Monthly Archives: May 2013

More Lena…


Lena the Palm Squirrel hanging out outside my door.  Wouldn’t even come down for treats.  Must have been comfortable.

いつも家に来るレーナちゃん。エサをあげても取りに来なかった。くつろぎ過ぎ~。SONY DSC


Handmade Hammock Bench


Anyone that has been to my place knows, there aren’t any chairs for people to sit and relax.  The solution: a hammock bench.  Made of an old towel and cheap twine.  We’ll see how long it lasts!




Volunteer update




The last time I wrote about my volunteer activities was about 2 months ago (March 6th, here).  I wrote that, “I’m still waiting for my Helium because without it, I can’t do any analysis work.”  Well, the long wait is over!  It’s here!  It arrived a couple of weeks ago.  We hooked it up.  Started up the machine.  Analysis got underway, and everyone lived happily ever after!

Not quite.  After being idle in a hot, humid room for 5 months, one of the vacuum pumps is now not working.  Personally, I don’t think it’s a huge problem.  An oil change or venting pressure in some of the components and repriming will probably take care of the situation.  Unfortunately, Sri Lanka has a very well established system vendors and contractors which means all repairs and maintenance has to be done by them.  So, again, I wait.  Will I be able to fix it myself?  Probably.  Will they do a better job than me?  Definitely!  It’s only a matter of when they get here.