Day 9042...9.23.2023

Day 9042 (I am reminded..."DON'T PANIC!") AND the first day of Autumn!

The photo is from 11.5.2022. Looking forward to this!

Day 9041...9.22.2023

I had a truly excellent day at the office today. A full day of  transition planning and excellent conversations!

I found this photo in my collection and chose to share it with this post, because the calm, confident posture of the eagle...above the "High Voltage", personally, inspiring.

The photo is from  12.12.2021.

Day 9040...9.21.2023

On the list of home projects I still need to complete. Looking forward to playing with this tech, just haven't had the time.

Day 9039...9.20.2023

A beautiful Fall day in Siskiyou! Crisp, cool, clear air and beautiful views!
The calendar says we are a few days out...pfft...

Day 9038...9.19.2023

Running Debian, in Windows 10, (back in the day, I never thought THAT would happen...) on an old MSI GE60 Apache Pro-003 15.6-Inch Laptop that I keep around because it has all of the interfaces. It was once my gaming system and my home entertainment system. It has reached the last of its Windows 10 "Feature Updates," but all the rest keep rolling in, so I'll run it like this until they stop, then I'll fully convert it to Linux and run it until it dies. My main workstation is Windows 11, and I Love it, has a Linux distro, or two, on it as well.

As I type this, I am reminded of the time we left a much older laptop in service, because it was "the only way," that the customer could access their paging system. It died...fantastically...much like the The Wonderful 'One-Hoss-Shay'..."All at once, and nothing first,—Just as bubbles do when they burst"...the hard drive shattered into tiny bits...I kept it around for awhile...labeled as the "IT Maraca!"

Replaced it with a $100.00 serial-to-Ethernet adapter from StarTech... 

Day 9037...9.18.2023

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

Photo taken on my way to work this morning.

Day 9036...9.17.2023

I took this photo on 2.6.2022, on my way to visit some friends at their ranch in Grenada, CA. I love this county, and its people.

Day 9035...9.16.2023

I have not camped enough this year.

Day 9034...9.15.2023

Check the Expiration Date for Your At-Home COVID-19 Test

"The FDA may have extended the expiration date of your at-home COVID-19 test. Find out if your test has a new expiration date."

If your test kits are not listed in the main article, these were not, follow the "Check the FDA's complete list" link at the bottom of this page.

I bought a couple of new ones BEFORE this research...just to be sure...Oof! 

I took one on Wednesday afternoon and one this morning, and both are negative. I think I'm just dealing with one of my annual September sinus infections that got out of hand. And I could have saved myself some $$$ with a little research.


Not a good time to get sick. Stupid bugs!

I always seem to catch one in September.

Day 9032...9.13.2023

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost,  1915
" published in The Atlantic Monthly in August 1915 and used as the opening poem of his collection Mountain Interval (1916)."

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.

Interesting article:
"The poem isn’t a salute to can-do individualism; it’s a commentary on the self-deception we practice when constructing the story of our own lives. 'The Road Not Taken' may be, as the critic Frank Lentricchia memorably put it, 'the best example in all of American poetry of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.' But we could go further: It may be the best example in all of American culture of a wolf in sheep’s clothing."

Day 9031...9.12.2023

Season of change.

Day 9030...9.11.2023

My Mom shared this bit of insight with me today, "you are the same age I was when this happened"...
Oof...yeah, time is a thing.

I was thinking...22 years...what is the percentage of active duty servicemembers that were born after 9/11/2001?

"According to DOD statistics, as of July 11, 2023, there are 333,874 currently serving military members of all branches (including National Guard and reserves) who were born after 9/11. That number comprises more than 14% of the total force. "

Day 9029...9.10.2023

Today, I am so very thankful for the love and support of family and friends - the ones who know, know. Honestly, this path is equally exhilarating and terrifying.

I took this photo on a recent business trip. Beneath these clouds, are lots of other folks, walking around this little blue-green planet, who are dealing with life issues much more challenging than mine.

Day 9028...9.9.2023

Saturday, and I really should be working on planning, etc., but I'm taking a self-care day and just puttering around the house. Puttering is underappreciated, in my opinion. It's one of my favorite things.

Day 9027...9.8.2023

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34, ESV)

Whew! This day had plenty of its own trouble.
Still, all alarms clear, eventually.
And these were cleared rather quickly.
And, no, I'm not at all anxious about tomorrow...I don't know why you would think that.

Day 9026...9.7.2023

I try to take a few minutes every morning to step out in the backyard and greet the day. The photo does not do it justice, this morning was spectacular!

Day 9025...9.6.2023

Nothing to report. Busy day at the office, which is the reason why I had to leap before I had a landing pad, in case you were wondering. There was never going to be a "good time."

Oh, all photos here will be original - copyright is a thing, people. This one is of the new workstation I put in my home office in January.

New Paths...9.5.2023

9,024 days ago, 12/21/1998, I first stepped into the office of my current employer. This morning, I resigned from my current position there to seek new opportunities. My last day will be 9/29 (9048 days).

The company has been good to me over the years, but I am at a place in my life now where I need to find a more focused opportunity.

Autumn is coming...9.4.2023

Autumn, Fall, is my favorite season of the year. I always associate September with the beginning of the school year. The first day of school always filled me with excitement, a bit of anxiety, and hope.

Every year, as the leaves begin to change, and the trees shed their old growth in preparation for their new one, I am uplifted. This year, this Fall, I am stepping out on faith, stepping into that uplift, letting the old leaves  go, and making a major life change.

It may go may go horribly...I guess we will  see. I have that first day of school feeling - and tomorrow starts my journey.