We Got Some Good News

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082016
 

The comfortable temperatures of mid to upper 70s that we’ve been enjoying for the last week or so in Elkhart have gone away and for the last two days it’s been in the upper 80s. And it looks like we will be in the mid to upper 80s for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, the basement air conditioner in our Winnebago motorhome works great. Even on the hottest days, you could hang meat in here.



I guess the caption for this picture could be, if you don’t pay your trash bill they bring it back to you. That’s not what really happened, of course. Yesterday the trash company came to empty the dumpsters here at Elkhart Campground and there was a new driver. I don’t know what exactly went wrong, but when he lifted the dumpster up, instead of the trash going into the truck it landed on top of the truck, on the roof of the cab, and all over on the ground. What a mess!

trash truck

The driver fooled around with it for a while, eventually getting most of it back into the dumpster and then drove away, with what was still on top falling off as he went. I went outside and picked up most of what was still there and threw it away, then called Gita in the office and told her she needed to call the trash company and tell them to come back, because the dumpster was still more than half full. A short time later a truck returned with a different driver to finish the job.



I’m glad I’m not a trash truck driver because my job is a lot more fun. One of the things I get to do is to try out new gadgets and tell our readers about them. Some are pretty cool and some are duds, but they are all fun to experiment with.

Yesterday I spent some time trying out the Chromecast, which is a media streaming device that you plug into an HDMI port on your TV. As it was explained to me, it would allow me to show things that were on my computer on my TV, such as Word files and photographs, as well as being able to watch television shows, movies, YouTube videos, etc. My buddy Greg White does this by running an HDMI cable from his computer to his TV, but I really did not want that cable just hanging around waiting for me to get tangled up in when I’m coming and going out the motorhome’s door.

Chromecast

But as it turns out, it’s not quite that simple. Yes, you can show movies and videos and such from your smart phone or tablet or laptop computer on the television using the Chromecast, but you are dependent on your Internet connection, which can often be marginal for things like that. And I couldn’t figure out any way to make it work with my desktop computer, where the files and photos I might want to share are located. So even though it only cost $35, to me this is a dud for our needs. If you like streaming videos, Netflix, etc., are willing to pay the monthly subscription fees, and have real fast Internet available, your mileage may differ.

While the Chromecast didn’t do it for us, the good medical report I got from my most recent tests put a smile on our faces. My LDL cholesterol level has dropped from 146 to 64, and my A1C (blood sugar level) dropped from 7.1 down to 6.1. At least a part of that is because I have not had a soda since I was hospitalized last November. Before that I was drinking about four of them a day and had been for years. Now if I could get my weight down like everything else, I’d be a happy camper.

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  6 Responses to “We Got Some Good News”

  1. Good news on your excellent blood work numbers. The weight is always the hardest part.

    I’ve never used the Chromecast gadget, but I do have the Roku 3. On that to play movies, photos, etc. from my computer to the TV a certain channel has to be in the Roku lineup and then a matching program has to be installed on the computer. The program on the computer needs to be started and then using the Roku channel to access movies or whatever can be viewed. And yes, it works through the router & Internet connection. I suspect the Chromecast probably works in a similar way. It’s all kind of convoluted if you ask me. Greg’s way is probably a lot simpler, only I would want a wireless mouse & keyboard so I could set the laptop on top of the entertainment center, plug in a shorter HDMI cable so it doesn’t have to run across the room & trip me up while still allowing me to control the computer.

    I have a question for you. Your books are quite popular at the library where I am Director but aren’t available on the OverDrive e-book lending site. I asked the woman in charge of ordering books for our consortium and she told me they can’t get them because they are self-published and Amazon does not make those books available for sale to OverDrive. Is there some way to change that? Maybe with your permission or something?

  2. Linda, I will send you an e-mail

  3. Nick forgot to tell you that his buddy Greg White told him it probably wouldn’t work to start with.

    And my HDMI cable that runs from the computer to the TV is routed behind the trim around the top of the coach.

    I guess maybe Nick could manage to trip over it up there, but Jan and I don’t have a problem.

    Nick’s buddy Greg White

  4. Great job on the cholesterol & A1c numbers, I do well with the first one but A1c is always a struggle for me. Keep it up & the weight will start to disappear.

  5. Wonderful news on your numbers! I won’t lecture you about the merits of a vegan diet. There is an excellent movie, Forks over Knives that was an eye opener for me.available on Netflix

    I’ve been working on improving my cholesterol numbers, BP and blood sugar for several years and thus far no meds!

    Keep up the good work!

  6. Good for you, Nick in your good report!! We see the doc Monday…and we know it won’t be the best report…argh, tis tough getting older!! Oh well…we are walking most days at least 2 miles…UP hill and down in these parts…hope it does some good at least.

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