I made it to the top twice, and back down twice using the 952 steps. That’s 3,808 steps!! 130 flights of stairs up and 130 down! I cycled to the event ~6 miles, and had to cycle home, that was the hard part!! All worth it! I met some really great firemen, police, and EMS. Wonderful giving people who put their lives on the line everyday for you and me. Thank you Police, Fire, and EMS for all that you do for us!
Colorado is an amazing place, with plenty to see. Campgrounds everywhere. I started my trip with the fam in Creede staying at Cottonwood Cove in a cabin. The restaurant is great, lots of great food and ice cream.
Just a few miles North of Creede is the Rio Grand campground, it is a donation based campsite, but is very clean and has restrooms and water. There are only about 7 spots so it may be full, but the river is perfect, and there is cell service though spotty depending on where you stand.
Next I went across the mountains on 149 to 50. Elk Creek in Curecanti National Recreation Area is where I landed. Not many shade trees, but the campsites where immaculate, the hosts super friendly and welcoming. The showers are over by the boat launch and cost $3 in quarters. Very clean and well maintained. Temperatures are perfect for camping in August, I had to escape the heat in Texas! 40/74 in Elk Creek. I stopped in Montrose, NM, to visit a friend, a decent sized town with all the stores to get what you need. One thing that caught my attention was that almost every other car was wrecked or a hoopty, def a lot of shady people out after 10pm, I went to the store to get some things, and was actually a little nervous, and this comes from someone who has walked all over Europe and the UK or the rough side of San Antonio! ;0)
I made my way to Ridgway State Park and found perfection. Camping on the Ridge provided full 4G internet access, beautiful views, excellent camp sites, miles of trails, and clean hot showers for $1 in quarters. Ohh yeah be sure to carry plenty of quarters if you come camping in CO, all the showers are pay, and some are $3 in quarters. Spot #7 in the lower part of the park is great, with plenty of morning and evening shade. I ended up moving to #113 up on Elk Ridge because it had the best cell signal. #7 was spotty. I run servers for hosting so I need internet 24×7 to take care of business.
Most of the parks have late night registration so you can pick your spot, then pay with the provided envelopes. Be sure to carry change unless you wanna donate a dollar or two to the park, which I did.
Fishing: I got a 3 day permit that was $29, and never saw a fish or saw anyone catch one. You are not allowed to use bait of any kind in a lot of places, so be prepared to fly fish. I’m used to a rod and reel with some bait on it. I tried for hours and I think I got one bite, but never saw the fish, so it could have been a snag.
The 1989 civic collection. The Chop Top was done 10 years ago, swapped a D16 into it, heavy clutch. Used the dual point injection system with some tuning. It’s like driving a Go Cart with Power!
I’ve had (5) 89-91 Civics, 1991 All Wheel Drive Wagovan, 88′ 5 speed Wagovan, 89 Automatic Wagovan, and the 2 above.
I finally got around to replacing it as the main system with a micro PC running Debian 7 (The size of 4 Pi’s), with optical digital 5.1 audio out to my stereo, 128G SSD, Gigabit ethernet, 4G of RAM, and quad core processor. HOLY COW!! The sound is 1000X better. I was aware of the Pi’s shitty sound (fixed in the latest model), but I really had no idea. I had been listening to it for a few years and never noticed till now. For simple music and sound it works fine, but when you have a real stereo system. Intel Audio FTW! It’s like I have a new stereo! Hahaha The poor Pi was overloaded with tasks, and skipped occasionally when compiling rrd graphs for the HVAC. It will now become another relay controller. One downfall is that I went from 3W to 30W, but it’s worth it, music to my ears! 😉 The new system can be tasked with many more things now and not interrupt the music, and plays HD video flawlessly. I gave up pianobar and went with Pithos for Pandora playback, using X11 forwarding or VNC to access the GUI. Now to try and figure out how to make an API to control it from the web front end that controls the house. Also lost my IR control from the Pi, so will be looking for a USB IR emitter to control the A/V equipment with LIRC.
I tried installing Firefox, Java, and the icedtea plugin for i386 to use a web based VPN client (Junos Pulse for web), and it turned into a disaster.
Then trying to run upgrade failed… Sad day for my XPS.
Here’s how it got fixed:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
sudo -i dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/icedtea-netx_1.5-1ubuntu1_i386.debapt-get autoremove
apt-get update apt-get upgrade I've always been a RedHat/Centos/Fedora fan, but Ubuntu/Debian has grown on me, I blame Will B. and the Raspberry Pi project. My Desktop, laptop, control center, and IoT devices all run a form of Debian. 3 years of running Ubuntu/Debian and this is the first time things broke, whereas RedHat package issues have consumed many hours of hair pulling and cursing at the screen. This was a 5 minute fix because of a great community.
Volunteering for YELP at the WEBB party in SA!
Karbach Brewey’s first Brews Cruise in SA – Taps Y Tapas – Friendly Spot – Hayes Bridge (picture) – Alamo Bike Shop
Critical Mass Houston March 2015 (Darren and Stephanie’s first mass)
Maverick Music Festival 2015: Toadies, Cake, Cypress Hill – Fiests Medal Collecting begins!
So far (Check back soon, as I will be adding more over the next week):