Home for Steven’s graduation
This past week I was at home for my brother’s graduation from high school, and in general for some much-needed vacation away from CT. All told, it was a lovely time at home!
Games Galore (“GG” as they say)
So, the majority of my fun and games whilst at home, as it were, consisted of, well, fun AND games!
The games for this vacation at home included Cosmic Encounter (a game of intergalactic politics, which is quick to learn and has 50+ different alien races to try out, so high replay value), 7 Wonders, Bohnanza, Star Fluxx (a science fiction-flavored version of Fluxx), Chaos in the Old World (the uplifting experience of competing, as daemonic gods, to do the most damage to humanity in the Old World! Fun for the whole family!), and Talisman (my friend Pat’s favorite game, a quick and easy adventure board game that is entertaining and quick to learn). All good stuff!
bad good big brother, I have always gotten my brother involved in gaming with me… and gave him one game as a graduation gift… and now he has begun to purchase games, himself. Yessssss 😀
Working on the car
Obviously, it wouldn’t be an official blog post if it didn’t at least mention my car, right? 😛
The most important fix while at home was replacing the vacuum lines in the engine, which allow boost to be passed to various components and thus tell them how hard the engine needs to work at any given moment (say, when it is going up a big hill). My friend Tom gave me a hand, and we got them in place.
Additionally, we installed a boost gauge into the center c0nsole, so I can easily see a mechanical reading of how much boost the car is producing (in case my phone ceases showing accurate readings, or the car’s engine computer decides to die on me).
Without a doubt, that was the most important fix. Even so, my time at home also saw the right rear door handle being fixed; the cupholders in the front seat being fixed; and Leon replacing the condenser in the engine, to get the air conditioning working anew.
Fun with family and friends
The majority of my time at home was spent relaxing, and with friends and family, but I wouldn’t be me without squeezing in at least one other project, right? So, to help my parents in their quest to not produce any garbage but recycle all waste, I asked them about what garbage they DO throw away (approximately one small bag per week, for the whole family)… and it turned out to be mostly food waste.
So, I sat and thought about the least work-intensive method of helping them compost said food waste, both in terms of building the thing AND in terms of upkeep for them, for years to come. And I drew out a simple sketch of a compost bin that would aerate from slats but never require turning, and also have high volume (it is a 6 foot cube). I built this while home with their help, and now my folks officially produce zero garbage from their house!
The summer (hike) ahead
This morning (Monday the 10th of June), I had an appointment about the shoulder injury I managed to get from krav maga a couple of weeks ago (and the MRI I got 2 weeks ago). It turns out I have at least a torn capsule, if not torn cartilage as well… so this will be a hiking-heavy summer, like 2012, I guess. More on this as it develops.
The trip back
So, after 10 days off, I drove back to New Haven with the MFALCON and was MUCH better able to handle the big hills… so the vacuum tube replacement made a big difference in performance, it turns out. I am blessed to have a car and the ability to get home, but particularly to have such gorgeous terrain and scenery on the way home. The Allegheny Mountains are breathtaking, for a good part of the drive.