It seems I’m only doing year end posts now. I’m not happy about this. If I wanted to do it more, I’d do it more. So let do it more!
In April of 2017 I went to the CoCoFest in Chicago. I met with my many wonderful friends. Learned a lot of new things. One thing I did different this year is I got a late flight out Monday, around 5 PM. After checking out of the hotel I took a cab to downtown Chicago and spent some time sight-seeing. It was really fun and decided to do it again in 2018. Although in 2018 I think I’ll head straight to a museum. Spend the whole day in there.
In early July I flew to Oregon and spent a week with my sister in Sun River. A lovely place to rent cabins and go to the nearby waterpark. We also went to an Observatory, where I saw the rings of Saturn for the first time. My Uncle Mel also joined us for the trip and he made the whole thing 200% more fun. The lava cast forrest also deserves a mention as a really neat place to visit.
In late July I had a week of hell, also known as the best week ever. On Thursday, July 26 I went into The City to watch a live Mystery Science Theatre 3000 show (Movie: Eegah). Then the next day I went back for a second show (Movie: Argoman the Fantastic Superman). Then the next day I went back for an OMD show. They played some fantastic new stuff from their recently released album. Then the next day I flew to Los Angeles and saw OMD again with 5 other 80s bands. Then the next day, Sunday, my daughter (Megan) and I went to Universal Studios. Whew!
In November the Wine Country Fires took my brother’s home. He and his family then moved to Portland. Bummer for me, good for my sister.
In December I flew to England to spend time with my other daughter (Bethany). We made our way to Garmisch Germany. We stayed at a nice hotel, spa. Visited the Linderhoff Palace. And toured a microbrew; Griesbräu Zu Murnau. In German it was nicely covered in snow, very beautiful.
In late December my boss of many, many years decided to up and move to Oregon. And I also signed up for Tinder.
In July of 2017 I went to 80s Weekend concert in LA. I was 5 rows from the front, near the center. It was so amazing. I was able to see bands that I never thought I’d see. Here is the set list.
One Thing Leads to Another
Stand or Fall
Deeper and Deeper
Saved by Zero
Collin Hay (of Men at Work)
Come Tumblin’ Down
It’s a Mistake
Who Can It Be Now?
I’m Walking Here
Be Good Johnny
Take My Breath Away
No More Words
The Psychedelic Furs
Love My Way
Angels Don’t Cry
The Ghost in You
Pretty in Pink
Mad About You
Head Over Heels
I Get Weak
Circle in the Sand
Leave a Light On
Our Lips Are Sealed
We Got the Beat
Heaven Is a Place on Earth
History of Modern (Part 1)
If You Leave
(Forever) Live and Die
Joan of Arc
So in Love
Is it customary if you never do it?
The year is almost over and I thought it was time to take a quick look back. This is the year I traveled. A lot.
In April I went to the CoCoFest in Chicago. That was super fun and plan to do it again in 2017.
In June I went to South Korea to visit my daughter Bethany. I was out of the country for the first time ever on this trip and I made the most of it. And by most of it I mean spending a lot of time in an American hotel on an American Air Force base. Bethany had to work most day but we made the most of our time together. The last day I was there, I spent on my own in a real Korean airport hotel. Wonderful toilet.
In July I flew to Oregon to go family camping with my sister, and some of her friends. This year we went to Nehalem state beach. It was very beautify and serene overall a wonderful week off work. I really love my sister.
Finally in November I flew to England to visit my daughter Bethany at her new base. We spent a night in Cambridge, then a night in London, then two nights in Dublin. So much fun, such beautiful places. I got to meet some of Beth’s friends and over all had a great time.
The other great thing about 2016 is my other daughter, Megan, decided to move much closer to where I live. I get to see her more than twice weekly and it has been a blast.
I wrote an article about modifying Super Extended Color BASIC.
I biked down to Santos Pacheco Fountain today. Before now I didn’t know it existed. I normally just ride thru the park, eventually making a loop back to my home. But this time I heard something different. I looked into walking path and found a small fountain.
I noticed it this time because it was loud. I don’t think they have ever turned it up this high before. The water made such a roar. Much too loud for it’s size.
I sat down on the fountain bench and turned my back to it. I could see thru a double arch way into Todos Santos park. It was dusk and many families were packing up, getting ready to go home.
But every time I tried to think of something else, the rushing water always brought my attention back to it. All of a sudden instead of sitting on a concrete bench, I was sitting on a 200 ton granite boulder watching the water of Nevada Falls fall over it’s lip. Crashing 600 feet below. I was 20 years younger, with my brother and sister. We were just part way thru the hike up to Half Dome.
But now I am back in Concord. It’s getting dark. Time to ride back.
I was driving South on 680 yesterday and a flat bed trailer caught my eye. There was nothing special about it, except the color of the thing it was carrying. It was caring a tractor, an orange tractor, a Kubota orange tractor.
Then a flood of memories came to me.
While growing up, I lived on a small horse ranch. One day, my dad decided we needed a tractor. My whole life I’ve beed around tractors, so it was cool we were going to get one. I knew in my head what tractors looked like: they were green. They were made by John Deere. All tractors were like that.
But my dad brought home an orange tractor. What the hell is an orange tractor? Then it hit me. Anyone can make a tractor. Why couldn’t the Japanesse make a tractor? What’s so special about green, anyway?
It’s fun to remember when your world gets tilted a little. It keeps me grounded. I’d like to think I spend all day tilting my world a little.
As a side note, it’s a little surprising my brother and I aren’t dead from all the times we abused that tractor. It had an articulated bucket on the front. I remember taking turns to riding it up and down. Damn that was fun.
Last night I saw a concert performance of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. A week before, they release a new album: English Electric. I spent the week listening to it and enjoyed it very much.
But I didn’t get the feeling that the band took too many risks while creating this new album. I like all the new songs, they reminded me of their past works. But I didn’t see them taking any risks with the new material.
Then I heard the new songs live. I started appreciated them in a new light. Metroland turned from an OK new song (on the album) to a fantastic new song live.
I noticed the audience during the live performance would react differently to the old material and the new material. This is understandable. The old songs have built in emotion for each individual. But I noticed how songs from their previous album, The History of Modern were equally appreciated as the old material. I found that personally gratifying. I know this new album will have an equal place in this fan’s appreciation of OMD. Hopefully other’s appreciation as well.
My Linux server crashed recently. It happened when the electric company had a planned service day. I forgot to power down the machine and when I brought it back up the filesystem was toast.
I decided to wipe it and start over. I wanted to try using the Netatalk packaged by the Debian project instead of the the hand build version I was running.
So after some fits and starts I finally have Debian 7 (Test) running with Netatalk serving my Time Machine shares.
But now it was time to install Popfile so I could filter and talk to the gmail servers.
The email client I use is MacSOUP. I love it. But it doesn’t talk POP3S. So I need a proxy to get my email from Gmail. But the Debian Popfile package is currently unavaiable for 7.x (Test). So I went looking for an alternative POP proxy package.
I found Perdition. I tried and failed to configure it for my needs. Then I found Stunnel. This was much eiaser to set up. All was good.
But after a day of using it I decided that running Stunnel on my server was over kill. I should be able to run it on my client machine (Max OS X) as a user process. So I decided to set up Stunnel under Launch Agent.
On Mac OS X the Launch Agent service (part of launchd) is what you can use to start programs when a user logs in. So I downloaded the latest version of Stunnel (stunnel-4.53) configures and compiled it.
Then I took the exectuable and placed it in ~/bin. I created a .conf file, a .pem file and a .plist. I put them all in the right place and now I can get my email without my server running. This should encourage me to turn it off every now and then.
A few days after the LA Riots, I was working the day shift at my father’s gas station. It was the Mobil gas station on the Westley Exit on Interstate 5 in California. A little more than half way when driving from Los Angeles to San Fransico.
A man came in to pay for his gasoline purchase. He was about to turn around and leave, but something stopped him. Without any prompting from me, he announced he was a police officer in Los Angeles and he knew Rodney personally. He called Rodney an asshole and deserved what he got.
I learned a lot about racism that day.