So the other night the Army did an unannounced training exercise over town. For over an hour multiple aircraft flying search maneuvers. I should have gone out earlier and taken some shots, but went out just after midnight and grabbed a shot just as they left. Since I was out there already, of course grabbed a few more shots. Here they all are.
Amanda and I have put an offer on a house in Port Angeles.
It’s an older home (1918, nearly 100yrs.) has some nice open spaces, and some nice work spaces too. A cute back yard, and a great view of the mountains.
Closing isn’t scheduled until the end of August, so anything could still happen, but wanted to post up some pictures anyhow.
So, I browse through Goodwill’s auction website every once in a while for interesting instruments. I usually end up paying too much and this is probably no exception. I had to get it though as I have wanted a rotary valve trumpet of some sort for a while. And this fits the bill on several fronts. It’s a conical flare instrument, so more like a cornet or flugelhorn, it’s intricate with the more rare to find now clockwork spring valve mechanism, it’s beautiful in its build, and it’s old. Likely vary old (for a brass instrument of its sort and quality.)
So, I have a friend working on getting Prince of Persia running on original Apple ][ hardware. [Link] So dug this out for him to see if it would help him in his Newtonian pursuit.
Otherwise known as the circumnavigation of Nevada!
We are driving down to Sierra Vista AZ to visit with some friends and making some stops along the way.
This is what our current route is looking like!
The Trip Down to Sierra Vista:
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The Trip Back Home
Just 75 Hours in the car, and 4200+ miles.
Lots of slow moving lightning storms in the area for the past 24 hours. Here are a few photos.
The full collection of photos can be found here:
A few highlights:
Bought a new Bausch & Lomb Stereo Zoom 4 microscope from goodwill.
(Ok, so it’s a little older) Just had a little bit of dirt on it, and some loose adjustments, took a couple minutes to tighten and clean the optics, now it works just as it did when new!
Came with 10X WF occulars. In combination with the 0.7X – 3X objective gives a 7X – 30X magnification.
All I have to do now is add a ring light and it will be good to go.
From cleaning it, I can guess that its previous owner probably used it for winding guitar pickups. There were several pieces of very fine magnet wire in the adjustments. As well as obvious signs of glues and soldering irons hitting the knobs. He or She was also a smoker and right handed. That probably didn’t interest anyone though.
The Sequim City Band has had this old copier for a while. We replaced it with a faster unit last year, but this one still gets used for occasional copying, well it had been until its buttons stopped working. It had been repaired before by swapping the cancel buttons plunger with the copy plunger, but the little flag on the plunger that actually struck the tact switch had once again broken. Just a poor design, needed some vertical stress relief. Not wanting to do ABS welding to make the flags last a little longer, I replaced both the copy and cancel buttons with some military grade push switches. With a little oil on the gear train it should last the band now another few years. The switches will now outlast everything else in the unit, they are probably rated for >1Million actuations.