rookie mistake

I did laundry this week. I totally fucked it up.

For years I’ve been using one machine at a time with great success. Moving into an apartment complex provides multiple machines to use, but at a cost. I brought two loads of laundry, loaded both, and then went back for my laundry money card. Upon returning and paying for the loads, I managed to select hot for my bright colors and cold for my whites. I unknowingly returned to my apt. and started doing something else. Suddenly I found a missed bright color shirt, so I went back to toss it in and discovered my mistake. Since I’d already paid, my laundry card used up, and the washers were full of water, the only solution was to switch the clothes. I used an empty washer to hold the dirty whites that I hand wrung, hand wrung the colors, put them in the cold water, and then finally put the whites in the hot water. Everything turned out ok in the end, all clean, no run colors. It was fairly intensive to hand wring two loads of wet laundry after a long day of work. Hopefully that’s the last time I do that.


I have a plan, and I’ve been over it backwards and forwards dozens of times and yet I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. I’ve moved before. I’ve moved with less certainty about the plan. I just found out today what car I’ll be driving to LA, got a chance to check it out, and it seems like it’ll be ok. No idea if the person who is supposed to help me get a moving truck was successful or not. The company internet went down around lunch time and didn’t come back. No way to check or send email to coworkers.

Drive down and hope the best? That’s crazy!! I reserved a truck through u-haul on Monday as a back up plan. I’m not approved for re-reimbursement at that cost level, but I can’t bear the thought of getting down there and then not having a truck to pack. Especially since I’m out of options. I have to be out by 6/1.

Really I think the thing I’m most worried about is packing the truck. That’s not something I have a lot of experience with. Usually I move a short distance and make many trips. Ideally I could pack in a way so that everything I’m putting in storage is grouped together, and everything I’m bringing to work is together, and all the apt. stuff is together.. but since everything is weird shapes, boxes, furniture, exercise equipment, tools, etc. I fear everything is going to be mixed. I fear unpacking is going to be more difficult than packing. I might have to park the rental truck at work and make trips with my truck to storage (about a mile away, I figured it made more sense to get storage close to work rather than the apt since I hope to move ((EEK!!)) but not change jobs in the future) since storage can’t accommodate a truck longer than 20′.

I want to challenge myself

I’d like to try to post every day, but I don’t know how long it’s practical for, especially since I won’t be home for this four day weekend moving extravaganza. I spent several hours yesterday, after updating the blog part of my site, installing some open source inventory tracking software called Partkeepr. It turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated, and I only got it sort of working. My plan was to try using it for work, and if I like it, maybe I can sell the owners / IT on it and actually officially implement it. Right now everything takes several attempts to go through and I’m returning a ton of errors, so I need to get all that figured out first. Potentially it’s really cool software, and there’s a demo version running on the source’s site if you’d like to check out the functionality.

I finished watching Iron Fist on Netflix yesterday. If you like Stan Lee / Marvel Universe based TV shows, Netflix has several. Iron Fist just came out this year, and there’s only one season, but it looks like there will be more.

Outside of also washing my hair yesterday, it wasn’t all that productive. I need to actually leave my apt. today and get some shelving for my storage unit.. once I finish doing some cleaning, for which I’m going to put on some music.

I have a couple plants I bought at Trader Joes, you could probably guess what they are. Both herbs.

I’ve been procrastinating updating the site backend

not sure why. I’ve been thinking it’d be nice to get back in touch with expressing myself. Just completed the site update. I never notice any major glaring bug fixes because I’m under utilizing, but it’s still important to keep up to date for security purposes. This place really needs a face lift but I don’t know what I want.

It’s nice to have the weekend off but I wish I could be doing more to prepare for my final LA trip in just a few days.

trouble sleeping last night

After work I went to Bevmo to get more beer. Once home, I turned on the AC and drank a beer.. and then fell asleep around 6:45 pm. Woke up around 11 and watched a couple episodes of Orphan Black while I had a light dinner. Last ep I saw was the BMT / Tony one. Went back to bed around 1 AM, expecting my computer to shut down after 30 minutes of idle.. Kept trying to go to sleep and clear my mind, thoughts kept wandering. Ended up remembering a time I went with Mom, on my only trip ever to Hackettstown Highschool. I couldn’t remember what school it was, just what it looked like, and that it was adjacent to the public pools. So I gave up on trying to sleep, looked at my clock finally, and it’s 2 AM. No idea why my computer is still on, I got up again and started looking at google maps. I seem to recall I went with Mom to HHS to support someone Mom knew in getting recognized or an award or something. I remember we encountered someone else she knew outside, and they brought their kid along too and I chatted with this kid around my age outside HHS in the parking lot. Memory is a strange thing.

So then I’m looking at google maps, seeing how Hackettstown and Schooley’s Mountain has changed in 20 years. I knew the mega store complex went in between allen and airport on rte 57, but I was surprised that only the east side of airport road was developed. The west side looks the same. The tiny airport is still there. The house in the woods looks like it’s still there, surrounded by woods. I spent about 20 minutes flipping between satellite and map tracing the morris canal, looking for signs of where it used to be. It’s pretty much completely grown over, not even a faint clear space remains except where the pond used to be at rockport rd and hazen rd by the game farm. There are still fields near 33 kings hwy. I thought it’d all be paved over by now. According to zillow, the house hasn’t been sold since Feb. 1996.

Next I looked at 1863 on zillow, and there were two things that struck me.

First, I’m not sure framing the house as a farm is a good idea – I think that’s going to set up an expectation that won’t be met upon visiting. Maybe I’m alone in this, but when I think of a farm, I think of Art Meade’s or Hazendale; a business that produces a product. Don’t get me wrong, I think Fox Meadow Farm is a great moniker, but I don’t think I’d position the property as if it is a farm.

Second, zillow displays the location of the house incorrectly. On the map, it shows 1863 as being fairly close to the ball field, well before Cook Hill Rd.

Around 3 AM I did get back to sleep.


I don’t post often, eh.

Oil contamination of coolant was due to leaking transmission oil cooler. Bypassing with aftermarket cooler and looping the rad cooler into itself eliminated the problem, but by the time I got around to doing it, the trans was already ruined. So now, rebuilt trans, aftermarket cooler, hopefully we’re good there for awhile. Still some oil in the coolant, but it’s a MFer to get out. I’m not losing coolant and my hoses aren’t degrading super fast like before, so it’s looking pretty good right now.

It makes me a little sad. The clear coat is fucked up all over, with serious burn throughs with flaking clear showing on the hood on cab top. This is pretty common for this age and generation of chevy / gmc truck; most people use automated washes, I got an extra couple years by hand washing, but constantly parking outside is the ultimate killer of paint. If I had a sudden windfall of extra cash I’d certainly repaint, but for now I’m trying to accept that my aging truck has a patina.

Shitty aftermarket tail lamp housings allow moisture inside. Thankfully I haven’t gotten a ticket yet. Need to replace those with others til I find some that don’t suck so much. Also got on my list my intermittently failing ABS module. and tires.

Work is great. Got to continue to work on being timely, but I continue to enjoy what I do.

I’ve moved to Carson. I’ll be here for a year, at least. Manageable.. but ok, overall.

I had a girlfriend, briefly, in December of 2015. We continued to converse through feb. but it really ended before NY. She was really cool, but I was just a passing fancy.