Changed the oil and rotated the tires on the CTBNL this evening. I like to do this bit of routine maintenance every 5,000 miles because the nice round number makes it easy to remember. It takes about an hour and a half from start to finish and acts, like washing and waxing, as a bonding agent between a man and his car.
The first step in the procedure is to back the Purple Whale out from under the awning so I can use that for my wrenching under. As I rolled back I noticed the odometer reading was 650004. The last time we drove the Sonata was to work on Tuesday, so the 65k milestone was crossed about halfway home on that day.
This year the Moss Motoring Challenge has been revamped by removing the requirements for US states and Canadian provinces. They have also knocked off the alphabet soup of cities, so you can now compete and not have to drive the entire North American continent gatherings points. There are more destinations, sign related and roadside oddity type points to be had. Should make for a lot more people with a chance at winning. Should be fun.
This morning the temperature was in the teens, so we temporarily lifted the “must bike ride to Ridgecrest for a panini” rule and drove over. Plus because of the temps, we took the Miata instead of the Sonata as it was nice and warm due to being in the garage. At breakfast the owner mentioned that on her way to work this morning (at oh-dark thirty) that Park Avenue was closed due to a water main break.
When we left, Donna said, “Road Closed was one of the challenges for 2017. Let’s go check it out.” Park Ave is pretty straight so we could see the excitement from a long way away, but we couldn’t get too close to the action because they had cones up a block away. We couldn’t have gotten any points for anything here anyway because the Road Closed challenge required a sign and the crew out in the freezing weather and calf deep in gushing water didn’t bother to erect one.
No worries, I knew they were still working on the York Street railroad bridge, so we detoured (pun intended) over there.
Had my 3 month follow up with the PCP today to see how the Crestor was doing. He wanted the LDL to come down, well it sure did, 119 to 84. The total number dropped too, but my HDL (the supposed good cholesterol) is still at the very low limit. Now my Triglycerides were the third highest they've bee in the 12 years I've been keeping track.
Doc said, "I'll chalk up the triglycerides up to holiday eating." "Yeah, this is the worst time of the year for a cholesterol check," I said. His reply was, "I don't know about where you are, but around here you couldn't turn a corner without something to eat. And I was killing it."
Damn Peppermint Bark!
|| Goal Ranges
As you can see from the chart, winter has set in and the Miata gets driven a lot less. For the first 2–1/2 months we were racking up miles at an average rate of a little over 37 per day. It seems like just yesterday we bought the CTBNL with a mere 46,320 miles on it, but it has been nearly 5 months and we are averaging about 24–1/2 miles a day for the total ownership.
On the actual yesterday, the CTBNL passed the 50k mark on the way into work at the Valve Store.
For about a dozen or so years I’ve been uploading groups of my photographs to this blog and organizing them in galleries using plugins. I first used something called NextGEN Gallery. It was everything one needed for the job. Thousands agreed and it became the most downloaded and used WordPress plugin. The developers continue to update, improve and add features to it still.
Sometime about 3 or 4 years ago it became unwieldy on a couple of fronts and people, me included, started looking for something similar, but not so advanced. The seekers were joined a programmer and a soon there was a plugin called NextCellant Gallery available. It basically froze the NextGEN gallery at the version that was just before it became something BIGGER! BETTER!
This worked for me like a charm until just recently. I’m not sure if it was a WordPress update or the plugin itself, but the galleries, while still view-able, they couldn’t be edited. The admin panel would quit displaying after a few lines and then show: Warning: Illegal string offset ‘taxonomy’ in …/wp-includes/taxonomy.php on line 1874, etc.
Since just after Christmas I’ve been experimenting with other gallery plug-ins. Most were either paying apps or offered no NextGEN import function, making them unattractive or unappealing. But I think I have found something that will work, FooGallery. I’ve got it sort of where I want it, but things will probably still change randomly for while longer in my picture galleries.
For the first time in the recent (and not so recent) years Donna and I actually welcomed the Gregorian New Year while awake. Not only were we not sleeping we were not even at home, we were at someone’s house, at an actual party, with a flute of champagne in our hands.
What started out as a small intimate affair for the Valve Store’s Accounting Manager’s family on their 26 acre bit of country, has morphed over the years, as their kids have grown, into a a decent size gathering of extended family and friends. This year she invited us and a few other ASCO folks to join the fray to even out the young adult to adult ratio.
These folks do it up right too, plenty of food and drink, a huge bonfire and a crap ton of fireworks. They start small with roman candles and large sparklers at just dark and build up slowly at intervals to the big finish just before midnight.
We split not too long after the finale and made it home and into bed around 1 AM. We didn’t sleep too well though. Apparently there is a quite a difference in how the human body reacts to consuming large quantities of non-alcoholic (and some alcoholic) drinks, plus food, up until around midnight and then just jumping into bed less than an hour later from when you are 30 to when you are 60. Next year we may have to come home and spent an hour or two watching a movie to wind down some.