Wow! Last blog: Only ONE comment. A new low. OK, TIED with many others at the old low but not registered so low in a long while. You guys busy? Got the flu? Sheesh.
The key to making a blog worth reading is for it to be true. 100%. ‘Course, it goes without saying that there are gazillion ways to make a blog NOT worth reading. Philosophizing with Hot and Sour soup is clearly one of those ways. Lesson learned.
The thing is, I am ‘dry’. I am NOT progressing much on the empire. It is cold out here. I will, of course, continue the greenhouse when I get some cedar siding (waiting on that) but I don’t have any yet. My overall, general work-about-the-house has slowed even tho I didn’t think I could go slower, but I have actually dropped the rpms to nearly dead.
Just writing that last sentence has prompted thoughts of a nap.
The good news is that the VFD has arrived – a Hitachi motor controller (model: NES1 – 002SB*) – so that I can now make the lower funicular functional. The ‘bad news’ is that it is an electrical component of some sophistication and I still get confused by even simple DC connections. Single phase to three phase, multiple switches, contactors and weird diagrams with even weirder symbols – some of which are in Japanese! – do not bode well for a speedy installation. I am seriously considering flying my nephew (electrician) out from back east just to wire it up.
The wire going in is simple enough. The main wires going out are likely decipherable. Eventually. But the stop-switches and control buttons are, so far at least, beyond my rapidly eroding, Netflix-corrupted IQ and then making the remote controls work after that (the ones from the nasty Korean, Mr. Kang in Langley, without any instructions whatsoever) make it seem impossible.
It is impossible. I will call Flight Cente and send for James.
All of which is my way of saying that I am starting to refocus on book 2. May suspend blog ops. And I have no idea about what it is yet. Sal wants all the ‘old stories’ (from girlfriends throwing themselves naked out of my parents second floor bedroom when they came home early from a long weekend to war stories from the Downtown Eastside, politics, motorcycle crashes and assorted manifestations of Chaos theory I have explored in my life). She can’t listen to them anymore but wants to share the pain with others.
Misery loves company.
I dunno….I am disinclined……
So, there you have it………nothing, really. Just the everyday battery maintenance, genset oil-change, help-thy-neighbour activities of an older off the grid couple living from day to day, chore to chore and trying to stay dry and warm all at the same time.
Maybe it is time for another change…………?
I have always wanted to visit Northern Japan in the winter, for example. By rented motor-home, no less. Maybe I could visit the Hitachi factory. Look up Kang’s relatives in South Korea…?
What EXACTLY are the symptoms of cabin fever…..