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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10020 on: August 27, 2020, 11:20:16 am »
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10021 on: August 27, 2020, 08:06:58 pm »
Awesome day for you mr. Zog!
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10022 on: August 27, 2020, 08:43:07 pm »
Ja happy happy Gary!
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10023 on: August 28, 2020, 03:54:40 am »
Thank you all guys & gals for the birthday wishes  :thumleft:

It was a good day at work, I only wore 2 shirts  :imaposer: 

Back home this evening Mrs Zog cooked me a lekker supper, with pudding  :drif:

I got a small bottle of Bacardi Spiced Rum, and an even smaller bottle of Captain Morgan Spiced Gold from my colleagues at work. Now I am sitting enjoying a "Cappies & Coke" before I head off to bed.  :ricky:

Tomorrow I start another week of standby, and Monday I head off to Mount Dora again for two days. So no fishing this weekend.

Well... maybe a short walk around the pond  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10024 on: August 28, 2020, 01:20:53 pm »
Back home this evening Mrs Zog cooked me a lekker supper, with pudding  :drif:

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All I got for my birthday this year was "I'm off to work and I'm late. Will you make the bed please." from my wife.

I get the idea she resents me being retired.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10025 on: August 28, 2020, 02:55:18 pm »
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I get the idea she resents me being retired.

I skiem you might be right... :patch: :pot:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10026 on: August 28, 2020, 11:39:12 pm »
Finished today:

Book 21 of 2020: The Hunter - Tony Park
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10027 on: August 30, 2020, 02:40:02 am »
Today (Saturday) I was called out 3 times.

I booked just over 8 hours of OT, so that's a good thing. But this evening I'm extra FUBAR.  :eek7:

But I did manage to get the bookcase I made for Mrs Zog stained and varnished. It's drying in the workshop, hopefully get to hang it tomorrow. Then a pic or two for y'all  :thumleft:

There was supposed to be a ULA rocket launch this morning at 02:06 or something. But three seconds before lift-off they scrubbed the mission because something went wrong. Next launch date is at least a week away.

Tomorrow we should have TWO SpaceX launches! One just after 10am, another around 7PM. My money is on SpaceX getting both Falcon 9 rockets off without any issues  :thumleft:

I really hope that I don't get any callouts tomorrow, I need to get the lawn mowed and several other little jobs and chores around the house.  :sip:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10028 on: August 31, 2020, 12:46:57 am »
This morning I finished off the bookcase, then Mrs Zog helped me to hang it on the wall.

Once it was secure we unpacked (after being in storage bins for well over 4 years) the African curios that we had collected in our travels in Africa, and others that I had collected whilst working up in many African countries.  :biggrin:

The main authors who got the nod to live on this bookcase are Wilbur Smith, Deon Meyer, Tony Park, and Bryce Courtney. We have a good collection from them.



Above the TV I hung a small spear that I had bought in Western Zambia, and above the picture frame with the carved warthogs is an assegaai head that my grandfather found when he was young. Above that is a steel fishing spear head that I found alongside the Congo River in Western DRC near the town of Boma. It's wooden shaft had long-since rotted away.



Hanging on the side of the bookcase is a "touristy" bow and arrows that I bought in Zambia, and on the very top of the bookcase are two old knives that I bought from tribesmen in the Afar region of Ethiopia. On one of the shelves separating Deon Meyer from Bryce Courtney is my Ethiopian coffee pot.  :sip:

I like it.  8)

This morning's SpaceX launch was scrubbed due to bad weather, here's hoping the one in less than 30 minutes can go, still lots of clouds and storms though. We had rain most of the day, so even the mowing didn't get done. But my body needed the rest, so all good.  :thumleft:

Tomorrow I am heading out early for Mount Dora, so I doubt I'll be posting for a couple of days.

Thanks for reading y'all  :thumleft:

Have an awesome week.  :ricky:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10029 on: August 31, 2020, 03:14:05 am »
Ok, so the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket went off perfectly this evening.

It was a polar launch, the rocket, instead of heading East, or North-East, headed South. This was the first Polar launch from Cape Canaveral in over 50 years. Other Polar launches have been from California where it is apparently easier for the rocket to avoid flying over land.

Below is a video of the launch from our back yard. Bear in mind that we are between 40 and 50 Miles from Cape Canaveral as the crow flies. All the other launches I have watched it seemed that the rocket lazily made its way up and away. This evening was very different. The rocket went directly up, and towards us. It certainly appeared that the rocket was going a LOT faster than on the other launches, but in reality the speed was the same, just a different perception because of the angle.



I tried to record the sound of the launch when it reached us, but the cellphone didn't get it. It was certainly the loudest that we have heard thus far from our house.

Then the booster rocket returned to land at the Cape. Below is some (crappy) cellphone footage of the re-entry.



The clouds were a bugger, but at least we got to see something.

Finally, the sonic boom as the rocket booster dropped below the speed of sound. It took roughly 3 minutes for the sound to get to us. Skip ahead to around 2:15 to hear the boom. The crappy cellphone mic definitely didn't do the sound justice, it was a window-rattling boom!

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10030 on: August 31, 2020, 04:09:43 am »
Happy belated bifday Mr Z, hope it was a restful one. May you have many many happy ones more  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10031 on: August 31, 2020, 06:30:59 am »
Bookshelf looks good Gary and happy to see you finally managed to “Africanise” your house a bit with your memrobilia


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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10032 on: August 31, 2020, 07:14:30 am »
Lyk baie netjies :thumleft:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10033 on: August 31, 2020, 04:53:36 pm »
Really like that Gary.

Looks like home.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10034 on: August 31, 2020, 07:58:57 pm »
Love the bookshelf and decor!  :thumleft:
 
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10035 on: September 01, 2020, 08:35:12 am »
Gary, kinds of wood do you get in the US?  For woodworking.  Different characteristics and uses? Prices?  Always were fascinated by those big redwoods and others.  Elm, maple, etc? 
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10036 on: September 01, 2020, 06:30:34 pm »
Remember I said a while ago that next on the list for hurricanes is Nana, and I have a bad feeling about Nana?

I was wrong. Nana just formed, looks like she's going to f*ck up Central America, like El Salvador, thereabouts.

Not to worry, next is Omar, he's already in the queue, just not named yet.
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10037 on: September 01, 2020, 06:37:48 pm »
Gary, kinds of wood do you get in the US?  For woodworking.  Different characteristics and uses? Prices?  Always were fascinated by those big redwoods and others.  Elm, maple, etc?

I'll let Mr. Zog answer in detail, but he won't get to it for a day or two, he's still working in Mt. Dora.

The bookshelf is pine, which is one of the cheaper options. We chose to go cheaper because it's a temporary solution (2-3 years) - we have plans for that wall, ask Mr. Zog to elaborate.

The furniture Mr. Zog built when we first got here (i.e., the coffee table and TV table) is cedar. It's wonderful for furniture, I love the look of it. But it's expensive. The dining table he made is pine (I think, I can't remember - also a temporary fix until we can gut the kitchen and redo it, when we have a few thousand $ spare  :imaposer:).

Other than that, we get oak, maple, walnut, cherry, poplar, ash... just depends where you go and what you need it for. Like I said, I'll let Mr. Zog explain more. 
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10038 on: September 03, 2020, 03:16:48 pm »
Finished yesterday - Book 22 of 2020:
An Empty Coast - Tony Park

Also, I have mushrooms growing in my pot plant. Not enough for dinner though.  :pot:
 

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #10039 on: September 05, 2020, 10:02:19 pm »
Finished today - Book 23 of 2020:
The Prey - Tony Park
 
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