And I canâ€™t figure out *why*. I will, but it may take some time. Ah well.
Not much going on around here. Getting ready for the Grandkids to come over for Christmas day. Gonna make a turkey for Christmas Dinner and open some presents and have some fun.
Got SWMBO a Nook (and some accessories) for her present. I think sheâ€™ll like it being the reader that she is. She got me a new computer. Cool!
Started using the Kindle that I had originally got for her last April for this Christmas. I like it! Iâ€™ve downloaded and read a dozen books already. Decided to â€œreplaceâ€ any paperback books I have (that I will read again) with Kindle versions.
Got her a Nook mostly because it doesnâ€™t require that the lights be on like the Kindle does. Doesnâ€™t sound important; until weâ€™re laying in bed reading after a long day and I finish reading but lay there awake cause the lights are still on *forever* until sheâ€™s through reading. At least now I can turn the lights off and she can still read if she so desires. Cool!
Weâ€™ve already spent WAY too much money for Christmas presents for my youngest daughter and her kids; with more being spent tomorrow. But, thatâ€™s what you have Grandkids for, ainâ€™t it?
Wx has been too damned cold for me. Not wet; barely any rain at all. Just too cold. And yesterday was only the first day of winter. Seems like Winter most of the time around here to me. I have several â€œstagesâ€ of my definition of Winter. First stage is anything below 75 degrees; itâ€™s still cold. Anything below about 65 or so; itâ€™s damned cold. Below 55; Iâ€™m *really* cold. Anything below 45; Iâ€™M FUCKING FREEZZING!!!!! Today it â€œwarmedâ€ up to 30 degrees. You donâ€™t want to hear about it!
Been doing a small bit of woodworking mostly finishing things up around the house. Made a shelf for my radio desk to hold the radio on top and the new AT-300 tuner I got underneath it. Looks okay and really does free up some space on my desk.
Radio stuff has been going okay. Iâ€™ve worked South Korea several times the past couple of days and Argentina once; both on PSK31. Iâ€™ve started making more voice contacts and talked to a guy in Norman, Ok yesterday. Weekly nets have been going okay. Finally moved the 10-meter segment of my antenna around so the Tuesday evening 10-meter net comes in better. Now I can hear mostly everybody.
Got a meeting of the NMARES club at 1900 tonight. Finger foods for Christmas. Iâ€™m about ready to give up on this club; canâ€™t really get anyone interested in actually *doing* anything. Then, at the last meeting, N7YGE reamed me out for encouraging one of our older members to experiment on his computer. Kept on about how â€œolderâ€ guys donâ€™t want to have to figure anything out but to be able to click here, click there, and be doing whatever it was they wanted to do. Wouldnâ€™t have been so bad if heâ€™d just said it once; but he kept on for a couple of minutes. I was ready to walk out.
Anywho, guess Iâ€™ve been more depressed than busy these past couple of months and I donâ€™t really know why. Part of it is some years between 15 Oct and Christmas is just plain out a bummer for me since our son, Patrick, died 20 years ago. Some if it is because I get up every morning and check out the job ads and there isnâ€™t really anything I can do. Canâ€™t handle those â€œyoung manâ€ jobs anymore; I went out and tried to stack hay for a day for a buddy and damned near died! Sometimes itâ€™s because of that damned Maid outfit SWMBO makes me wear when I do housework! Well, okay, that last part was a lie. She doesnâ€™t *make* me wear anything.
But thatâ€™s about it for now. Iâ€™m going to make myself sit down and post at least every other day to continue to educate the non-American world about just how boring the everyday life of an everyday American can be. Especially if youâ€™re getting â€œolderâ€ and semi-retired! And, who knows, maybe itâ€™ll make me feel better.