Month: October 2017

First Freeze of 2017 – 2018 Season

First Freeze of 2017-2018 season

This was a screenshot of our weather station at 7:47 this morning.  It is October 28, 2017 and the last time it was this cold was last December.  I am glad to see the cooler weather. It has been so hot for so long that it is refreshing not running the air conditioner. For the record, two days ago, we were running the air conditioner.

I would like to see some snow this winter as well. The last two winters were not good for getting any snow. We are due for a good deep snowstorm this Winter.  Maybe this cooler weather will stop the need for mowing our lawn.  Maybe some of the wasp nests will be killed off. We must be the wasp capital of the world. They are everywhere you go around here.  A couple days ago, I looked up to the top of the tower and saw eight wasps flying around it near the top.  I just thought I would share the cool weather with the rest of you.

Flying Webs

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This morning, we walked out into the backyard to enjoy the coolest morning we’ve had in a long time.  I looked up to the top of the tower to see these long webs blowing in the wind from top to bottom.  This is a zoomed up picture from the ground.  Of course it was a creepy sight so I had to grab the camera and take a few shots.  To give you an idea of the length of these things, look at the beam antenna. It is 15 feet long and these webs are much longer than it.

I did some research and found this is a normal thing called ballooning, each year where spiders build webs and migrate through the winds.  Some will get caught up in the jet stream and fly for thousands of miles.  I’ve seen a lot of spider webs all over the place lately but never really paid much attention until I saw these in such great numbers and lengths on our ham radio tower.  I put myself in great danger taking this picture directly under those birds. I did it for you, the reader. No thanks necessary.

Warren Theater in Midwest City

Warren Theater in Midwest City

Today was an exciting day as the official ground breaking for the new Warren Movie Theater in Midwest City, OK.  This new theater is about three quarters of a mile from our house. I am very excited about this as we’ve been having to drive many miles for nearly a decade to go see a movie.  This is exactly what we need in this area and is long over due.  This announcement came back in February of this year and the long silence made me a little concerned that it may not happen.  This feeling was made even stronger when Warren announced this summer they had sold all of their theaters to Regal Cinemas.  I just knew that it wasn’t going to happen at that point.

Warren Theater in Midwest City

As you can see in the second photo, there was a ceremonial ground breaking with a tent set up to protect the delicate media from getting a sun burn.

More recently we’ve heard even more exciting news on developments coming in Del City.  I will save that information for another post.  I just wanted to get the word out about this development.  I am very excited about all the development in the area. It looks like my wife and I chose the right place to move back into the city.  It seems that most of the development on the East side is happening right here.  Good times if you live in this area.  Check back later for the other news.

Completed Tower

Completed Tower 9/30/2017

My wife and I started construction of this tower, two years ago, October 11, 2015. We finally got it completed today, October 5, 2017.  At the time, I was looking on Craigslist for some tower sections to put our ham shack back up in our new house.  I stumbled on a guy that was selling some Rohn 55G tower sections so I bought five of them.  Over the next two years, we had a tower mount installed into 5.5 yards of concrete.  bought hardware, antennas, antenna rotator, cables, PVC among other things.

We finally got everything installed on September 30, 2017 except for running then cables through the PVC.  I finally finished that up today at 12:30 PM.  What an expensive, tough job this has been.  It is time to stop spending money on this for a while and prepare for Christmas now that it is October.  God has really blessed me with a wonderful wife that has been very patient and giving. My neighbors are the best as well. We want to be good neighbors but since we’ve moved into this house, we’ve torn the lawn up four times.  As you can see in this picture, it has grown back nicely.  It is time to get some rest.

New Web Site

This week, I changed my web site because of an event that happened earlier this week.  On Sunday, I received an email from Godaddy.com telling me that my page had some malware in it and that I needed to clean up the files that it listed.  Monday I was at work during my lunch, I received an email from Godaddy.com telling me that I should have received an email about some malware on my site.

I told the man that if my site was resulting in putting their company at risk, then lock it down and I would call them back when I got home from work and I would deal with it.  The man then told me they have a protection program that could help search and remove any malware or hacks that had happened to my site and that it only cost $240.00 a year.  He said that since I had been renewing my domain name in two year increments that it would only cost me $480.00 for this added protection.

That call was certainly what I needed to jar myself to make a change. I’ve had my site at http://paulmccord.net on Godaddy.com for 11 years.  Each renewal, I debated with myself if I should move to another hosting provider since Godaddy.com seemed to go up in price every time that I renewed.  I always decided to stay with them simply because my service had been very dependable prior to this phone call.

My page was paid up through 2018 but I decided to go with another provider since all I used this site for was my WordPress blog.  Even then it was only occasional.  I decided to move to WordPress.com Premium for $99.00 per year.  So far I like MOST of it but I should have done some reading before moving.

When I had my domain hosted at Godaddy.com, I used the Blogolife theme that I loved and had worked great for me.  I didn’t realize when I moved over to WordPress.com that it only had it’s own themes and you could not bring your own theme unless you subscribed to the Business account.  Unfortunately the Business account is more than twice the price of the Premium account.  Since I had purchased the Blogolife theme, and have a copy of it, I may move to another self hosted site when this year is over. We will see when the time comes.

I do not mean to bad mouth Godaddy.com because in all honesty, I’ve had great service with them for 11 years.  This call that I received was a little suspicious to me and did not give me a comfortable feeling.  As a knee jerk reaction, I decided to find another home for my site before I was kicked off Godaddy.com for having a malware site that did not come from me. Any malware that my site had, must have come from a hack, or either it was untrue to begin with.  I just didn’t feel that I was going to get a fair shake on this so I decided to move on.  That is why I registered this new domain of paulmccord.me.

While my current theme is not quite what I had before, it will get me through the next year until I can find away to get my old theme back without paying a fortune to build a business account for my personal page.