Jan. 2nd, 2017

progbear: Major-General Progbear (my handlebar)
Self-portrait from lovely Cascade Falls, west of Fairfax:

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So, a few changes happening in my blogging habits. You may have noticed this has been cross-posted from Dreamwidth. That’s #1 in my change. I’m migrating The Weekly Puck over here, too, which is why the last 2016 entry and the 2016 index have been delayed. They’ll be up presently, as well as the first 2017 entry.

Said bye to all my China Camp co-workers. Seems like everyone’s leaving there, at least all of their seasonal staff, as D___ (one of their visitors’ services guys) got another job and D___ (their other VS guy) had his last day on the 31st, the day I was moving out. Most of my stuff fit into only four Bankers Boxes, three of them were kitchen items.

As you can see above, one of my last Marin County hiking goals was achieved: Cascade Falls, which I think was the last Marin County waterfall I visited. I wanted to go back to Carson Falls, which I hadn’t visited in some years (probably on account of the drought in the intervening years), but since this place was new to me, I came here instead. The falls? They were OK. The area as a whole was more impressive, with the gorgeous, rocky creek canyon being the standout. I felt more like I was in Gold Country than in suburban Marin County. A nice cap-off to my work season.

Glad to say that 2017 has already been productive. Submitted virtual “paperwork” to the EDD to get the ball rolling on unemployment to cover my off-season, and also started on cleaning out my living space. Junked a pile of old electronics today, donating them to Thrift Town, including Blackbeard, my old home-brew workhorse Pentium III PC. Took out the hard drive (and floppy drive, who knows when or where I’ll find another one of those) and dumped the resulting skeleton. The original plan was to upgrade some of the components and reboot the OS, but that turned out to be more trouble than it was worth. When I am more financially solvent, I’ll build a top-of-the-line PC from the ground up. In the meantime, the General Miles laptop and my “silent*” secondhand Windows XP desktop will have to do. Cross your fingers that they stay working for the time being.

Also cross your fingers for me regarding my upcoming job interview on the 4th. This one’s in Half Moon Bay, and will be very good for me if I get it!

*I say “silent” because the video card audio drivers and the actual sound card drivers are in conflict, and I can’t figure out how to fix the problem. Again, turned out to be more trouble than it’s worth, especially since I intend to completely replace this PC.

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