Monthly Archives: February 2012

R.I.P. Davy Jones

More important people have died lately, including my friend Megan’s grandmother, but I didn’t think Davy Jones was that old. It doesn’t help that I’ve been almost sick lately and went to the gym and just kind of flopped around. Funny how tired a guy can get even without doing much of anything all week. I’m getting excited about the DX contest on the radio this weekend. That just means a lot of people will be on the radio from all over the world. I participate in a weird branch of a weird hobby, trying to talk to as many countries as possible. Plus I’m a little hampered by the … Continue reading

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Feeling crap-diddly-doodly.

After I got home from work I started to feel kind of craptacular. I felt so puny that I decided to skip going to the gym and, like always, started wondering if I was just being lazy. But I didn’t even feel like turning on my radio and that, to me, meant I was probably might have been a little under the weather. I didn’t even feel like eating dinner. My sister thinks it’s hay fever and if I’m lucky that’s all it is. Of course, even better, instead of going to sleep I’m having to figure out why Google Chrome is asking for permission to use all my passwords. … Continue reading

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Today I am a man.

This is the one day a year I can prove that I’m not gay: I’m not watching the Academy Awards and I’m not attending an Academy Awards party. I suppose that could also mean that I’m gay and unpopular, but I’m not having that, either. The other day there was an LGBT soirĂ©e next door to the gym and a friend who is “L” and I discussed whether the inclusiveness was proper there. I think it she told me LGBT wasn’t enough and the new proper term was LGBTQQ where the second “Q” stood for “questioning”. My question was who is doing the questioning; would it be me or is … Continue reading

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My goofy loop antenna is working!

I’m not sure if there’s not that many people on the radio (most likely) or if the antenna doesn’t work that well (also likely) but I just talked to Troy, NY on 40M. That’s actually quite a rarity for me. I also was too chicken to send any Morse code but I heard a guy in Chicago and a guy in Hungary sending Morse code that I could barely decipher. My code speed is pretty slow. Sounds like the antenna works and I need to wire up all the gizmos so I can send Morse code as well. Oh dear, this could be a huge time investment, couldn’t it? So … Continue reading

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Monday is not the day for Asian food.

I think it’s traditional for Chinese restaurants to be closed on Monday and it seems like Korean restaurants are following suit. I had the day off, as did my sister, and we took our mom on a Costco run. We figured we’d go to a Korean restaurant we like but it was closed, as were my second and third suggestions. We ended up at a Korean restaurant that was supposed to be good (and it was very good) but it took TWO HOURS to get out of there. We only saw one waiter and one busboy, and I wonder if they were both doing the cooking as well. The food … Continue reading

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Hooray ham radio.

I went to a ham radio swap meet for the first time in years today. For the past several years I’ve been choosing to go to the gym instead of driving to a dusty fairgrounds to see the same junk being sold by the same people. The junk tends to move from owner to owner, but it always seems like the same stuff. I really just go to talk to the “old-timers”, the friends I only see a few times a year at some excuse for a ham radio gathering. This time I spent several hundred dollars on power cabling and tools, but everything I bought was new though the … Continue reading

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Stupid Valentimes day.

So, how romantic can I get? I read a comic book series that fell off the intarwebs onto my hard drive, I watched <b>Comic Book Men</b> on AMC, and then watched <b>How I Met Your Mother</b> ’cause it was on my DVR. Sorta romantical, innit? I’m on a couple of dating sites. The more legitimate one keeps sending me women who don’t exist and are probably wanting me to send money to Nigeria. The other one has matched me up with lesbians in the past, but recently it matched me up with a woman who said, “I won’t date anyone shorter than me.” This made me think a bit. How … Continue reading

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Sticking with my old hobby.

Got some more things in today and while I should probably inventory the $500 of connectors I ordered to make sure everything is right, I decided to put together the kit that sends Morse code from a USB connection.At least it cheered me up a bit. Not really sure why I’ve been so cranky for the last couple of weeks. Can’t be because of February 14th, the birthday of the great state of Oregon or the fake dating emails I’ve been getting which appear to originate in Nigeria. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever talked to Nigeria on the radio. I wonder if I can somehow … Continue reading

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I need a new hobby.

Now I have two tripods, one rotator, three antennas, and nothing on the air. One tripod is on the garage roof, the other is in the backyard holding up an antenna. Two of the antennas are in the garage. I spent the weekend putting together the other one which turned out to be much larger than I was expecting. It’s taking up most of the backyard. I really just need to have SOMETHING up and connected to my radio, but nothing is “up” and I still don’t have enough cable to hook anything together. So, lots of work done this weekend but nothing finished means I don’t get to play … Continue reading

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Crankity crank.

I’ve been feeling especially cranky this week and not quite sure why. I wonder if it’s low blood sugar. I honestly am not sure if it has to do with the itchiness and the stuffed head I have from what is possibly hay fever. It’s been nice and in the 50’s and plants are starting to bloom. Maybe it’s football withdrawal. I don’t know. I just realized that my midlife crisis car could possibly be a Toyota Prius. How pathetic is that?

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Water, water, everywhere.

I drink a bunch of water after I go to the gym which is kind of a bad idea because I go to the gym in the evening. This usually means I wake up in the middle of the night wanting to go to the bathroom. It’s not far, and it’s not uncomfortable, so most of the time I get up but not always. Last night, though, I was having dreams about going to the bathroom before I woke up having to go to the bathroom. I don’t remember this sort of thing happening since I was seven- or eight-years-old. Fortunately, the dream didn’t actually mean I was really going … Continue reading

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Yay, connectors!

My boss (also an old ham radio buddy if you haven’t been paying attention) came in with connectors for the cable he gave me, so now it’s time to get one of my antennas up and running! Unfortunately, I left the connectors at work. It’s just as well since I shouldn’t try getting it done before the weekend. Standing on the roof in the dark is something I should give up since I’m older and it’ll take me longer to heal than when I was starting out playing with radios THIRTY FOUR YEARS AGO. And I made it in to the gym but that was kind of iffy at first. … Continue reading

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