March 8rd, 2016: The power company
sent me this as junk mail. They do this every month. The chart is
surrounded by advertising for things like caulk and polyurethane
foam for even more energy efficiency. Despite all that, I enjoy
looking at my standing. It's like I'm getting feedback on the
changes in my lifestyle in real time. For example, that big jump
in efficiency came when my monitor died. The new LED based flat
panel one I replaced it with is obviously much more energy
efficient. Proud to be in the top fifth of households like mine
for energy efficiency. It's amazing that updating one appliance
moves me from 44th to 11th in rank. On the other side of the page
is a chart that says I used 348 kWh in the last two months. That
checks with this months power bill, where they charged me for 178
kWh. Probably someone with expectations of a large, warm house in
suburbia would think my lifestyle is loonie, but so be it.
April 27rd, 2016: I found this coin
in my change at the Easy Foods store on Castro St. last evening.
Probably I was standing in or near the second "O" in BLOSSOM LN on
the map behind the coin at the time. I think of the place as a mom
and pop operation.
June 13th, 2016: I
had to go to the coin broker to find an Austrian coin for this
picture. I'd have loved an Austrian Euro, but for some reason
their most recent Austrian coins were from the 1915ish time frame.
This one is a 1911 2 Heller coin.
July 14th, 2016: From 1984 until
last week this was the key to my mailbox. The association where I
live finally got talked into upgrading our mailboxes by the Postal
Service. The new ones are flat so they can put 8.5 by ll inch
letters in them without any folding. Probably holds way more mail
in a bit less space. One great new feature is an outgoing mail
slot. That's going to save me some walking with outgoing mail! The
other great new feature is a big mailbox they can put parcels in
when it's just a little to big for the mailbox. Hoping I get as
many happy years out of the new key as I got out of the old key.
October 25th, 2016: Teddy Roosevelt
is now on a quarter! This coin was in my change at In-n-Out Burger
on El Camino last evening. Looked like every coin in the bin was
from the same roll.
November 15th, 2016: Teddy Roosevelt
quarters seem to be very common right now. It's like they are
flooding the area with them for some reason. It's been a long time
since I got a new pin, and here I've gotten two in the same month.
The one on the left I got from working the election, the one on
the right for race walking 11 kilometers.