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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
6:12 pm
oh yeah, happy 2013
happy new year to all who still read this.
Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
3:40 pm
so, I was out at the beach the last week. Met a bunch of nice people at the RV park. They were all out there for the clamming.

So, apparently, about once a month WA opens up clam digging on some beaches.

Equipment needed for clamming:
1. Boots, hip waders, or even chest waders. The more you are water-proof the better. The ocean is cold in WA and you don't want water in your shoes.
2. Lights, preferably head lamps or else something you can set on the ground--you need your hands to be free. The sun sets before 5pm. Low tide is at 7 or 8 PM. You need light. You gotta see clam sign and waves. The moon comes up later than that, and in WA its rare to see the moon anyways.
3. Shovel or clam gun. A clam gun is a hollow tub with handles. There's a small hole at the top of the tube that you leave open as you go into the sand and you cover with a finger when you lift up. That way the gun goes in easy and comes up with the sand in it (if you can't picture it, play with a straw in a beverage.)
4. Something to keep clams in. a bucket, or bag attached to your hip works well.
5. Clam license (usually an add-on to a regular fishing license.)
6. Optional: Friends and/or family. Everything's better with friends.

Go out just before low tide. The clams live at lowest tides or even in the surf below the low tide. Start looking for dimples in the sand. Pressing your foot or equipment above or next to the dimples will make the dimples much more obvious if there's a clam below. Press gun down centered over the dimple, angled slightly towards the ocean. Pull it up and hope you caught him. Those guys dig fast. Repeat until you have 15 clams (the limit.) Once you find one clam he usually has friends near him who panic and start digging creating more signs in the sand for you or your friends to catch. Keep your eyes out for waves. Waves can be dangerous, so be ready to run.

You know how fishermen are super protective of their spots on the shore and won't talk to you and give you secrets of fishing? Clammers are the opposite and will talk to strangers all night, share beach area, give you tips, show you what you're looking for and how to dig, etc.

There were dozens and dozens of people on the beach and that was just the quarter of a mile where I was. The beach looked more like a highway with all the cars going up and down. One night a cop went up the beach with his lights. I'm guessing somebody probably got hurt. The rest of the emergency personnel went up the road and not the beach, but the rumors were that there were at least 6 emergency vehicles involved.

RV people are usually friendly, at least so far the times I've been in the parks.
Friday, August 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm
2012 is almost over? Its scary how fast time flies when you look backwards at it. And how slowly it crawls while you're looking forwards into it.
Thursday, December 1st, 2011
7:29 pm
Still stuck at roughly 200 pounds. bah. And now it is winter time. That makes exercising hard. Its dark when I leave home and its dark when I leave work. I should move further south, Arizona or New Mexico. First I gotta get rich and wealthy and be able to no longer work. Isn't that everybody's dream? I hate the people who abuse power, and rich people tend to have more power and be more abusive, but wealth itself isn't to be hated.

However WA has opened up beaches to gold mining, so I can still do stuff on weekends. I need to file the permits so that I can go out there. The mountains here get snowed in. Why is there so much snow at 1500 feet? Its like it starts in November and isn't gone until June. WA is weird (says the guy from CO.)

And I got me a new toy at home. An Arduino (they're inexpensive.) I'll probably be bored of it in a week, but oh well. There are a few things I'd like to play with with electronics, so maybe (or maybe not.)
Monday, August 8th, 2011
9:14 pm
under 200
woo. I'm under 200 pounds. first time in 2 years? 2.5 years? idk. idc,

During all of July (and part of June maybe?--I have a hard time remember anything beyond this morning) I was stalled out at 205ish. idk, it just hung there. weight is a fickle thing I guess.

I still have too much gut however. but surpassing round numbers feels nice for some reason. like each increment of 5 means something and is trackable, unlike other numbers. but the 200? just feels like something.

now if only all politicians would admit that all of them are blame and that they should spend more time fixing issues and less time pointing fingers and blaming everybody else. But hey, not all miracles can happen, right?

Monday, July 25th, 2011
9:06 am
So what I did was get a new tent. One that's big enough for me to change in, as well as stand up in (woo for 4 person family-sized tents.) I'm sure the only thing wrong with the old tent is that I was sleeping straight instead of diagonally and I was touching the ends. even if I was at 90degrees I'd have been OK since that was where the tarp covered everything. But having a tent big enough to let me put on a wetsuit is nice (yes, putting on a 7mm wetsuit is a pita.)

But what does it mean when a 2-stroke engine is exhausting blue smoke? I'm about to put in a mandate that I won't ever touch a 2-stroke engine again.

Oh, and I found out what I'm doing wrong panning. I'm glad I've been keeping stuff, but now I need to re-pan a bunch of stuff. But that's why I kept so much material so far.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
3:00 am
dredging in a wet suit and snorkle
There's something serene about sitting in a cold mountain river being nice and warm, albeit wet, watching rocks being sucked up a nozzle and hearing them go into the sluice box.

Now if only the engines powering things weren't so loud.

Oh yeah, and if only there was more gold in the river. Although if there was more gold more people would be out there, although on Saturday there was too many already.

Next up I need some weights, or else some rope to use as a tether.

Oh, and I need some way to keep the tent drier. I guess my tent is only water resistant. I had a blue tarp of it, but it didn't quite cover two parts of it, so every time I touched those while I slept water seeped in. I probably should have turned the tarp. But what I think I need is an outer tent of tarp so that I can have a roof over the front entrance and be drier getting into the tent. Maybe just some poles, ropes, and a bigger tarp. Or maybe this: http://www.amazon.com/Brand-10x10-Wedding-Canopy-WATERPROOF/dp/B004YGGXBG? Hrm, my tent is almost 7'x7' or something over 6'x6'. so inside a 10x10 it might be too tight of a fit for me to put on a wet suit inside of it. maybe? a 10x12 would be nicer. But something like that over my tent. Or else just getting a family-sized water proof tent would work too.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
7:48 pm
My car isn't even a month old and its time for its first oil change. Its first oil change is scheduled for a shorter interval than subsequent ones.

And it needs a car wash. The rain yesterday washed off a bit of the mud, but its still muddy.

And I like having a cheap USB thumb drive to hold the tunes. Tons of random music rather than what fits of a CD. In my legacy I had gotten used to just not driving in silence.

Last weekend I did find a few flakes of gold.

I've learned that I can get better gas mileage without using cruise control than I can with cruise control. At one point the mpg display was at 29.7mpg. lots of downhill. It actually doesn't get 29 or higher very often. Too much effort not using cruise control so I think that I'll just pay the 1-2 mpg loss.
Monday, May 9th, 2011
4:29 pm
I was up in the mountains yesterday and it was snowing on me. When I was in CO, there wouldn't be much snow at 3500-4000 feet (err, 5000-6000 feet since CO isn't that low.) But it is nice getting up into the mountains. There were some nice views.

Oh yeah, and there was this patch of snow/ice that almost got me stuck. I was going up it with my car at an angle to the direction of travel. but it was on a banked corner, so I suspected that trying to go in reverse to get out of the patch of snow would have been deadly. But the patch wasn't very long and I made it through. That was at like 3800-3900' and the road was clear until I hit a corner at about 4100' and made a corner that took me down hill. I should try to remember my camera (and to use it once in a while. Even though digital pictures are free, I'm not in the habit of taking pictures all the time.)

I didn't stop to find gold, although I do have permission to mine some of the rivers I was following. I was kinda just scouting the areas enjoying the scenery, etc. But there was too much rain and I don't like the rain. I don't like the water coming at my head.
Thursday, May 5th, 2011
3:20 pm
new car
I had been tired of my 95 subaru legacy for a few years. I'm sure that with a little TLC and some money it would be in great shape and stay on the road for many more years. But since I wanted a new car I upgraded to a Subaru Forester. Now I'm going to have to get used to the much taller (and slightly shorter) car. Like highway cornering won't be the same (it was fun going around corners 15mph over the yellow warning sign.) The gas mileage should be about the same (assuming that the EPA estimates aren't too far off), although the old legacy recommended 89 or better gas and the forester is fine with 87 or better (that and when the legacy was new I could tell the difference even between 89 and 91.) So maybe my gas bill will go down, but I know my insurance bill will go up. It also takes away from my house down payment savings, so I'll probably wait until next year to get a house, although the prequal letter I got a while ago was for a small enough down payment that I could still do it, but I was hoping to do 20% down. Hey, priorities, right? relatively inexpensive rent and new car that handles jeep trails better, or old car that was annoying me and maybe higher mortgage (assuming I could get a loan even with the prequal.)
Monday, March 28th, 2011
10:50 pm
I must say that gold mining/prospecting is fun. Now if only I found some gold. So far I haven't found anything. I don't expect to find much--just a few flakes. I probably have a better chance of winning a powerball lottery than getting rich finding gold in a river.

Oh and I'm thankful for rubber boots, warm rain gear, and water proof gloves.
Thursday, December 31st, 2009
10:44 pm
No wonder Americans can't afford their medical bills.

I was in the hospital for under 28 hours a few months ago (check-in about 8AM Monday morning, left before noon on Tuesday.) I was doing approximations and adding up the total cost of the bills since every entity involved bills independently (the hospital room, the surgeon, the pharmacist, the anesthesiologist, etc.) The total of the bills that the hospital sent the insurance was over 40K. I paid under 1K and the insurance letters to me added up to them paying under 10K and adjusting the other 30K. So the hospital and doctors billed insurance for 30K more than what was reasonable, and because I have medical insurance the price was brought down to a reasonable level. If I didn't have insurance, I can image being billed being a full 40K. wowsers! if hospitals were honest in what they charged, maybe more people could afford to go there and pay their bills.

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
1:32 am
got the sutures out today.

And so now my neck is bugging me below the sutures (the area that is bugging is basically at the front of the shoulder.) The sutures hide below most of the neck line of my shirts--the V part of the buttons does show the seam. Kinda low for pulling out a thyriod, but it'll show up less once it heals I guess.

So I suppose the part of me that is feeling bugged is just upset that it got left out. Or maybe there is still some form of residual drainage. The doctor took out the drainage tube on Wednesday, and it didn't heal over and kept leaking until late on Saturday. Even today the band-aide wasn't 100% clean. So there might be a bit of fluid still being generated. After all, my body is missing a big lump of material (supposedly the removed thyroid was over 3" long.)
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
8:21 pm
so I had the right lobe of my thyroid remove as well as the isthmus. The surgery went well, but the immediate after surgery recovery was horrible, but it is all a blur. I guess I was gotten too dehydrated during surgery (mostly sweating) and so I didn't come out of the anesthesia cleanly, and they had me on extra IVs and Oxygen for the rest of the day. But today--the day after--I'm all find and out and about and stuf. Sitting at home, checking my e-mail, and then I'll rest in front of the TV.

The enlarged thyroid had been impacted my ability to swallow, and just general disturbance. According to the blood tests taken a year ago, everything was normal, and even with tests done a couple months ago, there are no indications of bad things. Just abnormal thyroid growth, which is apparently quite common.

However it does remind me that I should find a general/family/whatever doctor and discuss depression and social anxiety.
Sunday, July 19th, 2009
4:53 am
Coca Cola vs Coke Zero
Coke Zero does not taste like Coca Cola. I don't care what the TV commercials claim. Coke Zero tastes considerably more bitter than Coca Cola.

At least that's my opinion of these two liter bottles.

--Mr Sweet.
Saturday, July 18th, 2009
2:42 pm
humor out of my inbox. (which means it is probably older than dirt.)
The American Medical Association has weighed in on the new health care package.

The Allergists voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

The Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception. Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted. Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, 'Oh, Grow up!'

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing. The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter."

The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea. The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.
Friday, July 17th, 2009
6:16 pm
I was outdoors again today. Went over to Discovery park and took their 2.8 mile loop trail. Only took me 1.5 hours to walk it. Although recently I have been trying to go over to Golden Gardens (neighborhood beach) about once a week or every other week. I at least get half an hour to an hour walking on the beach. But today's walk (dare I call it a hike even though it isn't extremely hilly), was more exercise, even after its first half hour.

But I realized that lately me and the outdoors has been like oil and vinegar salad dressing. You can force the two to mix, but they quickly separate out again. I'd rather be indoors somewhere with air conditioning (which my house doesn't have, grr.)

Oh yeah, and it was way too hot outside. It's felt like a hotter summer the last few weeks than the prior years I've been here.
Friday, July 3rd, 2009
10:19 pm
it's the 3rd of July!
So, I don't like being old. So I figured that today I turned 24. But in some ways I like doing it in base-2 since it is 100 100. Kinda a neat number.

I remember when I first got my current job and I was still 21h old. I told my coworkers that I was 21, and the look on the one lady's face was priceless. Cause I really did look early 30s at the time (33 if you can't do the math of what 21h is). So she was trying to rectify 21 and 33 and didn't come up with hex until some other people on the team told her. She's was 23 or 24 (decimal) at the time, so she was flabergasted that I'd only be 21.

Anyways, the real thing about today is that it is a holiday since the 4th is on Saturday. I like paid holidays on my birthday.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
3:41 pm
in case anybody cares
I did get my pocket rebuilt. It has been a long time since I did any sewing, so the seam looks like crap. but nobody will notice (hey, I never look at the pocket and if anybody else is they're sneaking into my house while I sleep.)

Oh yeah, life is just the same-ole-same-old day-in-day-out. I've totally lost track of days, weeks, months, and even years.
Saturday, June 20th, 2009
3:58 am
I'm insane, or something like that.
There's a hole in my pocket,
Dear Randy, dear Randy
There's a hole in my pocket,
Dear Randy, there's a hole.

Then fix it, dear Randy,
Dear Randy, dear Randy
Then fix it, dear Randy,
Dear Randy, fix it.

With what shall I fix it,
Dear Randy, dear Randy?
With what shall I fix it,
Dear Randy, with what?

With a thread, dear Randy,
Dear Randy, dear Randy
With a thread, dear Randy,
Dear Randy, with a thread.

But I have no thread, dear Randy
Dear Randy, dear Randy
I have no thread, dear Randy
Dear Randy, no thread

Then buy some, dear Randy,
Dear Randy, dear Randy,
buy some dear Randy
Dear Randy, buy some.

With what shall I buy some?
Dear Randy, dear randy?
With what shall I buy some
Dear randy, dear randy?

With change, dear randy,
dear randy, dear randy
with change, dear randy
dear randy, with change.

how shall I carry the change
dear randy, dear randy?
how shall I carry the change
dear randy, dear randy?

In your pocket, dear randy,
dear randy, dear randy.
in your pocket dear randy,
dear randy, in your pocket.

There's a hole in my pocket!
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