2015-05-22

Ok. Ready To Go.

SWMBO got next Monday (Memorial Day) off so we thought we’d go camping. Except every RV park within decent driving distance (for a long weekend) that I’ve checked has had no empty spots. I’m beginning to wonder if I did the right thing with this RV stuff. Doesn’t seem like one can “spontaneously” go camping anymore.

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Most of the “campgrounds” I’ve looked at on Google Earth are simply large parking lots crammed full with RV’s packed tighter than Obama’s ass (what with his head being up there and all). RV Parks in cities really kind of crack me up. Camping, to me, is getting out of the city and into the country to enjoy a bit of “Nature.” But, I guess people would want to visit cities too. (I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley down L.A. way. South El Monte mostly.)

So, I don’t know. Guess I’m going to have to learn to schedule camping out way in advance of when we want to. That means locking SWMBO down to finding out what days she will have (or will take) off work and where we want to go. Which sounds like work instead of fun. But maybe I just don’t have the right mind-set. Yet.

Contrary to what Obama says, I made this.

Weather must be changing cause I’m getting a bit of a headache. Reports of lightning in Shelton this morning. MJ on Q13Fox says scattered showers. I need to move to Arizona!

And, indeed, it is. Has. Much cloudier, and a damned site cooler, today. Cool enough for me to wear my coat. Heard some thunder this morning too. That was cool. At least the headache didn’t actually happen.

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Well, found a place to camp so we’re definitely, probably, going and I’ve been getting ready to go. Two days out with my Schweetie! Woo Woo! Lucky we have a built-in house sitter that’ll be here. The campground is in Hoquiam; which is only a couple of hours away.

Picked SWMBO up at the bus stop in town. Stopped by Safeway for last minute items and gas (man! It was busy!) Got the trailer hooked up and ready to go. It’s pretty much loaded except for last minute “stuff.” (Nexus 7, Camera, Stuff.) And it’s time for me to hit the rack!

2015-05-21

Sunny And Hot. I Could Get Used To This!

So you know where I was most of the day. Yep. Outside doing “Stuff.” It’s amazing the amount of “Stuff” I get done outside when it’s nice like today. Truly amazing. After my trip to the Post Office I’ve pretty much stayed home.

In between doing “Stuff” outside, I tried installing Ubuntu Studio (latest version) to replace the Linux Mint (whatever version) I had. It installed and ran great. Even ran all 3 of my monitors. And, as long as I didn’t mind having all 3 monitor’s showing exactly the same damned thing, it worked fine. Drove me crazy though.

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So I used whatever their utility is to set up the monitors. When I exited the utility, my monitors went blank, then showed just white, and when I clicked anything it came up with a log-in window that wouldn’t let me log in. Continued to do this even after rebooting. Sucks!

And I couldn’t boot back into Windows 7 either. Wouldn’t even give me the choice. After an hour or so I booted with my Windows 7 disc and went into repair. Then a command prompt, then typed bootrec.exe /fixmbr. That worked. For booting into Windows anyway.

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So I reinstalled Linux Mint Cinnamon. Rebooted and ran sudo update-grub and got my OS Selection menu back. Ran some commands that were supposed to download and install the latest NVidia drivers; and it seemed to work. But now Mint goes into a mode I’ve never seen before. Very basic menu and absolutely no way to quit or reboot without just turning the computer off. And still only the one monitor.

Tried going into the driver manager thing: made a change from x-server driver to the NVidia driver and it just locked up for about 10 minutes. Had to hit cancel on that one. May try again.

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But I got something to do now. (Get it to work right!) Ought to be fun. If I’m going to switch over to Linux full time I gotta learn how to fix things that go wrong or don’t work right. Thank goodness for the Internet!

Now SWMBO is home and I’ve been copying some epub files to her Nook. About to hit the rack and read a bit. (Good thing I married a Reader!)

2015-05-20

Well. I Be Ready For Another Trip.

I was just looking at the pictures I took on our trip to Eastern WaRshington last April. The first trip with the new Caravan. And, while I do enjoy the pictures of the landscapes and dramatic, nay, majestic, cliffs, caves, and gorges, I notice that Every picture of my lovely young bride of almost 30 years brings a smile to my face. Every one. How I got her to share our lives is still a mystery to me.

So, she needed our Marriage Certificate/License for something at work and I sent the .pdf to her. Then I noticed:

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I maintain that we’re only married in Ohio; and only for 60 days. SWMBO maintains something completely different! Having been with her these past almost 32 years, I know that if I’d like my Balls to stay where they are (attached. To me) I’d better change my belief system fast.

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Did a lot outside today as it was nice and sunny and hot again. We don’t get enough of those days around here. Worked on SWMBO’s rose trellis some. Trimmed branches hanging into the driveway. Trimmed the Azalea bushes. Gathered up all the clippings. Even started collecting rocks from the yard again for my “rock garden” up next to the house. Damn, I can be productive on a nice day!

I’m thinking that, instead of running a long wire from the Caravan battery to where I want to mount my radio, maybe I can tap into the wires coming off the back of the invertor thing. It’s gotta be connected to the battery somehow to charge it. Then I would have to figure out how to run under the floor across to the cabinet and up to where I want it.

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And that’s it again. Playing with that SDR Dongle until bedtime. Which is shortly for this old guy.