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Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
2:03 pm
Still Wobbly
I do not quite get why I've been wobbly all weekend, but I was. It was a bit better today, so after breakfast (and winning the cost of my breakfast on my free-play coupon from the Wigwam), I decided to chance bowling. It was difficult. But despite my slight dizziness — or possibly because of it on account of having to concentrate harder to overcome it — I rolled 118+124+161=403, the best three-game run I've ever had, including a run of five consecutive marks in that last game. But it left me dripping with sweat, so I went home (after collecting my mail from the post office), and I once again hope to take it relatively easy today. The most adventurous thing we're likely to do is go buy some groceries.

I know that Lisa and I have some adventures at times, but right now we're both in a state where we need a series of quiet weeks to rest up for the next set of trips.

Current Mood: woozy
Saturday, April 21st, 2018
10:34 am
Staying Put
With good weather and an otherwise unscheduled weekend, I wanted to go down to Sacramento on a day trip to visit my sister. However, during breakfast at the Wigwam and while walking back home, I felt so woozy that I decided that it wast a bad idea to drive today. So I think I will stay home. And maybe go lie down in a dark room with my eyes closed.

Current Mood: dizzy
Friday, April 20th, 2018
6:59 pm
Cold & Hot
Yesterday it got so cold that I had to re-kindle the fireplace, after having cleaned out all of the ash a couple of days earlier. Today, it was 5-10°C warmer. We unplugged the electric heater, and Lisa had to run the air conditioning in the travel trailer for a while. It's definitely spring-like now. We also took our first "long loop" walk of the year (a longer path through Fernley than our "winter" walking path that sticks mostly to a loop of Fernley's small downtown). According to the forecast, we have at least a week of steadily warmer weather ahead.

The drugs appear to be chipping away at the sinus infection, although of course I have to keep taking them for their entire course lest the nasty bugs rebound on me. We'll see how I feel a week from now.

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
4:09 pm
Fix a Flat
A few days ago, Lisa noticed that two of the tires on the travel trailer were very low. She dismounted them (putting blocks under the frame to hold things up), and today she filled them with flat-fixing goo and we took them over to Hanneman Service to refill them with air. Darn cheap tires. But you can't get good quality tires for travel trailers, it appears.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
5:22 pm
Still Not Recovered
Although all of the rest of the signs of the bug that got its claws into me over the two week trip are gone, the sinus congestion and headache never completely left me, although it has slowly gotten less worse. I got fed up with the lack of progress, though, and went to urgent care this afternoon after work. The doctor heard my story, looked me over, and said that I'd done everything right. He prescribed a course of antibiotics for a week in the hope that it will knock down the infection in my right sinus cavity. Of course I know to take the entire course of drugs even if I start feeling better. And I hope I do. It's been multiple weeks now with a head full of gunk, and it's no fun at all.

Current Mood: sick
Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
7:01 pm
Line Em Up
Late this morning I heard a truck pull up in front of the house, and, as I'd hoped, it was AT&T come to fix the sagging phone line. I told the lineman (after reassuring him that I knew it wasn't his fault) about how difficult it had been to report the broken tie-line.

Tacking It Into PlaceCollapse )

Amazingly, I never lost service during this time, and fortunately no extra-height big rigs decided to chance it and tear down the phone line for the two days it was sagging.

Current Mood: relieved
Monday, April 16th, 2018
2:45 pm
April (Snow) Showers
The phone/DSL line is still in place, not having been ripped down by a passing big rig. This morning, I reported the partially down line to AT&T (this time I didn't get routed to a recording saying they were closed). No telling when they'll come out and tack the line back into place. What to bet that if it was a line where I was trying to give them money, there would have been a human there 24/7 and they would have already charged me?

This morning was pretty cold, although not freezing. It must have been freezing in the Pah-Rah mountains to the west, though.

Rare April SnowCollapse )

There wasn't a lot of snow up there, and by lunchtime it was all gone except a few spots around the peaks.

Current Mood: cold
Sunday, April 15th, 2018
7:00 pm
Online - But Maybe Not For Long
This evening after dinner, Lisa and I ventured outside as a wind storm whipped through Fernley. (You may have noticed that we get a lot of wind here.) Lisa noticed a problem with our phone line, which hangs across the street running from the main line to a pole in front of our house.

Low Hanging LineCollapse )

I tried calling AT&T. Multiple times. I tried 611. I tried various numbers on AT&T web sites that claim to be open 24/7 for reporting down lines. I called the operator. In every case, I ended up back at a recording telling me that their office is closed right now and to call back during normal business hours. I thought AT&T repair for their phone lines worked 24/7, but apparently their computers don't think so.

I tried calling the Lyon County (non-emergency) dispatch line. They told me to call NV Energy, because it's their pole. I called NV Energy, where I did actually get to speak to a human agent. He was as bemused as me at the LCSO's instructions, but he said he'd put in a ticket, and call me back if there was any development. Who knows, maybe there is someone at NV Energy who knows who to rouse someone from AT&T.

The irony of course is that the local AT&T office where the repair workers stage from (not open to the public) is about one block from my house. I can see it from the front porch. Not that there's anyone there right now, of course.

If that phone line goes down completely (including being clipped by a big rig to tear it down), I'll still be able to get my Day Jobbe done because I can bridge my company smartphone to the company computer. But this is not a preferred way of working, because it uses a horrendous amount of bandwidth, and whenever I exceed the 15 GB/month allowance on the phone, the company gets unhappy about the extra charges. But if I have to do it that way, I will.

Current Mood: worried
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
8:50 pm
Campaign Site
This afternoon, between coming back from breakfast and going to have my hair cut, I worked out my campaign site for the North Lyon County FPD seat. Inasmuch as I don't want to spend any money on this and because I think it's about the right speed for Fernley, I created a Facebook page. As far as I can tell, you do not need to have a Facebook account or be signed in to see

Kevin Standlee for Fire Board

I also used some of the material from the site to create a flyer that I took with me to the get my hair cut at A Little Off The Top. The proprietor let me put one of my flyers in her window, which was nice of her.

Next I need to print some business cards with my picture and a pointer to the web site, so I can hand them out to people. Apparently, I'm visible enough with my habit of walking around downtown for my health that just being able to put a name to the face (and the hat) should be helpful.

Current Mood: optimistic
Friday, April 13th, 2018
7:35 pm
Office Furniture Errand
Just before noon today, I was rolling back and forth on my desk mat in the nice office chair that Lisa bought us a few months ago when there was a loud clunk and the chair partially pitched over. Once of the five casters had shattered. Annoying. I called the store from which we bought it, and they told us that the chair has a lifetime warranty and that if we came in before they closed, we could have a new caster. But they were closing at 4 PM today and if we couldn't make it, we'd have to wait until Monday.

Naturally, that was the signal for some new work to come in on the Day Jobbe, but I managed to get it handled, and Lisa figure out how to get the old caster off the chair. (She loaned me her chair, which was my old office chair, for a while so I could get my paying work done.) We got in to Reno/Sparks and made it to the store by about 3:40, and they gave us the new caster without question. Good service.

We'd originally planned on doing grocery shopping over the weekend, but since we were there we went to some of the stores where we had things we wanted in South Reno. At that point Kuma Bear said, "Bears is Hungries! Takes Bears to Fishes!" and we gave in and went to the Peppermill for their Friday Fish Night.

To be honest, I'm not convinced at the $60 fish meal is good value compared to their Sunday-Thursday pricing, but that's partially because I'm sufficiently used to their selection that I'm a little jaded. Also, if I'd known we were coming there, I probably would have had a much lighter lunch. Even so, I did have plenty of fish and other things. Kuma Bear looked quite croggled as we staggered away from the buffet and headed for home. Although it would have been cost-effective to have done the rest of our grocery shopping tonight, both Lisa and I were too tired to face the slog through WinCo and Raley's. Maybe mid-week next week.

Current Mood: full
Thursday, April 12th, 2018
3:39 pm
Officially Listed
Yesterday's Mason Valley News and Leader-Courier (the local newspaper of record in Lyon County) had in the official notices something of great import to me.

Buried in the Back PagesCollapse )

You have to zoom in really close to find the listing that matters the most to me.

Yep, That's MeCollapse )

I'm still working on a small web site for my campaign. It's not like I can spend a lot of resources on this, after all. There should be some candidate forums in the next few weeks. Tonight, however, I simply need to go to the regular Board meeting. Good thing that I'm (mostly) over that flu, and that I'm (mostly) caught up on sleep, because from looking at the agenda, this looks like it could be a fairly long meeting.

Current Mood: optimistic
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
4:28 pm
Examining the Fire Site
This afternoon after I got off work, Lisa and I drove over to buy groceries, but first we went to look at the site of yesterday's brush fire.

Could Have Been Much WorseCollapse )

I'd say Fernley residents on Fremont Street got very lucky. This could have been a much worse fire than it was, given the dry and windy conditions. If Lisa and I ever undertake to burn weeds, we will only do so (after getting a permit) when it's not windy and with plenty of precautions against runaway fire.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
2:50 pm
Wind & Fire: Not a Good Mix
There's been a substantial brush/structure fire here in Fernley about 1 km east of our house, on the other side of the railroad tracks. Multiple alarms, with mutual support called in from surrounding districts. From the radio traffic, it appears to have been a permitted controlled burn that got out of control. Given that there were high wind warnings up for quite a while and that the wind was whipping around pretty badly this afternoon, I'm amazed that anyone through it was safe to do any burning at all. The first units are still on scene and the fire command has not yet been terminated as I write this, but it sounds like things are mostly under control now. I hope nobody was hurt.

The biggest takeaway I have from this fire was the North Lyon County crew on the scene calling to dispatch and saying anxiously, "We need more people!"

Current Mood: worried
Monday, April 9th, 2018
3:21 pm
Waiting for Normal
I'm much better than I was a week ago. Lisa and I were able to get out and take one of the propane bottles down to Hanneman Service after lunch and get it refilled. But there's still these lingering tendrils of flu in my system. I wonder how long it will be before I feel 100% again? I hope by the end of this month: there's a big Worldcon 76 meeting in San Jose the first weekend of May, and I need to be at my best for it.

Current Mood: sick
Sunday, April 8th, 2018
4:29 pm
Not a Winner This Time
The Wigwam Casino-Restaurant, where I often have breakfast on weekends, has been running a promotion. Win a jackpot of $20 or more and get a ticket for a drawing to win a motor scooter. Using my free-play-with-sufficient-purchase coupons, I happened to hit a $20 jackpot and thus had one entry in the drawing. While that't not very good odds, the odds of winning were zero if you weren't there, so yesterday evening I walked down to the Wigwam for the 8 PM drawing. They didn't draw my name. When I saw the winner, I'm not surprised that he won: he had a small plastic bag just stuffed with tickets. I was boggled by how much he had to gamble to have won all of those $20 tickets. My next thought, looking at the rather frail old gentleman, was, "He's even less likely than me to use this thing." (I'd intended to try and sell the scooter if I won it, rather than go to the effort of buying a helmet and such.) I heard this morning when I went to breakfast that he was going to give the scooter to his daughter, or maybe it was his niece, so it won't go to waste. Ah, well, it didn't cost me anything to get the ticket, and it was good to be able to get out for a walk again.

I'm nearing maybe 80% recovery. There's still gunk in my head, but I don't feel like death warmed over anymore, and I'm not sleeping 12 hours/day, so maybe by next weekend I'll feel normal again.

Current Mood: tired
Saturday, April 7th, 2018
4:35 pm
A Little More Than Work & Sleep
Although I did not have an alarm set, I ended up waking up a few minutes before my alarm normally goes off. After an hour of trying to go back to sleep, I gave up and started my day, assuming that I must be recovering some more. I had enough energy to walk down to the Wigwam and have breakfast (I did not win my breakfast on the free-play coupon this time) and then back home, where I lay on the sofa watching the Masters golf tournament for a while. Lisa, who hasn't really been feeling that energetic herself, came in later in the afternoon and we got adventurous: we went over and got groceries from the local store. That was it. And even that left both of us feeling drained. Still, it's an improvement over how I felt a few days ago.

Current Mood: tired
Friday, April 6th, 2018
2:13 pm
Work and Sleep and Not Much Else
As I told my team leader at this morning's team meeting, it's really a good thing that my commute is from my bedroom to the living room, because this week I have mostly been restricted to waking up and showering, working, then going back to bed. The bug is slowly oozing out of me — the sinus infection seems to be fading out, for example — but I'm really looking forward to the weekend ahead, when I don't have a set time to be awake.

Lisa has, fortunately, not picked up what I have. She's fretting about not being able to do anything. I told her that making chicken soup for me was just fine, and to not fret so much. If I could think of anything she could do, I would ask her.

Current Mood: sick
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
3:24 pm
A Few Steps at a Time
I'm a little bit better off today. I was able to walk to and from the post office to mail the title-transfer documents for my grandfather's house to the attorney handling it, and unlike yesterday, did not feel violently ill by the time I got home. But I'll still go to bed early. The large amounts of sleep I've been getting the past few days appear to be doing me good, as my body fights off the infection that's gummed up my sinuses and left me feeling weak all over.

Current Mood: sick
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
6:10 am
Not Much Improved
Still sick. But at least I don't have to travel. Yesterday, I turned in my required reports about 2 PM and went to bed. I had a bit of a start when I woke up at 6 and thought it was 6 AM the next day and I'd overslept.

Even with all of the sleep I'm getting, my recovery is going very slowly. I'm glad I have nothing more ambitious planned this week than collecting my mail and maybe going to the grocery store.

Current Mood: sick
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
7:21 pm
Limping Home
Fortunately, the Day Jobbe workload was relatively light on this Easter Monday, so there was no problem with me knocking off around 11:30 AM and getting out of the hotel around Noon. Normally this 160 miles or so from Sacramento to Fernley would be no problem, but I'm still full of aches and pains and congestion. When I got to the Donner Summit rest area, I had to use it for more than just a toilet break. The good part about driving the RV was that I'm carrying a bed around with me, so I lay down and took a nap for an hour. I could have used more, but I thought I'd better keep moving on. I got to Fernley around 4:30 PM, but it took another hour to refuel the RV, buy some quick groceries, and get some cold medication from Walgreen's.

I'm still sick. I'm sure this must be something different from what I started on this two-week trip. What started as a minor cold feels very much like flu: headache, sinus congestion, mild fever, and body aches. I assume that I collected it somewhere along the line from a co-worker or fellow con attendee along the way. I hope that none of you who interacted with me at Norwescon came down with anything from me.

Lisa helped me unload the Rolling Stone, I dealt with the most-urgent messages, took the first does of nighttime multi-symptom cold/flu stuff, and am going to bed soon. I still have to be up to be at work at 5:30 AM tomorrow, and I'll have to work 9-hour days the rest of the week to make up for chopping two hours off today, but aside from a planned local trip for groceries tomorrow, I'm home and not planning to go anywhere for a while.

Current Mood: sick
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