Network Admin Life

As you may or may not know, I have a YouTube channel.  Actually two.  One is my personal channel where I post flying videos, family video, etc.  The other channel is targeted to other network administrators or those wishing to become network administrators.  It’s more or less just a peek inside my life as a network administrator.

You can take a look here:

https://www.youtube.com/c/NetworkAdminLife

 

Tonopah Earthquake

The morning of May 14th I woke up at 4am for no apparent reason.  I do that sometimes and then usually go right back to sleep.  I was just trying to get settled when I felt the bed moving.  I thought my wife was stirring but then I heard the blinds rattling against the window.  As if someone were rocking them.  I looked at my wife and she was sound asleep and the bed was still moving.  This went on for 10 seconds or so and then stopped.

It was an earthquake.  I immediately recalled the last earthquake I had felt.  You see earthquakes are rare in my part of California.  When we feel them, it’s because a strong one has struck elsewhere.  The last one we felt was the Loma Prieta earthquake which was a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale.  This one felt similar so I estimated it was at least a 6.0 earthquake… somewhere.  I thought it was going to be in the San Francisco Bay Area but it turned out to be in Tonopah Nevada, and it was magnitude 6.5.

Interesting.  Tonopah has certainly had some seismic activity over the years but not much.  When the ground moves near Tonopah it’s usually due to the bombing range just to the south of Tonopah at the Tonopah Test Range.  The area is pockmarked with bomb craters.  Including some really big ones caused by ground subsidence from underground nuclear bomb tests.  It’s interesting to note that a hydrogen bomb detonated underground will cause Richter scale readings in the 6.0-7.1 range.  A recent North Korean earthquake was the result of a nuclear test.   These tests can be detected all over the earth since they make the earth’s crust ring like a bell.

I just find the timing of the “earthquake” highly suspect.  The US imposes trade tariffs.  China’s economy starts to collapse.  China somehow becomes the source of a strange new virus.  Now the rest of the world’s economy is in shambles levelling the playing field for China.  Now we have an “earthquake” which can be detected all over the world in a place that is known for testing nuclear bombs.  If you look at the location it’s a perfect place to test one.  Could it be our government sending a message to the world?  If you don’t abide by our treaties then neither will we?

Or it could have been just an earthquake.

The Last Free Generation

I remember when I was younger hearing my father talk about his youth and how we had lost a lot of the freedoms in this country that he enjoyed as a boy.  At the time I couldn’t figure out what he meant.  After all, I was free.  I could go where I wanted, do what I wanted when I wanted to do it.

Until now…

Now, in the name of safety, we are prevented from going where we want, doing what we want when we want to do it.  Now, I know there are people at risk when they catch any disease and this current one is extremely contagious.  I do truly get it.  I work in a hospital.  I see the patients, I see the anxious loved ones who wait outside to talk to them on a video phone.  It is scary.  I get it.  I even have an 87 year old battling cancer living in my home.  She is very much at risk.   Heck, I’ve had pneumonia twice and could easily have died both times, I’m at risk.

And so now, to save people our government is forcing businesses to close and people to stay in their homes.  We can’t get haircuts or go out to dinner or go play golf.  However, those in positions of power are able to get haircuts, go out to dinner, and play golf.  Again, this was all done in the name of our “safety.”  But I fear they’ve had a taste, and they like what they tasted.  A population completely reliant on government.

And the media, once the champion of dissent in this country, is helping them.  All videos presenting differing viewpoints have been taken down as the Google fact-checkers have determined that these differing opinions do not represent “good science.”  A codeword meaning “agrees with the narrative”.  The fact-checkers themselves are not scientists and so aren’t qualified to decide what good science is.  Instead, they check the video for the proper political alignment.  If they don’t further the narrative of a particular political party, they are removed.  This goes for both Google and Facebook.

You are free to agree with them, but you are not free to disagree.  In fact, within my children’s life time I would not be at all surprised to see most freedoms removed in the name of safety.  They finally found an “in”.  A way to slide into socialism and have everyone cheer about it.   Americans don’t want freedom anymore, they want safety.  And that’s just sad.

And The Truth Will Set Us Free

It seems that WHO and CDC among others are fanning the flames of this current COVID-19 crisis.  The numbers are not what we were led to believe.  The current pandemic may actually be the second wave, not the first wave of infections.  The actual infection rate of COVID-19 is much higher than previously thought.  Which means the death rate is much lower than has been reported.

Here is a video from a doctor telling the full story…

Shelter In Place

Our city, county, and state have been under a shelter in place order due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past three weeks but it seems much longer.  All non-essential businesses have been ordered to shut down.  This includes restaurants, beauty salons and supply stores, barbers, retail, and others.  Grocery stores, including convenience and liquor stores are still open.   City, county, and state parks are closed.  Churches are closed.  For the first time in our nation’s history, Christians will not be celebrating Resurrection Day (Easter) together at church.  It’s history being made.

I feel almost ashamed to admit that I haven’t been affected much by it as I have been deemed an “essential worker” due to my employment at the hospital.  In fact, other than a slight toilet paper scare, life has been somewhat easier for me.  There are far fewer people on the road making traffic conditions really light.  In fact, it is 1:30pm as I write this and there traffic overlay on Google looks absolutely surreal.  More history being made.

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I’ve noticed other “benefits” of the stay at home order; people walking more, bicycling, especially families.  They can’t go see their friends so they have been forced to spend time together.  I think that’s a pretty good thing.  I feel really bad for the folks that have been laid off, or lost their jobs because of this pandemic.  But I can’ help feeling that when we come out of this on the other side, they will get new and better jobs if they don’t get their old job back.  It’s what happened to me last time I got laid off.

For now I will just keep reporting to work at the hospital, wear my mask and gloves when I go out of my office, and clean up real good when I return.  I have been trying to limit my interaction with doctors and nurses who tend to COVID patients.  I have an elderly mother-in-law living at home with me.  I don’t want to bring anything home to her.  However, I can’t avoid all interaction with the doctors and nurses so I just do my best to clean up afterward.

History is seldom fun when you are living it.  This year will go down in the history books for sure.  I hope China’s role is remembered well and remember correctly.  But we’ll all be able to say, “I was there during the great pandemic of 2020”.  Hopefully we’ll all be able to say “I survived”.   My prayer for everyone.

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RV Contingency Plans

I’m an avid follower of RV Life blogs, and vlogs on YouTube.  I’m dreaming of the day I can travel full time.  With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic though, I’m seeing a lot of RV’ers getting stranded with no place to go.  They are understandably upset about campgrounds being shut down, public lands being closed to camping, etc.  Mostly back in the eastern USA at this point.  They are now scrambling for places to stay.  I saw one RV’er complaining about people who have homes taking RV trips.  “Uh, you could always buy a home and have a place to go back to”, I reminded him.  He gave me a flip answer about why should he own two homes.  Well that’s all fine and good but don’t complain.  People with homes have every right to be out there as much as he does.

But why do I write all this?  Because so many people enter into the RV lifestyle with no backup plans, no safety nets.  Always have an out.  Always have a plan B.  Sure it cuts into the “freedom” of the RV lifestyle.  There are people out there that earn just enough on the road to pay their bills.  They don’t earn enough to save for a rainy day.  They don’t save for medical emergencies, maintenance emergencies, or living emergencies like we’re experiencing now.  The fact is, private RV parks are open and have MANY open spaces.  But this doesn’t fit into the “cheap RV living” narrative all these YouTubers are selling.

Please, Please, PLEASE!  If you’re going to live full-time on the road, make sure you are completely ready.  Make sure you have a slush fund to deal with emergencies.  The best and most realistic discussion I have seen on this comes from a YouTube channel called Chickery’s Travels.  They posted a video recently with a very honest and frank discussion about RV contingency planning.  I leave you with that.  Travel safe!

 

 

 

COVID-19 Pandemic

I thought I should write a blog post about this so that in the future, I can remember what we went through.  As of today, the statistics are:

Coronavirus Cases:

272,804
(world wide)

Deaths:

11,311

Recovered:

90,620
As of today the situation in California is that Governor Newsom has asked all residents of the state to self-quarantine.  All non-essential businesses are closed.  Restaurants serve takeout only.  Gatherings of 10 or more people are banned.  Churches have been ordered closed, however, they are streaming their services.
I am incredibly blessed to be working at hospital which is the quintessential essential business.  We will not be closing any time soon.   God has provide us with shelter, health (so far) and I am working, unlike a lot of my neighbors.  It’s a little eery not hearing traffic noise.  The slowdowns on the freeways are gone.
I have taken today off as it was scheduled far in advance.  I expect this to be the last day off I will get until this pandemic is over.  We booked the weekend at an RV resort about 3 hours away from where we live.  It’s beautiful and peaceful here.  We can use it.
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I’m incredibly grateful to God for all He has done for me.  We are praying for the world daily.  Remember to stay safe:
Wear gloves when possible
Wash your hands frequently
Clean all surfaces periodically
Clean your computer keyboard and mouse
Clean your cell phone
God’s grace and peace to you.

Don’t Panic!

Whether your hitchhiking across the universe or just trying to go to the grocery store, don’t panic!

Wash your hands.

Don’t cough at other people.

Keep some distance from strangers.

Stay home if you’re sick.

Good things to do at any time.  Not just now that the disease du jour is making it’s way across the world.

Leap Day 2020

We get a bonus day this year.  Today, February 29th if you’re using the Gregorian calendar.  A day that only comes every 4 years.  Which if you don’t know is due to the orbit of the earth taking 364.25 days to orbit the earth so every 4 years we have to have a makeup day to make our calendar work right.  Anywho, it got me thinking about what my life situation was like on the last leap day.

For starters I had just come up with the notion of living full time in an RV.  To further that end I had just sold my airplane and took up flying powered-paragliders.  Cristy and I were looking at RV and had decided on the Solitude 384GK.  I had also changed the look of my blog to what you see today.  What I didn’t know yet was that in a few short months I was going to be told I was being laid off.  Again.

Then a whole lot of life happened and brought us to today.  It’s amazing how many things actually happened between last leap day and today.  Some are too depressing to go into.  Some are too private.  One thing that has stayed the same is our faith in a loving, gracious God.  I hinted at that faith in the “I was being laid off” link above.  We had so many questions but we knew God would take care of us.  And He did.

With all the life that happened between then and now it makes me wonder what’s going to happen in the next four years.  A few predictions:

  • Angela moves out.
  • Angela becomes engaged.
  • My boss gets a promotion.
  • I get a promotion.
  • Cristy has to deal with the loss of her mother.
  • We begin fixing up our home in preparation to sell it.
  • I have a new truck.

Those are just a few.  I wonder how wrong I’ll be?  It doesn’t matter if I’m right or wrong, we’ll still have God in charge of our destiny and that suits me just fine.

So how did we celebrate Leap day?  Just enjoyed the beautiful valley that we live by going out for a walk in the near by town of Ripon.  Now get out and enjoy the day the Lord has made!

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