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As usual, knowing that I have things that I want to do today, my brain decided to screw my sleep last night. ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Strangely enough, even after getting only three hours of sleep this morning, I actually woke up without much pain and feeling pretty good. ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Perhaps it was a positive product of not being in pain when I went toย sleep as well… and the early rising was likely due to my subconscious thoughts being all “BLARGHARRGGH STUFF TO DO TOMORROW ARGGHHBLAHH” thanks to the plans floating around in my head.

I’m not mad though… I mean, there’s not much I can do about it anyway. ๐Ÿคจ I’m not even feeling stressed, so I don’t know why my brain decided to cut my sleep short, but I’m actually glad that it did. Because, first,ย I plan to spend all of this morning and some of the afternoon just being lazy, while also working on some bills – and second, it should work wonders for getting me on the right schedule for my upcoming appointment with my neck doctor. โ˜บ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป I’m sure I’d feel differently if I hadn’t been gifted this inexplicable yet reasonably good mood upon opening my eyes.

While I’ve been sitting here at the laptop, I used the time to download several different RTL-SDR programs for use with the NESDR SMArt USB tuner that arrived the other day. ๐Ÿค“ I’m still amazed that it, along with a handful of antennas, only sets a buyer back twenty-five bucks shipped. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ The build on this thing feels solid, too… with them having spent the extra money to put these things into brushed aluminumย housingsย rather than using cheap plastic. The drivers installed without issue when I plugged it up to the laptop, so as soon as I’ve got an hour or so of uninterrupted time ahead of me I’m gonna start figuring out what all she can do. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Now, if I was smart I would use this extra “awake time” to stop by my doctor’s office and make an appointment regarding my thyroid. But, at least for today, I’m not claiming to be smart. ๐Ÿ˜” I’m already planning to stop by and see Mom and Dad late in the afternoon, and I don’t really wanna drop the “unknown” of scheduling an appointment to find out what’s wrong. ๐Ÿค• I know, making an appointment todayย wouldn’t mean I’d be seen any sooner than in a couple of weeks, but I’d rather just not plop it in with today’s events – especially when I’m feeling better than average at the moment. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Okay, I better get my ass off of here and get busy chilling. (And bills. Don’t forget the bills. ๐Ÿ˜)

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I Vaguely Remember Hobbies

Accidentally allowed myself to feel a little too good yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜ As a result I spent a good chunk of the afternoon and evening talking at length with Jim, Amy, Genesee, Ric… and here it is almost 7am the next day and I’m still wide awake. ๐Ÿ˜’ Not a big deal, I guess, since I already dealt with the pressing phone calls yesterday. I suppose I’ll just see how long I can stay up, take a nap for a couple of hours, and then hopefully get myself back onto a normal sleep schedule tonight. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ If not… meh.

I ran into Ric (online) as I was watching the Logan Police Department’s live stream. We were catching up with each others’ hobbies, or lack thereof, when he asked me if I had looked into software based radio devices. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค“ I remember Dad talking about being able to buy cards or external devices for amateur radio use, which could be controlled by a GUI on a PC… but I realized that I never looked into it any further than that.

Well, I guess the current “big thing” is police scanners that operate in that same fashion. A few years ago, when many of the LEOs and EMTs started going to trunked or digital systems, the only real games in town were Radio Shack or Uniden police scanners that could easily run in the $300 to $400 range. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ But as Hong Kong has a habit of doing, there are now $25 devices (USB? Other?) that you can hook up to a PC that can do the same thing as those scanners (and more) once you find the appropriate software. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

So yeah, that definitely perked my ears… and after I get some rest today I’ll probably get back on the laptop and start doing a little research on those things. The info comes at just the right time too, as my portable scanner is starting to show its age. I’ll update further if I end up pulling the trigger.