Monday, June 21, 2021

June 20th

Randy wanted to go for a flight before heading down to Disneyland for a few days, so we went for a flight along the Bear Creek.

We chatted to Bill for a while when we got back, then I dropped Randy home.

Vic and I had looked at getting her a new bicycle earlier in the year, but there was nothing available.  We have talked about the Rad Mission as a beginner electric bike, but the Trek dealer in Folsom was listing an orange Dual Sport 3 in stock, so we went to take a look.  It was in the warehouse, unbuilt, so we couldn't look at it, but she sat on the right size in the wrong colour (but couldn't ride it because it was sold,) and saw the right colour in the wrong size, and liked it so we paid for the one in the warehouse intending to pick it up next weekend.

And then they called to say it was actually already built so we could go back and see it and take it home if she wanted it, but we missed the call.  Oops.

I got to track down and fix a problem with one of the speakers at home, and replace a malfunctioning timer switch for the house fan.  Progress.

In the evening, we watched "Thor: The Dark World," so I believe I'm currently up to date on Marvel movies.

I asked Tilly who's her favourite, and she looked at Vic, then went and stood by her, leaning against her.  So, if anybody wants a dog, she'll be tied to the lamp post out the front of the house.

June 19th

Randy's bought a Chevy Bolt down in Lancaster, so needed to go and get it.  Chris was going to take him in his RV-6A, but Randy needed to get to Cameron Park.  He'd talked about flying his gyro over and leaving it out overnight and having me take him over to pick it up on Sunday, but I pointed out that it would make more sense for me to take him over on Saturday morning.

When I got back to Lincoln, I went and had breakfast at the EAA hangar before heading home.

Vic had taken Tilly to the dog park, so Tilly spent the rest of the day whining about her poor feet, her poor legs, her poor back and so on.  She got a couple of rubs of the CBD roller in her ears, and that fixes everything for a few hours :o)

Randy picked up his car, and I fielded questions that the damn Chevrolet dealer didn't seem to know the answer to about the recall (that's affected 5 cars in the whole fleet so far - far more internal combustion engine'd cars have burnt up in the same period.)  I then talked him through his first DC fast charge  on his way home, and helped figure out his next stop.

Oh, and we watched "Iron Man 3."  I'd been disappointed in "Iron Man 2" so never bothered watching it.

Monday, June 14, 2021

June 13th

We flew to Auburn for breakfast.

After lunch, we flew back.  It's suddenly warmed up, so it's been quite bumpy.

On the plus side, you can see all the way to Tahoe or the Coastal Range.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

June 12th

I got to Randy's early to pick him up, but he wanted to haul 20 gallons of gas, so we took his truck to the airport.  We got our stuff packed up and flew to Placerville for their Young Eagles event, getting there pretty early (Judi had said the pilot briefing was 08:00, but it turned out to be closer to 08:45).

Chris joined us, and the gyros then flew 4 kids each (everybody else did 3 at most) - we'd agreed we'd fly North of the airport to keep out of everybody else's way :o)

My favourite kid was probably the last one, as he's afraid of heights, so I said we could land at any time - he really enjoyed the flight :o)

When it was all over, we flew back to Lincoln - it was much bumpier, and I guess I'd got used to having extra weight to damp out the thermals and gusts.  Still, it was like 14:00, so I'd have been at home if I was still flying the Flightstar.

Randy drove me home, and we watched "Tenet," a movie he's been on at us to watch since he saw it at the cinema.

After the movie, we went back to his place to look at his breaker boxes - he's set his mind to getting an electric car, and wants to install a level 2 charger in preparation, so we peered at things and made plans.  I'm not making up a shopping list until we've taken the covers off everything, but we want to shut the power down to the house to do that.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

June 7th

Woo... my new passport arrived.  Now I can go... oh, right, nowhere.

Monday, June 7, 2021

June 6th

I pottered around the house for the morning, then went to the airport to do some work on the plane.  I did the basic torque checking stuff, then went out for a flight - I did a big loop.

When I got back, I pulled the wheels off and cleaned everything, then put them all back together again in a bid to fix the squeaking brakes.  Ken and Tony are supposed to be figuring out how to mount Matco wheels and brakes, and I'm interested to see what they come up with - it should be a lot cheaper than the $3000 Beringers.

June 5th

We got up early and flew to Placerville for their pancake breakfast.

It was supposed to be Canards West's fly in at Columbia, and they were supposed to be at Placerville, but there was only one Long-EZ there :o(  There was, however, a nice old Waco and an Austin 7 :o)

After breakfast, and chatting with people about the gyroplanes, we flew home again.

In the evening, we watched "Angel Has Fallen."