When I first started IT Consulting in August 1999 I encouraged clients to keep dynamic content on websites to drive traffic. I tried to follow my own advice by writing daily journal entries until 2002. Over time my "blog" entries became less frequent collection of thoughts while traveling as an SAP Consultant, but with the 2020 travel halt, I may start bringing more content back here.
Austin or San Antonio airport? - I happen to live the same distance from both, and have flown probably 500 flights out of these 2 airports in the last 10 years. It’s nice to have 2 airports to choose from, and pick the one that has the better schedule and/or price.
I used to have a preference for San Antonio because you can walk right in from the covered intermediate parking garage, and having 2 separate terminals gave it less of a “big airport” feel while still serving the same destinations.
Austin just completed a nice new daily/intermediate parking garage, so both airports have that perk now, plus AUS rental car facilities are on site vs the off site shuttle ride for SAT.
Over the last 10 years AUS has built up a lot more destinations and increased frequency of flights - it used to be not such a difference from SAT. SAT also used to be generally cheaper, but because of the expansion at AUS with new carriers the competition has really driven down prices as they jockey for certain routes.
Based on price and schedule I usually fly out of AUS now. Also, the fuller flight schedule is an advantage if you encounter delays or cancellations, because it gives you more alternative flight options. Once my SAT morning flight got cancelled and everyone got rebooked for the next day because that was the only flight of the day.
Before Covid-19 changes, AUS was on track to be like the best airport ever. I loved the direct flight to London.
Tuesday, 8th of September, 2020
Taking a morning cat walk outside
Sunday, 6th of September, 2020
Picture - My parents gave me an old computer we had that they are no longer using and it’s like a time capsule. 640MB of RAM was a lot back then!
Picture - Windows 2000 still intact
Picture - Along with AOL instant messenger and Palm Desktop...
Friday, 4th of September, 2020
Youtube Video - Almost home - bypassing downtown Dallas and taking the path of least resistance on a Friday evening to get from US-75 south to US-67, zooming right through 97 miles of DFW:
President George Bush Turnpike to I-30 west to Chisholm Trail Parkway
Thursday, 3rd of September, 2020
Youtube Video - Now coming back westbound on I-70 into St. Louis, and onto highway 40. Afternoon traffic is not too bad these days.
Wednesday, 2nd of September, 2020
My first reaction to this was, what kind of shop changes the oil with the motor still running?
Tuesday, 1st of September, 2020
Youtube Video - Arrived after midnight at my destination for the day. The highways were pretty empty.
Youtube Video - The next leg today started off a little wet. I drove this section of highway 40 all the time when I lived in St. Louis, and I still like it. Eastbound dives to grade level below the westbound lanes. Then I-64, I-70, and I-55 all converge for the river crossing before splitting again in Illinois.
Monday, 31st of August, 2020
We set out for a 2600-mile drive this week. With things the way they are, we took the journey like masked bandits across the country. We only stopped and surfaced in obscure, non-public places. No restaurants - I packed a big cooler of food and we did a bit of picnicing. I can fit on a small piece of paper the few people we actually had any contact with in an indoor room. It's a bit of a change from how I have always traveled, but planning a different kind of trip was kind of fun in its own way too. It's been 6 months since I have left the state, so it was kind of a nice change in scenery.
Youtube Video - We took the fast track north through Fort Worth - Chisholm Trail Parkway to the I-35W express lane. A bunch of UP locomotives are still sitting in a line at the rail yard.
Saturday, 25th of July, 2020
Picture - I added RallyCross to my sons’ driver’s education course.
Friday, 17th of July, 2020
Picture - Jupiter is so bright tonight
Picture - Putting the iPhone up to the telescope, I can get a shot of the 4 big moons!
Merry Christmas! A little Christmas fiddling:
Tuesday, 10th of December, 2019
Picture - Hmm, maybe that CV axle boot is broken.
Picture - I'm not able to find any real breaks in the boots, but I might as well replace the axle since the seal at the transmission is leaking too.
Monday, 9th of December, 2019
Picture - Time to pull the engine.
Picture - I think installing the wheels on the engine hoist took longer than the actual task of pulling the engine.
Sunday, 8th of December, 2019
Picture - Tried to drive back to the second day of the race this morning, but I lost a cylinder on the way. 0 compression on cylinder 3. The 14-year-old motor gave it all, and we managed to finish the Rallycross season.
Saturday, 7th of December, 2019
Day 1 of the last Lonestar Rallycross event this year!
On the way home the rear driver's side wheel bearing started grinding really badly. I stopped by an Autozone that had a replacement in stock so I can change it before day 2 of the race!
Picture - I could only seem to get the 1/4" ratchet in behind the hub assembly, but clearly I will need to try a different way.
Picture - Oh, I see now, there is a hole in the lower control arm that is perfect for putting a 14mm socket through it to get to the brake bracket bolt. Cool!
Youtube Video - It is so broken it could be used by the Salvation Army ringers