another back window

I broke another back window – this time not even on my vehicle.  I bumped a long piece of metal sitting on top of the teardrop trailer while trying to catch another piece.  It flew off the front of the trailer and hit the back window of M&F’s car.  <sigh>  I’m at Benchmark now having it wrapped.  They won’t have a window in stock until Tuesday.

decommissioning of ‘allan1’

Yes, all my machines on my little network here are named ‘allan’.  ‘allan1’ is the name of the server.  Anyway, it’s slowly dying.  I got a new machine today.  It’ll take a while to move the server from ‘allan1’ to its new home ‘allan25’, so if the web is down, please be patient.

virus and backup

There are a few entries missing from the Ongoing Letter because the server caught a virus.  Actually, I made a mistake and opened up an FTP service on it without encryption.  I thought, “No one will ever know there’s an FTP site here.”  Stupid.  Within a week, a virus showed up.  I had to reinstate a backup from about two weeks ago.  So, students and others, if your web page is not up-to-date, please let me know.  Those of you who posted something on your own page, “Sorry!”  You’ll have to re-post.  Better to be virus-free than to screw around with patching up an infected server.

my new ribs … and hinge

I posted this yesterday afternoon, then my server hit a snag.  I lost this entry.  I’ll enter it again.  It won’t be as eloquently, wittily, or interestingly put as it was before.

I’ve been back at work on the teardrop trailer (teardrop 1).  Floyd and I looked at length at the ribs I created for the galley hatch several weeks back.  I determined that they weren’t usable.

Read moremy new ribs … and hinge

Korean age

Holy cow.  Amazing.  I thought it would never happen.  (Still might not.)
South Korea mulls ending arcane age system to match rest of world

Believe it or not, the phrases “happy birthday” and “how old are you?” are unrelated in South Korean culture.  They’re completely separated concepts.  So, when an English (that is to say, ESL) book links age and birthday together, Korean kids are confused.  

Yet, if I were to buy a car made June 2, 2018, it would be one year old.  On the other hand, a Korean baby born on the same day would be three!  Go figure.

I think a question to drive the point home is, “How long have you been alive?”

But does this mean we all have to start calculating our age from conception?  Now there’s something I don’t want.

If you stick with the Korean age system, don’t blame anyone if they laugh hysterically when you say your newborn is two years old.

I say, pick a standard and go with it. 

what is the soul of a man

I had a dream last night.  I parked my Kia Soul outside a store, left it running, went inside to do business, and went outside again to find it gone.  It was stolen.  I dreaded my Soul was gone.  Someone stole my Soul!  I woke up and remembered that I now have a Chrysler – my Soul was T-boned and is now scrapped for parts.  <sigh>

This month’s Bible study at my church is on the soul.  Do we have one?  Why or why not?  What is it?  Where is it?  Where does it come from?  Etc., etc.

I remember a story from long ago.  Two people were talking.  One person said to the other, “I sold my soul to the devil.  Now I regret it.”  The other person said, “No, you didn’t.  It wasn’t yours to sell.”

2010 Chrysler Town and Country

I thought I’d post some pictures of the new (used) van.  It’s a Chrysler Town and Country Limited.  It replaces the Kia Soul.  I saw it online for $11,900 at K1Z Auto Sales.  I phoned the dealer.  A guy named Khalil told me about the vehicle and offered it for $11,000.  I went the next day, test drove it, and put down a down payment.  Floyd and I went back two days later to pick it up.  Khalil cleaned and serviced it during that time, replacing the windshield, changing the oil, cleaning the brake dust out, etc.  The service record on it is good.  It had a minor accident worth about $1200 a few years ago.  The previous owner changed the transaxle (transmission) fluid.  It had a door ding on the passenger side.  I got a PDR guy to take it out.  I’ve had the van for a few weeks now.  No problems so far.  I’m enjoying the vehicle.

More pictures on the server.  Chrysler Town & Country 2010

teardrop 1 electrical panel

The electrical panel is now in.  It somewhat mimics the Sprite’s panel.  It includes a two-way radio (11- & 10-metre band SSB), a stereo with CD player, a solar charge controller with volt & amp display, a 120VAC GFCI plug (15 amperes), a 12VDC / USB plug, and four lighted, coloured switches (for the cooler, water pump, cabinetry lights, and galley lights).  All the electrical guts of the trailer will be directly behind that, accessible through the berth via a sliding panel.

It have started calling it teardrop 1 as it is the first one being built.  I thought of giving it a name but later thought otherwise.