June 6th, 2004

Roman

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Somewhat lazy Sunday. I did some things I'd been thinking about, though. Pulled a rug out from my coffee table, rolled it up and put it in the storage building. Then moved a smaller rug under the table. It looks a little simpler now, if that can be said of my multi-colored, multi-layered home.

The death of my hard drives may change things more. I don't know how far I will go to recover the data or get the computer working. I may play with it, though. It may be true death, and nothing can be recovered and the hard drives can't be reused. I have never had that happen before, that I can recall, but with all the dust in this house I think it's plausible it happened this time.

I really need an office. A whole room devoted to office. Sharing doesn' t work that well. I see this in Clean Sweep all the time, because one of the two rooms is almost always a home office, a space that is shared with some other use. That is, I used to see it. I don't watch that program any more.

One more thing I'd like to do here, at least, today: replace my elderly VCR with the one I bought several weeks ago. I have delayed setting it up because of space, area in which to work, ways to do it. I think I have cleared enough space in front now to do it reasonably efficiently. The old VCR still works, so I may sell it on Ebay to someone who can appreciate fine quality but old stuff. That, and my Dual 8 movie projector. When will I be using that?? I keep thinking I will...
Roman

The thrill of cabling

I got the VCRs exchanged and the new one working the FIRST TIME. No need to go back and reverse cables or plug something somewhere else. It helps that the VCR sets a lot of things up by itself, knowing most of us simply won't. I bought this puppy so I could play and record things I tape with my video camera, mainly, because it has audio video plugs in front as well as in back. Kinda normal these days, but my old one doesn't have that.

I went on the web to see if I could find anything out about this older VCR. I found a place that sells the service manual for it, for over $25. The VCR is not worth that much itself, of course. But it is a lovely piece of work, very durable. I got it when my father died in 1994 and it wasn't new then. It still works. It's just not new-fangled.
Roman

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I went for a hike in el chorro regional park today. Signs at the entrance warned of mountain lions, rattlesnakes, cattle, and poison oak. Of the first three I found none but the last - there was so much poison oak I think I'll award this hike the first prize. First prize for having so much you can't possibly avoid it. Other than that, it was a terrific hike. I didn't mind the heat much, loved hiking up to Eagle Rock and the oak forest provided what it usually does, the beauty and the shade...and of course the poison oak.

I stopped at New Frontiers market on the way home because I figured I'd be too stiff and tired after getting home to want to go out again. So much good stuff at that market, it's like a little heaven. I managed to stay away from the bins of nuts and mixes and heaven knows what else, but did stop at the salad bar, put together a little one.

When I got home I took everything off, got the washer started, then took shower, using dish detergent as well as shampoo. I did what I could to avoid getting a rash, but of course I won't know for a few days.