Oh yeah, we booked a three day weekend in the Berkshires in late October, there were still a few campgrounds open. We wanted to test out the sleeping platform I made for the minivan. It was cold, the platform was too high, and it wasn't comfortable so we lasted a night. We did get 29 mpg on the drive back, woot! No more camping until spring.
In other van news, it has a hard drive and CD ripper. When you load a CD you're asked if you want to save it to the HD. There's room for about 19 CDs. I haven't tried this yet because I'm not sure what CDs I want to rip onto the HD. Vote in my poll, votes for Motorhead will not be counted as listening to Ace of Spaces makes me a bad driver.
Halloween was nice. Twenty_five_year_old answered the door, twice, while Mrs. Ha and I sat around a roaring chimenea.
Mrs. Ha decided to withdraw from her course. We're all feeling a bit less stressful now. It was too many new things to learn in too short of a time, and she's more of a hands on learner than a remote learner. Empire State isn't good for hands on learners.
Does anyone want some aquarium snails? They're invasive in the US. Twenty_five_year_old got them for her beta tank, her beta died, the snails keep reproducing, and we have lots of snails. I'm not sure how she's going to properly kill them when it's their time, we can't flush them.
I've been getting a lot of retirement feelings lately. I get notes from people younger than me that went right from college to a professional job, and they can retire in their early 50s, I get a bit jealous. Oh well, at least I had many varied work experiences.
A few weeks back one of our developers had a retirement lunch. I went, it was kind of awkward. If I had been a little more confident and a little less awkward I would have made a little speech about how handing off untested patches terrifies me, but if I had with a gun to my head but I got to pick the developer, it would have been Mike. Really, Mike was that good, his patch failure rate might have been 1%. But you know, awkward.
We went estate saling over the weekend, lots of old people. I guess that's one retirement hobby, when I ever retire. At one sale I picked up an old Sears electric chainsaw for $4. Mrs. Ha was worried that it wouldn't work, but what is there to an electric chainsaw?
As it was, it didn't work. I spent a few hours on the weekend taking it apart and removing oil soaked sawdust, and found out one of the leads on the switch was disconnected. I reconnected it, put it back together, and it works. The tree of heaven growing through our fence won't know what hit it.
Sales don't look good this weekend, but you never know.
Thanksgiving plans are still unclear. My sister went to Egypt for a few weeks with her belly dance group. We're not sure if she's up to hosting, though she seems to really like it for two hours. As a precaution I tried smoking a boneless turkey breast last weekend, despite the cold rain and snow it worked.
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