Have you figured out what this is all about? All the songs since clue 3 deal with leaving. The first clue Whipping Post by the Allman Brothers and My Way by the one and only Frank Sinatra hopefully point to a general feeling of being burned out, and that whatever it is I’m leaving, it’s by my choice.
First, no we’re not getting divorced. At least not that I know of. But the time has come, and I’m taking an early retirement. Not a full retirement, I expect to get some part time work (“You want fries with that??), and with any luck not in the IT realm any longer. Think of it as a “semi-retirement”, which is very similar to “semi-pro”, just without the pay.
I really want to finish the repair/remodel work on the house we’ve started, get a garden going for spring, and do my genealogy again. These ghosts ain’t gonna find themselves!
So if anybody has work for a broken down 60+ year old fart, let me know!
Continuing the series with clue #7. Remember, if I’ve already told you about this DON’T GIVE IT AWAY!!! There will be 8 posts all together, and the last post will be on Friday, 25 October where I’ll “spill the beans”.
Continuing the series with clue #6. Almost there! Do you have an idea? Remember, if I’ve already told you about this DON’T GIVE IT AWAY!!! There will be 8 posts all together, and the last post will be on Friday, 25 October where I’ll “spill the beans”.
Continuing the series with clue #5. Remember, if I’ve already told you about this DON’T GIVE IT AWAY!!! There will be 8 posts all together, and the last post will be on Friday, 25 October where I’ll “spill the beans”.
Continuing the series with clue #4. Remember, if I’ve already told you about this DON’T GIVE IT AWAY!!! There will be 8 posts all together, and the last post will be on Friday, 25 October where I’ll “spill the beans”.
Continuing the series with clue #3. Remember, if I’ve already told you about this DON’T GIVE IT AWAY!!! There will be 8 posts all together, and the last post will be on Friday, 25 October where I’ll “spill the beans”.
‘Cause that’s about all we’ve had from this hurricane. But I’m not complaining. The folks in the Bahamas really got hit hard. Dorian was over Abaco and Grand Bahama Island for damn near 24 hours. The islands are devastated. This makes me very sad. I really like Freeport.
But here in #Floriduh, at least in my area, just some rain and wind. But then, isn’t that exactly what a hurricane is? Wind and rain?
So here I sit deep in an undisclosed location in the bowls of a dormant volcano, somewhere in.. uh.. can’t say where. Day 2 in the EOC. Yesterday was long. A full 12 hour shift on about 4 hours sleep. Almost felt like I was back in the Army. Just with air-conditioning. But the same old jokes and lousy food, but no MREs (YEAH!!!).
The storm is about 100 miles due east of us. It only took about 12 hours for it to reach us as it was stationary for a very long time, then slowly moved north west. It has picked up speed, but is still moving very slowly. Current speed estimate is 8 MPH.
No track today, but here is a radar shot;
I should say that we are currently just over halfway through hurricane season. This is the height of the season as well; as this image shows.
My house, and my brother’s house (he lives about 45 minutes west of me), have not any real issues. He did lose power for about an hour, but luckily bourbon doesn’t need refrigeration, so he made it through just fine.
Right now, our city manager says he hopes to close the EOC around 5 PM this evening, and we’ll return to a more regular schedule tomorrow. Sound good to me.
One thing I noticed on the way in yesterday and today was that almost every fast food place was closed. All the McDonalds, Dunkin’s, and Taco Hell Bell were dark and gloomy. But the Subway was open. Yesterday the local “greasy spoon” was open, but not this morning. Roads are basically clear. Only a few scattered palm fronds here and there.
I picked out a video that actually goes with the topic. I was going to use Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain, but choose this one instead. I used Lightfoot’s song for the title (call it a two-for-one). Enjoy!
On the way in to work this morning, I had great post in my head, even tied in with a video. Then I showed up and let’s just say, it all went to hell in a handbasket really quick.
But (and there’s always a but, isn’t there), it really started last week. During my younger days, back when I was active duty Army, we averaged 22 months between moves. You read that right. We moved on average, every two years. This meant two things; we lived out of boxes quite a bit, and we didn’t collect much stuff.
We’ve now been in this house just over 22 years. Not only is there crap everywhere, it’s falling apart. We have had the entire house repiped for inbound water already. Now we seem to have a drain leak under the slab as well. We only found this out after having the majority of the kitchen drain system replaced.
Luckily, our home owner’s insurance is working with us. Otherwise we would probably just walk away from the house and let the bank take it back. We’re that fed up with the whole situation.
But that has nothing to do with today. Well, not a lot about today anyway.
I had a task set for early this morning at work. I am usually the first tech in every morning, so I had set up to do some work on a computer before everyone else showed up. Shouldn’t take more than an hour tops. Cue the “best laid plans” meme…
Starts off, my tool kit was missing from my desk. I do have a second set, but the pieces are nowhere near as useful as this kit. The screwdriver bits are not exactly the correct size, and as I still have my wrist in a brace, it’s difficult to get hand tools to work correctly at any time.
The main task was to clone a hard drive. Not the most difficult thing believe me. We have hardware and software to make this as close to hands-off as we can be. Naturally, it was anything BUT hands-off.
To make this as quick and painless as I can for those not tech oriented, here’s how it went down.
Can’t find my good tools
Had to use the old crappy tools
Took replacement drive down to the machine to clone it
System will not boot to my USB drive (Hiren’s) to use the software
Bring both drives back up to my desk to try the hardware
Let the clone device run for 30 minutes, nothing happening
Plug the dock into my Ubuntu laptop – and nothing. The laptop won’t even boot with or without the dock
Plug the dock into my laptop and boot to the Hiren’s USB to clone
2 hours later the software says complete! Yay!!!
Plug the new ssd into a test machine – won’t boot (There is no joy in Mudville)
Reclone the drive using a different test machine
Same error after that clone attempt
Did a quick repair, well actually, a co-worker did the repair since he has that test machine we were using
Took the new SSD back down stairs and tested
Finally!! It booted. (And the peasants rejoiced!)
Total time for the “one hour max” job – 4 hours!
I will say this once again – I hate Micro$oft! Windows is without a doubt the biggest computer virus of all time.
Early morning texts this morning with Wifey;
The “pig” is a local brewery, The Red Pig. In retrospect, I’m not sure beer will be strong enough for today. May have to go straight to the whisky!
But, it’s finished for now. Here is the video I had planned for today, even if I can’t remember what I was going to post! It’s my favorite Bob Dylan song Tangled Up In Blue. In a way, it’s still kind of fitting. I’ve been tangled up in something all day, and my language has been quite blue!