Archive for April, 2009

Steam power

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Here was the view out the train window yesterday morning. Some guys took their toy out to play. Picture courtesy of the exclusive Blackberry cam. Part of my famous Machinery series.

Young Minds at Work day was very nice. LRNs 1 & 2 and I hung out, worked, visited some cool things, ate sushi, rode the train, drove around in the pickup, visited Weird Stuff Warehouse, and generally enjoyed ourselves.

Speaking of Weird Stuff Warehouse, it’s an interesting place that’s indeed full of weird stuff – mostly extremely obsolete computer equipment that’s expensive and of absolutely no conceivable use to anybody. Doesn’t make you want to go back. I’m sure they’re making money somehow, though.

My Brother-in-law Ken dropped in yesterday afternoon. It was nice to visit with him. He and LRN1 went to Bass Pro for a little while and then we pretty much just sat around and talked until he had to go. Nice but brief visit.

Otherwise an average day. It’s cooled down some but still very pleasant out with a few clouds. Not bad at all this evening.

How about today’s toilet news? They’re getting more convenient.

See you tomorrow.

Loyal statue

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Here’s LRN2 performing his interpretation of the former statue in the fountain at the Henry Miller estate on Mt. Madonna. Part of my famous Camping series. Also an honorary part of my famous Statue series.

I have lots of Great Art in the queue all of a sudden, including some very good work from Loyal Readers Numbers One and Five. That’s definitely a good problem to have. Some people may not realize how much work it takes to create Great Art.

Not much to report today. My brother-in-law Ken came over for a visit this evening, which is always a welcome event. He had a meeting in the area, apparently. Gave us a copy of a recent book, which was very kind.

LRN1 is working on his summer work plan, thus maximizing the likelihood of success. Good luck, LRN1! Do something useful.

There’s a tiny bit of toilet news today: they’re apparently being outlawed in Sweden. At least in public.

See you tomorrow.

Madonna trail

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Here’s a hiking trail on Mt. Madonna. Very pretty place. Part of my famous Camping series.

The big news is that LRN1 is home! Welcome home, LRN1. Have a great summer. Let’s get working on that robot.

Otherwise, the day was another hot, hot, hot one. I drove the Miata. It was beautiful this morning and too hot this afternoon. Should have put the top back up and used the A/C. Oh, well. It’s supposed to start cooling off tomorrow, with temperatures in the high 60’s and low 70’s by Saturday and rain predicted a couple of days next week. That’s okay. At least it probably won’t rain on our youth activity on Saturday.

In today’s toilet-related news, we learn that crime definitely does not pay. Maybe they were trying to steal the wrong stuff.

See you tomorrow.

You are the cheesemaker

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Here’s LRN2 learning how to make cheese. Picture taken during the (duh) cheese factory tour.

Happy birthday to my brother Chris! he and his SO were at our house yesterday. It was nice to see him again and meet her and her two kids. It was a very pleasant day.

Warm weekend. Downright hot yesterday and again today. The pool was marginally warm yesterday – enough so that the kids went swimming while the adults enjoyed sitting in the shade and talking for quite a while. Very relaxing day.

Saturday was nice too. LRN2 and I cleaned the pond filter and washed and waxed my Honda, which now looks wonderful. We also went for a couple of rides in the newly-shocked and -tired Suburban – it really rides nicely now. Huge difference. You really don’t notice how bad things have gotten until you get them fixed.

Normal day at work. A little bit of work and a lot of meetings. Even more meetings (and even less work, probably) tomorrow.

LRN1’s still working on his summer work decision. He has a pretty good offer (at least financially) in Salt Lake, but I don’t think he wants to be there all summer. the job would also require him to coop there during the school year, which would be a little bit difficult. On the upside, he would be making pretty good money for a student and would be definitely working professionally.

He owes them a decision tomorrow. I’ll be interested to see how it turns out.

He’ll be home tomorrow, in any case.

There’s toilet news today! Warn your children.

See you tomorrow.

Swinging readers

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Here are LRN2 and LRN4 and a few of their new friends about to be swung to nausea-inducing levels. I didn’t ride. I took pictures. They seemed to enjoy it, though. Strange. Picture taken at Great America.

Well. Busy day. Got the shocks for the ‘Burb. I checked into exact replacements for the Bilsteins that were on there from the factory and they were either extremely expensive or mail order only. I ended up getting a set of KYBs. Behold . . . the MonoMax:

What a thing of beauty. Hopefully, it will keep the new tires from rapid degradation, like the previous set. Speaking of which, I got new tires too. They’re Michelins and seem like they’ll be really good too.

Anyway. Also worked a few hours and spent some time preparing my talk. Still need to wash a car, clean the pond filter, and whatever else was on my list yesterday. I’ll figure it out.

Congrats to LRN1 for his job offer! We were pretty sure it was coming, but it’s nice to actually have it in hand. I hope he at least hears back from the Apple guy so he can make an informed decision.

Of course, he may want to consider this opportunity instead. That’s way better than Monkey Man.

No toilet news, no food violence news. The world is safe. See you Monday.