Monday Happy Hour

We had happy hour on the roof today. I was all set to do ‘drinks older than you are’. But I forgot how old graduate students are compared to undergrads. We did get one ‘rum as old as you’ however. The verdict? ‘This is really good rum.’

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Family?

I was at a great-uncle’s 84th birthday party on the weekend and ran in to a cousin I hadn’t known was down visiting.

Then the next day, at another get-together, another cousin I didn’t know was down (on the other side of the family) showed up.

I’m so bad at keeping in touch with people they’re going to start disowning me.

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Timing

I went to the health clinic yesterday for a check-up and got taken in late for my appointment. And I went to the dentist today and got taken in early (there was literally no one else there waiting). Good timing (scheduling) on the dentist’s part.

It probably didn’t hurt that I came out ‘walking on air’ since everything checked out fine, including the ‘possible’ cavity’ that was ‘on watch’ which probably (subconsciously) kept me from going back after my last visit since I thought it ‘needed work’.

Now, if I can just get my computer to work properly. Dude, don’t get a Dell.

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Endangered Diving

So I’ve been doing a bunch of diving this week. Its been a good week. One day we saw:

So, either our reefs are doing well, or its all in danger of disappearing. But at least the diving has been generally good.

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Vacation Costs

So we were looking to make some bookings for a group of people (4) to do some work diving (three per day). And we could get a 3 bedroom condo for $700 for five nights, but nitrox tanks from the dive shop is going to run $720 for the five days. Make of it what you will.

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Diving Work

Yes, yes, it really is work. I found myself down at 60 feet on the top of the wall today thinking about the arrangements that needed to be made for next week’s work project. I had to stop and remind myself ‘hey, you’re SCUBA diving in Cayman –  this should be like a vacation’. A vacation day with three dives (don’t ask the work hours though) and several lionfish. The first two dives we saw two and I got one. Which is annoying because that little guy is going to be skittish now. But on the last dive we hit a ‘good’ patch and I ended up getting five. So I felt good enough about my ‘eye’ to leave the skittish one to run up in his hole without pushing the shot. Hopefully next time someone comes by he’ll be less wary. Yes, today was one of the good days on the job.

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Computer Works

I got a new computer, a Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet/keyboard combo, a few months ago and I’ve been fighting with occasional ‘mouse loss’ ever since. – I really like the ‘transforming’ computer format. But the Dell/Win8 doesn’t seem quite ready for prime time. – Tonight the mouse dropped out again. maddeningly. I could tap buttons on the keyboard and get reactions but the mouse just wouldn’t move (and wouldn’t show most off the time). So, using the touch capability of the tablet computer I went back to looking for solutions. And found reference in one forum with a litany of people having similar problems (including bad keyboard connection problems which thankfully I don’t think I’ve been having) to the need to have the keyboard charged for it to work properly. (The keyboard battery discharges before the tablet battery, extending computer life.) So I plugged in and the mouse worked again. Hopefully this solves my problem. That the mouse touchpad stops working when there is no keyboard power but the rest off the keyboard doesn’t. Go figure. Silly Dell.

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