Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

Labor Day sunny day

I got up early for my raisin bran this morning. Beatrice and I went for our walk at 7 a.m. I like walking on Labor Day because, paradoxically, the trails are less active.
At 10:05 a.m. I set out for a hike on the Watters Creek Trail in our neighborhood, a largely shady sidewalk trail by its namesake small creek. I kept a list of birds seen, reaching 12 species. The walk took 2 hours and 5 minutes and left me drenched in sweat. I took a shower and went to get a sandwich for lunch.

In the afternoon, I cleaned the house a bit. I also installed an SSD in the second of the two eBay laptops I got as one bidding unit for roughly the price of one. This time I installed the new unit I got at MicroCenter.Then I installed my favorite operating system, Peppermint OS on it. It was my first time to try the new version 6.

The SSD was amazingly fast, as advertised. Though the hardware is not super-recent (1st generation i5 on one of those 8440p HP Elitebooks that used to cost $ 900+ new but now are a bit over a hundred and a half or less used), it flies along with the SSD. I enjoyed loading my favorite software, though I am tempted, depending on the
result of my first SSD-computer auction posted this morning, to sell this one, too.
I have treated this experience as a self-guided learning experience with supplemental classes at the University of Youtube. As I worked on the computer this afternoon I listened to David Nemeth's Unfamiliar podcast, Episode 6. I really liked it,and was pleased that David included my song "Pause" on the podcast.

My wife arrived home from a holiday weekend trip to her Dad's house. We went to Rockfish Grill,where I had a grand grilled shrimp plate. I'm glad my wife is home. She's watching Andy Murray play tennis on television. Ever since we went to Dunblane, Scotland, his home town, she is more of a Murray fan than before. I loved Dunblane, so I'll say "go Murray" as well.

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