Monday June 5, 2006

Weekly Wrap-up 2006_22

The weather was mostly clear, although the week ended with fog.

Did you enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday?

The big news this week is that 1) I had an interview and 2) they liked me. Yes! I was beginning to be very concerned about the number of jobs I was almost getting, then losing. Especially now that my unemployment benefits have expired.

This will be a 3-month contract (possibly extendable) starting next Monday. I will be doing internal documentation for a team that wants documentation — defining and enhancing what they have now, adding more, and organizing.

The bad news is that the job is in Sunnyvale — easily 45 miles from our house and at least an hour's drive (depending on traffic). The good news is that it's accessible by CalTrain and a shuttle, so I won't have to drive the whole way every day, only as far as the train station (15 minutes and 6 miles).

We had TWiki spam this week. Ack. Ptooie! TWiki is a Wiki, a web-based collaboration platform. A bunch of spammers registered and left spammy links on our site. We've locked down registration now. Sigh.

The roofers finished our re-shingling job on Tuesday. Rich and I are happy to live in a part of the country that rarely gets rain in May. The roof was only half done when the crew stopped on Friday, so it sat that way through the holiday weekend.

Flying Gargoyle We had a minor accident during last week's de-roofing. Our flying gargoyle (who stands guard over the driveway) got hit with some flying debris and didn't move out of the way fast enough. He lost a big piece of his lower chest. Yikes!

Rich and I visited the hardware store to see what we could find for gargoyle repair. We found some "pourable cement" (just add water). It can be mixed thin ,like batter or thick enough to "sculpt". So Rich filled the gargoyle with the thin mixture — sets in 15 minutes — then used thicker stuff to mold and sculpt the right shape for his chest.

We bought some black Rustoleum "hammered surface" paint too and Rich has given our beastie a nice fresh coat. He'll acquire some distinguished mossy-green highlights after he's been outside for a while.

I woke up to a strange noise at daybreak one morning. There was some sort of very upset critter on the lower deck at about 5 am one morning. It was chattering fiercely and woke up Rich (who had fallen asleep in the sunroom the night before) and me, upstairs. My brain first tried to incorporate the chattering into a dream — it became an incomprehensible radio program. When that wasn't working, I woke up and went out into the screen porch to try to discover the source of the disturbance (but all I could tell was that it was some animal.) So I went back inside and shut the door to the screen porch; Rich came upstairs; we both went back to bed. Later, Rich said "it was a small brown critter" just outside the sunroom door. I wonder what it was...

This was a good week for critters. A couple of nights later, we were out in the hot tub around 11pm when Rich looked over the side and said "Well, Hello there!" and there was a raccoon in the yard between the tub and the fence. So we looked at him and he looked at us. Oooooh! Hoomans!

Rounding out the critter tails, the woodrat (aka Der Feedermaus) was munching seed on Saturday morning. Such little beady eyes...

The Camry needed to be smog-checked for its registration renewal. This happens every two years, but this year, a new law forced us to go to a "Test-Only" station. The only explanation we can get from anyone is "it's the law". It's also a cursed inconvenience because there are fewer Test-Only stations to choose from. Sigh. At least it's possible to look up station types and locations on the web. I fund one not too far from our house and drove down. (Gee, how silly is it to drive further to find a Test-Only station when the whole point is to reduce emissions?)

On the way downtown, I passed a lovely old car, very different from our '94 Camry. Its rear plate identified it as a 1931 Chrysler. I didn't really pay attention to whether it was a 2-door or a 4-door. It was a handsome car with a fancy hood ornament.

In other news, Rich found a cute quote in one of the Unix pthreads man pages: To prevent writer starvation, writers are favored over readers. As writers ourselves, Rich and I favor prevention of writer starvation. :-)

This week I finished A Secret Atlas, by Michael Stackpole. This is an excellent, complex and fascinating book, part one in what will be a trilogy.

I also read Blood and Honor, a fantasy by Simon Green and First Wife, Twice Removed, a Thames Valley police procedural by Clare Curzon.

In between and around the rest, I've had almost enough naps and plenty of snuggles with the cats. There have been good meals and interesting conversations with Spouse and friends — we did Dim Sum on Sunday (yummmmmmm). I've had a few chats with my Dad and exchanged email with my Mom.

Onward and Upward.

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