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Background image -- Zip and I walk down the property for exercise..

 

Friday October 20th 2017

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming cloudy this morning. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 near noon. High 15.
Tonight Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers this evening and after midnight. Clearing before morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light overnight. Low plus 1

I woke up at 0700. Shortly after my phone rang and it was Rogers saying they had closed the ticket I started yesterday. BG is 6.5. I weigh 215 today.

I got up and am getting ready to to to Drum with Zip to see the vet.

*   *   *   *   *

We saw the vet at 0930 and the diagnosis is that she has malignant lymphoma. We had suspected as much. Although she seems mostly okay and not showing any signs of any pain, the prognosis is not good -- the doc figures she'll last another month or two. He gave (sold) me three medications.

I did a little shopping and returned home to sort papers, file, and do books.  I still have a lot to do after being away so much.

It's late afternoon now and I am off to the Foothills Association of Cruiser Sailors meeting in Calgary tonight.

The meeting was fun as always and it was good to see friends again. I am realizing that I am becoming a bit of a hermit and need to keep up my social contacts and activities.

I arrived home at eleven and went straight to bed, taking a melatonin to ensure a quick drop-off to slumber.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Saturday October 21st 2017

Today Mainly sunny. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. High 11.
Tonight Increasing cloudiness early this evening. Clearing before morning. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 this evening. Low plus 3.

I slept well woke up uncongested at five and dozed until seven, then got up.  Maybe I'm finally over the cold.

I noticed during the night that Zip snored less and seems perkier this morning. The medications apparently make a difference.

I planned to travel Tuesday or Wednesday to allow two business days to do the boat inspection and now realize that I should arrange travel insurance at least three days before travelling.  Regardless of the start date of coverage, some of the coverage does not take effect until the third day after purchase.

"You used to have a 'natural mite drop' calculator from Jean Pierre Chapleau I think.

The old link takes one to an asian language site.
Still have that old calculator somewhere?

Brian"

I did a search and this page (right) is interesting.

His websites are gone now, so we have to rely on the Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20110210025423/http:/www.apinovar.com/

Most of my day was spent at the desk, obtaining travel insurance and a flight to La Paz and accommodation.  I did make a soup/stew as well, though.

Finding the best deals is time consuming.  The problem is that theses sites don't show the day before and the day after or allow side-by-side comparisons, and each site seems to have a slightly different assortment and different deals with quite a bit of overlap.

I found that Tripadvisor gave me the best flight times and prices and Hotels.com gave the best accommodation prices and terms.  Some of the others were too cumbersome or double the cost.  None of them handle a Canadian with a US$ credit card linked to a Canadian address at all well. They want to charge Canadians in Canadian dollars and that costs me an unnecessary credit card currency exchange fee. 

I almost booked a flight on Monday by mistake and when I caught that at the last minute I checked Tuesday for the same flights, and found that they were costly.  Trying Wednesday, one day later than ideal, I found an amazingly low price for the most convenient flight.

Then I booked a hotel and discovered that the website did not add it to my Hotels.com account.  Bummer. An 866 cal and fifteen minutes fixed that.

Now I have a flight to Cabo and a hotel in La Paz.  All that remains is the two-hour bus trip between the two cities. I can reserve but am not sure what happens if my flight is late. I'll count on buying a ticket when I arrive.

I find these tasks wearying. If I were not so much into detail and optimization, I suppose it would be easier.  Easier booking, but probably troublesome later.

When  I was done all that, Zip and I went for a walk around town and were joined by a young black lab we encountered along the way. 

Zip is more energetic with the medication, but still slower than she was in past years. She used to run ahead and dart back and forth but now she drags behind. Getting old...

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Sunday October 22nd 2017

Today Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming west 20 then increasing to 50 gusting to 70 near noon. High 12.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 2.

I woke up at 0740 and got up.  I slept a good eight hours.

I'm feeling pretty good today.  No congestion, no nose dripping, mind clear.  Weight is dropping back and reads 215.2.  Morning BG is 6.3, closer to my long-term normal. BP is a little high at 128/76.

Zip slept much better last night and has a good appetite this morning.

The trip to the vet the other day paid off. I had been reluctant to go to the vet as I had bad experiences in the past, but Ruth advised me to request a specific doctor and Dr. Morrey proved to be very perceptive, empathetic and realistic. His prescriptions seem to have been right on the money, too.

I'm planning to drive to Gull Lake today to visit Jean and family. I haven't seen them much this summer. With my being away and their involvement in volleyball, our schedules have seldom lined up.

I watered the plants and did some deskwork, tidied the kitchen and that used up the morning.

Mid-day my BP is 108/71. It varies over a day

I left home at two and arrived at Birch Bay around four.  We went for  walk around the loop, had supper and everyone is off to bed early. I'm up installing the software for my security system on this small laptop.

After that, I signed up for Amazon Prime and watched most of "The Red Pill".

I had signed up for Amazon Prime years back but then found that my US Amazon Prime did not work in Canada and asked for a refund.

Recently, though, Amazon has offered a Canadian Amazon Prime that includes video. I put off subscribing, but Chris said good things about it, so I bit. He says, also that Amazon priced have gone up. I have noticed that eBay is usually a better choice when buying, but have bought from Amazon more than a few times.

As for the video, I'm finding the Amazon video offerings are more to my taste than the Netflix selection -- so far, with just a quick glance, anyhow.

As for "The Red Pill", this documentary is a very refreshing and honest look at our society and one of its blind spots -- and a huge relief for those who took the red pill long ago, have stood up and supported women's rights and wondered who will stand up for men.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Monday October 23rd 2017

Today Mainly sunny. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. High 11.
Tonight A few clouds. Low minus 1.

I woke up at six after the best and most refreshing night's sleep I have had in a long time. I had slept right through the night, only waking briefly a few times, probably due to the dog moving restlessly around the room. 

This morning I'll return home and shop along the way. I have to start getting ready to go south for a few days. I leave very early Wednesday.

Zip and I left for home and after stopping in Sylvan to shop, then Red Deer to get a flu shot, we arrived home at one.

I spent the afternoon catching up and planning.

Shopping seems to be exercise.  Fit says I made 6288 steps today.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Tuesday October 23rd 2017

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. Wind becoming west 20 gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 22.
Tonight A few clouds. Increasing cloudiness before morning. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low zero.

Weather continues warm and windy. 

The pattern here is that we get nice weather up until Halloween, then immediately after we get a nasty cold snap with snow and ice.  Usually that melts off later, but on occasion the snow stays a long time, even all winter.

By the time I go to bed tonight, I have to be packed and ready to drive away tomorrow at 3:30 AM.

My flight leaves at 0635.  Because I connect through Dallas and change planes there, I have to go through US customs at YYC and arriving two hours early is the rule. US Customs opens at 0430 according to the YYC website, but I seem to recall customs opening later and having had to wait in the past.

I slept well again and weigh 215.4 this AM. BG is a bit high again at 6.5 and BP is 103/66.  As mentioned before, BP varies over a day and no one reading is definitive.

At some point, will be driving Zip over to meet up with Ruth so she can keep Zip while I am away.  Zip has two homes.

Zip seems much better.  I assume the cancer still progresses, but the symptoms are mostly under control with medication.  She can breathe better and is eating more, not that she was particularly off her feed, and snores much less at night.

I also plan to change oil on my Merc when  I return.  I should do the Town and Country. too.

I pulled into a quick change place yesterday and asked the price of a basic oil change and was told $60 plus tax. The filter and oil required costs me $20 and I have some on hand and paid for, so I can earn $40 tax-free for five minutes under the car. If it takes ten minutes, I'll have made $240/hour, tax-free. That's hardly executive pay, but good pay for a grease monkey.

I've straightened out my computer problems AFAIK and both laptops are running acceptably fast.  I have taken to shutting them right down daily and that seems to help.

Chrome is still ponderously slow if I have more than a few tabs open. In years past, I could have twenty open with no issues, but I suspect a lot has to do with the size of web pages these days.  Some of it may have to do with my extensions, too.  The ad blocker in particular slows things.

*    *    *    *    *

Well. it is now five and I am amazed at my energy today. I've been on the go all day.  After lunch, I drove Zippy to Drum. Before that, I repaired my ramps in preparation for the oil change. 

In Drum, I had coffee with Ruth, then returned home and changed the oil on the Merc.

When I returned from Drum there was a cattle drive going on at the end of my driveway. The cattle were not in agreement with the cowboys on the destination and there was much milling around. The cattle drive accounts for the manure on my tires in the pictures

The oil change did not take me ten minutes.  I spent more like 45, but in the process, organized tools, and did some cleanup.

Once that was done, I decided to serviced the furnace burner.

I had not intended to do that job right now, but noticed increasingly uneven burning and figured that a more efficient burn will ensure that the ash bin will not fill prematurely while I am away.  The furnace is burning much better now.

After changing the oil, I decided to check the air filter.  I had bought one on the chance it needed a change and it did.  Look what was packed into the intake.

I have yet to pack and tidy up.  I had intended to vacuum, but that may have to wait. I have also to water the plants last thing before leaving and as I leave at three-thirty tomorrow, that means I should do it tonight.

I began watering the plants and guess what. One of my monstera blooms has opened -- just when I am going away.

 

Further to my morning comments, now, at 1822, my blood pressure reads 121/77.  BP varies over the day.  No one reading is definitive.

Fit thinks I did 7,920 steps today and active for an hour and twenty-seven minutes, burning 1,888 calories.  Do I believe it?  Dunno. I didn't really go anywhere except around Canadian Tire and Fresons and in and out of my shop, plus the usual walking around this big house.  FWIW, I did not even have the phone with me all the time, so I actually did more than shows up.

My computers are running up to speed now, with the exception of the Chrome browser.  I may have to try disabling some extensions.

I packed and tidied and went to bed at nine-thirty, but I did not really get to sleep and stay asleep until eleven.  My alarms are set for 0230.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority is there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Wednesday October 25th 2017

Today Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming northwest 50 gusting to 70 near noon then increasing to 70 gusting to 100. High 14.
Tonight Cloudy. 60 percent chance of flurries this evening and after midnight. Wind northwest 70 km/h gusting to 100 becoming north 30 gusting to 50 this evening then light overnight. Low minus 6.

I came awake at 0155 and although I had intended to sleep until 0230, I was awake and got up. I had breakfast and coffee, did a few last-minute things and I pulled out of the drive at 0315.

I was at airport security by 0430 and in the lounge by 0445, over an hour before boarding and an hour and three quarters before lift-off.

I'm amazed at my energy yesterday and today.  I would have expected to be tired, rising so early with only about four hours sleep, but I'm fresh. I didn't find myself dozing at all on the drive and I would have expected to be sleepy.  I wasn't.

I'm on AA 3762, an E175 bound for Dallas where I connect to another AA flight to Cabo San Lucas.  In Cabo, I catch a bus for a two and three-quarters hour ride to La Paz. I've never been to either place before.  This is going to be interesting.

I did sleep for a while during take-off and a while after, but now I'm wide awake. It's a full flight and from where I sit, it looks as if I am the only person with an empty seat beside me.

We landed at SJD right on time and customs was routine. I found my bus driver and had an hour to wait, so I sat down in the outdoor lounge at the exit and bought the two most expensive beers I've ever bought in Mexico.  Normal bar price is twenty to thirty pesos. My two totaled one hundred and seventy!

At three-thirty, the bus driver led us to the van and off we went. There were just two passengers. We stopped in Cabo and picked up two more, then drove up to Todo Santos, the next stop on route.

We had a ten-minute stop so I crossed the road and had another beer.  Beer in Mexico is like soda pop it seems and probably healthier from what I'm reading lately.

Then, on to La Paz.  Three hours from our departure from SJD and over four hours after I landed at SJD, we arrived in LaPaz and the driver dropped me at my pension.

La Paz turns out to be a big city and pretty prosperous compared to some places I've been in Mexico.  La Paz is the capital of Baja Sur.

The gate to Poseda Colibri was locked and nobody answered the bell although I had reserved, so I asked a man working on his car nearby and he said to go to Las Gaviotas, a sizeable hotel nearby, so I went there.  The sign on the door there said "Cerado" (closed), so I rang the bell.  Eventually a girl came to the door. She spoke only Spanish, but was expecting me and got the owner from upstairs.

Linda took me back over to Poesda Colibri and showed me my room on the third floor.  It was hot as Hades, but we turned on the air conditioning and fans and it soon became tolerable.

After she left, I wandered down to the Malecon, the strip of park along the shore with a popular tile boardwalk.  I walked the boardwalk a bit, had a slice of pizza from a vendor and returned to my room.

I went to bed at nine or so and slept well.

  

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority is there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Thursday October 26th 2017

Today A mix of sun and cloud. Wind north 20 km/h becoming light early this morning. Wind becoming south 20 gusting to 40 near noon. High 6.
Tonight A few clouds. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light early this evening. Low minus 4.

I woke at seven and found I am a bit groggy, BG is 6.7, high again.  I wonder why. Today I inspect the boat.  Today will be hot, the hottest day in the coming week.

Breakfast is a 0830 in Las Gaviotas so I went over shortly after 0830.  There was only one other guest at poolside where the breakfast is served, plus a large Mexican family with kids.

I was served a full breakfast with an omelet.  It proved enough to last until my supper later at five in the afternoon.

Tom emailed he would pick me up at ten, so I went down, unlocked and locked the various doors to get outside and he was at the curb. We drove to the marina and walked to the boat.

Steve, the owner was aboard and showed me around. After that was done, we met with the diver and the surveyor for a report.  The diver went down for more pictures.

Then we took the boat out for a test.  That went reasonably well.  I discovered, though, that the bimini and dodger combined obscure the view of the sails, and the lack of a functioning wind indicator made sailing difficult.  The boat also has an older design of in-mast furling which requires more attention to detail than the ones I have used previously.  All in all, though, this is a very nice well-kept boat in prime condition.  The interior and exterior are Bristol.

We returned to the dock and I maneuvered in and docked nicely.  We agreed to take some time for me to think things over and Tom drove me back to Poseda Colibri. 

At this point, my, main concerns are insurance, and the cost of mooring and maintaining the boat over the coming months.  I also don't know how much time I'll want to spend down here.  If I don't get down much, no matter how good a deal in make, this could be a costly error.

I do have annual travel health insurance now, though, and have found reasonable airfares for direct flights available to and from SJD and Calgary, so I should be able to spend time here as long as I don't have to worry about heat and plants at home.

Tom drove me back to the office and I downloaded the pictures left by the diver.  Then Tom drove me back to my hotel.

On the way, he suggested I take my foot off the gas.  I asked what he meant and he said there is no rush, meaning maybe that I am expecting to do too much too fast.

I had nothing to do and was hot, so I took a swim in the pool, then walked down to Tailhunter, a bar on the Malecon and had supper.  Whatever I ordered -- I don't recall the name -- was excellent: fish with cheese over and rice and beans. The spicing was perfect.

I walked back up to my room and slept well.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Friday October 27th 2017

Today A mix of sun and cloud. High 15.
Tonight A few clouds. Low plus 4.

I woke up, had an excellent breakfast at Las Gaviotas again, then Tom picked me up to show me around town.  I had considered his suggestion and although I had planned to close today, I decided to take my time and learn a bit more.  I notified my banker I'd not close today and we then  drove around town.   We circled all the big box stores, Walmart, Sams Club, Home Depot, etc. and then went back tot he marina to talk to the trades that have worked on the boat. All reports were very favourable.

Walking past the shops on the marina boardwalk, I noticed a boat management/charter company and Tom and I stopped to chat. As it turns out, this is a Mexican company with several branches, and they also do insurance, so Aaron the manager is getting me three quotes. 

He also interested in having my boat in his fleet for charter and thinks we can get 30 or 40 days a year at a good enough rate to cover my annual costs, which is perfect.  The boat should pay for its own keep.  The downside is that I'd have to keep the boat nearby and return to La Paz every time I go out for a week or two in prime season.  I think I can work around that.

We stopped for a beer at Tailhunter and then returned to Tom's office.  We were just sitting down when several people walked in. One was John, from Minnesota and he was looking for a boat with Tom's help.  He and Tom were going to a boat yard and asked if I'd like to come along.  I said yes.  We went and looked through two boats and what I saw made me realise what a deal I am getting.  From my perspective, anyhow.

We drove back to the office and the woman who owns one of the boats we were looking at, Lisa, happened in.  It was quitting time and Tom suggested we have margueritas at a bar nearby, so the four of us wandered over and sat down.

They were just opening for the evening and the young lady we greeted us agreed that it was happy hour, with two for one and so we began.  Then a man -- the manager, I assume -- said it wasn't.  I never did find out because Tom paid the bill.  John and Lisa said they would drive me home and Tom was off for the day.

Anyhow we wound up with a lot of margueritas on the table and drank them all, then the band started up and clearly, talking was going to be impossible.

Besides, Lisa had a charity event to attend nearby, so we all went.  Then she decided she wanted to show us the sunset from the hill where she lives and off the three of us went.  As we left, I was a bit surprised to notice that the group was a pretty decent blues band, and would have been worth staying for under other circumstances.

We went on a bit of a wild ride, but Lisa is a very good driver, even after the margueritas.  We got up the hill just in time to miss the sunset, but it was a good view regardless.

Then she decided she wanted to show us her house, so we went there and she showed us around.  It is a very typical Mexican concrete home with several storeys and a roof terrace, much like the one I stayed in in Bucerias.  Very nice.

From there, she had to drive John and me home, but not without stopping at Tequilla's, a bar downtown.  They had another drink, but I had had enough and sat that round out.

She dropped John at his hotel and me at mine and that was the day.

I went to bed and slept like a log.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Saturday October 28th 2017

I slept well, but was tired from the night before.  BG is 6.2.  That's better.  I have no idea why it was high for a few days.

After breakfast, John managed to contact me and we went down to see the boat seeing as he wants to charter it. Then he had to run to catch his plane.

I lingered a bit and then spoke with the charter firm.  No insurance quote yet. They drove me back to Poseda Colibri and I checked out and walked downtown to the Hotel Miramar where I had reserved a cheaper room. It was not ready, so I left my bags and went to the Malecon and had a beer and lunch at the seaside Kiwi Restaurant.

After wandering around a while, I went to my room, checked in and had a nap. Later I walked to the bank to get pesos and as soon as I walked out the door of the hotel and rounded a corner, I cam on Steve, the owner of the boat I am buying sitting at a table waiting for his take-out supper.  Small world.

I got pesos at the bank machine nearby and walked to Tailhunter to repeat the excellent meal I had the other night.  I ordered the Salsa Verde, which is fish with cheese, beans and rice. It was good, but there must be a different chef because the fish was a bit overcooked for my taste.

If an experience is surprisingly perfect and wonderful, attempting to repeat it is often a little disappointing.

I returned to the hotel and went to be at 2130.  I slept soundly until 0130, then awoke, stayed up a while and slept fitfully the rest of the night.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Sunday October 29th 2017

Today Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries or rain showers this afternoon. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming northwest 50 gusting to 70 this afternoon. High 7.
Tonight Cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries this evening. Clearing overnight. Wind northwest 50 km/h gusting to 70 becoming north 20 gusting to 40 this evening then light near midnight. Low minus 8.

I woke several times during the night and finally got up at around eight.  I was congested a bit and am now wondering if it has to do with mould.  The room is old and the building musty.  Perhaps that is my problem at home, too.

I checked out and walked to the Malecon for breakfast, carrying my bags.  I found a sidewalk table in the shade and had an omelet and coffee.  After, I caught a nearby cab to the Marina La Paz and realised I was two hours early for my agreed meetup with Lisa, so I lugged my gear over to the Club Cruseros and figured to wait there and read some literature while waiting.  As I was looking at the bulletin board, Lisa showed up and used the VHF radio.  She learned that the event she had planned to be involved in for the morning was not on, so we decided to go to Playa Tecelote.

We picked up ice along the way and stopped at a beach on our way to Playa Tecelote and waded in  the water a while.  From there our destination was another ten kilometers. Playa Tecelote was not very busy when we got there, but got quite busy as the afternoon went on.  We chose a table with an umbrella near the cantina and had a few beers over the afternoon. 

We walked the beach, played with someone's dog, held a girl's chihuahua pup while she swam, and enjoyed the beautiful day, the friendly, happy families around us, the amazing scenery and the warm water.  I swam a bit.  The water is about twenty-four Celsius and clear.

Around five, we moved up the beach to where music was about to start and sat there a while.  Remembering the margueritas we had the other night, I had one, which seemed quite tame, then a second.  I don't know what was in the second one, but it hit me hard. We returned to the hotel around seven, Lisa dropped me off and I went to bed and fell right asleep.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Monday October 30th 2017

Today Increasing cloudiness. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 7.
Tonight Partly cloudy. Becoming cloudy before morning. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 4.

I woke up at six and it was pitch black.  Seems the room has blackout curtains. This room is the best I've had in La Paz.

I went back to sleep for a while, then got up. BG is 6.2. I rinsed out my clothes from yesterday and found I have an email from Lisa.

She came for breakfast downstairs at nine and then we drove up to here house and back. I had things to do at the marina and she went to do some chores.

Later she returned and ewe went to look at here boat which is for sale and on the hard at the Fonatur Marina near Walmart.  I took some pictures for here and then we went to a bookshop, looking for guidebooks and charts.

I mentioned needing to see a dentist and preferably one who speaks English.  She drove me over to here dentist who just happened to have an opening.  Moments after arriving, I was in the chair.  She checked my bite and said the issue with the sensitive tooth was that it was high and needed to be reduced to prevent damage to the nerve.

She did that and I mentioned getting food stuck in a molar and that getting it out was difficult.  She took a look and announced the cap had to be replaced since it did not go to the gum and there was a pocket of decay near the base, so then, off came the cap.  An impression was made and I am now here until Thursday at least waiting for the replacement.

I figured I owed Lisa a dinner for all the driving and help, so we went to a seafood place not far from my hotel.  Supper was excellent.

She dropped me off at the Cityexpress again and I did a few things and went to bed early.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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Tuesday October 31st 2017

Today Cloudy. Periods of rain beginning this morning. Rain mixed with snow this morning. Risk of freezing rain this morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High plus 5.
Tonight Cloudy. 30 percent chance of rain showers changing to 60 percent chance of flurries late this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40. Low minus 2.

I woke up at six today, got up and did a few things and went back to bed for an hour.  Then I did deskwork and went for an early breakfast.  Lisa is coming over at nine, but I was hungry.

I have a few days left and still have not closed on the boat.  I need to get my act together today and get a move on.

Lisa came over at nine and we had breakfast.  Then she had some errands. We went up to her house and then down t the marina.  I waited around for Aaron a while.  He came back after a few hours and we discussed insurance and then I decided to close the deal.  I'm running out of time.

I had concerns about several spots on my head, so Lisa drove me to the medical centre and I had them burned off.  The process, as with other such things, is much simpler and direct in Mexico. No appointment, little, if any, waiting, reasonable cost.

Then Lisa wanted to be back home for Halloween treating so I went along. We sat in her neighbour, Pat's' entry courtyard and handed out treats.  When that was over, we went for tacos.  After, Lisa drove me back to my hotel and I tuned in for the night.

A good scientist knows that science is not a democracy, that scientific truth is not determined
by a show of hands, and that consensus and authority are there to be challenged, not to be
accepted without question. -- Dr. Frank Schnell, PhD.

All models are wrong but some are useful.
George E. P. Box

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