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September 12th, 2018

11:35 pm - Write?
I'm also feeling a bit of the writing bug hitting me once more, but I don't know. Past efforts were met with so much silence that it makes me shrug and wonder why I bother.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: whatever
Current Music: Dream Theater - "Pull Me Under"

(2 dead knights | Look me in the eyes...)

11:32 pm - One Dream
And one dream involving a tornado headed directly for the dwelling I inhabited at the time. Somehow I came out unscathed, though I can't quite remember if the house did as well or what.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Blume - "Western Rust"

(Look me in the eyes...)

11:28 pm - My Dear Lordy
Cut for length, strong language.Collapse )
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: exhausted, worn down, melancholy
Current Music: Blume - "Western Rust"

(Look me in the eyes...)

July 2nd, 2018

12:06 pm - I did find a way.
Oh, and here's the latest Opera update. It WILL sync thumbnails, but what you have to do is...

  1. Login to sync.opera.com Do this from a comp that already has everything the way you want, bookmarks, thumbnails, and all.

  2. Hit the button that says "Reset Sync Data"

  3. It will tell you what that does, and ask you to confirm. Hit "yes, reset sync data"

  4. It will log out all the other machines, and take that one as the master.

  5. Even though I didn't do it, it's probably a good idea before logging in on a machine you want synced to simply erase all the bookmarks before logging back in, though you may want to back them up, juuust in case everything gets blown out everywhere. Oy.

Current Location: The Dalles, OR
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

(Look me in the eyes...)

11:57 am - First of many - Antimatter
Okay, I've been away from this blog too long once again, and it's finally time to catch up on some things that have been on my mind and what I've been up to. I'll try to chop it all up into separate posts for easier digestion, or indigestion as the case may be.

Antimatter's been an item on my mind more than it should be recently. We all know that antimatter has the opposite charge and spin of matter, antiprotons, positrons, and antineutrons(Yes, these are a thing). But what about all the other properties? We seem to assume they're all the same. What if that's false?

For instance, perhaps the values of the strong and weak force are switched in antimatter, just like spin and charge are. This would explain the lack of atoms or molecules composed purely of antimatter. The 'weak' force would burst them apart as soon as they formed.

And what of electromagnetism and gravity? Would those values be switched as well? This I kind of doubt since I'm fairly certain the charge values for particles and antiparticles are the same. So, who knows. Mostly just speculation at this point.

Though while I'm here, I've also puzzled about the relationship between electromagnetism and gravity. It's pretty common knowledge that electromagnetism works primarily as a force of attraction between two masses. However when both bodies have the same amount and polarity of charge, it acts as a force of repulsion.

If gravity really is the true opposite of electromagnetism, what are the conditions under which it too acts as a force of repulsion?
Current Location: The Dalles, OR
Current Mood: curiouscurious

(Look me in the eyes...)

May 9th, 2018

09:52 pm - Ow, jeez, and OMFG
So, last Saturday we got home. Yay. And on the way in we took the truck to the Aurora, OR TA to get our Landstar 120 day inspection. It passed no problem there. A bigger yay. However when I got out into the bay to sign paperwork, my foot slipped on some oil coated cement. My right foot slid left, and down I went. OW. Nothing seriously damaged. My right knee took a scrape, and I think I landed just under my right armpit, because the musculature there is still sore, though not as sore as at first. My right middle finger also felt a little off, as if a tendon had been pulled slightly, which it probably had.

Now that it's home, we still need to get it to the mechanic for an oil change and some other work like replacing the tie rod ends. It's always something, and the blower's still not working correctly. Later on, we'll head down to Salem to get the drive tires replaced. They're still legal, but not by much any more, and it's been over two years. We'd like to upgrade this time to Michelin Energy XDA or something like that? Something with a stiffer sidewall which will extend the life of the tire further still.

In computer land, it looks like the Toshiba 775 will be out of the shop tomorrow. What? It still wasn't ready when I checked yesterday. There seems to be some kind of issue with the touchpad, but I'm thinking this may be a software rather than a hardware issue. I may have to go down there with a live filesystem version of Ubuntu, just to see for sure.

Now for upcoming events. This Saturday is the adult prom in town. And yes, we're going! I may or may not be brave enough to show you what I look like in a white dinner jacket, white pants, green vest and bowtie, black shoes, and a black hat. But that's what I bought when I was last in Portland. The mate has a green sequin dress I bought for her years ago, and she still looks OMFG in it.

Then after this it's on a plane, and for the first time since my honeymoon I'll be outside the U.S.. I'll be down in Honduras for a week, most likely laying a bit low, or at least trying not to make too many waves. My spanish is still terrible, at least what I can speak. I'm one of those who can understand it more than I can speak it.

Then it'll be time to pack up and get back on the road once more. Oy. There's a bit more coming, maybe. I dunno yet.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: overwhelmed

(Look me in the eyes...)

April 17th, 2018

02:49 pm - Also Aha.
One thing that's peeved me about Opera is that when you sync bookmarks, it won't sync the thumbnail images along with them, so you wind up with a bunch of blank bookmarks. And unless you wrote in something descriptive you'll remember, no way of know what the heck the bookmark refers to.

But I have found a method to at least get thumbnails now.

  1. Open a link with no bookmark.

  2. There's a red heart in the upper right corner, indicating the page has been bookmarked. Single click on it, as if to edit.

  3. Opera will automatically generate a thumbnail.

It's a clunky method, since you have to go through one thumbnail at a time, and if you have a buttload of bookmarks, heaven help you. Though if you can catch up one instance of your browser, you can overwrite the bookmarkextras file in the other machines, and it'll update the thumbnails too. Or if you're me, add that file to the sync list in Unison.
Current Location: Nebraska
Current Mood: busybusy

(Look me in the eyes...)

01:00 pm - This is good news.
The federal and state returns came back. So now I can proceed with stage 2 of the next switcheroo once I get home.

Tired though. So very tired, and tired of snow. Yes it snowed through Wyoming and Nebraska last time we were through there. Had to wait for it to stop. So now we're on our way back through, and this time it's high winds this evening slowing us down, or stopping us entirely for a few hours.
Current Location: Percival, IA
Current Mood: tiredtired

(Look me in the eyes...)

April 9th, 2018

01:54 pm - As you can see
We're back on the road now, and have been for a few days. Not really much to report, other than we've picked up two loads, and delivered one, meaning we're no in transit.

So what's on the burner for this afternoon.

  • Update Fuel Gauges and Profit Gauges with the lastest fuelings and receipts.

  • Update pickup arrival and departure times on the Landstar Portal.

  • Pay estimated federal and state taxes.

  • Update all checkbooks.

  • Get to Rosetta stone and start learning spanish for the upcoming Honduras trip.

Current Location: Georgia
Current Mood: busybusy

(Look me in the eyes...)

01:50 pm - So I did get everything on that list done.
Yup. It's all done, or mostly anyway. The computer work is not quite halfway there. This is what's left to do.

  1. Remove the drive from the A6. It's the only good part of that thing.

  2. Swap out the current drive in the P875 with the one from the A6.

  3. Take THAT drive and install it into the tiny little HP.

  4. Install both Win7 and Ubuntu(dual boot) onto the P875. Configure everything.

  5. Install that piece of spyware masquerading as an OS known as Win10 onto the HP. As before, configure.

  6. Remove the drive from the Lenovo.

  7. Recycle both the A6 and the Lenovo.

So, and the latest naming convention, along with static local IP addresses. These are all written into the HOSTS file on every machine. As the network is designated non-routable, there's no way to see these from outside, unless you hook into my LAN somewhere, and good luck with that. sutekh nebthet sekhmet iset khepri sesheta bes

The last two entries will have no specific node associated with them. They're simply reserved for future use.
Current Location: Georgia
Current Mood: busybusy

(Look me in the eyes...)

March 29th, 2018

11:50 am - And now, something every one of you out there should read.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: whoa

(Look me in the eyes...)

11:47 am - It's Been Three Weeks
That's the time since the last update. Well, what's happened in that time.

The major event that's been affecting me is both my mate and I came down with the flu right about the time we got home, on 3/16. It think my first bad day was the Tuesday before, 3/13. The first round(yes) affected mostly my lungs, as I was bloody coughing my head off for about a week and a half.

It got better, then morphed into the second round(oh no!) where it turned into an intestinal flu. The worst of it thankfully only lasted a day, and from there the digestive system felt delicate with the occasional cramp, mostly when I bent at the waist. Today seems the first day where I can reasonably assert that I believe I'm finally over the bloody thing.

Now before we got home I tried to send in an oil sample for testing to see if we needed to change the oil, and if so, whether to use conventional or go back to synthetic. Found out when we got home the first sample had been destroyed in transit. Oh lovely. So it's semi-panic time to go out to the truck which we had already turned into the shop by this time and take a second one. That got sent off, came back in a reasonable time and...WHAT???? The fuel dilution in the oil had spiked markedly to a dangerous level, which left us both scratching our heads.

If an injector was leaking, we would have noticed things like missing or generally running rough or sluggish. The truck was doing none of that. So, while the truck's in the shop, our mechanic gods bless him sent over the injectors for testing to a shop that specializes in such things. Five of the injectors had issues, but leakage wasn't one of them. So that's an even bigger WTF? since the injectors were replaced during the inframe last July/August. So perhaps a bad fitting or leakage at the top? Who knows. We're gonna take another sample around 7000 miles later and see if the work done will fix it.

And while we're at it, somewhere along the way the driver's side windshield picked up a star pattern chip, which is unrepairable. We have an appointment set up for Monday to replace that, which isn't that terrible an expense. Just gotta remember to pay in cash.

Now as far as other events, not much to report because most of that time's been spent in the house feeling ill. We both walked out of the house yesterday for a couple of errands, the over to Hotel Oregon for drinks and dinner. My stomach felt strong enough to handle a couple of beers, and proved that the feeling was correct by keeping everything down. So yay!

Oh yes! What was one of those errands? Getting passport photos taken. Now why would this dragon need a passport?

Because THIS dragon will be flying down to Honduras this May! It's only a week long visit but hey! First time I've been out of the country in over a decade when the mate and I wandered through Mexico, from Matamoros at the border down to Acapulco and back. We won't be venturing so far and wide this time, but it should still be fun.

And what else. Oh yes. Did our two year DOT physicals, and got them off to the appropriate parties.

Now what's left. Let's see still to do.

  • Close out the books for January, and February, just in time for March to end.

  • Send off estimated taxes.

  • Actually like, apply for said passports

  • Replace a screw anchor and a thermostat in the back music room

  • Pack the truck and all necessary preperations

  • For now at least install Ubuntu on the new(to me) P875. There's other work to do, but it's gonna have to wait till our tax refunds come back. Not that I need the money for it, but it'll involve the laptop I used to file them.

  • Maybe visit the coast for an afternoon or evening.

  • A few other things I'm not mentioning here. Pfffft!

Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

(Look me in the eyes...)

March 8th, 2018

01:15 pm - The great laptop shuffle continues.
Okayyyy. I am now the owner of a Toshiba P875 laptop, the successor to the P775 that has the wonky video. I'm still hoping to get that one fixed, but this new one I think will replace two others.

  1. The Lenovo G770 with a broken top plate, which means one hinge isn't screwed down and flops around.

  2. The slow as shit Toshiba A6. Slower than my old P205 duo core!

    1. I'm considering hanging on to the lil' HP as a last ditch backup as it's so small.

      Now for the bigger questions. What OS to install. The P775 I'll leave alone, running nothing but Ubuntu.

      For this new P875, it'll upgrade from the Lenovo, and dual boot to Ubuntu or Win7.

      If I get rid of the A6, that means I'll have to infect(!) the HP with a copy of Win10, and treat it as such, meaning as little data as possible put on there.

Current Location: Far East Tennessee
Current Mood: busybusy

(Look me in the eyes...)

March 4th, 2018

05:45 pm - And Argh.
Well, the Toshiba's screen is just out now. So it's time to get it repaired, and step up the search for the backup. This HP works okay, but such a small screen. The Lenovo I could repair since I know one screwhole on the top is crunched, so that's why that hinge is loose inside. But...try finding it now. Ugh.
Current Location: Atlanta, GA
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

(Look me in the eyes...)

05:40 pm - Now I know.
So after all this time, I found the proper name of a beetle that I've unofficially dubbed "Manbug". That's because they're shaped exactly the same as Ladybugs, except the colors on the carapace are reversed, black with two red spots instead of red with two or more red spots.

Turns out the proper name is "Twice Stabbed Ladybird Beetle" Chilocorus stigma

And like ladybugs, they're quite voracious hunters, only they feed on scale, rather than aphids.
Current Location: Atlanta, GA
Current Mood: geekygeeky

(Look me in the eyes...)

February 25th, 2018

11:59 am - Okay.
Steering's tightened back down now, but I'm getting a bit nervous as I really want to sync files between laptops. It doesn't take that long. It just requires a bit of space.
Current Location: Atlanta, GA
Current Mood: nervousnervous

(Look me in the eyes...)

February 24th, 2018

09:01 pm - Now I have to tighten the steering down
Seems like the bolt holding the Pitman arm loosened up a little again, allowing play in the steering. It looks like a one and one eighth inch wrench is needed. I may be able to get one here, but oy. Getting enough leverage to actually tighten it down!
Current Location: Atlanta, Ga
Current Mood: nervousnervous

(Look me in the eyes...)

February 23rd, 2018

01:31 pm - What having an Air Ride Trailer means.
Okay, the truck seems like it'd been having an issue where once we parked and turned off the engine, we'd hear this klunk, and sometimes it'd feel like the truck just got bumped, even when there was nothing moving near us. At first we thought it was the truck itself, and last time we were home we told the shop to take a look at it. They did replace a couple of parts in the driveline(bearing, U joint), which did...nothing obvious although they probably needed replacing anyway since they were quite worn.

Then I noticed the issued seemed to depend on the trailer we were dragging, and it never happened when bobtailing. Aha! So it's not a truck issue after all!

The one we're pulling now seems to have this issue more pronounced than others, in that the klunk is more jarring. We looked, and it's an Air Ride trailer. After talking with the Petro shop in Oak Grove, we discovered the airbags on the trailer dump once the red knob's pulled, which results in klunk. This is normal. Had us both worried for a while.

So...onward, though I hope we're not holding on to this trailer past this load. I doubt we will, since the last time I was at this particular customer it was a drop and hook. Time to get rid of this thing.
Current Location: Oak Grove, MO
Current Mood: informed

(Look me in the eyes...)

February 22nd, 2018

05:33 pm - In which our hero brings a Rand McNally GPS tablet back from the dead.
Okay, it started with the tablet not loading in any maps in the atlas. In fact, the selection was blank. I tried downloading the new set (4gig!), and still nothing. So, I went with the nuclear option and tried a factory reset.

Then, not only did the atlas still not work, but now the GPS wouldn't load either. Uh oh. And here we are, out in the middle of Missouri, trying to find our consignee without it. Fortunately the trip maker still worked, so I managed to create a route and find the place that way. Never mind I had to wait a little while once I got there, but no biggie there.

So...now how to bring it back? I first tried downloading updates onto an SD card. First one I had to throw out because it wouldn't erase or write. Don't ask me why. I wound up using the one from our other tablet. So, tried loading that in and...no good. It was actually OLDER than the one already installed.

Turns out I found the solution on Youtube. The narrator spoke russian, but I recognized the screens enough to try and rebuild the GPS files, and...it came back! So yay.

And today, the atlas came back too. So more yay.
Current Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

(Look me in the eyes...)

February 13th, 2018

05:25 pm - And so on to work stuff.
I'd been complaining about our finances, but it seems a dedicated run opportunity has come our way. And holy gods does it look lucrative, as in running sixteen weeks would cover all our truck expenses for the YEAR. Everything after that can go to the household. Now granted, we can't really do that, as some will have to go to the household to keep it going too. But it'd go a long way. So whoo!
Current Location: Thompsontown, PA
Current Mood: elated again

(Look me in the eyes...)

04:58 pm - On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia.
Yeah, this post is way late regarding the Superbowl, but...

Way to go EAGLES!

It's only been 58 years since they won the NFL championship, before there even was a Superbowl. Now I needs to snag me some swag. It may take a while though. The DVD of the game with Merrill Reese gamecalling at least.
Current Location: Thompsontown, PA
Current Mood: elated

(Look me in the eyes...)

February 3rd, 2018

03:26 pm - And just like that...gone.
Okay, so working on not one but two loads. Running the current one over the Rockies, and the next one even further east. So that's time and many calls well spent. After everything, most of trucking is simply a matter of persevering, like a lot of life.

Though sadly, late last year a chapter of my life closed. My Dad and stepmom sold the farm, which they owned since the 1980's. Now they're planning to move to Mexico, but with Dad having a couple of small strokes, and fluid affecting the basal ganglia I'm not sure his body's gonna let him go back south.

I'm actually pretty sad about the farm. It had more than just a few good memories, from hazy summer days that seemed to last forever, to the mist running across the ridge, to mud, mud, and more mud. I helped build fences, and fed livestock. But...not any more. I suppose if I had dedicated myself to it I could have inherited the farm, but my life path didn't take me in that direction.
Current Location: Twin Falls, ID
Current Mood: sadsad
Current Music: Jefferson Airplane - Coming Back to me

(Look me in the eyes...)

February 1st, 2018

10:11 am - This might take longer than I thought.
It's been kinda tough finding loads going out of the Pacific NW. Called about a possible load going to CO, though we might get stuck there too. But at least we'd be east of the Rockies, and maybe somebody can find us something going eastbound from there. I hope so. Shees.
Current Location: Portland, OR
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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January 26th, 2018

11:55 pm - Hmm.
For only the second time in my life, when I awoke I heard a voice this morning say to me one of three things. I can't quite remember.

My mate thinks I told her "Soon the third eagle will fly."

I keep thinking either "You will find the third eagle." or "find the third eagle."

Why the third eagle, or even an eagle at all? And what about the first two? Gods only know.
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: tiredtired

(Look me in the eyes...)

January 25th, 2018

10:02 pm - Let's face it.
At fifty years of age unless by some miracle I live till my age makes the triple digit range, I've got more of my life behind me than ahead of me. I am old. There's just no other way to put it.
Current Location: McMInnville, OR
Current Mood: old

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January 24th, 2018

10:49 pm - Just how fast CAN you rebuild Ubuntu?
This time, I left the /home directory alone, and it seems to have sped up the process immensely. User configurations and all that, still intact. Whoot! I believe I have everything back installed and configured. So this is lovely, and it gets everything including Firefox and Opera working again. I'm even typing this on the rebuilt machine. Yay!
Current Location: McMinnville, OR
Current Mood: tiredtired

(Look me in the eyes...)

10:29 pm - More in my mind.
Songs of relationships past.

This one for the one I knew just before my current mate. She got a little freaked out at the faces I was making during this song.

This one, I really didn't associate until after it was all over, but...doo doo occurs.

This one was mainly for the line "Think of me and try not to laugh."

This one I associate more with the entire album, but this is the track from it that stands out the most.

Actually, make that two songs for her.

The earliest one I can remember that has a song with her. It just popped up at a funny time.

And one more that I dedicated a poem about. Too bad it led to the breakup. Fine, whatever. Me bitter? Never.

All right. All done there. Took me a couple of days. I'll explain next post.
Current Location: still Aurora, OR
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic

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January 23rd, 2018

02:54 pm - In my Mind.
Reading over other journals, and though I got to this game late, thought I'd give some of it a go.

Song that reminds me of my current mate.

Current Location: still Aurora, OR
Current Mood: still busy
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02:40 pm - This is a typical day.
So after getting out of the Fred Meyer DC last night at around 11:15pm pst, I went back down to GeeCee's Travel Plaza at Exit 57. And thank the gods for them. Normally trying to find a space to park a truck and trailer at that time is...yeah right! If you're lucky you might find an obscured part of an on or off ramp. But GeeCees still had plenty of spots, at least in the back, so whoohoo! All I did was park, do my post trip and dvir, put up the windshield curtain, and get in bed. Now there's even more fun, for the bunk heater is now on the blink, and wouldn't work AT ALL last night, and HOLY FUCK was it cold this morning. The only good thing is it went out just before going home. We'll deal with it on the way back out next time, probably early next week.

Interstate 5 initially was heavy rain and moderate winds. Fun with an empty trailer acting like a 53 foot sail. Thankfully once I got into Oregon the winds mostly died down and the rain slackened. It still hasn't stopped. Not that I really want it to. This region does need rain. It's usually much heavier this time of year.

So next stop is the TA at Aurora, OR where I am now. I'm in,and I have about $180 on the settlement card. Juuuuust enough for 50 gallons. Why that much? Well I know at Pilot/Flying J if you take at least that much you get a free shower. Here? No such luck. At least there's a Flying J across the street, and I know I have at least one shower on that card.

I need to go over there anyway to pick up a new wiper blade. I think the driver's side one is shot. While I do have a spare, I think I want to experiment with a longer blade and see if that will work or not. So I can take a shower there, then it's on to home.

Speaking of home, we're still trying to figure out where we're gonna park this trailer! Actually the mate's running a check down to one spot at the south edge of town. It's not ideal since security is minimum, but at least it's a spot, and the trailer will be empty anyway, so no load to steal and doubtful anyone will run into it.
Current Location: Aurora, OR
Current Mood: busybusy

(Look me in the eyes...)

January 22nd, 2018

10:15 am - Almost home.
So I have my final delivery this afternoon, then it's time to head south, homeward bound. I'm still gonna have to stop at the Aurora, OR TravelCenter, since I had the passenger's side wheel seal replaced, NOW the tractor ABS light is coming on. My guess is that they put the sensor back in wrong or loose. Sometimes it's off. I did manage to induce it to come on by trying to roll before the spring brakes fully let go, so that's my guess at least. I'll have to see what they say.
Current Location: southern Washington state
Current Mood: jovial

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