Monday, January 30, 2006

monday blahzzzzzzzz

It's Monday, I'm feeling cheated because I worked Saturday and I really really feel like NOT going to work today.
I asked for the day off tomorrow, because the IO Girl is coming tonight and I got it, then something came up and I have to work for about 4 hours. the OI Girl will be here tonight!!!
The dawg walk this morning was great, the sky is crystal clear and zero clouds. Venus is low, coming up, Jupiter is high. I saw Scorpius, Centaur, Southern cross, Corvus, Leo, Big Dipper, Little Dipper and two satellites.
Yesterday I spent the day at the beach. I took pics. the first one is a palm tree hiding the sun. I guess it's not that great, but I think it's cool. (I like the airplane there, see it way up high?) The second is a path. I was at the beach and the path leads away from the beach, I'm not sure where it goes. Yet. The third is just a palm tree, I wish that little corner of the house wasn't there. but it can be cropped.
I really really really wish I didn't have to go to work today.

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Another record-breaker

I woke up this morning, I cleaned my outside cabinet. It looks a lot better in there. My dog caught a salamander, I made him let him go. My dog got to keep its (the newts) tail. I have a lot of scuba weights that I'm going to give to the dive shop. If the conditions look good, I might dive.
Right now I'm typing one-handed, I'm eating strawberries, papaya, mango and honey-dew melon.
This is another record-breaking-level-of-boredom post.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Wasting my life

I woke up this morning a 4:30, half hour before the alarm, I was wide awake. I said to myself "excellent!" and got up and made the coffee. I laid back down and fell into this beautful deep sleep. I woke up at 7:15. I'm wasting my life, sleeping it away.

I started another blog, one of those 365 thingamawaps. I doubt I know 365 people, but I'll give it a shot.

We're having a brutal winter. It's cloudy and windy and cold. I'm going to work in about 90 minutes, thinking about wearing long pants. Have you ever heard about the african butterfly starting a chain reaction that causes hurricanes half way around the world? (me either) If I wear long pants to work, it could cause a similar situaton.

Normally I drink Coke. Last night I bought caffeine free diet Coke. Why? I am asking myself why? I also bought 12 cans of Red Bull energy drink. I guess I can mix them and they'll counteract each other. Somebody help me.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Weird working weekend

It's Friday, My weekend kind of starts today, but doesn't really start at all. I work a big split shift today. I'm pointing a dish at a satellite (for the newspaper) at 10. Then I have a broadcast tonight at 7. Tomorrow morning we're broadcasting from the Governors house. I'm bringing the van home tonight and going straight to the Govorners house in the morning. It looks like I'll have Sunday off.

Have you seen This? I saw got it from Jona's page. I'm thinking about starting one. All day yesterday I was thinking about people, counting words on my fingers. I think it's a cool idea. However old you are, you write that many words about a different person every day for a year. So I would write 45 words every day about someone. And you title the post as a fraction of 365, for each day of the year.

This morning I feel kind of groggy and brain dead so I'm going to go sit outside and drink my coffee.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Early in = early out, (I hope)

I'm at work already, I awoke to the sound of silence, the computer had quit so we were broadcasting silence. So I came in and re-started the computer and now I'm cleaning my shop. It needs it, my workbench is covered in stuff.

After work last night I swam even though it was late. I started to swim the half mile but the sun started going down and I turned around. I was about half way when I turned around, and normally I swim the half and walk back, so I rekkon I swam a little less than the half, but almost. I feel it a little this morning.

Here's a picture I took yesterday, sitting in my car. I like this pic because it seems very "busy". The cruise ship isn't on the pier, it is anchored out pretty far. The people are getting on a boat to take them to the ship.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Puke a boot

It was a good day yesterday. I only had $3 and I went to the grocery store salad bar (I do every day, they have fruit and stuff in the mornings) and the total was $2.99. That's not skill, just luck.
Work wan't bad, I ducked out and went to the bank while I had to go to the Ritz to scope it out for todays broadcast. Also, I had to get the work van inspected, and while I was there, I finally got my new drivers license!!
After work, I stopped by the beach and swam the half mile. Oboyoboy I am outta shape. so I vowed to swim every day from now on, except today, I can't today because I have to work till late.

Then when I got home, the neighbors had the new puppy out on the porch and I took a pic. I am contemplating posting the pic because I just hate it when people post cute pictures of their puppies or kittens on the their blogs. It makes me nauseous, it makes me want to puke a boot. I mean, don't these sick, deranged people have anything better to post about?
I'm just doing it for the sake of comments. I like a lot of comments, by the way, they make my day, but no pressure or anything. (where have I heard THAT before?)
May I remind you that it's not my dog, and his name is Gargantor, Pepe Gargantor. Like Bond, James Bond.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

No post today

I'm just posting to say I'm not posting anything today. I posted twice yesterday and I can't think of anything to say today.
Today is Tuesday and I'm going to work. I feel in a pretty good mood. Glad it's Tuesday and not Monday.
I had a pretty broke weekend. I didn't go to the bank Friday and I'm out of cheques. So I kinda feel good that I didn't spend (waste) money this weekend. I just hope I can get breakfast with the $3 that I have or I'll be embarassed at the checkout line.
This morning I woke up at about 4 and could hear hard driving rain. I went to the door and looked and it was really coming down. I walked the dog just now and it was nice and warm and starry. I was going to sit outside and drink my coffee but my chair was wet so I decided to come in here and not post anything.
Tomorrow is a broadcast of a business luncheon from the Ritz. Then the talk show. So my day tomorrow is full I guess. Oh dang! Now I'm not going to have anything to post about tomorrow either.
Here's another pic from yesterday, It's a trumpetfish.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Dive photos

Went diving today. It was great to get wet. Here's a few pics:

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Squirrel Fish

File Fish

two baracudas

Queen Angel

flourescent sponge


click pic for huge heartmelting view
This morning I heard a puppy whining outside the back window. I went outside and all the neighbor girls had him and were spoiling him big time. Thay gave him a bath and went out and bought food. He's teeny, looks lke about 6 weeks, not that I'm an expert or anything.
He looks like a perfectly healthy puppy. He had fleas, but that's about it. The thought crossed my mind that my dog could use some company. The girls really love him and I think one of them will keep him, but we shall seeeeeee!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Good news for you north of here

Spring has started. I can tell, the ants are trying to take over the kitchen. And the caterpillars are back on my plant outside that I have because it is caterpillar food. I got the plant out in the woods, when I got it, I was thinking butterflies, not caterpillars. The caterpillars eat all the leaves, leave a cocoon and then I never see the butterfly. The plant hasn't recovered from them last year. It's a real delimma. Pick the caterpillars off, or loose my plant, which I got for caterpillars.
Such problems, I don't know how I ever get any sleep with such problems.
The ants, I'm not too worried about.
Biologically speaking, (but not yet astronomically) spring has begun, I seen it! it is spreading northward towards most of you even as you read this!
I'll be at the beach today.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

word verification dictionary

check out this link.
Bloggers have created a word verification dictionary.
Now you can find out what those pesky word verifications mean!

Long weekend

But I'm working anyway There is another station that needs help with their studio console. It has a broken connector and I am changing it for them. Well, I'm going to look at the job, it might take special tools, which I will obtain.
I realized last night that I left my wetsuit at the dive shop Wednesday or whenever it was I dived last. Hopefully it will be there. What is the past tense of DIVE? Is it DIVED or DOVE?
Monday is a holiday here. Last year it was Hero's day. I think they changed the name to Seamans Day.
I stayed up kind of late last night. Woke up and was kinda snoozing with the radio on. Now the coffee pot just made "The Sound" which means the coffee is done, so
I'm outta here!
PS: I haven't mentioned that I have a new underwater camera that I haven't used yet. I said I was going to get it, but never said I got it. Hopefully I will post some pics this weekend, IF the dang wind dies down!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Walking Stick

Down the street, there is an intermittent pack of dogs that used to live at a construction site behind my apartment. After the construction was finished, the dogs moved to the street where I walk my dog. When I say intermittent, I mean sometimes they are there and sometimes they are not. At first I got a stick to fend them off when we walked by. They are fraidy cat dogs and won't come close, but bark like crazy. One morning, in an especially dark mood, I found their barking too annoying to tolerate and I got mad. I started beating my stick on the road yelling "come here!" to the dogs. If a dog can sense a persons fear, they sensed something different in me that day, because they ran, and I mean ran over the horizon out of sight. But I mashed my stick up into bits so I needed a new one. I found a piece of PVC tubing at a concrete dumping ground. I sawed it off to the right length. I made one end pointy, to fend off dogs. I put a champange cork in my end so it is nice and comfortable to walk with. I found a wine cork on the beach, it fit perfectly, so I shoved it down inside. I bet it would float. I drilled a hole and put a lanyard through for a wrist strap and also I can carry my cell phone on it and keep it out of the sand at the beach. I can poke it down in the sand and secure my dogs leash to it while I take a swim. It's turning into quite a sophisticated walking stick. Now, I worry about someone taking it when I leave it outside. Isn't that moronic?
You know what else is moronic? I'm typing all this crap about my piece of junk walking stick when really I can't stop thinking about that girl who was taken hostage recently. My personal philosophy is if a person takes a hostage, the hostage is considered dead and the hostage taker is guilty of murder. If they are in a building, then blow up the building. The hostage taker, the hostage takers family, and his country, will be held responsible for the loss. The message is that taking a hostage means certain death, will harm your country, your family, and everyone you know, and is never a way to get what you want.
But something about this girls picture gets to me. I don't want her dead. According to my own policy, I'm supposed to consider her dead already. I don't want to do that, I want her to get back home OK. It's really something that I'm having a hard time not thinking about.
Also I realize that I wouldn't be as concerned about it if it wasn't a pretty girl. It makes me ask myself all kinds of questions. What kind of person am I? What if I was the hostage? How would I feel? How would I want everyone to feel? To me, growing older is like staying the same, while everybody else gets younger. I used to go to the doctor and he was an old man, now I go to the doctor and he's a little kid. Walking down the street, everyone seems young, I remember they used to seem old to me. Looking in the mirror every day, I can't see myself getting older. I think I'm still the same. What I see in this picture, is a person too young to be there.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ask me what I'm doing today

I'm doing as little as possible! I plan on working from about 6 till about 9:30 and that's it.

A girl from work emailed me a cartoon that I thought was funny. Here it is. No wait - Here's two.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Thats why

I just got home from work and out of the shower. I was at the Ritz from 6AM till 2:30, then another broadcast from a church from 6PM till 9PM. That's why I didn't post this morning.
I am Sleepyyyy
Had a great dive yesterday, 284 feet, 112 minutes.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Late Shift

Today I'm working the late shift, 2:00 till 9:30. This morning I'm going diving.
I'm late

Monday, January 16, 2006

Back from the Brac

I'm back at work, I was on the 6:40 AM flight and came straight to work. So here I am, ready to go home. I'll be afew hours though.
I had a good time while I was gone. it was good to see the OI Girl. She worked in the mornings and I hung by the pool and the beach.
She's kind of like a go out at night type and I'm a go to bed early type. we went to a cookout yesterday evening an it was freezing!
Last night I dreamed I droped my laptop down a big flight of stairs. I watched it bounce bounce bounce and the CD tray broke off. It still came on, but it was screwed!
Ik, a nightmare!
This isn't much of a post, but I've got to get to work.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Packing and Cleaning

I'm going to see OI Girl this afternoon, I'll go straight to the airport after work. That means this morning I'm packing for the trip and cleaning tha apartment because I try to create the illusion for the dogsitters (next door neighbors) don't know I'm a slob.
Also I have to get all the scuba gear out of the car. And pack the scuba gear I'm taking and get it in the car. I got about 6 hours to do and a half an hour to do it. This would bbe a problem for a normal person, but as you know, I'm not a normal person.
Just let me finish this blog entry and this cuppa coffee and I'll get right on it!
The computer store wants the TV Tuner box back. They don't think it's the computer. OK, it DOES screw up on two computers... SO that's on my list of things to do today.
After reading FroggieMoms post on DMV's, I went yesterday to get my drivers license. I was standing in line and the license making machine broke again. A lot of people got angry but I just laughed. I told them I had been waiting since DDecember 5th. Normally I'm the first one to get angry. I get angry easier but then I get over it easier too. I think.
Anyway I possibly won't be posting while I'm gone, like I seldom do when I visit the OI Girl, but I'll be missing you all! You know I'll be getting laid, wishing I could post a post and read your blogs! Right?
Hee Heee HEEEE!
Hava good weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Sixteen Minutes

Yesterday I got my laptop out of the shop. I have said it has problems since I got it, but I can't really explain what they are or what the symptoms are. A couple of months ago, I bought this little TV tuner that lets your computer act as a TV, plus you can record any video and save it as a file. Well, this nifty little unit consistently gave me the blue screen. I figured it was the computer and not the tuner. The computer shop, after looking at the code on a picture of the blue screen said they saw the problem and said they could fix it. Yesterday I got it back. Excited. Sixteen minutes later, blue screen. I'm taking it back, with another photo of another blue screen.
This morning for the dog walk the sky was very clear. After only a few cloudy mornings, the difference in the stars is amazing. Centaur is completely up now in the mornings, I see his front hooves, Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri both clear and bright. The Southern Cross doesn't get much higher in the sky. Every morning the stars are a little higher than they were the previous morning. I saw a shooting star that flew over three quarters of the sky.
After work I have an appointment for the dogs checkup and ear infection. Tomorrow I am going to see the OI Girl and am very excited about that. Ya'know, yesterday I said SOMETIMES!
I didn't sleep worth a dang last night, I went to bed at 10:20 and was still awake at 12:47. then I woke up at about 4:05 and that was it for me.
Anyway, That'll do for today, I could go on and on.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


We gotta get this weather straightened out! I took off early yesterday (because I went in early) and it was all cloudy and windy and miserable.
Although I technically got up at my normal hour yesterday, I was really tired when I got home, so I took a nap. I think my brain was telling my body that I woke up earlier than normal
I needed the nap.
My main dive buddy is leaving the island this weekend, so I guess I'll see if I can go see the OI Girl. I realized that if I had to choose between her and diving, I'd choose diving. I don't know if that's true all the time, but at least sometimes.
This mornings dog walk featured wet pavement from rain and clear starry skies.

This is the boringest blog on earth.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Early Morning

I'm at work already, Last night I couldn't sleep at all. I went to bed about 9:30, OI Girl called about the same time and we had a small argument about a triathalon. She said the cutoff for the one mile swim portion was 25 minutes, and I said, too adamantly, that that wasn't possible. She got mad because I cut her off before she could finish, then she wouldn't finish, and things got worse from there. She says I do that all the time and I guess it's probably true.
So I kept waking up all night, thinking about it.
Then at 5:03 I heard the sound of my coffee pot chunkkin and wondered why my alarm radio wasn't on. I looked and it was on, playing silence. We were off the air! So I get up, shower, walk the dog (cloudy, no stars, but WARM! yeay!) got my coffee and came into work and found the computers player was on "pause" so I un-paused it and viola! Sound on the airwaves!
But I kind of got the blues and I'm starving too.

Monday, January 09, 2006


That last post was a strikeout, I thought it was a pretty good comic.
This was a long weekend, as far as weekends go, it was cold and windy and waves too big for diving. I didn't do much. I did go to the beach Saturday, but yesterday I didn't do anything. I can't even account for the time. I did kind of watch both football games. Redskins won again and I won $5! When I say kind of watch both games, I went to the NFL Gamecenter website, and from there I could see a scoreboard and read a play by play. Kind of like radio, except you read it.
I don't know when I am going to see the OI Girl again. I was going to go next weekend, but after no diving this weekend... well I don't know. I am asking myself how I got into this situation. I had a hard, fast rule: No Long Distance Relationships. Now it's worse than before, before if I ws lonely, at least I could try to go and meet someone, now I just have to suffer. And the loneliness is worse now than before. Locked-in loneliness with a no-relief safety valve.
But, this is going to be a good week, last night I had to wake up and turn on the AC again. This morning when I went for the dogs walk it was nice and warm again, except the breeze was still cool. Mentally I actually feel pretty good. I feel like I am able to see clearly, which probably means that I am especially disillusioned.
Remember months ago when that girl from work went on vacation and I was entering the computer info while she was gone? Well, she's going on vacation again and nobody has told me if I'm covering for her again of not. If I don't have to, it's good, because I get off early enough in the afternoon to do something fun. If I do have to, it's good because I'll be working a split shift and I love those loooong lunch hours! A Win-Win situation!
I hope you have a good week!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Made me Laugh out loud

Saturday, January 07, 2006


This morning I am wearing a jacket and long sweatpants. Last night I was too cold to sleep well, (plus I had taken a nap)
But YOW!! it is cold for here!

Cold front

A cold front moved through yesterday evening, I opened the windows and shut off the AC. It is so nice with a breeze blowing through!
I took a nap when I got home from work yesterday and now I'm wide awake at midnight.
I say yesterday but really I mean earlier this evening.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Decent Pot

My mind is a perfect blank, I can't think of a thing to write. Today my coffee is good. All week I've had this new coffee (from my freezer) Dunkin' Doughnuts brand. I just can't get a decent pot of coffee out of it. every morning I've been saying to myself "Don't drink that nasty coffee, make some good stuff!" Then the other voice in my head says "No dammit! use up the nasty stuff and be rid of it!" This morning I made the good stuff. It's not THAT great, but acceptable. It's some of that fancy grind-your-own from the grocery store. It's a helluva lot better than that Dunkin Doughnuts type though. I'll be glad when it's gone. Normally I drink "Pilon" coffee. It's one of the cheapest brands but it is real good. Also "Cafe Bastillo", super cheap and real good. Here, jamaican blue mountain isn't that expensive, but I don't really like it. It's so smooth I always think it's weak.
I drink my coffee black with no sugar.

PS, yesterday this guy,
ooranos, left a comment that is a link. I clicked the link and it's a slide show of all the pics on my page. Interesting and worth checking out.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Not a bad day yesterday

I didn't go postal yesterday, It wasn't even a bad day. I had to cancel my Vets appointment. I always forget I have to work late on Wednesdays. I rescheduled the appointment for next Thursday. I had the good 'ol split shift yesterday, I went to the beach at lunchtime and walked and walked. There were 6 or 7 cruise ships in so it was crowded. Sometimes I like a crowd and sometimes I like the beach to myself.

Also yesterday I got a real bad hankering for a new underwater camera. I stopped by a photo place at lunch, and I called around a little bit, picked out the best one and after work, went to pick it up. Then the salesman was a jerk (not the lady I talked to on the phone). All he had to do was ring it up and crunch my credit card. But noooooo! he had to try to sell all this other crap I said I didn't want. And of course you all know I'm an idiot for not buying everything he wanted me to buy. I ended up not buying a single thing. I'll order it online today.

I found a magazine article about people who have been fired because of their blogs. I scanned it and here it is. I read it, but I didn't go read their blogs. I'll have to take a look at mine and see if I could get in trouble. AND by the way, it's from PEOPLE Magazine, and no, I didn't ask anybodys permission to post these pics!
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Anyway, that's about it for today. Tomorrow is FRIDAY! and I was working Saturday but now I'm not! Yipeee! My rebreather is all put together, tested and ready to go!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Schedule Conflict

Not much to post today. I have a veterinarian's appointment today (for my dog) but I just remembered, every Wednseday I have to work late for the talk show. So this morning I have to call the vet and re-schedule.
I'm trying to maintain a better attitude at work. My problem is lack of self control. I have to stop myself from acting even when I get angry. I always take everything so personally. I don't know why I just typed that. Probably sign that I will go postal today! Hooo Ray!
My dive watch is in the shop. I have my old 1982 Casio waterproof-to-200-metres on, which, except for batteries twice, has never failed me. It costed an astronomical $40, a lot way back then.
I am still on my first cup of coffee.
See ya

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Another disjointed post

Last night I went to the Astronomy Club meeting. There was a new guy there with a telescope that I liked a lot. I've been thinking about getting one for years but my main desire is portability. I have heard a lot of stories about big telescopes that never get used. Also there was a pair of "image stabilizing binoculars" there. I've heard about them but that was the first time I actually saw a pair (outside the store). The Andromeda galaxy and the Orion Nebula looked fantastic through them. The Andromeda Galaxy is visible to the naked eye, but you have to look next to it, if you look right at it, you can't see it, because of your blind spot because of where your optic nerve is connected to the back of your eyeball. It was very cool seeing it well with the small telescope and the binoculars. It was still just a fuzzy light spot, but extremely cool.
I have a Treo phone (with a Palm Pilot built in) I have a program called Planetarium. It is the best star chart software anywhere. It beats everything else available, even programs for desktop computers. This guy brought his Palm Pilot last night and I beamed Planetarium to him, then spent a lot of time explaining it to him. Toward the end of the meeting I noticed I was angry, for no reason I could explain. I was wondering if it was because I had to go to work today, of if I felt I "wasted" the night showing that guy the software, or what. On the way home I stopped and got gas, ($62 for 16 gallons). Also I got a tuna sandwich and realized I was starving. Maybe I wasn't angry at all, just hungry. For me, they are just about the same thing.
This morning for the dog walk I saw the Southern Cross, Centaur (the half man, half horse), and Scorpius the scorpion is coming back up again.
Anyway I was just getting into the weekend and now it's time to go back to work.
I don't wanna go to work!!
Last night I had a dream I was working on an old radar, it looked kind of like the dashboard of a 50's car and had a lawnmower engine to rotate the antenna. I was thinking "great, another piece of crap for me to fix". And I was worried about getting zapped (electric shock) because it was falling apart.
And, as long as I'm complaining about everything, my dive watch broke last night, the light stays on all the time. I just had it repaired because the light quit working completely, now it stays on all the time. That's bad for battery life, as well as making it hard to sleep. It's really bright. (It's a Suunto Stinger Titanium, in case you're interested.)
I hope you have a great week everybody!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Holiday Monday!

Thank Gawd! I had a great dive yesterday and want to go again today, but nobody else wants to. So maybe I'll just go to the beach, or ride my bike. Or ride my bike to the beach.
Maybe I'll do a solo dive....

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy 2006!

I hope everyone has a Happy 2006. For me, I want an improvement over 2005. I think I need to write down my ideas as I have them, instead of thinking I will remember them and then forgetting.
All my life I wanted to be a scuba diver. I am an instructor for several agencies. I stay in electronics mainly for the money and because I care what my parents think. I think I'd be much happier in the dive industry. When I worked in the US, I had my electronics job from 7 am till 3:30 pm then I went to the dive shop at 4 till the evening. Here, it is not so easy to have two jobs. Another thing I think about is getting old and retiring. How can I take a job with a quarter of the pay and ever think about retiring? On the other hand, even now, I can't see ever being able to afford to retire. I see myself working till I die. I would like to be successful. To me, being successful means being able to quit work and have fun while I'm still young enough to enjoy it. this year I need to figure out how to do that.
Have a great day and a Happy New Year!