Looking For Quacks In The Pavement

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Silly Reasons To Keep At It

Look, we have to motivate ourselves in the ways that work for us, don’t we? Like, I want to watch the new season of The Dragon Prince, so that’s a reason to keep going. I want to play the new Fire Emblem game due to release in January, and I want to hear the new Mono Inc album which is due to arrive on the same day. (That’ll be a pretty cool day, it’s true.)

If it keeps me going that many more months longer, that’s what counts, right? Right.

Out With The Old, In With The Somewhat Less Old

If we know each other in person, and maybe even if not, you’ve probably heard me joke about the “Thousand Dollar Alarm Clock.” Heck, I even wrote about it some years ago, as evidenced by the link there. The poor thing’s not quite as old as my kids… but it dates from before the turn of the millennium, so there’s that. I have used it as my alarm clock almost exclusively since the turn of the millennium, come to think on it.

And then this morning I found the hard way that I’d forgotten to account for the fact that its ancient Windows CE 2.1 operating system couldn’t adjust for a Daylight Savings Time regression (“fall back!”) that had changed dates over a decade ago. Usually I remember that it has the wrong date and adjust it the night before so my alarm goes off on time. (And then re-adjust on the “correct” date. Sigh.) Not last night, though.

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So Long, Augtober

We were getting 80F+ temperatures in the middle of October. Not just once, but repeatedly. Today, however, the rains finally arrived and “Augtober” can be nailed into its coffin and buried in the deepest pit we can find.

If “endless summer” is what we have to look forward to in the Pacific Northwest going forward, I want to know where I can go to escape from it.

October? I hardly know ‘er!

And no, I’m not going to trawl through the years worth of archives to see if I’ve done that joke before. It’s my website and I’ll repeat myself if I want to.

I fell down on posting in September, and that’s largely because summer is awful and this one was particularly awful and somehow it’s not even over yet because here we are, partway into the tenth month of the year and still seeing high temperatures in the upper 80s Fahrenheit.

Good thing global warming’s a myth, eh?

The job’s fine, everyone in my closest circle of humans is fine, I’m playing a lot of Three Hopes and have picked Satisfactory back up again, etc. (I continue to expand my current/existing Satisfactory savegame and have started a new co-op game with both of the kids. We’re out in the desert this time, where none of us have started a savegame before!)

Dunno, I might do some Satisfactory posting soon. It’s nice to be back in that groove again.

Other than that, I’m just trying to keep my head down, my mask on, and survive all the things I need to survive.

Tualatin Hills Nature Park – Ch-ch-ch-changes

On an absolute last-second whim, I headed out this afternoon to take a hike around one of my favorite nearby attractions, the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. It’s just two stops away via MAX light rail, but between the pandemic and everything else I just haven’t made it over there in a couple of years.

This is what the entryway to the bridge over the creek bed from the MAX station park entrance looked like in 2018.
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How My Life Goes: A Brief Example

At 2:38pm Pacific time, I emailed Honeywell’s support folks requesting any available tracking info for the replacement AC unit, since I hadn’t heard back from them since the previous Thursday when they agreed to the warranty replacement.

At 2:41pm Pacific time, a quick tap on the door to the apartment heralded the arrival of the replacement AC unit, thus rendering the email I’d just sent absolutely pointless.

Now imagine a lifetime full of this sort of thing and you begin to understand why I feel so emotionally tired all of the time.

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