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30th-Jun-2007 07:43 pm

Yesterday I saw the spouse off on a(nother) 2-week trip. (In the wee hours I got a call that the first step of the trip had been successful, but I wasn't awake enough to figure out how to answer the phone.)

After said departure (and before the phone call) I mowed all of the front and started on the back. Didn't get far.

The dead battery from the backup sump pump was dropped off at a recycling place today.

Mailed the "want that necklace" letter I had composed off to the "boutique" home office. We'll see.

Early afternoon I made the first pass at the back yard -- after some troubles.

I forgot the "put this in or the mower won't start" key. Got it, and it didn't fit. Finally saw what was blocking the key, but wasn't sure what to do about it. Don't know which screws give me access to that section of the mower, and the ones I thought most likely didn't budge. Finally I used a scissor blade to move the problem. *whew*

Spent about 45 minutes mowing and hauling bits of wood to the "yard waste" bin (which I have already filled again. With the new sharp blade rather than just bumping harmlessly over all this debris, it's digging into them, flinging them -- or, in the case of roots, just removing a layer or two. A few hours later (I was curious as to how long it would last and didn't plug it in) I mowed for another 15 minutes or so. Then I plugged it in for a few hours, and went out later and mowed more.

In the meantime I went hunting for the items related to my Japanese class -- I want to re-listen to my recorded classes -- to no avail. After the last mow I put the mower up, went right to where what I'd been looking for was hiding, and fetched the MP3 device that I've had charging since yesterday.

This MP3 device had discharged very quickly in recent history. I'd charged it fully, and a week and a half later wanted to use it to record class and it was dead dead dead. Most recently I charged it, and left it in my fanny pack, and a month and a half later it was down to one battery bar, but turned on. This time I removed it from my computer (USB charge -- and I can't use it while it's charging) and there were 0 bars. I wondered if that was just an artifact and it hadn't repainted the battery icon, but no -- moments later it was dead dead dead -- seconds after being removed from the charge.

I think perhaps I'll ski, imbibe heavily, and get to bed early.
2nd-Jul-2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
One of the reasons (besides laziness/inertia and ... thriftiness, yeah, that's it) I haven't replaced my old Sansa M250 mp3 player is that it uses a single AAA battery. Granted, it eats them pretty quickly, but rechargeables and an emergency supply of alkalines means that I don't have to worry about recharging.

One of these days I will buy a higher capacity rechargeable player, but I'll probably keep this one around. Its 2GB capacity is starting to seem very cramped, but it gets the job done.
2nd-Jul-2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
I haven't figured out the trick yet, but I think this one (which only charges off the USB) gets into "stuck" mode -- it thinks it's charged so it doesn't suck any more -- and if it's barely started, I'm hosed. After most of yesterday on the charger, it had 2 bars until I removed it from the computer -- then it went down to one. Brought it in to work, and when the "I'm charging" bars stopped (after an hour or two) I unplugged it and it still has 4 bars.

When the recharging works well, I prefer it to the buy-em batteries, but I will confess that I like the ability to pay money and just have it work. (Although, not all batteries were created equal -- the ones the spouse bought in the Caribbean for his GPS lasted a pathetically small amount of time.)
3rd-Jul-2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
I like the little Sansa because it has an FM tuner. I listen to NPR and a few other things with it. It's smaller than the other radio I used to use for walks and can store 2GB of mp3's as well. As much as I like the idea of an ipod holding a large percentage of my CD's, I'd still have to carry the Sansa. Yes, I know there's a plug-in unit to add FM to the ipod, but it's about the same size as the Sansa, so I'd probably not bother with it.
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