Monday, August 30, 2021

August 29th

It's still too smoky to fly, so we reattached the previously loose tile to the garage roof, then went and met Randy and Elise for lunch in Roseville.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

August 28th

It was too smoky to fly anywhere, so we took Tilly to the dog park and let her run around until her legs ached.

We'd talked about going to Elk Grove to see the Zero FXS, but they didn't have one in stock.  So we went to the Honda dealer to see the new (5 speed) Grom.  I'd be interested in the breakdown that means a $3400 motorcycle is over $5000 out the door :o(

I'll wait and see what happens with the Sondors Metacycle.  I have some reservations (hub motor means a lot of unsprung weight, their 80 mile range is probably at 15mph, I doubt it can hold 80mph for more than a few minutes,) so I'll wait to see some reviews that answer those questions.

Other than that, we pretty much just pottered around at home.

Monday, August 23, 2021

August 22nd

A bunch of us met up at Auburn for brunch, either flying or driving.

Chris had got up to 4,000' trying to get above the smoke without success.

The flight home seemed worse to me, but Randy thought it was better.  Still, I don't think we'll be going too far for a few more weeks.

August 21st

I met Shane at the airport to supervise him putting the air filter back on his plane.  It was still pretty smoky, so I wasn't going to fly.

His friend Jason came to see the plane, and we discovered that Jason's hip to knee measurement was so long that he can't get in the passenger seat!

August 20th

Shane's bought Ken's Magni M-16, and is going to be taking lessons in it.  For some reason, Ken suggested I run him through the pre-flight, so we met at the airport and I did just that.  After he'd taxied around for a bit to see the ground handling, we pulled the filthy air filter off and cleaned it, then left it to dry.

There's a lot of smoke, so I didn't feel like flying.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

August 19th

We all loaded up into the van and drove back to Roseville.  The smoke from the Caldor fire is in the Bay area, and got worse the closer to home we got :o(

August 18th

We got the van packed up and took Tilly down to Vic's mother's.  This is the first time Tilly's been down there for years, and the first time she's spent the night there.  We all had a nice quiet evening, and then Tilly had an interrupted night as she didn't know where everything was, and she usually needs to go out again after midnight.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

August 17th

I'm having trouble at the moment due to some mosquito bites right on some joints, so I'm not pushing myself too hard.

I went and helped Randy track down a wiring fault in his landscape lighting.  Repeat after me - use outdoor wiring connectors for outdoor jobs.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

August 16th

I've taken the week off to do some things and stuff, and in the morning I worked on the fix for the rotten bit on the roof - I figure now's not the time to be buying a load of wood to replace chunks of the roof, so I just need this to hold until probably next year.  Now I just need to get up and nail the tile back down at some point.

In the evening, I dicked around with some older video for YouTub.

Monday, August 16, 2021

August 15th

Randy and I flew up to Oroville to meet Chris for lunch.

It was pretty smoky, but every aid said the visibility was at least 8 miles.  Still, we were low, so it wasn't terrible.  Chris had tried to get to Truckee, but ran out of visibility at around 6,000'.

We flew back down the Feather River, and the visibility was a bit better... we could see the Sutter Buttes, for example.  Big Brother didn't see us until we got to Marysville :o)

August 14th

I started the day by flying over to Cameron Park to meet Chris and Tim, and pick up John.

We all flew to Auburn for lunch (Chris and Tim in the RV) and John managed to throw his hat through my propeller.  I felt it, but luckily it didn't seem to do any damage.

After lunch, we tootled down the American River canyon part of the way, then I went and dropped John at Cameron Park so he could pick up his car.

Then I flew back to Lincoln and put the plane away.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

August 12th

Today was Tilly's 14th(!) birthday.  As she doesn't seem to want toys any more, we gave her a bunch of carrots and a banana.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

August 9th

I had a "wellness day" off from work, so I started the day by taking Tilly to the dog park.  She ran around a few times, lost her ball to a Rottweiler called Bailey (but it was a Penn tennis ball, so it's not like one of her favourites) and eventually wanted to come home.

One of my cow-orkers has come down with the COVID, so I checked in a few times, then went and took a flight around Folsom puddle with Randy.

Monday, August 9, 2021

August 8th

It was pretty smoky in the morning, so I decided to drive to Auburn.  Randy and Chris flew up, and said it wasn't too bad, but at least I didn't have to worry about being stuck there :o)

In the afternoon, Randy and I went and flew about for a bit.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

August 7th

Despite it being too smoky to fly, I went to the airport for the EAA breakfast, which wasn't well attended, to the point where I missed breakfast.

I did manage to take the brakes apart of the plane and clean everything before putting them together again.  I didn't pump out the pistons, as I think I'll get new O rings before trying that, in case I tear them.  Again.

In the afternoon, I went and met Chris and Randy for lunch.

August 6th

We watched "The Suicide Squad."

August 2nd

It wasn't horrifically hot after work, so we went out on our bicycles for a ride.  We ended up going a little further than anticipated (6 or 7 miles.)

Monday, August 2, 2021

August 1st

A new month, so here are the stats.

Power billed

Power generated

This is the most electrickery we've used in one month since I started tracking this - I'm blaming the silly heat we've been having.

I started the day flying to Cameron Park to help Chris install a new fuel line on his RV-6A.  I had time, so I flew over the house, and over Chris' house.

I also got to install a bar that allows you to get out of the RV without stepping on the floor, including a couple of drinks holders :o)

We then flew to Auburn to meet Randy for breakfast.  I flew over Don's house on the way :o)

I left Chris to head out to Georgetown, and flew back to Lincoln with Randy, where we dropped the planes back in the hangar and I went home to get some work done.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

July 31st

I picked Randy up, and we flew up to Auburn for brunch.

Bill flew up sort of with us in his RV-6, Vic rode and Bill's wife Jody drove up, and while we were waiting, Jarron showed up in his Bandit.

I was on call, and seemed to have a fair amount of work to do :o(