Kiss Her Like You Mean It!

The other night I walked into SWMBO’s room, put my arms around her, and kissed her like the first time we, well, that was 33 years ago. The look on her face, and her inability to immediately get back to what she was doing, was nice.

17-USMCRC Cleveland16“What was that for?” She asked.

“Cause I could. Cause I wanted to.” Says I.

We all get busy. We all inevitably fall into routine. We all take relationships for granted. It does not hurt to occasionally stop and remind her that she is that Special Person in your life for the past ?? years. (Coming up on 30+ for us.)

It’s early Tuesday and I’m making plans for what I want to accomplish today. Supposed to be a nicer day out so, like most home owners in the North, I’m probably going to be doing outside projects while I can. Inside projects are for Winter when you really don’t want to be (or can’t be) outside.

Which means I’ll probably do some weeding in the garden, move things around getting ready for when I rent the digger for a day, and me and the Dog will probably take all our clothes off and go for walks around the back of the property while stopping to eat any Black Berries we come across.

Why I Don't Mount My Antenna On The Roof Peak!If it weren’t for the Wasps I’d mount my 2-meter antenna at the peak of the house. I’m just not young, nor agile, enough to dodge wasps and put up an antenna at the same time anymore. Damn getting old anyway!

I did get out and solder the new 2-meter antenna. If you can call what I do soldering. And, yep, managed to burn my finger and thumb while doing it. At least I’m consistent. But it appears that it’ll hold. I’ll test it tonight. Also took down the 6BTV antenna since I have that new Alpha coming.

Went out and took a bunch of pictures trying to show how dry it is around here. The Black Berries are drying up. Even my peas are looking poorly and I water them at least every other day. Cherry Tomato and Bell Pepper plants are the only things looking like they’re prospering this summer. But I did get several meals worth of peas again this year. Watered the garden while I was out there.


Dug up/gathered some more pebbles/small rocks for my “rock garden.” Gonna have to gather enough to fill the Mason Stones I put around a couple of trees. Or go with that bark stuff. I’d better ask SWMBO before I get too far into it.

Took the easy way out for dinner tonight. Salisbury Steak TV Dinner while “Galaxy Quest” plays in the background. Also went out and started the sprinkler to water the fruit trees a bit. We got 4 apples on our apple tree (of course) and I want to encourage that sort of behavior.

MCARC 10-meter Tuesday Evening Chat Net went well; even though I can’t hear anyone worth shit. They can really hear me; I just can’t hear them very well. Couple of the guys helped me out with the new 2-meter antenna after the Net. If I point it where I think Shelton is, they can’t really hear me and I can’t hear them much at all. But, if I point the thing to what I think of as West, everything’s good. Only thing we can figure is I’m bouncing my signal off the mountains in that direction. We’ll get it worked out tomorrow.

And that’s pretty much it. Another boring day in the life of Old Doc King shared with the world.

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Built A 3-Element Yagi For 2-Meters

cleo05cCause I got tired of being lazy. Yeah, Lazy. I got up at 0530 but really didn’t get my day started until around Noon. Yeah, Noon! What The Hell!?! Basically, I didn’t do shit. Which really is unusual for me.

So, after I did my chores I looked up the plans for the 3-element Yagi antenna for 2-meters, went and got the parts (that was $14!), came home and assembled it. Haven’t actually soldered anything yet; I wanted to see if it actually worked or not first. Especially since I absolutely suck at soldering. But I did get it together according to specs and it seems to work.

fsx4bAE7VG heard me trying to make a radio check and came back to me with a good signal report. Still a bit of scratchiness on this end, but apparently it transmits good. I really haven’t had any problems with transmitting; everyone always says I have a great signal. My problem is that most everyone is scratchy listening to them. Anyway, she did a couple of 10 counts for me so I could turn the antenna to the clearest signal. It does sound better than my other antenna; but it’s close. And not having an SWR meter for 2-meters is kind of a bummer. Radio seems okay.


Not much else going on really. Made myself some BBQ Pulled-Pork and bakes for dinner. Had one of the snickerdoodle cookies. Listening to the chatter on different repeaters and just chillin’.  No Nets or anything on Monday’s. Think I’ll “play” on 40-meters for awhile tonight. Need to call and refill my meds. Oh, Joy.

I think it’s Popcorn time!

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I Hate When Computer Stuff Goes Wrong!

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After using that WugFresh program yesterday, Thunderbird and this Live Writer was having trouble connecting through the “system proxy.” Had to spend about an hour tracking things down and fixing it. Finally got to where I can post but who knows what’s going on inside this thing. Sometimes it’s almost enough to make one just give up the Internet! You can’t trust anyone.

So, guess it’s time to reboot with a clean USB drive and do a system scan. That’ll take time. One would think that with all the shit I have running in the background one wouldn’t have to worry about running afoul of viri and people trying to mess your shit up.

j1fPretty “normal” Sunday around here so far. Lots cooler when I woke up today than it has been lately. Slept late again.

Had trouble getting to sleep last night cause I was worried if I had the alarms on the Nexus 7 setup right. I’m the principle “waker upper” in this house. I think I woke up at a quarter after every hour last night! And it was only at 0715 this morning that I remembered today is Sunday and I don’t have to worry about getting anyone (but myself) up. Damn! Sometimes I think of letting SWMBO be responsible for getting herself up in the mornings.

Talk about a lazy Sunday! Got busy “playing” with the Nexus 7 and didn’t get my shower until around 1100 and breakfast at 1115. Damn. Lazy. Dude. Sometimes. Also, we bought the original Ninja Turtles movies on blue ray at COSTCO yesterday, and I’m ripping them to .mp4 for our Movie Drive NAS. SWMBO also got the Kurt Russell Disney movie collection she wants me to rip.


Got my Nexus 7 mostly re-setup. Everything was working fine until I reinstalled Facebook. Then it went to shit. Even Tumblr, which has been really dependable, gave an error and asked if I wanted to close it. I’m going to uninstall Facebook and see if that helps. Otherwise I’ll wipe it, again, and start over, again.


There’s a 90% chance of rain (and maybe thunder storms) after 1100 today. It’s 1130 and I’ve seen neither. What up? I figure if it’s going  to be cooler than it has been (high of 69, maybe, today), cloudy and breezy, it might as well be raining. Especially since we really could use it.

Watered the garden. Picked some cherry tomato’s that came in. We Got Black Berries! Eatable, even. I love Black Berries.

Well, we did have a little bit of rain and enough Thunder to make me disconnect all my antenna’s “just in case.” It really didn’t last long though. Maybe a couple of minutes. Not even enough to get the ground wet. Ah well.

SWMBO made her famous spaghetti for dinner. It was good. We’re pretty much settling into our evening routines. MCARC 2-meter Sunday Chat Net in about 3 hours so maybe I’ll watch a movie. Or go flying.

My reception during the Net sucked! Although everyone said they had no problem hearing me. But we got through it. Even had a new person check in. Cool!

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