Countertops in the house

Last week the new house got the kitchen counters installed, and the shower in the master bath got tiled. Some parts of the house also got the vinyl flooring put in.

Yesterday the tile backsplash got put on the wall, and it looks like some outlets were installed too.

Tile backsplash in the kitchen
Tile backsplash in the kitchen

More progress!

Lowcountry Dog Park Tour: Hazel Parker dog park 2016

It’s been just over 7 years since my first visit to this little dog park on the Charleston peninsula and I thought it was time to pay it another visit.

The shape of the dog park hasn’t changed, but some trees now line one side of the park giving some welcome shade during sunny days.

If you’re downtown, this is a nice little dog park to visit with. When the pups are sufficiently worn out, take go walking around and explore downtown.

Lowcountry Dog Park Tour: Mixson Avenue Dog Park

This is a small-ish dog park located near the Danny Jones Recreation Center in Exchange Park, North Charleston. It’s pretty easy to drive by the dog park and not even notice it’s a dog park.

The dog park is fenced, but not with a very tall fence and the upper half of the fence has gaps large enough for balls to go right through them. You’ll want to be careful throwing balls for your dog here.

There are a few agility type obstacles here that might provide some entertainment for dogs. Mine just ignore them.

A few benches around the sides of the park provide spots for people to sit, and trees along one side of the park provide some shade in the afternoon.

One significant feature missing from the dog park is a source of water. There were some parts from one of those 2 gallon water bowl dispenser type things, but they were empty and scattered around. You’ll want to bring your own water and maybe a bowl if you’re going to more than an hour here.

Here’s a Google Map for the dog park.

New car

Purchased a new-to-us used car a few days ago. We were originally looking at a 2014 Camry that had fairly low miles, but unfortunately it had been sold by the time we made the trip to the dealership to look at it.

We expanded our search criteria and ended up finding a 2014 Chevy Cruze with about 40k miles on it in really good condition and for a pretty good price.

For a very brief period, we were a three car household.

That didn’t last too long and we were able to sell the Camry and get back down to two cars.

The Cruze drives pretty well, has a lot of fancy new computer-y features that the Camry didn’t have. Being a newer car, there’s a lot more monitoring information available (tire pressure, gallons of fuel used, fuel efficiency, etc) that wasn’t around when the Camry was new.

The Aux input for the sound system is nice and I can play the podcasts I’ve been accumulating on my phone through the car speakers.

I think we managed to find a pretty decent car that I hope we’ll be able to hang on to for a long time.

Fedora + Corsair K70 quirks

This will be an ongoing post of some of the quirks I run into using this new keyboard with Fedora.

  1. Turning the backlight LEDs off seems to behave like pressing F5. If I turn the LEDs off when a browser window is active, the browser ends up doing a refresh.
  2. Trying to assign keyboard shortcuts in Gnome Settings/Keyboard, I can’t seem to get it to do any key combinations with the Super/Windows key. Not sure if I’m just missing something or what.
  3. Interestingly enough, KDE recognizes the Super/Windows key as Meta.