Sunday 22

Nov. 22nd, 2009 11:59 pm
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 Sunday 22- I did my stretches and ran two miles.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 41 and 64 degrees, winds NW at 4 to 12, humidity around 27 percent, clear skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Monday: Sunny, with a high near 66. North northwest wind around 7 mph. Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Northwest wind around 7 mph.” 
I called a few Friends and Family during the day.
I put sealant on the tiles in the kitchen and it stunk up the whole house. I had all the windows open but the smell lingered throughout the day and into the night. I’m going to hate it when it comes time to put the sealant on the tiles in my bedroom. I mopped the floors over and over trying to get the rest of the leftover grout and it looks like I’ll be doing it a few more times before I get it all.
I worked on my 12” Dobsonian Telescope. I had to cut grooves into the new bolts so that I can turn them with a screwdriver and then cut a metal spring that goes on the bolts that holds the primary mirror onto the mount. With that done I remounted the whole assembly back onto the telescope tube and tried to align it as best as I could. It was daytime and I’ll have to wait until night fall to find out if the repairs worked by testing it out on a bright star to see if there is any aberrations. At least the view finder is lining up correctly where it didn’t before when I first purchased the scope.
Patty came over with her sister Debbie to pick up her computer. Debbie said that she has another computer that Patty can have but it needs to be fixed. I told her to bring it over and I’d have a look-see.
I watched “60 Minutes” about: Health Care for the terminally ill; a Newsweek reporter’s story of being held in an Iranian prison; James Cameron’s new film Avatar; and Andy Rooney talking about Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims.
Then I went outside to test the telescope. Ah, so much better! The stars are dots instead of looking like comets! A vast improvement over what it was. I still need to tweak the primary mirror into better alignment and clean the mirror, too. But I’m happy that it’s working much better! A cold wind started to blow and I collected everything together and went back inside; my body isn’t acclimated to the cold yet this year.
I read a few chapters in “Golden Buddha” until late, then I did my stretches; practiced my guitar; wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.
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 Wednesday 04- I did my stretches and rode my bike.
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 56 and 79 degrees, light breeze, humidity around 22 percent, a few cirrus clouds over head .
According to the National Weather Service: “Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south between 8 and 11 mph. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. South southwest wind between 3 and 7 mph.”
I got right to work on the tiles. First I had to move my bed and everything else over to where I had tiled yesterday and then I had to cut and roll up the rug then take it outside. I spent till 2pm laying tile down and everything seems to be coming together quite nicely. My lower back was sore so I took a short nap. Hopefully tomorrow if I don’t get distracted I’ll finish up the bedroom.
I went for my evening walk and watched “My Name is Earl” when I got back. When Earl was over I went to work on my 12” Dobsonian telescope and found that two of the 7.14mm set screws were missing and only one screw was hold the primary mirror on. I noticed last Saturday that the mirror wasn’t aligned right and was sitting off to the side when I show Biker Mike the telescope. Now I know what was messed up with the scope all this time. I do not believe that the set screws were mounted in the scope when I first received it two years ago. I’ll check to see if Home Depot has them or else I’ll have to go online to get them.
I did my stretches; practiced my guitar; wrote to my journal, posted it to the web and called it a night. I am very tired and think I’ll sleep well tonight!


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