Wednesday, August 29, 2018

'Socket' to me......

7:05 am - Wednesday - August 29th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 70º F, 85% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the west.  I highlight the date in red as it has significance.  On this date, 47 years ago, The Lovely Elaine said "I do" in answer to the question put forth by the minister presiding at our wedding; "Do you take this man?".  I first met TLE in January of 1968 in Pasadena, CA, and have been captivated by her ever since.

August 29, 1971

It never occurred to me on that day that I would ever be without her at my side for the rest of my life. Exactly three hundred and sixty-seven days later our first child, Christopher, would be born, meaning he will be 46 years old two days from today. It doesn't seem that long ago that I was 46.....okay, enough reminiscing for now!

Thank goodness Tuesday only got to 78º degrees is seven degrees, and there is something psychologically pleasing about it being in the 70's, and not the 80's.  The humidity on Monday was only 52%, which mitigated to some degree the temperature.  Even though it only got to 78º on Tuesday, the humidity was about 20 percentage points higher making it 'feel' like it was in the high 80's.

When it gets that warm I really don't feel like doing much except, maybe, reorganzing my metric and SAE  (Society of Automotive Engineers....referring to sockets measured in inches, not in metric units, or millimeters) sockets (used with socket wrenches), torque drivers, Phillips and flathead drivers, etc.  I have to stop here and comment on the term 'SAE'.....I have used that term forever, but never knew what it meant, or for what the letters stood.  After almost 69 years I finally looked it up.  Here is the definition of SAE: 

"SAE stands for the Society of Automotive Engineers and refers in this case to tools whose size is marked and aligned with fractions of an inch, eg. 3/8". This is as opposed to metric tools which are measured in millimeters."

I knew that is what it referred to, but never took the time to find out what it actually meant.  At any rate, I have acquired a lot of metric and SAE sockets over the years and they are scattered all over the trailer in various containers, which take up precious space, as well as make it hard to find that for which I am looking.  I decided I needed to consolidate them to make sure I have all the sizes I need, keep the ones in the best shape, and get rid of the rest, or at least store them in a way that doesn't take up as much space......

 These are the ones I use on a regular basis



......I took my time, and after a couple of hours I had winnowed the field down to a manageable number.  TLE provided a couple of extra food containers for the 'Backups' and 'XTRAS'.  These two containers take up about one third the space the other more formal, factory issued containers occupied.

By the time I finished is was 11:30 am, and time to turn on the A/C.  It was more to dry out the inside air, than to cool it, so we set the thermostat on a setting that caused the A/C to cycle on and off frequently.....just enough to keep the air dry, and slightly cooler.

We both spent most of the afternoon reading, but eventually ventured out around 4 pm to make a quick shopping run to the local Southwest Food Mart to pick up a few things, including a very nice ahi steak for me to grill later around 6 pm.  The ahi steak ended up being my best effort ever.  I left it on the Sea-B-Que for exactly 8 minutes and it came out just rare enough in the middle to be deliciously perfect!  So perfect, that I am still thinking about it as I write.

We watched a couple of recorded TV episodes ('Elementary' and 'So You Think You Can Dance') and then 'Deadliest Catch' when it was aired at 9 pm (6 pm Pacific Coast Time) and were in bed a little after 10 pm.  It was still 82º F in the bedroom, so sleeping on top the covers was in order.  The temp finally 'plunged' to 78º F around 3's going to be a warm anniversary day!

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