March 27, 2021: Packing the Kitchen

Saturday. Packing is heavily underway now. After the past few days seeing the living room, bar, and the girls’ room getting lots of packing this morning saw the kitchen getting packed up and this afternoon attention turned to the girls’ classroom space which eventually turned into Paul’s office.

This past week the Burger King in Geneseo, New York which is the BK that I grew up going to and was the site of one of my first jobs, was torn down. After I had left GMI in Flint, Michigan and before starting classes at MCC in Rochester I had been working at the Pizza Hut there in Geneseo as the crew chief and one day walked over to the BK next door (we shared a parking lot) to see if I could pick up some spare cashier hours on the side. They instead hired me as a regional assistant manager (like an AM but not assigned to a specific store) and I did all of my training there at the Geneseo store. So I have a lot of memories there. Plus, of course, that store must have been there from before I was born as I have no memory of it ever not being there. The store could easily be fifty years old!

It got really warm today. We were sweating in the house after having fleeces on yesterday. In the afternoon it was seventy nine in the house!

There is so much school stuff that needs to be boxed up. The old dining room that turned into the school room eventually turned into school storage and is totally full of home schooling materials. Over the years all of the different projects, books, attempts and whatnot of home schooling just collected there and has now become the densest storage in the house.

For dinner everyone was tired, so we just ordered delivery from Dominos.

I did a lot of work on MangoLassi today. The site has been horribly out of date for a long time and really needed attention. There have been all kinds of factors keeping it from getting regular updates and I am attempting to fix a lot of that and, potentially, move it to a more modern and, hopefully, much cheaper hosting option. It has been on the same Linode instance since about 2015, that’s six years without upgrading the hardware. It’s run great, but there are so many versions newer database, programming platform, operating system, and platform itself. It is time for some love and attention.

I put in many hours working on the MangoLassi updates. We went from NodeBB 1.12 all the way up to the current 1.16? We took MongoDB from 3.2 all the way to 4.4 (going through 3.4, 3.6, 4.0, and 4.2 along the way.). We updated from NodeJS 10 to 15!

Then the even bigger change. Backing everything up and migrating from CentOS 7 running on Linode to Ubuntu 20.10 running on Vultr! What a day.

We all worked very hard today. There was almost no downtime. But the vehicles are quite heavily loaded up already and there is more to go out to them in the morning. MangoLassi has been moved to the new site. The girls have made a lot of decisions about things that they are not going to keep. Paul made two donation runs today as we filled his SUV twice with stuff to donate! We have a few full bins and some furniture all going to Emily, rather than to our storage unit. It’s a crazy amount of stuff that is done. The kitchen is so empty that it is nearly useless other than the food in it. Everything has been packed.

I leave for Atlanta the day after tomorrow (late on Monday) and will be gone pretty much the whole week. They think that they can get the rest of the house painted and enough packing done that I will have to do another run to Houston to the storage unit next weekend.

TakeFlight Grand Tour 2 Ep 6: Crete, Greece – Beach Drinking, Cretan Folk Dancing, and a Green Huntsman Spider

Episode six of the footage that we shot while in Greece with Emily and Madeline Grice last summer is now up on YouTube. This is shot on June 22, 2019 on Kolatsos Beach at the ALmy Hotel, and then that night at the folk dancing demonstration at the Cretan Corner and then in our AirBnB house in Aptera on the Greek Island of Crete.

TakeFlight Grand Tour 2 Ep 5: Crete, Greece – Knossos & Psychro Cave (Cave of Zeus)

In the fifth installment of TakeFlight’s Grand Tour of Europe 2, we go back to the Ruins of Knossos where Dominica, Liesl, Luciana, and I visited in 2016, to tour it again with Madeline and Emily. It was hot and busy so we did not stay too long. Since we had driven to the east side of the island, we took the time to drive south into the mountains to visit the legendary cave of Zeus as well, officially known as the Psychro Cave.

TakeFlight Grand Tour 2 Ep 4: Crete, Greece – Ancient Aptera & Glyka Nera Beach

In our fourth episode we start off with Dominica, Emily, Madeline and I going to the nearby ruins of ancient Aptera to learn about the Minoan civilization that was there as well as later Greek and Roman and even Ottoman settlements. The girls discover their first amphitheater, as well.

Then the next morning, Emily, Madeline and I drive all of the way south across the island to the almost inaccessible Glyka Nera, or sweet-water, beach where ice and snow melting high in the White Mountains turns into an underground river and bubbles up through the rocks on the beach to flow into the Libyan Sea. We had quite the adventure as the girls had never done a real hike before and were not very prepared for the terrain or the exposure in the hot Greek summer.

TakeFlight Grand Tour 2 Ep 3: Crete, Greece – Heraklion, Aptera, Chania & Palaiochora

After being in Athens and Santorini, we bring the girls to the island of Crete where Dominica and I (and Liesl and Luciana) lived in 2016 and loved so much. We arrive first in the capital of Heraklion and then travel to our rental home in Aptera and we visit the city of Chania (Xania) and go south to the village of Palaiochora to hit our first beach on Crete.