With Wings As Eagles: Craig P. Steffen's Blog

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2016 December 14 08:40

It's been a long fall. And November was very rocky, for various reasons. Oy. Mostly the election. Double-oy. I frankly still have an emotional hangover from that, five weeks later. But trying to put the pieces back together, I guess I'm also trying to resume normal life.

So last time I was blogging about the past, I was back up through April 4, 2015, roughly. We continue the narrative from there. I bought a new phone then, so photos since are from my current phone, the Droid Maxx, which I got because it has MUCH better battery life than the LGE.

Here's Pangur reviewing the Verizon bag my phone came home in:

and the other cats editorializing what they think of all of this:

I was still working on commissioning the front stoop/porch. The gate didn't close well with two hinges, so I added a third spring hinge in the middle.

And finally, my mother's mother, who had been in declining health for years, died in such a way that we had a time window to go to the funeral. My wife and I flew to Omaha and then rented a car to drive up to South Dakota for the funeral.

In all my travelling for work starting in 1994 through now, twice I've randomly received a cheap rental car upgrade to any car on the lot. Once in 2010 when I was in Minnesota to get my instrument rating, and the other was trip I took in March of 2015 to California via Minnesota. I was all prepared to get compact sedan, but she wanted to get a fun car too, so we got a Dodge Challenger:

The drive up was along Interstate I-29 along with Missouri river valley, which has an 80 mph speed limit. We spent the time driving 85:

What was amazing was we got almost 30 mpg. The engine was only turning 1800 rpm:

It had Sirius Satellite Radio. Of course, this was on:

Not much of an entry, but I wanted to get back into it. That takes us through April 12, 2015.