La Rambla II

by carbonboy on December 13, 2017

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I’m thinking now that I am semi-retired, taking consulting gigs at whim – what is next? Street photographer seems noble.

Of course, becoming the IKEA of carbon fiber furniture is still the mission. But having fun should now be the (2nd) priority!

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La Rambla

by carbonboy on December 10, 2017

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A Funny Thing Happens to Solar Power when it Snows

by carbonboy on December 10, 2017

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Yesterday it was overcast and snowing all day – first time ever my solar panels produce zero energy. They were covered in three inches of wet snow, and I wasn’t about to climb up on the roof to remedy the condition.

Today it was sunny, but it took near all day for the snow to melt off the panels. Got a 10% return on the day anyway.

I am thinking it snows so little here, but what about in areas where it accumulates for days? Elon?

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Park Güell Revisited

by carbonboy on December 9, 2017

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I found a long lost hard drive tonight with the images where I captured my visit to Barcelona.

Lot’s of bad photos, but so many great memories.

Thanks Anthony! I can’t wait to return!

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Winter has Arrived in Piney Point

by carbonboy on December 8, 2017

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Oh crap!

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Autumns’ End

by carbonboy on December 7, 2017

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Pulled out my North Face winter coat today, but it was not really needed. A cold spell is heading to DC, but we will be back in the fifties for a brief time.

Really the only thing that annoys me is that the furnace runs more than I think is needed – but in terms of temperature it is smarter than me.

Amazing this time – innovative designs haunt my dreams! Thinking a trip to Vietnam is next.

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De-cluttering My Life

by carbonboy on December 5, 2017

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More bling up for sale.

What better a time to rid myself of it?

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20+ Years of Notes to Myself

by carbonboy on December 3, 2017

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I like to get up each morning and jot a note to myself, relating my feelings, shortcomings, hopes and goals for the day. I have been doing it for twenty plus years (well really more than that).

Being back home, I gathered these notes. Wow! Novel or screenplay? Artsy of course, hardly blockbuster.

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Three Layers of Comfort!

by carbonboy on November 25, 2017

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Given I program the thermostat to set at 65 F at night, I added an old cotton blanket to sandwich between my 1000-count cotton sheets and a really old goose down comforter.

What a surprising difference! Who would of thunk? My dreams are so much more vivid!

Still sunny and high-fifties here in Piney Point – not bad! I’m still wanting to bale out to South Florida for the winter. Time will tell.

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The Magic of Mushrooms

by carbonboy on November 19, 2017

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I have been back in Piney Point two months and two days since leaving California. I returned at the absolute best time of the year – but now winter is coming.

Winter sucks! I may move to Florida to ride it out. More on that later.

For the time, I decided to cut myself from cable TV. Bottom line: I don’t miss it at all.

To be fair I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. I favor Netflix with all the BBC content, over Amazon Prime. The Magic of Mushrooms documentary awed me!

Today was a gloriously sunny, breezy day in Piney Point. I opted to get the axe out and chop up some downed branches in the back, and haul them to the fire pit on the beach.

I spent a little time looking at nature at a macro level in the forbidden forest that borders my house. It was amazing!

 

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Healthy Quasi-Asian Food

November 17, 2017
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So, I googled “Is Chinese food healthy” and basically the overwhelming hits were (for American Chinese) “no fucking way.” The crappy oil and high sodium content topped the list, with calories exceeding the worst junk food coming in third. But what if one used a healthy oil, Jasmine brown rice and organic chicken breast? Throw […]

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Morning Start

November 16, 2017
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Being home “free to do what I want, anytime I want” (thanks Tom Petty) would seem to conflict with the routine of a daily habit. But habits and discipline are essential elements of maintaining that freedom. So . . . My mornings start with a mug of strong black coffee, 15 grams of dark chocolate […]

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Decluttering My Life as an Aerospace Contractor

November 11, 2017
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I generally leave with 1 suitcase; come back a year later with 2! A nice mix of Nautica, Chaps, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein off to Good Will for a 2017 tax write-off. Shoes and pants next!  

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Fighting the Cold Weather Blues – 1st HIIT Workout on the Stationary Bike

November 11, 2017
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  Tomorrow the Weight Bench! My attitude seems adjusted already, with a plan to clean the house!

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High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for Old Muscles

November 11, 2017
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High-intensity interval training (HIIT) improved age-related decline in muscle mitochondria. 4 minutes on a stationary bike – 3 minutes off – 4 repetitions – 3 times a week! I can do that AND throw in some weight training on the off days! Here’s a link to the article: goo.gl/CFb82g

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The Return of Winter

November 10, 2017
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  Oh, this is going to be tough – substituting a mild Southern California winter for a moderate one in Southern Maryland. I am not ready, but thankfully 10 days of mid-fifties sunny days lie ahead after this first winter blast from the artic. I so miss California!

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Fried Health Food?

November 2, 2017
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OK, I am back at home in Maryland, and ironically, it has never really been home, as I rarely live here. But it is the only home I have. I succumbed to the local seafood method of preparation: frying. For the record I did not deep-fry and used a good quality olive oil AND had […]

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De-cluttering my Life – Selling my Bling

October 29, 2017
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I bought this watch and much more a decade ago to impress a woman that I fell in love with in Korea. I used to wear the Breitling, until I got a sports watch. Since, it’s all been sitting in a safe at my house. Tonight, it all goes up for sale in eBay. Getting […]

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My neighbor’s driveway on Lighthouse Drive

October 27, 2017
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Wish I had an interest in holiday type stuff. But I don’t!

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October is the Perfect Month in Piney Point

October 22, 2017
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I learned this a decade ago – no wonder why they have the Oyster Festival this weekend. Today was perfect – 75 F and sunny – but I was amazed of all the bird shit on the pier. So I headed to the enchanted forest for a bit of relief. All is well!

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