microcard

1 gb microcardFor my new phone, I picked up a micro SD memory card. This tiny little thing set me back almost $20, and it holds 1 gigabyte of storage! That is TWICE the hard drive capacity that I was provisioned back in the day when I was doing database work in the cable tv industry. They outfitted me with a incredibly expensive 500mb drive, the largest in any personal computer in the company. (c. 1989) Of course, back in those days, we were doing backups on 360K floppy disks.

I’ll do the math: in 1989 it would take over 1,300 of the old floppy disks to backup that 500mb hard drive. Today, that little microcard pictured here is equivalent to 714 diskettes (3.5″).  And it also comes in 2GB and 4GB sizes!

guest anglers

Last week at the end of the camping trip, I took Dinah and Audrey H. out in mid afternoon. They were both naturals, and we had a nice couple of hours and caught about a dozen fish, including sea trout, jack cravalle, mangrove snapper, catfish and some pinfish.

AudreyandCanoe0922 EmmaandCravalle0914 Doubletrouthookup0916 AudreyandSnapper0920

This was probably the best fishing I’ve ever had with guests on my boat. They are a couple of good luck girls! Hope I can do it again some time.

See all photos from this trip in this flickr set.

New Phones

Linda and I have been putting off phone upgrades, although we’ve been eligible for quite a while for the generous contract-extension phone subsidies. My reliable old LG 4700 died on me while camping last week, so we embarked Sunday to go phone shopping. I’ve always shopped at the Verizon store for two main reasons: 1 – they’ve always comped me some extra accessories when I ask, and 2 – they can electronically migrate our existing phone books from the old phone to the new.

I won’t go into all the details, but it was an ordeal, and involved literally hours of standing around while the store clerks struggled with the point of sale computers. And to top it off, they couldn’t migrate our phone lists, and although the clerk was willing, he was “unable” to get the computer system to permit a complimentary micro-SD card (a $49 value).

samsung I ended up returning my Motorola KRAZR on Tuesday because it was just too small for my aging eyes. I instead got another LG phone from Best Buy, which would have gone fine except that I again ended up standing around for over an hour while the BB clerks tried to get the Verizon computer system to authorize me a phone. Finally, they got out an old paper 3-part form, and copied information from the computer screen using a ball point pen(!), and then made a voice call to Verizon to authorize the phone. Memo to Verizon IT Dept: Get your sh*t together!

It turns out that Linda and I have selected the top two “Fashion Phones” as recognized in the just released annual gadget test issue from Wired Magazine. Here’s links to the magazine website which has good summaries of Linda’s dual-hinged Samsung SCH-u740 and my LG VX8700.

bluetooth headsetPlus, we each got matching bluetooth headsets from woot.com a couple of weeks ago in anticipation. We are so fashionable!

ps. The entire Wired review issue is available via 23Meg pdf download from here.

LIVING & WORKING IN A CONSTRUCTION ZONE

temporary outdoor facilities

The west coast Reeds are into Day 12 of a complete upstairs bathroom makeover. The project will be finished in two weeks. The family is currently using the outdoor shower (with the old bathtub/shower rigging), two water closets, and the utility sink. No complaints from the 14 year-old and 12 year-old, even after a 6:30 am shower in the cold rain.The room was 8.5 by 6.5. We’ve used half of a large closet to create space for the custom shower and steam room. We are adding new lighting, exhaust system, laundry chute, and a basin. The (original) 110 year-old bathtub remains.

Louise and I are acting as project managers. All of this done with graph paper plans and an unlicensed contractor.

Rick

Back from vacation

I’m back. Car is unpacked, family is reunited. I’ll have more to report, but for now, here is a video capture of the best fish of the week. Its the 22″ redfish caught at sunset. I got two meals out of him. Video report coming soon.

redfish

UPDATE: This is the “Red Drum” species that was just referenced in President Bush’s Executive Order that he signed this past Saturday. The order extends protection to redfish and to striped bass, and effectively eliminates them as commercial species. Good news for sportsmen!

best day yet

The weather finally cooperated; light breeze to keep the bugs off, I was on the waterbaby lobster before sunrise and managed to find a pretty good trout bite. Got about 9 or 10 all told. Also drifted and saw several big redfish, but they were not hungry.

I was hungry, and motored to a riverside restaurant, Linda and I have been there before, and had a big juicy hamburger for lunch.

In the afternoon, I went for some surf fishing and caught 3 nice fighting bluefish.

The photo here is of an 8″ lobster I caught in my cast net while seeking bait. I tried to get my hand in the photo to give an idea of the size, but the little wavelet crashed and washed him away.

racoons ate my bait

baitbucketI’ve been fishing mostly artificials, but I’ve been able to castnet some finger mullet right from the campground in the midday. So I take the mullet out to fish in the late afternoon/evening, and then I’d like to keep the mullet alive overnight. So I hang the baitbucket off the side of the boat.

First night: the racoons raid my mullet and break the lid off my floating bucket. Second night, I use a plastic tie wrap to secure the replacement bucket, and still, the racoons pry it open and liberate the mullet.

Otherwise, I had a great sunset bite. Jack cravalle on every single cast. And in the middle of it, I beautiful 22″ redfish hit and he went in the cooler. I grilled half the fillets over an open fire. Great!

breaded and fire grilled redfish

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