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Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
7:14 pm
Brunch With Bear
Aspirin and antibiotics are holding Lisa's toothache at bay, and as she was up as early as I was — I only slept in about 30 minutes later than my usual alarm — she suggested that we go in to the Peppermill and have Saturday brunch (a much better value than Sunday brunch) and do our shopping. So off we went.

Bear Knows What's ImportantCollapse )

After brunch we took a walk around the hotel as we often do. We spotted what looked like a site visit and said so. The person from the hotel agreed that what was happening. I mentioned the Worldcon back in 2011 and she said she remembered it. Lisa and I keep thinking that a Westercon could be made to fit into the grand ballroom at the Peppermill, but Down That Path Lies Madness.

We then took care of some shopping errands. Lisa was looking for a particular woodworking tool, so we went to a woodworking shop in South Reno, where we found it right away (and US made, too; it looks like a lot of these tools are niche market, small volume, and thus don't make the necessary volume to make by the millions in China). There's a Winco nearby, albeit not the one we usually frequent in Sparks, so we did our large shopping as well.

One of the things about Raley's opening in Fernley was supposed to be that we wouldn't need to do as much running around Reno. Unfortunately, something we expected to appear at Fernley Raley's hasn't shown up yet, and something Lisa used to get at Winco is now discontinued there. However, we did find that ex-Winco item is stocked at a SaveMart on Kitzke Lane, so we now have yet another grocery store to visit when we do the rounds in Reno. Also on our travels, we found that the fancy meat market in Reno, Butcher Boy, has not actually closed the way we thought when we saw that their former home was up for least, but has instead moved to a place not too far from the Peppermill. Now we have yet another shop in Reno we'll have to frequent.

There were other things we might have done after that, but by then the brunch was making both of us sleepy, so we headed home and took shelter in the air conditioning. Besides, I had a lot of Worldcon e-mail to answer and deal with today, as we're getting down near the home stretch for Worldcon 76.

Current Mood: full
Friday, June 22nd, 2018
3:38 pm
Lisa has come down with a toothache. Her dentist can't see her until Tuesday morning (which complicates my Day Jobbe, but we'll cope somehow), but prescribed antibiotics because it's a place they were expecting trouble, and this sounds like an infection that would have to be knocked down before the dentist could work on the trouble anyway. So this morning we went over to Walgreen's and picked up the prescription, with a stop at Big R first to buy a new evaporative "swamp" cooler. It's intended for a window that will have to be replaced before the air conditioner will fit (the current window opens side to side; the AC unit requires and up-and-down window in which to fit), but Lisa seems confident about it and wanted us to buy it before they decided to replace the model with a new fancy all-electronic made-in-China model that requires a smartphone and an internet connection to operate.

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, June 21st, 2018
4:53 pm
Link Between Type II Diabetes and TiO2
My thanks to Cheryl Morgan for pointing me at Charlie Stross linking to a study potentially linking Type 2 Diabetes with Titanium Dioxide, which is very common, and in fact particularly common right across the street from me.

TiO2 in BulkCollapse )

This is only an initial study, on a small number of cases, but the figures suggest to me that a larger study is in order. This could be huge.

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
3:49 pm
As we come up to the first day of the northern hemisphere summer, I note the northernmost point in the sun's path relative to Fernley House (rising over the asphalt plant across the railroad tracks). For some reason, I have been especially tired lately, sleeping ten hours per night. I only wish I could store up the extra sleep for August, when I'll need it during Worldcon.

Current Mood: sleepy
Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
4:51 pm
Ball Game Pictures
I wasn't that good about taking pictures at the BASFA San Jose Giants game, but here are some of those that I did take.

Take Us Out to the Ball GameCollapse )

I had an excellent time at the game, even including the annoying extra hour-plus at the end caused by the dead battery on my RV. I hope we get to do it again next year.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, June 18th, 2018
4:37 pm
Appointments Near and Far
My medical exams were last Thursday in Palo Alto. Today I had my optometrist appointment, which was quite a bit easier to get to, as the office is about three blocks from my house — I walk past it daily when going to the post office to collect my mail.

As I expected, my distance vision is unchanged while my close-in vision needs a stronger prescription. I'm also going to splurge on a pair of computer vision/reading bifocals to make it easier to spend 10 hours/day at the computer.

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, June 17th, 2018
2:31 pm
More Home Improvement
When I got home last night, Lisa showed me the new improvement she had made to the bedroom.

Window TreatmentCollapse )

Yes, putting a bookshelf that high is a bit inconvenient for some people, but Lisa and I are pretty tall, and if necessary we have a footstool for top shelves anyway.

Current Mood: pleased
Saturday, June 16th, 2018
9:22 pm
Up All Night, Drive All Day
The San Jose Giants BASFA Baseball Night was a great success, except the Giants got their hats handed to them on the field. It was still great fun and great food. After the game there was a fireworks show as well, which was also entertaining. I walked with Doug and Kirsten Berry and Lisa Harrigan out to the parking lot at San Jose Municipal Stadium and bade them good night, as I'd parked way in the back of the parking lot on account of the Rolling Stone needs extra space. I climbed in to the RV, turned on the light, put away my baseball gear, turned off the light, then climbed into the driving compartment and turned the key.

*click*Collapse )

With all of that unwanted extra excitement, I didn't get to bed until very very late. (My usual bedtime is around 8-9 PM on account of having to be up so early on weekdays.) I didn't set the alarm, and yet I work up on my own at 4:45 AM! But I then went back to sleep for a couple more hours. That was still early enough that I had time to go use the shower at my office and head toward Tracy on my way aiming for Yuba City, where I need to go to my actual bank branch sometime before the end of July.

Lesson Learned; Always Check Traffic ConditionsCollapse )

Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, June 15th, 2018
3:51 pm
Take Me Out to the (Little) Giants Game
This evening, BASFA members (including me) have a section of the VIP Deck at the San Jose Giants for tonight's 7 PM ball game. After the week I've had here at work, I'm very much looking forward to spending an evening with friends enjoying the game (and the BBQ included in our VIP deck tickets). I'm not looking forward to fighting my way from my office down to Municipal Stadium, which will probably take between 1 and 2 hours to go the roughly 30 miles.

Yesterday's medical appointments went well. I took light rail to Mountain View and then Caltrain up to Palo Alto, which saves trying to wrestle the Rolling Stone into limited parking at the clinic (or run afoul of Security at the shopping center down the road). Also, I hate driving with my eyes dilated.

Minor Diabetes TMICollapse )

Now it's time to pack up and head for San Jose. Tomorrow morning I can sleep in a little but, but not too long because I have some banking business to do where my Bank of America account is kept, in the Yuba City branch, and it can't be done remotely, so I need to be up there before they close.

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, June 14th, 2018
6:36 am
O Blinding Light
It's that time of the year again for my annual diabetic eye exam, which means I'll be half-blind from eye dilation for most of the afternoon. I've managed to also schedule my semi-annual diabetic medical check (the labs don't look good, I'm afraid) for later this afternoon as well, and the doctors are in the same building.

I used to have to schedule my medical appointments and social events around the times Day Jobbe wanted me in the Bay Area. Now it's the other way around. The key event is the BASFA baseball outing to the San Jose Giants this Friday. That led me to schedule a week in the Bay Area this week, and that was convenient for doing my routine medical appointments with the physicians I've been seeing here for years, and also for scheduling certain in-person meetings with Day Jobbe. All very logistical.

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
5:23 pm
Election Results
The news from the NLCFPD election is bad. I not only did not make the top four in order to make the general election this November, but I finished dead last. There were 4,289 votes cast. I would have needed at least 588 to make it into the general election.

I got 276 (6.4%).

The voters appear to have been in a bad mood. The one incumbent standing for re-election came in sixth. With such a low voter turnout (about 26% overall and much less for down-ticket races like this), a get-out-the-vote drive didn't actually need to score a lot of people. The range of votes among the top four candidates was 876 to 587. Maybe it's just as well I was so far out of the running. The fifth-place candidate had 579 votes and is probably counting nine people he knew in Fernley who didn't even cast a ballot.

I am of course disappointed, particularly when relatively highly placed people originally asked me to run. But there are small town politics at work here, and next year is likely to be interesting, and not necessarily in a good way. Just because I didn't make the cut here does not mean that I won't keep showing up at meetings — which seems to be a bit more than some of the other candidates in this election could be bothered to do. And I certainly hope that the four candidates who made the run-off are able to participate in a candidate forum because I want to hear what they have to say for themselves.

On the bright side, while I still have to keep filing candidate financial statements into next year, they won't be difficult, because logging in and entering a bunch of zeros isn't that hard.

Current Mood: disappointed
Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
2:54 pm
Trying Not To Think About It
Tomorrow I learn whether I made the cut into the top 4 for the run-off for the NLCFPD Board. But I'm in the Bay Area right now and there's nothing more I can do about the election, so tonight I'm going to a movie and going to try and not think about the election.

Current Mood: anxious
Monday, June 11th, 2018
3:45 pm
Very Important Web Site (to me, at least)
Tomorrow is the primary election in Nevada. I confirmed that I should be able to see the results on the Silver State Election site. It only displays the top two candidates, so the only way to see everyone is to expand the details. To my surprise, I'm the only one of the seven candidates who bothered to send a picture to the Secretary of State's office to appear with my results.

During the past week, one more election sign for the Fire Board has appeared, promoting two other candidates. That's about all I've seen. I also filed my second financial disclosure form, but this one was easy because I haven't spent anything since the initial expenditure for the two signs and the plywood on which to mount them, and that was on the first report, so this was just certifying that I'd spent nothing else.

Because of my Day Jobbe schedule, I can't stay up tomorrow night worrying about results. (Indeed, while working down here in the Bay Area, I have to get up even earlier in order to get to the showers available at one of the buildings. I don't use the RV's shower because it's too small and too hard to use, and wouldn't save me that much time anyway.) It will have to wait until I get to work on Wednesday morning to find out whether I survived to make the final four.

Current Mood: worried
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
8:08 am
To the Bay
I'm off to the Bay Area for a week at the Day Jobbe office down there, in-person meetings, a couple of medical appointments, and a trip to a (San Jose) Giants baseball game with BASFA.

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, June 9th, 2018
9:35 pm
The Larger the Type, the Harder the Proofreading
Back when I was chair of the Worldcon bid for San Francisco in 2002 (later San José in 2002), we published a bid pre-progress report, and thought it would be clever to distribute it in person at the 1997 Worldcon, LoneStarCon 2 in San Antonio. We even made cards for every pre-supporting member who we could find on the LSC2 membership list and "pinned" them on the Voodoo Message Board with a card saying, "Come get your Progress Report!" We were feeling pretty pleased with ourselves.

Until one of our members said, "Did you notice that on the cover, it says SAN FRANISCO IN 2002?"

Gaah! Perhaps twenty committee members proofread that PR before it went to the printer, and none of us noticed the gigantic typo in huge bold print on the cover.

A similar mistake is in the printed paper copy of the Hugo Award Final Ballot Voting instructions for this year's ballot. Lisa asked me if she'd missed the deadline (she actually mailed a paper ballot last week). I said, "No, of course not. The deadline is July 31."

She held up the printed ballot directions (a separate sheet from the ballots themselves). The instructions (not the ballot, and not the online ballots, and not the announcements on the web site and on social media) have the deadline left over from the nominating ballot, as we started with that document before modifying the instructions as needed for the final ballot.

Again, the date is in giant bold type, and it's wrong. Apparently headlines and large bold text is more difficult to proofread than the main text, although in fact we made the same mistake there as well. We'll fix it in the PDF soon, and there's a statement out there on the Hugo Awards and Worldcon 2018 Twitter feeds (and we'll put it other places) saying that of course the deadline is actually July 31.

Current Mood: annoyed
Friday, June 8th, 2018
8:36 pm
Signs to Grind One's Teeth On
There is a florist in Fernley by which I walk each day. They've put up a sign for graduation season. It drives me a little crazy.

Both Wrong and InconsistentCollapse )

These signs make me wonder what the people making them were thinking. But I also know that trying to correct them is pointless. They would look at you with an utter lack of comprehension, not understanding a word you were saying.

Current Mood: grumpy
Thursday, June 7th, 2018
4:12 pm
Lessons for Next Time (What am I Saying!)
Note to self: Do not tell your convention web site to publish instructions that say, "To do X, see the printed instructions downloadable from this page" and then, in the printed instructions PDF, write "To do X, see the instructions on the web page." Fortunately, someone wrote to me to tell me that I'd written a circular reference into the page the posted today, and I've submitted an update to the webmaster, but it's still annoying to have done it in the first place.

Current Mood: annoyed
Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
10:43 pm
Giants Win!
I got to see, not just listen, to a San Francisco Giants game today because this afternoon's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks was a Facebook Game of the Week. I could put it on one screen while doing Day Jobbe on the other. It was Giants Torture again, but this time we came out ahead, with a home run in the bottom of the 9th with two outs to tie the game, and then a walk-off hit in the 10th to win it.

As soon as the game ended, Lisa and I ran in to Reno/Sparks for some shopping errands (and also had dinner at the Peppermill Buffet). I have more news to report, this time about Worldcon, but it's late and I'm up way past my bedtime, so it will have to wait for tomorrow.

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
4:10 pm
Odd Sort of Rail Equipment
Because Maintenance-of-Way forces for the Nevada Subdivision of the Union Pacific are based out of Fernley, I sometimes get to see odder pieces of equipment.

Not For Rail UseCollapse )

Monday morning, when I went for a short walk, I saw a UP crew securing it on a trailer before taking it to its next assignment.

I do like having this window seat on the railroad. I only wish the house (and lot) was turned 90° so we'd have a better view from the living room windows than we do. OTOH, maybe it's just as well that my only direct view from my work space is a small window; otherwise, I might not get any work done!

Current Mood: thoughtful
Monday, June 4th, 2018
6:49 pm
Hello, Raley's
The new Raley's store opened on Sunday after a whirlwind conversion from Scolari's. Lisa and I went over there today to see what changed and what didn't.

Meet the new store, not quite the same as the old storeCollapse )

This is still a transition period for this store. Some of the old stock is on heavy clearance. We bought the final stock of some items that we may not be able to get anymore. We also bought some of those things that normally need a trip to Reno. On the whole, the initial report is positive.

Current Mood: optimistic
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