i found out this morning that the coup in turkey had failed, and the president was back in charge. actually by late last night there were reports that the coup was winding down, and erdogan was already delivering a press conference from the airport. the authorities arrested a bunch of military people involved with the coup, but the weird thing was the report of thousands of judges also arrested. what do the judges have to do with the coup? the president also blamed fethullah gulen as the mastermind behind the failed uprising. gulen is a name i'm familiar with; i first heard it when adelaide mentioned it during one of the meetings i attended with my uncle willy in new york.
as my mother working was this saturday, i decided not to go to belmont today. it was hot anyway, not a good day to be working in the backyard. instead, my father swung by and we went to harbor freight to pick up a DC-powered transfer pump (normally $40, but we had a 20% off coupon). it was much smaller than i expected, but can still siphon 300gph. we also picked up a 1.5watt solar panel ($13), hopefully enough power to charge an old motorcycle battery. afterwards we went to costco to pick up some supplies. costco on a weekend is a nightmare if you hate crowds, particular chinese crowds, of which there were many.
after returning home, i spent some time retightening the rear derailleur cable, before biking down to the garden to water my plants. my repairs were unsuccessful however, and now the chain skips even more than before, so i could hardly ride. my garden seemed okay, but the pepper plants were a little shriveled. i made sure to give it an extra amount of water.
back at home, i spent the rest of the day lounging around the living room with the AC intermittently on and off (i turn it on until the room gets cold, then i turn it back off). for dinner i ate some ramen.