- Cafe shelf Halloween village. https://t.co/R6Lub5szuH 14:57:21, 2015-10-04
- Silent Hill w/Terra https://t.co/yTrk8jNC3n 17:40:19, 2015-10-04
- The candy cauldron shelf. https://t.co/HIHMJTtVzG 11:53:04, 2015-10-05
- Quick grocery store trip on a beautiful misty morning full of balloons. #AIBF #AIBF2015 #abq #riorancho #newmexico https://t.co/ZiySifhXcL 08:53:20, 2015-10-06
- Underworld with Terra https://t.co/LgOUzO42Kt 19:53:34, 2015-10-06
- RT @ABQreddit: [Question] Where are the best pour over coffees spot in ABQ? #ABQ https://t.co/MG2qFq2dgc 07:24:46, 2015-10-07
- Living room sofa table Halloween Village by Terra https://t.co/tYtAENfrcw 09:23:14, 2015-10-07
- The 'Burbs with Wesley and Terra https://t.co/K9Uwc5fo3w 17:50:11, 2015-10-07
- Wesley's screen was dirty. So, he rinsed it off in the sink. Sigh. Letting it dry now. #grrrr https://t.co/FZobUjYgKL 11:11:40, 2015-10-08
- It's now been FIVE YEARS since my wife and I switched from smoking to #vaping! #vaperversary #improof #smokefree 17:15:24, 2015-10-08
- Waxwork II – Lost In Time with Terra https://t.co/UBJieMGm94 19:13:39, 2015-10-08
- The cafe stereo shelf. (Xiialive playing http://HalloweenRadio.net on my Nook via Bluetooth to the Bose.) https://t.co/KqI3cHLab4 12:16:52, 2015-10-09
- Dracula – Prince of Darkness with Terra (Hammer Horror Dracula 3 of 9) https://t.co/ECHHrZX1za 14:59:47, 2015-10-09
- Poltergeist (the original of course) with Wesley and Terra https://t.co/20Hu8nuP8b 18:04:04, 2015-10-09
- New Halloween sign for our door this year. https://t.co/6XK7cXr8yD 11:20:03, 2015-10-10
- Trying to devise a way to use this mister to create fog for this year's Halloween village. https://t.co/zasCLhIUHG 09:47:25, 2015-09-27
- 630am grocery store trip for milk. #riorancho #abq #newmexico #dawn https://t.co/g6gCxI43am 06:53:19, 2015-09-28
- Christmas Kitty https://t.co/TjMfichxlA 13:36:07, 2015-09-28
- In my headphones… A Canticle for Leibowitz | 1981 | WHA Radio/Wisconsin Public Radio http://t.co/T7pAhbHg6e #audiodrama #audiotheater 10:22:41, 2015-09-29
- My bar tools. #homebarista #homecafe https://t.co/8YesrZqH6J 15:34:59, 2015-09-29
- Giving in, trying Live365 for our Halloween radio needs this year. I've resisted for years. https://t.co/xFqe2BqwzQ 08:33:47, 2015-09-30
- Ready to Halloween-ize. Wesley will do his room this afternoon then the cafe tomorrow with Terra. https://t.co/0DimdrJDZF 09:32:11, 2015-09-30
- Just wow. Audio books of movie novelizations. Incl. The Jerk, Saturday Night Fever, The Terminator, Poltergeist #wtaf http://t.co/YxTn7jTFmR 21:13:57, 2015-09-30
- Steve Kraft Halloween Radio is online! My favorite source for music, soundscapes, oddities, horror movie radio spots http://t.co/ddxPCBMC4z 07:59:12, 2015-10-01
- The cafe shelf has been Halloween-ized. https://t.co/P4yGqh5FI2 14:22:54, 2015-10-01
- The cafe ceiling has been Halloween-ized. https://t.co/OPUxl7Mg4j 14:23:34, 2015-10-01
- A quick look at our Halloween-ized cafe room for this year… https://t.co/coNrh1iK86 18:39:58, 2015-10-01
- 1958 Horror of Dracula with Terra. We intend to watch all nine Hammer Dracula films this month. https://t.co/R2WrBMFh1Y 19:34:41, 2015-10-01
- RT @RioRanchoNM: #TBT Rio Rancho in its infancy! https://t.co/FSqpXxRw87 22:16:12, 2015-10-01
- RT @AudioDramaWiki: October is horror month at http://t.co/cSBVz1L68R! 31 days of creepy audio drama!
- Waiting for @RedRockRoasters to open so we can pick up our coffee order. https://t.co/F0xoamCPId 09:05:59, 2015-10-02
- We went and did some morning errands and now 1960 The Brides of Dracula and Krispy Kreme :) https://t.co/umEjRKLLOA 11:46:18, 2015-10-02
- Waxwork https://t.co/FyxPGSmDDj 19:12:11, 2015-10-02
- Wesley, Halloween jammies, KOB's Balloon Fiesta stream on his phone, KRQE's on mommy's tablet. #AIBF2015 https://t.co/zVAxccfhet 07:53:05, 2015-10-03
- The Addams Family https://t.co/wP4mM8YwKP 18:01:02, 2015-10-03
- RT @AroundABQ: [Balloon Fiesta this morning] : View from Chopper 4… via photographer Dave Thompson http://t.co/dw5q7RPkL1 via @kob4 #Ball… 19:56:21, 2015-10-03
- RT @AroundABQ: Kissing Bumble Bees http://t.co/kTiPuc5QcK via @MARbobo7 #BalloonFiesta 19:57:47, 2015-10-03
- RT @Mayor_Berry: Check out this photo from Chris Cutter in the Bonnie Blue balloon. What a crowd @balloonfiesta http://t.co/TMLkWR4TkS 19:59:10, 2015-10-03
- RT @ABQreddit: I was woken up by the sound of flame throwers and people screaming. I find this outside my fr… #ABQ http://t.co/NW6Sw44VEX 20:02:18, 2015-10-03
- For this last week of Halloween, I'm trying to listen thru all 48 chapters of We're Alive while I work. http://t.co/8op66Csdv5 #audiotheater 10:18:15, 2014-10-26
- RT @halloweenradio: This year we celebrate Halloweenradio’s 10th birthday. Join us on the dance floor and shake it with the undead … . ht… 08:42:24, 2014-10-28
- Seems like since my 40th birthday, I've been surprised by pains, discomforts, and limitations I've never known. Like a switch was thrown. 04:53:47, 2014-10-29
- Imitating the bees at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta http://t.co/Ykm4DNtWga 07:26:48, 2014-10-29
- It has been well said that you can rightly judge a person by what movies they know Tim Curry from. 18:53:28, 2014-10-29
- Out Trick or Treating with Wesley. His first time ever. I'm like a real parent now. 19:05:41, 2014-10-31
- Wesley is upset because nobody knew his costume. Only one person knew he was the 4th Doctor Who. It was the guy in a Star Trek costume :) 22:23:09, 2014-10-31
- I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/Ta2jLpcUrL Bad Drivers of Albuquerque Special: Balloon Fiesta 2014 10:23:24, 2014-10-19
- I liked a @YouTube video from @z00100 http://t.co/HHEkjLXPK8 18650 Battery Tests 07:21:01, 2014-10-21
- RT @KJGuzzardi: Cafe Bella Coffee is hiring in #RioRancho! Are you a #Barista? If so, this is #best coffee house in the #ABQ… http://t.… 07:49:54, 2014-10-21
- RT @vaporjoes: Vapor Joes – Daily Vaping Deals: TWO SAMSUNG INR 18650 25R BATTERIES – $16.94 + FS http://t.co/y7EokYnj95 07:59:22, 2014-10-21
- I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/PH8PhOUbjQ Funniest Jokes #343: Godstuff (Crazy TV Preachers) Episode #1 of 5 10:17:44, 2014-10-22
- I liked a @YouTube playlist http://t.co/BxjdD9jcZz Classic horror trailers 16:46:38, 2014-10-22
- RT @OnePerfectShot: Perfect shot from LOGAN’S RUN (1976) DoP: Ernest Laszlo | Dir: Michael Anderson http://t.co/cLYz1Cqd6I 05:48:17, 2014-05-13
- HR Giger (phenomenal artist, designer of Alien) dead and the Reddit thread is a classic. http://t.co/K71WoPlTJl 05:58:49, 2014-05-13
- RT @OnePerfectShot: Perfect shot from #Alien (1979) DoP: Derek Vanlint | Dir: Ridley Scott | Released 35 years ago today. http://t.co/AxZD4… 11:48:58, 2014-05-13
- RT @RELEVANT: “I have an unspoken prayer request,” and a few other sayings Christians should consider retiring. http://t.co/0hAMfVtsEU 12:00:02, 2014-05-13
- RT @RELEVANT: For anyone who’s ever struggled with knowing how to help a friend struggling with depression, here are a few tips. http://t.c… 12:17:26, 2014-05-13
- I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/BxwqHCCIE8 Do Cats Experience Grief? 10:10:11, 2014-05-14
- Broke my Vamo, grrr. Thinking of finally going exclusively mech and getting this beautiful thing for my bday http://t.co/OiB9h5CPsF 14:12:42, 2014-05-14
- RT @OnePerfectShot: Perfect shot: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) DoP: Vilmos Zsigmond | Dir: Steven Spielberg http://t.co/UpcJhF… 14:15:37, 2014-05-14
- RT @WhatsTheHarm: What’s the harm in vaccine misinformation? Babies hemorrhaging as parents refuse vitamin shots. http://t.co/bddtHOVbnD vi… 14:18:28, 2014-05-14
- RT @twistedcentral: I wish people were like Internet videos and you could tap them lightly to see a clock of how much longer they’re going … 04:44:07, 2014-05-15
- I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/YBAwIRP9b4 How to Talk to Your Kids About Michael Sam 17:12:57, 2014-05-15
- I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/YqlS8IP40P First Ever Typing On Google Glass 17:15:01, 2014-05-15
- I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/1gAUqiENQZ Hero pet cat saves kid from dog attack 17:20:50, 2014-05-15
- I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/4ehEfKQCCM My Cat Saved My Son 17:22:20, 2014-05-15
- I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/f2vuj0H32J Federal balloon pilot crackdown may impact Balloon Fiesta 18:53:15, 2014-05-15
- I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://t.co/2c1K4hw8wO Wavelength 1983 21:31:20, 2014-05-15
- RT @HistoricalPics: Abandoned Drive-In Theater, New Jersey http://t.co/4XW9mNmtZP 15:46:40, 2014-05-16
- The guy is here installing our new dishwasher. It’s been what? Three weeks? Of washing them the old fashioned way. #yay 11:45:05, 2014-05-17
- Watched Star Trek Into Darkness. The sci-fi fanatic in me was breathlessly exhilarated, the old school Trekkie in me was deeply offended. 20:38:24, 2014-05-17
Already eleven Halloween movies watched, including four hosted by Joe Bob Briggs on MonsterVision (ya’ know that late night show on TNT in the 90s) and all four Phantasm movies, the latter three of which neither of us had ever seen. There has been non-stop Halloween Internet radio – a couple stations play songs, a couple play haunted house sounds and similar soundscapes and one even plays both. Many episodes of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes have played. And I took Walmart up in their Monster Cereals deal and the discontinued two – Frute Brute (attn Quentin Tarantino) and Yummy Mummy – are available this year…
Wesley gets to eat this for breakfast on non-school days. Speaking of which, he is off today and tomorrow and then another Thurs and Fri two weeks from now. So I’m making these Halloween days where he owns the living room all day and watches Halloween movies and such and even a couple Halloween games (like Ghostbusters and Silent Hill) and maybe some sugary snacks.
Oh, and Art Bell is back and we’ve been listening to a horror story on Pseudopod every night when she gets off work, so between all that and the great Internet radio stations out there, we have plenty to listen to.
We love Halloween and start all this at the beginning of October and make a whole month of it but there is always the one pause during the first week and that’s Balloon Fiesta. We went on the 6th, it was awesome. I shot a couple hundred HD videos, Terra shot almost three hundred photos on my Sony DSLR. That is all still being edited into one presentation and, needless to say, it’s a huge job. I finally have a first rough cut and it’s 29 minutes – I want it under 20.
When it’s done, I’ll post it. Until then, I leave you with the videographer and photographer…
Thursdays and Fridays, Wesley is at school and Terra is at work. Just me, the house work, and my podcasts. But I survived. And he seems to be having fun. It’s only first grade so it’s not like much can go wrong.
Yesterday, I built my first successful microcoil. And my first successful Protank coil rebuilds. I used EkoWool. I did three of them but only have 30 gauge wire. 12 wraps got me 3ohm, 10 got me 2.7, and so I tried 6 and that is 1.8. I think I’ll build a microcoil for my Phoenix (my ADV) and my Phoenix v4 that I use for my after dinner cinnamon vape. I’ll prob do those today. I haven’t built a coil in my v4 in… uh… I have no idea – a long time. I build a new Phoenix coil every couple months for one reason or another.
Anyway, so far, I’m not convinced that a microcoil is all that different. Maybe it needs a mech mod to really shine. But I really think I like the EkoWool in a Protank. It wicks perfect – no burnt hits or gurgling. It’s really the best experience I’ve had with a Protank. However, it’s odd and I can’t quite put my finger on why. Terra says it’s cold and maybe that’s it. I know whenever I clean or rebuild the coil in my Phoenix with EkoWool, it takes a while until it’s perfect. A day or two. So, I’m assuming that’s what’s going on.
I’m really thinking lately about moving my coffee bar back to its original location by the cafe room. It would be more cramped but it’s just so far removed over on the opposite side of the kitchen. Making coffee means barely being a part of the social activity going on.
I’m still thinking it over. It’s a colossal pain to move so just trying it out and moving it back if I don’t like it isn’t really an option.
Btw, today is 43 days until balloon fiesta.
And now a note about Facebook. And I’ll word this as discreetly as I can.
I’ve been on Facebook pretty much since the beginning. Long long before it became what it is now. 2007, I guess. And I’ve always been very choosy about who I’m friends with. Until the last handful of years, that is. Quite a few people I’m kind of obliged to friend, ya know. And I’m starting to be sorry I’m on Facebook. Twitter is different – I follow and am followed by hundreds of people and I expect a lot of stuff I don’t care about. But Facebook was always different. And it isn’t now. And that kind of sucks. A very cluttered timeline and no way to be selective about what to see and what not to see. And so many people SHARE stuff everyday but never actually POST anything. It went from being able to read about the lives of people I care about to seeing almost nothing but their interests or favorite social or political causes that I may or may not care about but certainly don’t want to see posted to Facebook. It’s now primarily a platform for sharing links and news (or more often “news”).
It was a full weekend for us and a three day weekend for Wesley…
Needless to say, there was Balloon Fiesta and we all (me, Wesley, Terra, and Matt) had an amazing time. You can see a few vids of that here. That was Sunday. After balloon fiesta (very little sleep, then five or six hours on our feet at the park, in the cold), we made a day of sitting on the couch in our jammies, watching Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes and drinking a pot of siphon coffee so we could stay awake until dinner and a normal bed time. It’s probably been months since we’ve done anything that lazy :) Meanwhile, Wesley took a nap. We haven’t had him do that in a very long time but he went to bed at around ten and was up with Matt at three – Matt was obviously eager to get out the door and on our way. After his nap, he got to watch a movie in his room. It’s a rare pleasure but it’s Halloween month and he did get a new tv a few days ago (my old but nice 27″ EDTV) and we wanted the time to ourselves. So it was just win win. Later that night, we watched Apartment 143 on Netflix streaming in HD. I thought it was good despite it being confusing.
Matt spent the night before, rather than get up and come over at 5am. That’s the way he and I did it when I lived here before. So, that was Saturday night he came over. He and Wesley even stayed up an hour after Terra and I went to bed and had they had fun. Before he came over, we went to three thrift stores and came home with some much-needed clothes. Then Terra and Wesley watched The Monster Squad on blu-ray. He and I had watched it on Friday night.
Friday, Wesley had a day off from school. His day included a lot of Halloween Simpsons episodes while I did some housework.
Terra’s schedule really does seem to be leveling off now and we are starting (sorta’) to get used to this schedule. We’re at least mostly falling into step with it, figuring out a routine. But, we’re still tweaking things. What we’re trying this week is me going to bed rather than wait up for her on alternating nights. That way, she gets “me time” – something she has been missing out on because of this new schedule. Oh, and she has been getting home earlier, now that she’s more used to the job. Very few midnight nights lately. And no more favors of odd additional shifts.
As I’ve been typing this, Wesley is playing Ghostbusters – Sanctum of Slime on the PS3. It’s on sale on the PlayStation Store for $2.50 and fits our Halloween vibe. He seems to be thoroughly enjoying it.