Groundhog Gate . . .

or The Ceremonial Changing of the Hoodie

Although our days have been very nice, in the high 70’s and low 80’s, our nights are getting a bit nippy, sometimes with a vengeance. Last week we were still having nights in the mid/high 70’s until the recent cold front came through.

A few nights ago the Weather Channel said the overnight low was supposed to be 62 degrees, but at 4am, it was still 77. So I’m thinking, Boy, did they screw up this forecast. But a few minutes after 4 a little north wind started up. Then the temp started falling like the bottom dropped out of the thermometer.

And by 4:30 it was 63 degrees! 14 degrees in 30 minutes. Maybe I shouldn’t have insulted their forecasting skills after all. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a drop like that.

Anyway, when Jan comes out to relieve me a little before 7am, it’s still pretty chilly, about 60 degrees, and for some reason, we only have one hooded jacket, so every morning before I go in to go to bed, we exchange the hoodie jacket outside.

In retrospect, this story was a long way to go to get nowhere.

As far as Groundhog Gate, as usual Jan has been counting the days until we head back to Houston, probably since before we even got here. So a couple of weeks ago she gleefully told me we only six weeks until we leave the gate. But after thinking for a moment I told here I didn’t think that was right, that it was more like 7 or 8 weeks. She said, No, she was sure that it was only six weeks, but she would go inside and check. Then a few minutes later, I hear some VERY unladylike language emanating from the rig. She had discovered I was right.

Then the other day she was watching a TV ad that mentioned it was only three weeks ’til Halloween, and I hear another "NNOOOOOOOOOO!". Turned out she forgot she was watching a DVR’d show. Oops.

I told her later that this was a Groundhog Gate, where the day never changes. Trucks come in, trucks come out. It’s hot, it’s cold, it’s rainy, it’s windy. It’s just the same day, over and over and over again.

Or at least it seems like it some times.

Yesterday I finally completed a mammoth 22 hour, 1.7 GB download. And it only took me two tries. The first time it got to about 20% before it froze, but made it all the way though the second time. What I was doing was downloading the latest 2014 map update for the Garmin 1490 GPS that we use in our truck. And at 1.7 GB it’s probably the largest file I’ve ever downloaded.

They have a program called Garmin Express that, after you plug in your GPS to the computer, tells you what updates you need and sets you up to download them. The only real problem is that the Garmin Express software does not let you pause or resume the download, or pick up where you left off if you get knocked off line. So you just have to start it up and hope for the best. But it’s done for this year at least.

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Thought for the Day:

There’s a saying that you can make something foolproof, but you can’t make it damn-foolproof.

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4 Responses

  1. Greg, previously I could get your blog on my ipad2. The last couple of weeks when I logged onto your blog on ipad 2, it would come up and then would immediately turn safari off and still does. I am back home and on the desktop. I enjoy reading your blog, but have not been able to for the last 2 to 3 weeks. Take care and wish the best to you and Jan. Ray

  2. Just thought ;of something, I did download the new apple os. I still get Nick’s blog the 2. thanks Ray

  3. Greg,
    Thanks for posting about the time it took to download updated maps on Garmin Express. I wonder where they came up with using the word “express” for their downloads. I thought something was wrong with my computer or my internet connection. I only have internet connection through my droid hot spot. So, thanks again for confirming that I don’t have a problem.
    David

  4. Ray,

    Don’t know what to tell you. I check with some friends who use Safari on both the iPad and iMacs and they’re not have any trouble.

    Maybe it is iOS7.

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