball is Leonard Larson. Behind him is Bill Vendenburgh.

Obviously they started the NCAA tournament earlier than now (March). Never liked basketball m'self, and refused to even feign much interest when I started chatting with a Husky cheerleader and daughter of the basketball coach (aka, Taylor Romar).

Slept okay last night, woke up twice having minor anxiety attacks but went back to sleep. Today was sunny all day but not warm. After working out I didn't actually do much, except finish the taxes online (TurboTax) and we are getting $5000 back. Which is bad because we've given the stupid government a $5000 interest-free loan. I went to Sam's Club this afternoon to stock up on soda, that was after lunch at the UVil. Also mowed the lawn around 2; it didn't need it all that much, but it should get done once in February as I might not get a chance again until April. This evening I am just reading a history of public health in Egypt rather than doing extensive blogging.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

26 Februar 2012 (Sunday)

On this day in 1948:
Ray went with me to Elizabeth Colborne's funeral and it was a Christian Science. Elizabeth looked beautiful. Then we went to Frederick's & had a chicken sandwich.

Unable to tell whether she actually knew Ms. Colborne or just knew of her. Funeral must have been downtown as that is where the main Frederick & Nelson store was.

Slept badly last night, couldn't get to sleep and then woke up at 4:30. Kinda sucks, I can't have one full weekend of decent sleep. I went to Mass anyway and did not get really sleepy mainly due to the tea that I drank right before going, I think the caffeine kept me alert. Glad I went. Did next to nothing before lunch, then to UVil and back home. Made lousy cookies -- a modified Dove chocolate cookie -- crumbled all up and didn't taste very good. FAIL. Made bitchin' chicken souvlaki for dinner though; I think I shall stick with chicken and pork from now on, apart from yer basic hamburger and what-not.

Cool today and down below freezing overnight, but we were able to walk this evening.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

25 February 2012

No entry for this day in 1948.

I slept until almost 6 this morning. Hallelujah! Had pancakes for breakfast with my new new new Hungry Jack syrup, finally found some more at Target last week. Decided to go to the IMA this morning as well; dunno why, I just decided that I needed to exercise, so I did a couple of leg things, situps, and then rode the bike for a half hour. Not as crowded as I expected it to be, although more people started showing up around the time I was leaving. Northgate for lunch and then the Cloud 9 and Larry's (pets). The former is closing after over 50 years. Truth be told, they didn't have much stuff that I found interesting, but it was a neat little place to go to; apparently, they can't find enough volunteers to help out. After we left, Missy next door said the building used to be a theater and sure enough when we went out and looked closer and sure enough, it looked like an old theater. Looked to be from the 1920s or 1930s deco-ish. Apparently called the Hollywood Theater but I can't find a photo of it. Here's what it looks like today:

Then we went to Peaks for custard -- YUM, best stuff in the world -- and back home. I did some reading and cooked leftovers for dinner. We at least got to walk outside and after typing this I shall turn on the Tube and watch whatever.

Snowed in some areas north, but not much, perhaps some snow over the next few days, but apparently nothing significant and above freezing every day. 46 today.

Friday, February 24, 2012

24 February 2012 (Friday)

Nothing on this day in 1948.

Not a great night: I woke up early, probably 3-ish, after a bad dream that wasn't really, I was trying to help a (very attractive) female ghost but at some point I thought she was going to "get me" (and not in a good way). Finally went back to sleep and had more weird dreams. I didn't feel too bad most of the morning but then was really tired the rest of the day. Didn't get much done, but found another decent book to read about public health in Egypt in the 18th century. Interesting stuff.

I met Fiona at UVil and that was pleasant. Came home and made spaghetti sauce over garlic bread -- I'm starting to do that instead of pasta, though it's better with Jimmie John's bread. It was raining so we walked at Northgate. Mostly rainy today except in the morning. Oh, had yet another epic workout although my back went out during curls, darn it.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

23 February 2012

No diary entry for this day in 1948.

Had difficulty falling asleep last night, probably due to happy hour non-alcoholic beer. Spouse also had a minor breakdown about comps. And I woke up at like 4, but still had an outstanding workout. I read some and then went out and did some errands this morning -- car wash, St. Vincent DePaul, Fabric store for more speaker cloth, and Bartell's for rubber gloves and glue stick -- and then after we went for lunch at Wendy's, I put the new grille on Speaker #2. Eh, better than the first one, but I'm not totally satisfied. Applied for a couple of jobbers after that, and then watched part of Animal House before dinner. Were able to walk outside tonight.

Still doing better. My new adage of "No excuses and no self-pity" is holding up.

Typing this on my old PC as the Mac is deciding not to access the Interwebs very well. I am not convinced Macs are altogether superior, but mostly; certainly not a magic bullet.

Mostly sunny today and around 50. I thought about mowing the lawn but will wait until the next round of rain and then will mow it next week when it's sunny (supposedly) for a couple of days.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

22 February 2012 (Ash Wednesday)

On this day in 1948:
The 21st was Ray & Sam's anniversary too & Eva & Fred Sieman's[sp] too. Dad went to Sunday school & church & Cheryl & I stayed home & took life east. Had a late dinner & then took Cheryl to get the 5:45 p.m. bus for Bellingham. Marge & Cliff came over to tell us good -bye but we were down to bus dept. Cliff had trouble with his car. One service station wouldn't look at it & took it to another & found only a pin out or loose replaced went as good as new before it wouldn't back up.

Slept well last night & great workout. I spent most of the morning working up a new Car Lust post on the old Schwinn Sting-Ray, which I never had. Ended up being a good post, I think it will get quite a few comments. Then I finished gluing the grille cloth on one speaker, and it didn't turn out as nicely as I would have liked, so I will try a new strategy for the other one. We just had tuna for lunch (Ash Wednesday) and I met the Cascadia people for happy hour at the Naked City Brewery in Greenwood; nice time, I had three non-alky beers and a bunch of fries for dinner, so at least I should be well hydrated for the gym tomorrow. I did some reading, but not a whole lot. The Civic's headlight was just disconnected (loose) but the mechanic adjusted the pins so it shouldn't come out again. They had me slide the car in between a big truck and some parked cars with like 3" clearance on each side.

Rainy this morning but sunny and reasonably pleasant (50-ish) this afternoon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

21 February 2012 (Tuesday)

On this day in 1948:
Elizabeth Colborne died to-day.
Still raining but cleared for the wedding at 8:30 p.m. at Seattle North [minister?] Presbyterian church. Church decoration with calla lillies & snap dragons. Group of 3 candles in each window with huckleberry. At alter[sic] candelabra tied clusters of white snap dragons with white tulle. The bride beautiful in lace gown over cream satin. Bouquet white camillia[?] & freiza[sic] centered with white orchid. Reception at Sigma Kappa sorority House on 23rd N.E. & 45th St. Lovely place for the reception. Bride lovely & graceful. They started last night at Meany Hotel & came over & picked up their things for East [unknown].

Also attached is a newspaper clipping about Elizabeth Colborne:
Miss Colborne Passes at Seattle
Elizabeth Colborne, Bellingham artists and illustrator whose work was accalimed by art critics throughout the country, died Saturday at her home in Seattle where she had lived for the past ten years. . .

Here's a short article on Colborne and here's a Flickr set of some of her pieces. I actually like a couple of them.

Interesting description of the wedding, which is usual for that time: most of the wedding announcements I've seen from back then are very detailed about what the church was like, what the bride wore, her flowers, etc. You can see the Kappa Sigma sorority house here though it's on 22nd, not 23rd.

I woke up for a while early this morning but managed to go back to sleep until 5. Yet another excellent workout and sometime during it I vowed to never feel sorry for myself anymore. No depression, no anxiety, no nothing. Sick of it.

Came home and helped the Spouse who was having difficulty with her comps question and I think she has a good direction and most of an answer now. I mostly read in the morning, and glued one speaker grille cloth on -- very messy, should have worn gloves. I still have to make the corners neat, but it looks okay so far. Also applied for some stupid job at the Coroner's office releasing bodies which is a meager position, but more than I have now, obviously.

Raining this morning, but we've been in rain shadow most of the day while everywhere else was getting dumped on, around 50.

UPDATE: Oh, went to Target for our walk and bought three bottles of Hungry Jack Lite syrup, yum.

Monday, February 20, 2012

20 February 2012 (Monday)

On this day in 1948 (Friday):
Pouring rain.
We are all getting excited cause Marge & Cliff are to be married to-morrow. Was over to see if all was under control. Stayed while they all left for rehearsal and had dinner for the bridal party & his folks. Cliff's parents & family had car trouble in coming to Seattle from College Place. Their car had to be towed in from Enumclaw to Bellevue where they have cousins. Cheryl came down from Bellingham. So we had a late dinner.

Yay, another entry! That rather makes me feel good, them preparing for a wedding and all. One thing struck me: the car trouble. We make a big deal about how awful the cars were in the 1970s, as if they all of a sudden took a nose-dive in quality. I've maintained for a while now that we only think that because we had Japanese cars to finally compare them to; otherwise, the quality was not that great even before the 1970s.

We shall have pouring rain tomorrow, supposedly. Today was just cloudy and it drizzled in the afternoon. No working out today -- holiday -- so I read most of the morning. We went to Sam's Club and then Pacific Fabrics to find speaker cloth for these Infinitys; they didn't have brown, so I got black which actually looks quite nice, although not historically accurate. Screwed up the first try, so I'll have to go back and get some more. I know, I should have gotten more, but. . .it looked so simple! Anyway, I looked at my Genesis cloth and they did a pretty messy job of it themselves and I never really noticed.

Anyway, I went and got the Honda from the shop ($643) and now it works fine again. We went and got bagels from UVil and walked around a bit. Didn't need them today, but it's Double-Stamp Monday, soooooo. . . .

Ooo, one more thing to not do during '70s Week: No bagels!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

20 February 2012

Honda's driver's side window is shot, which we discovered right before going through a car wash. It's at the shop now for that, oil change, new headlight assembly, and checkup.

I went to Mass and then an estate sale, lunch (Taco Bell!), grocery shopping. I had snapper/rockfish for dinner (Spouse had sole) and it was delicious. Kind of a boring day. Walking to Riot Aid now for sucky thingies and then funny videos and Once Upon A Time. Kind of cold, but no rain today.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

18 February 2012 (Saturday)

Slept very well last night, only waking up once between going to TV room and 5 am. We went for breakfast at Burgermaster, and then to Hair.Comb at 10; by 11:15 I had wicked heartburn and had to take an Alka-Seltzer that cleared that up but gave me some little bit of nausea. After that, UVil for lunch, an estate sale, and home where the Spouse worked on her comps -- stressing out -- and I finished reading a Heinlein book before doing the floors and creating dinner. For a walk it was raining so we went to UVil. May snag a 32" flat-screen with money from my mom for Xmas.

A good day mood-wise. . .I've been fairly calm since Monday, but I can feel some amount of despair (mid-life no-job crisis-based) under the surface. I have good days and bad days. And I'm starting to think I need to start developing some online teaching materials for some free "university" in hopes of eventually hooking up with some college system as a distance instructor; relying on employers to hire me is looking more and more distant. Am still thinking of Living In The 70s for a week and that's been fun to think about.

Friday, February 17, 2012

17 February 2012

Nothing on this day in 1948.

Last night I couldn't get to sleep so I got out of bed to go to the other room and Daisy was having a bath near my feet. She hardly ever sleeps on the bed and it was nice to have her on my side.

Exceptional workout today, and came home to begin preparing the ceramics chapter for the monograph. I have an old paper copy of the one Karla Kroeper wrote (and Wenke added a whoooole lot of statistical stuff), but it's in PDF form. Rather than attempt to transcribe it, I tried running it through Acrobat; worked. . . .okay. Probably easier than typing it all out. Seems dated, but Wenke seems to want it to go in mostly as it is, so I sent an email to Karla seeing if she had the file for it; otherwise, a few days of editing. The hardest part will be the footnotes/references since they're in old number style. I did, however, transcribe the seals/sealings chapter (short) and was actually touch-typing! Never really done that, but it was working okay.

Otherwise, the Spouse got her comps questions and is stressing. Met Fiona at UVil in the afternoon, that was pleasant. Got to see her family photos from the funeral. She's the shortest and thinnest of the entire extended family! Leftovers for dinner and a walk at Northgate.

I got the idea of Living In The '70s for a week. I wonder if I could do it. Well, I could do it, but what would I do with it? Definitely blog about it, maybe even at Car Lust. Oddly, I wouldn't have to give much up. Biggest thing would be computer/email. That might not make it possible as there are things I would almost have to do electronically -- apply for jobs, maybe sign in for unemployment, emails for archy work, etc. But you know, I don't lead a super high-tech life for the most part, although I'm not really behind the curve at all. I'll have to think about this. No CDs, but I have my old LPs and the radio. . .no cell phone but that's not that big a deal. . . .I already shave like it's the '70s '50s. . .something to think about. 3 channels of TV!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

16 February 2012 (Thursday)

On this day in 1948: Nothing.

Cloudy, showery, 45 today.

Today I finished the cabinet and woofer work on the Infinitys -- the one cabinet still isn't properly sealed, but it's good enough -- and now all that is left is to replace the grille fabric. I can get that this weekend. Then I shall listen to them for a while and then probably sell them. Too big for the TV room.

Otherwise, I started a new mini-project: Attempting to get the ceramics chapter for the KeH monograph scanned in from an old PDF. Tried to download a demo version of Acrobat X, but it didn't install so I spent the rest of the afternoon installing SP3 and still haven't gotten back to doing the Acrobat install. Tomorrow. Otherwise, I read some. Rather unproductive day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

15 February 2012 (Wednesday)

On this day in 1948 (Sunday):
Really nice day.
Went to church & had a few Mountaineers in for dessert. Gavett, F[i]urry, Marian & Heck, Abel & Ray & Sam De Moss, George WalkerRonald Ruddiman. Served cake & ice cream. It was our 27th wedding anniversary.

Finally, an age indicator! So, 27 years married in 1948 so they were married in 1921 so probably born around the turn of the century. So late 40s at this time. I have a feeling that the person I got the diary from was the daughter of the diarist as she would have been over 100 when I got it last year. Wish I knew who it was, I'd rather like to visit their grave if I could. I suppose she could have married very young, but she would still be pushing 100 now.

I had a productive day. Managed to sleep -- with the usual interruptions -- until the alarm at 5, had a stupendous workout, and then worked on rewiring our antique floor lamp. Yesterday I managed to get it apart and today wired it and put it back together. Missed a couple of parts though, 1 screw holding in the socket base (1 side anyway, no biggie) and some sort of insulator at the base of the ceramic socket which I think is not entirely necessary (I hope). I was rather proud of myself for that.

And only 3 trips to the hardware store! Like I always say, every project requires at least 3 trips to the hardware store.

Then we went to Mickey D's for lunch and I came back and started on the Infinitys. The cabinets were about the condition I thought they were, but the one woofer's dust cap rebuffed all my efforts to de-dent it. Might just leave it that way. The other cone had a small tear in it that I hadn't noticed before, and I fixed that with a small square of masking tape with some glue on it; seems to have worked very well. I also put a bead of glue on some of the inside joints of that one to seal it. Should be able to put it back together tomorrow and Pledge the outside and then decide what to do with the grilles.

Foggy in the morning sunny after, mid-40s.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

14 February 2012

On this day in 1948:
We were planning a Valentine party to Kitsap Cabin but the weather being too cold & only a few signed up that we cancelled[sic] the party. Guess the Mountaineers are going soft.
Meet Dad at Plymouth Church for the men's club, had a swell dinner party for their wives. A good dinner & fine program.

Must be the Mountaineer's cabin that they were planning on doing the function in. An old PI of mine was in that group. Seems like a long way to go for a Valentine party.

Today, I managed to sleep until the alarm went off, but was awake a couple of times. Still, good workout, and then came home to read, and then at a little after 10 went up to an auto detailer's in Lynnwood and got some advice (and some free degreaser!) on how to clean up parts of my engine bay. Stopped at the Goodwill and snagged a pair of Infinity Qa's, which are in good shape, but will need a bit of work. I'll sell them eventually, but want to listen to them for a while since I never heard them when I was younger.

Also successfully took apart our antique floor lamp that's been bugging me for a while. Nice lamp, but it needed rewiring but couldn't get it apart to do it. Tried to make nice steaks for a little Valentine's dinner, but ruined them: they weren't done so I tried sticking them in the micronuker and ruined them. F.A.I.L. I will never make steak again; I suck at it. Just give me some pork butt that I can cook the snot out of and I'll be okay. Grrr.

Monday, February 13, 2012

13 February 2012 (Monday)

On this day in 1948:
This day our best friend Ed. Boston died.

Well, that's sad. I can't tell if his name was Ed Boston or Ed was in Boston.

Just yesterday I was recalling our neighbor, Norton Goldstein, passed away about a year ago (January 28). He was very ill for quite a while so it wasn't much of a surprise, but he was a very nice man and we still miss him.

I slept until the alarm went off at 5 this morning, though I was awake for a while at some point. I read the History of Public Health most of the morning (and most of the day actually), and didn't do much else. This afternoon I was feeling quite bummed for a while, even though this morning I was in a good mood. Almost like a middle-of-the-night anxiety type thing. Going to Mass usually calms me down the rest of the week so I'm hoping it was an aberration. The weather was fairly cold, only around 45, but not a lot of rain. We went to pick up bagels at UVil and I saw Jenny from the IMA (graduated, used to work at UVil, now elsewhere); she's a very nice young lady. Neglected to tell her that the charm bracelet she sold me was a big hit with the niece.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

12 February 2012

Whitney Houston died yesterday afternoon and it is all.the.media.talks.about.

Woke up at 4:30 again, but I went to Mass anyway. I left late and ended up sitting further back than usual surrounded by a bunch of kids (and their rather attractive moms though). Felt good to go again though, it's been a few weeks (due to not sleeping). After that I finished a Car Lust post on the demise of the Ford Econoline van -- I am going to try to get one post out a week at least to get my writing skills back up to snuff.

We just did the usual UVil lunch and grocery shopping, then hit an estate sale and came home where I made oatmeal chocolate chip pan cookies, which we took most of over to Norma and the Goldsteins. We had to go to the Bartell's for a couple of cards and walked around there for a bit, now it's just the usual Sunday TV: Funniest Videos and Once Upon a Time.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

11 February 2012

Ah, sleep, blessed sleep. Slept, with a maybe 30-45 minute interruption until. . . .almost 6! I woke up at around 4:30, heard the heater kick on, and laid there a while before finding myself waking up a few minutes before 6. Felt wonderful for a change. I feel certain that tonight will be a complete bust, but at least I had today.

I read my history of public health book most of the morning and, while it's a bit tedious and uninteresting, I'm finding it rather fulfilling to read it all. I'm treating it somewhat like homework that I need to do to be able to pursue what I need to. Perhaps that's what I've been missing, not necessarily a goal, but to just continue what I've been doing for years which is learning new stuff.

We went to an estate sale over in Fremont -- lots of stuff. A few stereo components of little interest to me (although I'd quite like the Dual turntable), may go back tomorrow and snag a piece or two. . . .maybe. Lunch at Northgate, then a couple of places there before coming home. Kathy Law from ARCE came over to get the sediment samples around 3, nice to chat with her. I need to get more involved with those people. More reading this afternoon, and then pasta+vegetables+peanut sauce for dinner and a walk.

Rainy most of the morning, but it's just been cloudy all day, maybe around 50.

Friday, February 10, 2012

10 February 2012 (Friday)

Slept well last night. . .until slightly before 4. Grrrr. So tired today, but a great workout, as usual. I should probably just start relating when I have a bad one.

Anyway, Piddled around until around 11 when we went downtown for a periodontal appt for the Spouse and then lunch in Westlake Center (Greek, gyro salad, yum). Came right home after that, apart from a stop at QFC for a pie and carrots for what I call Jew-bean soup, a recipe from a book about Jaw surgery but that I always read as "Jew". Cleaned the basement this afternoon; plumber estimated almost $8000 for the re-plumbing, so we're contemplating that. I wanted it clean anyway since I've not been wanting to go down there much when it's cluttery.

Tonight probably just a walk and TV.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

9 February 2012

Not a particularly interesting day, although I woke up AGAIN before 4:30. Hate this habit I'm getting into and I don't know why. Still, another great workout. I read most of the morning and packed up the Kom el-Hisn sediment samples to send to a couple of schools, including burning the documents describing them to CD. I dropped the one set off at Assumption and the others will get to the interested party soon enough. Also got my hair cut at the barber shop. Rainy all day, mostly stayed inside and read, blogged, etc.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

8 February 2012 (Wednesday)

No entries for 1948. None until Feb 13 so I shall stop mentioning it until then.

Sleep, blessed sleep. I conked out all night (nearly so) and woke up with the alarm. I was in a good mood all day albeit something of a somber one. I listened to Allegri's Miserere last night and got kind of choked up at the end. Think it's just a lot of emotion building up plus lack of sleep.

Had a good workout -- as usual anymore -- and then read my History of Public Health book most of the morning, in addition to applying to my old PATH job. Yeah, I did it. I doubt they'll have me back, but whatever. Also did some cemetery data managing. This afternoon I read some more and then wrote up a quick Car Lust post on my old Hornet, which also got me all emotional. I really liked that car and I actually miss it. The plumber came by to do an estimate on replacing all/most of the pipes since we keep springing leaks anyway. I'm guess around $4000. We just got back from a pleasant walk -- lots of worms out from the rain! -- and I shan't do any ArchaeoBlogging tonight as I feel kind of muftig. Will just listen to Allegri again and then go read before TV at 8. Rained most of the day, high 50s.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

7 February 2012

No entry again today for 1948.

Sucky day today, at least to start. Which started at around 2 am. I woke up and could.not.get back to sleep. Almost made it once or twice but I started worrying or whatever again and never made it. Oddly, I have another awesome workout, perhaps due to the load of tea I drank yesterday afternoon. I was worrying about that stupid organ, that I had said I was interested in, but was worried it would be too heavy, too much for me to handle, how would I get out of it, blah blah blah. Of course, it turned into a big nothing: I went over and just told them it was way too big, no big deal. There was other stuff that was bugging me, too, but that kept popping up. All just plain anxiety, of course, but it's still irritating.

I spent most of the morning reading some papers on waste theory, one of Dunnell's things and his disciples, and general reciprocal altruism stuff. The latter is probably more relevant to public health, but the other things gave me some ideas as well. In the middle of the night I even started composing some of the paper I'm planning in my head and this morning wrote it down. A start!

After going to the estate sale house around 12 I went to the cemetery for a couple of hours, hit #1,000, and had some problems with some of them -- very illegible. Came home and played with the cats and made dinner: our home made pasta sauce with meat over Jimmy John's bread. YUM. I like the bread idea better than pasta, I might keep doing that. And JJ's makes really good bread though probably very salty.

Weather stunning again, probably almost 60.

Monday, February 6, 2012

6 February 2012 (Monday)

No entry for this day (or yesterday) in 1948.

Sunday was not a great day for me. Saturday night I went to bed later hoping that doing so would reset my circadian rhythm and cause me to not wake up at 4:30. Well, it worked. . .I woke up at 3:30 instead. I managed to take a 30-minute nap -- long for me -- in the morning so I didn't feel too bad, but it was still kind of a zombie-like day. We went to Gilman Village in Issaquah to a knitting store closing sale, and ate at a rather expensive BBQ place. Eh, okay. My pulled pork was not very warm or spicy and kind of fatty, but the slaw was okay, and the bacon mac'n'cheese was deeeelish. After that we did a bit of grocery shopping, and then came home. The Spouse watched the Super Bowl (NY Giants v. NE Patriots) while I did other stuff; I think I watched all of 3 plays. Was just.not.interested. At least not in those two teams, neither of which I wanted to win, although I guess if you put a gun to my head I would admit to being less willing to see NY lose. And they won, so it was okay. Probably mainly I wanted NE to lose more because otherwise we would be subjected to endless talking heads blathering about how totallysuperawesome Brady & Bellichick are. So whatever, no more football until September. *sigh*

Today was splendid so after preparing some data for archiving at PATH, we went to Mickey D's for lunch and then I went to the cemetery for the first time since last August. Felt nice, especially since it was nice and sunny.

Also working on perhaps acquiring the organ, though I'm thinking at this point it won't work. It's a very nice organ but I fear it is much too heavy for our floors and probably too large as well. Might snag one next weekend though, smaller.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

4 February 2012

No entries again on this day in 1948.

I woke up AGAIN at ~4:20 so tonight I am going to go to bed late (around 10) in hopes of resetting the old internal clock. We went out for breakfast to Burgermaster, then I backed up some photo files from 2010 and 2011; looked at a few pictures of Daisy as a kitten, she was adorable.

Hit an estate sale by Northgate, had a beautiful '68 Bonneville ($6500!) and a Gulbransen organ, which I might think about buying tomorrow if it's cheap enough and we get over there. It would be <$50, probably $25, so worth it perhaps. The last couple of years I've been bemoaning the fact that I haven't any real skill at anything non-work-related, except perhaps working out, but I'm not sure if that's really a "skill".

Lunch at Northgate and then home to vacuum out the Spouse's car and thence to UVil for a snack of frozen yogurt, and a trip to an antique thing. It was billed as an estate sale, which it was, for a defunct movie theater in Des Moines that had a LOAD of old movie and television equipment, including kliegl lights, cameras, film, etc. Really neat stuff albeit nothing I would want. Oh, and we found frozen collards at another QFC. . .YUM. Tonight we walked to Rite Aid and back and will maybe watch a movie.

Sunny, beautiful, spring-like mid-50s today.

Friday, February 3, 2012

3 February 2012 (Friday)

No entry for this day in 1948.

Today the plumber came and fixed the drain in the main bathroom: $400. He had to cut out part of the wall under the sink to get at it. Now we must think about what to do about the basement and the plumbing in general. We'll get an estimate and then decide if it's worth doing before we decide to move away. The ceiling will have to be done anyway: that might be torn down and drywall put up. That took from 11-1:15ish.

Slept until the alarm at 5, though I did wake up earlier, but went back to sleep. Epic workout yet again. Met Fiona at UVil and it was a beautiful day: sunny and 59. I felt cheap so we had mac-n-cheese from a box and canned corn and green beans, the latter of which I adore. Daisy just came in to get some attention.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

2 February 2012

Nothing new in 1948.

Here in 2012, lots. First, I found out that my old boss/PI at PATH died Dec. 31. Brain tumor, apparently, thankfully a short illness. He was about the only person from PATH I genuinely liked and kept in fairly regular contact with. Very sad.

Also, bathroom sink was running slowly so I snaked it a few times, thought I had it before we went for a walk. Sadly, donwnstairs the ceiling below it was all wet, the end table was all wet, the carpet was all wet, etc. Probably means I will have to replace the entire basement ceiling, or at least the section where that is. Well, probably the whole thing, which also means most of the walls as well. *sigh* Not a fun day, I guess.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

1 February 2012

On this day in 1948:

No entry, but a small newspaper clipping with a photo of a cat licking at the top of a bottle:
Freezing Milk
Why does the freezing milk always push the cap off the milk bottle? Water freezes from the top down, Science Illustrated explains. If the bottle was filled with water it would break the glass. But with cream the freezing particles can escape upwards -- and providing some ice cream for the cat shown here.

Ah, back in the days when the milkman cameth every morning or so. I think we still have a milk service from a local farm though it's for yuppies mostly anymore. Even growing up in dairy country (Wisconsin) we never had milk delivered although I recall many people still had (probably decorative) milk containers sitting outside their homes. Interestingly, the record low for this date was 1 degree in 1950. I believe I posted earlier about the great blizzard of 1950 which was still going on at this time.

Today I woke up at 4 instead of 4:30, darn it. Still had a great workout because I wasn't all that tired and drank a Diet Coke before the alarm went off at 5 so I was nicely hydrated. Tried running on the track for 10 minutes but my knee started to hurt after ~8 minutes, perhaps due in part to the young coed I was trying to keep up with (sadly, she was semi-sprinting on her last couple of laps so it was mostly a lost cause).

Went to Ace Hardware this morning and got a new 1/4" drain snake, which didn't work and I just bent up the snake so I had to toss it, then went back and got a 3/8" one but was unable to break through either the clog or a bend in the pipe. It's about 4 feet in. I'll give it the ol' college try again tomorrow and then break down and call the plumber. It's not clogged up, but it's slow. Went to Cascadia this afternoon for about an hour to drop off my notes and make sure my electronic documents were all uploaded. Have to go back tomorrow to take in the photo log and put up more photos.

Interestingly, I read an article in Science about some people who found some old sound recordings called "phonautograms" which result from "a machine that used a horn and stylus modeled on the human ear to pick up vibrations from the air and trace them onto paper coated with soot". They date to mid-19th century, some before the Civil War. They made hi-res scans of the tracings and extracted enough information to recreate the recording. Not good quality, but very neat: listening to a recorded voice from before the Civil War. I found it a little creepy but also very moving. I've listened to it a dozen times already.