Friday, September 18, 2020

Running Around Fairbanks

Thursday - First thing for the day, VE for a remote ham radio exam. This time it was 100% remote. The test taker had two cameras and he showed his whole environment and they were active during the test itself.

After the test, I headed to Sunshine to meet with some of the regular coffee crowd. The coffee was fine as was the company. This is one of the things I miss while traveling. 

I then had lunch with a former colleague who now works for the school district. The lunch lasted several hours. After lunch, I ran the truck through a car wash paying the extra for some wax. Since this is the only time it's going to be washed until winter is over, it seemed like a reasonable thing. I stopped by the university not to check out my closed office but to try and get a picture of the Fall leaves. The sun wasn't shining brightly enough to make the leaves bright yellow. And they are sort of past prime and starting to fall. It looks like I mowed the lawn just in time to not have to deal with the leaves.

Friday - I met another former colleague for coffee this morning at Alaska Coffee Roasters on Geist Road. I hadn’t seen him for a couple of years but worked with him for over twenty years. Afterwards, I picked up a trickle charger for the truck that I need to install this afternoon. While heading home, I stopped to pick up a couple of mushroom cap pizzas for lunch at Hungry Robot. He has his cool truck parked out front for towing his pizza ovens to locations and events. The patina looks pretty cool.

Here is a picture of the mushroom cap pizzas. The white one is the artichoke, chicken, pesto, and fresh mozzarella. I think that is my favorite. The other one is their pepperoni and sausage offering. Behind the truck you can see their two trailer mounted wood fired pizza ovens with cooking times of only a minute or two.

Later on this afternoon, I’m VE for another remote ham radio test. This time, there is a remote proctor and only one camera. The minor challenge for me is that the monitoring software seems to only run on Chrome on my laptop.

Other than that, I think I’m all packed to leave tonight. It’s been a hectic week due to the delay receiving the test result.0