Monday, February 3, 2020

Day 3693

We had a lot of fun with the Dalmatians today. They know us now and are all eager for their play time. Each of them wants to be first. The big news this week is that Sock has gone to a home. The rescue program has taken in a large number of dogs recently and currently only five of them are still waiting for homes. It's really encouraging to see these dogs find their forever homes so quickly. The dogs we visited with today are all delightful. I can't imagine that they will be here long.

So much for working on the roof today. It rained again. This came as a total surprise to me. There was blue sky when I woke up, but by the time we arrived at the Dalmatian kennel, it was raining again. I sure wish the roof was dry yesterday. Now I don't have any idea how long I'll need to wait for dry conditions again. I know in the short tern, the weather is only expected to get worse. There is still a chance of snow or sleet on Wednesday.

Today was full of surprises. I got a long awaited letter from Sky and Telescope and they are apparently still interested in an article about my visit to McDonald Observatory this Spring. It has been so long since I've heard anything from the magazine that I'd almost given up on them. I just assumed that they weren't interested anymore. Maybe I just need to learn to be patient.

Due to the many changes in the Solar Orbiter launch schedule the social media mavens have lost access to the launch pad on the day the rocket is rolled out. This apparently hasn't deterred some in our group. I found out today that someone is going to charter a boat to get close to the pad by water. This sounds interesting. It would be even more interesting if I didn't tend to get seasick. I'm still on the waitlist for the press bus, but so far my chances of getting on the bus don't look promising. I'd really like some good pictures. I may throw caution to the wind and join the group on the boat. We'll see. I keep waiting for an e-mail saying that NASA has found one more seat on the bus.

Do I need to go buy a box of surgical masks? I don't think so, but I'd hate to be the only person on the plane not wearing a mask. Social pressure can be quite powerful at times. Southwest doesn't even fly internationally so there shouldn't be a problem. I lived through the ebola scare and there were ebola patients at a hospital only a few miles away from me. My gut feeling is that there is a much higher risk from the ordinary flu here in Dallas than from the coronavirus. That could change overnight though. All it would take is a single case of the coronavirus and the whole town would be in a panic.

I'm so hooked on filling all three activity rings on my Apple Watch and getting at least 10,000 steps on the Fitbit that I went on a walk today even though it was raining. Hey, it wasn't raining that hard. Weird, I never would have done this before I started wearing the Fitbit tracker. I guess being a slave to an activity tracker isn't inherently a bad thing. I do feel like I'm in better shape than I was last year.

I got a little good news today. Maybe I'll get some more tomorrow. I don't need a lot of encouragement, but it's always nice to know you're headed in the right direction.

Casey is today's Dalmatian of the Day
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