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August 28, 2010

Renn. Faire

Medieval Que

Medieval Que

   Went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire today, and this time I worked on my outfit.  We arrived about 11:30 am and left at 7:00pm which surprised me because we went with my 7-year-old goddaughter, and I wasn't expecting her to want to stay that long. 
   Picture by Steve D.  The reason the picture is cut out is that we waited until we were in the parking lot to take the shot, and I had a sea of cars behind me.
   Poor Corey was rear-ended by an undercover officer last night as he was about to turn onto our street.  The officer was typing on his laptop and didn't slow down at all—full speed collision.  Corey is alright, but now the trunk of his car looks kind of like an accordion.
Fixed.

Fixed.

   Went on a dump run to get rid of the old refrigerator, door, sink, and mountains of trash.  After that Steve and I went to Madison to visit Xiphos, and drop off his truck.  I had lent him my car and the battery had died on him.  He had to leave it at the store and walk home.  So I ended up having to buy a new battery.  The one I bought was just a little short.  To compensate we added the first piece of junk we could find—an ice scrapper—and that filled the gap.
New Refrigerator

New Refrigerator

   When I moved back in I needed to do an emergency defrost on the refrigerator.  The freezer door had been left open and frost had accumulated so bad around the edges of the door it would no longer close.  Ever since the refrigerator would not get cold.  I had wanted to replace the refrigerator anyway as my guess is that it dates back to the 1970ies.  I spent a day last week looking around at prices, and decided on a replacement.  Today I went out to borrow Xiphos's truck to, and purchased the replacement.  It had never dawned on me I could have had it delivered for free, and the old refrigerator removed.
   Once home I had to build a new stand for the refrigerator.  Someone had put together a stand the leaned forward for the old refrigerator because it needed to drain.  I did not want this any longer especially since the new refrigerator has wheels.  So Adam, Steve and I spent the reminder of the evening building a new platform, and reversing which side the door opened.  And now we have a new refrigerator.

August 24, 2010

First Wisconsin Flight

Piper Archer II

Piper Archer II

   My first flight in Wisconsin today.  We fly in a Piper Archer II which is very similar to the Piper Warrior I started training with.  A few items were in different locations, and the plane handled just a little different.  However it didn't take long before I felt like I had as much control as I had in the Warrior.
   The flight was a basic run just to get the instructor and I introduced, and made from some good practice.  We flew in a square pattern around a field—only there wasn't any wind so I didn't have to correct for a crosswind on any of the legs.  We then flew to Brodhead where we did two approaches over runway 15.  Then it was back to Janesville for a touch-and-go.  The tower had us do a right approach and come in on runway 22.  We did one touch-and-go then got back into the pattern, and came in for landing.
   I found when piloting the Archer I had a hard time getting it to descend—it just wanted to keep at altitude or climb.  I also found the flaps really caused the airplane to climb.  Any time I added a notch of flaps I had to push the nose down hard while adjusting the trim.  Good to know the airplane likes to stay in the air, but I have to work on getting it to land ;)
Erik

Erik

   This photo is one of a set I did of Erik a few days ago at coffee.  The concept is simple: zoom out while the shutter is open.  This creates the illusion of outward motion.
Xen and Xiphos

Xen and Xiphos

   More house cleaning today.  Post party clean up wasn't all that bad.  The house has a huge amount of trash, and we are going to need to make an other dump run.  The refrigerator seems to have taken a turn for the worse.  Temperatures have only been in the low 60ies, and that is no good.  So it is time for a replacement.
Corey

Corey

   My welcome home party this evening.  We had a good turn out, but not a lot of pictures that turned out.  Xiphos came down from Madison with a bunch of food, and we fired up the grill.  Things started kicking in about 9:00 pm and we filled the house until the early morning hours.

August 19, 2010

Work'n work'n work'n

New Sink

New Sink

   Two larger projects today, and both finished.  Started with the door.  In the morning I went out and bought a replacement door which was actually identical to the door I had (less the smashed out window).  I tore out the old door myself and cleaned up the opening.  Adam's dad came by to help us install the new door.  The only doors I have ever installed were on the stage at U-Rock, and they were always turned out to be a fiasco.  So having someone who knew what they were doing was a plus.  It didn't take too long before we had a working door again.
   Feeling bold I decided we could get an other project in before the evening came to an end.  The sink in the kitchen was a porcelain enamel over metal.  The porcelain was so thin in many places the metal was showing, and every time I cleaned the sink it was getting worse.  Time for a new sink.  I picked up a stainless steel replacement and Adam and I spent the rest of the night removing the old and installing the new sink.  We finished up rather late, but the sink is functional.  Wonder what I'm going to fix tomorrow?...