Today was Memorial Day, when Americans remember their war dead by going shopping.
I went and met Shane, Liza, Randy and PJ for lunch, then Randy, PJ and I went to the airport to go and fly around Beale Air Force Base.
It was interesting watching the tourist helicopters fly down the strip at ~30 second intervals.
Tilly's been selected for the "Precision Cohort" at the Dog Aging Project - let's hope our almost 16 year old dog hangs on long enough to deliver much more data. It sounds like we're getting a DNA test, and then there'll be more cognitive and physical tests, plus some blood tests and so on next time we're at the vet, I believe.
I picked Randy up on the way to the airport where we met Shane and Liza to fly to Auburn to meet PJ for lunch.
On the way back I wanted to fly past Far West Lake, so we did that, but getting back to Lincoln we had to avoid this idiot who seemed intent on getting in our way :o(
I started the day at the airport flying Young Eagles - I flew 3, pretty much the same route every time.
Back at home, we replaced the expansion tank on the water heater. Apparently those things only last 5 or so years, which I was unaware of. The interesting thing is I've (now) figured out that it failed ages ago, it's just when it started to rust through that I realised it needed replacing. Now I can tell when the pressure over flow starts running from time to time that it's time to start shopping for a new one.
The replacement exhaust muffler for the van showed up yesterday, and I had today off (for a wellness day off thing that everybody else took last Friday,) so I pulled off the old one (with the cracked header welds) and installed the new one. The old one has a lifetime warranty (almost 7 years but only ~20K miles) so I'll send that back - I'd hoped for a direct replacement, but nobody has them anywhere to I've ended up with something similar :o(
I'd been asked to fly Young Eagles at Sutter, but that got cancelled on Thursday due to the weather. Sure enough, the day started out raining, so Chris and I agreed that for today's adventure, we'd drive. We met in Folsom - Chris had PJ with him - and drove to Eagle's Nest to tour Sanders Aeronautics with the Auburn Aviation Association. We saw their Sea Fury air racers, 232, Argonaut and Dreadnought, along with stuff like a Corsair, a Tigercat and a Lodestar they're working on.
I went out and looked at the oxygen sensor wiring on the van and realised that the spade connector I've always wondered about is there because somebody broke the female connector before. So I just wired in another spade and figured that this is now future me's problem.
Everybody was busy, so I decided to get some work done on the Van.