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WanderingEng  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 21, 2022

If there's more of a click than most others, I think it's worth pursuing. If it isn't going to work you'll know by the end of her break.

That's easy to say as the person I'm interested in lives five minutes away and not eight hours, but her busy life (and to a lesser extent my own busy life) is limiting. If it might work out, it's worth working around.

WanderingEng  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 21, 2022

Dating: I've been talking with this girl I met at the YMCA. We do the same class every week. We text about once a day, sometimes less. She seems really busy, and when we talk I feel like she's really engaged in getting to know me better. She brought up dating without talking about us dating. Just, she seems open to it on however long of a timeline it might take.

I might find someone on an app that would reply within an hour and be up for dinner this weekend, but I'm far and away more excited about the girl from the Y. While I'd love to talk and meet up more often, I have my life and the sense I get is she has hers. I want to integrate a partner into my life and have a huge amount of respect for someone else looking to do the same.

So yeah, good luck with whatever you decide to do. I'm 42 and haven't found the right person. If it's her, if it takes another two months to do something together again and two more to have a proper first date, that time is an insignificant blip.

WanderingEng  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 21, 2022

I accepted an offer on my condo. 99.9% excited to complete the sale, but a sliver is sad to let go of the home my old cats knew.

But then on to home projects.

WanderingEng  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ironman Wisconsin 70.3 2022

I'm probably going to do this race again next year, and I'm looking at the Des Moines 70.3 in June as well.

I've started admitting out loud that I think I want to do an Ironman. Not next year, but maybe 2024. I've toyed with the idea of doing a destination race, too, maybe for the full IM to get a course that isn't so hilly. It gets really pricy, though. Fly to New York to hike? Ok. Flying to a triathlon is all those costs plus race entry plus getting my bike there. Those are not insignificant costs.

But we only live once, right?

WanderingEng  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ironman Wisconsin 70.3 2022

Thanks! I've never practiced transitions but gave them a lot of thought my first couple races. Now I still think about it when I'm getting my transition area ready on race day because I'm piling up gear in the order I intend to use it.

I really want to get a good 70.3 run in. I probably need more bike-run workouts, and maybe I need to be smarter about my run volume. I ordered the book "80/20 Triathlon" that's popular. I think it's all about 80% of workouts being Z1/Z2 efforts. We'll see how it goes.

WanderingEng  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Californians asked to cut power use as extreme heat approaches

Synchronizing the grids is easy: at an open circuit breaker between the grids, put a transmission voltage to 115 V transformer on each side. Put two lightbulbs in series between the two sides. When the bulbs go dim, close the breaker.

This is how it was done in the old days. The more modern way (maybe 1960s?) is to have a synch scope. Looks kind of like a clock and displays the angle between. Clock points up: close breaker.

Today it's done with microprocessor relays that wait until the angle is small and then issue the close signal.

The real issue is getting the system secure as fast as possible. This means multiple transmission ties ready to close right away.

WanderingEng  ·  42 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Californians asked to cut power use as extreme heat approaches

Build power plants and power lines. It's century old technology limited by politics and public acceptance.

WanderingEng  ·  61 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 27, 2022

What make and model did you get? I find it really hard to find details on heat pumps, especially whether they'll be effective in a climate that can get really cold. It seems like they're being marketed in the southern US but not northern where I am.

My furnace and A/C are both up for replacement. Now would be the time.

WanderingEng  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 20, 2022

I closed on my house last Friday and have been moving in ever since. I'm mostly moved, though I'm probably underestimating just how much stuff is still in my old place. I should go get another load.

The master bedroom was painted purple, walls and ceiling. I've had no fewer than three people offer unsolicited help if I need help repainting it. My answer was that I'll deal with it later, and getting moved in is my priority. Whoever painted it did a shit job with paint on the trim, even the light fixture.

But: I've slept great the past two nights. My old bedroom was generic beige with a white ceiling, and I didn't often sleep great. New room, my daily schedule is a mess, and I'm sleeping great. Is it the dark walls and dark ceiling? Should I not paint the ceiling the traditional white?

A website on the internet says blue is the best sleep color. Another suggests painting a ceiling not white but a few shades lighter from the wall color. So now I'm considering painting the walls a fairly dark blue and the ceiling a lighter blue. Any thoughts from hubski?

One of the things still in my old place is my CDs. Records are all moved, and every load I thought "I own too many records." But they're moved. The CDs I haven't touched in literal years. I'm not sure they're worth anything. Maybe $1 each? I'll dump them in the basement for now. Anyone else have opinions on what to do with old CDs? I did trash my VHS tapes and donate my DVDs at some point.

WanderingEng  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 13, 2022

I strained my back yesterday and had to DNS a race today I'd been looking forward to. But I got most of my records moved into my house and have my hifi set up. I ordered a lawn mower and will pick it up tomorrow. My back is feeling better this evening. Being off on a weekday I'm going to try to get a swim in at Devil's Lake in the morning as long as my back keeps feeling better.

WanderingEng  ·  106 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: June 15, 2022

A storm smashed like ten percent of our system in an hour. Crazy. There are still outages 48 hours later with a chance at another storm this evening.