Posted By don on September 11, 2016
Posted By don on August 14, 2016
Near the end of last year my company was looking for new people to help build our antennas. I was thinking our son-in-law Patrick was a smart person who learned quickly so I talked to my boss about bringing him in to see if he would be able to help. He started around the beginning of December and has worked out very well. Everyone likes him and thinks he is a great worker and asset to the company.
I stopped riding my bike to work because I was car pooling with Patrick. We took my F150 4X4 most of the time but that thing gets terrible gas mileage. I knew we needed something that would do better.
I started looking at information on electric cars. Daryl has had his Volt for several years and really loves it. I thought that might be an option and then I looked at the Nissan Leaf.
The Leaf is electric only which means if the battery runs out you have to either tow it or recharge it and there’s no gas engine to do it for you. But it also has an 87 mile range for the older versions and 107 miles for the 2016. I figured 87 miles would be enough since I could drive it the 30 miles to work and then charge it back up while there.
We looked at a 2013 Leaf that had 18,000 miles but it didn’t have the Level 3 socket which allows you to charge to 80% in 30 minutes. I felt if I was going to have one I might want to take it to someplace like Santa Barbara where I could do the Level 3 charge and then come home the same day.
We went to the Nissan dealer to see if they had any used Leafs but they didn’t. I started talking to them about what a new one costs. Turns out when you buy a new electric car you get a $7,500 tax credit from the US and a $2,500 rebate from CA. Nissan was also giving a $4,000 rebate and since I belonged to a credit union I got an additional $3,500 off. That’s $17,500 off the sticker price. That’s close to 50% off. I figured I might as well buy new and that way I got the Level 3 socket.
I’ve been driving it for several months and I have to say I love it. Since I got it I have only had to stop at the gas station once when I drove Betty’s Camry on a day it was low on gas. Since we have the solar panels on the roof most of the electric is “free”. It’s not exactly but very close.
I love being free from gas so much I’m contemplating trading in the Camry for a Volt. I would still get the $10,000 in tax rebates and credits on a Volt. I would definitely want to do it before the end of the year so I could take the Federal credit off my taxes next year. We will see how things go.
Posted By don on August 14, 2016
It’s been a long time since I’ve added a post so I figured I could give a summary of what’s happened since my last one.
My last post was about the birth of my first granddaughter Eloise (Ellie) Weiss. Betty and I flew out to Wisconsin in January to spend a little over a week with them. I had wanted to spend some time there since we don’t get to see Jocelyn and Eric that often.
We flew out at the end of December on American Airlines. One of my presents to Betty was going First Class. I had us on a 767 that had the lie down seats in FC so it was going to be quite an adventure. Unfortunately that plane had some problems so we were forced to get on a smaller plane but at least she still got to experience FC service.
I had decided to fly into O’Hare because the price was better if you were going FC. It was a mistake on my part as I didn’t think about how much air traffic would be using the airport in the middle of winter. Chicago had a blizzard on our way there and it caused lots of delays which caused lots of planes to stay at the gates which meant there was no place for our plane to go once it landed. We were stuck on the runway area for 1 1/2 hours. Really glad we were in FC then.
The trip to Racine took about an hour once we got out of the airport.
We stayed at a hotel I had found when I went out in 2014. It was a small place but the price was good and it was fairly clean. It was also only about 2 miles from Joce.
There was snow on the ground and it did snow a few times. Having grown up in Tucson and living the last 29 years in LA I don’t get to see much snow. It was very nice and I’m glad we didn’t get snowed in.
Michelle and Josh joined us a day or so later and we went to Milwaukee to meet them for dinner. They had problems with getting their car but eventually we met and had dinner.
The next few days we went various places and did family things. Then Michelle and Josh had to go home.
We stayed a few more days and had a great time not feeling rushed. One thing I had wanted to do was take a tour of a cheese making factory. There was supposed to be one not too far from Joce but it wasn’t open while we were there. We didn’t get to see any but we did get all the curds and cheese we wanted from the world famous Mars Cheese Castle where the owner is good friends with Joce and Eric.
When we flew home it was uneventful but we felt we had a great vacation.
Posted By don on October 24, 2015
After 4 grandsons we finally have a granddaughter.
My youngest blood daughter Jocelyn gave birth to Eloise Elizabeth Weiss on Saturday October 23rd at 5:09 pm in Kenosha, WI.
She was 8 lbs, 5 oz and 20 1/4 inches long.
Betty and I will be going out at the end of December with Michelle and Josh joining us a few days later.
Posted By don on June 16, 2015
I just switched over to Time Warner 300/20. It costs less than AT&T was charging me for 45.
I’m hoping this will last me at least until Google fiber comes in.
Posted By don on May 22, 2015
I’ve had my Samsung S4 for 2 years now so I figured it was time for an upgrade.
I gave a fleeting thought to an iPhone but figured there’s really nothing that new about them that would drag me back to Apple.
I’ve been very happy with my Android so I decided to go with a Samsung S6.
It’s very similar to the S4 and the S5 that Betty got about a month ago with a few extra perks.
1) It has an honest to goodness fingerprint reader.
2) It has built in induction charging.
3) It’s made out of metal and glass instead of plastic.
4) It has a REALLY high resolution screen, much more than the iPhone 6.
5) It’s got a REALLY good camera that takes low light photos very well and will take 4K video (although I don’t know what to watch it on other than the phone).
6) It has an 8-core CPU vs the 2 core iPhone. (although the 2 core iPhone CPU is pretty good)
All of that plus I’m not shoehorned into the App Store and what Apple thinks I should use.
I’ve heard the new Samsungs are really locked down but I unrooted my S4 not long after I rooted it and never missed it. I have a friend at work who says he could never be happy with not being able to change ROMS. I guess if you live for doing that it’s understandable but if I want to geek out I have my computer.
I’ll play around with the new phone and report anything that’s super cool.
Posted By don on May 5, 2015
We will be heading back down to Mexico on June 30th. Since they need about 4 days to put in my permanent plate I figured I might as well take advantage of the extra US holiday that they don’t celebrate.
According to the email they sent me it takes 1 day to make the new plate then I have to go back for any adjustments the next 2 days. It’s possible I will be done on the 3rd and if so we could come back then instead of waiting for the 4th.
We are also going to stay in a hotel on the US side this time. It’s the Quechan Hotel and Casino right at the off ramp from I8.
Maybe I can win enough to pay for my implants! Ha! I’m a funny guy. I’ll be lucky if I don’t lose much. I do like the nickel slots though but I suspect they will be updated like the slots in Vegas where you don’t use money anymore.