It is not with great sadness that I say goodbye to my Comcast Home Phone service. The service was good, in fact, I can only think of two time the service was out, and that was due to traffic accidents. The only people that called the home phone was my parents and telemarketers. I have a hard time justifying the price of the phone service and the monthly rental of the modem to receive calls from people I didn’t know.
Now all I have is Internet service from Comcast. I dumped cable television about 1.5 years ago, and nobody in the house misses it. We watch Netflix and a few things on Apple TV. Someday I’ll install a HD antenna in the attic for local channels.
Tonight I’ve finished watching all 5 seasons of Babylon 5 on go90.com. Babylon 5 was one of my favorite shows I started watching when we first moved to Wilmington, Delaware back in 1994. Babylon 5 was different from Star Trek; it was entertaining to watch and to see what Londo Mollari was getting into with the Shadows.
There are several clips on Youtube from Babylon 5, and here are a few of my favorites.
When I was much younger, I was in Cub Scouts and then joined Boy Scout Troop 293 in North Huntingdon, PA. I went on many hiking and camping trips until I was about 16, and then quit because I had a drivers license, a girl friend, and wanted to make money.
Fast-forward to 2008, my son joined Cub Scout Pack 86 in Wilmington, DE. He did pretty well in Cub Scouts and was looking forward to joining Boy Scouts. We scouted around and joined Troop 660 in Wilmington, DE. It is a great troop, we enjoy going on all the camping trips, participating in the Klondike Derby, and other activities. I am happy to say my son is doing well with Boy Scouts and should ear his Star Rank in the next week.
So what does that have to do with backpacking? We are going to Philmont Scout Ranch in 2018. With that in mind, I figured it was time to start training. After all it’s been 32 years since I’ve gone on a backpacking trip. I don’t own a backpack. So I started some research and had to get fitted. The folks at REI did a great job helping my son and I with choosing backpacks. I ended up with a REI Traverse 70. There were a lot of customers today, so weights were scarce. Let’s just say adding 25 pends to your back for the first time in 32 years is a bit of a eye opener.
Time to start the training! I took my backpack out for a spin at Carousel Park Farm for a hike. I didn’t load it to much with stuff. I started easy to get a feel of the pack. What I like about Carousel Park is the different terrain you come across. Grass fields for part of a path then a turn and you’re into the woods with trees and roots to watch for. Part of the path had gravel and driveway stone.
I hiked 3.4 miles in about 76 minutes and survived! WOOT! I’m sure those numbers are terrible, but I was pleased with my first attempt. A buddy of mine told me about a few more places I should look at to practice hiking before our week long trek in July.
About a month ago I ran out of black toner (124A if your shopping for replacement cartridges) and was thinking about getting rid of the printer. I have not used it as much over the last year or so. However, I decided to keep the printer to print worksheets for Boy Scout merit badges and maybe a few resumes if needed. I stopped by Staples and purchased my replacement cartridge, and once again I have fading on the right side of the paper. This time issue was with the black toner cartridge.
Going through all the cleaning steps did not help, the problem was the optical box at stated in a previous post. This is the second time I’ve had to clean the mirrors in the optical box. The printer works well and I’m sure I’ll keep it for another year or two, but I’m not sure if I want to continue putting total faith in HP printers. Maybe I’ll spend some time over the next few months researching for an excellent laser printer that works with Apple Print (print from my iOS device) or maybe ditch the whole thing and be more green.
First off Star Wars Episode VII, The Force Awakens, was the best Star Wars movie…ever! All I can say is ,”WOW!!” I saw the movie Friday night at 10:15PM at Penn Center IMAX at the Waterfront in Wilmington, DE. We arrived about 45 minutes early and wait in line. We ended up in the second row from the screen. Normally I cant stand to be that close, but it didn’t matter this time. Like many, I will see it again in the theater.
On Saturday, I was on a camping trip at the Henson Scout Reservation with Boy Scout Troop 660. The Scouts shot black powder and .22 rifles. In the afternoon, the first year scouts worked on orienteering while older scouts worked on camp gadgets for their First Class rank. The meals were fantastic, and we enjoyed good stories by the fire. I was up till almost midnight putting out our camp fire and enjoying the cold night looking up at the stars (27 degrees F).
It was perfect “guys” weekend, and I’m looking forward to the next.
So I’ve been busy learning how to use Apple Motion 5 on my iMac and making videos for my son’s Boy Scout Troop, my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop, family videos, and goofy videos for friends. Some are publicly published on my YouTube channel.
This summer was my first return to Boy Scout summer camp in 30 years! Growing up in the Pittsburgh area, I spent many years at Camp Conestoga at Somerset, PA. Living in Delaware, my son attended summer camp at Camp Rodney in North East, MD. I spent my mornings at the rifle range helping with supervision, and the afternoons completing my training for Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills. I’m looking forward to returning to camp again.
This is my second year belonging to a bowling league. Out team is called the Eccentric Raccoons and we hired someone to design a logo for our shirts. We are a three person team, but our Team Captain quit, which is causing us to lose points (but I’m suppose to have fun and not worry about winning and being upset losing the game.)
I also took an extended vacation this summer. Three days at Janes Island and then drove to Nags Head, NC for a week of relaxation with my family. Although the black flies and greenheads we out in force and it was humid, the trip was worth it. I turned off the work email on my phone and iPad and enjoyed the beach, some tours, wave runners, and bike rides. Hopefully I’ll be back next summer.
Over the last 2 months or so, I’ve noticed my color print outs did look as good as they use to. For example, I was working on a new idea for Cub Scouts, designing a new pit pass for the scouts to wear for Pinewood Derby in Spring 2014. The pass included a red, blue and yellow car, but the colors were off. The red car car looked yellow-orange with yellow flames.
So I ran the color calibration from the printer, and afterwards, the pit pass looked the same. I prided the supplies status page to verified there is toner, but it looks faded. So I stared searching for a reason why this was happening, and I came across the following page.
The problem is the mirrors in the optical box on the HP Color LaserJet 2605, the box is not sealed. The mirror for the magenta cartridge collects a lot of dust. This dust keeps the laser from reflecting off the mirror correctly, and preventing toner from being picked up and placed on the paper.
The process took me about 2 hours 45 minutes to complete, but it was well worth it. My printer works great. Except for this one issue, the output is fantastic. Also, I didn’t have to spend $300 plus on a new printer. Below are pictures of the status supply pages.