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i had more than a dozen homemade chinese dumplings for lunch today. afterwards i pursued my mother to go out on her daily walk, before the rain started. i went with her. originally i wanted to do some drone flying, but with the approaching rain and the increased wind gusts, i decided not to fly. i went out anyway to check for initial spots to launch and things around the neighborhood worth investigating from the sky. since it was a monday, there was hardly anyone else out walking. there was a very light drizzle when we left but stopped before we got home. i kept spotting houses with solar panels. i noticed a house that had a ham radio antenna mounted to the chimney. at one point we watched 4 crows mob a red-tail hawk perched in a pine tree.

it started raining more steadily after 2pm. my bike was parked outside with a plastic bag over the seat so it wouldn't get soaked. normally i don't like my bike getting wet, but it's so encrusted in salt, i figured a rain wash would do it some good.

after dinner it continued to rain, though only a very light drizzle. my father was ready to give me a ride back to cambridge (and put my bike in the back) but i convinced him the rain was nothing and i could still ride home. i made it home in good time, just 16 minutes, and i wasn't even damp.

a small package waited for me in the foyer. i opened it up to find 8 pairs (16x) of dji mini 2 propellers ($10; compared to a set of 4 original DJI brand propellers which sells for $15). though the ebay ad didn't say they were knockoffs, at that price i knew what i was getting. i compared them to a set of dji brand propellers. the props themselves look about the same, even the part number is similar except the original props say DJI on them. the painted orange tips look a little rough on the knockoff props, but it doesn't affect the flying. it also came with screws. i heard horror stories of people attaching props with the wrong screws, stripping the motor thread. these new screws look similar, but i can see minor differences, and they're not as well made as the original screws. the new screws don't have blue loctite like the old screws, but i can apply my own. DJI recommends replacing the screws when you replace the props, but only because they don't you reusing old loctite screws. but if i apply a brand new layer of blue loctite onto the threads, they become as good as new. i think i'm going to use the old screws for the time being, just apply fresh loctite.