Day 58, Repair Café

The play was well done, lots of clever stagecraft, complicated blocking and dance routines, all very skillfully done. The lead part, Shakespeare, was very well played. I like the female lead less well. Whatever.

Sunday, 1/27/2019

For the first time in a long time, I stayed home on a Sunday morning, breakfasting on a meal replacement shake. I don’t mean to establish a new pattern. It was that I needed to leave by 10am to attend the Repair Café. I enjoy these events in part because I like fixing things, and in part because as a “fixer” I am also a “mentor” of some college student “apprentice”. My apprentice this time was a pleasant young woman named Leela who has a Master’s in electrical engineering but felt she lacked hands-on experience. She was eager to get those hands on, so I mostly just stood back and advised. She had never soldered before, and one fix involved soldering some wires that had broken off a battery holder. I showed her one joint before handing it over to her. She was delighted with the way solder melts then instantly freezes when you take the iron away.

During our lunch break, Leela mentioned how her mother was a seamstress, and she’d like to do sewing herself, but didn’t have a sewing machine. I said, you want one? And ended up giving her Marian’s. Nobody else I had asked was interested; I was planning to give it to Goodwill. Leela was very grateful and I’m sure she will put it to good use.

In the evening I caught up on some of the TV that has been stacking up on the DVR. In particular I wanted to watch the US Skating Championship, where the Ladies competition was won by a new phenom, 13-year-old Alyssa Liu. This is a show I would have watched with Marian, and she would have been delighted to see a new skating star emerge.


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