For about four years I have had one of those fabric folding chairs folded up on my balcony. I may have sat in it twice. I had bought them 2 for 1 and for some reason just left that one outside to rot. I looked over at its sad self leaning against the corner of the balcony. The sun and weather had not been kind. The color was all faded and the fabric worn thin. I decided to put it out of its misery and throw it away. I unfolded it out of curiosity. As I expected it had a bunch of detritus in it. Old rotten leaves and twigs and some dead insect husks. What I didn’t expect was the dead toad body. How did a dead toad get up onto my second floor balcony? I thought. Then it hopped. How did a live toad get up to my second floor balcony? I thought. I came up with two possibilities. During a storm, the toad got picked up from the nearby retention pond and deposited on my balcony, or possibly it happened when it was a tadpole. There would have been water in the folded up chair. I released the toad into the wild and threw the chair away
My phone goes walkabout
I was hanging out with my friend at the bowling alley. The place was dead that night. When we left at ten we were the only costumers there. My friend drove me home. About a half hour later I decided I wanted to finish listening to a podcast on my phone. I grabbed my bluetooth headphones I had in my pocket and went for my phone. I couldn’t find my phone. My headphones couldn’t connect to the phone meaning it was’t near by. I knew I had it at the bowling alley. So either it was in my friends car or at the bowling alley. I walked over to the bowling alley. It was only eleven and they are supposed to stay open till midnight. When I got there the doors were locked. Instead of heading home I walked to the Buffalo Wild Wings hoping maybe my friend had gone for a late night snack and i could search his car. He wasn’t there when I got there. Distraught and phone less I went home.
The next morning I headed out to the bowling alley as soon as they opened. The guy who had been working the night shift was there. He hadn’t found any phone while he had been cleaning. I checked out everywhere the phone might have been but didn’t find it. I also did the bluetooth headphone trick but they never connected. On the way home On my way home I realized I had been stupid. I could just use a find my phone feature.
I googled, “find my phone”. It found it, told me it had 70% battery life, and it was sitting in a parking space outside a bar downtown. I assumed my buddies car must be parked there. I drove down there but his car wasn’t there. It was near lunchtime so I thought maybe he went somewhere so I went home. The find my phone thing still said the phone was in the exact same place. And it said it’s location had just been found. I waited for about an hour and kept checking. The location staid the same. I drove down there again. This time I slowly went down all the nearby side streets looking for his car. After not finding it again, I drove home. I checked the location exact same place.
I knew there was a bar up that way that my friend said he liked to stop in before heading home. So I drove up that way again. This time I parked and walked along all the side streets looking around trying to find the phone. I even brought the bluetooth headphones. No luck. I stopped into the bar the space was right in front of. Nobody had turned in or found a phone. I went around the corner to the bar my friend goes to. (kinda dive really). No phone.
When I got home I started to research new phones. I suddenly realized I had a way to contact my friend. Ali probably had my friends number in his phone. So I went down there and he did. I texted my friend and waited. He showed up a half hour later. A quick search of his car found the phone in between the seat and the center console. My baby was back. My friend admitted he had parked in that spot when he went to the dive bar. Why google kept insisting it was still there confused me. It kept telling me it was found just then right at that spot.
No spoilers ahead. Kinda a spoiler but I can now claim to the physique of Thor the god of thunder.
I finally managed to see Avengers Endgame. My super power is the ability to not have popular movies spoiled. I had no idea what to expect going in. I am glad I didn’t since it was very entertaining and not what I expected.
The first week of this long period was spent working. I don’t remember much else
For Christmas I went home and spent time with my parents and friends.
New Years Happens
I spent New Years at home playing Fortnite.
Getting Sick Happens
The day after I got home from my parents I got sick. Like a fever and everything. I suddenly had a sore throat and the snot.. ohh soo much snot. I used up two Kleenex boxes. It lasted for four days. I slept 14 hours the first day I was sick and at least 10 hours every other day. Not a good way to spend a break away from work.
As a Christmas gift I got a cheese making kit. So I made cheese. It tasted really good and wasn’t that hard to make.
New Blog Happens
After the New Year I finally got my blog moved back over to wordpress.
As you probably have noticed things have changed around here during the holidays. In 2013, after years of paying for a wordpress site I hardly ever blogged on, I moved my blog to the free blogger platform. I’ve moved back to wordpress and having the site hosted by a paid provider. I am not really sure why I did it. I have been telling myself it’s part of my de-googling my life. Blogger is owned by Google.
I tested everything on my computer before trying to make the transition. I installed WordPress 5 and followed these instructionto transfer over my stuff from blogger. Everything worked great. I didn’t redirect the old blog to the new one. You can still get to it at wonky73.blogspot.com. All the old links should work and just point to the new version of that post.
I did encounter some problems once I tried to move things to the live server. The first problem I encountered was getting the domain to point to the new server. I then had trouble getting the ssl cert I had gotten from Let’s Encrypt to work.
The most annoying thing that happened, is that the embedded videos didn’t come over. On my test version, everything copied over fine. But for some reason on the live version no embedded videos. I tried deleting everything and using different options for importing the old blog but they didn’t change anything. Looks like I will have to go back and re-embed all the videos. This isn’t the worst thing since I was planning on bringing back some old Music Mondays and adding an explanation as to why I chose that song. I also should catalog them so I can tell if I am doing a repeat.
When I switched from WordPress to blogger back in 2013 one of the things I missed was the WP themes. WP had so many great blogging themes. I can’t remember the name, but I used a theme that was free and almost completely customizable. Blogger had a bunch of themes from the mid-aughts that hadn’t been updated in years. I come back and yes there are a million themes for WP but most of them suck and aren’t for blogs. They are for basic business websites. They mimic the bootstrap look of having a big image and then three blocks beneath. Also, there are a bunch of one-off themes like Bob’s Wedding. I tried to use the filter option in the theme search but it’s still full of bootstrap clones. Maybe I’ll just make my own theme.
Finally, we gotta talk about this editor. I had an option when I installed to “Use old editor”. I foolishly chose the new editor. New is better, right? I don’t know where to begin. Maybe I’ll get used to it and there is reason why they think this is better. I usually write posts in another app and just copy and past them into the blog. I haven’t tried this yet.
Welcome to the new blog. Same as the old blog. Back to normal posting.
It was much more seasonable temperatures this week, highs in the 40s with cold nights. I was walking home one night. It was chilly but not freezing cold. My apartment complex has a space in the center. It has a grill, a fire pit, some speakers, and a fire pit. People use it for parties. It also has a bad wifi internet connection for streaming music. As I walked by I laughed to myself. I had imagined some poor guy out there with a hood and a laptop. I looked back and it was a guy in a hood huddled over the glow of a laptop screen. For some reason, this really confused and intrigued me. I waked up to him and asked him what he was doing with this exact wording. “What are you doing? And why are you doing this thing you are doing?”
He had just moved in and the internet wasn’t turned on in his apartment yet. He worked in IT and needed to login to work to fix something that was broken. Why wasn’t he using his phone? I didn’t ask. I told him good luck and went inside. I could see him out my window. He was out there for about a half hour.
I Burn a Pizza
On Sunday I made a homemade pizza. I mean all the way homemade, from like flour and water for the dough. I make enough dough for 2 personal size pizzas. I cooked one and ate it. Afterward, I put the other one in the oven. It takes about 15 minutes at 400F. I am sitting at the computer when I smell the pizza. Oops I had forgotten about it. I jump up and run to the over. I open the door. It’s not burned but just about perfect. I sighed thankfully and turned off the oven. About 5 minutes later I am sitting at the computer again and smell burning. I had never taken the pizza out of the oven. Luckily I had turned the oven off. The pizza wasn’t completely burned just a little blackened in parts.