July 9th, 2007

Kevin and Lisa

Getting Rid of Goop

One of the by-products of this past weekend's van repairs was a container of used engine coolant. I'm not the kind of person who pours such stuff down a storm drain, so this morning I started hunting around for some place I could safely dispose of it while still retaining the container in case it's needed again. (It was sold as a used oil container, but now can't be easily used for anything other than coolant, and I need to label it thusly.)

Fortunately, I found a place near my office that accepts used coolant and doesn't even charge a fee for it. I stopped there on the way to work, and they pointed me at a 50-gallon drum into which I poured the green goop.

Meanwhile, I heard this morning from my father-in-law, who said that Lisa had made it to Crescent City (near the Oregon-California border) and was doing okay. They continue to stay in contact on the 40 m radio band.

This evening I need to remove the radio console from between the front seats of my minivan to give access to the "doghouse" so that my mechanic can get at it when he starts a full tune-up on the vehicle tomorrow. Unlike the emergency repairs on Lisa's van, this is scheduled maintenance, being performed by the mechanic who installed the engine in my vehicle.
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Working On Minutes

I got the first draft of the Westercon 60 Business Meeting minutes completed and sent out to the Chairman and primary sources for verification late this afternoon. It's important that I get this document (and the related Westercon Bylaws) turned around quickly, because I can't spend a lot of time futzing around with it on account of Worldcon work is underway and I'm Chairman of its Business Meeting.

(For instance, I'm exchanging e-mail with Nippon 2007 programming about when the various WSFS programming items, including the Mark Protection Committee meeting, can be held. It appears that we don't have access to the convention center after 6 PM daily, which makes holding the MPC meeting -- normally a Thursday evening function held in a tiny otherwise unused function room -- a little difficult.)