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Clean Cars

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Yesterday I washed two cars and cleaned and waxed all but one side of the first car. I worked for 100 minutes, then decided that that was enough for today and stopped for a late lunch. Then I felt better, and went back to start waxing again. It took me a second 100 minutes to finish all but the left side of the first car.

I was totally beat, and was barely able to walk. I rested a couple of hours, and managed to have a shower and put on all clean clothes, but still was having trouble walking. I couldn't stay awake, and woke up in the recliner and went to bed at 8:00. I slept for 10 hours, and started today fairly well recovered.

Today I finished the first car, including taking off the wheel covers and cleaning and waxing them, cleaned the windows, both inside and outside, of both cars, cleaned the solid interior finishes, and vacuumed both cars. Then I waxed the roof, hood, and trunk lid of the second car. After that I took the BW to Brenda's for lunch, and I don't feel too bad now. I can't understand why I was so beat yesterday, but I think old age is starting to catch up to me.

I intended for this to be a two day job, but it's going to take me three days to finish them both.

I had sort of the same experience last year when I walked three miles by myself, took the dogs for another mile, and then spent two hours cutting the grass. I couldn't get out of the recliner for several hours, and after that I either go for a good walk or cut the grass - never both in one day.

PS - I used the first car to take the BW to lunch, and it really does drive better when it's clean. I only do this a couple of times a year.

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MS.ELENI 11/9/2011 4:56PM

    You need to slow down some. I know it isn't easy but some days you just do too much.

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    Wow, I need your help. My mother is coming to town on Friday and I cannot seem to get the motivation to get my car even remotely inhabitable. What is your rate? emoticon

Cars drive better when clean and paid for. Scientific fact.

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THINRONNA 11/8/2011 3:58PM

    Oh my! I think you are amazing to be able to do so much and most people wouldn't do all of that in one day at any age! And then to head back out and do more the next day...I think you are pretty normal if you are tired after all of that. Doesn't it feel good to have accomplished it? I love that feeling of really doing a project well. Nice work! I'll bet your car looks great!

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Another Virus (##$$@@, etc.)

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Last evening I ran into a little trouble again. My sister-in-law (the BW’s youngest sister of three) sent us two e-mails with no message but for a link. The first one sounded like a dating site, and I assumed she was looking for a possible husband #4, and after a little consideration I clicked on the link. I immediately got a message from MSE that there was a problem – and I sat and stared at it for a little while before I decided that the only thing to do was start a complete system scan, using MSE since it had given the first warning.

The result of that scan was three viruses – Trojan: JS/Redirector.HQ caught at 7:44, 7:58, and 9:33. I don’t know where the one at 9:33 was, but maybe the first two detections were the same problem.

Anyhow, I had disconnected the external hard drive before starting, and after MSE finished and I deleted the three detections, I ran another complete system scan with AVG. It didn’t find anything. I feel a little irked that MSE was faster than AVG, but maybe it just depends where each antimalware program was at the time. Because AVG is supposed to be watching every step I take, I had assumed it would be faster on the draw than MSE, but I still am glad that I’m running two antivirus programs.

Today I plugged the Toshiba hard drive in again and scanned it with both programs, but there was nothing that they could find.

I think the moral of this story is that if you get a message without any written note in it, you better be careful about clicking on any links, not just opening attachments. AVG had a little note at the bottom of both messages that there were no detected viruses, but the link took me to a place where I could get one.

Did I say that I deleted both messages? It was after I replied to all addresses and told them what had happened to me, so maybe I did warn someone else off.

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THINRONNA 11/8/2011 3:59PM

    I have had that happen to me too. Good job getting rid of it so quickly!

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ROWINGFOOL 11/8/2011 8:19AM

    Some people just shouldn't be let near computers.

And that's all I have to say about that.

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    I pretty much open nothing unless someone lets me know that they're sending it. I do not open email with no subject. If someone cannot be arsed to type in a subject, I cannot be arsed to read the message. I rarely click links in emails too. With all of these mental rules in place, I haven't had any important correspondence that I've missed. If I ever question a link, it's deleted.

People's email gets hacked so frequently that I never trust the source.

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MS.ELENI 11/6/2011 5:47PM

    wow.I try to be very careful what I open

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SASSYSQURL 11/6/2011 5:02PM

    Anytime you get an email without a message from someone - even if you know them - and its just a link. 99.9% of the time its a virus. You need to let the person who sent it to you know, so they can run a virus scanner.

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Day Two

Friday, November 04, 2011

11/30/93 - Day Two - Continued on I44 into Oklahoma, then took US 69 down past I40 to a second CCC resort. No snow and the weather was definitely warmer - but we couldn't get the furnace lit. Boondocked with the window cracked and the stove lit to keep warm. Still slept in sweat pants and sweat shirts.

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MS.ELENI 11/5/2011 10:49AM

    Since I hate being cold this doesn't sound like fun

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Headed for Mexico

Thursday, November 03, 2011

11/29/93 - Day one – Left home with fine snow smoking across the interstate. Crossed Indiana, Illinois, and got about 70 miles past St Louis before stopping at a CCC park for one blue card ($1). The approach was steep and icy, so I missed the first two campsites I tried to use (slid past and could not back up.) No water in the trailer, but the furnace worked OK and the showers were heated. Not a bad night.

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Between 7/27 and 11/29/93

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Note: Between 7/27 and 11/29/93 we stayed at Joanne’s house about a week, during which time a squall line came across Lake Erie with 100 MPH winds that lasted for 15 minutes. It was like the end of the world, and the one room with three glass walls facing Lake Erie was totally destroyed, most of the windows in the house were broken, the chimney was blown down, and the roof was trashed. Giant Maple trees were blown down, and their roots dragged up and opened a gas pipeline, which did not mix well with the live electric wires that were down everywhere. We all had to evacuate the neighborhood, and the word was that no-one had power from Toledo to Erie, PA, in some cases for three days and longer. I finally managed to get the trailer and drag out my small buck saw, and cut up the tree limbs trapping the trailer. One oak limb was about four inches thick, and when I cut it I was nearly knocked off the ladder. We needed a new antenna and vent cover, but the roof was still intact – no big holes.

After Joanne’s house we went back to Indianapolis, and I painted the trailer roof and repaired the roof vent and antenna. I also got a part time job with a small company, working four hours per day five days per week, developing a saccrometer which would measure the sweetness of fruit using nuclear magnetic resonance. It was similar to the MRI machines that compete with CAT machines, except it did not form an image – it measured how sticky (thick) the juice was. In two months I solved the problems that they had had for two years and had a successful demonstration at Purdue, but then I quit because we were heading for Mexico to spend the winter.

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BELSNICKEL 11/2/2011 7:44PM

  Like many others on this site, you are an inspiration

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    You have lead an interesting life emoticon

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