December 28, 2004

Christmas 2004

Click to enlarge 3X Wendy likes horses. While at the mall for something else I saw this. Natually I bought it for her Chirstmas present. Early November. It stands 12.5 inches wood base to ear tip. I am sure is it some sort of cast resin (plastic) but I cannot find any mold seams.

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December 25, 2004

Installed by G.E.E.I.A.

actual size: 2 inches acrossIn December of 1966 I graduated from Tech School, Warner RObbins Keesler AFB, Mississippi, and was assigned to the 2879th G.E.E.I.A. Squadron at Athens AFB, Athens, Greece.

GEEIA, the Ground Electronics Engineering and Installation Agency, was the part of Logistics Command, United States Air Force, that engineered and installed the ground communications required by the Air Force. Back in the late '60's we were installing Troposcatter radios to provide high bandwidth long range telecommunications, the 486L project IIRC. I enjoyed my four years in the Military, as well as it giving me the start to my life-long career.

Component stereos were the rage, and I purchased a Sansui AU-70 intergrated amplifier for the heart of my system. I recently sent that amp to the bone yard, but not before I removed the old "Installed by GEEIA" sticker that I had applied to it in 1967.

We had placed these stickers on all the equipment we installed. Most likely all long gone. This may very well be the last example in existence.

But GEEIA was disbanded, and no one cares about our little part of history.
(editted 1/9/05 to correct where Tech School was.)

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December 19, 2004

SBC retirement party

They were told on Friday, December 26th, 2003 that their last day on the job was Monday, December 29th, 2003.

We had a crew lunch in March.

Last Friday we finally had their Retirement Luncheon/Party. Link Here.

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December 14, 2004

Christmas Lights

It's not much, just a few strings of C9's over the garage and around the larger and scrawnier tree. 11 strings of 25 bulbs, 7 watts each -- 1925 watts, about 17 amps. (I have a dedicated 20 amp circuit on a commercial timer going to a single GFI outlet at the front of the house for my Christmas lights.)

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December 13, 2004

Kitchen Table

With the dishwasher in it was time to get a new, smaller, dining table for the kitchen. Thumper took me to a pile of furniture stores, found a nice table at Naders. Looked on the web also and found the same table:

It was listed as being $544 list (ignoring that last penny) which they would sell for only $286. It was red-tagged at Naders for $100. Surprisingly good quality for such a low price. From Malaysia, a nicely grained light colored wood of unknown species that seemed to me to be a little denser than white pine. Took a while to assemble but it did so will little problem.

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December 05, 2004


The dishwasher is in and running. Had a few minor problems.

First, reading the instructions, I needed a clear 25 inches in front of the dishwasher location to open the door. Our kitchen table was 42 inches wide by 62 inches long and didn't leave much walkaround room. Definitely no room for a dishwasher door. So the table went out in the trash. (Looking at replacement tables in the 30 inch by 48 inch size.)

The kitchen cabinets are non-standard -- they are the original 1940's constructed in place. The dishwasher required 34.5 inches, floor to the underside of the countertop. I was 34.5 inches. No problem. Brought the dishwasher into the kitchen and found a glitch. The DOOR of the dishwasher is even with the top, and my countertop has a hanging lip. Which needed to be sawn off before I could slide the dishwasher in.

It requires 24 inches side to side, I was 25.5. It requires 24 inches front to back. Which is to the very edge of the countertop and about 1.5 inches further out than the original cabinets. I extended the right side by replacing the right end panel with a 34.5" x 24" x 3/4" piece of plywood. On the left side I have to build up the front of the cabinet to cover the left edge of the dishwasher. For looks.

Will get to that next week.

For the record, it's a GE Triton, with three wash arms to get to all areas, and was only $350 delivered to the back yard. (Didn't have room in the house last week with the table in the kitchen!)

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