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Life is Plan B

the best laid plans can go awry

4,000 Weekends

[caption id="attachment_160" align="aligncenter" width="800"] make some time for fun[/caption] Life only gives us 4,000 weekends to enjoy this strange little planet. Never apologize for spending them on the things that make you happy.

Truckcast #126: Parking the Truck

I've had a great time making the Truckcast and I appreciate those of you who have listened, be that one time or 125 times, but I'm parking the truckcast and taking my podcasting indoors. I don't have a launch date, a format, or really even a plan quite yet. All I know for sure is that the next podcast you hear from me will be arohenRADIO. Thanks for listening. It's been a great ride. Maybe we'll carpool again sometime.

New Crafting Station

We were discussing home projects and my upcoming summer break Saturday Morning. I've got a lot of stuff that is mostly finished, some stuff that is less done than that, and I was saying to Lady Ronn that I was going to finish up these things before moving on to whatever the next project is. We started talking about what that might be, plans for our space, my cluttered up office, and next thing you know, less than 90-minutes later I'm starting a new project :D I was getting frustrated with the mess that was my office, plus, I need to clear it out to put down the new floor. So after some discussion about options and ideas, this is what I came up with. It cost me nothing but a little time. I had all that stuff either in the garage or the storeroom. The file cabinet, desktop, drawer, and those stacked rolling carts (with wheels removed) are all treasures that have come out of my various buildings over the years. The same is true of all the floor mats. I don't remember where the

One Down, One To Go

TE103 - Intermediate Technical Math Online has finished. On Friday, I went to the testing center and took two tests: Test 4 and the Final Exam. I could have skipped the final if I had taken Test 3, done well, and not wanted to attempt to replace my lowest test grade, but a medical emergency here at home caused me to miss part of my Thursday class, that third test, and all of Father's Day weekend. I'm not going to go into it, but the lovely and talented, Lady Ronn, is feeling much better now. I was at the college from 8:30 am until 2:30 testing. That's a lot of time to be sitting in a cheap plastic chair, but I'm happy to report, it worked out pretty well. I managed 83/100 on Test 4 and 87/100 on the final. Better than I expected to do on either. Final grades have not been posted, but the unofficial score looks to be 86.982%. I'll take that and smile. This was a difficult class for me, mainly because it had been so long since I've done anything more than basic ma

Somehow, I Missed This for 30-years

I have a very soft spot in my heart for TSR's World of Greyhawk—if not the campaign setting, definitely the map. It's one of my favorites. That may be because it was my first exposure to a D&D world setting. But this, this I never noticed. The lake of unknown depths is very obviously Lake Superior. Which is very cool. But being a Michigan native, I feel like I should have noticed that at some point in the last 30 years. Fortunately, the internet stepped in and pointed it out to me.

Statue Fix

Things are still very busy around these parts, what with school and work and life going on. But I did find the time to put the terrible lizard back together. [caption id="attachment_11481" align="aligncenter" width="735"] cracked neck[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11482" align="aligncenter" width="735"] busted tail[/caption] I didn't put much effort into the repair, just some superglue and a bit of patience. All those wrinkles help to conceal the breaks and it looks good from across the room, but if you pick it up it's pretty easy to spot where the repairs were made. [caption id="attachment_11483" align="aligncenter" width="735"] good enough[/caption]  

Math Test Blow Out

I’m four weeks into this latest semester at GRCC and it’s been rough. My basic electricity class has turned out to be an electronics class, with all the math and science that goes along with electronics. It’s not been too awful for me, which I attribute to all the HVAC classes on electricity that I’ve had, but it’s also not the cake-walk I was expecting, and it just keeps going deeper into the math with each passing week. I have no idea what things will be like by the time we get to the end of the next 7 weeks. But compared to math, it’s been easy. I am not exaggerating when I say I spend 15-20 hours each week working on this class. My math skills are that rusty. I’m having to relearn all this stuff--fractions, algebra, orders of operation—and it is kicking me in the teeth. I managed to pull off an 88/100 on my first test, and I’m not really sure how I managed that. On Friday, I had to take another half-day of PTO and go back down to the testing center for test #2. It went less well. I