Things come and things go. Here are some recent ins and outs.
Rey, from Flagstaff, moving back to Phoenix, and back in with me. A combination of academic and financial misfortunes has driven her from NAU. (Without a scholarship, NAU is 3x the expense of ASU). (You can infer the fate of that scholarship.).
The plan is to attend community college for a while, and take care of the generic core requirements until a clear path emerges.
The false ceiling in my kitchen. While this hid atrocities, it also provided a causeway for vermin and subconsciously annoyed me. So I have taken step 1 in a 50 step process of remodeling the kitchen.
My grandfather, the original owner of this house, had extended the air vent.
Yes, that is a can of some sort “adapting” the tube to the vent grate. Sometimes innovation is overrated.
That’s all sitting in the yard now.
Some Christmas presents: an office chair and a 3D Printer!
That’s a Creality Ender 3 FDM (additive) 3D Printer.
It is considered one of the best of the low-end 3D printers, and is a gift from my son, Ben, who has an earlier model.
I have been thinking on this subject for some time.
We have already spent numerous hours turning plastic filament into garbage, and sometimes silly little sculptures.
This has turned out to be a pain to dial in, which – to be fair – comes with the price point. But I’ve had some fun playing with it so far.
And I actually spent as much time assembling the office chair as I did the printer -so there’s that.
Before I start on this, do not confuse this with some new year’s resolution. In 2005 I made a New Year’s resolution to never make another new year’s resolution, and I ahve kept that. The timing of this announcement is coincidence. The realization dates back a few months ago.
I spent the last few years of my marriage playing not to lose, which is different than winning, and ended up losing the marriage. (The professional decisions were a net gain, but that’s as much dumb luck as good judgement. I lucked into a good employer.)
I have less to lose as a point of fact. I do not own the house I’m renovating. My nest is supposedly empty. I am consistently solvent and building a little surplus. I can go for it on 4th and 2.
Hence the self-publishing and other projects that aren’t ready to announce yet.
You were warned.