jcollie719: (License JCollie719)
 I feel surprisingly alert this morning despite only getting 3-4 hours of sleep. I think drinking a glass of water just after waking up may have played a role since I'm not sounding tired.

I still have a couple boxes of pasta left. I'll get a few ingredients today to make pasta salad for Memorial Day.
jcollie719: (Jerzei head)
I got a haircut on Tuesday.

My yearly eye exam happened yesterday. The doctor said my vision is a little better than last year. After the exam, I went to dinner in Castle Rock with one of my Meetup groups. The Vista Vino restaurant had its Happy Hour during the time we were there. I got a bowl of white bean chorizo soup and sausage crostini, a couple glasses of Riesling, and caramel mascarpone cheesecake for dessert. I drove a bit further north after dinner and used my portable TV to watch some of the diginets available in Denver.

I don't have a Toastmasters meeting this week since next Monday is Memorial Day. Tonight is the monthly "Drinking Liberally" meeting in Old Colorado City.

jcollie719: (Tiger Jump)
Last night, I tried a laundry tip I read about online. A few housekeeping sites said putting a ball of aluminum foil in the dryer with clothes will eliminate static cling. It worked for me.

Before going to bed, I discovered one of the soap samples I have glows in the dark.

While stopped at a red light Friday, another driver let me know my right front headlight was burned out. I had that light replaced at a shop last August, so it was still under warranty and replaced for free this time.

The system which plays prerecorded shows on KRCC had the wrong episode of The Thomas Jefferson Hour loaded. I got three calls during the show stating it was the episode from last week. One of the callers called back later asking for my name, saying she would complain to my manager. That soured my mood for the rest of the workday.
jcollie719: (Polar Bear Xing)
I actually have snow outside my condo again. I'm glad it's just warm enough to keep the snow from sticking to the roads.

I went to a fur meet in Denver last night. There was heavy rain at times driving to Denver and back, but the snow didn't start until after I got home. This meet was at a bar/restaurant on Colfax Ave. called Illegal Pete's. I had been to the Pete's location in south Denver years ago when a co-worker's band played there. The announcement for the fur meet had said the group would have the upper level booths to itself, so I sat near what I thought was part of the group. After some of the regular patrons left, I looked around but didn't recognize anyone else as part of the group. No one apparently recognized me, either. I stayed about 90 minutes to have a burrito and margarita, then went home.

UPDATE (4 PM): It started snowing again briefly, and the temperature is slowly dropping. This shouldn't affect any driving I have to do tomorrow.
jcollie719: (License JCollie719)
KRCC has had reception problems in the western part of the market the past few days. The power went out at the station's translator site in Westcliffe (the blue dot at the bottom of the map below.) That translator actually provides a signal to two other translators (red dots) in Canon City and Salida since they don't have a clear line-of-site to Cheyenne Mountain. In turn, the Salida translator feeds another translator near Lake George (purple dot.) KRCC Partial Translator Map photo KRCC-TranslatorPath_zpsfrgbo7mr.jpg

Recently, the toilet in the bathroom adjoining the studio hasn't been flushing properly. I had to pour a pitcher of water into the tank to give it enough water to flush completely.
jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
KRCC hosted a party for its staff and members yesterday at Jack Quinn's Pub. About 30-40 people showed up. Finding a parking space downtown is almost always difficult. Luckily, a car was backing out of a space right in front of the pub just as I arrived. I had a couple of the pub's creme brulee martinis and the shepherd's pie in a bread bowl.

One of the TV channels I like is no longer available. Laff was previously carried on my cable system via Blue Highways TV. I read the company that owned BHTV went bankrupt. I've contacted the local TV stations in the past about carrying channels like Laff and Antenna TV, but I haven't gotten any response from them. The "diginets" I can receive over the air are Grit, MeTV (shared with MyNetworkTV,) Ion and Cozi TV. I have regularly dreamed about owning a radio or TV station. I think it would actually be cheaper just to buy a house/townhome in the Denver area.

UPDATE: Channel 13 recently added the Heroes & Icons (H&I) channel to a subchannel.
jcollie719: (Luigi)
 I noticed a small tear in the cushion on my APAP mask last night. The tear must have happened a week or so ago because I noticed my quality of sleep had gone down a bit (especially when I overslept Sunday.) I initially put a piece of tape over the tear, but that only lasted an hour. I couldn't find the specific mask on ResMed's website, so I went to a local medical supply store to see if I could find a replacement. After initially being given the wrong type of mask, I got two of the right one. For future reference, it's the Fisher & Paykel Simplus Full Face CPAP Mask (Medium.)
jcollie719: (Jamie pawpet)
My federal tax refund will be deposited into my account on Wednesday.

One of the upsides to gaining weight on vacation is that I usually lose it again fairly quickly. My weight the night before the trip was 313, and I weighed 324 when I got home. A week later, I'm down to 317.

The July cruise reunion in Denver will be much easier and more affordable for me. Depending on which activities are added to the schedule, I will likely only book a room at the hotel for Saturday and Sunday nights. The preliminary schedule shows the group will mainly do sightseeing during the day and have dinner and drinks at night. I could just drive to Denver and back on Thursday and Friday nights, then check into the hotel after work on Saturday. I will ask the announcer who follows my shift if he can come in at 11:30 or noon on that Sunday so I can attend a barbecue hosted at a cruiser's house in Colorado Springs.
jcollie719: (Collie Lick Sign)
I slept through my alarm this morning, waking up about 10 minutes before my work shift started. I arrived at work about 20 minutes late. I figured it was better to be really late but clean, instead of a little late and dirty. Thankfully, the building is almost always empty when I arrive.

I like having sunlight when I drive to work at 5:30 AM (when I don't oversleep!) I wish this could happen year-round instead of just 3-4 months of the year. I need to get a haircut this week.
jcollie719: (Default)
I had my mail held for the vacation weekend. One of the three items delivered to me last night was my new driver's license. A box was waiting for me on the front porch when I got home; it contained the director's chair I had forgotten to pick up during last year's Rocky Mountain Fur Con.

I'll tag this part for Christmas gift ideas: medium-sized pot, portable cell phone charger, new digital camera, Squatty Potty, shredder.
jcollie719: (Jamie pawpet)
 My Washington, DC vacation started out a bit shaky but quickly got much better. Since my tax refund -- around which I budgeted my trip -- won't arrive until next month, I applied for a $1,500 loan through the Lending Tree website in the week before the trip. A local branch of One Main Financial completed the loan and said the money would be in my account on Thursday, the day I flew out to Washington. My mood was dampened a little Thursday morning when I got an e-mail from Lending Tree saying the loan wasn't approved. I greatly reduced my spending that day, then got an e-mail that night from One Main saying the loan actually was approved and the money was in my account!

THURSDAY
My first flight from Colorado Springs to Chicago was very peaceful because no kids were on it. I had a cup of orange juice and a stroopwafel on the flight, then got a tomato and mozzarella sandwich and a bottle of water during the layover in Chicago. There was a kid on the flight from Chicago to DC, but it didn't make a lot of noise.

The singles group went to Whitlow's restaurant in Arlington for dinner Thursday night. I had a barbecue bacon cheeseburger, chocolate cake for dessert and a rum-and-coke. Instead of separate checks for each person, the restaurant gave checks to each table of 5-6 people. I didn't have any cash on me at that point. The bill for the table was $120; the others at the table offered to reimburse me if I paid for the table with my credit card. I figured this would still leave me with enough money left on the card for the hotel and one or two nights of dining, along with cash in my wallet (This was a few hours before I learned my loan was approved.)

Taking the subway back to the hotel, I thought the train's announcer was beatboxing and calling himself "Willie Rest-In-Peace." Looking at the signs, I realized he was saying the train was headed toward the "Wiehle-Reston East" station and the "beatboxing" was just the announcer clumsily putting the microphone in its holder.

FRIDAY
The day started with a group tour of the Capitol building. There was nothing really going on since Congress wasn't meeting at the time. The group had lunch in one of the Dirksen Senate Building's cafes (I had chicken and fries.) A member of our group took us on a tour of the Senate's TV and radio studios.

The group went to Chadwick's bar before the dinner cruise. The cruise went up and down the Potomac river. I had the parmesan chicken for dinner. After the cruise, the group took an Uber ride to the Crystal City Sports Pub near the hotel. The pub was too crowded, so the group went down the street to Bar Louie instead. I had a couple of s'mores martinis.

SATURDAY
I wasn't able to sign up in time for the White House tour (The deadline had passed before I committed to go on this vacation.) I was told the group would meet at Arlington Cemetery for a bus tour at 1 PM. I took the subway and got there by about 12:50. I waited inside the visitors center and asked the group on Facebook when/where the group was supposed to meet. When I didn't get a response by 2:00, I headed back to the hotel.

That night, the group had a few drinks in the hotel bar, then headed down the street to Ted's Montana Grill for dinner. I had a "Red Rock" bison burger and some "Mountain Breeze" martinis (no relation to the Mountain Dew knockoff from Safeway.)

I got back to the hotel around 10 PM, then played some of the games on Steelwoulfe's Jackbox stream for a couple of hours.

SUNDAY
The group had a brunch buffet at the Crystal City Sports Pub. I got some andouille sausage with peppers and onions, some biscuits with chipped beef, and a mimosa. My ankles had blisters from all of the walking I'd done so far. I decided to just have two of the instant pasta cups I packed for lunch, then had dinner later in the hotel's restaurant. I couldn't stay up to listen to all of Doggy Radio because I needed to get some sleep before my flights.

MONDAY
United Airlines had given me two one-time passes to their "United Club" lounges for this trip. I had a two-hour wait at both DC and Chicago's airports, so I visited the lounges at both locations. I had a light snack at each location, along with coffee in Chicago. My flight from Chicago to Colorado Springs left about 40 minutes late. There was a loud kid a couple rows in front of me on this flight. I had eaten an edible before the flight, so I was thankfully relaxed and unaffected by the kid. The flight wasn't too far behind schedule, arriving 10-15 minutes late.

I thought I had lost weight during the vacation due to all the walking I did because the planes' seat belts fit comfortably on all of the flights. When I got home, I saw I had gained 11 pounds. I don't know if I have less body fat than before or United recently installed longer seat belts. I've had to request seat belt extensions on many of my past United flights, but none this time.

Another cruise reunion is scheduled for July in Denver. That will be much easier and cheaper for me.
jcollie719: (Jamie pawpet)
The weather in Washington, DC will be much nicer for this weekend's vacation. Both the high and low temperatures will be 20-40 degrees higher than Colorado Springs. 

I will bring my U.S. passport with me on vacation just in case my temporary driver's license isn't accepted by the TSA (or if my new license doesn't arrive tomorrow.) I think I've ironed out all the kinks in my vacation plans.
jcollie719: (License JCollie719)
 I have a new temporary driver's license now. After my Toastmasters meeting, I went to a nearby DMV location, only to be told I needed to go to another one further south. (The first location is a county office, while the second is a state office.) I'm holding out hope my regular license will arrive in the next few days.

My dad was able to mail the additional tax information I needed to get my refund. The refund should arrive in 4-6 weeks. It sucks to not have the money for next week's vacation, but I'll be able to wipe out a portion of my current debt once the refund is deposited.
jcollie719: (Collie Weed Wink)
 The DMV said my new license was mailed on March 20th. They said I could request a duplicate license at a local DMV branch if it doesn't arrive today, which it hasn't.

I will bring the tax-related letters to Dad tonight. Dad said he could print out any forms I need to send to the IRS so I can (hopefully) get my refund before next Thursday. Both my state and federal tax refunds are being held until I provide additional information about some of the deductions.
jcollie719: (Tiger Jump)
First the Colorado Department of Revenue needs more information for my state tax refund. Today, a similar letter from the IRS arrived regarding my federal refund. If this issue isn't resolved by next Thursday, I'll need to skimp a bit during my D.C. vacation. I've already planned to bring some instant oatmeal and a few snacks to reduce the food part of my budget. On a happier note, my boss at KRCC let me know he found two people to fill my shifts during vacation.

I had lunch with the international cuisine group today at China Village. There were a bunch of dishes that were tempting. I ordered the curry chicken lunch and a mai-tai.
jcollie719: (Collie Weed Wink)
I hope my driver's license arrives before my vacation. One section of the Colorado DMV site said my license should arrive within 30 days, while another message said within 30 business days. If "business days" are Monday-Friday only, this would put day 30 on April 26, the day before I'm scheduled to leave. I will call the DMV tomorrow to verify my license is on its way.
jcollie719: (Tiger Jump)
My new driver's license hasn't arrived yet. Instead, the Department of Revenue envelope in Saturday's mail had a letter stating my tax refund is being held until they receive an Individual Credit Schedule form. The delay shouldn't affect my plans for the DC trip in less than two weeks since I'll still have enough money for the hotel and trip expenses.

A co-worker's wife gave me some leftovers to have for Easter dinner: turkey, gravy, stuffing, corn, biscuit and chocolate cake.

There was another "cube it" moment during my KRCC shift today. When answering a question about calculating the age of the universe, a show's guest used "cube it" in the equation. Hearing the phrase "cube it" always reminds me of Jim Ward quoting Bill Cosby's "Noah" bit on the Stephanie Miller Show: "RIIIIIGHT! What's a cubit? Vooka-vooka-vooka!"
jcollie719: (Luigi)
A few more "talking" breaks were inserted this week into some of the prerecorded programs I run at KRCC. The 10 AM-Noon shows now have a 15-second and two 30-second silent segments per show.

The local Happy Hour group met after work last night at Jack Quinn's Pub in its upstairs bar. I got a plate of "Frickles and Frings" (fried pickles and onion rings with Marie Rose sauce) plus a "90 Shilling" beer, a rum-and-coke and one of the bar's creme brulee martinis. The meetup cut into my normal after-work nap, and being restless overnight limited my usual sleep to about 2 hours.

I forgot to check the mail yesterday, so I'll do that when I get home. My new driver's license should have arrived. I actually didn't realize my current license expired three months ago.
jcollie719: (Collie Lick Sign)
My Dreamwidth account is almost ready. I signed up for an account Tuesday night, and everything except the journal comments have been transferred from LiveJournal. (The comments began loading a few minutes ago.)

Since Rocky Mountain Fur Con is kaput, I was looking at other conventions I might like to attend. Biggest Little Fur Con is less than two months away. However, I'd like to find something later in the year this year. Attending an October con would depend upon when KRCC holds its Fall membership drive (usually the end of October.)
jcollie719: (Jackass Fish Slap)
I used some online coupons over the weekend to buy a few boxes of pasta, a big jar of sauce and some packages of vegetarian "meat." I don't see myself going completely vegetarian anytime soon, but I wanted to cut back on eating meat for a day or two each week for dietary reasons. Tonight I made a small pot of spaghetti with sauce and veggie sausage.

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