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25 June 2017 @ 07:59 am
Headlights finally  
I want to say Late HAPPY BIRTHDAY to shanglong87. I and many others left you this wish on your DA. I hope you had a great day and that you did and got lots of cool things.

Yesterday was quite the busy day. I got nearly all the plants outside but three. So all the nepenthes, hoyas and ceropegia are out finally. Just three pots to go. Oh gosh speaking of pots there's an annoying problem I have now. You guys know I had found a great source to order hanging baskets with hooks from a few years ago. But the original hooks got brittle in the sun. The new ones are stupidly shorter so when you latch them to the pots you can't get them off once they are on. I HATE this. Why would they go and change a design that worked so well? I noticed some of the hangers had spirals. They still work and are by a different company called Teku. Unfortunately you can't order from them. I looked. I think you can only buy huge orders by the truck load. I hate places like that. I want only 20 at most. There are some pretty ones on Ebay but they are only over seas in Australia and they don't ship to the US. I like the Teku hangers because they come in colors other than white and dark green. So what I had to do was go to Walmart and buy hanging baskets of plants I don't even want just to get the pots and hangers. I think I will buy two per month and slowly build up my inventory. Sucks I have to do it this way as I can't order them from anywhere.

And the second headlight finally arrived yesterday. They are wonderful. I took some footage and need to put a video together now. I was able to install them myself and unlike the cheap Chinese ones I got last time I can tell right away when I turned them on these are super high quality. The light is white not blue and I can tell I won't be blinding other drivers with these. I have yet to test them at night but I think they'll do great. And they look more like eyes so they look amazing on the Gladiator Grille. I'm proud of myself for having installed them pretty much on my own too. Getting the old headlights off was hard because they were stuck. And these went on easily. I had to use an adaptor because the plugs aren't the same and also because it's an antiflicker housing as Jeeps have problems with LED lights.

Ok so here are some pics. I'm going to copy the descriptions I put on DA.




These are the new soaps. This was at a Walgreens in North Carolina. I went with :iconactipton80: and we were thrilled to see all these new colors and scents as opposed to the normal white and pink that's been around for ages. As you see I bought the green cucumber one on the way up. When I came back south I bought one of each and we had fun opening them and smelling them. The pear had the best color, aqua, but terrible scent. I don't care for pears. The orange had the best scent to me after the cucumber. I need to take pics of all the colors out of their boxes. These have finally hit the shelves in Florida. I had not seen them in any other state but NC and we just got them here as well as all these scents for body wash and deodorant. I don't know I just found it so amusing. I'm easily amused and things like this make me happy.



Was screwing around on my tablet's Art Flow. I think that's the name of the program. I'm not used to doing 100% digital and was drawing this on the screen. It's not finished. Don't know if it will be but I might draw it on paper and do it my usual way in photoshop since I like his pose and expression.





I visited CVersailles in Montreal and we were thrilled we had the same camera. How did that happen? Canon Powershot SX60 HS.



I was driving and :icongamma-wings: took this photo not far from my hotel in Ottawa. We like cars that look like they belong in a gangster movie.



My Jeep parked outside my window and door at Rideau Heights Inn Ottawa. As those of you that read my LJ know I had to start parking away from my door because my Jeep was causing conventions to gather. People were sitting on my window sill and talking about my Jeep. I was getting so pissed and hadn't realized why this was happening. It happened in NY too. I really had not clue. I kept wondering why they didn't congregate somewhere else as there were so many other doors to stand in front of. Why mine? My Jeep is a celebrity and I just don't think like one. I'm still a total introvert. I finally realized when I was getting ready to leave one morning and an Asian family of at least 7 people were standing by my door, in the street and all around. Sigh. But they were all happy and then I figured it out. Yes I know it will be worse once I turn him into Jurassic Park. Haha. The reason I parked next to my door at hotels was so I can keep an eye on my car if someone got closed and tried anything funny. Guess that plan backfired.



I loved this quaint hotel in Ottawa. Was worth the price of all the days I stayed there. If I return I will stay here again. I'm glad I didn't stay at the one by the airport.



This was the worst hotel I stayed in but it was nice to have my Jeep right there. But this is when I noticed people starting to congregate around him and I had no idea why. Get off my window people!



I had to look up this plant. They were everywhere by the river in NY state. I love them. So beautiful. Found out they are an introduced species from Europe brought here about 200 years ago. I'm glad of that.



I had chosen the one hotel because of this lovely river. The place sucked but I was happy with the amazing scenary.



I LOVE hooking up my computer to TV's in hotels and seeing my art so huge. This looked amazing and the photo doesn't do it justice. I don't know why it came out so bad. This was the Aloft in Winchester VA. They are very techy and even had a custom box where you could hook up your electronics and hdmi cables to make things easy. No other place has done that.


So I'm almost recovered from my trip. I had a good time and I'm already making plans for the next one which will be to visit actipton80 in NC again to go see the Eclipse in Aug. Chris is coming too so I'm trying to work out the schedule. We'll probably need a week.
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actipton80actipton80 on June 25th, 2017 12:21 pm (UTC)
Good you got the new headlights in.

I love seeing your pics from the other parts of your trip. That river with the wild flowers is so pretty.

I may be going away from Tuesday to Friday. I haven't booked it yet.
Des: Mr. Burns  Coffeeethagirion on June 25th, 2017 01:00 pm (UTC)
They look really nice. I'm very happy with them.

Thanks. I have a lot more to post still.

Ok. I will note you the itinerary I have come up with and you can let me know if it needs to be adjusted.
rollertroller: Master Fiendish Grinrollertroller on June 25th, 2017 05:47 pm (UTC)
I also placed my comment saying happy birthday to shanglong87 as well.
Nice to know you have been sorting out the plants, though that's irritating to hear about not being able to get the new hooks off the pots when placed as well as having to order the ones needed from a long distance away and having to buy hanging baskets from Wallmart.
Congratulations for getting the other headlight though, it's nice to hear they don't have such problems with the lighting and I look forward to seeing your jeep with them when you post the video.
The photos you have here are nice. I don't think Paris has that many different colors or scents of Dove soaps either aside from white, I don't think I even saw any pink ones either. It's neat that you and CVersailles have the same camera and your hotel room in Ottawa looks very nice.
Hope you fully recover and I look forward to hearing about your next trip.

Edited at 2017-06-25 05:49 pm (UTC)
Desthagirion on June 26th, 2017 11:03 am (UTC)
That's good. I saw that one.
Yeah I'm glad those chores are mostly done. Yes I will post the video about the headlights soon.

Yeah these new colors just came out. That one store was the only place I had seen them. It was so funny she had the same camera. I loved that. I think I am back to normal now finally.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on June 26th, 2017 10:17 am (UTC)
I'm so proud of you for putting your headlights in yourself!

I'm wondering if those flowers are stocks?

And when you put your art up on the screen it looks like a picture on the wall! A really good one, too.

Oh, and that sucks about the hooks.
Desthagirion on June 26th, 2017 11:05 am (UTC)
Thanks. The hardest part was getting the old ones off. They were stuck.
Not sure.
Thanks. I hadn't thought of it that way.
Yeah it's an annoying problem as I need new ones for many of the pots.
kabuldurkabuldur on June 26th, 2017 11:09 am (UTC)
It's surprising that they were stuck seeing as they had been so recently been taken out.

That really is an annoying problem!
shanglong87: It's me Guy!!!!shanglong87 on June 26th, 2017 11:27 am (UTC)
Finally i feel a lot better i can properly comment. First: thank you so much for the birthday wishes. You were too kind! *hugs*
I took a look at my DA profile, i thank all my friends for such lovely wishes and virtual cakes. After that annoying incident i will wait before virtually eat them XD. Heheheheh

Those soapes were really lovely, i like them and after cucumber-scented one i would have opted for orange-scented soap. I didn't know there is such diversity in Dove soaps. Thank you for the advices i will keep in mind if i ever see them. I will try them if i find them.

I like this Scary Fear's draw with your Art Flow program. After changing hard disk drive i had to re-download GIMP so i can continue with my digital paintings. Now i am starting with simple subjects. I called these experiments Ex-Acta, you can find fist draw on my DA profile before i left it. It's just a nose. Anyway i can understand that can be difficult doing everything on digital, especially for me that i don't have any tablet so i only use my touchpad. It's very nice, i know it will turn out greately.

I find pretty funny you and CVersailles had the same camera XD XD even the same brand.

Ok i love that old fashioned car^^ lovely and lovely couple too.

As for people who were sitting on you window and talking about your Jeep i feel you because i was pissed too. I hate too much attention but this shows how a great work you did with your Jeep. I don't want to imagine when you will have JP Jeep XD
Maybe people will run away fearing to get eaten XD XD

That room in quaint hotel in Ottawa is very nice, i like the design and after the flower photo is one of my favourite of photos you posted here^^ This room gives me a calming vibe. I like it very much.

The river scenery is pretty much astonishing despite the horrible hotel. Great shot!

I love the image of Scary Fear on TV *thumbs up*! I agree photo doesn't do it justice. I am happy to hear you almost recovered from your trip. Cool i didn't know there will be an eclipse in August, i will inform to see if it will be visible where i live even if i think it is unlikely.
Desthagirion on June 26th, 2017 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're feeling better. Oh I saw the drawing. I think it's very good for the first time. Nice job.

Awesome we like the same ones then. They are new which is why ACTipton and I got so excited about them. For years it was just white and pink. It would be nice if they sold them over seas too.

I'm glad you like the simple drawing of Scary Fear. It's not bad and I think with a proper inking he would make a very nice pic.

Yeah it was annoying all the talking but now I know why. So next time I won't part so close to my room but still where I can see my Jeep.

The Ottawa room was great. The NY hotel was bad and now I am dealing with more trouble from them. Trying to get it sorted out. I'll talk about it later.

Thanks. It's such a kick to see these things on the TV's in different rooms. The Eclipse is only for North America. HEre is the map.

https://cvas-utahskies.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Eclipse-Times.jpg
shanglong87: easy-goingshanglong87 on June 26th, 2017 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you, i am happy despite it is my first digital drawing. I am learning the differences between digital drawing and digital painting. I still have a lot of problems but my main nemesis is layers concept. I still don't understand how it works XD XD
Hopefully i have talented digital artists to ask in case of necessity.
Since i was little i remember those Dove soaps as white or pink so you are not alone in terms of new type of soaps.
I particularly enjoy the expression, i love it.
Good to know i don't like crowds too especially if i became the main attraction.
Oh thank you for informing me about the Eclipse^^
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Desthagirion on June 26th, 2017 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oh that's cool you have the orange one. I had never seen these so I'm happy they came out.
The new headlights are wonderful. I'm quite happy with them.

Yeah he looks odd as I'm not used to drawing on the screen and making lines directly like that.
audes_ljaudes_lj on June 26th, 2017 11:39 am (UTC)
Gods, finally the set is complete and now you can drive past the first second of dusk. Since now you got actual headlights for the night. It should be much safer to drive now.

And it is nice to see a overview of your road trip. I definitely think your hotel room there looks lovely, as it seems clean and got a lovely bathroom. It looks al quite cozy.

But, now that I see your laptop connected to the TV, it is actually something I find invaluable, since it allows you to do so many things on a bigger screen without having a smart TV or something like that.
Desthagirion on June 26th, 2017 06:57 pm (UTC)
Ha yes it's about time. I'm very happy with the quality and look of these things.

The Ottawa hotel was very nice. Quaint and comfy.

I love hooking up my stuff to TV's like that. Too bad the PS4 didn't work on any of them as it wanted internet which is stupid as I play offline.