Monday night.

AUTOMOTIVE. The new Nissan Versa has yet to get a permanent license plate, but she's finally had a long-overdue trip to the car wash. Also (given that my last car was a 20-year-old Subaru with a plain metal key) I'm still adjusting to the luxury of these newfangled remote-locking key fobs. I got a plastic cover for the fob today, in the hopes that I'll finally be able to stop butt-dialing the hood release.

WORK. The two new techs on our team start this week. Today's workload was fairly mellow for a Monday, but there was a flurry of activity in the afternoon when the company sent out a test "phishing" email to see who would click on it. Fortunately, most people seem to have steered clear of it, and we had a lot of people calling IT to ask what they should do about a suspicious email. (Answer: there's a "report phishing" button on your inbox.) A few unwary souls clicked the link, and found themselves enrolled in remedial security training.

SOCIAL. This past weekend I went to a meetup with one of the conservative groups I belong to, and had a great time. Good to see familiar faces, and some new ones, and enjoy in-person conversation and companionshp - and now, finally, I no longer had to schlep there and back by bus.

Arizona: Dominion refuses to comply with subpoena.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/05/breaking-az-audit-director-ken-bennett-dominion-refuses-comply-subpoena-turn-password-maricopa-county-machines/

'The fact that the County does not have system administrators who have administrative access to the Dominion voting machines is a big concern. By allowing Dominion to have the administration access only, the County has basically turned over the system to the Dominion voting machine system people. There is no IT control here because that’s been ceded to Dominion. ...

In his interview with OAN Ken Bennett said Dominion is refusing to comply with the State Senate’s subpoena and is hiding the second password for their machines.'

Linkage.

CALIFORNIA: CAITLYN JENNER TAKES ON GAVIN NEWSOM FOR GOVERNOR.
https://nypost.com/2021/05/06/caitlyn-jenners-anti-newsom-ad-previews-big-challenge-for-dems/
'“We had what everyone else wanted,” Jenner remarks in voiceover. “The American Dream grew up here. But career politicians and their policies have destroyed that dream. It’s been locked away. Closed. Shuttered. Left in the dark. Burned.”'

PORTLAND: BLM MILITANTS DRAW GUNS ON MOTORISTS.
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/05/video-blm-militants-draw-ar-15s-ak-47s-portland-motorists-no-police-scene-reign-terror-continues/
'During Thursday’s event the protesters began marching in the streets, with a couple of support vehicles leading the way. At two separate points multiple participants pulled AR-15s, AK-47s, pistols, and possibly a shotgun and/or Keltec Sub 2000 on motorists who happened be driving along.'

SPACE: SPACEX MARS ROCKET PROTOTYPE TEST A SUCCESS.
https://www.dailywire.com/news/starship-landing-nominal-spacex-ceo-elon-musk-celebrates-after-mars-rocket-prototype-lands-successfully
'On Wednesday, SpaceX launched and successfully landed an early Mars rocket prototype at its facility in South Texas. SpaceX and Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, announced the rocket’s first successful landing on Twitter, writing “Starship landing nominal!”'

Thursday evening.

AUTOMOTIVE. It's been a little while since I posted a journal entry. The biggest development in my day-to-day life is that I am finally a car owner once again. A couple of weeks ago - 'twas the 18th of April, Sunday, to be exact - I completed the paperwork and drove home in a 2019 Nissan Versa sedan. From a practical standpoint, this will make grocery shopping a lot more efficient, expand the radius of potential job prospects, and open up the possibility of driving for Uber Eats again if I want to scare up a few extra dollars. Of course, it'll also make social life and dating feasible once again, and it will finally allow me to get out of town and see the country. I'm planning to drive to the coast (about an hour) soon, possibly this weekend. Some time when I've got a couple of days and can book a room, I'd like to visit Coeur d'Alene; it's about a 6 hour drive. I've never been to Idaho and I'm looking forward to visiting.

WORK. I'm nearing four months at my present gig, and I'm fairly happy with it. We just hired on a couple of new techs on my team, which is always nice. It'll make the workload easier, of course, and allow more flexibility in managing it. It also means that I move up in relative seniority.

HOME. I've ordered a couple of folding bookcases from Target. (The set I ordered from amazon resulted in a delivery SNAFU, about which I may post a rant separately. The item got as far as the Hillsboro post office, which then refused to deliver it because it was too large.) This is the first item I've bought for the place in a while, and they're needed to organize the existing clutter. There's going to be more clutter here soon, too, because I'm going to finally start bringing my boxes of books home from storage in Portland.

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