Long time posting

Hi all--decided like many to totally abandon Live Journal since the latest Russian directives. Not worth supporting. I'll keep the account up for a while since it's a permanent account and paid for, but going to stop checking it. Hopefully the friends on LJ that I still read will follow, or at least think about cross-posting. I'm now at Dreamwidth as qbear.


Thanks to everyone who came to our pool party yesterday, which was also a surprise birthday party for me!! Everyone was so great, and I hope all had a great time. We had about 70 guests--the largest party I remember us ever throwing. We grilled many sausages, made my mother's baked beans and potato salad, and folks brought so much other food. And the weather was perfect--a nice dry 106 and the pool at 88.
  • Current Music
    great 70's compilation by Steve

Two in two days

We so rarely go out to the movies anymore. They are so expensive (even with our senior discounts) and we have a great home theater system, so often we just wait for the DVD or Netflix. And we can make our own refreshments, pause for restroom breaks, talk, and replay scenes. But we went out Thursday with our friend Rich to see Star Trek: Beyond in IMAX 3D. It was really good, I thought--incredible action and CGI, but also great character development and interplay. One of the better reboots.

Today we saw the Absolutely Fabulous movie in a regular theater, again with Rich. Steve (rootbeer1) and I have always been big fans of the television series, and the film did not disappoint. Virtually every character was there, with the original actors, plus a huge number of cameos from show business and the fashion world. The spirit of the original was very strongly in force, and there were so many LOL moments. Four thumbs up for both movies.

Tonight, an evening pool party to celebrate our friend Mike's 50th birthday. it's 99 degrees outside right now, and strangely humid. Also, a haboob (desert sandstorm) came through last night, and the sky is still kind of hazy. The pool will feel good, and many friends will be there.
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    This Wheel's On Fire, The Band

Another new skill

Just got back from my nurse appointment and gave myself my first testosterone injection. Easy peasy. Currently using Androgel, which is applied daily and has risen in cost to $450 a month after insurance. The injected version is once a week, and a 22-week supply is $44. This was a no-brainer, and the needle is so thin you don't feel it at all.

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend. And Steve (rootbeer1) is here till Friday, so that's nice.
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    accomplished accomplished

To do list

This is my list of things to do today (besides work):

● Reschedule eye doctor appointments
● Schedule meeting with financial advisor
● Schedule sleep study
● Schedule bariactric doctor appointment
● Schedule visit with nurse to learn how to inject testosterone shots
● Get garage door opener fixed
● Take out the garbage
● Feed the cat and clean his litter box

My lunch hour will be busy.
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    various madrigals

Status Report

The neighbors are having a party with a mariachi band. I'm enjoying listening to it as a I lounge on my bed.
In other news, I had a great session with my primary doctor yesterday. My labs were all great, diabetes under control. Two new things-- switching from testosterone gel to injections-- much less expensive and hopefully more effective ‪#‎manopause‬. And albuterol for my occasional asthma symptoms. Also, a new sleep study and an appointment with Dr. Bobby, the premiere bariatric surgeon in Southern California, to discuss options. Want to get the diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis under better control. But otherwise in good health.

I'm determined to post here more. Let's have a Live Journal revival!


For the first time in two years Steve and I are taking an actual vacation. I'm flying up to San Francisco in a couple of hours, and on Wednesday we are flying to Honolulu. Two days on Oahu, then a seven-day cruise around the islands. Neither of us have ever been to Hawaii, and for Steve it's his 50th state.

I'm excited about:

warm ocean to swim in
Kona coffee
going to a luau
spending time with our friends
seeing the southern stars we can't see from California
lots of rest
fabulous seafood
fruity cocktails

Our dear friends Ken and Rich are housesitting and minding Moochie for us. Hopefully all my recent stress will melt away.

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    Aloha Oe

Back in the saddle again

Well, that was a short retirement. I just accepted a full-time job offer as software engineer at Wells Fargo. The position was so perfect for me, I just couldn't say no.
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    happy happy

lazy sunday

Perfect Palm Springs day--clear blue sky, 90 degrees and 6% humidity. Breakfast with the house guests, then afternoon in the pool. Taking a break, then cocktails, dinner, and more evening pool time.

Productive week. Got the taxes done, the pool pump working, and I have a job interview tomorrow. We shall see...

First world pool problem

For the last couple of months, the pump for our swimming pool has been intermittently malfunctioning. When the timer clicks over, instead of the pump starting up, there is a loud buzzing sound for about 3 seconds, then nothing. A minute later the same thing happens. Sometimes after four or five tries, it catches and the pump starts, but not always. I have to go out and manually turn off the timer to make it stop. It's really loud and I don't want to annoy the neighbors, as well as disturb our own sleep (it usually runs at night).

A few weeks ago I called our pool service and asked them to look at it. They sent a guy over. He flicked the power switch on the timer a few times and said, "Sounds like your pump is bad. You need a new one." Now, we replaced the original pump about three years ago at a cost of $1200, and I would think it should last longer than three years. Or that they would offer to try to repair it. Nope, need a new pump. Oh, by the way, the guy said, I can get you a used one for $400 and install it for you, on my own (wink wink). I said I'd think about it.

After a few weeks of it sort of working most of the time, today it started buzzing about 3:00PM. It wouldn't stop. I manually reset the timer to shut it up, then did what I should have long ago--Googled "pool pump buzz." I got a lot of hits, including this video which exactly describes what's happening:


I turned off the breaker to the pump and removed the capacitor exactly as shown in the video. Went on Amazon and found the same one for $12.50 with free shipping. It will be here in two days. It will take all of 5 minutes to replace.

Assuming this works, and I'm sure it will, I've just saved $1187.50. If it does work, I plan to contact my pool service and let them know I don't appreciate being taken for a ride. I will also contact Lucy's Pools, and thank them for the tip.
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    annoyed annoyed