Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Rest of the Week

Thursday Morning - This morning when I headed to ACRC (coffee place), it was -2°F. Borderline but fine for riding. When it was time to head back home, it was -8°F. Definitely not the trend I was hoping for. All of the heated stuff seems to be still working or at least functional. The engine definitely sounded "happier" on the way to ACRC then on the way back reinforcing the thought that the Ural cutoff should be somewhere above 0°F. This is with 5W30 synthetic oil in the engine.

The degree symbol (°), is more of a pain on the Surface than it is on either the Mac or the iOS devices. There isn't a keyboard shortcut within Windows so I have to switch to HTML mode and use the ampersand+#176+;. A shortcoming of Windows and not the Surface hardware.

Thursday Afternoon - The afternoon was spent at the local Toyota dealer getting the Prius serviced. I think that this was the 64k mile service which shouldn’t be anything special. They have free WiFi plus the Food Network on one of the TVs. Not an unpleasant way to spend the afternoon.

Friday - Back to ACRC again as it had warmed up to 0°F this morning. When I stopped at Fred Meyer afterward, a guy came up to me in the parking lot and just stared. When I backed out, he had a huge smile and gave me a thumbs up and went away shaking his head. Not at all sure what he was thinking. I didn't get home until the afternoon and the sun was finally shining on the frosty trees. But I just didn't feel like stopping and taking a picture as the pictures end up looking the same. I was browsing through my photo library for the last year and there were a lot of pictures of the Ural parked in front of snow covered trees.

Saturday - Morning coffee at the coffee place on 2nd Ave in downtown Fairbanks. Good coffee and a good company. Some longtime friends came by to visit and they are all playing what sounds like a complicated board game. The most "exciting" to happen today is the kitchen sink is now plugged. Somewhere between the sink and the main drain for the upstairs. Part of the problem could be the lack of a proper vent for the kitchen sink. The earliest non-emergency repair window is Monday.

Other than that, it's been a pretty boring week...

6 comments:

Geoff James said...

Sorry to hear about the plugged sink Richard. We periodically have the same problem due to the shallow fall angle. I disconnect the U bend under the sink and use my portable tyre compressor connected to a 12v battery. Made up a blank for the end of the pipe from foam rubber and hardboard with a hole in it for the compressor nozzle. Works a treat!

SonjaM said...

I guess you don't have to use the degree symbol if it's too much of a hassle, Richard. Stating -8F will say the same. It's friggin' cold!

RichardM said...

I guess I got so used to using the symbol since it was so easy on OS X and iOS. I just assumed that it would be simple on Windows 10 as well. And it was cold...

RichardM said...

One more problem with a house with running water.

Don said...

I struggle with the degree sign, also on a Surface, character map, copy and paste. I'm an amature with most everything. I'm back home, 13F above tonight. Not to be a jerk, but I just spent my 60th birthday in Mexico, it got down to 73F once at night :)

Don

RichardM said...

I was a little surprised that there wasn't a handy dandy shortcut for these special characters. A belated Happy Birthday and hope that you and Karla had a great time in Mexico and have a wonderful new year...